It’s been 69 days since we launched this wee blog and we figured why not commemorate it by listing a bunch of our favorite posts in one big fabulous batch.
Speaking of fabulous: Thank you to Peter Knegt, Matthew Hammett Knott, Alice Lytton, Sophie Smith and Oliver Skinner for their daily contributions, and to Toby Ashraf, Fabio Bondi, Les Fabien Brathwaite, Laurence H. Collin, Ronan Doyle, Bethany Jones, Gary M. Kramer, John Oursler, Gregory Rosebrugh, Nigel M. Smith and Matt Thomas for the various thoughtful words they’ve brought to our table too.
And here’s to the next 69 days… If you ideas that you’d like to pitch /bent — whether ones similar to what’s listed below or something totally different — e-mail Peter Knegt at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is meant to be a forum for as many voices as possible, so don’t be shy in adding to our conversation. But until then, check out some of the conversations we’ve tried to start already:
Essays & Reviews: From Ellen Page to ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ to the situation in Russia, we tried to offer a platform for voices to raise themselves in one direction or another, even if not everyone might agree with them.
The Trouble With Representing HIV/AIDS In The Very Troublesome ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
On Reading ‘Velvet Goldmine’ as a Reaction To AIDS Activism Burnout — And How Todd Haynes Himself Doesn’t Quite Agree
Considering How Gay Isn’t Simply ‘The New Black’ in Yoruba Richen’s Imperative New Doc
Straight Eye For The Queer Guy: On Chris Nelson’s “Date and Switch”
The Russian LGBT Rights Documentary Everybody Should Watch
Why Ellen Page’s Coming Out Really Matters
The Queer Films of Patrice Chéreau
With Russia’s Biggest Hit Opening in the US, All Eyes Are On the Country’s Film Industry and Anti-LGBT Laws
‘Suffragette’: How Many Firsts For Women in Film Can One Movie Achieve?
Why Sexy Gay Love Story ‘Free Fall’ Is Not Just a German ‘Brokeback Mountain’
Between Poetry and Identity Trouble: How ‘A Floresta de Jonathas’ is Queering the Amazon
Is It OK for Rooney Mara To Play a Native American Character in ‘Pan’?
Between Female Liberation, ‘von Trierisms’ and Racism: 7 Random Thoughts on ‘Nymphomaniac’
Does ‘Eastern Boys’ Continue French Cinema’s Hot Queer Streak?
But Why Are The Kids All Right?
Lady Gaga Returns To Form With Gonzo Music Video For Power Bottom Anthem ‘G.U.Y.’
Is “Valentine Road” One of The Best Documentaries Ever Made?
Lists: Yes, we’re whores. Just like everybody else.
10 Most Annoying Things About The Oscar Nominations
10 Oscar Nominations We Wish They’d Rescinded
10 Watercooler LGBT Moments From Awards Shows of the Past (Plus One Request For Next Year)
10 Reasons You Should Feel Uneasy About Macklemore, Madonna & Queen Latifah’s Mass Grammy Wedding
10 Great LGBT Films From This Year’s Sundance Film Festival
Watch: 5 Cinematic Threesomes With Narrative Value (and 5 With Not So Much)
5 Tilda-isms from The Grand Berlinale Press Conference of ‘Budapest Hotel’
Boycotting Sochi? Avoid Temptation With These 10 Amazing Figure Skating Performances From Previous Olympics
Did Stephen Colbert Just Introduce You To Buddy Cole? Here’s 10 of Buddy’s Classic ‘Kids In The Hall’ Sketches
Blood, Sweat and Queers: 3 Sports-Themed LGBT Films You Should Watch Instead of the Olympics
10 Alternative Valentine Films For People Who Are Sick of Valentine’s Day
10 Trans Actors Who Could Have Played Jared Leto’s Role in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
6 Onscreen Duos Who Should Have Been Queer
James Franco’s Queer Catalogue: 10 Very Gay Career Highlights
5 LGBT Film Festivals To Head To This March
Somehow Just Getting Introduced To Tegan & Sara Now? Here’s 10 Songs From The Awesome Career They Had Before The ‘The Lego Movie’
Looking For Some Truly Excellent Lesbian Films? Here They Are
50 LGBT Filmmakers You Should Follow On Twitter
10 Great Transgender Films, According To The BFI (But What Are Your Favorites?)
10 Reasons Why Queer Film Festivals Still Matter (Inspired By a Trip to BFI Flare)
Interviews: From some folks from “Looking” (Doris and Patrick!) to filmmakers and actors from the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals (George Takei!), we talked to tons of LGBT and LGBT-interest folks in the last 69 days.
