Louis Proyect

"Noah Cross: See, Mr. Gitts, most people never have to face the fact that, at the right time and the right place, they're capable of... anything! (Chinatown) --- Harry Lime: Don't be so gloomy. After all it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly. (The Third Man) --- Michael Corleone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren't. (Godfather part 2)"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
I am a long-time socialist with a an interest in the problems of developing countries. Therefore, films made in Latin America, Africa and Asia are of great interest to me. I am also the moderator of a Marxism mailing list at www.marxmail.org.
Favorites:
1. Burn 2. Strawberry and Chocolate 3. Battle of Algiers 4. Moolaade 5. Sargeant Shakespeare
Publications:
rec.arts.movies.reviews
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Online
Total Reviews:
793
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
NYC

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Pride (2014) " A likable film more in the spirit of "Footloose" than agitprop. A reminder of the powerful solidarity that was possible in an era far removed from our own ugly, profit-driven world. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 27, 2014
95% Two Days, One Night " The best work that the Dardennes have done, a study of the Hobson's Choices facing workers in a period of wanton ruling class greed. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 26, 2014
86% Altina (2014) " Altina Schinasi was like Peggy Guggenheim-a member of the Jewish haut bourgeoisie who opted for a bohemian life in the arts. Jewish cultural history of a key but neglected figure. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 13, 2014
100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) " Although the LSD no-hitter was likely never to have happened, there are enough wild stories about a 60s wild man to keep you captivated. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 5, 2014
58% Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering (2014) " Fascinating account of the moral and scientific failings of New York's famous cancer hospital and research center, where I worked in the 1980s. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 29, 2014
No Score Yet The Auction (2014) " A modern twist on the King Lear tragedy. Captures the rhythms of farm life as much as any documentary, depicting a way of life fast disappearing. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 21, 2014
81% Salvo (2014) " Very stylish Sicilian mafia movie. One part Antonioni and one part Calvin Klein commercial. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 21, 2014
99% Starred Up (2014) " Brutally realistic prison melodrama without pat answers. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 21, 2014
No Score Yet The Winding Stream " Quite simply, the greatest documentary about musicians I have ever seen. Informed historically and sociologically, it is also the ultimate hootenanny. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 6, 2014
90% The Kill Team (2014) " Reminiscent of the struggle between the Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger characters in "Platoon" but even more powerful since it shuns sensationalism and sticks to the brutal story of how the American military became a death squad. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jul 26, 2014
65% Apocalypto (2006) " A quite exciting spectacle based on a racist version of indigenous history, one in which the genocidal conquistadors are the New World's liberators. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jul 18, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Only for those addicted to video games and the Transformer series. The original was bright, funny and inventive. The sequel not so. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jul 11, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " An extraordinary summer blockbuster that reprises the fatal encounter of European colonizers with Native Americans and George Orwell's "Animal Farm". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jul 11, 2014
88% Siddharth (2014) " A view of India that is a corrective to the "economic miracle" mythology promoted in the corporate media presented in powerful neorealist terms. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 25, 2014
83% Northern Light (2014) " Gets past the Joe Six-Pack, NASCAR fan stereotypes and shows you how ordinary working class people work and play. Given the deepening class divisions in the USA, a film that illuminates how people survive psychologically. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 13, 2014
83% Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (2014) " More than meets the eye. It is not just about the need to legalize a harmless weed but also about the divisions in the pro-legalization community on how to do it right. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 13, 2014
95% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " In a way, it makes as much sense to review this like any other movie as it does to review a mass demonstration or a strike. If you understand the film's political importance, you understand the need to see it and recommend it widely. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 13, 2014
100% Master of the Universe (2014) " Like Ishmael, the sole survivor of the encounter with Moby Dick, the German banker who is the film's only subject tells a tale of another great disaster. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 5, 2014
86% Borgman (2014) " A home invasion movie that is more Godard than grindhouse, and a brilliant one at that. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 5, 2014
86% Night Moves (2014) " An idiotic film about ecoterrorism without bothering to engage with ecology. Ms. Reichardt should stick to the kind of mumblecore she adopted early on unless she bothers to do her homework. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 30, 2014
50% Age of the Uprising (2014) " Silly critics expected "Braveheart" when it was more like Ingmar Bergman's "Virgin Spring". Ignore the shallow minds; this is a serious art film worthy of your attention if you have an IQ over 80. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 30, 2014
96% The Wind Will Carry Us (2014) " Magical realism without the magic. Wonderment comes from rural people (and goats, chicken, and cattle) being themselves--caught in the moment by a director with an affinity for ordinary people. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 30, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Much better than the first in the series. In fact, it was better as action and better as social commentary. If like me you go with few expectations, you will be delighted. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 23, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " Nothing can top the original. This one is geared to the teenaged audience brought up on video games. Instead of a meditation on nuclear perils, it is "Transformers" type junk. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 23, 2014
