Midnight Cowboy moseys into UK cinemas again next month on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, and with it comes another opportunity to ask whether this is a film about homophobia or a homophobic film. My feelings toward the film were formed by seeing it in my early teens, when I already knew I was gay and hankered after images of other gay men on screen without caring whether they were problematic or toxic — words, incidentally, that would never have been used in that context when I first saw it in the mids. It is the penultimate scene, when Joe robs, beats and perhaps even kills a gay client, that throws the movie into disarray. So why is it that I struggle to take offence? What we look for in our formative years can be very different from the demands we make later as analytical adults, and it was certainly more important to me that representations of gayness were complex or colourful than that they were positive, whatever that meant.
Blazing Saddles! 5 Hilarious Facts About this Legendary Comedy
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Directed by: Mel Brooks. Blazing Saddles is a send up of old western films. It most notably rips on Destry Rides Again. Although it is truly a funny film, it is mostly remembered for it's blunt racist dialogue.
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He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony Award nominations than any other writer. His parents' financial difficulties affected their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters, where he enjoyed watching early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After graduating from high school and serving a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve , he began writing comedy scripts for radio programs and popular early television shows.
The found footage horror movie genre has found its way to the stage of the fictional high school in Beatrice, Nebraska in The Gallows. The new film , out Jul 10, puts the spotlight pun intended on a group of students putting on a play appropriately called The Gallows — but there's a spooky story behind this show. As a result, a superstition surrounds the drama department. For one, saying "Charlie" on stage is strictly forbidden and there are rumors that his ghost still haunts the school.