I devoured Kristen Arnett’s and in my bathtub during a depressive spiral a few months back as I waited for my COVID vaccine to kick in to start experiencing life outside my apartment again. Reading, along with gaming, has taken up a fair chunk of…


The content keeps on coming, doesn’t it?

Here’s Part I.
Here’s Part II
.
Here’s Part III.
Here’s Part IV.
Here’s Part V.
Here’s Part VI.

Corpus Chrome, Inc. (S Craig Zahler, 2013)

Zahler’s writing is interesting to look at alongside his film works. They’re both primarily focused on navigating…



Nier (Square Enix)

With a pandemic still keeping the world mostly indoors, desperate to find new hobbies and expand collections that have grown stale, some folks have turned to the past. …


Back at it again with the non-Sundance bullshit. Here’s what I’ve been reading, playing, watching, etc.

Here’s Part I.
Here’s Part II
.
Here’s Part III.
Here’s Part IV.
Here’s Part V.

100 Boyfriends (Brontez Purnell, 2021)

Picked this up because I dug the cover and was very into the…


Decided to finally catch up a little bit now that all of my Sundance writing is over and up online. So here are some thoughts about all of the works I saw there. This is a fairly long piece because it covers a whole lot of movies.

Here’s Part I.
Here’s…


Sorry for not chiming in sooner, but I was a bit caught up with Sundance. I’ll be saving that for a separate post, and focusing this on all the non-Sundance art I ingested recently.

Here’s Part I.
Here’s Part II
.
Here’s Part III.

Detransition, Baby (Torrey Peters, 2021)
I will…


James Corden, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman in Ryan Murphy’s The Prom (Netflix)

Today, as with any other day being online, comes with yet another instance of every queer’s favorite discourse: should straight actors be playing gay?

What follows is an extended conversation between two queer writers about this.

Juan Barquin: So, Kyle, do you think straight actors should play gay?

Kyle Turner: Who gives a shit.


Or: help, I can’t stop watching Adam Curtis documentaries.

Here’s Part I.
Here’s Part II
.

The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, 2004)
The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (Adam Curtis, 2007)
Bitter Lake (Adam Curtis, 2015)
I appreciate that the thesis of every Adam Curtis film I’ve watched so…


The year continues and I have ingested more art (that I have a surprising amount to say about).

Here’s Part I.

1. The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson, 2015)
You know, was an exciting experience for me. At times it’s a riveting stream of consciousness piece of personal essay writing…

Juan Barquin

Neurotic queer Latinx. Programmer for Flaming Classics. Florida Film Critics Circle. Writer for Miami New Times, Dim the House Lights, and more.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store