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  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★★½

    For anyone who's new here or missed a significant prior review: my dad is a pastor and I grew up as a closeted trans girl lesbian in a hardcore Evangelical Christian environment. I never knew anyone who went to a conversion camp but that's probably just because I stayed in the closet until I was an adult and went to a small church. We knew they existed-- they were a topic of conversation, and everyone I knew would have considered…

  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★★★★

    I hadn't seen this movie in years, and I'm happy to report I still love it dearly. My heart feels at home here.

    I joked on Twitter that both Harold and Maude read as trans women to me now, and that the film reads like the story of an old trans lady taking a young, closeted one on a wild journey of anarchy and lesbianism. This is obviously me looking at the movie heavily through the lens of my own…

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  • The Hotel New Hampshire

    The Hotel New Hampshire

    ★★★

    There was a very specific time in my movie-watching life where I watched a bunch of "unconventional" indie movies with fucked-up subject matter and loved them because of how Different and Fucked-Up they were. This is pretty clearly one of those. It's paced weirdly, very immature and horny, and secretly underneath all of the comedic setpieces, chock-full of suffering and despair.

    It doesn't pop for me like it once did, but still has a lot of weird charm in spite of itself.

  • Practical Magic

    Practical Magic

    ★★★½

    Comfort food.

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  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★

    "Yeah, some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then, you think, 'Oooh, those are some nice pants!'"

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Excellent, riveting film. Feels like Hitchcock made a Jazz Musician Psychological Drama, but slicker, wound even tighter, etc. Most intense movie theater experience of 2014 so far. Feels like a Best Picture Front-runner, to me anyway. Only con: Its early, sudden ending feels like a cop-out.