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  • The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    I want to see this the way you do.

    You watched this as a little girl and fell in love, or as an adult and remembered your life as a little girl and fell in love. I watched this and yearned to have lived that experience, but I have nothing but a void there. I can see the colors and the sweeping camera and the use of wind to fill every shot of the garden with movement and the beautiful,…

  • Fried Green Tomatoes

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    This film is so frustrating. It's not just the lesbian erasure or the caricaturization of racism, it's that it the nearness of it to something good. Great, even. Simply dropping those major problems by making the queer subtext explicit or giving depth to the black characters and their stories and showing at least some of the complexities of racism--that is, it's more than good white saviors and Klansmen in this world, that white supremacy is more dangerous than that--would make…

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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…