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LGBT Show “Disposable Teens” Nominated for Streamys‏

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

LGBT Show “Disposable Teens” Nominated for Streamys‏

OutliciousTV is pleased to announce season 1 of our LGBT drama series, Disposable Teens, has been nominated for Best Indie Series for the 6th Annual Streamy Awards. The Streamy Awards is an annual awards show honoring the best and the brightest in internet video entertainment. Think Emmys for YouTube/Vimeo. Streamy Award winners will be determined by a group of creators, executives, and other experts in the online video industry. Previous nominees have seen their shows and careers skyrocket after the event. Last year’s event aired on VH1....

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“Talk to Her” (Hable con elle). Another film from Almodóvar’s “A” list.

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

“Talk to Her” (Hable con elle). Another film from Almodóvar’s “A” list.

Pedro Almodóvar’s work is notorious for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at some of the films by this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. This post is part of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. Talk to Her, the 2002 film from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, took the director to new heights: the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay — after Spain submitted Los lunes al sol over this brilliant film for consideration in the Best...

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“Bad Education” (La mala educación). One of Pedro Almodóvar’s more popular films.

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

“Bad Education” (La mala educación). One of Pedro Almodóvar’s more popular films.

Pedro Almodóvar’s work is famous for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at some of the films by this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. This post is part of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. Bad Education, the 2004 film from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, ranks among my top 5 favourite films ever. I remember going to the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington KY to see this film, which had a NC-17 rating in the States despite no actual...

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“The Christians” by Lucas Hnath. This play is going to haunt me for a very long time.

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

“The Christians” by Lucas Hnath. This play is going to haunt me for a very long time.

Since its premier Off-Broadway in New York in 2015, The Christians has been produced in theaters across the U.S. and U.K.  Neil Ellis Orts recounts his experience with the play in Houston. The only theater pieces I’ve seen more than once are pieces I’ve been in or directed — at least, until The Christians came to The Alley Theatre, here in Houston, Texas. This is not a review. It’s a personal reaction. As a practicing, every-Sunday sort of Christian, theologically educated, and invested in how the church is represented...

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Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)”

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)”

Pedro Almodóvar’s work is famous for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at some of the films by this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. This is part 2 of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. Winner of both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for “Best Foreign Language Film,” this movie about transformation in various forms transformed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s career forever — and introduced Penélope Cruz to...

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Poison in a Pretty Package. Kathy Baldock Reviews “Gay Awareness” by Landon Schott

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

Poison in a Pretty Package. Kathy Baldock Reviews “Gay Awareness” by Landon Schott

Gay Awareness: Discovering the Heart of the Father and the Mind of Christ on Sexuality by Landon Schott Famous Publishing (March 21, 2016) 312 pages Texas-based, travelling evangelist Landon Schott is certainly not unique in his strongly anti-gay theological and ideological beliefs. His lack of academic integrity and immature reasoning skills alone should render him inconsequential in the conversation about faith as it intersects sexual orientation. Yet he can’t be dismissed because his target market is teens and young adults, in particular,...

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The Almodóvar Project

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

The Almodóvar Project

In celebration of the release of Pedro Almodóvar’s 20th film,  Julieta (2016), Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker whose work is famous for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. This is part 1 of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. When it comes to modern Spanish film, the first name that pops into everyone’s mind is Pedro Almodóvar.  The name Almodóvar is bound to strike a strong reaction from people in Spain,...

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Review: Almodóvar’s “¡Átame!” (“Tie me Up! Tie me Down!”, 1990)

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Reviews | 0 comments

Review: Almodóvar’s “¡Átame!” (“Tie me Up! Tie me Down!”, 1990)

Leave it to Pedro Almodóvar to direct a film that would lead to a change in the American movie rating system. In his 1990 film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (the name is improved in translation from the plain Spanish “Tie me!”), things got so hot that the MPAA wanted to give the film a “X” rating. As the film is far from pornography, the studio handling the distribution rights in the US fought for an “R” rating. A few months later, the “NC-17” rating was born. And just what is this controversial flick? Antonio Banderas plays Ricky, a man recently...

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Review: “My Exodus” by Alan Chambers

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Reviews | 1 comment

Review: “My Exodus” by Alan Chambers

My Exodus: From Fear to Grace by Alan Chambers Zondervan, Sept. 2015 224 pages   Alan Chambers’ newly released book, My Exodus: From Fear to Grace, written with his wife, Leslie, is self described as “ . . . simply our story. It’s a story about our parents, our childhood, our coming of age, our marriage, and our journey out of a system of beliefs driven by fear and rules,” (p. 15). Chambers has played a significant role in the faith and sexual orientation landscape. From 2001 until 2013, he was the president of Exodus International, a...

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Review: “How We Sleep at Night” by Sara Cunningham 

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Reviews | 0 comments

Review: “How We Sleep at Night” by Sara Cunningham 

How We Sleep At Night: A Mother’s Memoir by Sara Cunningham CreateSpace Independent Publishing, Oct 2014 144 pages I came out to my mom a few years ago. She appeared pretty stoic when I broke the news to her, and thankfully she accepted me just as I am. Occasionally I can’t help but wonder what might have gone through her mind. Was she just as calm inside as she appeared outside? Or were there a million questions flying through it? One thing I especially love doing is reading about peoples’ life experiences. When I was offered a chance...

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