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  • Fright Night

    Fright Night

    ★★★

    After listening to the Faculty of Horror episode on Fright Night (which I watched last night) and The Lost Boys (which watched half of a few years ago and need to finish eventually), I’m inclined to give Fright Night another shot. The podcast provided some useful context about the era (and what horror aimed at teens really meant in the ‘80s), and I think I might get more out of it on second watch with this deeper understanding.

    I liked…

  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rewatch thoughts — maybe my fourth or fifth viewing, but the first time in a couple years.
    Sometime during that first social, when the boys are giving Angela a hard time, my husband said, “You know, Kavanaugh would’ve been the right age to be at this camp in 1983. I can’t stop imagining him as one of those boys.”

    It’s not hard to picture the teenage version of the recently-appointed Supreme Court justice fitting in among the aggressive, meanspirited, and…

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  • Landline

    Landline

    ★★★★★

    This film was so wonderful that I’m breaking my unintentional five-month-long Letterboxd hiatus to tell you about how wonderful it is.

    I went in with very low expectations, mostly because I didn’t want to get my hopes up. "Obvious Child" is one of my very favorite comedies of the decade (maybe of all time?) and it would have broken my heart if I had expected that bar to be met only to be disappointed.

    Except...it *is* on the same level…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Someday I will write 10,000 words about why it's so significant that a Jewish actor who passes as a WASP played an outwardly Jewish character who was closeted about another part of his identity. Layers of passing and coding and symbols.

    But for now I'll say that this movie was really wonderful and I wish every queer child had a parent like Mr. Perlman.