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Reality…What a Concept

On Sunday I finished reading the David Itzkoff’s, Robin, his biography of Robin Williams. I’ve always been a fan of Hollywood true stories, but they’re usually books about the Golden Age of Hollywood, like The Divine Feud, A Cast of … Continue reading

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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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Once More with Feeling: Re-reading 28 Barbary Lane

28 Barbary Lane: “Tales of the City” Books 1-3 by Armistead Maupin My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve bought and read these books. Tales of the City stills stands as one of my … 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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Does this hairstyle make my face look fat? Review of “The Princess Diarist”

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher My rating: 3 of 5 stars I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was expecting a book about the day-to-day antics of shooting one of the most popular movies … Continue reading

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Crazy Like a Princess

Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher My rating: 4 of 5 stars After reading Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic, I’m amazed the world had her for as long as it did. I’ve read most of Carrie Fisher’s books, and although I’m always impressed with … Continue reading

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When the going gets tough: Flash review of Born to Run

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was the only thing that got me through the 2016 US election. I loved reading about his relationship with Clarence Clemons and his father; his career … Continue reading

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