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.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " If design is a fine art (YSL was the subject of a Met show), then this is a designer's "Lust for Life". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 24, 2015
No Score Yet Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children's Air and Water " Covers some of the same ground as "Gaslandia" but is remarkable for its coverage of how ordinary citizens are resisting fracking. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 17, 2015
67% Revolution (2013) " The film demonstrates how a scientific understanding of global warming is an imperative to take action in order to save ourselves as well as the sea creatures the director loves so much. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 17, 2015
96% Black Souls (2015) " Dispenses with the romanticized version of the mafia in American films and depicts the reality most Italians know: pointless violence and greed that eats away at society. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 9, 2015
75% Salvation Army (2015) " A tale that serves to subvert the romanticized version of gay life in Morocco found in Paul Bowles or William S. Burroughs. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 7, 2015
98% About Elly (2015) " A drama about guilt and responsibility set against the backdrop of male domination in Iranian society that even affects the secular and well-educated milieu depicted in this gripping drama. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 7, 2015
92% The Hand That Feeds (2015) " A "Salt of the Earth" for 2015 with a bagel shop instead of a zinc mine serving as the terrain of struggle. "The Hand that Feeds" could not be better--a masterpiece. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Apr 3, 2015
89% The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015) " Extremely droll comedy about France's (if not the world's) most controversial novelist, who turns in a great job playing himself. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 27, 2015
89% Wolf at the Door (2015) " Brazilian film noir that evokes Jim Thompson and Patricia HIghsmith. If you are into tales of obsession and murder (who isn't?), you'll love this well-written and directed debut feature. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 25, 2015
91% Jauja (2015) " Staggeringly beautiful movie with almost no story, a representative "New Argentine Film" " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 20, 2015
57% My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (2015) " Strictly for Refn fans, especially those like me trying to figure out where he went astray. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 6, 2015
62% Maps to the Stars (2015) " Cronenberg's films are always interesting to look at even when hobbled by a so-so script. Interesting that the screenwriter lets the studio brass off the hook, which indicates a certain tameness. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 6, 2015
95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) " Totally unbalanced film. The North Vietnamese army becomes the symbol of invading barbarians when as Walt Kelly put it, "We have met the enemy, and he is us." " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 13, 2015
96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Brilliant stroke to have a nebbish carrying out a one-man vendetta against a gang of bad guys rather than a Charles Bronson retread. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 12, 2015
70% The Salvation (2015) " Mostly for those who have the superior taste and intelligence to be Mads Mikkelsen fans. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 12, 2015
77% Tangerines (2015) " In an age of incestuous ties between the Pentagon and Hollywood that produces films like "American Sniper", thank god for the Estonians who remind us of what a horror war is. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 6, 2015
100% Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) " A film that despite its obvious religious overtones is much more about the hell of relationships based on commodities rather than sin. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 30, 2015
88% The Turin Horse (2012) " Deeply pessimistic but cinematically radiant take on the futility of existence. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 30, 2015
92% White God (2015) " Both a powerful statement for animal rights as well as a metaphorical commentary on the rise of racism in Hungary today. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 30, 2015
93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " A brilliant and idealistic soul sacrificed at the altar of Barack Obama's war on intellectual and political transparency. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 22, 2015
83% Ivory Tower (2014) " Very informative documentary about the corporatization of the academy, drawing from experts as well as boneheaded libertarians like Peter Thiel who hoists himself on his own petard. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 22, 2015
67% It's All So Quiet (2015) " A film that wisely allows the audience to understand the character's motivations rather than having them telegraphed. An art film in the best sense of the word. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 9, 2015
100% Valley Of Saints (2015) " A film in which a dying lake becomes a symbol of India's environmental crisis as well as of Kashmiri hopes for freedom. But it is not so much a political film as a deeply realized drama about the human condition. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 9, 2015
99% Selma (2015) " A stunning achievement and an interesting comparison to Spielberg's "Lincoln", a film that gave short shrift to Black self-emancipation, something that attests to the need for Black directors like Ava DuVernay. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 2, 2015
53% The Interview (2014) " A film of monumental stupidity. If the Rand Corporation served as a consultant, no wonder American imperialism is messing up everywhere. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 25, 2014
