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  • Cabaret
  • The Innocents
  • Army of Shadows
  • Eighth Grade

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  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    ★★★½

  • Stone Locals - Rediscovering the Soul of Climbing

    ★★★★

  • A Cinderella Story

    ★★½

  • The Dawn Wall

    ★★★★

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  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    ★★★★½

    I think you could watch this film over and over again from each character's perspective. Each character has a particular type of anxiety, often tied to their perceived role in the family or the world and whether or not they're living up to it. The anxiety of an aging mother/grandmother expressed through constant cooking. The anxiety of a retired doctor feeling useless. The anxiety of a new wife trying to fit into her husband's family. The anxiety of a second-eldest…

  • Cabaret

    Cabaret

    ★★★★★

    Berlin in 1920s Weimar Germany was an incredibly progressive place. While homosexuality was technically illegal, tolerant policing policies allowed gay culture to flourish. There were gay clubs and bars, you could buy gay literature at kiosks, and The Institute for Sexual Research was successfully advocating for progressive sexual politics, including the acceptance of transgender Germans. In many ways it was the center of gay culture in the world and birthed the modern conception of gay identity. The fact that Gay…

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  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    ★★★½

    Guy Pearce is actually good at drag.

    This movie seems very silly, but it actually has a lot to say about gay trauma, how common loss, alienation, and alcoholism are in the community, and dealing with bigotry through humor and spectacle. Lots of heart peppered throughout, and sometimes in very subtle ways. Incredible costumes obviously.

  • The Edge

    The Edge

    ★★★½

    Discovered through this article on the forgotten movies of 97 www.vice.com/en/article/a3kqm4/no-one-saw-the-best-movies-of-1997

    A contemplative performance from Anthony Hopkins that holds back from revealing too much emotion. He is a man driven inward by people constantly asking things of him. His relationship with Alec Baldwin is really the crux of the relationship drama. It mostly lands, but that doesn't matter because the photography and the music are impeccable. I love late 90s genre trash. There are just so many gems.

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  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

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    Very funny. Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg are fantastic. Samberg's deadpan delivery made me horse-laugh several times. Cristin is flawless and lots of fun to watch.

    This contributes nicely to the "stuck in a time loop" film canon. Two people stuck together changes the dynamic greatly. They never directly address it in the film, but I love the philosophical idea that two people, put together for eternity, would eventually fall in love out of necessity. I think Nyles and…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

    David Lynch is obsessed with the liminal: stairwells, hallways, lobbies, and sidewalks. The spaces between. There is also a space between pure abuse and the realm of fetish. That is the reason for the safe word. But there is no safe word between Dorothy and Frank. He is coercing her with the leverage of her kidnapped child.

    This is not a movie about abuse. It's a movie about curiosity, intrigue, exploring sexuality, and getting in over your head. It's abuse…