• Matthias & Maxime
  • Papercut

    Papercut

    ★★

    *watches one gay short film on youtube*

    youtube headquarters: WE FOUND ANOTHER HOMO FELLAS!! WE KNEW IT YOU'RE FUCKING GAY! HERE ARE MORE GAY VIDEOS FOR YOU TO WATCH, YOU GAY!!!

  • The Dare Project

    The Dare Project

    ★★★½

    since that fateful night
    longed for us to be alone
    i was yours to own

    fifteen years have passed
    i carried your taste with me
    you're my first and last

    so if you just could
    hear all the screams in my dreams
    please—be mine for good

  • Dare

    Dare

    ★★½

    adolescent gay yearning turns desire so palpable you can almost touch it, but just before your fingertips make contact, all of it vanishes into smoke

  • Hold Me

    Hold Me

    ★★½

    story-wise, it isn't really much, but how often do you see two charming adolescent korean men kissing innocently and romantically? exactly

    to echo everyone: MORE PLEASE

  • Please Tell Me So

    Please Tell Me So

    ★★★

    DAMN that shotgunning cigarettes while that gorgeous man has his hands on the other's neck scene made several points i almost thought that 'smoking is bad' is a homophobic propaganda

    you can watch this here

  • Captive Virgins

    Captive Virgins

    ★★★

    Heavily reliant on exposition, but somehow still collapsed on its own weight of trying to cover too much. After all, to truly portray the status of Filipino women during American times is to critique the patriarchy, imperialism, and the Filipino elite ALL AT ONCE. The film really tried though, to be fair, but it felt like it didn't know how to end itself with dead ends at almost every turn.

    Anyway, spoiler alert: no women here are really virgins; everyone…

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★½

    from one scene to the next, miyazaki proves that his creativity is boundless, so out of this world that he himself has spirited away. if asked about the limits of his imagination, he answers ala candy heron in mean girls: "the limit does not exist! the limit does not exist!"

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    the irreconcilability of the environment's health with humanity's greed; a future that's extinguished and our own species' extinction as the costs of our boundless march towards progress; and how resuscitating our planet cannot be disentangled from the fight against capitalism whose core principles of profit and power are the primordial reasons for our planet's impending annihilation

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is one of Studio Ghibli's finest works, if not its finest. An exercise of worldbuilding on par with Tolkien’s Middle Earth or Martin's Game of Thrones, this visionary epic is so grand in scope, yet so multi-layered in its details that for the entire film, the story is bursting at the seams, barely contained by its two-hour runtime. (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind three-season television series when???)

    Despite pre-dating Studio Ghibli,…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★

    having read the original material, in a grove by ryūnosuke akutagawa, i must say that akira kurosawa has adapted it with creative accuracy and empathy. it's not so much about the subjectivity of reality—that is already without question—but its social construction, which in this case is its transfiguration to retain the character's japanese' construct of honor. in other words, to conclude that nothing is true and everything is merely perception in this film is false. our interpretations may be biased, but the truth exists (i.e. someone did stab takehiro) if one only seeks to uncover the facts.

  • Flowers of the City Jail

    Flowers of the City Jail

    ★★★½

    lualhati bautista writing in broad strokes on how women are imprisoned beyond the metal bars that hold them; they can try to gain what power they could attain, but the system itself pits them against each other in service and in perpetuation of the patriarchy. there's no freedom even outside the walls, just more rules, more restrictions, more prisons.