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    Tag

    listen, to be totally fair: i really don't think i'm going to like the new Jurassic World. i didn't care for the first, and no one seems to think this new one is any better. so i really have no business seeing it. but my father wants to see it, and i will be leaving for london tomorrow, so i thought last night, fine, yes, let's go watch it.

    we got there around 7:00, hoping to catch the 7:30. but…

  • Bao

    Bao

    really gorgeous animation—especially the cooking and food, my god. i definitely fell into the camp that found this short... strange, and not necessarily in a good way. but also not necessarily in a bad way. it's risky, to be sure, and i deeply admire that, even if the story itself didn't resonate with me all that organically. and that the first female director of a Pixar short took such a strange risk... u know what... i Really admire that.

    and…

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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,…