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A few things I've watched on Netflix streaming lately!

Wild Target

A quirky black comedy with Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, and Martin Freeman. Nighy plays a hitman who finds himself unable to kill his most recent target, which leads him to re-evaluate his life and choices. I really enjoyed this! It was funny and a bit weird. Has captions.
Content notes: violence and blood.

Before Stonewall (1984)
After Stonewall (1999)

Two documentaries about LGBTQ life in the US. These gave me such much-needed history lessons and I really enjoyed them. They mostly focused on positive things while not shying away from difficult material. They were made years apart yet interview some of the same people, if those people were still alive. Interviewees include Ann Bannon, Rita Mae Brown, Audre Lorde, Larry Kramer.

The Swimsuit Issue

This is under Gay and Lesbian movies, but it's not actually a gay movie! It is gay friendly, and it is about gender and masculinity. It's about some (mostly straight) men who sort of accidentally decide to start a synchronized swimming team. It centers on the team leader, how he organizes the team and his life with his teenage daughter, who also is a synchronized swimmer. I enjoyed this OK but did not get a lot out of it. One thing I did enjoy is that anytime anyone expresses homophobia, that person is roundly mocked, rather than supported, which is something rarely seen in the world, unfortunately. It was also rather nice to see fairly normal looking people being OK with their bodies in swimsuits. In the end, though, it's another movie about a straight white man and his problems, even though it does examine masculinity somewhat.


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"Young at Heart" is a documentary, streaming on Netflix, about a chorus where the average age of the members is 80. They sing all kinds of popular music, including songs by the Clash, Coldplay, James Brown and Sonic Youth. They tour in Europe and are generally awesome. I loved this documentary! I laughed and cried! The director is a task master and is trying to get the chorus to learn some new songs for their upcoming tour. Unfortunately the streaming version does not have captions.

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