Category Archives: The Eighties

Tears in Rain: Blade Runner (1982) from a queer perspective

Anyone who is a fan of original the Blade Runner is familiar with its history: It was box office flop when it was released in 1982 and  got a second life when it was released on video—one of the first … Continue reading

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Is “BPM: Beats Per Minute” the AIDS epic we’ve been waiting for?

On Monday night I saw the French film, BPM: Beats Per Minute, at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The story follows the members of the Paris chapter of ACT-UP in the early nineties. At the time the film takes place, … Continue reading

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That thing I didn’t do in Toronto

Visiting Toronto always feels like I’m watching a home movie about my life. Toronto was the first city I lived in on my own after I left home. It’s been nearly 30 years since I moved to Vancouver, but whenever … Continue reading

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Old Friends: Revisiting Armistead Maupin and the Tales of the City.

On Friday I saw the new Armistead Maupin documentary, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. The movie is basically a love letter to Armistead Maupin and the Tales of the City. I liked the film, even though there were moments … Continue reading

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Back to my Roots: All the books I’ve loved before

A couple of weeks ago I saw a great musical by  the local playwright, Dave Deveau, called the Elbow Room: The Musical, about the Davie Street breakfast spot that is an institution in Vancouver’s gay community. I’m sucker for stories … Continue reading

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The Lady on the Train

I come from a large family, so I have a lot respect people’s personal space. If I’m you’re neighbour, I’ll try to keep the volume of my music and TV down. I don’t man-spread on public transit, and I take … Continue reading

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Summer of Love: Eighties Edition

The best part about living on The Drive is having the The Rio Theatre at my disposal. One of my favourite past-times is watching films from my youth on the big screen even though I could probably see them for … Continue reading

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