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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    As a story, many people will already know every event, and as a character study, the film is very dry. But if you ask me this shifts the focus to what the film exposes through how it looks. Why the handheld camera, this extra layer of subjectivity and shakiness? It becomes clear when Neil goes up and his efforts to reach for the right buttons and switches out of a thousand tiny ones just barely shine through visual chaos. Dealing…

  • Venom

    Venom

    I like how every time Venom bites someone's head off there's a line in the next scene saying he bit someone's head off because it doesn't really show when he bites someone's head off.

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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    TIFF programmer: "Can you talk about some of the philosophy behind this movie?"

    Jim Jarmusch: "No."

  • FLCL

    FLCL

    ★★★★★

    One part that still eluded me after watching it 13 times is when Naota calls out his brother's name before swinging his guitar at the baseball bomb at the end of episode 4.

    It's not clear whether he's calling for help, or thinking of him for inspiration, and either of those might be part of it. But I think there's something more important going on there. Naota's baseball performance anxiety in that episode might suggest the only matter at hand…