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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Officially the first time I’ve seen toxic masculinity linked to showtunes. 

    ****


    My friends and I  stood outside the theater for an hour, unpacking what we saw:

    • The ambiguous setting of both time and place 
    • How so much of what we witness is unreliable, as we don’t know what’s in Joker’s imagination vs. reality
    • The movie’s provocative engagement with our current discourse over mental health, white rage, toxic masculinity, mass violence, civil war, growing class divide, access…

  • Heathers

    Heathers

    ★★★

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  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★★★★

    Watched this with my two nephews (ages 5 and 3) and niece (age 1.5). It was the inaugural viewing for all three, on the cusp of their first-ish visit to Walt Disney World the next morning. They were so wide-eyed, so captivated, so attentive, and so intimidated by Ursula. 

    I vividly remember responding to it the same way in theaters in 1989... and frankly, I still responded the same way on my couch here in 2019. A masterpiece.

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    ★★

    It’s like the mid-season finale of a series you already know is cancelled. 

    I saw the first X-Men in high school. It’s astounding that I’m still seeing new installments of that same series here in my 30s, but that only makes this unceremonious end all the more depressing. That and the fact that we’re once again left with the unfulfilled promise of a future with the Phoenix in it. 

    Awful dialogue, ridiculous fight sequences, a nonsense timeline, recycled bits of the…