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“MAFIA INC.”— A Canadian Mafia Film

“MAFIA INC.”

A Canadian Mafia Film

Amos Lassen

Daniel Grou’s film, “Mafia Inc.” based on André Cédilot and André Noël’s novel of the same name is a non-fiction story of two families and their rise to infamy in the Montreal Mafia. Name changes were made to protect the filmmakers backlash.

The film opens with the grand plans of mafia don Frank Paterno (Sergio Castellitto) whose family has a great opportunity to invest in a bridge that will connect Sicily with Italy. The Paternos, along with other families, will be major private investors and, in return, earn enough “clean and legal” money to become legit. Paterno has two sons, the oldest of whom is Giaco (Donny Falsetti), who is second-in-line to take over the family business.

The other family is the Gamache led by its patriarch (Gilbert Sicotte), a tailor who made suits for the Paternos for over ten years. He also has two children daughter— (Mylène Mackay), and his loose-cannon son Vincent “Vince” (Marc-André Grondin). Vince is the black sheep of the family, who at a young age, offers his services and loyalty to Frank Paterno. Both Vince and Giaco grow up as close brothers yet there is a gap with Giaco’s real family widens. While the bridge deal is forming, Vince is in Venezuela devising a plan to ship thousands of dollars in narcotics to Montreal using a bus accident and the bodies of dead children as the way to move the illegal substances.

The film involves the Paternos using their muscle to collect the cash from its clients needed for the bridge investment. Vince’s aggressive streak helps him rise quickly through the ranks of the Paterno family. Giaco is jealous due to the snub, and further complicating the family dynamic, Vince’s sister is about to marry Giaco’s younger brother. As mafia films go, there are double-crosses, a government investigation, and a series of tortures, murders, and beatings.

Made on a small budget, the film looks quite impressive. The music is a beautiful blend of old country Italian with a 90’s pop blend. The story is also very Canadian as characters easily switch between speaking English, French, and Italian in normal conversation.

There are a lot of characters and moving parts to this story, yet Grou keeps the story moving at a fast pace. The performances are excellent all around.

What makes Mafia Inc.” work is its moments— the torture of the Greek investment banker, the capture of the snitch, a bus full of children, and horrific executions that are all over-the-top and that remain with the viewer. We see an old-fashioned crime film in a refreshing setting with the streets of America or the countryside of the old country exchanged for the  suburban neighborhoods of Montreal.

Revry to Host 1st Live TV Broadcast of Q.Digital’s 2021 Queerties

Revry to Host 1st Live TV Broadcast of Q.Digital’s 2021 Queerties

Hosted by Heidi N. Closet and Queerty EIC, Dan Tracer, with Bright Light Bright Light Performance, Angelica Ross and Billy Eichner Special Awards and Appearances by Nicco Annan, Shangela, Veneno star Isabel Torres, The Prom’s Jo Ellen Pelman Plus Many More

