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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    The tension becomes palpable almost immediately upon their meeting. At first, the dialogue and backstory misdirect us with a threat of suicide or the in-story deceit, but quickly that dissolves into the unspoken pressure of attraction. The performers' eyes do most of the work for long periods of time; their bodies forced to say what their characters cannot. They keep it locked away as expertly as any two queer women could; to an outside observer they are just "fond of…

  • Mädchen in Uniform

    Mädchen in Uniform

    ★★★★★

    "You were only first aware that they were Jewish when fascism was there and you lost your friends." - Hertha Thiele

    The previous decade was remarkably progressive for LGBTQ struggle in Germany--because of the activism and hard work of too many to name--but by 1931, the writing was on the wall. Between the economic crisis and the growing political strength of the right wing (buoyed by the democratic socialists' betrayal of the working class), queer people, trans people, and every…

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  • Empire Records

    Empire Records

    ★★★★★

    Happy Rex Manning Day!

    What makes this the greatest soundtrack of all time is not the catchiness of the songs (they're very catchy), the appropriateness of them to the film (they fit perfectly), or the way they are a mix of diegetic and and not (it's beautifully woven in). It's not even because of how they feel sincere, feel like they weren't crafted entirely as a corporate tie-in or product placement, but rather as an artful attempt to evoke an…

  • Justice in a Small Town

    Justice in a Small Town

    Yes, the FBI investigates corruption in U.S. government, but it's usually politically motivated as to who they go after, and it's been proven they target progressive Black people in government intentionally. So depictions like this, though based in truth, serve to sanitize the image of law enforcement and convince you that they're not institutions existing entirely to oppress you.

    That out of the way, in spite of that, this is an enjoyable TV movie thriller with a bad soundtrack. The…

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  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl

    To my cisgender friends, I ask that, even if you would not normally do so, you please read this. This film was made for cisgender people, so I feel it important that I write this for cisgender people. I would not normally watch this movie, but it has been a subject of some discussion on this site in a way that has compelled me to watch it in order to discuss it credibly. I do not imagine what I have…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    "you cannot be proud of being white & not be a racist. it's a tautology. you can be proud of your irish heritage. you can be proud of your german heritage. you can be proud of your lutheran heritage or your appalachian roots or your large italian family's sunday gravy tradition. you cannot be proud of your *white* heritage b/c there is no such thing. whiteness only exists as a power relationship. a system of domination is not a culture to…