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  • The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground

    About 20 years ago, I discovered their music. I had heard about them--I remember hearing about Sterling Morrison's death on MTV before I knew who he was--but it took a while for me to hear them. In small town Alabama, even with the Internet, things moved slow. It wasn't until I got to college, I think, that I fell in love with them. Their music for me was a window into an imaginary world of queer fantasy and opulence; their…

  • Demons 2

    Demons 2

    The effects, the makeup, the gore are all delightfully excessive. It doesn't pull many punches (the dog and the kid get turned into demons!). And there's a scene where body builders rally heroically only to be decimated. I mean, this is quality stupidity.

  • Count Yorga, Vampire

    Count Yorga, Vampire

    There have been takes, though I am hard pressed to think of any off the top of my head after three days of storm-induced cabin fever, on the vampire folklore that tap into the predatory nature of these now classic monsters to make a meaningful statement about patriarchy, but for the most part, it's the opposite: vampire stories usually tap into misogynist tropes and the exploitation of women's bodies, using the vampire's (blood)lust as an excuse. Count Yorga is pretty…

  • Next

    Next

    ("What do you expect from a...?" It's not about what I expect; it's about commenting on what is. This is just a tactic used to apologize for bourgeois propaganda.)

    The Hollywood obsession with old man/young woman romantic pairings is a reflection of capitalist patriarchy's view of women as sexual objects and vessels for reproduction rather than human beings, one that emphasizes youth as a symbol of reproductive health, which in turn propagates pedophile and rape culture. Normalizing these relationships in…

  • Inkheart

    Inkheart

    I think Kaylie told me about this book, but I won't sweat to it. I own a copy I've never read, or never finished. The film was... surprisingly decent. It wasn't perfect--it veers into some racist and sexist areas that definitely weaken the film--but it also isn't as terrible as reviews here seem to indicate. It's not great, but it avoids most of the plotholes and bad characterization you get from, say, Harry Potter. It's not great mind you, but…

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    Ralph Breaks the Internet

    A major character voiced by Gal Gadot, who has bragged about and defends participating in a genocide? Check.

    Gently ribbing Disney tropes? Check.

    A fuckton of corporate branding sanitizing capitalism for children? Check.

    Just enough sympathy for outsiders and friendship between women to be queer-read by representation-starved LGBTQ people who have latched onto Disney as one of the rare happy parts of their childhoods? Check.

    Inappropriate reference to the Dark Web/Darknet in a children's movie? Check.

    Missed opportunity to comment…

  • Final Destination 3

    Final Destination 3

    Why does my roommate watch this garbage.

  • Russian Doll

    Russian Doll

    Ineptly made, acted, told. Pro-cop boring film with bland white femmes playing pretend. Truly a waste of your time.

  • Major!

    Major!

    The more you learn about our history, the more truth you discover, the more driven you will be to fight for our liberation.

    Looking around you and seeing the racism in the world can drive you to fight, but learning that it has been present and embedded in America since white people arrived here 400 years ago will teach you that it cannot wait, that you cannot be complacent, that you cannot allow this to continue one moment more, that…

  • Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

    Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

    (This review covers all three parts.)

    This is BJ's story. So why isn't BJ the main character? In part, it's to maintain the mystery til the end, which effectively illustrates how this kind of corruption and violence could be masked and covered up by letting the audience experience the cover up unfold. But in no small part, it's because British television is bourgeois media that refuses to center a gay sex worker in their stories, even if those stories are…

  • P.S. I Love You

    P.S. I Love You

    It includes some transphobic and homophobic humor, yet it still made me sob. This is what anything with Irish music does to me.

  • Righteous Kill

    Righteous Kill

    The story that it's a great injustice that people slip through the cracks of the carceral systemlkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk;, (my cat Panda contributed that and I refuse to delete it) is just more bourgeois propaganda. The great injustice is that the carceral system is designed not to bring justice, but to create free/cheap labor for the U.S. elite.

    Anyway, this entire film is racist copaganda garbage.