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  • Desert Hearts

    Desert Hearts

    ★★★★

    I sobbed for several minutes after Vivien said "I'm sorry" during the sex scene, then replayed that moment at least three times. I depend on these moment of recognition. I need to see these representations of self-consciousness, vulnerability, and uncertainty. It's only in a brief moment like this that I (finally) feel that breakdown between spectator and screen. Perhaps the movie itself succumbs to certain pitfalls...I don't care. This moment expands outward for me. It envelops everything. Those fleeting recognitions are at times all I can hope for. It's enough for me.

  • Cruel Intentions

    Cruel Intentions

    ★★★

    3 stars for Reese Witherspoon's funny faces and Selma Blair's overplayed naiveté.