Los Angeles: February 18, 2021 – Free Queer TV network, Revry, is thrilled to partner with Q.Digital and Lexus for the first-ever television broadcast of Q.Digital’s Queerties, the annual award show produced by entertainment site Queerty, celebrating the best in LGBTQ culture and media. The awards ceremony will stream live at 6pm PST / 9pm EST on February 24 on Revry(including Revry’s third-party channels on Samsung TV Plus, Roku Channels, Xumo, Stirr, Apple TV) as well as on Queerty’s homepage, Facebook, and YouTube pages.
“We couldn’t be more excited to broadcast the Queerties this year,” shared Revry CEO and CoFounder, Damian Pelliccione. “To showcase such incredible, diverse queer talent across all our channels, over 250 million households and devices, will allow everyone to tune-in and enjoy the fantastic show Q.Digital produces!”
Hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Miss Congeniality Heidi N. Closet and Queerty Editor-in-Chief Dan Tracer, the show will include an exciting musical performance by Bright Light Bright Light. This year, Q.Digital and Lexus will present Angelica Ross with the Groundbreaker Award, and Billy Eichner will receive the MVP Award. 
“I’ve been voting for the Queerties as a fan for years, so it’s very exciting to not only be a nominee this year but the host of the show!” said Drag Race star Heidi N. Closet. “I’m honored to help celebrate so many amazing and diverse members of our community, and the incredible work they put out during such a challenging year.”
The event will dawn a virtual red carpet with celebrity appearances by Nicco Annan, James Bland, Isis King, Jai Rodriguez, Cameron Esposito, Shangela, Jinkx Monsoon, BenDeLaCreme, Willam, Alaska, HBO’s Veneno star Isabel Torres, Netflix’s The Prom star Jo Ellen Pellman and many more.  Fans broke records with well over 1.5 million votes in 23 categories, including Drag Royalty, Closet Door Bustdown, Favorite Podcast, Favorite Instagram and TikTok Follows,  Best Documentary, and Badass of the Year, presented by Stoli. 
“Our readers are incredibly tuned-in to pop culture, so the Queerties provide a perfect outlet to make their voices heard,” said Tracer. “This year is extra exciting because the show is streaming, so voters from all around the world will get to attend for the first time!”
Rebroadcasts will also be available on Revry to watch for free On Demand.   
Queerties Talent Scheduled to Appear 
  • Angelica Ross (Pose, American Horror Story) 
  • Billy Eichner (The Lion King, American Horror Story) 
  • Heidi N. Closet (RuPaul’s Drag Race) 
  • Bright Light Bright Light (Musician) 
  • Jo Ellen Pellman (The Prom)
  • James Bland (Giants) 
  • Isis King (America’s Next Top Model) 
  • Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) 
  • Cameron Esposito (Comedian, Take My Wife) 
  • Shangela (RuPaul’s Drag Race, HBO’s We’re Here)
  • Nicco Annan (P-Valley)
  • BenDeLaCreme (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx and Dela Holiday Special) 
  • Trixie Mattel (RuPaul’s Drag Race) 
  • Katya (RuPaul’s Drag Race0
  • Kevin Spirtas (After Forever)
  • Charles Curtis (The First)
  • Isabel Torres (Veneno)
  • Jack Plotnick (Call Me Kat, Grace & Frankie)  
  • Alaska (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
  • Willam (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
  • Big Dipper (Musician, Postcast host) 
  • Blossom Brown (Actress, producer, activist) 
  • Eric Cervini (Author: The Deviants) 
  • Josh Helfgott (TikTok star) 
  • Meatball (Dragula) 
  • Megan Mitchell (News anchor, TikTok star) 
  • Michael Henry (YouTube star)
  • Ultra Naté (Singer, Music producer) 
  • Jason Stuart (Smothered) 
  • Mitch Hara (Smothered) 
  • Jason Wimberly  (Working Out is a Drag) 
  • Juan Pablo Espinosa (Half Brothers)
  • Juli Delgado Lopera (Author: Fiebre Tropical)
  • Kiki Xtravaganza (Gayish 2) 
  • Leanne Noelle Smith (The Influencers)
  • Luciana Faulhaber (The Influencers)
  • Mike Heslin (The Influencers)
  • Noam Ash (The Influencers) 
  • Cast of the digital series “Platonic”
  • Jayla Roxx (Gayish2) 
  • Gretchen Wylder (These Thems) 
  • The Angelenos (Ariana & Hannah)
  • Leigh Holmes Foster and Ellie Brigida (Hosts of Lez Hang Out podcast)
  • Rachel Mason (Filmmaker: Circus of Books) 
  • Robert Jones Jr. (Author: The Prophets) 
  • Roberto Portales (Instagram Influencer) 
  • Samantha Gracie (The Influencers)
  • Shaan Dasani (These Thems)
  • Starr McQueen (TikTok star) 
  • Summer Spiro (Platonic) 
  • Tim Spencer (Ding Dong I’m Gay)
  • Tim Zientek (The First) 
  • Vico Ortiz (These Thems)
  • Will Branske (The First)
About Q.Digital 
As an LGBTQ owned-and-operated, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce & ANA certified business enterprise, Q.Digital is the trusted voice for news, entertainment, and travel in the LGBTQ community, reaching a highly engaged audience of more than 9.5 million per month. Q.Digital connects brands to the market through its digital properties—Queerty, the popular entertainment and pop culture site; GayCities, the travel site covering 238 destinations worldwide; and LGBTQ Nation, America’s most-followed LGBTQ news source.
Q.Digital is an indispensable resource for individuals seeking inspiration for their life’s experiences. Q.Digital enables major brands such as Hulu, Gilead, Lexus, and MasterCard to connect with an LGBTQ audience on a personal and credible level through branded content, custom video, events, and promotions. Digital programs and custom events include the Queerties (February), Pride 50 (May to July), Heroes (September), and Best of GayCities (December).
About Queerty
Queerty is the leading entertainment brand for and inspired by the LGBTQ community. It is the most-visited website in the United States LGBTQ market and the #1 website for U.S. LGBTQ Millennials. Queerty is owned and operated by Q.Digital, Inc. For more information, please visit www.queerty.com, and find @Queerty on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
About Lexus
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.
ABOUT REVRY
Watch Queer TV 24/7 with the first LGBTQ+ digitall cable TV network. Revry offers free live TV channels and on-demand viewing of its global library featuring LGBTQ+ movies, shows, music, podcasts, news, and exclusive originals all in one place! Revry is currently available globally in over 250+ million households and devices and on seven OTT, mobile, and Desktop platforms. Revry can also be viewed on nine live and on-demand channels and Connected TVs including: The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity X1, Dell, XUMO TV, Zapping TV, STIRR, TiVo+, and as the first LGBTQ+ virtual reality channel on Littlstar (available on PlayStation devices). The company–an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Black and LatinX Cohort–is headquartered in Los Angeles and led by a diverse founding team who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @revrytv,Revry.tv

“WILD WEST DAYS”— The Classic Western

“WILD WEST DAYS”

The Classic Western

Amos Lassen

“Wild West Days”, a classic Western serial from 1037 now available on disc for the first time. It is an action-packed serial  that presents the dangers, hardships, and glorious triumphs of the early western pioneers.

Kentucky Wade and his two buddies ride to help a couple who are being threatened by outlaws. They keep busy fighting their way across the plains and mountains to battle a tribe of Indians led by Red Hatchet. They also contend with false reports of a strike, which starts a gold rush and exciting action.  It is made up of thirteen chapters.

