Tag Archives: Art and Film

Tom of Finland opens in Boston today

gay film, gay cinema, independent filmThe critically acclaimed biopic, Tom of Finland, which opened earlier this year in select cities in the United States finally opens in Boston today. I was able to see the film last week at Emerson College through their Bright Lights series, and I really enjoyed it.

The film which opens near the conclusion of WWII in Finland runs for nearly two hours and chronicles the life of Touko Laaksonen, the artist who created Tom of Finland.  The movie was directed by award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski. He does an excellent job sharing the life and work of Laaksonen.

A “Boston Release” page has been created on Facebook to make it easier to get tickets to one of the screenings for the opening weekend at the Kendall Cinema.

Tom of Finland Boston Release

Call Me By Your Name opens in Boston Dec 22

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Call Me By Your Name opens in Boston, Dec. 22nd

A gay-themed movie that I’ve been raving about lately (read my movie review here) will finally open in Boston on Friday, December 22nd at The Kendall and Loews Theater. The film has been picking up accolades nearly everywhere and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Oscar nominations.

Boston Gay Men’s Movie Group has arranged for a meet up event at the Kendall Cinema to see a matinee showing on Saturday, December 23rd. If you want to learn more visit the meetup page here: Boston Gay Men’s Movie Group.

The story is based on a book by the same name written by by Andre Aciman. If interested you can read my book review here.

Kendall Cinema (Cambridge)
AMC Loews Theater (Boston)
The Coolidge (Brookline)

Tom of Finland biopic movie comes to Boston

homoeroticThis past September I wrote about Dome Karukoski’s biopic of artist, Touko Laaksonen, who is best known as “Tom of Finland”. The movie follows Laaksonen from the trenches of WWII and the repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California. Eventually Laaksonen’s provocative art was adopted by the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad drawings served as a defiant emblem.

Boston’s Wicked Queer Film is co-hosting an early screening of Tom of Finland (which opened in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles in October) at Emerson College’s Paramount Theater on Thursday, December 7th, which has been put on by Emerson’s Bright Lights.

CLICK HERE: to see the preview showing of Tom of Finland
Presented by Bright Lights Series at Emerson University

Tickets are free for as long as seats remain available at Paramount Ticket Box.
The screening will take place in the Bright Family Screening Room  at the Paramount located at 559 Washington Street (near Chinatown and DTX T stations). The doors open at 6:30PM.

If you cannot join Wicked Queer at this preview showing, the movie will play at the Kendall Square cinema in Cambridge, starting Friday, December 15th. For showtimes and more details visit the Kendall Square Cinema website.

Movie review: Call Me By Your Name

gay literatureLast month I was invited to special screening of the book recently turned into a movie, Call Me By Your Name.  Below is a brief description of the story which remains ever so faithful to the book.

Movie Synopsis: It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa  living with his parents. Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, both love and dote on their only child. Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of Northern Italy, Elio and Oliver discover something in themselves that will alter their lives forever.

For those of you familiar with the book by André Aciman, the storyline will sound very familiar. For those who love the book, the good news is the movie does not disappoint. It comes to life in this coming of age story that touched me each time I read the book and did so again in the movie theater. It is ripe with scenes from the book like the infamous moment with the peach and the father son  tête-à-tête near the end of the movie is even more touching when viewed and Oscar worthy in my opinion.  The ending changes slightly and for once I side with the movie (not the book) preferring how the director Luca Guadagnino chose to close the movie with a very emotional Elio who’s feelings flit across his face as the movie credits roll on the screen.

Call Me By Your Name will be released in the United States on November 24th and I strongly encourage you to see it.

Wicked Queer Cinema Club presents Apricot Groves

Fat CatDo you love independent film? Check out the Wicked Queer, (formerly “The Boston LGBT Film Festival”) Cinema Club. This group in conjunction with ArtsEmerson meets monthly to screen LGBT film and this Friday (November 3) they meet to see, Apricot Groves.

About Apricot Groves: Aram, the Iranian Armenian youth who has immigrated to the US in childhood returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend Narbeh met and lived with in the US. Narbeh sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead.

Click on the link below to learn more and get your tickets today.

Apricot Groves
Friday, November 3 at 7PM || $11.00
At The Paramount Center at Emerson College

Wicked Queer Cinema Club presents Heartstone

Fat CatDo you love independent film? You may want to check out the Wicked Queer, (formerly “The Boston LGBT Film Festival”) Cinema Club. This group in conjunction with ArtsEmerson meets monthly to screen LGBT film and next Friday (October 6) they meet to see, Heartstone.

Heartstone takes place in a remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

Click on the link below to learn more and get your tickets today.

Friday, October 6 at 7PM || $11.00
At The Paramount Center at Emerson College

Battle of the Sexes opens today

I’m not much of a fan of going to the movies, but this true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and douchebag Bobby Riggs, may actually get me to go to the theater.

Emma Stone looks very believable as King and Steve Carroll appears every bit as obnoxious as Riggs who unfortunately also happens to remind me of another DB who currently lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.