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  • End of Summer

    End of Summer

    Antarctica is a subject that should be endlessly interesting, but we've all seen so many photos and videos of it that it's hard to really see it; you just file the images away under "Antarctica" in your mental filing cabinet and tune out.

    This film succeeded at making me really see Antarctica. The haunting music makes it feel new again. So did the decision to film it on Super 8: it seems like it should make the footage look old, but it really makes it feel more urgent somehow.

  • The Fits

    The Fits

    I really like the presentational nature of it--both literally and figuratively, there's a lot of looking at the camera in this movie. It feels like a music video, even before it turns into one.

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  • In the Family

    In the Family

    I put off watching this on Mubi until the last minute. I was worried that it would be a massive disappointment after A Bread Factory. "I've seen plenty family dramas," I kept thinking, "but I've never seen anything like Bread Factory.

    I was right that it was nothing like Bread Factory, but it is an absolutely astounding movie. It really creates an emotional world unto itself--not just for the two main characters, but for all of the characters. I feel…

  • Joker

    Joker

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

    Hey, I have an idea. Let's watch De Niro's "you talking to me?" scene in Taxi Driver.

    Done? Okay, let's talk about it. Notice how slow it is? Notice how you see Travis Bickle fumble with the gun? Notice how you're seeing him put on this persona, trying to figure out how it fits? Notice how he gets serious and then plays it for laughs and then gets serious again, suddenly a little surprised at his seriousness? DO YOU NOTICE…