In a Sea of 90 Minute Live Show Extravaganzas in Vegas, THE Show to See is BAZ!

By: Steve V. Rodriguez Whether you’re into his latest Netflix show, “The Get Down” or not, one can’t deny Baz Luhrmann’s imaginative influence on film from “Strictly Ballroom”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby”. These four films are part of a current show from the For the Record producers entitled, “BAZ – […] Click to read more »

Dinner and a Classic or Cult Movie has Never Been more Fun than at The Metrograph – NYC

By: Steve V. Rodriguez Catching a flick used to be a fun outing with friends until over hyped blockbusters and umpteen sequels dominated our multiplex cinemas, plus it now seems like one needs to allot 25 extra minutes for too many trailers and commercials. Thank goodness for the current trend of offering customers an experience […] Click to read more »

“Little Men” – A Perfect Showcase For a Cinema Auteur

By Kevin M. Thomas @ReelKev First and foremost, let’s clear the air. Director/writer Ira Sachs is not the heir to the Goldman Sachs dynasty so people shouldn’t wonder why he turns to crowd funding to make movies. With that out of the way, he was more than accommodating in discussing his latest film, “Little Men,” […] Click to read more »

The Fascinating Story of the Man Behind Hollywood’s Silver Screen Glamour from Bette Davis to Marilyn Monroe

You’ve seen his work in hundreds of classic films like “Some Like It Hot”, “Casablanca”, “An American in Paris” and “Now Voyager” to name a sliver of his work dressing the most iconic actresses of our time including, Rosalind Russell, Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davis. His name is Orry-Kelly and his work and life are […] Click to read more »

Broadway Caliber “City of Angels” Production Is Likely SF Playhouse’s Best Work

by Kevin M. Thomas @ReelKev The San Francisco Playhouse has done the amazing. Like their current production, “City of Angels” the musical, they take us back to a time of days gone by. While “Angels” takes us back to the 1940s, the Playhouse transports us back to the early 1990s as this production is as […] Click to read more »

LA’s Outfest: AIDS-Themed “Pushing Dead” Pushes Envelope Between Comedy and Drama by Kevin M. Thomas

by Kevin M. Thomas @ReelKev Here’s a funny one for you. A struggling writer with HIV is dropped from his health plan and is unable to fill his prescriptions due to his meager income. This seemingly dark film, “Pushing Dead,” is actually also a funny comedy and was one of the best films at San […] Click to read more »

Road Trip “Retake” Likely to Be a Highlight at LA’s Outfest

By Kevin M. Thomas @ReelKev Thank goodness Tuc Watkins wasn’t available for the interview I did for the movie “Retake.” I caught up with his co-star Devon Graye as well as director/writer Nick Corporon, cinematographer/co-writer Collin Brazie and producer Sean Mandell when they were at San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival and on their way to […] Click to read more »

“Laughter” is Clear and Present in SF Production of Noel Coward Comedy

by Kevin M. Thomas @ReelKev Noel Coward’s wit is timeless. Most of his best work was done in the 1930s. Yet his sophisticated and often subversive romps are still fresh and lively and often teeming with sexual innuendo – often blatantly gay. Such is the case of “Present Laughter,” his 1939 play that is presently […] Click to read more »

Frameline is Fabulous at 40 With Diverse LGBT Narrative Features

by Kevin M. Thomas @reelkev Frameline, the LGBT film festival, hasn’t even begun to show its age as it begins its 40th Anniversary in the Bay Area beginning June 16, 2016. While there are not enough hours in the day to see every movie in advance, but from the over 45 films I’ve seen so […] Click to read more »