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  • Pain & Gain

    Pain & Gain

    Michael Bay loves only two things in this world and they are 1) digital cameras and 2) dogs.

  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    Yep, all those rapturous monologues have the immediate emotional effect of a particularly intense session of talk therapy... After the fact, I found myself thinking about the implications of the film's queer subtext. Van Sant (and probably Damon and Affleck as well) seems particularly interested in what constitutes a permissible expression or representation of homosocial intimacy, as defined within various heteronormative milieux - in the macho Irish working class world of Will’s friends, in the world of academia, in 90s…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Sort of like Call Me By Your Name’s melancholy sister… Yeah it’s a bit of a hack comparison, but not totally banal - both are films about short-lived/enduring queer romances, both are sensitive to the experience of romantic anticipation and the preciousness of momentary pleasures; both have the idyllic sheen of a vital memory; the elements figure prominently in both (CMBYN starts summery and earthy, then turns snowy and barren; Portrait has cool sea winds and fiery warmth simultaneously); both…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    This was...fine. Gets by on De Palma-esque showmanship and occasionally amusing doofiness. My main takeaway from this is that I am wayyy less impressed by ironic, self-reflexive posturing than I used to be, which I think is a positive.