Call me by your Name

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Call me by your Name is a sensual tale of first love, based on the novel by André Aciman. It’s the summer of 1983 in Italy, and Elio, a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia. Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father, an eminent professor specialising in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella, a translator, who favour him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights.

While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver, a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendour of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Guadagnino’s telling of the development of this romance, which changes both parties, is like the feeling of getting gently drunk. It’s smooth but a little dizzying. He fills every scene with life. Trees are heavy with fruit; people are always eating; the chirping of crickets a constant soundtrack. He thrusts life at you and wills his characters to live theirs. Long summer days drift away in a gentle routine of swimming, cycling and nothing, but each day that passes with feelings unvoiced is a day lost — they will never have it back.

The screenplay, written by James Ivory, is elegant and full of small surprises. The level of attention given to even the smallest of characters means so many of them have an impact even with minimal screen time — Elio’s brief girlfriend breaks your heart with a handful of lines. What few vocal emotional outpourings are present are earned — a paternal monologue by Stuhlbarg in the final minutes is as verbose as the film gets and, good lord, it makes it count (bring tissues). But much is conveyed in the many silences which are entrusted to an excellent cast.

Chalamet is the centre and he gives the kind of performance that immediately sends you to Google to find out where the hell this kid came from (he may be familiar from Interstellar or Homeland). All Elio’s teenage emotions are raw on Chalamet’s skin. He plays him as a person still forming, not scared by his feelings but surprised. In a film in which every performance is terrific, Chalamet makes the rest look like they’re acting. He alone would make the film worth watching, but he’s just one of countless reasons.

 

Gay Test Spyware… WTF?

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Well, this is just a wee bit creepy. A new spyware company claims it can help parents determine whether their son is gay.

The company Fireworld recently posted an article, along with a picture of actor Colton Haynes, to its French website claiming it has software that can help uncover “clues” that might indicate whether one’s son is a homosexual.

The list includes: He’s shy, he loves diva singers, his hygiene is impeccable, he pays close attention to his attire, he’s never been on a date with a girl, he’s not into in football, and he has a piecing in either his right ear, eyebrow, or lip.

Parents who suspect their son might be gay are being encouraged to download the spyware ASAP and then hack into their child’s computer or phone to discover “your son’s orientation as quickly as possible.”

The website urges:

You will simply install a special program on your son’s computer. This will then start to monitor the entire activity of the PC. For example, to go back the history of the websites visited, everything that has been typed on the keyboard, even recover the passwords.

The spyware specifically scans for any visits to “gay forums.” It also analyzes his personal Facebook profile to see if he’s messaged “other gay boys.”

If that’s not creepy enough, the site continues:

If  your son is gay you may never be grandparents and you will not have the happiness of knowing your grandchildren. Unfortunately, on this point you must not be selfish. If your child is gay, he can not help because it is not a choice on his part.

The company says even if a your son is gay, you should  “accept him as he is.” It also states that spying on a computer other than your own without permission is technically illegal, but there are some instances where it “may be legal.”

via queerty

My 13

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Jonathan is in love with Julie. Unable to gather the courage to speak to Julie, Jonathan formulates a plan to steal her diary, which he believes would reveal to him the way to impress his crush. The plan includes befriending Julie’s brother Charles who is Jonathan’s classmate. Thanks to Charles, Jonathan gets an invitation to a party at their house.

During the party, Jonathan manages to steal the diary, excuses himself and heads home to read it. On one of the pages of the diary, he finds a drawn heart and the name …Jonathan. He is overjoyed until he realises what’s really going on…

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Pierre Joubert

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This is a collaboration post with the Destroyer blog, you’ll find an interview with Pierre Joubert over on his blog, go check it out!

Pierre Joubert (June 27, 1910 – January 13, 2002), was a famous French illustrator. He was closely associated with the creation of Scouting and could be called the father of the idolised image of the boy scout in France and Belgium.

He illustrated dozens of books and magazines with images of scouts and other lads in adventurous and escapist settings, shaping the daydreams of generations of young boys and teenagers.

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