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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Safe
  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

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  • Night of the Demons

    ★★½

  • The Secret of Kells

    ★★★★½

  • Super Mario Bros.

    ★★★

  • The Woman Who Ran

    ★★½

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  • Superstarlet A.D.

    Superstarlet A.D.

    ★★★★

    2021 Queer Film Challenge #38: a musical.

    "The lost city of Femphis has gone nudie-cutie, Armageddon-style."

    Christopher Ishwerwood once said that camp isn't making fun of something, it's making fun out of something. In the ruined world of Superstarlet A.D. the gender binary is extrapolated to a ludicrous extreme, all the men devolved to grunting, club-wielding troglodytes and all the women retro pinups who use lipstick as currency and skillfully navigate the rubble in lingerie, heels and elaborate updos. But…

  • Antibirth

    Antibirth

    ★★★★★

    The lost souls of the exurban strip-mall wasteland drink a beer called Route 666 and use garbage fires to illuminate their punk-rock abandoned-warehouse dance parties. They survive by cleaning motel rooms, or selling drugs, or donning nightmarish mascot costumes at a local Chuck E. Cheese knockoff. The TV shows they watch are a psychedelic mélange of cult programming, vintage foreign cartoons and alien-abduction documentaries. Nothing makes any sense; might as well be blitzed out of your gourd all the time…

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  • Night of the Demons

    Night of the Demons

    ★★½

    Note: this film contains multiple scenes of flashing strobe lights.

    I set out to find something goth to watch, and Night of the Demon certainly delivered, from the Halloweeny animated opening credits, to the propulsive industrial synth score, to the infamous scene where a girl dressed like Siouxsie Sioux dances rapturously to Bauhaus's "Stigmata Martyr." In terms of genre, the movie blends the haunted-house setting (though our doomy hostess would remind us that it's actually a possessed house) with the…

  • Super Mario Bros.

    Super Mario Bros.

    ★★★

    Baby's First Cyberpunk Dystopia

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  • Happiest Season

    Happiest Season

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Just once, couldn't we have a lesbian romcom that isn't centered on normative straight people's hangups? Did this family of cold, passive-aggressive, dysfunctional WASPs really deserve to be sprinkled with magic forgiveness dust just because they said "sorry" one time? Come on Abby, forget about this mess, there's an Aubrey Plaza right in front of you!

  • Laerte-se

    Laerte-se

    ★★★

    2021 Queer Film Challenge #5: a documentary about a queer visual artist.

    In her eye-opening book Whipping Girl, Julia Serano discusses how cis filmmakers implicitly frame trans women's femininity as "fake" by focusing on images of us putting our looks together — getting dressed, applying makeup, etc. Laerte-se does just that with its trans subject, coming back again and again to images of her shaving her legs, painting on her eyebrows, and trying on various outfits. The cis interviewer, Eliane…