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By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev

Brokeback Mountain

| June 30, 2009

Brokeback Mountain By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev They say the sign of a really good movie is you can’t stop thinking about it. Brokeback Mountain therefore deserves all the accolades it is receiving. Ennis and Jack stay with you, the way cool mountain air clings to you for days after returning to the big city. […]

An Inconvenient Truth

| June 30, 2009

An Inconvenient Truth By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev I’ve been taking the titles of my columns from children’s movies for the past few months, and An Inconvenient Truth, as many of you know, is an adult movie about global warming. I raise the question with this column: is this an appropriate movie to watch with […]

A Whole New World

| June 30, 2009

A Whole New World By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev Those of you with small children will recognize the title of this column from the movie Aladdin, which my older son watched 500 times in the first few years of his life. My young guy was more into Shrek, which speaks a bit to their personalities. […]

Practically Perfect in Every Way

| June 30, 2009

Practically Perfect in Every Way By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev  Most people who have children have some vague plans to parent better than their parents had. I had visions of a fun home, filled with laughter, and toys. I knew I would never worry much about things like children with chocolate on their faces, or […]

Meet the Robinson’s – An Opportunity for Dialogue

| June 30, 2009

Meet the Robinson’s – An Opportunity for Discussion By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev Okay, I know that I am supposed to be a queer parenting columnist, and for those of you who have been following my last few columns you may think I’ve morphed into more of a movie reviewer. The funny part is that […]

Gay Sex in the 70s and A Simple Matter of Justice

| June 30, 2009

A Simple Matter of Justice: The 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation   by JEB (Joan E. Biren)  This is a wonderful film, by the exceptional documentary artist, Joan E. Biren, who has captured the passion, power, and incredible frolic that is the hallmark of queer political marches. […]