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

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  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    ★★★½

  • Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

    ★★★½

  • Leather Jacket Love Story

    ★★★★½

  • Lez Chat

    ★★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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  • Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

    Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

    ★★★½

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

    Queer Film Challenge #11: a film directed by M.J. Bassett.

    I completely understand why this movie has terrible reviews from normie Letterboxd reviewers and rave reviews from the queerdos I follow. Sure, it's tonally all over the place, the actors seem to think they're in five different movies (I'm pretty sure Malcolm McDowell was just playing Aughra), and there are so many startle fakeouts that by the end I had completely stopped reacting to them. But could there possibly be…

  • Leather Jacket Love Story

    Leather Jacket Love Story

    ★★★★½

    Queer Film Challenge #33: A film directed by David DeCoteau.

    "I thought I felt someone's eyes burning another hole in my ass when I walked in here."

    "Just by my standing up and reading my love poems to Julian is enough to make the heterosexist American running dogs tremble in their storm-trooping boots!"

    "I don't like to mix my drugs."

    "You sound like Nancy Reagan!"

    What a delight! Lovingly satirical, shamelessly horny, endlessly quotable and often laugh-out-loud funny, Leather Jacket…

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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!

  • By Hook or by Crook

    By Hook or by Crook

    ★★★★

    Queer Film Challenge #17: a film by Silas Howard.

    This is Americana. Not the mom and apple pie kind, not the eagles and guns kind, but an anarchist Americana of outsiders, like a queer John Dos Passos for the 21st century, or Gregg Araki on a budget of Ziploc bags full of quarters. I'm talking punk rock and minimalist country blues, neon signs and surveillance cameras, petty theft and gay bars. Here in the US a car represents freedom, so…