Rancher Larry Munro (Frank McGlynn Jr.) is one of the few holdouts against the rustlers, claim-jumpers, and gun-runners that have been driving honest settlers from the Paradise Valley area. He discovers platinum on his ranch and becomes the prime target of the Secret Seven, the group of supposedly-respectable citizens that are behind the outlaw reign of terror in the Valley. Munro is kidnapped by the Seven’s henchmen, who try to make him divulge the location of his platinum strike–but, fortunately for him and for his sister Lucy (Lynn Gilbert), four old friends of his show up for a visit and quickly join battle against the Seven. This quartet is made up of of Kentucky Wade (Johnny Mack Brown), Trigger (Bob Kortman), Mike Morales (Frank Yaconelli), and Dude (George Shelley). Between them, they manage to rescue Larry, defeat the outlaws and Indians that serve the Secret Seven, and unmask the Seven’s leader–newspaper editor Matt Keeler (Russell Simpson), ostensibly one of the area’s staunchest advocates of law and order. Here is the list of the chapters that follow:

1. DEATH RIDES THE RANGE
2. THE REDSKIN’S REVENGE
3. THE BRINK OF DOOM
4. THE INDIANS ARE COMING
5. THE LEAP FOR LIFE
6. DEATH STALKS THE PLAINS
7. SIX GUN LAW
8. THE GOLD STAMPEDE
9. WALLS OF FIRE
10. CIRCLE OF DOOM
11. THE THUNDERING HERD
12. RUSTLER’S AND REDSKINS
13. RUSTLER’S ROUNDUP

“WATCHING TV WITH THE RED CHINESE”— Coming to America

“WATCHING TV WITH THE RED CHINESE”

Coming to America

Amos Lassen

A trio of Chinese exchange students, Tzu (James Chen), Wa (Keong Sim) and Chen (Leonardo Nam) arrive in New York City in 1980, anxious to participate in what America has to offer. They make friends including a literature teacher named Dexter (Ryan O’Nan) and his girlfriend Suzanne (Gillian Jacobs) but as they try to adjust to the New York City atmosphere, they become disillusioned, eventually buying a firearm for self-defense. The film is directed by Shimon Dotan.

Filled withhigh-culture references, topical concerns and narrative fracturing devices, we get a different look at America. Jumping back and forth in time and between color and black and white is a bit  distracting  but it shows that the culture of the United States has become more fragmented than ever, the theme o the film. We see the unlikely friendship of a young white teacher and three visiting Chinese students who live in the same apartment in the predominantly black South Bronx. Race is very much an issue here, as are culture clashes, fate vs. free will, the responsibilities of the filmmaker, and whatever else that Dotan feels like throwing in. The film draws on a myriad of aesthetic leaps to mirror the dislocation of both the foreign visitors as well as anyone living at the beginning of Reagan’s America  and the end of the 1960s. There is so much here that none of the issues are really effectively handled in-depth. Instead, we get a jumble of ideas and actions that perhaps mirror the larger fragmentation of a culture, but don’t give any insight into the nature of that disruption. The second-half of the film is a slow-burn melodrama that leads to violence.

After being mugged by a pair of African-American assailants, Chen becomes terrified of anyone with black skin, but determined to protect himself against what he views as an inherently violent American culture. As he starts dating the onetime lover of his friend and neighbor Dexter (, he finds his relationship with both that individual and his fellow Chinese students becoming hopelessly strained. Furthermore, the woman’s psychotic ex-boyfriend begins threatening Chen, causing him to turn his fear of violent retribution into gunplay.

While Chen’s girlfriend, Suzanne (Gillian Jacobs), is so flighty as to be almost incoherent as a person, his would-be assailant Czapinczyk (Peter Scanavino) is so over the top in his petty jealousy and villainy and he messes with the  tone of the film. After the storyline reaches its i conclusion, the movie returns to the film-within-a-film framing device and fake-intellectual narration of the first half but this just does not work—it mostly reminds us that the first half was not emotionally or intellectually satisfying.

On the surface, the film documents several months in the lives of the characters and is an examination of how we see ourselves and others through culture, both geographical and pop.

The characters are slightly underdeveloped, but they don’t have todo more thanexist within the whole. There is a  smart script and able performances from the cast.

“THE BLOODHOUND”— Return to the House of Usher


“THE BLOODHOUND”

Return to the House of Usher

Amos Lassen

First-time feature director Patrick Picard brings a new take to one of the best-known stories of Edgar Allan Poe— “The Fall of the House of Usher”. “The Bloodhound” is is slow-burner horror-thriller. 

Francis (Liam Aiken), a dispossessed young man, is summoned to the secluded home of his wealthy childhood friend, JP Luret (Joe Adler), who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Upon his arrival, Francis realizes that JP and his twin sister Vivian (Annalise Basso) are the sole surviving members of the privileged Luret family, whose legacy has been one of depression and self-destruction, and the only occupants of their family estate. As the old friends reconnect, a number of inexplicable incidents begin to occur within the house, and Francis finds himself drawn into a world of malaise and despair, where an act of betrayal might provide his only way out 

The film features remarkable performances from its lead actors. We are taken on a journey exploring themes that are relevant to today— the desire for emotional connection, the perils of social isolation and the fragility of mental health. The film explores themes of warped family dynamics, fatalism and isolation, though by coming at it in an ultra-modern location with a low-exposition, dialogue-lite story.

Francis was a bit upset by the front door standing wide open when he arrived but that passes when he is reunited with J.P. As they talk, it’s revealed that these two haven’t seen each other in a decade. J. P. reached out in a fit of loneliness; he seems to be suffering from various neuroses, alongside with his formerly-unseen twin sister, Vivian. If anything, J. P. explains, Vivian is even worse. It’s a strange set-up, but Francis agrees to stay.

