There are moments in Coming Out Colton (★★★★☆), a new reality show on Netflix, that feel like a Public Service Announcement for the struggles and rewards of admitting to everyone in your life that you're a member of the LGBTQ community. This is not at all a bad thing, as the engaging, meticulously crafted, six-episode docu-series may help a closeted youth living in the middle of nowhere feel less isolated. At its core, Colton presents a positive, hopeful pathway for living one's authentic life.
Sharply directed by Josh Barnett, the GLAAD-approved series follows a distinct narrative course, one unencumbered by unexpected twists and turns and too many complexities. The path is about as -- ahem -- straightforward as it gets.
The 28th Annual Reel Affirmations LGBTQ Film Festival is currently in full swing through Sunday night, Oct. 24!
As has been our custom since 1994, Metro Weekly reviewed every feature and short film playing in the festival in its latest issue, which you can access here.
It's one of the best-reviewed festivals in the magazine's history, with not a single one of the 23 programs getting anything less than 3 Triangles (or stars, if you're accessing the reviews at our online article), and it exhibits both the selective acumen of a terrific programming committee (which includes Metro Weekly film and theater critic Andre Hereford), as well as a bumper crop of superior works by LGBTQ filmmakers.
"In the food world, Julia Child is the GOAT!" beams Julie Cohen, co-director of Julia, a delectable documentary about the improbably tall, enchantingly boisterous woman who, at 49, produced a groundbreaking cookbook that changed the course of America's relationship to home cooking. We went from a nation of Jello molds bastardized with marshmallows and bland, frozen TV dinners to savory aspics and luscious boeuf bourguignon.
"We've spoken to a lot of chefs, several generations after Julia, and it's amazing how uniformly they revere Julia Child," adds Cohen's co-director Betsy West. "As José Andrés says in our film, go to the home of any chef worth his or her salt and what book are you going to see there? by Julia Child. And it's dogeared. They've used it."
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