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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    "Now Suzanne takes your hand and she leads you to the river. She is wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters. And the sun pours down like honey on our lady of the harbor. And she shows you where to look among the garbage and the flowers. There are heroes in the seaweed. There are children in the morning. They are leaning out for love. They will lean that way forever, while Suzanne holds the mirror."

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    I like it when a rom-com leans into the fact that the leads probably aren't going to end up together. You can call this cynicism given that Palm Springs ends on an optimistic note, but really, given these two characters' hangups and personalities, are they destined to make the long haul? I'm guessing no. And that's good, because the rom-com as a genre traffics in the cultural monolith of happily-ever-after, an ideal that more often than not sets people up…

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  • Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty

    I watched this as a prelude to seeing Maleficent, for the first time since I was a very young child. At a scant 75 minutes, its plot is too simple and iconic to forget. But what leapt out at me, viewing the film as an adult, is how thinly-disguised its explorations of patriarchal sexuality are.

    Because, really, who wins in the end? The two kings, one of whom assigns his young son to marry the other's newborn girl, in a…

  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault. (I get misty about here)
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault. (Damon lasts this long)
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault. (The eagle has landed)