Nestled in the shadow of monstrous overpasses and buzzing highways, Cypress Street is in a part of Fort Worth that has long since died. For the most part, the small back alley is devoid of traffic. Instead, it is teeming with people - men and women, black and white, young and old. They line the sidewalks and spill out onto the blacktop. Some happily chat in groups while others sit quietly by themselves. They are all waiting for the same thing - 5 p.m.
As I sat at my gate, a full two hours early eating a $5 McDonalds chicken sandwich that tasted like grilled dust, I began to rant inside my head. Why does flying have to be so difficult? Why do I always seem to get sexually harassed by the security guy? Since when does fast food chicken facsimile cost five bucks? I put in my headphones in an attempt to drown out my rage and prevent the voices in my head from overtaking me and inducing schizophrenia. I sat back in my blue plastic chair and stared straight ahead.
1915: "The Birth of a Nation"Director D.W. Griffith's portrait of the Reconstruction (and, in turn, the Ku Klux Klan) era has enraged as many viewers as it has captivated.
1967: "Guess Who's Coming
Starring Sydney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, this film was the first film to deal with interracial relationships. It revolved around Poitier's impending marriage to Hepburn and Tracy's daughter, played by Katharine Houghton.
1969: "Midnight Cowboy"
When the Los Angeles Times first reviewed "Brokeback Mountain," a film that chronicles a friendship and love story between two cowboys, it praised the film but posed the question, "Will it play in Plano?"The more apt question might have been, "Will it play in Fort Worth?"
In a city where the tip of a white Stetson is synonymous with, "Howdy ma'am," and boots are more common than Manolos, the fate of a gay cowboy movie seemed doomed from the start.