Well, it happened again. Last night I went on a Wikipedia deep dive learning about the 20th century ballet revolution in Russia. Specifically, my rabbit hole concerned the artistic and sexual life of iconic male ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. As far as I can tell, if you know anything about ballet, odds are good you … Continue reading Oh No, Edward Albee Wrote a Screenplay About a Bisexual Ballet Love Triangle
The original script of Heathers saw the entirety of Westerberg High dead. Daniel Waters’s original screenplay closed on a soot-and-blood covered Veronica Sawyer standing on the front steps of her high school with a bomb strapped to her chest - the very bomb that JD, her murderous ex-boyfriend, had planned to use to blow up … Continue reading How “Heathers” Taught Me To Say No
So the ad for this movie popped up on my Netflix homepage, and as soon as I saw the words "music journalist" in the summary, I thought: oh, boy. This oughta be good. Not as in, "This is going to be a good movie," but as in, "Is this going to be the kind of … Continue reading A Pedantic Fact Check of “Someone Great,” The New Romcom Where Gina Rodriguez Plays a Music Journalist, By a Real-Life Music Journalist
Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid A Price. by Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik for the New York Times In the days following the publication of this piece, the FBI opened an inquiry into Ryan Adams' communication with an underage girl, retailers cut ties with Adams, former colleagues of Adams denounced him, and … Continue reading The Ten Best Things We Read in February 2019
It's been 14 years almost to the day since Ang Lee smiled down on the earth and said "let there be homos on the range". And what do we have to show for it? Absolutely nothing. Frankly I'm embarrassed, and I knew if I continued living like this I wouldn't even be able to look … Continue reading For Sale: My Pitch for Another Movie About Gay Cowboys
In the wake of the horrifying leak of a memo revealing that the U.S. Federal Government plans to re-interpret Title IX of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to explicitly prevent trans people from being able to sue their schools and healthcare providers for discrimination, not to mention the appointment of anti-gay lawyer Eric Dreiband to lead the … Continue reading If All You Cisgenders Are So Concerned About the “Erasure” of My “Identity,” Then Why Don’t You Go Ahead and Read This Fucking Essay About Little Shop of Horrors
By way of introduction: there's been a lot of talk these days on filme tumblerre about the Repressed Cinematic Universe (RCU) and the merits of emotional/sexual repression as an artistic statement. I've also recently been re-watching NBC's The Office for the third time with my girlfriend. Earlier today, these two facts led me to ask the … Continue reading Who is Whom in the Phantom Thread AU of Dwight and Angela From The Office?: A Statistical Analysis
As many of you know, this website was founded on an inside joke about Robert Sean Leonard. And for the year and a half that The Niche has been active, I've played along, despite having very limited exposure to Robert Sean Leonard's oeuvre. By this I mean Harry and Ashleigh invited me over one night … Continue reading Y’all Mind If I Drink This Whole Thing of Cranberry Vodka and Watch Dead Poets Society?
Last night, months after the rest of you gays, I finally watched Phantom Thread and let me tell you it had everything I was promised; painful levels of repression, sub-textual pegging realized via poison, Daniel Day-Lewis's sexy fucked up thumbs, Vicky Krieps being iconic in every single shot. I'm in love. It was also definitely … Continue reading Phantom Thread (2017 dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) is a Rom-Com: A Scientific Proof
Like, The Notebook who? Casablanca who? Titanic who? Love Actually who? Pride & Prejudice who? Sleepless in Seattle who? Romeo and Juliet who? You've Got Mail who? Before Sunrise who? Jerry Maguire who? Lost in Translation who? When Harry Met Sally who? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind who? Never Let Me Go who? Moonlight wh- okay, no, too far.