Breathless political zealot.
I Am Cuba 1964
One day, they might tell stories like this about us. If we keep fighting, one day, they will look back and see only the distortions of us and our struggle, only the broad strokes, and they will be so enamored with our victories that they make something as alive and wondrous as this to celebrate us. The story will not be exactly the same. The tourists who steal treasures and callously dismiss the women they use would be us as…
Not enough films feature dykes talking about fisting.
There's a special feeling when someone in a film, or the film itself, gives voice to your thoughts or feelings. When those thoughts and feelings come from someone real, someone who was speaking to a camera 25 years ago, it brings a sense of history. When those thoughts and feelings come from someone who shares identities with you, it brings a sense of community. We have always been here. I'm not alone.…
Totally Fucked Up 1993
An unrelenting, aptly titled parade of as many aspects of queer oppression of its time, its place, and its social position to fit into a deconstruction of young adult romantic / coming-of-age dramas as possible, a film about what it was like to be queer and poor and adrift. It's a time capsule that reveals as much about the present as the past. The violence against us has changed only slightly in the last 30 years; it has the same…
By Hook or by Crook 2001
The mixture of gentle companionship with the rough edges of a harsh world creates a sense of doom, a sense that nothing good will ever happen, a sense that forces so much bigger than these beautiful gender-bent survivors demand their failure, their agony, their turmoil in exchange for any moment of sweetness they steal out of the hell that is life below the poverty line and outside the confines of normal society. These ill-graced but earnest souls have a childlike…
Howl's Moving Castle 2004
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I just want to note how this film's big, transformative kiss is between the main character and a turnip, and it has nothing to do with the central romance. That delighted me.
The Danish Girl 2015
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…