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  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    ★★★★

    One hundred years ago, the Soviets marched into the Winter Palace and tore down the Provisional Government, and the proletariat, for the first time in history, completely controlled their own fate. Though others had tried before, each time, they were torn down, betrayed, or defeated; here, in this moment, a beacon of hope was lit for the whole world, one that would last 75 years, weathering imperialist corruption, revisionist decay, and fascist invasion. The Soviets inspired people around the world…

  • The Hitch-Hiker

    The Hitch-Hiker

    Faces suspended in a void have nothing but their own grim performances to convey. The desert setting does not serve to create the touted claustrophobia; it's the shadows, the darkness that encompasses them in open spaces, around campfires, under the stars. Light only shows the most prominent clue to their emotional states and nothing more, leaving the viewer trapped intimately with the three men. When the light returns, the wide open spaces offer barrenness. The feeling isn't claustrophobia; it's preemptive…

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  • Dragonslayer

    Dragonslayer

    ★★★★½

    This is everything I want in a high fantasy story: a strong woman who isn't negated or overshadowed, a bit of magic, storytelling that doesn't flinch from the grim parts, a depiction of royalty that is unflattering, and a cool fucking dragon. There's a trans reading of Valerian to be done, but a mild one, and really, it's not that complex. She is raised as a boy when she isn't. It's relatable. She has a relatively easy transition (being, well, a cis woman in disguise), but the idea that admitting you're not a boy could get you killed is just too familiar.

  • You Belong to Me

    You Belong to Me

    The search for a tolerable serial killer movie that I haven't seen before continues with one more predictable failure. This is why TV movies with authors' names in the titles have a bad name. This is a bad seafood buffet kind of mystery--that is, it serves a lot of red herrings (and they all stink). (I wish I could take credit for that awful pun, but I read it somewhere a long time ago.) Anyway, this is the greatest film of all time.

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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…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    "you cannot be proud of being white & not be a racist. it's a tautology. you can be proud of your irish heritage. you can be proud of your german heritage. you can be proud of your lutheran heritage or your appalachian roots or your large italian family's sunday gravy tradition. you cannot be proud of your *white* heritage b/c there is no such thing. whiteness only exists as a power relationship. a system of domination is not a culture to…