woman who does shit (sometimes) and doesn't do shit (other times)
omfg this is the movie i've pretty much been waiting for all my life. a sprawling benevolent/brutal adventure about the seeking of an out from patriarchy. perhaps the best handling of a trans woman on film; really clearheaded about 'passing' being as nebulous as 'coming-out' in terms of what it describes, along with the inseparability of misogyny and transmisogyny and how the near-obdurate nature of legal ID is an endangerer. the reason why trans cinema seems to be so floundering…
realised (at the cinema! two people walked out towards the end which was funny) this spends a good hour or so behaving quite similarly to todd haynes’ SAFE in that there’s a lot about the dehumanisation inherent in endless, fruitless medical examinations coupled with guesswork diagnoses
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
(tw brief mentions of sexual and physical violence in the review, which is a given considering the film's subject matter)
in gregg araki's the doom generation, it states itself to be a "heterosexual film", to the point where it intentionally gives a vicious, hellish course-correction when its two male protagonists come close to a sexual encounter—nazis draped in american flags brutalise the heroic trio, leaving only two alive and speechless in an america now drained of colour and queerness. the…
(pre-review note: this is literally fucking scripted exclusively by two women and based off a manga written by a woman. you are blatantly choosing to ignore that this film's creative team is largely female and erasing their roles simply because you came in with auteur-theory-poisoned preconceptions that you want affirmed.)
i’m fucking bored of the neopuritan sensibility surrounding queer art that seems to call for a sexless perma-utopia in how the lives of people like us are transmitted to the…