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When You Hate the Movie Your Lover Loves: On Tom Hanks in ‘The ’Burbs’
It’s easy to think—as Ray does in ‘The ’Burbs’—that you can know a lot about a person from what they value.
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Green Book The JokerThe Cosby Show Roseanne Friends. Housewives Drag Race
Our online ecosystem runs on the sleight-of-hand which equates “we like the same kinds of things” with “we’re the same kind of people.”
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The ’Burbs, John Carter.Bridesmaids Buffy
Manuel Betancourt is a film critic and a cultural reporter based in New York City. His academic work on queer film fandom has appeared in Genre and GLQ, while his work of cultural criticism has been featured in The Atlantic, Film Quarterly, Esquire, Pacific Standard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is a regular contributor to Remezcla where he covers Latin American cinema and U.S. Latino media culture, and Electric Literature, where he writes about book-to-film adaptations. He has a Ph.D. but doesn't like to brag about it.
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