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  • Splendor



    Week 11. A film about a polyamorous relationship.

    Every now and then on social media, I come across a photo of Oberon and Morning Glory Zell, dressed in Renn Faire garb and holding a goat dressed as a unicorn, captioned to remind us that these are the people who coined the term "polyamory." SPLENDOR feels like an expression of that same tendency, just firmly ensconced in late 90s LA.

    It's goofy and colorful and effervescent. Unfortunately, it's also a bit…

  • Dottie Gets Spanked

    Dottie Gets Spanked


    Week 10. A queer short film. (part 2!)

    Technically a rewatch, but it's been over a decade.

    Dottie Gets Spanked is boldly, almost painfully, visceral in its treatment of dreams/fantasies, gender transgression, nascent desire, and the inability to ask your family for what you aren't getting but desperately need.

    I was a few years older than Stevie before I started to experience the disorientating dynamic of a fantasy life that emerges when you're by yourself and the hairpin turn into…

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  • It Follows

    It Follows


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rewatched almost a year after first seeing in theaters to find out if It Holds Up, happy to report that It Doesn't Disappoint. The jump scares that I knew to anticipate were still creepy, and the ones I forgot about (the guy on the roof) gave me a few new white hairs. A concept like this film's requires a director with a transcendent sense of mise-en-scene like Mitchell, because you spend so many scenes focused on the background as much…

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople


    Maybe one day I'll get around to a write-up on Consistent Panda Bear Shape, because Ricky is an excellent fat character.

    I wrote a review like 2 hours ago where I knocked comparing films to each other, but I'm going to thoughtlessly abandon that sentiment now. This is like MOONRISE KINGDOM meets UP. It's not as good as either, but in truth, are any of us?