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  • Pride
  • I Am Cuba
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • One Way or Another

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  • The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy

    ★★★½

  • The Barefoot Contessa

    ★★★★

  • A Farewell to Arms

    ★★★

  • Hot Millions

    ★★★

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  • Pride

    Pride

    Movies like this tend to be white-washed, scoured of trans content and any references to communism. Knowing almost nothing about this particular historical event, I can't comment on that. If it turns out that any historical inaccuracies rooted in white supremacy, capitalist-inspired censorship, or other bigotry is present, consider this film duly scorned. But with the context I am aware of...

    What I do know is that the history of LGBTQ struggle, and all struggle against oppression, has always been…

  • Pride

    Pride

    ★★★★★

    Solidarity is the most important action you can take.

    There are a lot of liberals who will tell you it is not your job to educate others about yourself, your oppression, or your identity.

    This is complete fucking bullshit.

    It is your duty to fight against your oppression by any effective means at your disposal. It is your duty to fight the oppression of all working and oppressed people by any effective means at your disposal. Effective is an important…

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  • The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy

    The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy

    About ten different stories are tangled into this brief feature, and they all feel undertold. In some ways, it's frustrating, because the story was compelling, and in other ways, it adds to the magic of the overall story we see. This latter makes this flaw feel intentional, and therefore, easily forgivable. It is in pursuit of something a little whimsical and surreal and different, and the filmmakers show the visual competence that shines through in Losing Ground, wielding the colors…

  • The Barefoot Contessa

    The Barefoot Contessa

    ★★★★

    I live for that scene where Bravano tells off Kirk. He openly admits to being a parasite, and his honesty rips off the American-dream-mask Kirk wears. It's not the full excoriation of the bourgeoisie it could be, but it comes so close in such an unexpected place that I thrill to experience it. My preview review speaks of how this film is Maria's story told through the views of the men around her, and that remains a quality that has…

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  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl

    To my cisgender friends, I ask that, even if you would not normally do so, you please read this. This film was made for cisgender people, so I feel it important that I write this for cisgender people. I would not normally watch this movie, but it has been a subject of some discussion on this site in a way that has compelled me to watch it in order to discuss it credibly. I do not imagine what I have…

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

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

    I just want to note how this film's big, transformative kiss is between the main character and a turnip, and it has nothing to do with the central romance. That delighted me.