Valerie Ettenhofer

Valerie Ettenhofer is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer, TV-lover, and mac and cheese enthusiast. As a Senior Contributor at Film School Rejects, she covers television through regular reviews and her recurring column, Episodes. She is also a voting member of the Critics Choice Association's television and documentary branches. Twitter: @aandeandval (She/her)
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9 More Fanfic Tropes We Want to See On Screen

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

‘Set It Up,’ ‘Love, Simon,’ and other favorites from this year have all adapted popular fanfiction plots. But why stop there?

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Here’s To The Nervous Young Heroines of 2018

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The shy girls inherit the earth in ‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

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‘Castle Rock’ and The Trouble With Easter Eggs

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

On the importance (and difficulty) of untangling the Stephen King-inspired show from its source material.

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Sound Editor Trevor Gates Talks Emmy Noms and Horror Scenes that Freak Him Out

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

Trevor Gates talks the power of sound, “Teddy Perkins,” and the most disturbing movie moments he’s brought to life.

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The 50 Best TV Pilots of the 21st Century

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

First episodes are notoriously tough to pull off, but all of these shows started strong.


This Year’s Most and Least Exciting 2018 Emmy Races

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

Not all categories are created equal.

Gillian Flynn’s Dark America

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

Deadly obsessions take charge in adaptations of ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Sharp Objects.’

The Hard-Won ’80s Empowerment of ‘Pose’ and ‘GLOW’

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

Two excellent summer shows portray the struggles and successes of marginalized dreamers.

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The Best Movies Directed By Women of 2018 So Far

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

It’s already been a standout year for female filmmakers.