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Dearest Review: A Foreign Affair

01/20/2018 06:00:32 AM

With just a few days to go til the Oscar nominations are announced, Movie Dearest takes a look at some of the finalists for Best Foreign Language Film... and some worthy contenders that didn't make the first cut. Among the record 92 films submitted ...

Reverend's Reviews: Magic from the Big Apple

01/16/2018 13:43:47 PM

Aladdin has proven to be Disney's latest cash cow on Broadway, at least until Frozen begins previews next month. It is now making its Los Angeles premiere at the fabled Hollywood Pantages through March 31st. After attending opening night last ...

2017 GALECA Awards: Call Me Dorian

01/10/2018 19:20:14 PM

The picturesque gay coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name leads with nine nominations in the 9th Annual Dorian Awards, announced earlier today by GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics*. Guillermo del Toro's aquatic love story ...

Movie Dearest's Top 10 of 2017

01/08/2018 06:00:00 AM

Movie Dearest creator Kirby Holt names his favorite films of 2017.2017 was a great year for movies, which made this annual tradition of a "10 Best" list harder than usual, but not impossible when I focused in on the films that stuck with me ...

Reverend's Reviews: Gay for the Gold Again?

01/01/2018 06:00:31 AM

A collective gay and straight gasp was heard around the world last February when the gay-themed independent movie Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture over the more expected La La Land. It was doubly surprising since La La Landwas ...

MD Reviews: Super Troopers

12/23/2017 12:35:29 PM

 Look, up on the screen... even more superhero movies!Logan:It took three tries, but they finally made a good — no, great — Wolverine solo film. Apparently, all it took was to team ol' Wolvie up with Professor X for a buddy-slash-road movie. ...

MD Reviews: Love and Death

12/12/2017 06:00:26 AM

A crowd pleasing romantic comedy, two bittersweet dramas starring three beloved actors and an idiosyncratic tale of the afterlife all offer up their own unique takes on themes of love, life and death.The Big Sick:It's one of those so-far-fetched ...

Overly Analytical: Why We Love A Disasterpiece

12/08/2017 09:24:19 AM

 Our guest writer Nate Cee examines audiences' obsessions with certain “so bad they're good” movies, specifically the notorious The Room, the making of which is the subject of James Franco’s new film The Disaster Artist, opening nationwide ...

Reverend's Interview: A Queer Classic Takes Shape

12/04/2017 06:00:10 AM

 As a boy, acclaimed writer-director Guillermo Del Toro thought the title monster of his favorite movie, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the human woman with whom it was smitten should have swum off into the sunset together. Del ...

MD Top 10: Christmas Movie Musical Numbers

11/24/2017 19:51:46 PM

Thanksgiving weekend can be a feast for the senses, beginning with the tastes and aromas of a festive family feast. You'll need a sharp eye and a quick touch for the ensuing shopping sprees on Black Friday. And then just open your ears and you'll ...

MD Reviews: The Dark Knight Rises

11/20/2017 06:00:18 AM

2017 has been a busy year for The Batman.The Lego Batman Movie:Will Arnett’s growly Caped Crusader was the breakout character of the super-cute Lego Movie three years ago, so it was a no-brainer to spin him off into his own animated feature. ...

MD Reviews: Five Came Back

11/11/2017 06:00:00 AM

 From Twin Peaks to Will & Grace, nostalgic revivals have been all the rage this year on television and at the movies as well. Witness these five recent sequels, all spawned from originals that range in age from 21 to 84 years old.T2: Trai ...

Dearest Review: This is Halloween, Part 2

10/28/2017 07:34:31 AM

Continuing our look at the latest fright flicks, all of which are now streaming on Netflix… call it “Netflix and Chill-ers”...Click here for Part 1.The Babysitter:Meet Cole (played by the young Zac Efron-ish Judah Lewis), a nerdish 12-year ...

Halloween Costumes 2017

10/22/2017 06:00:04 AM

Whether you’ll be out looking for tricks or treats (or both) this All Hallow’s Eve, Movie Dearest has got you covered with the latest creepy and kooky pop culture-inspired costume ideas:For those who wait to the last minute:The Ghost from ...

Dearest Review: This is Halloween, Part 1

10/18/2017 17:20:14 PM

With trick or treat time looming at the end of the month, October is always a good time to catch up on all the latest fright flicks and this year is no different, with a bumper crop of spook fests so far, enough in fact to merit this two-part ...

