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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    i do love a good dance sequence, no matter how vulgar or unnecessary, misguided or trite. they almost always universally work for me because they always make me smile. they always make me wish i could use my body in such a way, that i could relax long enough to enjoy a similar pleasure and watch myself back in real time… and this joker sure does love to dance, either with his ailing mother or amongst rain puddles and especially

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★½

    when your movie opens with a literal hate crime, it’s not a comedy… that should be obvious, but for andy muschietti + warner bros, apparently it’s more “complicated” than that.

    to begin this ~fun~/~self-aware~/~spooky juggernaut blockbu$$$ter~ with the brutal mutilation and murder of anonymous gay people for the sake of shock (and of course, to bring the “losers” back “home”) is frankly inexcusable. while the controversial scene was originally intended by stephen king to show a continued lack of social…

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  • End of the Century

    End of the Century

    ★★★★

    gay people often live in a never ending fantasy. we didn’t have the luxury of imagining our futures honestly, either because we wouldn’t allow ourselves to do so (to be honest about who we were attracted to or whom we imagined being with romantically/sexually) or because we simply didn’t know that future could even be a possibility. i’m attracted to men? and i can get married to a man? we could have a family together? relationships don’t need to be…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    I imagine “childhood” is one of the more difficult worlds to replicate on film due to the fact that one’s early years + experiences seem so specific to that individual while they’re living them. Those memories are then solidified as they grow older and continuously reflect on their pasts. Sean Baker again focuses on undervalued people (in this case the “hidden homeless” children of orlando) and, maybe more than he ever has before, celebrates every little moment these kids can…