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  • House of Tolerance

    House of Tolerance

    ★★★★

    One of the things that struck me is that the woman with the mouth that had been carved into a smile was nearly metaphorical for the worst of emotional labor under capitalism.

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★½

    Eternal Sunshine can still make me cry, even with the awareness that both of the leads are deeply annoying characters. It’s nonetheless elaborately built in its emotional architecture.

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  • Hot Girls Wanted

    Hot Girls Wanted

    ★½

    - I will preface this by saying that I consider myself a sex positive male feminist, or feminist ally, which means that I believe any sexual conduct between consenting adults is fine. This includes sex work, such as prostitution or pornography. So, I was naturally interested to see how Hot Girls Wanted was going to portray sex and sex work.
    - The first three or four minutes of Hot Girls Wanted is a collage, or a montage technically, of clips…

  • Lion

    Lion

    If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me where my "real" parents were or if I intended to go back "home," I could gentrify the Chinese province I was born in. It's a benevolent and well-meaning question, with "home" said in that pointed way that Westerners do when they’re talking to someone foreign, at heart, but it's also blithely uninterested in the complexities and nuances of adoption, particularly of transracial adoptions, where the child of adoption belongs…