TIFF 2022: Will-o’-the-Wisp

★★★★ As unique and singular as it is explosively sexual yet weirdly heartwarming and playful, co-writer/director João Pedro Rodrigues’s Will-o’-the-Wisp is truly a delight. Having no familiarity with the works of Portuguese filmmaker Rodrigues, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Would this be one of those films that only mildly explores its queer content, … Continue reading TIFF 2022: Will-o’-the-Wisp

Venice 2022: Three Nights a Week

★★★★ It warms my heart to see the popularity of drag queens soaring over the past decade. Little indie Three Nights a Week is a celebration of the real work that goes into being a successful drag performer—furthermore, it pays loving tribute to the faces behind the makeup and lashes. Through the lens of “straight” … Continue reading Venice 2022: Three Nights a Week

Film Review: Look Both Ways

★★ I absolutely adore Lili Reinhart in CW’s Riverdale, and she was a true highlight in films like Hustlers and Chemical Hearts. Now, romantic dramedy Look Both Ways calls on Reinhart to approach adulthood through two different perspectives that could lead to similar outcomes. While the concept behind this Netflix movie is charming and delightful, … Continue reading Film Review: Look Both Ways

Film Review: Purple Hearts

★★★★ Purple Hearts is a richly-sketched romance punctuated by terrific original songs cowritten by lead Sofia Carson (Disney’s Descendants, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists). Carson’s Cassie and love interest Luke (Nicholas Galitzine, 2021’s Cinderella, excellent queer drama Handsome Devil) have chemistry that one can feel from their very first encounter. Spruced up by the musicality … Continue reading Film Review: Purple Hearts

TV Review: Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

All the way back in 2010, ABC Family (now Freeform) had a hit on their hands. Based on the bestselling book series by Sara Shepard and show-run by I. Marlene King, the original Pretty Little Liars was a mixed bag of minor horror inspiration, pulpy soap-opera dramatics, and a never-ending array of mysteries to be … Continue reading TV Review: Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin