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  • Styx

    Styx

    ★★★★

    High Noon plot about a tourist paramedic with tremendous freedom of movement encountering a ship of refugees she's told not to help. Plus a Darwin runner that, among other things, contrasts the microterraforming of uninhabited Ascension with the embargo of the migrant ship. It's manipulative and it's about being manipulative, i.e. Austrian. But it's procedural about inequality and true.

  • He Loves Me

    He Loves Me

    ★★★½

    1) 72 minutes
    2) of sparkling citrine cinematography
    3) cut into long quiet stretches in nature
    4) where two male lovers laze about together and apart
    5) kept methodically free of dialogue in exchange for the punctuating narration from one of the lovers
    6) whose inability to get out of his head is explicitly the cause of the film's mounting tension.

    That's bait. And I got hooked.

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  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine

    ★★★★½

    Everyone knows Ewan McGregor waves his dick around on-stage as Curt Wild, but nobody talks about what comes next, a cut to the nurse smiling into the camera as she prepares to wheel us off to electro-shock therapy. That’s what happens to boys who ogle boys. The story of an ex-groupie music journalist investigating the death of glam rock icon Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), here’s a Citizen Kane where Charles says, “I think it would be fun to be…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    Carol starts with the sound of an approaching train car, but it just shows us the golden grate on the street, a ventilation port for an unseen cavern containing all kinds of men and women in transit. There’s a whole world down there that we can’t see for the ornate surface. That was my first viewing, taking too much at face value, following color and touch—and the powerhouse coupling of gayness with integrity—but missing the motivating emotions. This time everything…