It’s quite a house with vast, minimalist space and it soon has an impact on Francis which makes him feel as disorientated as his companion seems to be. J. P. seems to encourage confusion, but then again, it’s never truly made clear whether the house does have some sort of life beyond itself which has an impact on its residents. Events take a turn when J. P. reveals that he’s had all of Francis’s worldly possessions brought out of storage and to the house, without being asked to do it. The two men’s relationship seems to grow more off-key, with more questions than answers, and it’s unclear who’s duping who; meanwhile, Vivian remains an unseen, intangible presence in this place.

Hints such as the symbolism of the bloodhound are quite easily explained away in the end, whereas the conversations between Francis and J. P. never seem to reveal very much at all. There’s nothing naturalistic about the way they talk and what they say is. I wonder if Picard was going for the kind of stylized conversation s. Probably the film’s most interesting aspect is in how it questions whether a person has access to everything they could ever need and can ever again be as cut like the Ushers. We see here that they can— J.P.’s reasons for never leaving the house come off at least partly from the horrors that he hears on the news; he talks a few times about ‘connectivity’, even though he eschews it. We never see anyone here accessing the internet or similar, but it’s clearly there.

This is primarily a dour mood piece filled with atmosphere and tension. From the first moment we enter the house, the air is heavy with dread and despair. The isolated setting serves to further these feelings and all the elements combine to create an uncomfortable and unsettling watch. The sense of gloom is perpetuated by Picard’s choice of color with the visuals consisting of muted greys, greens, and browns. These tones are reflected within the costumes and these create an echo chamber that amplifies the creepy ambience. 

The story is an interwoven and tangled web of lies, half-truths, and intrigue that offers the young cast a great amount of material to sink their teeth into. Now in 2021, the toll that isolation can take on mental health is understood better than ever before. “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” was one of the first works to explore this conjunction from a modern perspective.

While the frame of the story remains, the names have been changed. Picard finds the crux of the story in the relationship between the two men. This brings the queer subtext of the story into the open, though Francis avoids acknowledging it. It also intensifies the sense that Jean Paul’s account cannot be trusted, and likewise the air of uncertainty about Vivian’s supposed ill health.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation 

  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

  Brand new audio commentary by director Patrick Picard and editor David Scorca 

  Four experimental short films by director Patrick Picard: bad dreamthe muffled hammerfall in actionthe mosaic code and wiggleworm 

  On the Trail of The Bloodhound: Behind the Scenes of a Modern Chiller, exclusive 45-minute making-of featurette

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel

“THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS/ THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY”— Early Japanese Special Effects

“THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS/ THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY”

Early Japanese Special Effects

Amos Lassen

Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these takes on H.G. Wells classic character are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema.

In “The Invisible Man Appears”, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist creates an invisibility serum but is kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula to steal a priceless jewel. In addition to being the earliest surviving Japanese science fiction films ever made, they have entertaining special effects that are credited to Eiji Tsuburaya, five years before he first made “Godzilla”.

Eight years later, Mitsuo Murayama’s “The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly” is the story of a series of mysterious murders where the only clue is strange buzzing noise at the scene of the crime that could be linked to secret wartime experiments in shrinking humans to the size of insects.

These are the earliest science fiction movies to be made in Japan. They are pieces of film history that you can own now.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  High Definition (1080p) transfers of both films on one Blu-ray disc

  Original lossless Japanese mono audio on both films

  Optional English subtitles for both films

  Transparent Terrors, a newly filmed interview with critic and genre scholar Kim Newman on the history of ”Invisible Man” in cinema

  Theatrical trailer for The Invisible Man Appears

  Image galleries for both films

  Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Keith Allison, Hayley Scanlon and Tom Vincent

“SANTO IN THE TREASURE OF DRACULA”— The Sexy Vampire Version

“SANTO IN THE TREASURE OF DRACULA”

The Sexy Vampire Version

Amos Lassen

After inventing a time machine, Mexican wrestler, El Santo, uses it to go back in time to track down the location of Dracula’s hidden treasure. He has the noble intention of using the treasure to help fund a children’s hospital. In his quest to obtain the treasure, he is forced to face down and battle Dracula and his group of beautiful, vampire vixens. The original 1969 release of “Santo en El Tesoro de Drácula” was black-and-white and featured no nudity. The film was simultaneously shot in color featuring full frontal nudity for European markets and finally released in Mexico in 2012 as “El Vampiro y el Sexo.” We now have it here on Blu ray and DVD.

This is one of the more notorious Santo films, but  that is primarily because it contains nude scenes. The “nude version” was finally rediscovered in 2009 and released in 2011.

With the aid of his friend Dr. Sepúlveda, Santo  shows the time machine to a group of scientists. But, since he hasn’t tested it, they turn away. Afterwards, Santo expresses his anger, and Dr. Sepúlveda offers to be the test pilot. Santo says no because it would be too risky but he might need Sepúlveda’s help. Santo’s cowardly assistant Perico refuses to go. Santo says that the ideal subject would be a young woman. Luisa, Sepúlveda’s daughter who takes the hint and volunteers.

Professor Van Roth arrives to consult with Soler, Luisa’s father. Soler says Luisa has been suffering from exhaustion and anemia lately, and has two small punctures on her neck. If this wasn’t suspicious enough, Soler’s new neighbor stops by, a foreign nobleman named “Count Alucard.”

