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  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    I must have watched the assembly  ...

  • Girl

    Girl

    'This illustrates the problem with so many trans narratives by cisgender artists—or even with the trans narratives by trans artists that are curated by the by-and-large cisgender industry of producers, programmers, and the like: we, the cis people in the room, are all too concerned with trans identity as a physical crisis. We’re fixated on transgenderism as the problem of being “born in the wrong body”—we’re obsessed with the body specifically, and with its ostensible misalignment with the soul. And…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    I like this movie quite a bit, but why do people keep lying about it? 

    It’s clear that the problem with this movie is that Bradley Cooper—lead actor, director, co-writer, co-producer—has pushed himself so far into its center that he doesn’t seem to realize he’s not actually supposed to be its star. Buddy, you’re pretty much here to be a tragedy—not even a heroic fuckup, really, but a painful liability. And so many of the film’s other perceived flaws—anti-popness, especially—proceed…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    Some of the critiques of this movie have prompted me to give some thought to why we accept and dutifully seek out nuance in Eastwood and Spielberg's aesthetic and ideological conservatism but consistently dock women and POC filmmakers for not living up to some radical ideal we dreamed up to reject our classical forefathers.

    Yes, it is a movie mired in and pitched to a distinctly conservative attitude — just like the nation the movie is about, and undoubtedly for…