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Long Live DC Back in 2008, at the dawn of the MCU with Iron Man, DC Comics released The Dark Knight, arguably their finest film. Both movies were incredibly influential in their own ways: Iron Man  for starting the highest grossing (and yes, perhaps most

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Consequence in a Good Way On Wednesday morning, I woke up to a message from my mother. She was concerned for me after reading my column and wanted to assure me that if I felt like I needed to go to therapy, I should. It

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Sadness + Brownies This was not the first time that the sadness had taken over Marcus. He called it sadness because he wasn’t sure what else to name it. It wasn’t depression, or at least he hoped it wasn’t. In his experience, depression was something

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The Taming of the Screw There’s a screw under my desk. Or maybe it’s a nail. Well, wait. Hold on. They just informed me that they are, in fact, neither nail nor screw but something in between. I can call them Screw though. So, that’s

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Pursuit of Happiness I turned 20 last Friday. It’s an odd thing to say because, at least a little, it freaked me out. My dad wrote in my birthday card “Hope you enjoyed your childhood and teen years.” When I read that, I gave a nervous

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Inspiration (Part 2) “Art has to be about more than just, ‘My life is great and I’m good at drawing,’” says Spencer (Barry Keoghan), the protagonist of American Animals, as he plans a robbery. He’s clearly going about giving his life meaning via a significant

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Inspiration (Part 1) “Do you ever feel like your life has turned into something you never intended?” asks Amy Adams about a quarter of the way into fashion designer turned writer and director Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. She’s sitting at a desk in the art

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Home Medley The Chipotle I work at plays mostly indie pop songs and remixes that I’m sure some guy in an office somewhere curated into a playlist with a title like “songs that won’t offend anyone while they eat their burrito.” Usually, I’m not bothered

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Reciprocity One day over winter break, during a week in which I was by myself in the city working, I got home and decided I needed to cry. I ended up watching Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It’s a fantastic little film that

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Love, Simon As much as I love movies, one genre that I mostly steer clear of is the romantic comedy. For the most part, I don’t find any of these sorts of films appealing. Occasionally, I do want to watch a good romance (which is