NathanielRogers is older than Penélope Cruz, younger than Nicole Kidman and hasneither dated nor signed a contract with Tom Cruise. He blogs daily at The Film Experience.
Pardon my drawl but I've been in Tennessee all week and it's starting to sink in. I've been jurying at the 40th annual Nashville Film Festival (NaFF). Festivals are like cinematic bubbles. You become closed off from the real word movie news. That said I do know that Channing Tatum is ready to brawl. I keep tabs, y'all. So a quick word on new releases before the same sex oriented bits.
Take One: Opening This Weekend.
Has Beyoncé finally made her Glitter? One can only hope that OBSESSED is "so bad it's good" because it certainly doesn't look "good". Upgrade U(r film career, Ms. Fierce). If you're not looking for a catfight but a boy brawl, Channing Tatum will provide in Dito Montiel's FIGHTING. This is the director and star's second film together (the first was A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) and they're already planning their third. They're like a low rent Scorsese/DiCaprio. Finally, there's THE SOLOIST in which Oscar-less Robert Downey Jr plays a reporter to Jamie Foxx's schizophrenic homeless musician. If RDJ wants an Oscar he's going to have to start playing the schizophrenic homeless musicians.
Take Two: New Gay Films
Nashville isn't exactly mecca for gay cinema, but it had its moments. Ready for the (vaguely NSFW) gayest moment in the festival movies? It's AFTER THE JUMP
NaFF featured only one fictional gay film, the lesbian comedy THE BABY FORMULA but documentaries were out in force. ASK NOT examined the military's failed "don't ask/don't tell" policy (but strangely skimped on lesbians in the military), HOUSE OF NUMBERS saught clarity and understanding rather than the heavily politicizing which surrounds the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and SHAKESPEARE AND VICTOR HUGO'S INTIMACIES listened to old women at a lodging home reminiscing about a young beautiful and talented homosexual who once lived with them. He may or may not have been a serial killer.
But the cream of the festival crop was the riveting PRODIGAL SONS, an autobiographical docu-memoir from transgendered filmmaker Kimberly Reed (pictured left). I expect the film will have many champions when it sees release sometime later this year. [Pssst. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attended the screening before mine and I hope they were as wowed as I was] The film begins as Kimberly returns to her 20 year high school reunion in Montana where she was once "Paul", the handsome star quarterback. While she's there she hopes to mend her relationship with her adopted brother. And that's just the beginning of this incredibly moving, twisty story of a troubled but loving family struggling with gender, biology, sexuality, family rifts, grief, sibling rivalry and mental illness. Keep an eye out for this film. It's great.
But maybe you didn't read any of this…
You're still thinking about Channing Tatum and the guaranteed homo-eroticism of "fighting" movies, aren't you?