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Louis Proyect

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)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Sin Alas (2015) "Much better on human drama than social history with some unfortunate anti-Communist cliches. Above all, a powerful cinematic undertaking by a young director/screenwriter. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 4, 2016
87% Hockney (2016) "Mesmerizing documentary on an artist who is both modern and very old-fashioned in his painterly approach. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 22, 2016
89% Green Room (2016) "Totally brilliant. Like an episode of "The Walking Dead" directed by Akira Kurosawa or Sam Peckinpah. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 15, 2016
No Score Yet Class Divide (2016) "A brilliant take onthe hypergentrification that made funky old Chelsea the hq of buildings that now have individual swimming pools in apartments like a Scrooge McDuck comic book from the 50s. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 14, 2016
96% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) "Astonishingly perceptive take on what it means to be a victim of capitalist progress. An amazingly political film from a director who has not made such a film in the past. Not to be missed. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 14, 2016
88% Havana Motor Club (2016) "A vastly entertaining documentary about the underground drag racing scene in Cuba that is also about as informative a take on the social and economic reforms being pushed by Raul Castro as you can find anywhere. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 8, 2016
92% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) "A philosopher best known for the "banality of evil" comment about Eichmann who deserves to be understood in her full depth. This film helps flesh her out. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 30, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) "An amiable enough movie although it has about as much to do with the real Chet Baker as "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer" has to do with our 16th President. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 25, 2016
No Score Yet We Like It Like That (2016) "A joyous mix of social history and musicology. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 22, 2016
100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) "Another demonstration of Farhadi's ability to diagnose his country's ills through the microcosm of the family drama. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 16, 2016
92% Censored Voices (2015) "Despite being in the now popular Israeli hand-wringing genre, one that doesn't envision ending the Zionist system that makes IDF soldiers et al feel soul-sick, this is worth seeing for its honesty and germaneness to current Israeli horrors. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 14, 2016
85% Boom Bust Boom (2016) "Whoever could have dreamed that economics could be so much fun? I guess that goes with the territory when it is explained by people of the left in a film in the Monty Python tradition. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 11, 2016
100% Here Come the Videofreex (2016) "Want to have a vicarious experience on how great it was to be a 60s rebel? This is the film to see. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 10, 2016
100% They Will Have to Kill Us First (2016) "Beautiful music and a good introduction to the complexity of Malian/Tuareg politics. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 3, 2016
99% Timbuktu (2015) "Suffers from a certain reductionism with respect to the jihadists but then again that is to be expected in an epoch when Islam is a dirty word almost universally. Could have been better but still worth seeing. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 3, 2016
No Score Yet The Virus of Fear (El virus de la por) (2016) "Tightly coiled drama of swimming instructor falsely accused of molesting a boy. Thematically related to "The Hunt" but more in common with the theater than the typical film. All in all, a gripping tale. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 24, 2016
93% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "Despite the title, not at all a "fan" tribute to a group that like so many others in the mad 1960s imploded through a combination of state repression and its own ineptitude " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 17, 2016
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "More educational than all the seminars you can take at place at NYU or UCLA over a decade put together. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 12, 2016
85% The Iron Ministry (2015) "A subtly political film about the hopes and frustrations of ordinary Chinese citizens that is as dramatic in its own odd way as a kung-fu costume drama. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 12, 2016
89% Meru (2015) "A film about a climb more daredevilish than Philippe Petit's tightrope walk. Brilliantly filmed by the climbers who are as good at cinema as in climbing up the face of a mountain. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 12, 2016
95% Amy (2015) "Fascinating in a voyeuristic way. A demonstration beyond doubt that celebrity is as life-threatening as the bite of a Black Mamba. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 12, 2016
100% Something Better To Come (2015) "Like "Boyhood", this film tracks a character for 14 years. Unlike "Boyhood", it is actually compelling cinema. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 28, 2016
91% Requiem For The American Dream (2016) "Quickly paced and surprisingly entertaining, this is a film for anybody who cares about the abuse of political power by the superrich. In other words, everybody but the one percent. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 28, 2016
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "Like "Key Largo", this is in effect a staged play with an ensemble cast taking refuge from a storm but Quentin Tarantino is no Maxwell Anderson. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 23, 2016
82% The Revenant (2015) "Much more of a survival film than a revenge one--and a spectacular one at that. Like "All is Lost", another in this genre, there's not much dialog. None is needed. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 23, 2016
