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:
761
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
NYC

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
80% 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% Pelo malo " 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
63% 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
83% 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
79% 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
—— 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
—— 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
83% 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
—— 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
—— Watchtower (2014) " Hauntingly beautiful film about two lost souls seeking redemption in the ruggedly beautiful mountains of the Black Sea region in Turkey. Art film at its best." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 22, 2014
59% Mutluluk (Bliss) (2009) " A powerful tale of two young people relying on the kindness of a disenchanted professor to escape the vendetta of a backward Turkish village. Based on a novel by one of Turkey's greatest progressive minds." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 22, 2014
60% Chaplin of the Mountains (2014) " A road movie through liberated Kurdish territory in northern Iraq. The personality of the wonderful Kurdish people shines through." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 22, 2014
—— Êk Momik, Du Momik... (2014) " Brilliant comedy about a serious question: forced marriage and physical abuse of women in Kurdish society. Director Rosebiani edifies while he entertains. A must-see." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 22, 2014
58% The Returned (2014) " A zombie movie in which the normal people are to be feared. Modest in scope, but very effective." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 18, 2014
86% It's Better to Jump (2013) " Ignore the one obviously Zionist "rotten" below. This is a terrific documentary about the resistance to a vulgar and soulless gentrification of a beautiful and historic old city. The story of Zionist brutality in a microcosm." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 8, 2014
48% Zaytoun (2013) " Despite its "The Defiant Ones" liberal Zionist pieties, there's solid drama and performances. " — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 8, 2014
38% Mars At Sunrise (2014) " A dream-like collage of the Palestinian experience focused on its artist lead character. An art movie in the best sense of the term." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 8, 2014
89% Omar (2014) " Has all the electricity of a Jason Bourne movie but the truth of the Palestinian people suffering under a brutal occupation. Not to be missed." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 8, 2014
77% After the Dark (2014) " A thought experiment about who gets picked to survive a nuclear Armageddon. Intelligent dialog about utilitarian ethical choices." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 6, 2014
100% 7 Boxes (2014) " A charming mash-up of a Guy Ritchie style crime caper movie and Italian neorealism about the Paraguayan poor." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Feb 6, 2014
93% The Hunt (2013) " A profoundly important subject--the "repressed memories" witch-hunts--dramatized superbly with a top-notch cast. Deserves not only best foreign picture of the year award, but best picture period." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 31, 2014
56% Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America (2014) " The artistic achievements and personal torments of one of Latin America's greatest vocal artists and the conscience of her continent." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 24, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Battle scenes have about as much realism as "Kill Bill". Politics are vintage Chuck Norris/Sylvester Stallone." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 13, 2014
78% The Banshee Chapter (2014) " X-Files style horror movie based on MK-Ultra drug experiments. Ted Levine as a Hunter Thompson character is superb. On a budget, the film is a lot scarier than most of the more expensive "apparition" type movies showing up at the Cineplex." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 10, 2014
63% Generation War (2014) " Marred by unlikely coincidences that rob the film of realist foundations, it is still worth watching for its confrontation with Germany's barbaric past." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 10, 2014
93% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " A neorealist jewel about a country unlucky enough to enjoy being "liberated" from socialism." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 10, 2014
100% Khyi rgan (Old Dog) (2013) " Stunning mixture of understated social criticism and minimalism a la Kurismaki." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 4, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) " Casting Christian Bale as a Bronx Jew makes as much sense as casting Woody Allen as a Baptist minister from Alabama, not that casting Woody Allen in Bale's role would have saved this mess of a film." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 3, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The director of this film plagiarized "Goodfellas" but did a poor job. Not half as interesting as the original." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 3, 2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " As a long-time leftist, I expected something like "Norma Rae". It was much more Harry Potter or Twilight." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 28, 2013
78% 42 (2013) " While the film leaves out the civil rights movement that played a role in making Branch Rickey's mind up that segregated baseball was done, it is still first-rate. Family entertainment of the best kind." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 25, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " A great story as well as the greatest pairing of a male nonbeliever an a female believer since "The African Queen"." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 24, 2013
88% Django Unchained (2012) " Overlong, self-indulgent garbage with a portrayal of a "house Negro" that is a grotesque distortion of a sad reality. " — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 23, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Two hours of torture and degradation were done much better in "Saw" or "Hostel". This is not a Major Statement about slavery but one about a visual artist's preoccupation with pain--just like his misbegotten "Hunger"." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 22, 2013
99% Wadjda (2013) " A kindred spirit to "Offside" and "Persepolis", this film is ten times more inspiring than "Breakaway", another tale of an underdog and a bicycle. A must-see." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 22, 2013
94% The Past (2013) " Not just deserving of an Oscar for best foreign film of 2013 (Iran's official nominee) but best picture--period." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 22, 2013
—— Two Lessons (2013) " A documentary that evokes Robert Bresson and a welcome sign that Polish cinema might be going through some kind of renaissance. Pure poetry using the humblest of human material." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 18, 2013
93% Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2013) " The film towers over all the Hollywood animated films about ogres, monsters, and archfiends like Mount Everest over an ants' nest. Japanese animation at its pinnacle." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 15, 2013
88% The Wind Rises (2014) " The swan song in an illustrious career. With its reference to Thomas Mann's "Magic Mountain", this is obviously a film geared to adults. But bring the kids since they will be enchanted by the airplanes, just as I was." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 15, 2013
52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " More Jean-Claude Van Damme than Woody Guthrie or John Steinbeck. And not very good Van Damme at that." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 10, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " Tis the season of misanthropic condescension. First "Inside Lleywn Davis" and now this hateful mess." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 10, 2013
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