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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)

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
83% 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
83% 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
93% 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
90% 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
77% 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
73% 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
96% 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
92% Drone "A brilliant dissection of high technology deployed on behalf of barbaric goals. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 20, 2015
80% 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
90% 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 "Very fine documentary in the spirit of Studs Terkel's "Working". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 14, 2015
86% 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
87% 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
76% 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
100% Song Of Lahore (2015) "How Pakistan's master musicians created a hybrid of their own style and tunes like "Take Five", which turns out to be joined at the hip to their own traditions. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 6, 2015
94% In Jackson Heights (2015) "Frederick Wiseman, now 85, has made a politically engaged film about people confronting the gentrification that is robbing NY of its soul. Great work by our greatest documentary filmmaker. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 6, 2015
71% Trumbo (2015) "Ignore the "rotten" reviews here, at least if you are looking for superlative filmmaking combined with a timely message about how the rich and the reactionary combined to silence free speech. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Nov 6, 2015
93% Sembene! (2015) "A superb introduction to the career of the father of African cinema as well as a commentary on the problems of postcolonial Africa. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 30, 2015
82% The Royal Road (2015) "An offbeat experimental film that mixes Spalding Gray type monologue, California history and film history. It starts off on a languid note but grows on you. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 29, 2015
No Score Yet Coming Home "A reminder of how documentaries are becoming the sole repository of authentic human drama in an era of escapist dreck. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 29, 2015
89% The Price We Pay (2015) "A penetrating look at how offshore tax havens in places like the Cayman Islands operate as a key neoliberal institution. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 29, 2015
94% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) "A stunning combination of art and politics. My pick for best documentary of 2015 and probably of the past decade. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 24, 2015
77% Racing Extinction (2015) "A prophetic call for action against capitalist waste of natural resources, as well as some stunningly beautiful vistas above and below the ocean. It took six years to make the film and it shows. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 23, 2015
No Score Yet Jason And Shirley "As long as you accept that this film is fiction and that its view of Shirley Clarke and Carl Lee is hateful, it is still worth seeing for its performances and bold if repellent POV. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2015
90% (T)ERROR (2015) "There have been documentaries in the past about FBI entrapment but none featuring an entrapper and entrapped. An amazing breakthrough and chilling drama. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 10, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Looking for a film in which the drama rests on fighting over whether the original Macintosh will say hello over the machine's speaker? Then this is for you. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 9, 2015
95% Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015) "Gets the street fighting and the voices of the participants right but little else. Ukraine still needs a documentary that includes scholarly experts as well as footage of fighting on the barricades. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 9, 2015
92% Dukhtar (2015) "Oddly enough, a plot similar to "Mad Max: Fury Road" but a million times more interesting--and by a first-time director, no less. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 9, 2015
96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) "Despite the modesty of means, the accomplishment is Olympian. Great as film and even greater as political protest. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Oct 2, 2015
100% The Dark Horse (2016) "The finest movie ever made about the game of chess as well as a deeply perceptive take on the brutal conditions indigenous peoples face in New Zealand. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 25, 2015
43% Endgame (2015) "A very modest film having much in common with the after-school Disney TV shows about kids and geared to kids. If you have kids that play chess, they'll enjoy this. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 25, 2015
70% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) "Stick to the HBO documentary. The film is accurate to the historical events but ironically the documentary has more drama than the fictional treatment. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 25, 2015
92% Durak (2015) "The voice of the underdog finally finds a cinematic voice in corrupt, class-divided Russia. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 17, 2015
59% The Cut (2015) "The hostility directed to this immensely powerful film by RT critics is probably a function of writing for the commercial press that prefers Adam Sandler junk. For those with a heart, this is not to be missed. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 17, 2015
93% Coming Home (2015) "Marred by a refusal to deal with politics (possibly a function of the novel it is based on), it is a moving story about the toll that the Cultural Revolution exacted on a family. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Sep 11, 2015
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