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I watched a couple of REALLY good movies on Netflix streaming over the weekend.

Mary and Max 2009

This is a claymation movie, but I wouldn't say that it is for kids. It is darkly funny, poignant, and emotional, and is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Mary, a lonely girl in Australia, decides to randomly write to someone in New York. Max, a middle-aged man with Asperger's, receives her letter and writes back. What follows is a decades-long correspondence and friendship. A narrator tells most of their quirky tale. I loved this movie about being yourself and choosing your friends. Content notes: alcoholism, suicide ideation.

Weekend 2011.
Wow, a good gay movie! It has subtitles, which I needed due to mumbling (also possibly due to accents). Russ goes out to a party and picks up Glen, in what he expects to be a one-night stand. Instead they spend the whole weekend together and form an unexpectedly strong connection. I very much related to how shy Russ is, how he finds the world subtly hostile. Glen is more outgoing and finds it easier to be out. They discuss politics, art, their lives and histories. I really loved this movie and felt connected to this couple. I thought about it a lot after seeing it. Content note-- there is quite a bit of drug use (cocaine and marijuana).

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