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  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★★★

    The 2017 Queer Films Challenge

    A film directed by the Wachowski sisters

    "The truth is, I couldn't have been more proud of you. Not because you won, but because you stood up, you weren't afraid, and you did what you thought was right."

    I usually try to avoid rewatches on challenges, but that was literally impossible with this category as I've seen every single film the Wachowski Sisters have ever made. They are, quite possibly, my favorite filmmakers. Not only…

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★★★

    There's an impossibly moody-looking city. Penguin is reimagined as a gothic villain. Christopher Walken doesn't feel out of place at all as industry captain Max Schreck, who walks around in a fucking cape. There are huge, exaggerated emotions and motivations throughout like you might also find in a gothic novel or movie. Penguin's motivation isn't "he's a mobster, idk," Catwoman's motivation isn't "she's a jewel thief, idk." Both are motivated by revenge, both are more complicated mirrors of Batman's own…

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  • Gorath

    Gorath

    ★★★

    I'm going to watch every kaiju movie ever, 16/95

    So, this Ishirô Honda-directed scifi/disaster movie does have a giant walrus that shows up out of nowhere towards the very end because, sure, why not, but that's not why it's categorized among kaiju movies. Instead, it's the fact that the rogue star Gorath actually makes several appearances in the Godzilla movies, as weird as that might sound.

    The movie itself is just kind of a run-of-the-mill "a thing is going to…

  • Babylon 5: In the Beginning

    Babylon 5: In the Beginning

    ★★★★

    I don't actually have a ton to say about the movie itself, aside from the fact that I wouldn't rate it so high if I weren't super attached to all the characters involved. It's actually kind of sloppy and weird? Like, especially the idea of Londo telling this story (and having any idea what's happening during some parts of it that didn't involve him at all). I guess it was kind of necessary to have a framing narrative in order…

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    I get the feeling that part of why people are impressed with The Shape of Water is that del Toro took the "ridiculous" idea of a consensual interspecies relationship and treated it seriously, but I have massive crushes on like... Godzilla and Bowser, so I really don't see the big deal with the concept, I'm just glad someone actually did it. (Also I think the cat's kind of out of the bag with me and interspecies relationships considering my Lord…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Star Wars is dead. Long live Star Wars.