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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    the historical impasse that Jojo Rabbit faces is scope. Taika Waititi adapts a small story about one family—one Hilter Youth, one young Jewish girl hidden inside the walls of a sympathetic mother—that fits idealistically into the long, ugly history of Nazi Germany's terror, violence, and hatred. this history persists today, in ways i cannot comprehend or reconcile—that there are Nazis today, that there are fascists today, that there is still such brutal prejudice, which is not only permitted but enabled…

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    *water starts flowing down the aisle, the tiny lights glitter like fireflies, rachel and nick mouth i love you with eyes only for each other, i start crying* aw yeah turn that good shit up

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    dear you,

    as of tonight, there are 500 of you.

    back in middle school, i used to write letters to an online friend named ellie. her real name was laura, but she went by ellie. sometimes i called her larry, as a joke, and she called me tyler, as a joke.

    she had so many names that when we started writing letters to each other, like bonafide pen pals, i'd address them "dear you" -- because sometimes, even when i…

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    this is a writer's workshop wet dream. this is a well-studied, well-executed narrative paradigm of what good writing does.

    the exposition is kept to a minimum. the reality of this world is established quickly, but Krasinski does so efficiently and affectively. the physical and life-threatening stakes are marked from the get-go, as are the emotional stakes, which ultimately end up being even more terrifying and tension-inducing than the former.

    there's any number of "plant and pay-offs," which are all satisfying,…