Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tag: TV

Screen Grabs: Heavy themes for heavy times

New movies: Social media manipulation, voter suppression, deportation, white nationalism... Oh, and Suzi Quatro!

Grab that virtual wig, it’s all aboard for Oaklash!

Weekend-long Oakland drag festival Oaklash (Fri/4-Sun/6 at www.twitch.tv/oaklash2020) has become such an integral part of the Bay Area queer performance scene that I was taken aback—aback, I say—when I remembered...

Screen Grabs: Get a funky zap from ‘Mr. Soul!’

One had hoped that the passage of over half a century from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s would provide a view of how far we’ve come as...

Arts Forecast: Local shows to stream on your screens

Local drag star and owner of SoMa club Oasis, D’Arcy Drollinger’s new show “Hot Trash” would probably not have been born under normal circumstances. But when COVID caused the...

Screen Grabs: Sentiment averse

Normally I wouldn’t bother explaining why a certain movie is not being covered in this column, but this weekend there’s a particular glut of ‘em, all of whose absence from greater...

Screen Grabs: Art imitates life

Social media political propaganda campaigns, sexual abuse accusations, invaded privacy—art certainly seems to be imitating life even more than usual amongst new streaming releases at present, and that’s just...

Screen Grabs: The shift evident, women directors rise

While the stampede of sexual harassment and assault accusations unleashed by the #MeToo movement may make it seem the entertainment industry is a sexist cesspool beyond redemption, in fact...

Foreign Correspondent: Russian bounty story falls flat

On June 26, in a major front page story, The New York Times wrote that Russia paid a bounty to the Taliban to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan last...

New restorations of Arthur Bressan Jr.’s films make for porn reborn

Imagine, if you will, a time before carefully categorized and context-free snippets and vignettes on PornHub—a time before 10,000 slangy, jokey descriptors turned sex into a comedy routine-meets-consumer transaction....

Screen Grabs: Welcome to Jewish Film Fest’s online ‘Cinegogue’

Four months into the COVID crisis (with no end in sight yet), many film festivals and organizations have had time to come up with alternatives to completely canceling their...