Friday, June 23, 2017

Alaska is a Drag (feature film)

Alaska is a Drag, dir. Shaz Bennett, 2017 USA, 83 min. 👎
Friday, June 23, 9:15 p.m., Castro Theatre: WORLD PREMIÈRE
Saturday, June 24, 9:15 p.m., Piedmont Theatre, Oakland

Alaska is a Drag
There are people who like movies about drag queens. There are people who like movies about bare-knuckle brawling. If there is an intersection between those two groups, it does not include me. I enjoyed the short film from which this feature film grew, but the fight scenes in the longer version were far too graphic for me, so much so that I walked out more than an hour into the film. I couldn’t stomach the fight scene, even with probably less than 15 minutes left in the film, even to find out what happens to the protagonist. This film unequivocally takes the prize for biggest disappointment of Frameline 41. Definitely, definitely NOT RECOM­MENDED.
Warning: this film contains a graphic depiction of a gang fag-bashing the main character.

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