Popular Films Can Still Be Great

For his first "mainstream" film ("Rabbit Hole"), the indie director tried to make the kind of small, quiet art picture that defined the mainstream in the ‘70s.

In Musicals, Over the Top Is Just Right

Take Greek drama, Shakespearean comedy, and Kabuki theater, stir in some punk rock, and you’ll get a genre audiences love.

Acceptance and Assimilation Breed Mediocrity

"An embarrassing kind of conformism" comes with full LGBT assimilation into the mainstream, says the actor and filmmaker. "Being queer is not enough," he says "Certainly it’s not interesting enough."

John Cameron Mitchell’s Coming Out Story

Awkward fumblings, outrageous coincidences, and finding a place in the world as a gay man.