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Inside the Boxd: ‘Monkey Man,’ ‘Dune: Part Two,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and more

Inside the Boxd is a column documenting WSN staffers’ recent film reviews on Letterboxd. Grab some popcorn and get that watchlist ready!
Allina Xiao
(Allina Xiao for WSN)

With roughly 10 million site-wide users in 2023, including the likes of NYU alumni Martin Scorsese and Ayo Edebiri, Letterboxd has become the premier social media platform for the modern moviegoer. Whether you are an esoteric film buff or a casual viewer, the New Zealand-based cataloging website enables people to share ratings, reviews and lists covering all corners of cinema.

In this column, WSN staffers share some of their most recent watches that they logged on the app: covering everything good, bad and downright ugly. This week’s cinematic menagerie features Dev Patel’s new action-packed revenge thriller, a modern remake of an ’80s classic, an Oscar-winning rom-com and many more.


“Footloose” (2011)

“this is part of my personality. I can’t help but boogie.” (5 stars)

— Anna Baird-Hassell, Copy Chief


“Silver Linings Playbook” (2012)

“I get why JLaw won awards for this but i also think she was just being herself and that bravery to be a bitch should be celebrated” (3.5 stars)

— Julia Diorio, Music Editor


“Dune: Part Two” (2024)

“my sister thought paul’s name was paul giamatti after leaving the theater” (4 stars)

— Grace Katz, Social Media Editor


“Source Code” (2011)

“‘Source Code’ is completely ridiculous and its quantum-time-replay mechanics are utterly nonsensical. Yet, this film is a great example of one of the most interesting Hollywood sub-genres — the post-9/11 conspiracy thriller.

With America’s war on terror raging in the background, films like Demme’s ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ or Fuqua’s ‘Shooter’ represent a deep anxiety and mistrust of the neoliberal establishment. Our private lives, and even our memories, are at the mercy of political manipulation. ‘Source Code’ takes this a step further, depicting a reality where the state owns your body and consciousness even after death. The film (quite accurately) imagines a near future where technology enables a perpetual commodification and control of the individual.” (3.5 stars)

— Mick Gaw, Film & TV Editor


“Swiss Army Man” (2016)

“Better than EEAAO i don’t care i don’t” (4.5 stars)

— Stephanie Wong, Arts Editor


“Westworld” (1973)

“In a pseudo-Taiwanese bakery in gentrified East Williamsburg, an overworked bartender put on  the original Westworld in the downtime between afternoon tea and happy hour. I barged into the movie somewhere in the middle of the chase scene between the Gunslinger and Peter Martin so it looked like a typical western. I thought the bartender was old-timey, but then a head was blown off and the machine revealed itself. Thoroughly surprised by how good the effects were even back then, I stayed and finished the movie. Like a lot of changes happening in Williamsburg, not only is it difficult to tell real from fake, western from sci-fi, it is also difficult to tell new from old.” (4 stars)

— Samson Tu, Creative Director


“Monkey Man” (2024)

“i was GOOPED and GAGGED when that little boy looked at dev patel and said ‘chalo’ i was like holy fuck i didn’t even need a subtitle i’m so #fluent it’s insane😂😂😂😂” (4 stars)

— Karina Rower, Deputy Copy Chief

Contact the Arts Desk at [email protected].

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About the Contributors
Anna Baird-Hassell
Anna Baird-Hassell, Copy Chief
Anna Baird-Hassell is a junior studying Sociology with a minor in Irish Studies. She is an at-home barista fond of hugs, meditation, speaking her limited Irish Gaelic and reviewing films on Letterboxd @abairdhassell. You can also find her on Instagram @annabairdhassell or email her at [email protected].
Julia Diorio
Julia Diorio, Music Editor
Julia Diorio is a sophomore studying journalism at CAS. When not reminiscing about 2000s pop-punk music, she can normally be found drinking copious amounts of Dunkin' iced coffee, curating hyper-specific Spotify playlists or struggling with the NYT crossword. Find her variations of all-black outfits and dog pictures on Instagram @juliadiorio_. Send song suggestions to [email protected].
Mick Gaw
Mick Gaw, Film & TV Editor
Mick Gaw is a junior double-majoring in History and Public Policy. When he’s not holed up in a cinema, he's probably perusing the aisles of an Asian grocery store, wandering around museums or taking ugly pictures of his meals. You can find him on Instagram as @gawmick and occasionally on Letterboxd as @micks_canon.
Grace Katz
Grace Katz, Social Media Editor
Grace Katz is a junior studying Policy Development and Political Relations in Gallatin and is one of WSN's Social Media Editors. She is from Westport, Connecticut and born in Brooklyn. In her free time she enjoys going to museums, boating, shopping with friends and binging her favorite TV shows with her little sister. You can find her on Instagram @gracekatz_.
Karina Rower
Karina Rower, Deputy Copy Chief
Karina Rower is a Gallatin first-year planning to concentrate in journalism, fashion and computer science. She accredits her love of nitro cold brew and '90s music to her hometown of Portland, Oregon. You can find her on Instagram @karinar0wer and also on Letterboxd @karinarower.
Samson Tu
Samson Tu, Magazine Managing Editor
Samson Tu is finishing his B.A. degree in politics with a thesis on the state of civil society development in the People's Republic of China. Synthesizing his experience in journalism and training in politics, Samson is going to attend the NYU School of Law after his undergraduate to study intellectual property law. Samson attempts to make sense of Heidegger and Sartre or edits photographs on his 15-hour flight between New York and Taipei. He always prefers the flights to New York. Send an email to [email protected] for ideas about WSN's monthly magazine issues!
Stephanie Wong
Stephanie Wong, Arts Editor
Stephanie Wong is a junior double-majoring in Media, Culture and Communication and Journalism, with a minor in English Literature. In her spare time, she loves watching bad movies and curating esoteric Spotify playlists. You can find her at @_stephaniewong_ on Instagram, @normalstephanie on Spotify, and unfortunately, on Letterboxd as @emima.

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