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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread


    It's not the only PTA movie I like, but maybe the only one that had an easy time holding my attention. The point (plus other more important points) was made in a better movie 67 years earlier, but it's stylistically different. I like its way of getting to the point.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I liked that one part that reminded me of Gunbuster and the parts that were kind of like A Touch of Zen.

    My least favorite part in The Force Awakens is when Hux blows up the Republic planets. You'd think something like that would have more weight but it doesn't, and then you know that in that movie there really is no world outside what it shows. One of the strengths of The Phantom Menace and the earlier parts of…

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  • Paterson


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

    Jim Jarmusch: "No."

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice


    With the possible exception of Heat, all the Michael Mann films I've seen have parts that seem like they came out of a nightmare. There's something uncanny and intimidating about the way his characters are dwarfed by architecture or bathed in unnaturally colored light (Manhunter possibly being the prime example, his only actual horror movie). It's not just that it makes the characters seem small and vulnerable - his films contain self-consciously thoughtful dialogue about the characters' insignificance not because…