NewFest 2023: All of Us Strangers

★★★★★ Over the last decade in particular, the evolution of queer dramas has been monumental to behold. With an over abundance of important stories finally being told, it becomes increasingly commonplace for the truly great ones to somehow slip through the cracks. This year alone, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and … Continue reading NewFest 2023: All of Us Strangers

NewFest 2023: Fellow Travelers

As a rabid consumer of queer content, one would reasonably assume that AIDS-related materials have been fully exhausted by this point. What more could another entry in the depressing (but fiercely important) time period have to say? Are we not past the type of tearjerking movies and shows that use gay folks as cannon fodder … Continue reading NewFest 2023: Fellow Travelers

NewFest 2023: National Anthem

★★★★★ A pure coming-of-age queer delight, National Anthem cements Charlie Plummer as a fiercely talented indie darling. Co-writer/director Luke Gilford brings a unique visual style to an intimate story: a veritable showcase of gorgeous cinematography, and breathtaking New Mexico scenery. This is a decidedly different take on the American dream. Sometimes, finding one’s tribe could … Continue reading NewFest 2023: National Anthem

NewFest Pride 2023: Fairyland

★★★ For my final film of the excellent early summer surprise that was NewFest Pride, Andrew Durham’s depressing AIDS-era drama Fairyland fit the bill. This queer movie features two harrowing lead performances from Scoot McNairy and Emilia Jones, and enough tragedy and melodrama to comply with any generic LGBT+ criteria. Written and directed by Andrew … Continue reading NewFest Pride 2023: Fairyland

NewFest Pride 2023: Bottoms

★★★★ Existing in some kind of warped, super satirical version of our own reality, Bottoms serves up the ultimate version of high school ridiculousness. What makes this film such a brilliant exploration of friendship, horniness, and female empowerment? How does writer/director Emma Seligman manage to hit the cringe comedy sweet spot? By creating a twisted … Continue reading NewFest Pride 2023: Bottoms

NewFest Pride 2023: Problemista

★★★★★ A colorful explosion of dark comedy perfection, A24 gem Problemista is 2023’s queer masterpiece. Written, directed, produced by, and starring SNL wunderkind Julio Torres, Problemista isn’t afraid to ask the important questions. What’s with those pesky bank overdraft fees? Why do expensive restaurants always have walnuts in their salads? Most importantly: why is the … Continue reading NewFest Pride 2023: Problemista