David and I attended the 2010 Outfest Premiere Gala at the Orpheum Theater in downtown LA last night to lend our support for the fest which annually showcases the brightest and best in GLBT film:
The gala event this year paid tribute to the amazing Jane Lynch by presenting her with this year’s Outfest Achievement Award:
After receiving news that she’s been nominated for two Emmy awards, Glee’s Jane Lynch walked the red carpet with her wife, Lara Embry, en route to accept the Outfest Achievement award for her body of work. Lynch received the award Thursday night at Los Angeles’s 28th annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival from Emmy-nominated costar Chris Colfer and Emmy-nominated director Paris Barclay.
It was really fantastic to see all the love that was heaped upon Jane last night, she is truly this year’s darling. If you are interested, you can read the full transcript of Jane‘s acceptance speech last night HERE. She took great pains to thank all the folks who helped her along the way in her career and I think it’s deffo worth a read.
But the main event of the evening was the screening of the James Franco film Howl. Find out what I think of the film, after the jump …
I’ve been so excited to see this film ever since I heard it went into production last year … but unfortch, I didn’t totally love the movie like I thought I would. IMHO, the movie tries to do too many things at once. There is a dramatic reading of the poem interspersed with scenes reenacted of the criminal trial to determine the obscenity of the poem interspersed with computer animation meant to illustrate the text of the poem. Overall, it struck me as a jumbled mess. To be clear, James Franco is FANTASTIC in the role of Allen Ginsberg. Not only did he look the part but he sounded like Ginsberg in his dramatic reading of the poem. For me, that was the strength of the film. The court scenes were entertaining but they felt out of place because they really weren’t the heart of the film. I really hated all of the animated scenes. They just did not work for me at all … I think I would’ve LOVED the movie entirely had it not been for the animated scenes which pepper the entire film. That being said, I didn’t hate the film by any means … I was mostly entertained and was totally engrossed by the subject matter. Howl is arguably one of the most important poems written in the last century. This film does a wonderful job of not only introducing it to a new generation but also illuminates its powerful meanings in inventive new ways. David liked the animated scenes in the film and you might as well. The movie was not what I was expecting it to be … and maybe that’s where some of my disappointment comes from. Still, I urge you to see the movie for yourselves when it opens in theaters later this year. Franco‘s performance alone is worth the price of admission. I think he does Allen Ginsberg proud in this role. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets rewarded for his work in Howl next awards season.
This afternoon, David and I will be attending a fun birthday party and then tonight we are seeing The Girl Who Played with Fire (which opens here in the US today). Another weekend is upon us … hope you enjoy it!!