reviews

  • Who doesn’t love pansexual icon Janelle Monáe? The fiercest of divas (sorry Bey) in the music world, there are few who can compare to her when it comes to the inventiveness of her musical creations. As an actress, known for her layered performances in the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” and the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures,” she is truly on a path to cinematic stardom.

  • “Saturday Night Live” has been a launching pad for some of the best (and a few of the worst) acting careers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

  • When a movie about a pyromaniac sociopath opens with a shot of the burning traffic light she set ablaze and ends with her refilling a gas can at a petrol station, as Pablo Larraín’s “Ema” (Music Box Films) does, you know you are in for a scorching experience.

  • Can you believe that Michelle Pfeiffer has never won an Academy Award? She’s been nominated three times but has never taken home an Oscar.

  • Halloween 2020 is behind us. However, for some people, especially LGBT folks, Thanksgiving can be much scarier. 

  • Prosecutors have charged a renowned San Francisco Police officer with two felony counts of hit-and-run in connection with a crash that left two men with serious injuries.

  • Going to the theater to see a play is on hold for the near future, even as talk of a COVID-19 vaccine is getting mixed reviews.

  • In a 2016 “People Magazine” interview, Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway admitted to regretting her over-the-top portrayal of Joan Crawford in the 1981 movie “Mommie Dearest” (Paramount), newly reissued on Blu-ray and digital as part of the Paramount Presents series.

  • If you’ve ever seen Greg Mottola’s marvelous 1996 indie comedy “The Daytrippers,” starring Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, and the late Anne Meara, then you know that New York City is a great place to try and catch a cheating spouse in action.

  • “Promising Young Woman” (Focus), the feature-length directorial debut by actress Emerald Fennell (Camilla Parker Bowles in “The Crown”) is a bit like an onion. It has many layers and it will make some people cry.

  • With no end to the COVID-19 pandemic in sight for the near future, college students have had to take a new and different approach to how they attend classes.

  • It doesn’t happen often, but it’s refreshing when a place embraces its identity, good or bad.

  • Since his 2002 breakout film “Yossi & Jagger,” which went from being a hit on the LGBT film festival circuit to gaining an even larger following via home video, gay Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox has consistently made films of the highest quality.

  • Every year, no, wait. Every month. No, that’s wrong, too. Every week, there seems to be more and more LGBT movies being released and available for streaming on-demand.

  • For a while there, 21st-century movie adaptations of Broadway musicals were being given the Rob Marshall treatment.

  • “The True Adventures of Wolfboy” (Vertical Entertainment), the feature-length directorial debut of Martin Krejcí is a trans parable about self-acceptance and finding community.

  • If you were the least bit disappointed by “Antebellum” (and let’s face it, who wasn’t?), then “Spiral” (shudder.com), airing on AMC Network’s Shudder channel, might be more to your liking. By combining elements from classic modern horror influences, from Polanski to Peele, and adding some specifically queer twists, “Spiral” has the potential to make your head spin — in a good way.

  • Not sure what to read next? Or to give as a gift? Look no further than SFGN’s holiday reading and book giving guide

  • Doesn’t it seem like your gift list grows each year?

    One new member of the family by birth, three more by marriage. Two “adopted” kids who call you Mom or Dad just because. Friends who have become dear.  A new Secret Santa program. It adds up, as it subtracts from your holiday budget.

  • A maverick lawmaker broke from conservative government ranks on Monday to introduce legislation that would legalize gay marriage in Australia as a new opinion poll confirmed that most Australians support such a reform.

  • As you look back over your year, there are a lot of things you notice.

  • Two years after their divorce filing got entangled in Mississippi's efforts to prevent same-sex marriage, a judge Tuesday dissolved the legal union of Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon.

  • The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday. But the Mormon church - the nation's largest sponsor of Scout units - warned that it may split away to form a global scouting organization of its own.

  • FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A pastor is leaving his post at a Fargo church due to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June to legalize same-sex marriages nationwide.

  • "Best" of course is a relative term. From my vantage point, these are the best LGBT films of 2015. MIA are several films that I suspect would have made the list had I seen them: the lesbian dramas "Freeheld" and "Grandma," and the documentary "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" – I look forward to catching them on DVD.

  • A while ago we rated pizzas from a number of Wilton Manors restaurants. While those places all had their pluses and minuses, there are two new pizza places in Fort Lauderdale that are following a new business model. These restaurants are similar to many, such as the California-based chain Pieology, which follow the same format as Subway and Chipotle; you step up to the counter and pick the ingredients from fresh selections on display. The pizza is assembled right in front of you, popped into a super-heated oven and within 10 minutes, you’ve got your own personal pizza creation in front of you.

  • Up north, the temps have finally dropped and blizzard conditions are settling in and my email in-box starts to fill up with requests from friends to save them from the frigid temperatures.

  • A few of my favorites that you must try

  • Every city seems to have a street that is filled with Indian restaurants. In New York there’s 6th St., in Chicago there’s Devon Ave., in Madrid it’s the Chueca neighborhood and Artesia, California is teeming with Indian restaurants and stores.

  • Here’s a nice bit of trivia; Oakland Park was originally named Floranada. The name is a combination of Florida and Canada, but it didn’t last long, the town was forced into bankruptcy after the hurricane of 1926. When the municipality reincorporated, residents chose to re-name it Oakland Park. That information explains why a short section of 45th St. is also named Floranada. But it doesn’t explain why there are so many spots on that street to pick up delicious eats.

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