BY Advocate.com Editors
January 29 2010 2:00 PM ET
Amelia - OK, this Mira Nair-directed biopic on the female flying ace has been referred to as a "dud" by critics, but it's required viewing for any Hilary Swank or Richard Gere fan. Hey, they exist.
Zombieland - Despite the fact that they're scrambling to survive after a zombie takeover, Emma Stone remains gorgeous and ass-kicking in Zombieland. No wonder Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson fall for her and her sister's (played by Abigail Breslin) devices on several occasions. Is it just us, or is Eisenberg a more interesting version of Michael Cera? Just saying.
Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis - While this documentary touches on Davis’s colorful off-camera life, it primarily incorporates film clips and interviews to examine her lingering appeal to legions of gay followers. A number of gay historians, biographers, drag performers, and career-long Davis impersonator Matthew Martin offer insight into the link between the great star and the gay community.
This Is It -A concert film without a real concert, this backstage pass-glimpse into the rehearsal process of what might have been the late Michael Jackson’s triumphant return to performing still demonstrates the gloved one’s masterful ability to thrill audiences. Assembled from rehearsal footage of the planned series of concerts in London, This Is It offers a provocative glimpse of what might have been. Exclusive featurettes offer director Kenny Ortega and Jackson’s crew sharing personal stories about working with the superstar.
Edge of Darkness – We can blame this BBC serial for Mel Gibson’s sudden return to the spotlight after seven glorious years of near silence. Director Martin Campbell remakes his BBC series starring Gibson, out in theatres today, but the far superior original from 1985 (out on DVD since late last year) tells a riveting tale of a policeman (Bob Peck) driven to the brink searching for the man who killed his daughter (a pre Val Kilmer Joanne Whalley). There’s not a lot that’s gay here (OK, nothing really), but by going with the original instead of the remake, think of it this way – you avoid supporting the allegedly antigay.
Boogie Nights on Blu-Ray – Everything that was profound about the film when it hit theatres in 1997 (making huge stars out of Mark Wahlberg and an already rising Julianne Moore) is intensified here. Paul Thomas Anderson’s porn industry diatribe holds up well over time, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s performance as the gay sound guy who is in love with Dirk still steals the film. The Blu-ray includes commentary from Anderson and eight scenes cut from the original film.
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