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  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    100 years ago, my great-grandfather Michael moved to New York from the village of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily. Thirty years later, he moved to southern California because the climate reminded him of the beautiful, hot terrain of his Sicilia.

    Twenty years ago today, I was born. Unlike my brothers, I never got the chance to know Michael, or my grandparents Antoinette and Robert - they died before I was born.

    Three generations removed from Italy, I’ve always known a conditional…

  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting

    Topophilia means love of place. It's a concept I first learned about in my political geography class, in reference to the way that people feel so connected to a piece of territory, their homeland, that it triggers war, bitter nationalist movements, and protests.

    To introduce this concept, my professor simply put up a picture of the Columbia River in Oregon.

    "This is my place," he said. "I haven't lived in Oregon for twenty years now, but it's my home. Every…

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  • The Post

    The Post

    Dear Hollywood,
    PLEASE stop giving nominations and awards to old, established actors simply due to the fact they are old, established actors who happened to be in a movie that year.

    Why are there so many big names in this? Why do they each only have like 5 lines in the whole movie? Why is Sarah Paulson playing Tom Hanks' housewife? Why does Sarah Paulson give a forced, unnatural speech about Meryl Streep, whose character she never even interacts with…

  • Suburbicon

    Suburbicon

    It's important to reflect on your life sometimes and count your blessings. For instance, today I'm incredibly grateful that this movie is only 104 minutes.