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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★½

    It’s telling that Bradley Cooper begins his version, the fourth, of A Star is Born in a drag bar. A drag bar is, in not precisely insulting but at least somewhat paternalistic, not like other bars, even though, for his needs, it served alcohol. Queens in full face and wig line the bar, and then Lady Gaga comes out, her angular face also painted in drag makeup, as the one resident AFAB-queen. It’s commonly agreed upon that drag is about…

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★

    when Robert Pattinson calls Juliette Binoche the "Shaman of Sperm", i felt that.

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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…