Spoiler Space: Spoiler Space: Arrival

Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t reveal in our review.

Movies teach us how to watch them. More than that, they imprint their devices and techniques on our brains. It’s why a filmmaker can cut from an establishing shot of a house to a medium shot of a kitchen, and we’ll intuit that the latter is within the former—we’ve seen this particular convention so many times that making the mental leap is second nature. But while movies traditionally rely on such innate understanding, it’s also totally possible to break the rules for the purpose of surprise or obfuscation. Silence Of The Lambs contains a sly example of this strategy, crosscutting between an FBI team getting ready to raid a property and serial killer Buffalo Bill scrambling to the front door of his property—only to reveal, when Bill …

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