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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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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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Another mini review from me, and I do recommend this one! I also watched "White Oleander" tonight, which I've seen once before. Great book and a great movie. It also won't be available to instant watch after the 22nd!

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