Posts by Claire Bamert

Claire’s 11 Favorite Movies of the Year… So Far

At this point in the year (normally on the exact halfway point) I like to write up a list of my favorite movies released thus far. Usually, I’ve seen a pretty interesting crop of movies I hope won’t be forgotten by the fall. But I don’t need to tell you that this year is different. We’re probably not going to see another movie in theaters until 2021. That’s a real bummer for me as someone who still considers the movie theater a second home. But I actually got to see a number of films before theaters closed (21 to be
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Steven Universe is the Queer Cartoon I Wish I Had as a Kid

When you’re an adolescent trans person living in white suburbia, it can be really hard to understand who you are when you don’t see yourself anywhere on television. I remember spending my time watching hours of cartoons; my laughter and joy clouded up my insecurities and kept me placated as a child. It can be frustrating now when I think back to how I never had a chance to learn who I was in the space I grew up in. Now, I just remember fragments of my childhood and how clearly, I was experiencing gender dysphoria. Usually it involved my
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Now is Not The Time for Movie Theaters

Last week I had a really bad day. You know when all of your insecurities and worries pile up after seeing how the government is taking away your civil rights in the cruelest way possible, and you feel helpless and tired? It was one of those days. It left me exhausted more than usual, like I had no other ideas on how to feel better. Even explaining my problems away after almost 3 years in therapy didn’t help. It was a day where I didn’t want to problem solve, I just wanted to disassociate. I used to have a pretty
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Watchmen, Hooded Justice, and Fighting Crime While Black

*The following article features massive spoilers for the Watchmen TV series* I’ve been thinking a lot about 2019’s Watchmen series. Not just because it was my favorite piece of media I saw last year, but I think its core themes and ideas are so evidently relevant to right now. I’m waiting for an army of men wearing Rorschach masks to crash a protest or for Dr. Manhattan’s giant blue member to trend on Twitter. In a time where people are protesting in the streets and facing the aggressive force of police daily, where American cities have curfews, along with military
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Did THE LAST DANCE Make Me Like Basketball?

I have always found it easiest to write about something I’m passionate about. That means whenever a superhero movie comes along, I usually have some opinions on them. They’re fun to talk about and a lot of people are generally interested in them. But I feel sometimes that sells my taste a little short, because I love compelling stories, and I get that from watching lots of different media. I love dramas, I love comedies, I love animation (y’all seen Steven Universe? It’s great), I love movies, I love television. I’ll give any genre and form a shot, as long
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What is the Snyder Cut?

If you’ve been on Twitter over the past two and a half years, then you may have come across the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. For those of you with lives, let me regale you. In 2017, Zack Snyder stepped down as the director of Justice League after the suicide of his daughter Autumn Snyder, and the film was handed over to Joss Whedon to complete reshoots that had been ordered by the studio. These reshoots ended up being rather extensive; well over half the movie was reshot and retooled in some way, from cut characters to digitally removed mustaches. The resulting film
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