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What is a Woman? (2022)

Most large publications have avoided reviewing What is a Woman?, and with good reason: It is very clearly a piece of hate-fomenting and fearmongering propaganda against transgender people.

I’m not sure why I watched it (rest assured I found a way to view it without putting a penny in its creators’ pockets), but since I did, I have the choice between ignoring it or condemning it. I’m not going to write a full review of it or put it on the site’s front page, but I do want to notate that it is the worst and most angering film I’ve seen all year. It fails to achieve any rhetorical goals. It is not intellectually curious. It does not raise thought-provoking points. It simply rehashes hate speech and misinformation we’ve seen a million times. This is no Riefenstahl situation where there’s cinematic genius leveraged by a hateful political mission. It’s just a bad film, a YouTube video essay with a budget. No more sophisticated than that.

There are challenging, complicated questions to answer in a world where definitions and perceptions of gender are rapidly changing. And there are affirming ways to ask and answer these questions without dehumanizing trans and nonbinary people. This so-called documentary is not interested in doing so. It just provides an echo-chamber to make it easier for bigots to stay bigoted; and, worse, people who might genuinely want to understand these concepts better to avoid confronting their own biases and prejudices.

Don’t make the mistake I did and give it any of your spare time or brainwaves.

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Metal Lords (2022)

How is this not a season of a TV show?

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X (2022)

X feels like a reaction to the horror movie trend of having the spooky stuff be an artful metaphor for Serious Issues

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Moonshot (2022)

Between this and Look Both Ways, 2022 has been an excellent year for Riverdale alums to appear in high concept romantic comedies.

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Look Both Ways (2022)

I love it when a good high concept gets transplanted to a teen or young adult movie.

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Pinocchio (1940)

Pinocchio is typically regarded as the most beautiful hand-drawn animated film in Hollywood history

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Pinocchio (2022)

It’s trash.

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Fantasmagorie (1908)

Any claim at a “first” in cinema history is going to be filled with asterisks and provisos.

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Sharp Stick (2022)

It has been ten years since Lena Dunham announced “I think I may be the voice of my generation… or at least a voice of a generation”

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Honor Society (2022)

It is pretty much impossible to talk about Honor Society without talking about how it resolves