Funny how Toronto is described as "the centre of the universe" everywhere BUT Toronto. (Seriously, it's not.)
Ah, but from tonight until May 24th, it might as well be -- the 19th annual Inside Out LGBT Film & Video Festival is on! Among the highlights:
The 'Hogtown Homos' program features a collection of shorts from Toronto filmmakers, including the screenwriting debut of former Xtra writer Matt Guerin in 'The Golden Pin':
John Greyson brings 'Fig Trees,' his audacious and award-winning blend of documentary and opera featuring AIDS activists Tim McCaskell and Zackie Achmat. Here he is discussing it at an Italian film fest:
I'm looking forward to the documentary 'Sex Positive' for its look at the early AIDS crisis and the wildly different responses to it from activists Richard Berkowitz and Larry Kramer:
And, of course, if you loved Sean Penn
in 'Milk,' you owe it to yourself to see the real thing in the classic documentary 'The Times of Harvey Milk'
In a summer of nerdy thrill-rides like 'Star Trek,' 'Transformers,' 'Harry Potter' and 'Terminator,' the Inside Out festival is an oasis of fascinating film!
A film that sadly isn't playing at Inside Out, but hopefully coming soon to a theatre near you, is 'Outrage,' a documentary on closeted politicians in the US. In this outtake, the filmmakers asked an age-old question -- who's better in bed? Left or right wingers?
What are Chris Pine's politics, I wonder? The new Captain Kirk has made quite an impression -- even on straight 'Dogma' and 'Clerks' director Kevin Smith, who said:
"I'd watch that dude do anything...I'd watch
that dude have sex with my wife at this point. He's such a good actor."
But speaking of queer crushes, here's a new good news/bad news scenario: the long-shelved prison comedy-romance 'I Love You, Phillip Morris' is finally getting a release date
! The bad news is that the Jim Carrey
romance will be released on Valentine's Day 2010
! This is one of those rare occasions when 'straight-to-DVD' would've been a better option!
But if you're still resolved to just stay at home in front of the tube, I suppose you can't go wrong with tonight's season finale of 'Supernatural.' I swear the Winchester brothers get funnier and better-looking every week, especially when they recently discovered their online fan base:
And finally, in one month's time, it's the return of 'Six Feet Under' creator Alan Ball's southern-fried vampire soap 'True Blood.' Assuming you can tear your eyes away from costar Ryan Kwanten, the cool Bob Dylan-scored promo is below:
See you at the movies!