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  • Nostalgia for the Light

    Nostalgia for the Light

    this film feels in a way like a poem, the way it blends images and metaphors into each other while somehow retaining the very, very real details of each action, each object, each body.

    the way the beauty of the stars is in our bones, our bones crushed by authoritarians and searched for by the wrinkled hands of women who look so small in the vast desert, the way somehow we must look up to the stars and feel that…

  • Decasia

    Decasia

    from what I understand about the conception of this work, I think it would have been far more affecting for me in its original form, as the visual score accompanying the live performance of a symphony.

    i certainly found it worth watching, and full of many striking images and thoughtful juxtapositions, but some stretches felt flat to me and i suspect the dynamic presence and physicality of an orchestra playing in real time would have brought another dimension to this…

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  • My Beautiful Laundrette

    My Beautiful Laundrette

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    /// spoiler alert! ///

    I was so, so convinced that a movie, especially a movie from 1985, would never allow an interracial queer couple to have a relatively okay ending, that I spent the last thirty minutes of this in a half-wince, waiting to see which one of them would die. When it ended -- with them not unscathed, certainly, and the looming possibility of future violence, but in a moment of tender, playful happiness and a very real sense…

  • Cat People

    Cat People

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I think Cat People (1982) would be way more successful if it were *more* horny:

    SPOILER ALERT

    the ending of this could actually be really juicy! there is a version of this that is about someone actively choosing submission, about Irina wanting to be topped by Oliver so badly that she allows herself to be hand-fed and head-patted and live in a little cage. for someone so overwhelmed and without a clear direction ("where do you want to go?" "north"),…