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The Florida Science Project

by Willow Maclay Sidney Drew's 1914 landmark silent gender bender comedy, A Florida Enchantment, is likely only canonized due to it being one of the first of its kind, but that, in and of itself, is nothing to minimize. Over one hundred years old, it would...

Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down!

by Kyle Turner As playful and slick, as smart and self-possessed as its subject, the genius of Mary Harron’s The Notorious Bettie Page is dolled consistently throughout the film, but first appears, albeit faux-coyly, in its first scene. Jostling the audience back to New York in...

Who Is You, Chiron?

by Caden Mark Gardner “A child is born and he is given a name. Suddenly, he can see himself. He recognizes his position in the world. For many, this experience, like that of being born, is one of horror.”- Poison (1991) by Todd Haynes The recognition of one’s...

Queerness in Some Like It Hot

by Ella Donald “I can never have children!” “We can adopt some.” “But you don't understand, Osgood! I'm a man!” “Well, nobody's perfect!” There was a fixture in my childhood, a figure ever-present on screen through the years I was learning to see the world around me. Her name was...

SEAMEN / SEE MEN / SEMEN

by Caden Mark Gardner Kenneth Anger’s experimental films were a cocktail of pop and subversion. A child of Hollywood, he became a pioneer and forefather to the music video, queer cinema, and avant-garde cinema of the latter 20th century.  Whether it was dealing with the occult...

Dreaming of You: Selena’s Queer Legacy

by Manuel Betancourt Selena Quintanilla is the ultimate border-crossing queen. Born in Lake Jackson, Texas to a Mexican-American family, she managed what seemed impossible: she made crossover hits out of songs that combined elements from both sides of the border. But Selena doesn’t just exist at the...

The Doom Generation: A Heterosexual Movie

by Evan Purchell If there’s anything immediately shocking about Gregg Araki’s 1995 film The Doom Generation, it’s not the sex, the mayhem, the whatever – it’s the way it’s billed: “A Heterosexual Movie.” That Araki, whose aggressively gay previous films brought a punk charge to the...

Velvet in Furs: Velvet Goldmine

by Kyle Turner Alien. Otherworldly. Beyond the heavens. However you could describe David Bowie, all he had to say was, “I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.” For the artist occasionally known as Ziggy Stardust—preceding the artists like Madonna and Lady Gaga—Bowie was aware...