Interview: Jonathan Groff Talks ‘Looking,’ Awkward Sex Scenes and Telling Stories About Gay Characters That Aren’t Just About Coming Out
Interview: Talking Sex With The Star and Director of The Absolute Must See ‘Stranger By The Lake’
Interview: George and Brad Takei Come To Sundance To Debut Their Doc, ‘To Be Takei’
Interview: Talking To The Epic Team Behind Sundance Award Winning Doc ‘The Case Against 8’
Interview: Gregg Araki On Bringing His ‘White Bird’ To Sundance (and His Love For ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’)
Interview: Sundance Newlyweds John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Are In Love In Real Life Too
Interview: Chatting With The Director and Star of Berlin’s ‘Test’
Interview: Elaine Stritch On (Not) Wearing Pants and Hating the Title of Her New Documentary
Interview: Talking To The Director of ‘Salvation Army,’ The Queer Highlight of New Directors/New Films
Interview: How Do We Get More LGBT Stories On The Screen? Some Thoughts From The BFI’s Ben Roberts
Interview: ‘Looking’ BFF Lauren Weedman On Getting Promoted, Her Relationship With Gay Men, and What To Expect From Season Two
Hays’d: Decoding The Classics: The Motion Picture Production Code, also known as the Hays Code after censor/stick-in-the-mud Will Hays, regulated film content for nearly 40 years, restricting, among other things, depictions of homosexuality. Filmmakers still managed to get around the Code, but gay characters were cloaked in innuendo, leading to some necessary decoding — in the form of this fabulous weekly series care of Les Fabian Brathwaite.
Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘Rebecca’
Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — “A Streetcar Named Desire”
Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘Rebel Without a Cause’
Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘Some Like It Hot’
Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘Rope’
Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘Auntie Mame’
Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘Suddenly Last Summer’
“Looking” Recaps: Peter Knegt spent way too much time thinking and writing about HBO’s “Looking” during the past few months, and here’s proof:
Looking at ‘Looking’: Recapping the Debut Episode of HBO’s Highly Anticipated Series
Looking at ‘Looking’: How Not To Go About Finding a ‘Mexican Fuck Buddy’
Looking at ‘Looking’: Patrick, Dom and Agustín Come Into Their Own — For Better or Worse
Looking at ‘Looking’: The Boys (and Doris) Get Their Folsom Street Fair On
Looking at ‘Looking’: 10 Things We Learned About Patrick In The Series’ Best Episode Yet
Looking at ‘Looking’: Worlds Collide At a Boozy, Bitchy Birthday Party In The Park
Looking at ‘Looking’: How We Met Patrick’s Mother
Looking at ‘Looking’: A Character By Character Rundown Of The First Season (And Where We Hope They Head Next)
All Things “RuPaul’s Drag Race”: From recaps of each episode to discussing allegations of the show being transphobic to an epic ranking of every single contestant ever, the fabulous Gregory Rosebrugh has been all over Drag Race for us.
Ranking the House Down:
The Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, from Worst to Best (An Epic Six Part Series That Ranks Every Single Contest Ever)
Ranking the House Down: Our Squirrelfriends of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Season Six (Recap #1)
Ranking the House Down: Our Squirrelfriends of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Season Six (Recap #2)
It’s Never Too Late to Rupologize: Transphobia and Rupaul’s Drag Race (Recap #3)
Ranking the House Down: Our Squirrel Friends in the Snatch Game (Drag Race Recap #4)
Filmmakers Forum: A series of first person posts in which we provide a forum for filmmakers and other artists to discuss their process, their influences and/or their experiences showing their work.
Filmmaker’s Forum: Hong Khaou On The Emotional Journey of Bringing ‘Lilting’ To Sundance
Filmmaker’s Forum: Marta Cunningham Explains The Valentine’s Tragedy That Turned Her Into a Filmmaker
Filmmaker’s Forum: Director Sal Bardo on His NSFW Short Film ‘Chaser’ (Which You Can Watch Here)
Filmmaker’s Forum: Stephen Silha On His ‘Joy’-ful Doc About Legendary Queer Poet and Filmmaker James Broughton
Rewatching The Queer Canon: Looking back at examples from queer film history (and how to watch them yourself now).
Rewatching The Queer Canon, Part 1: “Fucking Amal”
Rewatching the Queer Canon, Part 2: “Summer Storm”
Rewatching The Queer Canon, Part 3: “Death in Venice”
Rewatching the Queer Canon, Part 4: Fassbinder’s Gaze
Token Gays of the Day: Looking back at tokenism in fictional representations of LGBT characters.
Token Gay of the Day: Cynthia Rose in “Pitch Perfect”
Token Gay of the Day: Thad and Patrick in “The Family Stone”
Token Gay of the Day: Harry in ‘Mamma Mia’
Token Gay of the Day: Tony from “Bend it Like Beckham”
Love Is Not a Crime: This new series — it just launched last week — aims to provide a platform for filmmakers turning their cameras onto the struggle faced by so many LGBT people the world over. We’ll review films, interview activists and keep you up-to-date with all the ways visual media is representing this fight.
Love Is Not a Crime: Introducing /bent’s Regular Column on Global LGBT Rights
Love is Not a Crime: Spotlight on Jamaica