The Gay Agenda
By Peter Schaus
DVD: Whether or not you've seen Cruising (the 1980 thriller about Al Pacino chasing a gay leather bar slasher), you've probably heard about it. People either think the film's a relic of old Hollywood's prejudicial treatment of gays or a good mystery that was overshadowed by its controversial elements. Form your opinion by watching the film's first-ever DVD release this week in a special edition packed with director's commentary and bonus footage.
FLICK: Mr. Woodcock seems poised to be one of the most queer-friendly mainstream comedies of the fall. In this new comedy, Seann William Scott gives his sadistic former gym teacher a piece of his mind. Scott doesn't play gay, but there's no harm in a little wishful thinking. After all, isn't that what got you through the communal showers in high school?
TUBE: Every fall, groups of loud men across the country get together to devour carbs, drink heavily, and watch their favorites vie for the gold in one of the most exciting competitions of the year. We are talking, of course, about the Primetime Emmy Awards. Let's face it: Does the World Series include scripted Bruce Vilanch banter?
SPECTACLE: The end of summer should be no excuse to allow your tan to fade or your stress level to rise. This Saturday, Avelar and August Twenty-Nine Present Pool Boy at the Standard in West Hollywood, Calif. Sizzle with the pool boys to the menthol-cool styling of DJ Brian Pfiefer and reap the benefits of the open bar from 1pm to 2pm. For more information, head to LKAVelarPresents.com.
TUNES: Spirit If' presents a musical anomaly. It is the solo album of Broken Social Scene founder Kevin Drew, but it is performed by the members of Broken Social Scene. A bit disingenuous, yes, but it's just the kind of bizarre behavior you'd expect from one of the most creative indie pop-rock acts playing today.