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  • No Home Movie

    No Home Movie

    CW: concentration camps, suicide mention

    What tragedies have our mothers endured. It seems clear to me that the world's improvements are minimal, that what "progress" we make in how oppressed people are treated by our oppressors is a minor fraction of what we deserve, of actual equity, equality, community. Still, there has been some progress, some minor gains in certain parts of the world, tiny improvements. It's better now, and it was worse in our mothers' time. In our grandmothers'…

  • Daughter Rite

    Daughter Rite

    cw: rape

    "I imagine my mother seeing this... 'Why do you have to say all this?'"

    I have no intention of showing my family this review. There are a lot of thoughts and feelings I don't share with my family. I find it hard to let them in. I have made almost-confessional writing a part of how I engage with the world, how I explore myself, how I maneuver through trauma and stress and pain. I've been doing this for…

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  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★

    Alan Grant is right.

    Kids are noisy, messy, expensive. They smell. Some kids smell. Babies smell! But even knowing this, Alan Grant does not let them be eaten by the most dangerous predators in the world.

    It's easy to forget that unfortunate Zionist/American propagandist Steven Spielberg is a really good director, but then you watch something like this... Here's a dialectic for you: you watch a video a few years back on Kurosawa's use of movement in film and storytelling,…

  • Last Call at Maud's

    Last Call at Maud's

    This is what capitalism does.

    Queer people have no safe spaces, so we make our own. The cops raid them, the Mafia controls them, the economy crushes them. And the struggle for liberation forces them to evolve until they die out.

    The life cycle of struggle under capitalism is: radical origins, growth, liberalisation, and then assimilation. This is happening concurrently over and over again, until, of course, one of these movements grows strong enough to thrive and build for a…

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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…