Jeremy Fairall

Jeremy Fairall

queer, noir, classic hollywood, classic animation, classic foreign, young adult, 80s.

Favorite films

  • Duck Amuck
  • North by Northwest
  • My Bodyguard
  • Fanny and Alexander

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  • The Underground Railroad

    ★★★

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★½

  • Shiva Baby

    ★★★

  • Sixteen Candles

    ★★½

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  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★½

    A good documentary that might have been a landmark concert film had Thompson let the historical footage speak for itself (a first time director, he falls victim to the contemporary documentary's propensity for putting too fine a point on things). Like, you obviously still need to see this, but here's hoping that the deluxe blu-ray box set compiling all of the available performance footage is in the works.

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★

    Pretty, but slight. I appreciate the queer metaphor, but I cannot help but wonder if it might have had more power had the male/male friendship been more of a Splash-type of thing with the fish-boy wanting to stay above water for the sake of a land-boy, rather than other fish-boy representing a drag on his development. Still, there is undoubtedly a generation of gay eight-year-olds right now figuring themselves out through the character of Alberto, so that's something.

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  • My Bodyguard

    My Bodyguard

    The late, great Robin Wood makes reference to MY BODYGUARD in his book HOLLYWOOD FROM VIETNAM TO REAGAN in a chapter on the homoeroticism of "buddy films," citing this one's "extraordinary motorbike-riding montage sequence in which the two male teenagers are seen trying out all available positions." That might just sound cute, but it might just provide a meaningful connection for 2013 audiences to this 33-year-old film. Bullying certainly effects more people than just gay kids, but it is fair…

  • Too Many Cooks

    Too Many Cooks

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Delightfully perverse, and, for once, a worthy viral sensation, but the turn towards all-out horror in the final minutes might put too fine a point on the whole thing. Aren't the patronizing racial politics, family-friendly smut and the overall tone of squeaky-cleanliness all sinister enough without letting a slasher on the loose?