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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed


    going back and forth on this one. the most "man in a room"/"God's lonely man" movie you could imagine, it's most logical endpoint. Hawke's pastor is as weathered and destroyed and beyond good or evil as the earth he wishes to save.

    the best part of the film is that any notion that Hawke is conventionally "good" or even (anti)heroic is inverted. that he is wrestling with his body, mind, and soul is never posited as Manichean.

    some of the…

  • Postcards from the Edge

    Postcards from the Edge


    brb writing an essay called “The Mirror Stage: Past, Present, Performance, and “I’m Still Here” in FOLLIES and POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE”.

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  • Hot Girls Wanted

    Hot Girls Wanted


    - 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


    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…