Eyes Wide Shut

Not fun. Not sexy. NO Release date: July 16, 1999Director: Stanley Kubrick Language: English Who should watch this movie: Cynics with very specific kinks. Fans of 90s Nicole Kidman. When should you watch this movie: Stone cold sober on a Tuesday (go for a run after). The sell: I can’t find it right now butContinue reading “Eyes Wide Shut”

Departures / おくりびと

Someday I’ll write a full essay on the difference between “Kitsch” and “Schlock” and this movie will serve as Exhibit A  YES Release date: September 13, 2008Director: Yōjirō TakitaLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: Expats living in Japan. Classical musicians. Folks who have recently lost a loved one. Folks who have ever lost aContinue reading “Departures / おくりびと”

Nashville

Everything you need to know about America and more YES Release date: June 11, 1975Director: Robert AltmanLanguage: English Who should watch this movie: People who “don’t like country music,” but love Dolly Parton and secretly listen to Golden Hour in the car. Anthropologists researching American iconography.  When should you watch this movie: During awards season.Continue reading “Nashville”

Your Name Engraved Herein / 刻在你心底的名字

This one hurt 😦 YES Release date: December 23, 2020Director: Patrick Kuang-Hui LiuLanguage: Mandarin Who should watch this movie: Senior gays. Folks who went to a military school, or boarding school.  When should you watch this movie: When you have a strange dream about your first love.  The sell: Nothing is more beautiful than youngContinue reading “Your Name Engraved Herein / 刻在你心底的名字”

Those People

An ode to you and your toxic friend (you know the one) MAYBE Release date: May 16, 2015Director: Joey Khun Language: English Who should watch this movie: Gays in love with their straight friend. People who had a Gilbert and Sullivan phase that they’re not completely over.  When should you watch this movie: When youContinue reading “Those People”

Beau Travail

Tell your homies you love them (do it now!!) YES Release date: 1999Director: Claire DenisLanguage: French, Italian, Russian Who should watch this movie: Card carrying members of the Claire Denis fan club. Folks who read and/or write queer film theory.  When should you watch this movie: With your cinephile friends in the morning after aContinue reading “Beau Travail”

The Royal Tenenbaums

I imagine this movie is how your 30’s feel? YES Release date: December 14, 2001Director: Wes AndersonLanguage: English Who should watch this movie: Former gifted kids who now have depression/anxiety.  When should you watch this movie: When you’ve just started therapy. When you’re preparing to go home for the holidays.  The sell: Though requiring aContinue reading “The Royal Tenenbaums”

We Are Little Zombies

I’m a fundamentally different person for having seen this movie, but I can’t describe exactly how or why YES Release date: June 14, 2019Director: Makoto NagahisaLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: Fans of Wes Anderson. Folks considering therapy for unresolved childhood trauma. When should you watch this movie: When you’re alone. When you haveContinue reading “We Are Little Zombies”

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Jodie Foster deserves an Oscar for the three lines she delivers in this movie YES Release date: December 9, 1974Director: Martin ScorseseLanguage: English Who should watch this movie: Single mothers. People raised by single mothers. People who consider themselves Scorsese fans but have only seen Raging Bull and Goodfellas. When should you watch this movie:Continue reading “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”