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  • You Cannot Kill David Arquette
  • The Matrix
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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  • Read It and Weep

    ★★

  • Ice Princess

    ★★★★

  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

    ★★★½

  • Malignant

    ★★★★★

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  • Marty

    Marty

    ★★★★★

    “You don't like her. My mother don't like her. She's a dog. And I'm a fat, ugly man. Well, all I know is I had a good time last night. I'm gonna have a good time tonight. If we have enough good times together, I'm gonna get down on my knees, I'm gonna beg that girl to marry me. If we make a party on New Year's, I got a date for that party. You don't like her? That's too bad.“

  • Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

    Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

    ★★★★★

    “I was James Dean, pretending I wasn’t Joseph Qualley.”

    Joanne, as a character, is outdated and offensive. She’s constantly demeaned and insulted (and constantly forgives the attacks), her trans-ness is attached to and validated by surgeries, and her actions echo dangerous stereotypes of trans women (ie. deceit and vengeance being her main two qualities).

    With all of that, she is also a beautifully complex woman and wonderfully played. She has conflicting emotions, a well-developed and definitive personality, and many of…

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  • Frankie and Johnny

    Frankie and Johnny

    ★★★★

    Easily the most beautiful portrayal of romance I’ve ever seen: fractured people trying and failing, over and over again, to piece their lives together. Our leads say all the wrong things and consistently make mistakes, and still, to quote Johnny, they fit.

    Frankie and Johnny is not only about believing in love, but it is an ode to surviving when it has yet to come.

  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    ★★★★

    I think this would’ve benefited by having a less visually aggressive director; Gatsby’s parties and his moments with Daisy are wonderful, but once the film slows to the final act, I don’t think a more classic approach would have hurt. Leonardo DiCaprio takes the reins as the movie ends when he brings the depth to Gatsby we’ve been waiting for. He gives completely into his physicality in presenting Gatsby’s self-loathing and mania. DiCaprio and Luhrmann are the charm of The…

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