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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    In color and in chrome
    (Originally posted on inthemargins.ca)

    When people I don’t know very well (inevitably) ask about “where I’m from,” I receive the same three reactions when I tell them I was born in Tanzania:

    1. “Where in the world is that again?” (“East Africa, right next to Kenya,” is my usual response.)

    2. “Oh, you don’t look like you’re from Africa.” (If I have time, this is when I usually tell them about the movement of goods…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    Staring into the fireplace as the credits roll by
    (Originally posted on inthemargins.ca)

    Here’s what I will remember most after watching Call Me By Your Name: the face of Elio Perlman, staring into the fireplace, as the credits roll by before he gets called to dinner.

    The scene is indelible for many reasons—one of them being that Timothée Chalamet performs it marvellously, with nuance and emotion—but is resonant mainly because it is relatable: how many of us have gone through…

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  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★

    I have things to say about this movie. One day, I will say them.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Parents, sacrifice, and cinema
    (Originally posted on inthemargins.ca)

    There was a moment in Lady Bird, when Christine heads to college with nothing but her two suitcases, that I started to tear up.

    At the end of the summer after high school graduation, I packed up everything I owned, including a quilt and some pillows, into to suitcases and flew to Washington DC to start my college life. The cost of airfare was prohibitive for my whole family to come with…