Romance

Review: For a Lost Soldier

Review: For a Lost Soldier

Original title: Voor een verloren soldaatYear: 1992 | Rating: Content Warning: This review mentions pedophilia and the sexual abuse of a child. Moreover, For a Lost Soldier explicitly depicts the grooming and sexual abuse of a child, including a sex scene between an adult and a child. If any of that makes you uncomfortable, I recommend that you do not read this review, nor do I suggest that you watch the film in question. I doubt that many of you reading this have ever heard of For a Lost Soldier, and any of you that have probably already know what it's…
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Quick Hits: My Fake Boyfriend, Justice League: The New Frontier, Windfall

Quick Hits: My Fake Boyfriend, Justice League: The New Frontier, Windfall

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, we've got a gay movie made by BuzzFeed that brings shame to the Queer Cinema Movement, one of the weaker films in the DC Animation Universe series, and a minimalist crime thriller that is well worth your time. My Fake Boyfriend Year: 2022 | Rating: My Fake Boyfriend is, without a doubt, one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. I knew when I saw the Buzzfeed Studios production logo at the beginning of the film that I should significantly lower my expectations, and yet it still managed…
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Short/Feature: Breaking Fast

Short/Feature: Breaking Fast

Breaking Fast The Short: Year: 2015 | Rating: In a bizarre twist that I absolutely did not see coming, I liked the short version of Breaking Fast much better than the feature that it ended up being adapted into. The actors were much more natural; so much so, in fact, that the whole "Kal-El" bit that was cringe-worthy in the feature was actually adorably awkward here. This short, which focuses mostly on Kal and Mo's first "date," feels almost Before Sunrise (1995)-esque at times, a tone which is painfully absent from the feature; in fact, as I mention below, it lacked…
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Review: Happy Together

Review: Happy Together

Original title: Chun gwong cha sitYear: 1997 | Rating: Holy smokes. It's been a long time since I've seen a film in which every single frame feels like an innovation, like something I've truly never seen before. The style that director Wong Kar-Wai, cinematographer Christopher Doyle and editor William Chang achieve with Happy Together is simply remarkable. I doubt that there's anything that I could possibly say about the camerawork that hasn't been said before, so instead I'll just say this: Wow. But beyond that, Happy Together is exactly the kind of film for which Western audiences have been begging for years: a…
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Review: Fire Island

Review: Fire Island

Year: 2022 | Rating: I am literally shocked by the unanimously positive reception that Fire Island has received. I don't check reviews before I watch a film, so it's absolutely blowing my mind that it currently sits at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 3.7 on Letterboxd. Do we all collectively have a lower bar for gay content? But then again, so do I, and Fire Island still failed to clear it. Horrible voiceover, a horrible main character, a horrible love interest, a confusing timeline, never more than just a chuckle at the few jokes that landed. I also wonder who, exactly, this movie…
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Short/Feature: The Way He Looks

Short/Feature: The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks The Short: I Don't Want to Go Back Alone Original title: Eu Não Quero Voltar SozinhoYear: 2010 | Rating: Just as one might expect, I Don't Want to Go Back Alone is basically just a non-fleshed-out prototype for the feature-length The Way He Looks. It's fine, effective, but man, I'm not a big fan of how Leo's friends treat him sometimes. You can't just kiss a blind kid and run away, man. That is seriously uncool. Language: PortugueseGenre: Romance, DramaRuntime: 17 min.Rating: Not Rated Director: Daniel RibeiroStarring: Ghilherme Lobo, Tess Amorim, Fábio Audi, Nora Toledo, Júlio Machado The Feature: The…
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Quick Hits: Minari, Carnal Knowledge, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Quick Hits: Minari, Carnal Knowledge, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, I take a look at an acclaimed indie drama that missed its mark for me, a 1970s film that pushed the envelope for what content is acceptable in mainstream films, and a Yorgos Lanthimos thriller that is genuinely chilling. Minari Year: 2020 | Rating: I must say, I am genuinely shocked by how much I didn't enjoy this film. Given all of the praise that it received and the fact that it's a family drama, I really expected Minari to be right up my alley. And honestly? I feel shallow for saying this,…
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Review: Just Friends

Review: Just Friends

Original title: Gewoon vriendenYear: 2018 | Rating: Based on the generic, non-licensed music (some of which was attempted to be passed off as Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver, which is completely and utterly ridiculous) and quality of some the shots (especially the flashbacks), I at first assumed that Just Friends was a super low-budget production that was maybe made independently and submitted to some festivals by some first-time filmmaker who was chasing their dreams, and I felt kinda bad about not liking it very much. But then I did some research, and discovered that this film was actually financed by…
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Review: CODA

Review: CODA

Year: 2021 | Rating: Based on some of the takes I've seen regarding this film and its perceived deservedness of its Best Picture award at this year's Academy Awards, I was not expecting to love CODA, but goddamnit...I just did. I've seen so much criticism about this film being a "crowd-pleaser" that was perceived as a lesser film than many of the other nominated films, but to me, CODA much less of a "Hallmark movie" (other peoples' words, not mine) than, say Minari (which received universal acclaim in 2020), mostly because the latter relies on a terribly contrived and tonally-inconsistent climax to drive…
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Review: Beginners

Review: Beginners

Year: 2010 | Rating: So as with both of writer-director Mike Mills’ films that I had seen prior to this one — 20th Century Women and C’mon C’mon — Beginners impacted me in such an unusually specific way, as if Mills has some sort of insight directly into my life and can write about my experiences sometimes before I even experience them myself. What I didn’t expect was that the hyper-specific experience I had with this film would not revolve around the human characters’ relationship with each other, but rather the relationship between the main character and a dog. Yeah, this is gonna be one of those…
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