100% A World Not Ours (2014) " Probably the only good thing to come out of the Palestinian dispossession is a long list of great films, and this is one of the greatest among them. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 22, 2014
89% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " A film that demonstrates that there is hope for independent filmmaking in the USA. A humanist masterpiece that eschews market gimmicks like mumblecore or "edgy" sexual perversions. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 22, 2014
52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " A film compromised to some extent by its emphasizing of human melodrama rather than social and political issues that figure in the novel it is based on. But it still a gripping story about people caught up in a civil war sadly typical of Africa today. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 14, 2014
43% Honour (2014) " A taut thriller about honor killings that is marred by plot improbables. Saved by Paddy Considine's customary fine performance as well as a strong lead character, a young woman fighting against patriarchal chains. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 14, 2014
90% Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (2014) " The finest documentary about an artist I have ever seen. Folkes is an original and every minute spent in his company will remind you why true geniuses have a hard time in an art world more commodified than McDonalds fast food. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 8, 2014
23% Devil's Knot (2014) " Not without its problems, but anything done by Atom Egoyan is worth seeing. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 8, 2014
81% Whitewash (2014) " With blood on his hands rather than a glass of Pinot Noir, Church brilliantly plays the same kind of likeable loser he played in "Sideways". This is a brilliant deconstruction of the criminal on the lam genre and a must-see. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 2, 2014
No Score Yet Irwin & Fran (2013) " A loving tribute to a leftie and a comedian that Lenny Bruce counted as one of his major influences. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 25, 2014
83% Dormant Beauty (2014) " Not an advocacy film in the conventional sense but one that deals with the ethical and spiritual paradoxes of Italy's version of the Terri Schiavo controversy. Brilliant filmmaking as always from Bellocchio. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 23, 2014
13% A Promise (2014) " Don't pay attention to the "rotten" reviews. This film is a real homage to Stefan Zweig, as opposed to Wes Anderson's witless "Grand Budapest Hotel". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 21, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " A typically witless comedy from Wes Anderson that has about as much to do with Stefan Zweig as it does with WWII and Nazism, the disasters that led to Zweig's suicide in 1942. A total travesty. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 21, 2014
100% Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen Of Pointe A La Hache (2014) " The perfect answer to those disgusting BP commercials about how the Gulf Coast "is back" and the equally disgusting full-page NYT ads screaming about how BP is being extorted by lawyers. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 17, 2014
100% Bad Hair (2014) " A narrative film from Venezuela that leads one to conclude that racism and homophobia remain in a country that is moving in radical new directions. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 17, 2014
69% No God, No Master (2014) " Although marred by a weak script and an obtrusive film score, this film is saved by its theme, namely the Palmer Raids of 1919 that was a precursor to the abuse of democratic rights happening right now. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 11, 2014
84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Nauseating claptrap that allows a war criminal to waste 103 minutes of our time and over $10 of our hard-earned money in self-justification. Errol Morris should be ashamed of himself. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 4, 2014
77% Watermark (2014) " A travelogue focused on various bodies of water (lakes, rivers, oceans, and underground aquifers) threatened by capitalist development. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 4, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " Cinematically and philosophically daring, this is a reworking of the flood story that speaks to 21st century realities and that will make you think hard about "the Creator's" capriciousness. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 4, 2014
100% Brothers Hypnotic (2014) " A refreshing account of what it means to be a young musician more committed to an artistic vision than "making it". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 22, 2014
83% American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs (2014) " Even if you've never made a leaflet or used a bullhorn, this stirring documentary will make you understand and appreciate what it means to be a revolutionary. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 22, 2014
100% Big Men (2014) " Worth seeing but marred by its refusal to ask tough questions. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 14, 2014
No Score Yet Xingu (2014) " Ignore the jaded Village Voice critic. This is a compelling story about the key question of our age: the right of indigenous peoples to live in peace and freedom. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 14, 2014
75% Jews Of Egypt (2014) " A loving tribute by an Arab director to Egypt's "rootless cosmopolitans". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 14, 2014
100% Miele (2014) " A visually stunning, superbly acted film with an intelligent and timely screenplay about the right of the human being to make the ultimate decision: ending one's life. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 8, 2014
No Score Yet From Both Sides Of The Aegean: Expulsion And Exchange Of Populations, Tukey-greece 1922-1924 (2014) " A documentary about the Turk-Greek population exchange of the 1920s that impacts both the mind, the heart and the eye. A stunning treatment of a theme that has universal meaning: how the nation-state can turn toxic. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 7, 2014
89% The Iran Job (2013) " A film that despite its modest means tells a stirring tale about sports and politics. Starring Kevin Sheppard, a completely winning personality and basketball player. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 4, 2014
95% Particle Fever (2014) " Totally thrilling documentary about a topic that might have been distinctly unthrilling. Great work from its physicist producer and director. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 4, 2014
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