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  • Brittany Runs a Marathon

    Brittany Runs a Marathon

    ★★★½

    FRANCES HA meets ROCKY. A bit uneven, would be better if it weren’t trying so hard to be funny.

  • Late Night

    Late Night

    ★★★★

    A writer’s room of one’s own. Razor sharp examination of late night television’s relationship to the identity of its audience, the culture within which it exists, and itself. The first comedy where the diegetic jokes are actually funny? So good i nearly cried.

    It’s also the first comedy in what feels like forever that looks as good as it is funny, which is to say it actually has an aesthetic point of view.

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  • Hot Girls Wanted

    Hot Girls Wanted

    ★½

    - I will preface this by saying that I consider myself a sex positive male feminist, or feminist ally, which means that I believe any sexual conduct between consenting adults is fine. This includes sex work, such as prostitution or pornography. So, I was naturally interested to see how Hot Girls Wanted was going to portray sex and sex work.
    - The first three or four minutes of Hot Girls Wanted is a collage, or a montage technically, of clips…

  • Lion

    Lion

    If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me where my "real" parents were or if I intended to go back "home," I could gentrify the Chinese province I was born in. It's a benevolent and well-meaning question, with "home" said in that pointed way that Westerners do when they’re talking to someone foreign, at heart, but it's also blithely uninterested in the complexities and nuances of adoption, particularly of transracial adoptions, where the child of adoption belongs…