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Review: "Bear City" Says Gay Bears Are Just Like Everyone else (Except Fatter and Hairier)

26 October 2010 9:56 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Let's face it: it can be tough to be the kind of gay guy who is attracted more to meatier, hairier men in a world where lean, rippled abs and waxed backs and chests are seen as the physical ideal.

In response, a whole community has built up around these men and those who share their interest: the bear community. And it sometimes must feel like they're living in a completely different place than the rest of the Glbt community — like they're living on a different planet, or at least, well, in a different city.

A new movie, Bear City (out on DVD next month), takes bears and non-bears alike into that city.

And like The Boys in the Band (one of the first movies about openly gay men) and the 1978 French-Italian film La Cage Aux Folles (one of the first popular movies about drag queens), the hopes and dreams of many, »

- Brent Hartinger

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2010 Holiday Movie Guide - Theaters

21 October 2010 8:51 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Good things come to those who wait and for those who feel as though they've suffered through a year of largely uninspired films up to now will likely breathe a sigh of relief at the sound of names like Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola and Peter Weir. 'Tis the season for Jim Carrey to take a pay cut to star in a gay romance like "I Love You Phillip Morris" or Javier Bardem is whispering sweet nothings to spirits in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's "Biutiful" rather than Julia Roberts.

There is the naughty -- Kristen Stewart stripping in "Welcome to the Rileys," the would-be terrorists of the Brit comedy "Four Lions," or the evil Santa in "Rare Exports" -- and the nice -- the tap-dancing lovers in "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," the glory of James Franco's daredevil surviving "127 Hours" and Colin Firth's verbally-challenged royal conquering his stutter in "The King's Speech. »

- Stephen Saito

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aGLIFF 2010 Daily Dispatch: The Weekend, or Juries and Parties and Bears, Oh My!

14 September 2010 11:31 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Take a look at this picture, it's a prime example of what makes aGLIFF and in fact every film festival in town work.  Pictured above (clockwise from upper left) are David SweeneyJenn Garrison, Jean Lauer, Andy Campbell, Michelle Faires and lastly actor Alex Di Dio from closing-night film BearCity. Together they represent the aGLIFF board, 2010 juries, volunteers, filmmakers, and the local film community on all levels.  If it looks like they're having fun, they are. It's been a long festival, but a very successful one with many sold-out or close to capacity screenings.  

You've read Don's hilarious and enlightening dispatch from Saturday, but allow me to wrap up my weekend with you as well. I was able to make the doc The Real Anne Lister, an hour-long look at the life and diaries as seen by Britain's version of Ellen DeGeneres, Sue Perkins. It's as much a musing on »

- Jenn Brown

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