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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

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  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

  • Miracle Mile

    ★★★★

  • Earth Girls Are Easy

    ★★★★½

  • Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

    ★★★½

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  • Superstarlet A.D.

    Superstarlet A.D.

    ★★★★

    2021 Queer Film Challenge #38: a musical.

    "The lost city of Femphis has gone nudie-cutie, Armageddon-style."

    Christopher Ishwerwood once said that camp isn't making fun of something, it's making fun out of something. In the ruined world of Superstarlet A.D. the gender binary is extrapolated to a ludicrous extreme, all the men devolved to grunting, club-wielding troglodytes and all the women retro pinups who use lipstick as currency and skillfully navigate the rubble in lingerie, heels and elaborate updos. But…

  • Antibirth

    Antibirth

    ★★★★★

    The lost souls of the exurban strip-mall wasteland drink a beer called Route 666 and use garbage fires to illuminate their punk-rock abandoned-warehouse dance parties. They survive by cleaning motel rooms, or selling drugs, or donning nightmarish mascot costumes at a local Chuck E. Cheese knockoff. The TV shows they watch are a psychedelic mélange of cult programming, vintage foreign cartoons and alien-abduction documentaries. Nothing makes any sense; might as well be blitzed out of your gourd all the time…

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  • Miracle Mile

    Miracle Mile

    ★★★★

    The four kinds of people you meet at a diner at 4 AM: crazy guy, horny guy, trans woman, and Tasha Yar.

  • Earth Girls Are Easy

    Earth Girls Are Easy

    ★★★★½

    Welcome to 1988 LA! We've got pools, surfers, bikinis, fitness videos, neon lights, makeovers, two-inch acrylic nails, a fluffy white cat, and a phone shaped like a duck. Plot? You're asking about plot? Let me explain: this is pure bimbo/himbo cinema, complete with cheery synthpop songs entitled "Cause I'm a Blonde" and "I Like 'em Big and Stupid." This is a movie where aliens learn English by channel surfing and seduce women by parroting advertising slogans. This is a movie…

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  • By Hook or by Crook

    By Hook or by Crook

    ★★★★

    2021 Queer Film Challenge #17: a film by Silas Howard.

    This is Americana. Not the mom and apple pie kind, not the eagles and guns kind, but an anarchist Americana of outsiders, like a queer John Dos Passos for the 21st century, or Gregg Araki on a budget of Ziploc bags full of quarters. I'm talking punk rock and minimalist country blues, neon signs and surveillance cameras, petty theft and gay bars. Here in the US a car represents freedom,…

  • Laerte-se

    Laerte-se

    ★★★

    2021 Queer Film Challenge #5: a documentary about a queer visual artist.

    In her eye-opening book Whipping Girl, Julia Serano discusses how cis filmmakers implicitly frame trans women's femininity as "fake" by focusing on images of us putting our looks together — getting dressed, applying makeup, etc. Laerte-se does just that with its trans subject, coming back again and again to images of her shaving her legs, painting on her eyebrows, and trying on various outfits. The cis interviewer, Eliane…