Back in his subterranean hideout, the Count creates some new converts by first he biting them, then stabbing them and stamping them on the neck with his signet ring. In a cloud of smoke, they turn into bats and fly off in search of prey. Van Roth experiments with the name “Alucard,” and discovers that when held up to the mirror, it spells “Dracula”. The Count himself appears  but is chased off when Van Roth flashes a sprig of mandragora bush. Luisa is given a necklace of the anti-vampire herb to wear, but Dracula hypnotizes the maid, who promptly removes it. Luisa is now free to leave with Dracula. He shows her a coffin full of the gold and jewels (the “treasure” of the title).

Meanwhile, Soler and Van Roth stake another vampire woman. Using a dog, they track Dracula and Luisa to the grotto where their coffins lie  and where Dracula gets the stake treatment, but before Luisa can be hammered, Santo (who has been watching the whole story on a TV set) brings her back to the present.

A black-hooded figure has been spying on the entire experiment. He wants that coffin full of gold, and tells his gang that they should keep a close eye on Santo and the others, but don’t kill them. Santo, still smarting at his rejection by the scientific community, says he can prove that his time machine works if he can find Dracula’s treasure. Luisa isn’t crazy about this idea, but they go to Dracula’s crypt and take a medallion from his chest that apparently contains a clue to the location of the gold. Black Hood and his gang–including his son, wrestler Atlas–follow, and a fight breaks out. In all of the confusion, Santo forgets to take Dracula’s ring, which contains another part of the puzzle. And so we continue. It all seems to be quite silly but we realize that this is a fun movie.

About half the time, the film holds us is— the acting is adequate, the production values are OK but not elaborate, and the direction is routine and not too atmospheric.

Director René Cardona Sr. seems to have had a good time making his “Mexploitation” film.

“THE GOOD TRAITOR”— A New Film from Israel

The true story of Henrik Kauffmann – Denmark’s Ambassador to the USA who in WW2 refused to take orders from the Danish government that surrendered to Germany, and declared himself to be the only true representative of a free Denmark in opposition to the Nazis
The Good Traitor - Trailer
The Good Traitor – Trailer

                         *****

April 9, 1940: Denmark is invaded by Nazi Germany with demands for immediate and unconditional surrender. The government surrenders after a few hours and begins cooperating with the Nazis.

On the other side of the Atlantic is Denmark’s ambassador to the United States of America, a daredevil and a man of the world – Henrik Kauffmann, who is willing to put everything on the line. He refuses to follow the German directives and engineers a rebellious plan to defeat Hitler and give the Danish people their freedom back.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH ON REVRY 

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH ON REVRY 

Revry Celebrates Women All Month Long With Films, Series, and Music Videos.

 Revry celebrates Women’s History Month with an entire March calendar highlighting incredible female Queer content made by and for the community.

“Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day is such an important time at Revry. As a company that is co-founded by two women of color we have always made sure that we’ve highlighted and honored queer women as a part of our mission” says Revry Co-Founder Alia J. Daniels. “This March we are excited to particularly highlight titles on Revry that honor the experience of Queer women, including and especially our trans sisters who for far too long haven’t received their full shine during these moments.”

Women’s History Month on Revry begins March 1st with empowering double-features Addicted to Fresno, the crime comedy starring Aubrey Plaza, Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer; and the historical civil rights documentary Political Animals. Throughout the month, Revry will celebrate women with new content including the new animated series My Pride: The Series, and the queer coming-of-age dramedy Gay Mean Girls premiereing on International Women’s Day March 8th..

The womxn specific channel OML on Revry will premiere three new series for audiences. On March 2, OML on Revry launches the Streamy award-nominated comedy series Twenty, which follows a lesbian couple and their ecclectic group of friends navigating careers, love, and life in their early twenties. Also premiering this month is the hilariously hot lesbian soap opera Chica Busca Chica.

In addition, March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month, and OML on Revry will premiere the mystery thriller Renée and the Seven Cards which centers on a bisexual fitness fanatic who must track down her missing psychic to understand an ominous tarot card reading that predicts her death. Revry will also feature a collection of originals and select programming including the award-winning romantic-comedy 2 in the Bush: A Love Story for Bisexual Health Awareness Month, the powerful documentary My Name was Januaryfor Trans Day of Visibility, and the musical-comedy Happy Playland for International Day of Happiness.

The global Queer TV network, 50% black female founded, takes this month as an opportunity for audiences to find even more free queer female entertainment playing on Revry’s Live Linear channels and On-Demand at watch.revry.tv.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CALENDAR ON REVRY 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Addicted To Fresno – Addicted to Fresno is a raunchy, uproarious comedy about co-dependent sisters (Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne)  who work as hotel maids in Fresno, CA. When Shannon jeopardizes her fresh start by accidentally killing a hotel guest after a post-rehab relapse, Martha goes to great lengths to help her sister cover up the crime.

Girl Fight : A Muay Thai Story – For a fighter, winning and losing is everything. Prairie Rugilo recognized that fact and opened her all-female Muay Thai kickboxing gym to inspire and empower women through martial arts. Prairie and her student, DeAna must overcome their personal demons through the support of their teammates and loved ones to become the champions they were meant to be, embarking on a journey that takes them down roads they did not expect.

Political Animals – Political Animals celebrates the legendary civil rights victories of four trailblazing California state politicians: Carole Migden, Sheila Keuhl, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe. Fierce and unrelenting, these courageous women toppled a partisan majority and emerged victors to pass historic legislation for social justice and LGBT+ equality.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Twenty (OML) – 5pm PT (Episode 1&2) – Twenty follows the story of Maya, her girlfriend Catalina, and her group of eclectic friends as they navigate careers, love, and life in their early twenties. With two seasons under their belt, a streamy award nomination, Twenty examines the comedic complexities of interpersonal relationships, focusing on the stories of women and more specifically, LGBT women who are often inaccurately represented in the limelight.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Same Same – Meeting through a social networking app, three women from very different backgrounds navigate life, love and the complexities of the modern queer experience.

