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  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    100 years ago, my great-grandfather Michael moved to New York from the village of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily. Thirty years later, he moved to southern California because the climate reminded him of the beautiful, hot terrain of his Sicilia.

    Twenty years ago today, I was born. Unlike my brothers, I never got the chance to know Michael, or my grandparents Antoinette and Robert - they died before I was born.

    Three generations removed from Italy, I’ve always known a conditional…

  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting

    Topophilia means love of place. It's a concept I first learned about in my political geography class, in reference to the way that people feel so connected to a piece of territory, their homeland, that it triggers war, bitter nationalist movements, and protests.

    To introduce this concept, my professor simply put up a picture of the Columbia River in Oregon.

    "This is my place," he said. "I haven't lived in Oregon for twenty years now, but it's my home. Every…

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  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    I somehow found this duller than the book - I don't hate the book(!) but Griet's first-person narrative is at times pretty bland. This movie is missing out on the few instances of agency and emotion that book-Griet manages to show. It's also glosses over the complexities of Griet's relationships with her family, Tanneke, and Pieter. It does have undeniably great production design and score though.

    Bonus! My favorite moment from the book (which was sadly not shown in the…

  • Saw VI

    Saw VI

    I liked this one a lot more this time around - I love when all the traps have a common theme! I think my hatred of Hoffman overshadowed the rest of the movie; I truly can't wait for that man to die.

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  • The Da Vinci Code

    The Da Vinci Code

    me: hey rob what's up
    robert langdon: rob has three letters. three points make up a triangle. there is a triangle on the floor of the sistine chapel. michelangelo painted a symbol in the northwest corner. the retainer you lost in the 4th grade is behind your bookshelf.
    me: wtf

  • Psych: The Movie

    Psych: The Movie

    ★★★★★

    To clarify, those five stars aren't for this specific movie (which premieres on USA Network in three days!), but for this entire show. This wonderful, funny, smart, creative, happy show.

    I can't remember how, or exactly when, I started watching Psych, but I knew from the first episode that I was watching something special. I knew I had found a show with characters, episode plots, and a sense of humor that I connected to so well that nothing else could…