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  • Brad's Status

    Brad's Status

    ★★★½

    I love reliving the nightmarish anxiety of the college search, but also worrying about middle age is going to be like. Bless you, Mike White.

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★½

    I don't know whether it's ravishing in its madness or deeply idiotic in its cruelty or maybe both, but I'm sort of glad it exists insofar as a studio is willing to release it in the first place.

    I liked it when it was Aronofsky doing Albee/Polanski/Haynes, the first hour like a reply to Polanski's Rosemary's Baby tale of misogyny in the American Dream. But then it sort of then just becomes unbearably A Lot, and loses itself, transitioning to…

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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…