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  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★½

    But what about *HIS* Smell?

    Egotistical, carnivalesque, convoluted, repulsive, but also a grand self-reflective tragicomedy. Repressed queerness sparks this liquor-soused barnburner into a rather surprising self-portrait of a crazed artist. Feels like fate that it came to the screen the way it did, an absurd mess obsessively re-assembled after 40 years in a way he may well have despised. Some will hate that; I kind of love it.

  • Sorry Angel

    Sorry Angel

    ★★★★

    A long-distance romance where their lives' distinctions add to the romance. An AIDS-era film where the privileged protagonist still manages to be insensitive towards his dying ex. A cross-generation love story where the seemingly small age difference still lends a harsh, tragic divide between their perspectives. One young man can feel life coming exuberantly together, while his older lover sees all hope falling apart. This'll continue breaking my heart from a distance, I know.

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  • Riley's First Date?

    Riley's First Date?

    ★★

    I'm gonna go moan about the isolating social landscape of assumed heterosexuality.

    The worst part of 'Inside Out' was its lazy presumptions on gender identity. That's much the same here, where mom's sexuality is Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" and Dad's sexuality is ACDC. C'mon, mom! Break that crap with some FKA Twigs!

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    I’ve never been in a romantic relationship yet, which is not to say I’ve never been in love before. Films about love and films about romantic relationships don’t go as necessarily hand-in-hand as they might seem, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is chiefly about the latter. There are particular rhythms to relationships that are perhaps most easily noticed from outside them, and if you can track those rhythms predictably enough, who’s to say you can’t destroy them? That’s…