Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Writers: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Stars: David Kato, Christopher Senyonjo
In Uganda, it’s not only illegal to be gay, they’re trying to pass a bill to make it punishable by death. This doc follows David Kato, the country’s first openly gay man, and his fellow activists as they talk about their struggles and literally fight for their lives. There’s no technique to this film. It tracks these people, their enemies and the events with an often shaky, out of focus camera. Without any pretensions, it manages to convey the message in a disquieting, yet effective style.
GAY ANGLE: Every GLBT person should see this film and appreciate what we have.
The Lone Ranger
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writers: Justin Haythe (screenplay), Ted Elliott (screenplay)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner
Yet another modern adaptation that details the creation of the myth (and sets us up for sequels). This time, a city-slicker prosecutor (Armie Hammer) dons the famous mask to team up with a multi-layered Tonto (would you expect anything less from Johnny Depp?). The plot revolves around the advancement of the railroad in the Old West and so do all 3 of the action sequences, which are full of daring do and spectacular stunts. The rest of the time is dialogue in the dessert…a lot of it.,,too much (this is 2.5 hrs). And it’s often in jarring modern slang. While the leads are both OK and the movie never bores, it never captures the imagination or thrills the spirit.
GAY ANGLE: Hammer is a big handsome man, but it’s Depp who flaunts his body, albeit covered in paint.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.