lesbian student, writer, & future filmmaker with objectively bad taste. 22.
andrew garfield perfectly encapsulates jonathan larson (as i envisioned 5+ years ago) and this was without a doubt his best performance to date—easily my pick for best actor this year. robin de jesús gives a beautiful dramatic performance and reimagination to the character michael and should win, if not at least be nominated for, best supporting. no spoilers, but the background is stacked with cameos of various legends that leaves you going “hey!” at every turn.
the weakest performance was…
“i am beginning to know how it feels to be free.”
pure is a beautiful work from director natalie jasmine harris. after highly anticipating this short for months, it more than exceeded my expectations. the story is cohesive and moving, the actors natural and convincing, and the cinematography absolutely breathtaking. i found myself in tears (the happy, contented kind) more than once.
mikayla lashae bartholomew captures the struggles of sapphism and coming-of-age beautifully as our main character celeste & daniel smith…
thinking about how a lot of this is word for word what my teen years were like. also still haven’t forgiven greta gerwig for all of the white in a city known for immigrant families/diversity (voted most diverse city in america in 2002—the year the film is set)
unrelated, but, lady bird’s emphasis on being from “the wrong side of the tracks” bitch…you live in midtown. anyway i still love it.