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  • The Shadow Whip

    The Shadow Whip

    After watching The Lady Hermit last year I somehow failed to dedicate my life to Cheng Pei-Pei in Shaw Brothers films, but now I've come to my senses.

    This has it all: secret identities and secret rooms, Cheng holding off sixteen bandits (with a whip!), and my favorite, her and her uncle leaping to the top of the wall and then down on the other side, rather than walking through the wide-open gateway. The version on Prime is gorgeous, far from a given with these older films. To wuxia!

  • Woman Chases Man

    Woman Chases Man

    Further evidence that cinema staff can pull off any scheme they've a mind to.

    "You ought to be ashamed of yourself."
    "Well, I didn't do anything."
    "That's the trouble."

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  • The Christmas Setup

    The Christmas Setup

    Me all through this movie: OH NO I LOVE IT

    All of these movies do the hard sell on the benefits of a hometown life, but I love the new angle on that here, where queer culture and queer history are reasons to stay in your hometown and not things you’re looking for when you leave it.

    PS Fran Drescher saying "HELLO I AM A LIBRARIAN" was the Christmas gift I didn’t know I needed, & a character singing Judy at the pop-up drag bar is gayer than anything that happened in Happiest Season.

  • The Christmas House

    The Christmas House

    Honestly a sucker for this shit: the dream of being able to take three weeks off work for Christmas to fly to some picturesque town & good-naturedly rib your sibling & be a boring gay. Okay, I don't actually want to be a boring gay, but also it's nice to not be the Coming Out Drama gay or the Don't Ask Don't Tell gay, & having a nuclear family you want to spend the holidays with? Can't relate.