From its first 15 minutes, The Batman shows a strikingly potent understanding of the character. Crime is rampant through Gotham City; citizens held at gunpoint, buildings on fire, chaos at every turn. The only thing keeping the city on its foundations is a symbol… a symbol of fear. The Batman isn’t a man, he is a manifestation. Not only are the thugs afraid of it, so are the people. Is he lurking in the shadows, or is he the shadows themselves? Should we trust this vigilante, or cower in fear from his might? However we may think, the symbol will be there. And so will vengeance.
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Waves: Love and Hate in Modern America
Part One - Tyler
“Gotta Be Above It, Gotta Be Above It, Gotta Be Above It...” -Tame Impala
Tyler had a great life. The screen is wide, full, and bursting with color. Watching this the second time with some friends, many of them idolized how amazing his day to day routine is. He has a girlfriend, he works out every day, he goes to church (somewhat), he…
I didn’t know too much about Jerrod Carmichael going into this special, but I felt so invited into his life through this, even if for a fleeting moment. He has a beautiful way of balancing his comedy and reflectiveness that brought a great sense of connection with the audience and him (loved the little interactions near the end with the crowd). Also found the filming to be splendidly intimate.
He drifts in and out of our lives, like snow on a tranquil night.
I cried in a Barnes and Noble bathroom a half hour after watching this.
Marriage Story is a true testament to Noah Baumbach’s whole career up to this point. It has the ferocity of Meyerowitz, the wit of Frances Ha, the sincere reality of The Squid and the Whale, and the fun of While We’re Young. While all of these movie I enjoyed on their own, all of the great aspects of each film came together into the incredible project that is Marriage Story, which is why it is Baumbach’s best and one of the best of the year.