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  • Morvern Callar

    Morvern Callar

    ★★★★

    [74/100]

    I'm glad to have already seen We Need to Talk About Kevin because I think it helped me understand this film better. There's some similar ideas that Ramsay uses in a different sort of way here - for one, she has a beautiful sense for sensual and immersive imagery, played as mesmerizing in Morvern and ominous in Kevin.

    I also find that comparing the two highlights Ramsay's interest in that space between the objective and the personal, where a…

  • Stories We Tell

    Stories We Tell

    ★★★

    [54/100]

    I was put off at first by the behind-the-scenes stuff, but it later won me over as a sort of intimate familial portrait. It's both fun and disarming to see the siblings react to each other or address Sarah directly, and I think these techniques create a collegial atmosphere I haven't seen before in a documentary. Where usually the talking heads feel entirely sealed off from each other, the speakers here seem to bleed into each others' interviews in…

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  • The Warriors

    The Warriors

    ★★★★

    This was a true B-movie in the best way possible. The whole thing was like a cartoon world come to life - goofy gangs in their hilarious costumes trying to prevent the cowboy-vested Warriors from making their way back home to Coney Island. What I really loved was the use of space. It was extremely atmospheric, and the settings were wonderfully fleshed out, like the levels of a video game. Each scene, the Warriors encounter a new location, like a…

  • Broadcast News

    Broadcast News

    ★★★★½

    I love how this is so carefully constructed, projecting an instantly classic feeling despite its sprawl. The three primary characters are a great foundation for the story, each with a distinctive personality possessing something that the others lack. Meanwhile, it's a joy to watch them interact, filmed with a perspective that often shifts dynamically from person to person. This is epitomized in the work party scene, with cameras that track in circles as the members of the news crew move…