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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★

    “The joke is on you, Mildred. Haha, and I hope they do not kill you.”

    Since the admission of New Mexico and Arizona to the Union in 1912, the physical center of the lower 48 states has been located just south of the Nebraska-Kansas border, in the town of Lebanon. This is distinct from the geographic center of the United States as a whole—since the admission of Alaska and Hawaii in 1959, that point has sat in Belle Fourche, South…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    Part of Hoop-Tober 2017

    “I am I.”

    In 1848, Orson Squires Fowler published The Octagon House: A Home for All, or A New, Cheap, Convenient, and Superior Mode of Building, a tome dedicated to the virtues of eight-sided dwellings as opposed to the four-sided ones in which your everyday unenlightened Victorian lived. Octagonal houses had many benefits according to Fowler’s concisely titled treatise—cheaper construction, easier heating and cooling, expanded living space, increased natural light. Fowler was not a professional architect…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★

    “I had no idea you were so strong-willed. I think that when you make up your mind about something, nothing will change it for you. My compliments.”

    Sometimes there’s a man...no, wait, wrong movie. Start over.

    Sometimes, things don’t work out, and you just can’t quite put your finger on the reason. You meet a person, and you share a great many interests—you like many of the same movies and television programs and podcasts, you both enjoy cooking, you have…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★½

    Part of Hoop-Tober

    “Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable.”

    Gluttony

    He has taken on too much. Det. David Mills (Brad Pitt), deliberately uprooting his wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), from upstate and dragging her to this lurid hellhole, all out of a naïve desire to save the world. So much ambition, he nearly chokes on it. So much chatter, he sucks all the air from the room.

    Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) long ago…