Reverend's Preview: TransNation Film Fest Embraces All

10/09/2017 06:00:14 AM

 One could argue that the last thing Los Angeles needs is another film festival. However, last year's inaugural TransNation Film Festival succeeded as a more in-depth exploration of our trans community than even most LGBTQ events provide. ...

GALECA Names “Ten Best Films You Never Knew Were LGBTQ”

10/05/2017 06:00:20 AM

In the spirit of “We are all one,” GALECA, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics (of which Movie Dearest critics Chris Carpenter and Kirby Holt are proud members), has revealed its choices for The Ten Best Films You Never Knew Were ...

Reverend's Preview: Qfilms Brings Our Community Together

09/04/2017 06:00:25 AM

Now in its 24th year, Long Beach's QFilm Festival has grown to become one of the seaside city's preeminent social events.  It has also come to be regarded as the greater LA area's second-biggest exclusive showcase for LGBTQ movies, after ...

Reverend's Reviews: Opening Nights

08/11/2017 14:27:23 PM

Health and family issues conspired, sadly, to prevent me from attending an opening night at Los Angeles' storied Ahmanson Theatre since the end of last year.  Thankfully, I was able to break out of this vicious cycle last week in time for ...

Reverend's Preview: Outfest 2017 Promises to be Fabulous

07/03/2017 06:00:06 AM

 Nearly 200 LGBTQ short and feature-length films from around the world will be screened during Outfest 2017. That would be a lot of celluloid if movies were still released in non-digital formats. Running July 6th-16th at various venues ...

Reverend's Preview: Plenty of Sweet Stuff at FilmOut 2017

06/07/2017 17:20:28 PM

 The Southern California LGBT film festival circuit kicks off in San Diego this month, and it promises to be a tasty experience whether or not one gorges on candy, ice cream or other sweet treats during its 37 screenings. FilmOut, now in ...

Reverend's Reviews: Handsome Devils, Then & Now

06/02/2017 06:00:00 AM

I was just starting to come out 30 years ago.  Therefore, my similarly-inclined friends (including Movie Dearest editor, Kirby Holt) and I were pretty desperate at the time for big-screen depictions of gay life. Fortunately, the mid-1980's ...

Dearest Review: Beasts of the Northern Isles

05/30/2017 06:00:34 AM

 A giant tree man and a menagerie of magical critters make up the latest, literary-inspired British invasion. …A Monster Calls: With his mother (Felicity Jones) terminally ill, young Connor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is visited by the ...

Dearest... The Dead Zone

05/22/2017 06:00:18 AM

 If you, like me, have long-since grown tired of all the never-ending shenanigans on The Walking Dead but still hold out hope for a decent zombie flick, then thank god for Netflix, for they are now streaming an awesome import that seems ...

Reverend's Preview: Awards Give Voice to Our Community

05/17/2017 06:00:29 AM

Artwork by David Kawena Many of us, myself included, prefer singing in the shower to singing on stage in front of hundreds of people. Fortunately, the 270 active members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) have no such fear, especially ...

Reverend's Reviews: Sex Gods

05/15/2017 11:58:44 AM

 It's the lusty month of May, as Guinevere declares via song in Camelot.  Judging by the graphic sexual content in a new crop of streaming and home video offerings, she wasn't kidding. That at least one of them deals rather profoundly ...

Dearest: Desperate Housewife

05/08/2017 06:00:18 AM

About two-thirds into the 1994 comedy Serial Mom there is a scene where happy homemaker Beverly Sutphin, suspected of being a serial murderer/crank phone caller, is followed by a string of Baltimore police cars in a low speed chase as she and ...

Reverend's Preview: Back to the Beach

04/17/2017 06:00:08 AM

 It may not be summer just yet but it isn’t too early to head to the beach. At least that’s true when it comes to the 18th annual Newport Beach Film Festival. The event will run April 20th-27th at multiple venues in and around its coastal ...

Dearest... 2016: The Leftovers

04/12/2017 07:11:06 AM

Every year, many must-see films end up with Oscar nominations. And then there’s the rest, the movies I had no intention of watching but, thanks to the Academy, I now “have” to watch. And the nominees were… Deepwater Horizon: Pro ...

Reverend's Reviews: War Makes Beasts of Us All

03/26/2017 06:00:01 AM

 Rage-filled monsters are currently rampaging across movie screens, and making a lot of money in the process.  A live-action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast?  Check.  Logan, Hugh Jackman's reportedly final appearance as X-Men ...

