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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★

    I wanted to like Civil War and I hated it; I tried to like this and I didn't care. I'm tempted to say this actually should have been directed by Christopher Nolan; while I don't like the superhero movies he made, he is pretty good at cutting a bunch of different proceeding events together such that they feel like they're complementing each other, usually in a way that builds tension.

    If there was more force in the action - not…

  • My Neighbors the Yamadas

    My Neighbors the Yamadas

    The difference between movement and stillness can do a lot to drive almost anything home, even if that difference is as slight as the vibration of an outline.

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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…