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February 17th

View from the Couch February 2014

This month was occupied with some catching up on films that I meant to see but missed when they were first released; revisiting some old films that I remember liking; and discovering a few new ones. Films that I find substantive, I post as single review features. This month included two excellent and unusual films: Fruitvale Station and Frances Ha.

February 10th

Fruitvale Station

Coogler, Whittaker

Finished watching Fruitvale Station about 20 minutes ago and I am wowed.

The story was presented with as much humanity as I have ever witnessed in a film. We weren't sold on Oscar's reformation, we were offered his humanness. And has a film ever had such a powerful final scene? Nope, Fruitevale Station wins that prize.

February 6th

Community

Ferron

I am hearing more and more tales of seniors in our LGBTQ community, who are in dire straits. I have a few opinions about that.

A generation of people, who broke down barriers, stepped to the front, changed things for our community, are aging and many are without resources. As I listen to the stories, I hear loads of self accusation for not working and plans to get employed to take care of themselves, when frankly, because of age and physical limitations, that is impossible.

February 4th

Russia and the LGBTQ Community

GQ takes a look at being GAY in Putin's Russia and it is bad news.

As I read the article, I kept remembering an interview I did with filmmaker Heather Lyn McDonald, who did 2 films about being GAY in Russia: Kitchen Stories USSR and Kiev Blue. Unfortunately, things have not changed for the better since the days McDonald made her films.