The Second Annual Julie and John Awards, Pt. 3 ({dis}Honorable Mentions of 2023)

Random bits and bobs; mostly from movies!

Mickey Desruisseaux
24 min readFeb 13, 2024

Part 1, covering games and books, is here. Part 2, covering other movies, is here.

Like I said, I watched a lot of movies this year. There’re only so many spots on the top ten list (ten, to be exact), but that left a number of movies that I thought merited discussion all the same. So to cut down on people tapping out of a piece that Medium informs me would take over an hour to read in one go, I’ve carved out the honorable mentions this year. And you can’t talk about 2023 in film without mentioning the biggest movie of the year.

Come on Barbie, let’s go party!

The Homer Simpson “It’s Funny Because It’s True” Award for Most Personally Painfully Accurate Joke About Men in Barbie

Alexandra Shipp as Author Barbie

(Mattel/Warner Brothers)

One of my simplest pleasures in the back half of 2023 was asking my male friends if they’d seen Barbie, and then facetiously going after them if they hadn’t, or if they had but had even the slightest criticisms. It’s admittedly obnoxious behavior, but in a world where a movie about a plastic doll for girls in their single digits…



Mickey Desruisseaux

Scribbling at the intersection of race, law, politics, and pop culture. A monster of many words trying to be a man of all of them.