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  • The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen

    ★★★½

    I realized while watching The Edge of Seventeen that the reason I love high school coming-of-age-type shit is the fact that I am still, basically, at the maturity level of a seventeen year old.

    Take Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), for example. She's a lot like I pictured myself as a teenager--depressed, frustrated, feeling like the world is passing her by, angry at perceived injustices committed against her--you know, typical outsider teenagery shit. Like, that was me in high school, and it's…

  • Otaku No Video

    Otaku No Video

    ★★½

    This is one of the weirdest things I've ever seen.

    I remember, as I was getting into anime in college, that Otaku No Video had a reputation as a holy grail. Copies were sparse, going for premium prices on Ebay. VHS copies, even. But despite the prices, the general consensus was that Otaku No Video wasn't particularly good.

    At the time I gathered it was little more than fanservice, which I assumed (based in no small part on the cover)…

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  • An American Werewolf in London

    An American Werewolf in London

    ★★★½

    I saw Frank Oz's name in the opening credits and said to myself, "Oh, fun! I wonder if I'll recognize him." So I started paying attention to every guy that looked like he might have a bit of Muppet craziness in him, only to remember that, duh, An American Werewolf in London was filmed in the early 1980s and EVERYONE looks like they have Muppet craziness in them.

    Then some guy in a suit, looking not at all like he…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    In college I was an English major with a minor in Journalism. I went that route because Journalism was the only English-related minor that, at my University, an English major could take. But as I went through the classes to get my minor, I came to realize two things:

    1. I had a deep love of what newspaper do and a respect for the people who write the stories.

    2. My personality would never hold up in the journalistic world.…