Director: Gia Coppola
Writers: Gia Coppola (screenplay), James Franco (short stories)
Stars: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer
Based on short stories by James Franco, this film randomly follows 3 teens (Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff & Jack Kilmer) as they drink, smoke, have sex and wander thru their adolescence. The story is as aimless as their lives. There’s no real structure, just scenes of wasted (literally) youth. The only major adult character is Franco who plays an inappropriate coach, Even with though it feels like an MTV reality show, the young actors impressively create natural and complex characters and director Gia Coppola has an ability (like her aunt Sophia) to capture quiet observations and create compelling situations. Look for Jack’s dad Val and Gia’s great aunt Talia Shire (as the guidance counselor) in cameos.
GAY ANGLE: The only obviously gay character is somebody’s dad, who almost blows it (pun intended).
Edge of Tomorrow
Director: Doug Liman
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Tom Cruise plays an Army PR officer who gets killed during an ill-fated mission against invading aliens. He wakes up back before the battle and discovers he’s in a time loop, repeating the last few hours, each time getting better and closer to winning. Toss in a tough soldier (Emily Blunt), who understands his situation and provides the inevitable love interest. As action films go, this has some solid sequences and the enemy is OK. If you can ignore some glaring holes in the logic, you might find it an interesting and moderately skillful entertainment.
GAY ANGLE: If wearing a pink housecoat makes you gay, then one supporting soldier in this man’s army may be.
The complicated life of gay activist-turned ex-gay advocate Michael Glatze is sure to elicit a number of responses depending on who you ask. Glatze founded a number of publications (Young Gay Americans, XY) aimed at supporting LGBTQ youth during the late 90s and early 00s. He took on an activist role fighting for equality with the nonprofit [...]