100% Maidan (2014) " Canny cinema verite representation of the Euromaidan struggle, one that allows Ukrainians to be put into the foreground rather than geopolitical abstractions. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 12, 2014
71% We Are The Giant (2014) " Thrilling reminder that people are ready to die for their ideals in a period of history when corruption and brutality run rampant, starting with the White House. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 12, 2014
88% Winter Sleep (2014) " A work that rivals great literary masterpieces of years past, especially Chekhov's plays but with the added visual dimension of someone who has a painterly eye. Superlative filmmaking. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 10, 2014
80% Get On Up (2014) " An utter failure to understand Brown's legacy as well as a misbegotten use of flashbacks like a time-machine gone haywire. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 5, 2014
89% The Imitation Game (2014) " If you are interested, even slightly, in what distinguished Alan Turing, this is not the film for you. It has about as much to do with his contributions to automation as does a Judd Apatow movie. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 5, 2014
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " If you are interested, even slightly, in what distinguished Stephen Hawking, this is not the film for you. It has about as much to do with his theoretical breakthroughs as does a Judd Apatow movie. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 5, 2014
88% Ornette: Made in America (2012) " A match made in heaven between avant-garde jazz and avant-garde cinema. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 2, 2014
100% Portrait of Jason (1967) " A reminder that character is the heart of drama, even in a documentary made on a shoestring. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 2, 2014
79% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) " Worth watching even if it fails to deal with the paper's troubled relationship to the power elite that effectively makes it our Pravda. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 28, 2014
67% A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014) " The real scandal at the NYT is not Jayson Blair's plagiarism but the paper of record's incestuous relationship to the military-industrial complex. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 28, 2014
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) " Astonishing work of art that both expresses and transcends the 'anime' genre. Made by a 79 year old director, it is a film for the ages. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 23, 2014
100% The King and the Mockingbird (2014) " A great satire against monarchic pretensions by artists reared in the 1930s agitprop tradition. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 23, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " Carries on in the grand Bob Clampett Warner Brothers "Porky in Wackyland" tradition. Surrealism for the six year old and the sixty year old. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 23, 2014
95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) " Quite simply the greatest film every made about the art of photography. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 14, 2014
63% Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty (2014) " Reminiscent of Michael Moore's search for Roger Smith, arguably a more toxic figure than Shorty Guzman " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 14, 2014
No Score Yet Occupy The Farm (2014) " Don't pay attention to the NY Times review. They didn't care for Occupy Wall Street either--the action itself, not any film. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 14, 2014
75% Rosewater (2014) " So an audience needs to be persuaded that Ahmadinejad and his goons are evil? Talk about breaking down an open door, not to speak of Obama's crackdown on our own investigative reporters. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 10, 2014
91% Death Metal Angola (2014) " Death Metal comes to war-torn Angola, an expression of the good side of globalization. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 8, 2014
95% Pelican Dreams (2014) " If it is a question of the survival of the pelican and outfits like BP, I'll go with the pelican. A lyrical and forceful plea for a most photogenic and charismatic creature. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 8, 2014
17% Der Turm (The Tower) (2014) " More interesting for its insights into East German society than as film art. Worth it for those trying to make sense of an end to the "End of History" nonsense defended by Francis Fukuyama. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 8, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) " Leaving aside the flaws as film (underdeveloped characters, etc.), it is worse as a message. Deriding agriculture and hyping space exploration is even more fascist than "The Dark Knight Rises". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 8, 2014
No Score Yet Die Welt " A brilliant mixture of Godard and Italian neorealism conveying a message drawn from Franz Fanon's writings. If that means anything to you, do not miss this film. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
73% Point and Shoot (2014) " Whatever motivation Matt VanDyke had for fighting in Libya, his example is far more laudable than what American fighting men do in the name of "defending democracy". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
No Score Yet The Hadza: Last Of The First (2014) " Confirmation that for 90 percent of human history greed and violence were unknown. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
No Score Yet Braddock America (2014) " This documentary shows how Great Depression-like conditions have changed consciousness in a Pennsylvania town that in the past would have inspired a Norman Rockwell painting. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
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