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  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    so happy to have a new hill upon which to live and die, which is defending the third act of this film <3

    i was genuinely Stressed during this and found MEW to be an incredibly compelling lead, who matches Goodman at every beat—she is suspicious where he is unsettling and uncertain, making for a suffocating and tense struggle for power and certainty

  • Searching

    Searching

    "he IS good at searching" -- Charlie's review of John Cho performing the titular act

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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,…