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I SAW THE TV GLOW

Starring: Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Ian Foreman, Helena Howard, Fred Durst, and Danielle Deadwyler
Director: Jane Schoenbrun

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ADRIANO

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I Saw the TV Glow cements Jane Schoenbrun as one of our most exciting upcoming filmmakers. Between this and their last film, Schoenbrun shows that they have a keen talent for unique storytelling, especially in their approach to themes of queer identity and our attachment to media. Schoenbrun's use of the camera and colour is particularly fascinating here, as the film takes a radical turn halfway through to become a surreal and intense experience that I was locked in for. I can't say I understood everything, but I feel I'll be pondering I Saw the TV Glow for a while.

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NICK

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It's rare that I go into a film completely blind, but that's exactly how I approached I Saw the TV Glow. Never in a million years did I expect to see an homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that is a running theme throughout. The film focuses on themes of sexuality, identity, and family trauma, all through the lens of a television program and the escape it offers. There is horror imagery, but this is much more of a psychological study, and for me, it is a welcome introduction to the direction of Jane Schoenbrun.

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PAIGE

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Similar to director Jane Schoenbrun’s previous film We’re All Going to the World's Fair, their newest release I Saw the TV Glow is a unique and moody slow burn that may not be for everyone, but is a film that allows outsiders to feel seen. With a captivating visual aesthetic, an amazing soundtrack, and hypnotizing themes of identity and escapism, Schoenbrun skillfully blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Even though I didn't think the movie worked as a whole, I'm glad it was made, as it attempts to examine its themes in a surprisingly singular way.

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