Wild Animal – Wild Animal is Melanie Vesey’s debut comedy special and album. Blessed with some wild times, Melanie talks about her life after being shot by her cop x-girlfriend, having a baby with a Project Runway winner, getting gay married and raising a human son despite herself being a Wild Animal.

Loss prevention – When an old-school bar owner and his unruly daughter get caught up in a cat-and-mouse game of corporate espionage, it will take brains, brawn and help from the lesser of two evils to make it out alive.

Monday, March 8, 2021 – International Women’s Day

Carly Usdin: “Ru Girl” – Debut music video for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 5 finalist, drag superstar Alaska Thunderfuck, directed and edited by Carly Usdin with cinematography by Robin Roemer. Inspired by some iconic music videos of the 90s, including “Justify My Love,” and “My Name Is.”

Gay Mean Girls – Gay Mean Girls is a Canadian coming-of-age series that follows prom committee member Lucy Ching as she seeks to understand her sexuality, charm her best friend Miranda, and fit in with the gay community. Based on a viral short film that earned over 3.5 million hits on YouTube, the project was written and directed by queer women of colour.

My Pride: The Series – My Pride is a dark fantasy web-series following a disabled lioness named Nothing. Injured as a cub and unable to demonstrate her hunting abilities, her name is a cruel reminder of what she lacks. Nothing’s life is changed forever when she’s forced out of her Pride and must survive on her own, and in doing so, discover her own special connection with her Goddesses, and learn how to heal her broken world.

Almost Adults – A platonic love story between two best friends, Cassie and Mackenzie, in their final year of college as they transition into adulthood. Mackenzie, recently out, embraces her sexuality and tries to catch up on everything she has missed during her teenage years, while Cassie ends a long term relationship with her boyfriend and discovers her life isn’t going as planned. Both struggle to keep their friendship together as they begin growing apart.

Lip Service – “Lip Service” explores the lives, loves, & lusts of lipstick lesbians in Scotland.

Septo – What happens when you realize your dreams are no longer your own? Promising triathlete, Jessica has trained her entire life and finally has a shot at the Olympics. When she meets Lua, the mysterious and confident surf instructor, Jessica realizes just how trapped she feels by her own life and her controlling father. Explore this story of love, ambition and drama in Revry’s Original Series, SEPTO.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Twenty (OML) – 5pm PT (Episode 3&4)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – Women’s Health AIDS Awareness Day

Our Love Story – Yoon-ju is a graduate student of fine arts and is working on her graduation exhibition. One day, while she is searching for materials for her project, she runs into Ji-soo at a junk shop. Watching Ji-soo in an odd place, Yoon-ju finds herself drawn to her. After their initial encounter, Yoon-ju once again runs into Ji-soo at a convenience store, and the two eventually start dating. Never having enjoyed dating men, Yoon-ju finds Ji-soo fascinating and becomes completely infatuated with her.

Submission Possible – In this Revry Original, Madison Young delves deep into sex magic rituals, herbal aphrodisiacs, cemeteries, sexy seances and spectrophilia in the hauntingly sexy city of New Orleans.

Akagire – Teenager Satsuki feels desolate. Loving her girlfriend Jun is so natural to Satsuki, but even her mother thinks that her daughter’s love for her girlfriend is “not normal.” Dating a woman but also having a relationship with a man, Satsuki’s sexuality is swaying.

2 In The Bush: A Love Story – Emily has just been dumped by her girlfriend, kicked out of her apartment, and fired from her job. Her best friend hooks her up with a new gig: personal assistant to a dominatrix. But when Emily falls for her new boss — and her new boss’s boyfriend — she must decide what risks are worth taking for love. 2 In The Bush is an unconventional romantic comedy about dungeons, a fish named Archimedes, and the many forms that love takes.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Chica & Sun (OML) – 5pm PT (4 episodes) – This hot and hilarious lesbian soap opera takes you on a wild ride through the mixed up love lives of a group of sexy Madrid lesbians including the unbelievably gorgeous Spanish TV star Celia Freijeiro. Think: The L Word meets Almodovar.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Convince Me – Convince Me is a series created with Next Gen America to give information about the voting process, so you can feel confident when showing up for the polls this November. Please watch and share. It’s so important for people to see this to understand the voting process, and why it’s so important for us to use our voice for change.

Cameron Esposito: Marriage Material – In her first special, the purveyor of fine jokes, Cameron Esposito, has some harsh truths for you. From the secrets of a women’s locker room to her stance on gun control, she gets real. And, we wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s Marriage Material.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Twenty (OML) – 5pm PT (Episode 5&6)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – St. Patricks Day

Pot Luck – New Zealand’s first lesbian web series has arrived! Three friends make a pact which turns their weekly potluck dinners into a search for love. Or not. “Pot Luck” serves up contemporary lesbian life in three great flavours: Debs, Beth, and Mel, as they negotiate friendship, family, and finding love at their weekly potluck dinners. Set in Wellington, this original comedy web series is fun, sexy, and occasionally ridiculous.

