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David Ehrenstein

David Ehrenstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020) To put it another way, Bill Cunningham is a sort of secular Saint...‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
42% Vita & Virginia (2019) It's not a pretty picture, but it's a true one, ad same-sex couples who've "been there" are sure to be thankful for Vita and Virgina as much as the Bloomsbury adepts who'll be certain to flock to it.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Outside of Adolf Eichmann's trial, I daresay nothing this individually monstrous has been seen on screen before.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
82% Judy (2019) Zellweger's womanlike skill is strikingly admirable but the passion of Judy Garland just didn't zing the strings of my heart.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
90% Dark Waters (2019) Hynes delivers the bad news with added assurance that consciousness and comprehension are the best disinfectants of them all.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) That this hapless, incoherent mess brings down the curtain on a fabled filmmaker's career when it was expected to cap it is lamentable, but not entirely unpredictable.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy's turn at the "serious" bat in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is something quite special.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
100% Just Charlie (2018) One of most moving and insightful films about the trans experience ever made.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) That Daniel Day-Lewis, whose career was launched when he played a cheeky gay punk with a Pakistani boyfriend in "My Beautiful Laundrette," has elected to end his career with this closet caper is more than a tad depressing.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) As a gay love story, told without judgment and without apology, it's something that would have seemed unthinkable not so very long ago - and that feels like progress.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
83% Handsome Devil (2017) ... "Handsome Devil" is a lively gay romance, even though it isn't all that romantic.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
86% Loev (2015) ... there's also no doubt that Sudhanshu Saria will have a great career if he can continue to make films as tender, insightful and surprising as this one.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
90% 4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) ... for those who warm to [director Jérȏme] Reybaud's cinematic rhythm will find "Four Days in France" to be one of the best gay films in years.‐ Los Angeles Blade
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
No Score Yet Segunda Piel (Second Skin) (1999) Though very well-acted, it's not the film it could have been.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
77% Ivans Xtc (2002) Shot on High Definition video, this exceptionally well-made but exceedingly bleak peek at tinseltown would be unbearable were it not for the sympathetic performance of Danny Huston... ‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
54% KM.0 (2001) It's this same disinclination to judge that allows Km. 0 to move from raucous comedy to bittersweet romance... ‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
87% Nico and Dani (Krámpack) (2000) ... the film goes a long way toward dispelling myths of innocence and purity, while showing that teen-agers can sometimes be wise enough to figure out some of life's most important lessons for themselves.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
39% Light It Up (1999) ... it's this sense of the "real" that not only keeps Light It Up lively but that marks it -- for all its visual flair -- as happily out of step with a zeitgeist enamored of naught but money and notoriety as the wildly overhyped millennium turns.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
49% How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) The timing couldn't be better for How Stella Got Her Groove Back.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
63% Head On (1999) ... the movie demonstrates just how hard coming out can be, especially for those more at war with themselves than with the culture around them.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
72% Urbania (2000) Shear never shirks from the horrors of gay city life--but he doesn't ignore the tenderness either.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
78% Edge of Seventeen (1999) ... it's a calm, clear-eyed portrait of a particular kid trying to figure out -- like teenagers of all kinds the world over -- who he is and where he fits in.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
39% Better than Chocolate (1999) ... for those looking for more, they'll have to tell the filmmaking chefs to put something other than Chocolate on the menu.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
95% Gods and Monsters (1998) In short, it's a moment, and a film, about compassion.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
29% Party Monster (2003) ... shows that there's a lot more to this sordid story than first meets the jaundiced eye.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
39% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) Director Jamie Babbit and screenwriter Brian Wayne Peterson haven't attacked their target as effectively as they might, but as mild as it may be, Cheerleader underscores the fact that gender roles are ideological in nature.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
64% The Broken Hearts Club (2000) In short, audiences may be buying a ticket to see Dean Cain kiss another guy, but there's a lot more to The Broken Hearts Club than that lovely sight.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
96% The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) A lot has happened in the 25 years between Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning 1984 documentary and Gus Van Sant's biopic, but the subject of the nation's signal gay rights leader is as relevant as ever.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2009
20% Factory Girl (2007) Sienna Miller captures much of Edie's physical manner and some of her voice (though she's nowhere near deep enough), but there's nothing she can do with material that requires her to mope and pout for the bulk of her screen time.‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 28, 2006
74% His Secret Life (2001) Ozpetek joins the ranks of those gay filmmakers who have used the emigre experience to explore same-sex culture in ways that elude the more nationally settled.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2003
96% Apollo 13 (1995) The sight of the spaceship on the launching pad is duly impressive in IMAX dimensions, as are shots of the astronauts floating in their cabins.‐ New Times
Posted Sep 19, 2002
77% Quitting (2002) This is darkest drama reminiscent of Antonin Artaud's literary experiments in psychoanalysis.‐ New Times
Posted Sep 12, 2002
69% All About Lily Chou-Chou (2002) While this has the making of melodrama, the filmmaker cuts against this natural grain, producing a work that's more interested in asking questions than in answering them.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 15, 2002
90% The Cockettes (2002) In addition to lively interviews with surviving Cockettes features a dizzying array of vintage footage of the troupe in action.‐ New Times
Posted Jul 25, 2002
84% Margaret Cho - Notorious C.H.O. (2002) Cho continues her exploration of the outer limits of raunch with considerable brio.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2002
20% Circuit (2001) What's most memorable about Circuit is that it's shot on digital video, whose tiny camera enables Shafer to navigate spaces both large ... and small ... with considerable aplomb.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2002
88% The Komediant (2000) While centered on the life experiences of a particular theatrical family, this marvelous documentary touches -- ever so gracefully -- on the entire history of the Yiddish theater, both in America and Israel.‐ New Times
Posted May 23, 2002
100% Pépé le Moko (1937) A vehicle for Jean Gabin whose quicksilver charm hasn't aged in over 60 years.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2002
50% Esther Kahn (2001) Beautifully produced.‐ New Times
Posted Apr 11, 2002
96% Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001) It's a subtle mood piece in which a man's collapse is examined so rigorously that one almost hopes for a murder to come along and break the tension.‐ New Times
Posted Apr 11, 2002
52% American Chai (2002) Though the climactic revelation and resolution is expected, the film is full of fresh and unexpected observations about the cross-culturally complex lives of second-generation Indians living in the U.S.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2002
12% Sorority Boys (2002) Not only unfunny, but downright repellent.‐ New Times
Posted Mar 28, 2002
71% Drift (2001) Shot on digital video, with a sharp eye for Los Angeles locales, this is a well-shaped piece of work -- despite its overly earnest characters' penchant for psychobabble.‐ New Times
Posted Mar 21, 2002
88% Female Trouble (1974) How do you follow-up Pink Flamingos? Not with a work that tries to outdo that classic gross-out comedy, but rather by moving in another direction entirely that's just as subversive, if not more so.‐ New Times
Posted Mar 14, 2002
69% Chop Suey (2001) With footage of Faye in performance, and interviews with her friends and associates, Weber uses Faye as base from which to branch out in bizarre directions.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2002
89% Trembling Before G-d (2001) ... deeply moving and exceptionally gracious piece of documentary filmmaking.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2002
86% The Way We Laughed (1998) Beautifully made and performed, this is a film of considerable insight into both the life of the impoverished and the mystery of human personality.‐ New Times
Posted Feb 7, 2002
47% The Fluffer (2003) A film for the chastened romantic in us all -- gay, straight or 'for pay.'‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2002
33% Eban and Charley (2000) Few things are quite as frustrating as a film that chooses a highly controversial subject then proceeds to give it the kid-glove treatment.‐ New Times
Posted Jan 11, 2002
71% Princesa (2001) Princesa, like its heroine, is not at all what it seems at first. For its immediately straightforward melodramatics leave in the film's wake a haunting afterglow of a life not easily resolved by a screenplay's third act.‐ New Times
Posted Jan 10, 2002