• The Point

    The Point

    ★★★★

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

    You know this is a white liberal parable for racism because the oppressed person is a literal white boy and most people aren’t racist at all and quite like the oppressed individual but the systematic oppression is all due to Just One Asshole and immediately goes away once that Just One Asshole gets humiliated.

    But, to be real with you people, I don’t give a shit. I watched this dozens of times as a child and have watched it with…

  • Carmen Jones

    Carmen Jones

    ★★★

    This has been one of the movies on my watchlist for the longest period of time, and I put it there because I was looking for a movie to reference in an (unpublished) short story of mine and settled upon this one for various reasons despite not having seen it. And now that I’ve seen it? Um …

    While I absolutely love musicals, I’m not an opera fan. I recognized most of this music -- mostly from cartoon parodies --…

  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins

    ★★★★

    I put this on over a few sittings while watching my baby and here are my thoughts:

    - I almost wonder if this being a Disney production and/or for kids in general might hinder its reputation somewhat, because it is when you get down to it a big, lavish, fun technicolor musical but it’s usually not spoken of in that regard, even though this was genuine competition with My Fair Lady (especially given the Julie Andrews casting slight/controversy).

    - There’s…

  • The Salt Mines

    The Salt Mines

    ★★★

    Seen as part of 52 Films by Women.

    I wouldn’t say I necessarily enjoyed watching this movie. In fact, despite its length I fell asleep several times while watching it. However, some time after I finally finished this, I saw a tweet from some group of red-brown assholes on Twitter showing a white homeless man thinking, “Wow, I sure am lucky to have my white male privilege!” And I thought about the scene where the church group visits the trans…

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★★

    Seen as part of 52 Films by Women.

    I like this movie a lot. It’s a really cute idea that I think is executed well, and even though I saw the turning point coming it still hit me emotionally. I like the central character and her friends and how they’re a diverse group of girls who are still mostly defined by their distinct personalities. (I also really like how we have a Chinese girl and a Korean girl in the…

  • Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy

    ★★★

    Seen as part of 52 Films by Women.

    I fucking hate this score, lol …

    I can only imagine that this had to have been an exciting project for all the central actors. You’ve got Drew Barrymore doing the, “I am not a child star anymore -- I AM SEXY AND DANGEROUS!” thing. Meanwhile, Sara Gilbert gets to use her sour Darlene Connor energy for an adult thriller rather than a sitcom (one where she sort of gets to explore…

  • Sunday Bloody Sunday

    Sunday Bloody Sunday

    ★★★½

    I don’t fucking buy a woman having time for romantic canoodling while babysitting multiple kids, including a breastfed baby. Just … just complete horseshit, folks. Save that shit for when you go dogsitting … wait, actually considering what happens please don’t go dogsitting.

    I initially put this on my Criterion Channel wishlist not knowing much about it because I wanted to watch more movies with Peter Finch. Then I never got around to it and the CC brought it back…

  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song

    Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song

    ★★★

    I’m kind of surprised it took this movie series so long to do the “Ooops! Even good men ain’t shit!” plotline but it does seem like the appropriate closer for this quadrilogy. The imagery isn’t as good as the Shunya Ito-directed films, but Yasuhara Hasebe gets a few bangers in here -- particularly during Nami’s attempted execution and her final confrontation. I also like everything about the prison sequence, even though it feels almost like a new movie. (I actually…

  • Conversations with Intellectuals About Selena

    Conversations with Intellectuals About Selena

    ★★★½

    Seen as part of 52 Films by Women.

    I know it isn’t really the point, but I wish Lourdes Portillo had rounded up at least one Selena fan for this because the tone of this conversation is SO relentlessly negative. (Pretty much every other Letterboxd review is dunking on Sandra Cisneros in particular and while I did really like The House on Mango Street … yeah, drag her, lol.) Still, I do think sometimes it’s healthy to have a bit…

  • The Cleansing Hour

    The Cleansing Hour

    ★★★½

    I’m not going to say too much about this movie, because I know the screenwriter (We met on our Birthright trip … yeah, he’s a Jewish guy who wrote an exorcism movie. Cool, huh?) and after the conversation we had about it I don’t feel like I could review this objectively. I’ll just say I think it’s an interesting take on this horror subgenre and it’s low on heavily-CGI’d effects so I enjoyed it for that reason. Watch my friend’s movie!

  • Go Fish

    Go Fish

    ★★★

    Seen as part of 52 Films by Women.

    I had trouble with this movie at first because the acting is extremely amateurish (which admittedly made me feel guilty for my years of Kevin Smith stanning), but when the movie got to the Tribunal of Gold Star Lesbians I started to get more into it. Sometimes it can be hard when a movie from a few decades ago seems to be mostly made up of conversations that occur online on the…

  • The Ties That Bind

    The Ties That Bind

    ★★★★

    Seen as part of 52 Films by Women.

    As I said in my review of Lore, we’ve been talking recently about how gentile American audiences seem so enchanted by “good German” tellings of the Holocaust, and I’m going to pull a “If you MUST, watch something like this instead.” What I like about this documentary, which is essentially an interview the director Su Freidrich has with her mother who grew up during the Third Reich (with the cool effect of…