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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

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Honesty In the film Interstellar, a robot named TARS travels with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway through a wormhole to save humanity. Voiced by Bill Irwin, TARS acts so much like a human that it’s easy to forget he is, in fact, a chunk of

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In Memoriam In  the early afternoon hours of Saturday, Jan. 25, I received a text from an old friend in Alabama. She told me the sad news that a middle school teacher of ours had passed away at the young age of 68. The teacher’s

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Write What You Know Over the past few months, I’ve begun to realize that being a filmmaker and a writer  is perhaps a bit more of a curse than a blessing. What I mean by this is that  a professor once told me that because

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How to Write Like a Pro I haven’t mentioned it before, but I’m like a professional actor. Just kidding, but I am in an acting class, which is way more enjoyable than I ever expected it to be. I went to an open audition for short

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Brokeback Mountain Even before I came out as gay in my junior year of high school, I was scrounging every available platform to watch gay-themed films. Though I didn’t watch many gay movies prior to coming out, I do remember watching both Shelter and Geography

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Adventures in Laundry-ing The machine won’t accept my debit card even though there’s money in my account. I can’t refill my laundry card, and there’s only 50 cents left on it, so I can’t start the dryer. I’ve already got clothes in the washing machine,

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The Truth about Horror Horror movies are scary. That’s a given fact. The first horror movie I think I ever saw was Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, starring Johnny Deep and Christina Ricci. I found a VHS of it at my grandparents’ house and asked if

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Sweeney Todd An organ plays quietly as the eager audience members chat among themselves. A pair of actors walk the stage, rip a giant tapestry hanging from the ceiling with disturbing drawings of 1800s London on it, and a train whistle pierces the air of