Wallace Shawn and Lisa Joyce co-star in Jonathan Demme’s “A Master Builder.”
This film adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play by the same name has only had a teensy theatrical release, despite a serious list of heavy-hitters involved. This version started as a play translated by Wallace Shawn and produced by André Gregory, creative partners best known for the film My Dinner With André. Director Jonathan Demme has taken the play, which the New York Times said Gregory spent 14 years developing, and put it onto film, with Shawn playing the title character–a dying starchitect. Architectural Record characterizes him this way:
The Master Builder, once designed grand churches with impossible towers; now, after personal tragedy and wracked with existential guilt, he’s focused on “homes for people to live in.” A good elevator pitch, but one that ignores his rampaging ego and reptilian machinations that ruined his mentor, Brovik; holds down Brovik’s son, Ragnar; toys with Ragnar’s fiancé (and Solness’ bookkeeper), Kaia; and keeps his wife, Aline, in an emotional prison. Only when the young, mysterious (and possibly divine) Hilde appears at the Solness home does Halvard discover something akin to empathy and humanity.
Ah, yes. The old genius transformed by youth and beauty. A trope in Ibsen’s time and certainly one now.
The biggie on this month’s list of new films to appear on Netflix Instant is the much-much-recommended Bridegroom, an emotional documentary that tells the story of a gay couple whose time together was cut short by tragedy. It’s an eye-opening must-watch for anyone — gay or straight — but it will speak loudest to those LGBTers dealing with intolerant families. (Quick tip: View with a full box of Kleenex.)
Another tear-jerker, Any Day Now, starring the marvelous Alan Cumming, also made its way from DVD to instant streaming. For those who don’t mind waiting, I’ve also included a list of DVD-only rentals Behind the Candelabra and Petunia, and some that should be coming down the pipe any day now.Check below for more info and trailers.
Set in the 1970s, Any Day Now is the story of a drag queen who sets out to adopt a child who’s been neglected in his apartment building. The film is based on true events – and it’s also been wooing audiences at film festivals around the country to thanks to Alan Cumming’s compelling, multi-layered performance. The film opens in theaters this week.
Chris Colfer makes his screenwriting debut with a new film in which he also stars called Struck By Lightening. Fans of Glee will likely appreciate Colfer’s funny new twist on the weird world of high school angst. And yep, that’s Christina Hendricks from Mad Men.
The story of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarity – a.k.a. Jack Kerouac and Neal Casssady – will be hitting theatres by the end of this year. We wanted to give you a taste of what we can expect from the new film, which stars Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and many others.
The Walter Salles film tells the story of two young men traveling across country. And while we know from the letters, journals and stories that both Cassady and Kerouac shared a homoerotic brotherhood of sorts, we also catch a few glimpses of gay icons like William S. Burroughs (played by Viggo Mortensen) and the underbelly of sexual liberation long before it was a household name. We can’t wait for this one.
We’ve waited all summer to find out the fate of the docs in the season-ending plane crash of Grey’s Anatomy (Sept. 27). As we get ready for season nine to kick off next month (girl, we love our nighttime soaps), we wonder if Arizona survives? Or will Meredith, Christina, Derek or Mark face an early demise like Lexie?
We have to admit, we’re hoping Arizona pulls through to live yet another lesbian story line this season.
Jenn and Matt have been best friends since college. Now, both single and in their 30s, they decide to have a child together – the old-fashioned way. But did we mention that she’s straight and he’s gay?
“I actually think that both parents have to be gay for the baby to be a gayby,” says Matt.
“Please,” Jenn responds. “I’ve been a hag since birth.”
Kylie Minogue as a tattooed lesbian? Elvis’ granddaughter as a girl named Jack? A new lesbian-themed werewolf flick called Jack & Diane that screened at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year is getting ready for a wider release and we couldn’t be more excited. It’ll even be available On Demand starting Sept. 28.