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  • The Cat o' Nine Tails

    The Cat o' Nine Tails

    Though this has a weird sci-fi plot about chromosomes that is a bit offensive, it's... too pulpy and ridiculous to take seriously, in a way that it's so blatantly obviously fictional that it kinda mitigates that. A little. It's still regressive and ignorant. But the film is also giallo gorgeous, with bright reds and these diagonal lines made of train tracks, bodies, streets, anything the filmmakers can find. It pulls your eyes all the way across the screen, demanding that…

  • Play the Devil

    Play the Devil

    Muddled mess of a narrative, with a predatory gay man stereotype, a lot of moments that feel like they are building to something that never comes (perhaps they are attempts at creating a mood or characterization or maybe even deepening the setting, but they just feel like undelivered plot points in the way they are presented), and some wonderful shots of the beautiful landscapes of the island all combine to make a pretty frustratingly weak film. It is clearly crafted…

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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

    CW: white supremacy/racism/whiteness, gender

    "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…