• movies

    controlled chaos

    watching the lethal weapon series with my parents

    February 15, 2019
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    Content Warning: Mentions of suicide   I returned home last December to find my parents eager to do nothing but watch movies. I didn’t judge. I’m as solid a remote-holding companion as any, and the experience of the right movie can set a positive, unspoken mood that carries throughout the week. But at first, we […]

    fantastic films and where to find them

    not necessarily in 2018

    December 6, 2018
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    Fantastic Films and Where to Find Them: Not Necessarily in 2018 What’s your favorite movie? No, I get it, too broad. How about favorite movie this year? It’s a question I love asking, yet find impossible to answer. Others do too, at least in my experience. There’s the obligatory seven seconds of staring into space, […]

    space oddity

    at the movies: Thor: Ragnarok

    November 8, 2017
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    Plenty of Marvel movies have dealt in the art of the quip, but Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok is only the second to effectively weaponize irony. The first was James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), in which a newly buff Chris Pratt stood out in front of the action, mugging for the camera like Jim […]

    Horror during Wartime

    Thoughts on Babak Anvari’s film Under the Shadow

    March 16, 2017
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    I am fascinated by the horror genre. I read scary stories, watch horror films, and listen to creepy podcasts. My favorite works in this genre don’t just thrill me. They also rattle my mind and push me to grapple with heavy questions about human nature: about how humans react to threat or danger, or about […]

    La Dolce Vita

    the importance of living in the here and now

    March 9, 2017
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    Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita has become a classic of Golden Age cinema. Released in 1960, it stars the suave Marcello Mastroianni as Marcello Rubini, an influential journalist living amongst the glitterati in Rome. Throughout the film, he searches for love and happiness in a glamorous world he believes will bring him satisfaction, and in […]