94% Carol (2015) "Todd Haynes is a director born to make Highsmith's novel about lesbian love ending happily. A masterpiece that is even a better adaptation than Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train", another Highsmith novel. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 17, 2016
89% Cartel Land (2015) "Like most documentaries about the Mexican drug wars, this has nothing to say about the social and political context. It is meant for visceral entertainment and as such reflects the aesthetic of Kathryn Bigelow--the executive producer. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 11, 2016
83% My Voice, My Life (2015) "With a number of flaws, especially any explanation of the backgrounds of the adults who produced the musical or what the musical was about, it is redeemed by the human interest of Hong Kong's "troubled" teens. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 10, 2016
79% The Assassin (2015) "A painterly historical drama that is emotionally sterile. Grab it if you are more interested in cinematic composition than story. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 10, 2016
No Score Yet Unlucky Plaza (2016) "A plot similar to "Dog Day Afternoon" with the comic sensibility of Nathaniel West. What's not to like? " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 10, 2016
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Simply the best film Spielberg has made in decades. Avoids the sentimentality of most--perhaps because of the inclusion of the Coen brothers in the screenwriting team. Their best work in a decade as well for that matter. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 4, 2016
96% Mustang (2015) "Marred by its failure to make up its mind whether to tell a tale of victimology or resistance, it is redeemed by its performances and general panache. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 30, 2015
96% Girlhood (2015) "More in common with the French New Wave than Italian neorealism, this is a film that both celebrates and sheds tears over gansta life. It is the French version of "New Jack City" in some ways. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 30, 2015
86% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "An enthralling tale adapted to the screen by a director whose work mostly deals with contemporary issues--a testament to Hardy's continuing appeal. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 23, 2015
74% Youth (2015) "A curious mixture of Thomas Mann's "Magic Mountain" and Fellini. Despite its grim topic, the so-called "mortality zone' as Tom Brokaw put it, it is a drily comic masterwork. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 18, 2015
97% 45 Years (2015) "A reminder that films can reach the level of art on rare occasions. This is a tour de force of script, performance and cinematography that will stay with you for years. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 18, 2015
59% The Emperor's New Clothes (2015) "While it is short on analysis, it is excellent as entertainment and of some use for your friends or relatives who still think that capitalism is a viable system. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 16, 2015
100% Aferim! (2016) "Like the USA, Romania is haunted by the slavery of the 19th century. The Roma, like the Africans, were less than human in the eyes of those above them, even when they too were seen as dirt by the ruling classes. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 11, 2015
75% The Girl King (2015) "As film, it is not up to the standards of "Orlando", another film dealing with sexual ambiguity in early Europe but the story it tells is of such interest that it demands to be seen. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 11, 2015
100% Emptying The Skies (2015) "A thrilling action drama, not about CIA agents or Mafia gangsters, but about bird lovers putting their lives on the line to prevent poachers from "emptying the skies". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 4, 2015
100% The Messenger (2015) "First they came for the dolphins, then they came for the honeybees; now they come for the songbirds. Unless we stand up for all of them, we are next. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 4, 2015
89% Stink! (2015) "A chilling exploration of the toxic underpinnings of the word "fragrance" that appears on detergents and colognes alike. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 27, 2015
93% Drone "A brilliant dissection of high technology deployed on behalf of barbaric goals. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 20, 2015
81% Kingdom Of Shadows (2015) "A film that shows the social costs of the war on drugs, a campaign that is as futile as the war on terror with three compelling main subjects. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 20, 2015
92% Frame by Frame (2015) "Four heroic photojournalists are the subjects of a film that shows both the daily realities of Afghanistan and its endurance under the Taliban that banned not only advocacy photos but wedding photos as well. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 20, 2015
No Score Yet Barge (2016) "Very fine documentary in the spirit of Studs Terkel's "Working". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 14, 2015
89% Casa Grande (2015) "Superb dissection of class and race contradictions in a society that is falling apart at the seams. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 14, 2015
89% Mediterranea (2015) "Both topically and dramatically, this is a film that matters more than most when immigration has reached an explosive status with people fleeing misery being blamed for the Paris terrorist attack. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 14, 2015
100% Democrats (2015) "Although somewhat limited by the cinéma vérité framework, this is a fascinating study of two men on the opposite of the barricades searching for a common ground. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 13, 2015
77% Where to Invade Next (2016) "Moore is as engaging as ever but the film's message is nonsense. It is more likely that France will become more like the USA than the other way around. That is how capitalism works, after all. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 6, 2015
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