Category Archives: Art & Film
WBUR recently published The 50 Best Works of Public Art in Greater Boston, ranked. WBUR Arts reporter, Greg Cook, opens the article pointing to past criticisms by other Boston art critics who complain of a lack of imagination and a history of having too many sculptures of sports heroes and old white politicians.
Boston’s public art isn’t what is stodgy as much as it might be those whining art critics who must only walk around Beacon Hill, The Back Bay and Government Center. If they ever visited other neighborhoods they might be surprised by what they see. While I agree that Boston has a ton of art dedicated to athletes and politicians let’s remember this is a sports town of the first order and there was this little thing called the American Revolution which started here so we should have a lot of those statues – it’s what the tourists come here to see.
I have to compliment Cook on his list of public art, but in this blog post I’ve added a few favorites of mine which didn’t make his list. Notably I’d like to also share a 2015 article from Boston Magazine, which was dedicated to the amazing street art that dominates much of Allston, Neighborhood Public Art: Allston.
I would also like to give a shout out to the Underground Ink Block park, which opened last year and I think was overlooked. It shares more creative graffiti street art under the I-93 expressway along the South End / Southie border. Below are some examples of what you’ll find in this new park.
This week’s Saturday morning comics blog post includes both Adam and Andy as well as Casey At The Bat. Enjoy & share this weeks’ comics and then go check out their respective websites and share them with your friends.ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about this strip by visiting, adamandandy.com.
Click on this week’s comic to enlargeClick here if you want to see the previous Casey At The Bat
Attention all you movie lovers – Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, a.k.a. “Wicked Queer”, starts today. Wicked Queer runs through April 8 at area venues including the MFA Boston, Emerson’s Paramount Center and Brattle Theatre. This year’s festival has many films that deal with the timely topic of refugees and immigrants, a complex issue that’s even more complicated for LGBT community.
The Boston Globe provided a nice write up about this film festival, one of the oldest / longest running in the country, which you can read here, LGBT Film Festival takes on immigration.
For a complete listing and to purchase tickets (which I strongly encourage you to do) visit, wickedqueer.org/events.
Out.com has published a list of what they are referring to as “the best gay films of 2017“. The article suggests that gay film making no longer has to “go mainstream” because, of late, the best new films have been gay movies. I don’t quite share the writer’s optimism of either gay films being mainstream or all the best films having gay themes. However, my biggest issue with their list is that it doesn’t include the 2017 Oscar nominated, Call Me By Your Name.
Out Magazine’s List of 12 Best Gay Films of 2017
A Quiet Passion is Terence Davies’ biography of poet Emily Dickinson
Paris: 05:59: Theo & Hugo is the love story of the year for its PREP-era consciousness and focus on emotional intimacy
Four Days in France turns a romantic break-up into a rediscovery of personal, national, cultural unity
Staying Vertical is Alain Guiraudie’s challenge to the hypocrisy of a society unprepared for a gay man who wants to be a parent
My Life as a Zucchini is the year’s best animated film (I wonder if the X-rated version of this is an eggplant)
Frantz is Francois Ozon’s adaptation of Ernst Lubitsch’s The Man I Killed, turning a World War I memorial into powerful fraternal passion
The Assignment is Walter Hill’s transgender crime movie in which mad scientist Sigourney Weaver turns a hit man into Michelle Rodriguez
BPM is Robin Campillo’s epic parade of AIDS activism in ‘80s Paris. Its array of emotions, personalities and politics is tragic and euphoric
NOTE: This is playing at the Wicked Queer Film Festival for free on April 5th
Tom of Finland is Dome Karukoski’s instant-classic bio-pic about the icon of gay erotica
The Ornithologist is Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ exploration of gay spirituality as erotically embodied by Paul Hamy, a scientist on a surreal journey through metaphorical wilderness to religious revelation
God’s Own Country is Francis Lee’s star-crossed romance between a Yorkshire shepherd and a Romanian immigrant
Dream Boat by Tristan Ferland Milewski turns a documentary about a gay pleasure cruise into something much more
Are there any movies you think should’ve been on this list? If so, share your thoughts in the comments section.