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Sally Jane has written 289 reviews for films during 2018.

  • The Post

    The Post

    The interests of bourgeois "feminists" is not in line with the interests of working women. This is not a new idea. Kay Graham's risks of her "fortune" and her paper are nothing as compared to the risks taken by the woman who drops off the first pages of the Pentagon Papers, nor the risks of the working women affected by the war, especially not the Vietnamese women who were massacred by U.S. soldiers. Kay Graham's interests are personal, individualistic, and…

  • Something Must Break

    Something Must Break

    ★★★★★

    I think a lot about invisibility. How we're not seen for who we are without having to say explicitly who we are. There are moments in this where Andreas' reaction to Ellie painfully illustrates that, where we are on the verge of being seen, on the verge of just a little understanding, recognition, validation, and yet those closest don't even notice, or take it the wrong way, or simply don't know how to process it. They ignore it, they filter it out, or it never even reaches their perceptions. That space is pure frustration. Seeing Ellie go through it turns me inside out.

  • The Holiday Calendar

    The Holiday Calendar

    When the protagonist's parents tell her out of the blue they suddenly support her career as a photographer, my roommate and I burst out laughing. It's that kinda stupid cheezy movie. Pure unearned narrative and corny, predictable bullshit. And P. Diddy's adopted son is in this.

  • Christmas Inheritance

    Christmas Inheritance

    Insufferable rich person finds basic humanity story.

  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    Bad acting on the part of the villain, but otherwise tolerable nonsense. As far as I can remember.

  • Dumplin'

    Dumplin'

    The underlying idea is that we're not really women unless they say we are. Fat women, lesbians, trans women, childless women, women who have had abortions, sex workers, working women, unmarried women, old women, incarcerated women, women who demand more, women who stand up for themselves, women who refuse to be objects. None of us are women in the eyes of the ruling class, because we are not neatly fit into the rigid gender roles they demand of us: modest,…

  • A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

    A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

    Spoiler alert this film ends with a fucking conga line, and I am scarred for life. I don't know who thought that was a good idea. This film series has standards that must be upheld, and it's not met by including a conga line. Monarchist propaganda will never be the same. I suffered this as much as the last one, more or less, though. At least they also coupled off the token stereotypical gay guys.

  • A Christmas Prince

    A Christmas Prince

    I could be watching obscure, experimental queer cinema, and yet, here we are, deep in the throes of self-harm through the continued exploration of feudalist propaganda. Many people I know fear/anticipate the United States taking the final steps toward full fascism in the near future. I think the themes of enlightened monarchy present in cheap made-for-Netflix Christmas films is setting us up for a regression to aristocratic rule.

    Keep those guillotines sharp, comrades. We're gonna need them.

    Anyway, ignoring our…

  • The Princess Switch

    The Princess Switch

    The feudalists are really taking advantage of Christmas to shove their propaganda down our fucking throats, aren't they?

  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine

    ★★★★

    Glam. Glitter. Glamour.

    The history, the past, for queer people is often illusory. We find fragments, hints, suggestions, but the erasure of queerness from history means what we know of our own pasts is elusive. It's a glamour, an image, nothing more. We have stories. Appropriately, glam rock has been a part of queer history since it inched into existence along with the proliferation of decadence and angst in the late 60s and early 70s. It was a genre that…

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    A strong soundtrack and a dragged out plot (which is more theme and atmosphere than plot) are the basic building blocks here, crafting a slow, chilly look at a mother's regrets and guilt. What that renders is... infuriating.

    Yes, Tilda, it really is your fucking fault.

    Yours and your clueless husband's (note how he is just a vessel for patriarchal cliches). The purpose of born-monsters in horror and fantasy is the metaphor of evil and how to fight it; exploring…

  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

    The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

    A complete mess, fuck the monarchy, but I liked that her foot popped. Nice call back.