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  • Medicine for Melancholy

    Medicine for Melancholy


    So Jenkins' decision to play with color is more than to connote when the characters are talking about race and housing issues (the film is black and white when they are, saturated with color when they aren't). The opening scene is silent and yet also black and white because race is involved whether we know it then or not. Jenkins has made it so we know when his characters think about race too. He shows how little time in the…

  • Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

    Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench


    These types of technical, formal, and thematic similarities to Chazelle's later work are therefore where Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench earns its worth. It will always be a part of that legacy with just cause, but I won't lie and say it has much relevance otherwise.

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  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon


    The message is equality and acceptance and it comes through by refusing to conform to archaic ideas of what a gay man should be. It's nice because it allows us to watch as we would any coming-of-age work. We pull for Simon, empathize with those he unfortunately lets down, and enjoy the comedy. Love, Simon isn't just "important." It's also a successfully executed piece of resonant entertainment.

    my full review at BuffaloVibe and archived

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name


    Where so many Hollywood-ized "gay" stories end on a positive note of rebirth and optimism, Guadagnino is helming a love story unafraid to highlight the suffering one always contains. Love is only able to live up to its name if its absence rips out your heart to the point of numbing yourself from ever risking such pure emotion again. Love isn't sex. Love is pain.

    my full review at BuffaloVibe and archived