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  • The Cat in the Hat

  • The Houses Are Full of Smoke

    ★★★★½

  • Lancelot of the Lake

    ★★★★★

  • The Pirate

    ★★★★½

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  • The Pirate

    The Pirate

    ★★★★½

    Similar to Anne of the Indies in its blatant artifice and parade of individuals trying on false, performative identities under the shadow of capital, though here Minnelli explicitly argues for a knowing embrace of camp fantasy as a means of escape in the final musical number. Intentionally, satirically, and earnestly ridiculous. In no way the failure it's often dismissed as.

    Minnelli "worked like a homosexual" — in a way that we've largely abandoned in the ongoing soulless transition to respectability…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★½

    America can't ever stop generating mythology to obscure its own reality, even as its necrotic corpse lumbers towards complete collapse. It's not enough to have forced the world to endure violent subjugation, but it (like Cruise himself) demands masturbatory, elegiac send-offs as the empire rots from the inside out. Empty, ugly, ghoulishly nostalgic and calculatedly bland. Visceral noise and robotic storytelling insisting that it's more than it really is.

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  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    ★★★★★

    Pushed every one of my buttons (aside from the big, gay one): it demonstrates the exploitative, dehumanizing nature of class hierarchy, the contempt the rich have for the poor, and the fundamental need for genuine, compassionate collectivism.

  • Trails

    Trails

    ★★★★½

    Tracks the recurring dynamic that exists between those in positions of power and new generations looking to undermine their complacency throughout Portuguese history. The final reiteration of this point at its end gestures to the fact that human interconnectivity and the hard work of the young result in coerced progress, which is an admirably optimistic perspective.