by Scoobie Davis
Friday night, I saw the double feature at the New Beverly Cinema: Garden State and Napoleon Dynamite. Both were excellent--especially Napoleon Dynamite which made me howl.
Last Wednesday, there was a screening of one of my favorite films Auntie Mame at the Egyptian Theatre. It was sponsored by Outfest, "a leading showcase for diverse, international gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender film and video." Perhaps it's because I'm a clueless breeder but I didn't know that Auntie Mame is a popular film with the GLBT community. When I saw the film, I realized how many in the GLBT community could relate to it. They had an open bar (sponsored by Absolut) and Q & A with three of the stars of the film before the film. It was a blast. This blog doesn't generally deal with GLBT issues (though I felt a lot of pride when schlock researcher Jeffrey Satinover named me a critic). I think I should be involved with the GLBT community more. Accordingly, I'm making a new year's resolution to meet as many bisexual women as possible.
The cinematic news is not all good. A while back, I asked if anyone had seen Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain... Begins to Die, a film put out by Citizens United, a group run by Floyd Brown and David Bossie.
Anyhow, I finally broke down and bought it on Amazon.com. It's not as bad as The Eternal Jew or Triumph of the Will--it's more like a modern version of The Clinton Chronicles.
It is a disgrace to documentary filmmaking. It is shoddy, ham-handed--and most important--intellectually dishonest. Mind you, I write this after only watching about 15 minutes of it! I haven't even gotten to the part where they interview Swift Boat Liar John O'Neill. What's ironic about it is that Celsius 41.11's official web site calls the film an attempt "to refute the propaganda in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11." I will have more on this film later.