Dearest: Once Upon a Time

03/24/2017 06:00:17 AM

Following their unexpectedly terrific (and terrifically profitable) live action re-dos of Maleficent and Cinderella, it’s hardly a surprise that Disney would turn to their crown jewel of animated princess tales for their next “real world” ...

MD Top 10: Disney Toons in the Glass Closet

03/19/2017 06:00:12 AM

 Much has been made about the “coming out” of LeFou, the bumbling sycophant sidekick of the hunky villain Gaston in Disney’s latest live action redo of one of their animated classics, Beauty and the Beast. Redneck states and even whole ...

Reverend's Preview: Cine Gay Returns in Politically-Charged Times

03/17/2017 23:59:56 PM

 Deportation fears are at a fever pitch, sadly, thanks to el presidente Trump. Fortunately, he can’t prevent 2017’s edition of the San Diego Latino Film Festival nor its LGBTQ showcase Cine Gay. The event runs now through March 26th ...

Dearest… 2016: The Late Shows

03/13/2017 11:29:55 AM

 Every year there’s always a few big Oscar bait-ers that I end up scrambling to see before the big night, and this year was no different. …Hidden Figures: This inspirational crowd-pleaser tells the previously little-known stories of ...

Dearest… 2016: Only When I Laugh

03/10/2017 06:00:06 AM

 From bittersweet comedies to mildly amusing dramas that end up in the Golden Globe comedy categories anyway, these are (for lack of a better term in some cases) the comedy/dramas of 2016. …The Lobster: In a vaguely futuristic world where ...

Dearest… 2016: Tragedy Tomorrow

02/28/2017 11:43:37 AM

 Estranged parents, traumatized spouses and dead siblings factor into the family plots of some of last year’s most dramatic films.…Manchester by the Sea: This year's Best Actor Oscared Casey Affleck plays a sullen guy, forever wrapped ...

If We Picked the Oscars 2016

02/24/2017 17:43:15 PM

 Borrowing a page from Siskel and Ebert from back in the day, we here at Movie Dearest are presenting our own version of "If We Picked the Oscars". These aren't predictions, but what movies, actors, directors, et al that we would vote for ...

Dearest... Short Cuts 2016, Part 3: Oscar's Live Action Short Film Nominees

02/22/2017 06:00:12 AM

ShortsHD once again presents this year's Academy Award nominated animated, live action and documentary short films at a theater or streaming device near you. These special programs are usually the only way for most movie fans to see these otherwise ...

Reverend's Reviews: A Gay New Film Year

02/21/2017 11:24:54 AM

 While we're all concerned about the rise of der führer Trump, we mustn't allow him to obscure the fact that we are living in a darn good time for LGBTQ film and filmmakers.  Moonlight is up for multiple Oscars including Best Picture and ...

Dearest... Short Cuts 2016, Part 2: Oscar's Documentary Short Subject Nominees

02/15/2017 12:19:42 PM

ShortsHD once again presents this year's Academy Award nominated animated, live action and documentary short films at a theater or streaming device near you. These special programs are usually the only way for most movie fans to see these otherwise ...

Dearest… 2016: Family Matters

02/13/2017 06:00:11 AM

 The 2016 movies for the whole family (mostly). …The Jungle Book: Kipling knows we didn’t need yet another version of this classic story but then, what do you know, it turns out to be pretty darn terrific. Iron Man director Jon Favreau ...

LGBTQ Love on the Silver Screen

02/10/2017 06:00:19 AM

 Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Cupid is getting his bow and arrows ready. Some of us hope to be struck while others may be doing everything we can to dodge his arsenal, but there is no doubt that love will be in the air ...

Dearest... Short Cuts 2016, Part 1: Oscar's Animated Short Film Nominees

02/08/2017 15:22:34 PM

ShortsHD once again presents this year's Academy Award nominated animated, live action and documentary short films at a theater or streaming device near you. These special programs are usually the only way for most movie fans to see these otherwise ...

Reverend's Reviews: Movie Awards 2016 - Is Hollywood Finally Embracing Diversity?

02/08/2017 11:29:22 AM

 The Screen Actors Guild, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and many critics groups across the US have been busily proclaiming the best movies of 2016. Yet to come are selections by the Directors ...

2016 Dorian Awards Basking in Moonlight's Glow

02/08/2017 11:26:24 AM

Moonlight Nominations for the 8th Annual Dorian Awards by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)* were announced yesterday, with recent Golden Globe winners and Oscar hopefuls Moonlight and La La Land leading the way.As ...