Lez Bomb – From executive producer, Bobby Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary), comes a new holiday comedy about a young woman (Writer-Director, Jenna Laurenzo) who comes home for Thanksgiving with some life changing news. Little does she know, the eccentric cast of characters that make up her extended family have their own stirring surprises. The result is a hilarious series of events forcing the family to come together in what amounts to the most unceremonious of holidays. As it turns out, there is no good time to drop the Lez Bomb.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Chica & Sun (OML) – 5pm PT (4 episodes)

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – National Happiness Day

Seeking Dolly Parton – When Charlie (Kacey Barnfield) and her partner Cerina (Anya Monzikova) decide to have a baby, they go to Cerina’s estranged ex-boyfriend Josh (Michael Worth) to help fill in the “blanks”. But when old feelings return to the surface, the new feelings are not coming in without a fight. This unique threesome must each confront  their own “closeted” emotions before allowing a new light to shine into all their lives.

Margaret Cho: Psycho – Comedian Margaret Cho performs in front of a live audience in this provocative and hilarious comedy special event, tackling off-limits issues from Boko Haram to female empowerment with her razor sharp insight and wit.

Happy Playland – Billie Haare, an anxious actress caught between her passion for stage and her parents’ dreams of the silver screens, starts a new job at a desolate indoor playground, managed by wannabe-insta-star Cris. Billie quickly develops feelings for social justice warrior, Zara, who is sadly 23 and not looking for anything serious. After a passionate moment in the ball pit, Billie and Zara both begin to question what they want. But the playland is soon to be closed – and Billie’s anxiety can only handle so much. Cris decides to intervene. Can Billie woo Zara into forever and always? Will anyone ned up happy? Will Cris’ trip to Queenstown increase her followers? Only time will tell, in the place where dreams come true, Happy Playland, The Wellington branch.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Filth – Stella, a bisexual plumber by day and go-go dancer by night, leans into her burgeoning romance with Jocelyn, a little person, while battling debilitating anxiety; meanwhile, Max juggles a stunted acting career and grapples with his unrequited love for his questionably straight roommate, Danny. Max and Stella’s lives get even more tangled when their colorful cast of friends and frenemies involve themselves in the besties’ issues, muddling the lines between friendship and romance.

Madison Rose – Madison Rose is an artist ready to make an unforgettable debut. Vocally rooted in R&B, Madison Rose effortlessly weaves electronic/pop influences and bold bass lines into her music. With a big heart and even bigger voice, she is able to balance her strength and femininity effortlessly, celebrating the power of womanhood through her music.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Twenty (OML) – 5pm PT (Episode 7&8)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Girl Knight – Isabel, a fiery redhead armed with a sword and donning an armored helmet everywhere she goes, meets Delilah, an equally disillusioned goth girl, one day in detention at school. The two girls find strength in each other, share a first kiss in a graveyard, and defy controlling family members that try and stand in the way of their newly discovered love.

Mila Jam – Mila Jam is an NYC-based transgender YouTube Sensation turned pop recording artist. She is best known for her one of a kind music videos and unforgettable stage performances. She has toured internationally with the Broadway musical “RENT;” performed alongside James Brown, Mark Ronson, Laverne Cox, Travis Wall, Jody Watley, Lady Kier (Deee-Lite) and Natasha Bedingfield. TV appearances include the BBC’s “The Lilly Allen Show,” MTV and MTV News. Mila was named Odyssey Nightlife Awards Breakthrough Artist in 2015, and she was awarded Best Video and Dance Artist at the 2013 GLAM Nightlife Awards. She is host of the original YouTube Talk Show Series, “I’m From Driftwood.”

Kappa Force – A campy superhero satire, Kappa Force is the newest Revry Original series – an intersectional queer take on college rom-coms. Welcome to State University, the premier all-american university that has everything: greek life, Division 1 sports, five kick ass sorority sisters doubling as a masked crime fighting unit keeping the campus safe from evil, and a Chipotle. This fully-formed fantasy comes complete with pop parodies of the Spice Girls, Justin Beiber, Paula Cole, Third Eye Blind and tongue-in-cheek nods to queer history.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Easy Abby – Sleeping with women comes easy to Abby. Dealing with her personal life? Not so much. Follow Abby through her trials and tribulations in the Revry Original Series.

For My Wife – A feature documentary chronicling the making of an activist. After the tragic death of her wife, Charlene Strong was thrust into the spotlight becoming a powerful voice for the equal rights of same-sex couples and their families.

Tiny Laughs – When a queer Latina architect meets a struggling Asian comic at an improv class, their instant sparks sends them on a humorous and heartwarming journey through the city of dreams.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Renee and the Seven Cards (OML) – 5pm PT (all episodes) – With mystery like Russian Doll, characters like Fleabag, and a dysfunctional romance like Feel GoodRenée centers on a controlling bisexual fitness fanatic who must track down her missing psychic to understand an ominous tarot card reading that predicts her death.

Monday, March 29, 2021

The Rise of Eve – An intense examination of misogyny and sexism around the world explored through news, music, social media, personal accounts, group discussions and heated debates.

Gaze of the Beholder – Beauty lacks a clear standard, yet most of us seem to know it when we encounter it. This documentary explores our shared dance with beauty, body image and sexuality through intimate and often humorous conversations.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Twenty (OML) – 5pm PT (Episode 9&10)

Wednesday, March 31 – Transgender Day of Visibility

Her Story – Her Story is about two trans women in Los Angeles who have given up on love, when chance encounters give them hope. Violet is drawn to Allie, a reporter who approaches her for an interview. Career-driven Paige meets James, the first man she’s considered opening up to in years. Will they risk letting what they are stand in the way of being loved for who they are? This is a story of complex characters who laugh, struggle, and grow, who share strength in sisterhood, who seek and find love. Her Story depicts the unique, complicated, and very human women we see in queer communities, and explores how these women navigate the intersections of label identity and love.

