Suppressed Soundtracks: Tracking Camp Trajectory in American Queer Cinema’s Music, from Kubrick to Tarantino

“For now, it was lovely music that came to my aid. There was a window open with the stereo on, and I viddied right at once what to do.” ~ Alex DeLarge, A Clockwork Orange In Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian, totalitarian 1971 picture A Clockwork Orange, a musical motif is enough to incite violence – one movement of Beethoven’s “Symphony No.9 in D Major” enough to … Continue reading Suppressed Soundtracks: Tracking Camp Trajectory in American Queer Cinema’s Music, from Kubrick to Tarantino

“A Roman Wilderness of Pain”: The Doors, Wagner, The Rolling Stones and Western Escapism in the Postmodern, Warring World of Apocalypse Now

“We’ll have ourselves a hellavuh airstrike tonight. A lightshow. How do you like The Doors’: ‘C’mon Baby Light My Fire’?” ‘…I like it.’ “I love it.” ‘You’re crazy.’     ~ Col. Walter Kurtz and Capt. Benjamin Willard, Apocalypse Now, Screenplay (1979) It begins in a hellish firestorm. Vietnamese tree-lines fill with fluorescent yellow smoke; their foreign soil engulfed by American napalm. Accompanying the inferno: the … Continue reading “A Roman Wilderness of Pain”: The Doors, Wagner, The Rolling Stones and Western Escapism in the Postmodern, Warring World of Apocalypse Now

A White-Het Savior, Risen from the Mean, Masculine Streets of Philadelphia: Bruce Springsteen’s Queer Empathy and Its Cinematically Allusive, Filmic Form

“This guy, call him Bruce – no he’s not a queer, thank God, sir – will be a national hero.”                                                                             ~ Jefferson Morely, Rolling Stone, Oct. 1985. “…My … Continue reading A White-Het Savior, Risen from the Mean, Masculine Streets of Philadelphia: Bruce Springsteen’s Queer Empathy and Its Cinematically Allusive, Filmic Form

Festival Preview: David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption

David Lynch is returning to the world of Twin Peaks, bringing his coffee-consuming, log-loving surrealist soap back to the small screen next year. In the meantime, it looks like he’s building another zany, crazy world right in Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel. The avant-garde auteur has curated a typically Lynchian lineup for his first-ever Festival of Disruption, an October weekend that promises to be the most … Continue reading Festival Preview: David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption