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  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Further proof that JK Rowling doesn't understand the basic tenets of screenwriting, filmmaking, cinema, and, quite possibly, storytelling in general.

  • Liz and the Blue Bird

    Liz and the Blue Bird

    ★★★★★

    The lesbian gaze given startling form.

    Naoko Yamada's films have always had a certain magic of psychological texture, of her careful yet effortless shot choices and editing quirks immersing us fully into a character's world. Liz is the crowning achievement of her "method" style of direction. Each glance and gesture tells a story, cut together through fragmented pieces of legs, windows, instruments, school equipment, as if there is something in the edges of each frame trying to creep in, that…

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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★½

    "Why can't she see that I'm just a Nice Guy?": The Movie

  • FLCL

    FLCL

    ★★★★★

    The visual equivalent of punk rock. A rebellious "fuck you" to classical and modern convention, FLCL demolishes the laws of narrative and logic to create an anti-coming of age story, meant to fully encapsulate the fears and existentialism of youth, as well as the stupidity of growing up. All of the adults are more incompetent than the children, large phallic robots literally grow out of a young boy's psyche, bass guitars are weapons of mass destruction, and the shooting stars…