The 10th Annual Movie Dearest Dearie Awards

02/06/2017 06:00:13 AM

For the tenth year in a row, Movie Dearest takes a look back and celebrates the year that was with a salute to the best in film, television and the stage with the 2016 Movie Dearest Awards, a.k.a. the "Dearies". Plus: two new categories for ...

Dearest… 2016: Science Fiction Double Features

02/02/2017 21:34:12 PM

 Movie Dearest continues its look back at 2016, this time with a pair of fortuitous double features featuring the two most enduring sci-fi franchises of all time.…For the Love of Spock: Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam Nimoy directs this (e ...

Dearest… 2016: Queer as Folk

01/30/2017 15:14:18 PM

 As for LGBTQ cinema in 2016, it wasn’t just Moonlight.…The Handmaiden: South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s sumptuously sensual adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith (transferring its setting from Victorian England to ...

Dearest… 2016: Life, or Something Like It

01/28/2017 07:18:28 AM

 From American heroes to international icons, biopics were in abundance in 2016.…Jackie: Natalie Portman fully inhabits First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the hours and days following the assassination of JFK. Hers is a brittle, wounded ...

Moonlight Shines Bright at the 2016 Dorian Awards

01/26/2017 20:31:04 PM

Fences, Moonlight, The HandmaidenSince 2009, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (of which I and my fellow Movie Dearest critic Chris Carpenter are members) have presented the Dorian Awards (named after Dorian Gray, the literary ...

Random Thoughts: The 2016 Oscar Nominations

01/24/2017 23:05:04 PM

 The announcement today of the nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards held a few surprises but was, for the most part, what was expected. And we can all breath a sigh of relief that this year's slate, which offers an ample dose of diversity ...

Random Thoughts: Justice League United

01/24/2017 19:41:08 PM

With the just released group image (minus Superman of course) of the Justice League, some Random Thoughts... ... With the two big guys, Ben Affleck's Batman and Jason Momoa's Aquaman, on each end it's more of a beefcake sandwich than a hero...... ...

Dearest… 2016: Scary Movies

01/23/2017 19:08:59 PM

2016’s films that went bump in the night.…The Witch: Subtitled “A New England Folk Tale”, this atmospheric chiller is a slow burn, with well-earned scares that sneak up on you like a mist in a moonlit forest. A 17th century Puritan ...

Dearest… Outrageous Fortune

01/20/2017 19:54:33 PM

The hilariously hedonistic escapades of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone have been a gay fave since Ab Fab made its television debut 25 years ago. Their unique brand of bawdy bad behavior has finally made the leap to cinemas in the flashy, fun ...

Dearest… 2016: Melody Time

01/18/2017 14:32:25 PM

Along with a pair from the big screen, we dip into a trio of made for TV tuners in our look back at the movie musicals of 2016. …Grease Live!: 1978’s Grease is one of the most popular movie musicals of all time, so they had big shoes to ...

Dearest… 2016: Crime and Punishment

01/17/2017 06:00:16 AM

 Politics, crime and racial issues dominated the documentaries of 2016.…O.J.: Made in America: Don’t let the nearly 8-hour running time of this epic documentary series feature deter you from watching this exhaustive exposé of race relations ...

Dearest... 2016: Superfriends

01/16/2017 16:59:19 PM

 Movie Dearest starts out 2017 by… looking back at 2016. First up: look up on the screen, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… more superhero movies!…Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:Is this Warner’s answer to the Marvel money-making ...

Dearest… 2016: Comedy Tonight

01/16/2017 16:57:49 PM

Movie Dearest continues its look back at last year in film with some of the comedies of 2016.…Pee-wee’s Big Holiday: It’s taken over thirty years (?!) and several scandals, but we finally got back the Pee-wee Herman we know and love in ...

Reverend's Reviews: A Fall Film Harvest

11/15/2016 21:14:54 PM

 This current, fallow period between the big summer movies and the holiday/awards season has given me a long overdue opportunity to catch up on some recent releases I missed.  Once I watched them all, it took me another two weeks to find ...

Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper for November 2016: Dear Dear

11/02/2016 06:00:00 AM

Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper for October 2016: Bad to the Bone

10/05/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: Disney Do-Overs

09/19/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Preview: Long Beach Celebrates Cinematic Diversity Too

09/07/2016 06:00:00 AM

Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper for September 2016: Back to School

09/01/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: All Dressed Up

08/05/2016 06:00:00 AM

Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper for August 2016: Summer Lovin'

08/01/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: Bouviers & Con Men in the Spotlight

07/19/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Preview: Who Ya Gonna Call for LGBTQ Movies? Outfest!

07/06/2016 06:00:00 AM

Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper for June 2016: Captain America

07/04/2016 18:00:00 PM

Reverend's Reviews: Still the Lord of the Jungle

07/01/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: Tickle Fits

06/17/2016 18:00:00 PM

Reverend's Reviews: Summer Lovin'... or Not

06/10/2016 06:00:00 AM

Monthly Wallpaper: June 2016 - Queer Cinema, Independent Edition

06/01/2016 06:00:00 AM

For the ninth year in a row, Movie Dearest salutes Pride Month with a celebration of Queer Cinema. And this June, we're going Independent.Since the dawn of the "New Queer Cinema" in the 1990s, independent film has been the place for such filmmakers ...

Reverend's Preview: Rainbow Reel Film Fest Celebrates Long Beach Pride

05/18/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: Beauty Before Age

05/14/2016 06:00:00 AM

Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper for May 2016: Avengers Assemble!

05/03/2016 06:00:00 AM

For eight years now, the mighty Marvel movie machine has churned out blockbuster after blockbuster, and this weekend brings their most anticipated comic book epic to date with the premiere of Captain America: Civil War. Thus it is the perfect ...

Reverend's Preview: Same-Sex Love is in the Air at Newport Beach Film Festival

04/20/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: Dark Knights

04/04/2016 06:00:00 AM

Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper for April 2016: Bad Movies

04/01/2016 06:00:00 AM

Today is April Fool's Day, and what better way to celebrate than to salute the infamous, the awful, the embarrassing and the just plain foolish... that's right: Bad Movies!From notorious box office bombs to "so bad they're good" oddities to ...

Reverend's Review: Death Becomes Him

03/30/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: Romantic Princes & Singing Marines

03/18/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: Landis Ho!

03/12/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Interview: A Bloody Tragedy on Stage… with Music

03/10/2016 18:00:00 PM

Reverend's Reviews: Disastrous

03/04/2016 06:00:00 AM

Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper for March 2016: We Are Family

03/01/2016 06:00:00 AM

"We are family, I've got all my sisters... and brothers and mothers and fathers and daughters and sons and grandpas and grandmas and aunts and uncles and even cousins... with me."Celebrate March with all your favorite cinematic kinfolk, from ...

Men on Film: If We Picked the Oscars 2015

02/26/2016 06:00:00 AM

Olly Gibbs

MD Reviews: Short Cuts 2015, Part 3

02/22/2016 06:00:00 AM

MD Reviews: Short Cuts 2015, Part 2

02/17/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: Oh. My. God.

02/12/2016 06:00:00 AM

MD Reviews: Short Cuts 2015, Part 1

02/10/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: 26 Years of Jewish (and Occasionally Gay) Films

02/08/2016 06:00:00 AM

The 9th Annual Movie Dearest Dearie Awards

02/05/2016 06:00:00 AM

Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper for February 2016: Best Foreign Language Film

02/02/2016 06:00:00 AM

Welcome to February, a month that brings about celebrations of love, patriotism, black history and (most importantly around here) cinematic excellence. That's right, the Academy Awards are fast approaching, and our annual Movie Dearest Calendar ...

Reverend's Reviews: New Girlfriend & More for the New Year

02/01/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: Death & Disney at Long Beach Playhouse

01/22/2016 06:00:00 AM

And the 2015 Dorian Awards Go To...

01/19/2016 18:00:00 PM

Carol, Todd Haynes' beautifully crafted lesbian romance, and Transparent, the hit Amazon Prime trans dramedy, have swept this year's Dorian Awards. Presented by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (of which I and my fellow ...

MD Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love

01/15/2016 06:00:00 AM

Reverend's Reviews: The Best & Worst Movies of 2015

01/08/2016 06:00:00 AM

MD Reviews: Seconds

01/04/2016 06:00:00 AM

Monthly Wallpaper: January 2016 - 2015: The Year in Film

01/01/2016 06:00:00 AM

Ring out the old and ring in the new with January's Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper salute to 2015: The Year in Film!From inside a little girl's mind to a galaxy far, far away, our cinematic celebration of the past year stars Max & Carol & ...