Film: Private Romeo

In looking for a film to watch on, I came across this film Private Romeo, a film that was described as a take on Romeo and Juliet at a military academy. I was expecting a film similar to how She’s the Man was written based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, where the characters and places have the character names and place names from the original and the story of the prior, but there is none of Shakespeare’s wonderful dialog. Private Romeo is different, it uses Shakespeare’s original language and dialog and it’s an all male cast that can really act. The acting is wonderful, the cast speaks the language intelligently with real emotion, along with some dialog that fits the scene to tie it to the setting and place. Yes, it’s a gay movie dealing with problems of homophobia and violence, but also love. I think even if you’re not gay, if you love the language of shakespeare, it’s worth seeing. Rex Reed of the New York Observer was impressed with the film. One of the actors Seth Numrich was onstage in War Horse at lincoln center. The film’s director Alan Brown was interviewed by the blog Film International which is interesting to read.

Trailer on

If you don’t have Netflix and want to watch or buy the film you can go here.




Movie Review: CodeBreaker

We discussed previously the upcoming premiere of the new film CodeBreaker about the life career and death of the genius intellect Alan Turing whose work led to breaking the Nazi Enigma code used during world war II, laying out the basis of modern computing and an original paper on morphogenesis. Turing was what we would call now a gay man, but one who could not lie or deceive but wound up being caught because he reported the break-in of his apartment by a working class prostitute that he had an encounter with. This led him to a painful choice, jail or chemical castration. Eventually he committed suicide.  The film was well received and quite wonderful. The film discusses Turing from a biographical perspective including people who remembered him, discussing his accomplishments, which were many. In addition part of the film included dramatizations of sessions with a psychiatrist Turing had turned to toward the end of his life who he established a strong relationship with him and his family, who had been recommended to Turing after the trial. The sessions are quite beautiful with the dialog gave his personality light and helped the audience realize what an intellect Turing was, and the tragedy and mistreatment and outrage his life was. The soundtrack was also haunting drew the viewer in. Although Turing had a speech impediment, the actor didn’t speak with one, after the film in a Q&A, it was said that not having the speech impediment helped make the character more accessible. Members of the audience in the autism spectrum picked up on some of the peculiarities of his personality which might suggest he might be on the autism spectrum, though the producers felt diagnosing him of a disorder which was not known at the time would not be correct, the viewers in the audience felt that the film would be appreciated by that community. Further viewings are planned in San Francisco, St Louis and Fort Lauderdale. Portions of the ticket price are donated to the LGBT community centers where the events are.