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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Safe
  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

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  • Two for the Road

    ★★★★★

  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    ★★★★½

  • Hellraiser

    ★★★★½

  • Re-Animator

    ★★★★

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  • Superstarlet A.D.

    Superstarlet A.D.

    ★★★★

    2021 Queer Film Challenge #38: a musical.

    "The lost city of Femphis has gone nudie-cutie, Armageddon-style."

    Christopher Ishwerwood once said that camp isn't making fun of something, it's making fun out of something. In the ruined world of Superstarlet A.D. the gender binary is extrapolated to a ludicrous extreme, all the men devolved to grunting, club-wielding troglodytes and all the women retro pinups who use lipstick as currency and skillfully navigate the rubble in lingerie, heels and elaborate updos. But…

  • Antibirth

    Antibirth

    ★★★★★

    The lost souls of the exurban strip-mall wasteland drink a beer called Route 666 and use garbage fires to illuminate their punk-rock abandoned-warehouse dance parties. They survive by cleaning motel rooms, or selling drugs, or donning nightmarish mascot costumes at a local Chuck E. Cheese knockoff. The TV shows they watch are a psychedelic mélange of cult programming, vintage foreign cartoons and alien-abduction documentaries. Nothing makes any sense; might as well be blitzed out of your gourd all the time…

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  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    ★★★★½

    A landscape at the boundary between land and sea, a social circle at the boundary between home and abroad, Spain at the boundary between democracy and fascism, a captain at the boundary between life and death, a story at the boundary between realism and legend. Ordinary social rules fall apart in places and times like this. These rich English and American expats have their own microsociety, next to but largely separate from the Catalan and Romani locals. Here you can…

  • Resurrection

    Resurrection

    ★★★★½

    I enjoy a lot of different kinds of horror movies, from lurid giallos to surreal experiments, but nothing — no monster, no killer, no dilapidated mansion or unwanted bodily transformation — will ever scare me as much as the idea of doubting one's perception of reality. It's the core theme of my most vivid nightmares. The reason I watched mother! (and loved it) despite all the bad things I'd heard about it was because I'd had dreams about people I…

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  • By Hook or by Crook

    By Hook or by Crook

    ★★★★

    2021 Queer Film Challenge #17: a film by Silas Howard.

    This is Americana. Not the mom and apple pie kind, not the eagles and guns kind, but an anarchist Americana of outsiders, like a queer John Dos Passos for the 21st century, or Gregg Araki on a budget of Ziploc bags full of quarters. I'm talking punk rock and minimalist country blues, neon signs and surveillance cameras, petty theft and gay bars. Here in the US a car represents freedom,…

  • Laerte-se

    Laerte-se

    ★★★

    2021 Queer Film Challenge #5: a documentary about a queer visual artist.

    In her eye-opening book Whipping Girl, Julia Serano discusses how cis filmmakers implicitly frame trans women's femininity as "fake" by focusing on images of us putting our looks together — getting dressed, applying makeup, etc. Laerte-se does just that with its trans subject, coming back again and again to images of her shaving her legs, painting on her eyebrows, and trying on various outfits. The cis interviewer, Eliane…