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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    while iain reid's novel extracts horror from blood and dread, charlie kaufman's interpretation extracts it from existentialism, from the unavoidability of aging, from the unease of being perceived, from the eeriness permeating the claustrophobic atmosphere. they both tell the same story in completely different ways, which is exactly what a book-to-film adaptation should aim to do.

    in the book, there's a fascinating passage about how humans need allegory and metaphor in order to more comprehensively understand the world around us.…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    do all lovers feel they’re inventing something?

    the clandestine stealing of forbidden glances. the thankless task of trying to tamp a lover’s image into the folds of your brain. the dread of said image’s inevitable fading. the smoldering slow-burn of impossible yearning, and the explosive fireworks when it’s finally reciprocated. the sizzling sound of a final farewell.

    director céline sciamma packs each frame with tangible emotion, and she does it all without a manipulative score. we know exactly what to…

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  • Smooth Talk

    Smooth Talk

    ★★★★

    flirting with disaster and getting away with it. looking for trouble and screaming when you find it. the endemically teenage desire to die for just a little bit of attention.

    Smooth Talk hasn't left my mind since i watched it. laura dern has always been a superstar. at work yesterday, i found a joyce carol oates collection and read the short story it was based off of (Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?) on my 15-minute break. i…

  • Stargirl

    Stargirl

    ★★

    in Stargirl, 16-year-old protagonist leo’s birthday is a major plot point. he receives a porcupine necktie every year from a mysterious benefactor. he is sad that his mom is working and cannot be home to celebrate. he is thrilled when manic pixie Stargirl surprises him at school with a ukelele serenade of Happy Birthday. 

    the next day, leo receives a text and we see the date on his phone: September 12th. as leo’s birthday was the day before, this means…

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  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★★

    first watch: fight club is the best movie ever made
    second watch: fight club is a deep commentary on the dangers of consumerism
    third watch: fight club is a disgusting cesspool of toxic masculinity and it’s not as deep as its fanboys think it is
    fourth watch: fight club is a critique of toxic masculinity and it’s deeper than its fanboys think it is
    fifth watch: fight club is the best satirical gay romcom ever made

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    these two bisexuals that look like they just stumbled out of their first vampire weekend concert really had the nerve to make me lay on my floor & cry while listening to sufjan stevens huh