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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    Jordan Peele channels M. Night Shyamalan in the best ways - comically lame domesticity, bold, blunt symbolism and obvious twists that don't dilute the primal fury & yearning underpinning them. Carries a massive underground of pain that I'll spend a lot of time unpacking.

    Lupita Nyong’o is such a vicious, wrenching presence here! Her doppelgänger feels like someone broken in voice, but not in spirit, from years of begging on the street. Given the central visual motif, I feel certain Peele had this in mind. The final showdown is such a masterful feat of motion and editing. Peele's a legit master, delivering something disturbing, hilarious and heartbreaking.

  • Girl

    Girl

    ***SPOILERS BELOW*** -- I know there's a tab for that, but given I wanna caution against seeing this, it's maybe better to be spoiled
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    "Do you want to cut your dick off?"

    I don't remember when my dad asked me that, but I know for a fact he once did. For him, that's what me being trans most immediately meant. He didn't ask about the positive effects of transition on…

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  • Riley's First Date?

    Riley's First Date?

    ★★

    I'm gonna go moan about the isolating social landscape of assumed heterosexuality.

    The worst part of 'Inside Out' was its lazy presumptions on gender identity. That's much the same here, where mom's sexuality is Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" and Dad's sexuality is ACDC. C'mon, mom! Break that crap with some FKA Twigs!

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    I’ve never been in a romantic relationship yet, which is not to say I’ve never been in love before. Films about love and films about romantic relationships don’t go as necessarily hand-in-hand as they might seem, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is chiefly about the latter. There are particular rhythms to relationships that are perhaps most easily noticed from outside them, and if you can track those rhythms predictably enough, who’s to say you can’t destroy them? That’s…