pacific northwest queer lady obsessed with movies.
traded my rose-colored shades for a wide lens.
black lives matter.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Of course it was basically a religious experience to watch this. Lana goes out on a limb & comes back with something dense, shaggy, ambitious, colorful, personal, insightful, and just out-there enough. I didn't pick up on everything, but on the first watch of a Wachowski movie, missing things is exhilarating because it portends a satisfying and fascinating rewatch. I've rewatched so many of the sisters' movies this year, and they all prove so rewarding to come back to, seeing all…
I love this premise (a former silent movie matinee idol turned uptight university professor getting dragged back into the spotlight decades later when his old films are shown on TV), but the film has no idea how to do enough with it, resulting in a mostly flat and sometimes annoying film.
It's weird to see one of these Clifton Webb vehicles so clearly helmed by people who don't seem to enjoy or understand his comic persona, mostly opting to stick…
- Super fun.
- A smart depiction of queer people in a rural setting.
- Heartwarming messages about how queer people can be good parents & overcoming internalized homophobia.
- Cool trans lady character complete with righteous anger.
- Trans woman played by cis man.
- Weird running joke about deadnaming the trans character.
- Exhausting racist-as-fuck subplot goes on forever.
- Too visually distinctive and fun to remake easily, forcing us to sit through the deadnaming and racism because the rest of it is actually good.