The New York Times continues its transformation from the Gray Lady into the Lavender Lady with three more movie reviews on Oct. 24 highlighting “‘gay” films whose combined viewership should roughly equal one night’s worth of gay bar patrons in Greenwich Village.
As proof that the transformation is still not complete, however, this is the same paper that did a somewhat-snarky-but-fairly-positive review in September of the heartwarming, low-budget Christian film Fireproof, which has passed $20 million at the box office. And the book drawn from that film, The Love Dare, has just reached the top of one of the Times’ bestseller lists.
Two of the three “gay” films reviewed Oct. 24 feature “gay marriage.”
In “A Legal Tussle for Civil Rights,” Jeannette Catsoulis gushes over a documentary called Saving Marriage and notes that it is rated PG-13 (parents strongly cautioned) for “homophobic language.” She begins her piece:
“An in-the-trenches, defiantly partisan and exuberantly big-hearted movie, “Saving Marriage” documents the Massachusetts imbroglio over same-sex unions with moving candor and unflagging spirits.” Later, she warns that, “The roots of puritanism run deep, but they’re far from invisible” and concludes this way: “Rambunctious and hopeful, ‘Saving Marriage’ asks us to re-examine an institution — and a word — most of us take for granted. By the end, we may feel that saying “I do” is no different than saying “I am.” The film, labeled as a 2006 release, is opening today in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Boston.
Meanwhile, in “Noah’s Arc: Gay Wedding Bells,” Andy Webster probes the virtues of an offshoot of a series on the all-gay LOGO TV network. He pronounces Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom “an agreeable melodrama” about the “nuptials” of two men, and acknowledges that the film is “unlikely to reach an audience beyond that of the show, which concerns the lives of prosperous gay black men in Los Angeles.” Opening nationwide (really?), it’s rated R for “mild nudity, sexual situations and language.”
Here’s an excerpt of Webster’s review: