By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com January 22 2010 10:40 AM ET
The Tooth Fairy - Is this a great cinematic masterpiece? No. In fact, hell no. But, if you go to a late showing, you'll avoid all the kids and watch Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the muscliest tooth fairy this side of Westlemania.
Pop Star on Ice - Olympic hopeful Johnny Weir has lived through several ups and downs since his attempt to win a medal at the 2006 games. As the Vancouver games approach next month, Pop Star on Ice, which was limitedly released on Wednesday, gives a little insight into the life of this flamboyant -- and divisive -- figure skater.
Soundtrack for a Revolution - Filmmakers Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman remind us of the struggles of revolutions and movements through the music that shaped the times, in Soundtrack for a Revolution...though this also means watching a performance by those not-so-gay-friendly ladies, Mary Mary. We'll find out on Tuesday, whether it will be an Oscar contender in the documentary race.
Gay.com Film festival— In Murder in Fashion, the slaying of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace by aging boy toy Andrew Cunanan (played by Boy Culture’s stunning Jonathon Trent) who went on a killing rampage across the country during the summer of 1997 before shooting himself in the head on a Miami houseboat gets the docudrama treatment. Misconceptions stars Orlando Jones and David Sutcliffe in a story of a gay couple who decide to micro-manage the pregnancy of a surrogate mother they’ve hired. Greg Louganis and Karen Black appear in Watercolors, in which a young gay artist is haunted by memories of his first love. The triple feature opens today in Los Angeles and New York.
IRM by Charlotte Gainsbourg. This willowy singer/actress is pop culture royalty in her native France — her mum is British actress/singer Jane Birkin, father is French actor/singer Serge Gainsbourg, and grandma is Judy Campbell. Regardless, Gainsbourg is no slouch, she's been lauded regularly for her own artistic contributions (you may recognize her as the voice at the beginning of Madonna's "What it Feels Like for a Girl.") Gainsbourg's third album, IRM, was mostly put together by L.A.'s resident indie Scientologist, Beck. The first single "Heaven Can Wait" is getting some airplay on independent-minded radio stations — the song is good, the video is amazing (see below). Out Tuesday.
Realism by The Magnetic Fields. The deep, soulful voice of lead singer Stephin Merritt can make the phone book sound profound, deeply sad, and more than a little sexy. The fact that he's much revered and openly gay only add to his, and The Magnetic Fields, allure. The 13-track Realism is a follow-up to 2008's coarse Distortion; Realism is a gentler album, reminiscent of the lush pop of Jesus & Mary Chain. Out Tuesday.
The Sea by Corinne Bailey Rae. This British pop/folk singer goes deep with her sophomore release. The heavier and more-thoughtful material doesn't come as a surprise — the 30-year-old chanteuse lost her husband to a drug overdose in 2008. Out Tuesday.
Streamers – Watching Robert Altman’s 1983 film adaptation of David Rabe’s award-winning play about a group of Vietnam-bound soldiers waiting to ship out from a US Army barracks, with its before-they-were-famous cast headed by Matthew Modine, David Allen Grier, and out actor-turned-director Mitchell Litchenstein (as an openly gay recruit) remains a visceral, if sometimes too talky experience.
Tennessee – Mariah Carey first teamed with out filmmaker Lee Daniels (who produced this film) in this sometimes-meandering road trip saga about two brothers driving cross country to seek out their estranged father. While her performance as waitress who tags along to seek singing stardom has its charm, the pair had better luck with the Daniels-directed Precious.
Also on DVD: Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch — The uncensored version of the self-proclaimed D-Lister’s 2009 concert, filmed live in Portland, Oregon, finds the funny lady skewering everyone from Cher to the Jonas Brothers.