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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    for a film so much about the economy of wordless language — for a film that proffers the dialogue of touch, of music, of looking — for a film that communicates in color — for a film that makes the unbearable world look magical & feel forgiving:

    here is one of my favorite "untranslateable" words, saudade.

    “My favorite definition of saudade is by Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo: ‘a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.’”

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    the theater was almost sold out, if not completely sold out. there were several birthday parties. there were a few older couples.

    and then there was BFS, our ragtag group of 20-somethings. we've been hyping this up for the last week or two. many of us watched Paddington for the first time this last week, some of us watched it twice in one day. we went to an early matinee showing. we were seated. the children in front of us…

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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…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    in every man’s heart, there is a summer

    the first time i saw CMBYN, there were witnesses to bear my catatonia. then i cried until i fell asleep, in that warm & wet way you do when there’s nothing left for your body to do after being emotionally and physically exhausted. 

    the next morning, i woke up at 6, and i just had to go, go, go. so i ran. the wind was biting, almost blistering. i ran through the city,…