• Vita & Virginia

    Vita & Virginia

    I need more from aristocrats than this to find them engaging.

  • Adam

    Adam

    The way the crew is treated matters. The way the extras are treated matters. The way the cast is treated matters.

    The discussion of separating art from artist tends to ignore the context of class. Directors, producers, etc. almost always have power over the cast, crew, and other workers connected to a film. That they probably answer to studio execs, boards of directors, or owners only means they're petty bourgeois, exploited who exploit as well, and that does not forgive…

  • Suicide Kale

    Suicide Kale

    You have to give this a ton of points for realism for a certain subset of the queer woman universe.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    It has three main advantages over the American version:

    1. It doesn't try to convince us that people with British accents are Swedish.

    2. Lisbeth has better eyebrows.

    3. It actually connects Lisbeth to Mikael slightly better, narratively.

    But only a little bit. Mostly it retains the same storytelling flaws, the disjointedness of the narrative, the lack of exploration/connection of the Nazis thematically to the modern problems of the system and the class character of the Vangers, and the underplaying of Lisbeth's queerness.

  • The Clovehitch Killer

    The Clovehitch Killer

    "Oh this could be an okay serial killer piece."

    *Killer puts on women's clothing*

    "Never mind."

  • Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her

    Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her

    It would be easy to write this film off as a boring, white petty bourgeois woman's drama that has no relevance to the working class beyond a few minor moments, and you very much should, but it deserves even more condemnation than that when it comes to the depiction of the homeless woman.

  • My Normal

    My Normal

    Very much a film that has a better premise than execution, this film suffers mostly from the acting, directing, and cinematography (you know, basic filmmaking) that comes with low budgets and big dreams. The premise, however, is one that deserves a better execution. The ending fails to retain any substance as it becomes less about the realities of the situation and more about wish-fulfillment (nothing wrong with that in general, but in this case it makes the central conflict off…

  • J.T. LeRoy

    J.T. LeRoy

    If you had told me a few years before I transitioned/came out that you would pay me to pretend to be a woman for a few events, it's entirely possibly I would have leapt at the opportunity. The appeal of a free opportunity to try on a different skin, to explore with some kind of excuse, some kind of secret out in case I got caught, is so alluring to my past self that I could weep just thinking about…

  • The Runaways

    The Runaways

    This should have been one of two things:

    1. An excoriation of Kim Fowley.

    or

    2. The dyke version of Velvet Goldmine.

    Or to put it another way, it should have either stuck to the truth and believed Jackie Fox or put more distance between itself and the truth. It does a good job of condensing and reshaping the story of the Runaways, capturing the atmosphere, the music, and the era in spirit, but it lets Fowley off the hook…

  • Multiple Maniacs

    Multiple Maniacs

    Imagine seeing this only a few months after Watson and company were arrested for the Tate-LaBianca murders. If you want, replace that with more recent murders to get a sense of how scandalous, how tasteless, how tacky this was. Add to that the idea of John Waters doing anything depicting Jesus Christ (with Edith Massey as the Virgin Mary) intercut with Divine being fucked with a rosary. Include bicycle seat-sniffing, vomit-eating, and a brazen mockery of 1970s values and views…

  • The Next Karate Kid

    The Next Karate Kid

    Badly plotted, weakly acted, too many stereotypes. Not the worst entry in this series, but it needs more action and sensitivity. There's one nice moment with Miyagi and Julie dancing together, but too much of this is just disjointed.

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    This feels like a parody of something, but there's no coherent point to it. Bad performances (I'm sorry, Anna Kendrick) ruin any fun this one might have in it, and the tiresome petty bourgeois lifestyles on display make no one particularly relatable or sympathetic. This was just an insufferable movie.