LGBT representation strong at 90th annual Academy Awards

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: DANIELA VEGA at the Academy Awards Sunday night. Screen capture courtesy ABC.

Despite a bloated presentation that clocked in at almost four hours, the telecast of the 90th Academy Awards had some spectacular moments, especially for LGBT movie fans.

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Screened Out – Godzilla

By : Stephen Miller
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Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe

Let’s face it – the only reason we go to see a Godzilla film is that we want to see mass destruction! In Godzilla’s sixtieth year in the cinema, his story is a well-trampled path, but bring it on! We all want to have things set up so they can be spectacularly laid to waste – by aliens, by huge monsters, whatever – as long as very little is left standing at the end!

This twenty-eighth Godzilla film starts with a couple semi-dramatic beginnings – a creepy archeological dig in the Philippines in 1995, a nuclear facility meltdown in 1999. Then the dust settles for some small-scale soap opera with nuclear scientists Cranston guilt-tripping his bomb expert son Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass). Sonny boy gives it right back; he’d rather not be near daddy’s nuclear reactors, which are like a buffet for these giant lizards. The kid would rather quietly settle in San Francisco, where nothing bad could ever possibly happen.

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