• Monsoon

    Monsoon

    ★★★★

    Captures the feeling of returning to a home that is no longer your home, which you can no longer call home, which feels foreign but not necessarily more than your now-home where you also don't belong, with such aching subtlety. Feeling foreign in all spaces, in all languages, in all cultures, only being able to absorb your environment, recognizing it as beautiful, as part of yourself even if you are denied it. If you know, you know! Life is open-ended,…

  • Downton Abbey: A Journey to the Highlands

    Downton Abbey: A Journey to the Highlands

    Dan Stevens is a real one for leaving this tory propaganda and inevitably breaking fans' hearts—direct action, baby! The Guest >>>

    I might be morally opposed to this show, but I can't lie, I am hooked!

    The most devastating thing this season was not the multiple deaths of beloved characters, but the friendship breakup between Thomas and Miss O'Brien—I will never recover! By far the most interesting and fun dynamic (and characters) on the show.

  • Fresh

    Fresh

    ★★

    Shallow, heavy-handed metaphor, underdeveloped characters, underdeveloped everything. Sometimes has a cool aesthetic going for it, but not enough to make it stand out. Mostly felt like a half-baked amalgamation of much better movies (Possibly in Michigan, Get Out, Ex Machina, so many others). Most interesting idea it brings up is how women will, whether willingly or not, whether consciously or not, participate in misogyny for their safety and survival—but even that has the subtlety and nuance of a tweet.

  • All In This Tea

    All In This Tea

    My father has many hobbies, never simultaneously. He goes through cycles, finding things he has loved once again. His hobbies are in a dormant state, or sometimes, they remain on the surface, and he appreciates them without being overly passionate about them. Tea is one of them (he mostly drinks Chinese tea). He has recently gotten into it, deeply, again, and he went to a tearoom and purchased a few to try. Among these, he also got lapsang—cue me reciting…

  • Happy Hour

    Happy Hour

    ★★★★★

    I've been trying to come up with something to say for days, but what can you when faced with something so expansive, so real, so human? Every single one of its 317 minutes feels earned, warranted, and it somehow feels less long than so many other films. I came out of it feeling like I knew these women, like they were real people (all four are fully realized, and their friendship is so lived in, all their similarities and understandings…

  • Destiny in Alice

    Destiny in Alice

    Such a funny and super insightful and interesting documentary about the surprisingly large lesbian community in Alice Springs. I lost it when the narrator says how you might not notice but there are signs everywhere & it's just a bookshelf full of Sarah Waters books.

  • Angels Wear White

    Angels Wear White

    ★★★★

    An unflinching look at misogyny and rape culture, told in such a nuanced and careful way. We never see the assault, but it is never questioned and we see the consequences and all the ways in which the entire system is rigged against victims, against women and girls—it's brutal in a sobering, deliberate way. Yet it allows its characters moments of reprieve, of defiance, of anger, of agency.

  • Double Happiness

    Double Happiness

    ★★★★

    Actually, double happiness is seeing Sandra Oh in something that centres her and allows her to completely shine. She's one of our greatest, most precious actors, and she's rarely given her due. This was great, it has that charming small-Canadian-film vibe, and I loved how inventively it depicted the moments Jade acts/practices her lines, how acting transports her into another world. I can't wait to check out more of Mina Shum's films!

  • Letters Home

    Letters Home

    ★★★★★

    I can't really do it justice, but this might be the best film to ever capture theatre and cinematically transform that actual theatricality—the space, the dialogue/asides, the limits of the stage—through the use of close-ups and directly addressing the camera and the costume changes and the sparse decor. It's a true play-film, because it acts as both at the same time and refuses to deny itself the nature of either. And that's not even speaking to the structure of the…

  • Rambling Rose

    Rambling Rose

    ★★★

    Such a weird movie tonally and narratively. I haven't made up my mind yet if it works or not. But Laura Dern and especially Diane Ladd are great—their shared filmography is one of the most fascinating when it comes to people who are related doing films together.

  • The Gift

    The Gift

    ★★

    There hasn't been an ending that infuriated me so much in some time—not only to decentre Robyn from what was until then her perspective/film but to turn her into an object for the male characters in the last 15 minutes and use a gross plot device is just awful. Rebecca Hall is great, as usual, though.

  • The Way We Were

    The Way We Were

    ★★★

    Horror movie about a brilliant, wonderful, ferocious, beautiful, radiant woman who succumbs to the ills of heterosexuality by falling for a completely spineless, privileged hot man.

    Happy birthday Babs!!! I love you, you're perfect & stunning & incredible, there is no brighter star!