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- 06/23/17--15:25: I, Anonymous: Give Us Your Pride Stories!
- 06/23/17--15:37: Sad Sam Elliott: Growing Old with The Hero
The good, the bad, the queer AF. by Anonymous
Hey ya’ll, how[’s] [was] PRIDE?
Want to tell us about it?
Now is your CHANCE to give us the dirt on all your Pride fun in the summer sun—the missed connections or sexual escapades with attractive strangers, the fabulous drag shows, the terrible heat and/or traffic, the annoying straight people, the Grindr adventures, how you danced until dawn (or even how you fell asleep watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and missed all the action). Or anything that’s on your mind, really!
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And remember, it is always and forever COMPLETELY anonymous…so your red state relatives will never know what you’ve been up to!
by Erik Henriksen
This week's entry into the illustrious genre of Indie Movies About Sad Old Men, The Hero follows Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott), a 71-year-old movie star who's keenly aware that he's about 40 years past his prime. Pros: Lee gets to hang out all day getting stoned and watching Buster Keaton movies with his buddy/pot dealer (Nick Offerman). Cons: Aside from shilling for barbecue sauce, he's not getting much work, and he's got a nearly nonexistent relationship with his daughter (Krysten Ritter, at her Krysten Ritteriest). So, you know: pretty old, pretty sad.
by Charles Mudede
Here are best films made about black American worlds, and in this order:
To Sleep With Anger - Charles Burnett
Devil In A Blue Dress - Carl FranklinMoonlight - Barry Jenkins
Do the Right Thing - Spike Lee
The Color Purple - Steven Spielberg
Daughters of the Dust - Julia Dash
Killer of Sheep - Charles Burnett
She's Got Have It - Spike Lee
Eves Bayou - Kasi Lemmons
Fences Denzel Washington
As you can see, there is only one white director in this list. It's Steven Spielberg. Elizabeth Banks apparently has never heard of his film The Color Purple, otherwise she would not have made the statement that Spielberg had never made a film with a female lead. Indeed, not only does the film have females leads, it launched the career of a black woman, Whoopi Goldberg; claimed the best performance of an American (and black) icon, Oprah Winfrey; and is based on a book by one of the three black women writers (Alice Walker) who revolutionized black American literature in the 1970s (the other two being Toni Cade Bambara and Toni Morrison).
I will even go as far as to say that Steven Spielberg.'s adaptation is actually better than the book—which lacks the blues, the slow poetry, the pastoral beauty of the film. I will even go as far as to say that The Color Purple is (in terms of a work of art) Spielberg's best film. Banks' line of attack exposed her ignorance (and, according to The Root, privilege).