• Johnny Guitar

    Johnny Guitar

    ★★★★

    Great movie about Joan Crawford, a she/her twink who is constantly dying and being killed, deranged homoeroticism, an abortive threesome between a trans woman and her two evil exes, copious costume changes, Joan Crawford, the worst character actress in the world, long-suffering horses, people catching on fire, buildings catching on fire, people blowing things up, Joan Crawford, cowboys with Brooklyn accents, posses that don’t do anything, an asthmatic yes-man, model trains, McCarthyism, and Joan Crawford. I had a really good time!

  • Lingua Franca

    Lingua Franca

    ★★★★½

    I love her!! So much!!

  • Duvidha

    Duvidha

    ★★★★★

    this film lives in apertures and half-closed entryways, robe pockets, close-ups of eyes intent behind veils, medium-close figures in profile and shadow, voice-offs, and flames lit in the semi-dark; it repeats itself slowly and patiently, fruit and turbans creating the same red-orange-on-white tableaux, songs fading in and out, the bride’s birth moans echoing the lamb’s bleating echoing the ersatz husband’s tortured cries, the three main characters recounting the lost years in the third person, past tense, placidly as if in…

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    Raise the Red Lantern

    ★★★★★

    Gothic melodrama, but from the madwoman’s perspective — as it always is, really, under the surface. Hits every beat you expect it to in the first couple acts and then becomes something far more sinister, deadly, and gutting. I could live in these compositions forever; this movie one of the top three films I’ve seen in terms of the color red, and it’s also definitely up there on the matter of roofs. This score will be playing in my head…

  • J.T. LeRoy

    J.T. LeRoy

    ★½

    This is the worst movie I’ve watched in a while! Cinematography, editing, score, dialogue — all of it was wholly uninspired, and KStew was unfortunately the very worst part. Every scene with her in it dragged, and the whole movie is essentially about her character Savannah’s inner turmoil, so you never get much of a respite. Unless, that is, the movie decides for a time to be about Laura Dern. She’s a powerhouse, painting a fascinating and very compellingly off-putting…

  • Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords

    Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords

    ★★★★★

    Yeah exactly this

  • She's Beautiful When She's Angry

    She's Beautiful When She's Angry

    ★★★★

    Okay like. It was a pretty bog-standard talking head doc but also I did start to mist up a little bit… which probably says more about me…

  • Rebels of the Neon God

    Rebels of the Neon God

    ★★★★

    Not gay enough!!

  • Millennium Mambo

    Millennium Mambo

    ★★★★½

    most sensuous use of neon in maybe any movie ever

  • waving goodbye to time

    waving goodbye to time

    ★★★★½

    people perceiving things in and through other things, etc. really gorgeous. love the triangular use of space & especially the images that glimmer — cobwebs & bus window were my faves

  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★

    Yi Yi is, like A Brighter Summer Day, a sprawling family epic featuring an ensemble cast. Like the latter, it revels in melodrama — a stroke, a gambling addiction, a nearly-consummated infidelity, a brush with death, a murder of passion. But one of its most affecting scenes is barely about anything at all.

    The scene begins with a medium long shot of a darkened hallway. A woman’s muffled sobs can be heard, but there is not yet any diegetic source. Jian NJ,…

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★½

    i mean it was no derry girls but like sure, ok