Girl-Hearted – It’s quite plain to 7 year old Nori: She is a girl, because she has a girl’s heart. But her body is that of a boy… Five years ago: Each and every day mother and son argue about what appears trivial: the colours of pants and shirts suddenly matter, soon all he agrees to wear are skirts and dresses, he likes to put barrettes in his still short hair. The neighbours start gossiping. Then one day, the boy reveals his favourite dream to his mum. A wizard will turn his penis into a vagina so he could be a “real” girl … It’s that day something comes to an end. It’s that day Josephin realises that she doesn’t have a son, that he had never existed – but that there is still a kid, a daughter. It becomes clear to her that she will have to break new ground to see her daughter grow up happily.

Missed Connections – Two strangers meet and form a bond at a festival, but they forget to exchange contact info. As they search for one another and through viral posts, they navigate their careers, lives, and society’s expectations of them as Black, female, and transgender.

Onnaninaru – Miyu has dreamed of becoming a female since early childhood and undergoes the longed-for sex reassignment surgery to be able to live in society as a woman. The documentary depicts sincere discussions with family, honest talks with friends, attitude transformations amongst university faculty, the clinical psychologist’s concerns, and the resolve of the doctor. Touching humanity comes to the forefront through the six months’ coverage of Miyu’s life.

My Name Was January – When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home in New Westminster, BC, her community reacts and her friends and other trans women of colour come to share and voice their issues, concerns, and challenges. January was seen as a bright light in the lives of many. This is the story of January, a friend, a daughter, a person. This film will not only bring justice to January, but to all the women who have lost their lives.

Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You – Rusty Tidenberg, drag-racing aficionado, shocked friends and family by coming out as trans. Followed for 8 years by filmmaker Harrod Blank (son of Les Blank), Rusty guides us through the aftermath of her transition. Interwoven with lively tales of gender non-conforming individuals on the art-car circuit, Blank’s film is a sensitive and unpredictable love letter to people who fight to be unapologetically themselves.

Bombshell – Jay, a queer transman, navigates the shark-infested waters of LA’s gay dating scene. He’s young, single, looking for fun, but when the bedroom door closes his private world becomes an arena for cis men and the questions they have. Jay is joined by his chosen family, Selena, his Angeleno best friend, Darlene, the Bostonian Hairdresser, and Penis Mascot, the cartoon caped penis personifying his id.

Our Future – Yu is about 18 when her parents separate and the disorientation 5is compounded by the experience of starting summer school.Yu doesn’t feel very comfortable in her own body; she gets into trouble for wearing tracksuit bottoms to school rather than the regulation skirt. The film follows Yu through that summer, showing her sustaining friendships with the hopeless Yoshiki, a gay boy who’s dyed his hair auburn, and the transwoman dancer Haruka.

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“Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People” by Ben M. Freeman— Building Pride

Freeman Ben M. “Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People”, No Pasaran Media, 2021.

Rebuilding Pride

Amos Lassen

In “Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People”, Ben M. Freeman educates, inspires and empowers Jewish people “to reject the shame of antisemitism imposed on Jews by the non-Jewish world as well as non-Jewish perceptions of what it means to be a Jew.” He shows us the process of defining our own identities as proud Jews through Jewish experience, Jewish history and Jewish values. Freeman takes his inspiration from his own experiences with LGBTQ+ issues.

Freeman was born and raised in Glasgow in a small traditional community and went to the only Jewish school in the area. The reason he wrote this book come from his own experiences with pride having found his own sense of gay pride  and his taking part in the fight against Jeremy Corbyn and left-wing Labor antisemitism in which he saw “that Jewish people wanted to speak out, wanted to be proud, but they were suffering the hangover of the ‘keep your head down’ policy.”

Freeman feels that many young Jews on the left tend to avoid the subject for fear of being labelled as being on the wrong side of history and the Jewish community is of utmost importance. The idea of this ‘community of the good’ has always existed, it just changes depending on what periods we look at. Today, the community of the good is the Left — to be Left, to be progressive means that one is good. Regarding Zionism, he maintains that there have always been those who are against the concept of the Jewish state, but the ‘Zionism’ that they base basing their hatred on is not Zionism, “it’s not a movement of self-determination — it’s white supremacy, it’s colonization and that’s not what Zionism is.”

Freeman’s father instilled in him this idea that Jews will always be hated and Freeman says that this is still the case today. That hatred comes from the non-Jewish world where  Antisemitism is embedded in the non-Jewish world in the culture and society we live in, and it is antisemitic just as it is homophobic, misogynistic and in many ways anti-black. Having lived through homophobia, Freeman went through shame even though he shared his sexuality with his family and they were accepting of it. However to reject his own shame was arduous and often painful. Some may same to be accepting on the surface yet we know that is not always the case. With his own self-acceptance, he realized that there indeed others who accepted him. The Left, however, accepted his homosexuality but rejected him as a Zionist. He was left to struggle with two identities. As with most of us, his situation with Judaism became secondary to his finding himself as gay.

Freeman says that just because we are Jewish does not mean that we necessarily understand or know aspects of our experience as a people. We’re taught about the Shoah and pogroms but there’s also a lot about our experiences that people aren’t aware of. We need to  explore our history as a people.