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  • To Sleep with Anger

    To Sleep with Anger

    ★★★★

    Plays like a South Central version of Hellraiser, with Danny Glover using his warm screen persona as a front for something that's as insidiously tempting as it is supremely creepy. As much as I liked this, I almost wish it were constructed more like a thriller -- shorter and with a little more tension.

  • Straight to Hell

    Straight to Hell

    ★★

    Desperate Living for white suburban punx

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  • American Movie

    American Movie

    ★★★★★

    I guess some people think this is exploitative, but it and the people in it are so inspiring to me. I love Mark Borchardt’s obsession with film; how he talks excitedly about shooting on 16mm black-and-white reversal stock and then later spends months stuck at a flatbed, cutting his direct-market thriller together. Watching this at a time when everyone has an HD camera and edit suite in their pocket, it’s amazing to watch a group of people who probably have…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★½

    Watching this, I couldn't help but keep thinking about Metzger's Score and Douglas' The Back Row, both of which handle queer seduction in much more playful, interesting, and yes, erotic ways. Even though this was adapted and directed by gay men, it still feels so fundamentally straight -- overtly timid with its homosexuality and hindered by two lead performances that occasionally (to me at least) come off like straight dudes giggling about playing bi characters. I didn't feel any chemistry…