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  • The Dragon Missile

    The Dragon Missile

    ★★★½

    Kind of a lesser effort, though still notable for having a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World-esque setup and no fewer than three tough female characters (including a blind, fighting grandma). The dragon missile is a fun weapon, though not quite as viscerally exciting or goofy as the guillotine. Why don’t they just duck or stay close??

  • Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography

    Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography

    ★★★

    Perversely mostly of interest in 2018 not for its dated second-wave viewpoints, but for the wealth of 42nd St. arcade and theater footage that it uses to make them. As exploitative as many of director Bonnie Sherr Klein's tactics surely are (manipulating its primary subject's views and making so many false equivalencies), there's no denying the power and anger present here.

    I wonder how this would've turned out had it been made just a year or two later, after video and AIDS fears wiped out the live and theatrical market that were some of the biggest targets of Klein's ire.

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  • Basic Instinct

    Basic Instinct

    ★★★★★

    Who’s Afraid of Catherine Woolf?

    Was somehow not expecting this to be Cruising for horny straight dudes.

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★

    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 gay sexuality 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…