• Mirrors

    Mirrors

    ★★★★

    I'm glad I finally found this gem again.

    Xavier Dolan's best work by a mile.

  • The New Tenants

    The New Tenants

    ★★

    Even with the sound off, you can always tell an American film by the efficacious interaction of comedy and brutality.

  • Wrong Turn

    Wrong Turn

    ★★

    Wow, this is a movie at war with itself. Gruesome and reactionary, from both sides of the political spectrum, but mostly from the right, I give it some props for keeping me off-balance most of the time and for a properly black comic ending.

    I despised the ironic use of Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land, however. Fuck you, dudes.

  • Ficken

    Ficken

    ★★★

    Honest and hilarious.

  • Love Reinvented

    Love Reinvented

    ★★

    By my reckoning, there are only 2 shorts worth seeing in this well-intentioned collection, and only one must-see — Jean-Claude Guiguet's Demy-esque and ironic depiction of a typical "night on the town" for a young, gay-male couple in the 90s.

  • Ham on Rye

    Ham on Rye

    ★★★

    I'm withholding final judgment (and an extra star) until I watch it again but for now I'd say it's worth watching because of its evident attempt to structure a film like a piece of music, with shifting tonal passages and broad movements. I'm still skeptical because it felt at times like just more elitist Sundance posturing, allowing coastal filmgoers to gawk at the awkward, young rubes.

    Maybe it's both, I dunno. Whatever it is, it's interesting.

  • FAG

    FAG

    ★★

    Are French young people really this homophobic? Not the first time I asked this question after watching a movie like this one.

  • Baldwin's Nigger

    Baldwin's Nigger

    ★★★★

    I could listen to Baldwin talk any day of the week so this filmed recording is a must-see for me, not least because it's invaluable to hear him reformulate and recode his core beliefs on-the-fly for the British-born or West-Indian immigrant attendees. Many of these folks push back against Baldwin and their responses range in tone from skeptical to uncomfortable to hostile.

    But it's comedian Dick Gregory who's the revelation here for me, colloquially articulating in five minutes equally valuable lessons that are relevant for contemporary activists, particularly white ones: "We need cats that think black, regardless of how white you are."

  • The Prom

    The Prom

    ★★

    Every Ryan Murphy project I've seen has at least tangentially asked the question, Is sincerity worth the bother? Even The Normal Heart.

    His answer in most cases is: "Uh, kinda?"

    So this muddled adaptation of a crappy, half-baked musical with one and a half memorable songs dovetails nicely with all of Murphy's ambivalence about just about everything.

    Plus, of all the possible musicals to adapt, he chose this one? WTH? Why?

    The lead lesbian is so obnoxiously cheery that I…

  • Schulz Saves America

    Schulz Saves America

    ★★★

    I like the idea of populist comedy but this gets a little preachy there toward the end. When Schulz isn't stiff, he's noticeably self-satisfied. I thought smug and presumptuous were both things we were supposed to be repudiating?

    Finally, although there's a good message here. I'm just not sure Schulz is the best vehicle for it. Or the funniest.

  • Query

    Query

    ★★★★

    This is much better than Cats.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    "It's...wonderful. It's so...many things."

    Profound, man, so profound.

    What. A. Stinker.