Sunday, March 31, 2024

Happy Easter!

From Osaka, with love and chocolate bunnies! 

Friday, March 29, 2024

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Damian and I are off to Japan for the next two weeks, so I decided to share my photos early without even knowing who won the second stop of the Sunshine Double yet. (Predictions welcome!) For now, the return of "short shorts" is examined plus lots more ATP beef from Miami BELOW.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

On the Rag, Vol. 802


The "admirable" Ramon; Jake Shears on "Cabaret," Tammy Faye and Elton; a look back at three decades of HIV coverage; and much more in this week's magazine roundup BELOW.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Aisle of Lesbos

New York City Council(all)man Erik Bottcher shared this hilarious text today, to which I say: If THIS is what a lesbian looks like, then sign me up! 

Ironically, I happened to have watched two notorious sapphic flicks over the weekend that I've been meaning to mention: First up was the Talia Shire vehicle(!) "Windows" (1980), which was kind of a pre-"Basic Instinct" psycho butch thriller, with Elizabeth Ashley playing the part to a T. 

As much as I understand why the film was panned -- it was even disowned by the director Gordon Willis, who made a name for himself as a cinematographer of "The Godfather" trilogy and many Woody Allen pictures -- for me it was fun to watch 40+ plus years later just to see any type of representation from back in the day. (I'm a bad gay -- I felt the same way about "Cruising," "Partners" and the depiction of Jack Tripper!) 

Of course it helped that Joe Cortese, as the cop on the case, was awfully easy on the eyes. 

He has a cute son with ex-wife Kim Delaney, both seen here with the Bidens 

Then I watched "Personal Best," a movie I feel like I've seen but never actually watched from beginning to end. My déjà vu may have been the result of deep-seated memories of Siskel and Ebert's review of it in 1982, discussing "homosexuals" as if they were legitimate people. (I was completely mesmerized -- that was something I really needed to hear in JUNIOR HIGH -- yet felt I had to be on the lookout that no one even saw me watching the review as I was sure that alone would "out" me.) On the original PBS incarnation of the show, Siskel and Ebert practically showed the entire movie, to which they both an enthusiastic "yes" in the pre-"thumbs up"/"thumbs down" days of "Sneak Previews."

Kudos to writer/director Robert Towne, whose script doesn't even seem dated now -- the relationship was handled very matter-of-factly and was every bit as tedious as all real-life lesbian relationship I've encountered since! -- even if I could see why gay audiences might have been disappointed with the (inevitable) outcome. 

Hard to believe that Mariel Hemingway's real-life jock co-star -- Patrice Donnelly, who is sort of a more masculine version of Ralph Macchio -- isn't a lesbian in real life. And say what you will about advances in fitness and better styling, boy was that the heyday for hunks, as displayed throughout the film! 

Pleased to check both of these off my list of Films I Should Have Already Seen

(Correction: Mariel's character's randomly being half Native American didn't exactly age well, but at least it wasn't a dated reference about The Gays!) 

Remains of the Day (03/27)

Wrestle Wednesday: Take it all off, big boy

Under the Covers: I live for stuff like THIS, so quickly added "Crimson and Clover" (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), "Stop Your Sobbing" (Pretenders), "The Tide Is High" (Blondie), "Dear Prudence" (Siouxsie and the Banshees) and "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (Saint Etienne). The second I hit post, I realized I also should have included "Venus" (Bananarama -- duh!) and "Hazy Shade of Winter" (Bangles). Tell me your picks in the comments. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Tennis Tuesday: Jake Lacy


I'll give you one guess if "Apples Never Fall" -- a sudsy true-crime-inspired miniseries on Peacock about a dysfunctional tennis family starring Annette "I should already have an Oscar" Bening and Jake "the hot guy from 'White Lotus' who couldn't let anything go" Lacy -- is my favorite show of the year. See the latter's manspread moment BELOW.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Big Yellow Taxi


You don't see one of these every day! 


Based on the number of vintage cars in the area, safe to say some kind of period piece was being filmed near the Hotel Chelsea! Anyone know which? 

Remains of the Day (03/25)

The world premiere of the new 4K version of the film is happening April 15 as part of NewFest’s annual "Queering the Canon" series at BAM, with most of the cast on hand. It's in good company too with "Go Fish" and "My Own Private Idaho." Later that week, on April 19, the film will be available for streaming on Amazon/Apple. 

Weekend Tennis Roundup

The Miami Open is in full swing. Lots of photos from the second stop of the Sunshine Double and more BELOW.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Remains of the Day (03/22)

Hot Cat of the Day: Someone went to the vet today ...

and he wasn't very happy about it! #HarveyTheCat


Can't wait to check out fellow Arizonian Holly Lorka's gender-dysphoria memoir, "Handsome: Stories of an Awkward Girl Boy Human":
As a horny little kid, Holly Lorka had no idea why God had put her in the wrong body and made her want to kiss girls. She had questions: Was she a monster? Would she ever be able to grow sideburns? And most importantly, where was her penis? The problem was, it was the 1970s, so there were no answers yet. 

Here, Lorka tells the story -- by turns hilarious and poignant -- of her romp through the first 50 years of her life searching for sex, love, acceptance and answers to her questions. With a sharp wit, endearing innocence, and indelible sense of optimism, she struggles through the awkward years (spoiler: that’s all of them) and discovers that what she thought were mistakes are actually powerful tools to launch her into a magical -- and ridiculous -- life. Oh, and she discovers that she can buy a penis at the store, too.
Order HERE.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

On the Rag, Vol. 801


Take a gamble on a Venezuelan, DJ Minx is in tune with herself; Chef Dominique Crenn "is a rebel with a cause"; and more in this week's magazine roundup BELOW.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Remains of the Day (03/20)

NBC News: 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. have suffered from religious trauma at some point in their life, according to a study: “Imagine being told by everyone you trusted that you’re going to hell because you like men.” 

Wrestle Wednesday: Your sausage is served

Chronicle of Higher Education: How queer theory turned its back on gay men:
Gay [white] men have been the special targets of some queer theorists’ most characteristic resentments, made to bear the symbolic burden of the ills of capitalism, racism, imperialism, etc. to other member groups within an imagined coalition of sexual minorities.

Even as they face, as they historically have faced, particularly intense challenges of homophobic violence, discrimination, and sexual health, gay men are made to appear as living emblems of privilege and dubious political action -- just as they had earlier in the discourses of the communist left and nationalist right. The academic field dedicated to overcoming our vast inheritance of homophobia ironically perpetuates it.