Movie Review: Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is a beautiful movie with some pacing oddities. Over the course of three titled chapters, it shows the journey to manhood of Chiron, a gay black man who lives in an impoverished neighborhood plagued by drugs. Masculinity – or the semblance thereof – is the main theme here.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Gayby

gayby-2When a single lady (Jenn Harris as Jenn) wants to become a mother, she calls upon her gay best friend (Matthew Wilkas as Matt) to make a genetic donation and to co-parent. There are complications, some because of life happening, as it does, and some because the baby-happy couple seeks them out.… Read the rest

Book Review: Raumstation Sehnsücht

Konrad-und-Paul--Raumstation-SehnsuchtI really like the comics of Ralf König. The drawings are charming, the dialogues range from funny to hilarious and his books show the – maybe surprising – amount of humor woven into everyday spoken German.

Most of König’s work has a gay sensibility to it, painting a comedic picture of gay guys. … Read the rest

Book Review: American Savage

Cover American SavageTwo thoughts kept running through my mind as I was reading Dan Savage’s book of essays called American Savage – Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics. They were: ‘Preaching to the choir!’ and ‘God, am I glad that I do not live in America.’ Savage does an excellent job of poking holes in the rhetoric of right-wing, hypocritical and generally religious zealots (of which there seem to be a lot in the US) with regards to social issues.… Read the rest

Television Review: Please Like Me (Season 1 & 2)

Please-Like-Me-season-2Please Like Me seems a bit needy, as titles go. But it’s not hard to like this Australian series, which is a dramady with a documentary, understated feel to it. The lead is Josh (played by Josh Thomas), who gets dumped by his girlfriend in the first few minutes of the first episode.… Read the rest

Movie Review: A Single Man

A Single Man posterBased on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man tells the story of George (played by Colin Firth), an English teacher in Los Angeles during the sixties. He recently – suddenly – lost his long-term boyfriend and has a hard time coping.… Read the rest

Game Review: Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition (PC)

Borderlands 2 GOTYBorderlands is a shoot-and-loot franchise with the focus on multiplayer. I am not very familiar with this genre, having actively avoided it most of the time. I prefer shooters with emphasis on story and environment, rather than inventory management and acquiring stuff.… Read the rest

Television Review: True Blood

True_Blood posterIn the beginning True Blood must have been a fun outing for creator Alan Ball, as he had just wrapped up his high-quality but downbeat series Six Feet Under. True Blood started out as a somewhat slow, atmospheric soap about a little southern town that was dealing with a world in which vampire-kind had recently come out of the closet.… Read the rest

Movie Review: The Normal Heart

thenormalheart_posterThe eighties were not a good time to be gay. A generation of gay men was decimated because of a deadly virus, first called GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency), then AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Still high off the sexual revolution, gay men were living it up and celebrating, when it became apparent that an unwanted guest had snuck in and was starting to spoil the party.… Read the rest

Television Review: Looking (Season 1)

looking-posterLooking follows a trio of friends in San Francisco as they deal with various dating conundrums and relationship drama. The first season consists of just eight, 30-minute episodes – which sucks, because this series is great and addictive.

Some people have called Looking the gay(er) version of Sex and the City, although that doesn’t do the newcomer justice.… Read the rest