5 Years Ago
August 8, 2003
" ‘We got a little too much blood on the wall during the last scene,’ he muses.
"Still, despite the somewhat disturbing nature of the films made by Dove (the short Physical Education is tagged with ‘this movie is not rated and contains graphic images of implied rape and murder’), he says that he is doing nothing more than providing a product to a niche market. His product? Scream kings, a tongue-in-cheek answer to the scream queens genre that began in the ’50s and remained popular right up through the low-budget, but very high visibility, ’80s." Read Full Article
TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET
15 Years Ago
August 6, 1993 | Gary Susman found Mark Rappaport’s Rock Hudson’s Home Movies to be a particularly enlightening look at the long-time closeted gay actor’s career.
"Now that it’s well-known that Rock Hudson was gay and died of AIDS, it’s hard not to look at his filmography in a new light, though no one has taken the process as far as Mark Rappaport in his hour-long video Rock Hudson’s Home Movies. This revisionist retrospective suggests that Hudson was constantly subverting his own image in his movies, blandly revealing the truth about his sexual identity while acting in character, if only one knew to listen. Deconstructing an exhaustive compilation of familiar clips in this context, Rappaport finds either hilariously campy innuendo or poignant sublimation in every coy line of dialogue or stoic glance that made Hudson such an icon of self-effacing virility. It becomes easy to believe that in all those pseudo-sophisticated ‘50s sex comedies, Rock was secretly relieved to have his attempts at romance with Doris Day repeatedly thwarted, preferring instead the company of Tony Randall."
30 Years Ago
August 8, 1978 | Kit Rachlis listened to Bob Dylan's new album, and hated it
"Listening to Bob Dylan's Street-Legal (Columbia) is like running into an old friend who has gone fat and corporate in the two years since you'd last seen him. Had you heard? He and Sarah finally separated. There is going to be a hell of a lot of alimony to pay. She's probably going to get the house. And he flashes his gold lighter and tells you about all his new girl friends. After 20 minutes you're trying to find an excuse to get out of the conversation. After 50 minutes (the approximate length of the album) you're numb. All you want to do is go home, cross his name out of your address book and pour yourself a drink. Quick."
35 Years Ago
August 7, 1973 | Sharon Basco discussed Mattapan business owners’ attempts to form a vigilante crime patrol.