Catching up with. . . Cyndi Lauper

(Reposted From Sept. 2006) Cyndi Lauper was one of the defining stars of the 1980’s. Her debut album “She’s So Unusual” sold over five million copies and gave Cyndi four Top Ten singles including her signature, a song known as well today as it was then “Girl’s Just Want To Have Fun”.

Boys Life 4

The original Boys Life short film collection remains my favorite of the series, and the only one where all the collected films actually seem to belong with each other. Still, this anthology brings together four inventive tales.

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema

Vito Russo’s 1981 book The Celluloid Closet explored how movies portray gays and lesbians. That book led to a documentary adaptation from directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. While both incarnations of The Celluloid Closet remain ground-breaking and essential, Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema focuses mostly on gay films, made from a gay or gay-friendly perspective.

Adam & Steve

Adam & Steve gives a decidedly gay and decidedly irreverent twist to the romantic comedy. Obviously and defiantly mocking anti-gay cliches with the title, writer/director/star Craig Chester delivers an enjoyable tale of budding love.

Sordid Lives

In writing my West Texas fiction collection The Acorn Stories, I knew that West Texas offers more colorful characters than anyone could believe. I’ve met much stranger folks here than I ever created. I keep hearing the same about Sordid Lives when I watch it over and over with other West Texans.