Tom of Finland

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As part of a compelling trend to document crucial parts of the history of the growth of the LGBT community comes this timely, and rather excellent, biopic on the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.  Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) was a middle-class Finnish Army Officer who … Continue reading

A Quiet Passion

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For his latest cinematic treat the veteran British auteur Terence Davies has written and directed a visually stunning period-drama biopic on the great American poet Emily Dickinson. Born into a prominent Massachusetts family in 1830, but Davies starts his story when as a rather troublesome young woman, Emily (Emma Bell) is cutting short her studies at Mount … Continue reading

The Dancer

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When you see the spectacular and rather breathtaking dancing scenes in this movie you can understand why writer/director Stéphanie Di Giusto chose to make her very first feature film very loosely based on Loie Fuller the great French/American dancer of the Belle Époque period.  However Di Gusto takes great liberties with telling the dancer’s story and … Continue reading

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