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.

Louis Proyect's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Gibney has a really great ability to consider the contradictions that made up Steve Jobs, a thorough scumbag who had an artist's flair for technology. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 28, 2015
27% Jobs (2013) "The critics screwed up on this. It is a much better film than its rating here. Take that from someone who worked in IT for 44 years and who knows the difference between "fresh" and "rotten". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 28, 2015
98% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "A bold work of art featuring a domestic servant that leaves films such as "The Butler" in the dust. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 21, 2015
100% A Sinner in Mecca (2015) "Powerful examination by a gay Muslim about the conflict between sexual identity and spirituality, reminiscent in many ways of "Trembling before G-D", the documentary about Jews similarly conflicted " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 19, 2015
96% We Come as Friends (2015) "In the new "scramble for Africa", the Africans are losers once again. The hypocrisy of Christian missionaries and UN officials are exposed by allowing them to hoist themselves on their own petards. A brilliant documentary for the ages. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 8, 2015
80% Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango "A fascinating study of how Black culture influenced if not made possible an art form commonly understood as distinctly European. And all the while illustrated by great music! " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 8, 2015
100% Still The Enemy Within "Powerful first-hand testimony from British miners on how their defeat led inevitably to the rise of the one percent. From Thatcher to Reagan, we are still paying the price. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 2, 2015
100% Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock And Roll (2015) "A brilliant combination of pop music history and geopolitical analysis. It arrives on VOD platforms (IMovie, Amazon, etc.) on August 4, 2015--not to be missed. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 2, 2015
88% Still Alice (2015) "A very fine screenplay based on a novel written by a neuroscience researcher with a PhD from Harvard who obviously knew the territory, including the life-style of its mandarin lead character toppled by Alzheimers. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jul 20, 2015
80% A Hard Day (2015) "While nominally a cops and robber film, it often seems inspired by Buster Keaton and Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry". A brilliant and hilarious genre-bending delight. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jul 13, 2015
100% Court (2015) "Powerful drama serving to illustrate the Kafkaesque and repressive nature of the Indian judicial system. The film might have easily been called "Kangaroo Court". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jul 13, 2015
No Score Yet Notre poison quotidien (Our Daily Poison) (2011) "A fine piece of investigative reporting about the incestuous relationship between companies like Monsanto and the government agencies that supposedly are for protecting society rather than profits. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 27, 2015
83% Runoff (2015) "A little too reluctant to take a stand against chemicals but worth seeing for its empathy for its main character who is forced to carry out a crime that puts her in league with Monsanto. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 27, 2015
86% The Tribe (2015) "In what amounts to pantomime, the actors convey more psychologically and reveal more about their characters than 99 percent of the films coming out of Hollywood today. Bravo! " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 16, 2015
67% The Wanted 18 (2015) "Like "Catch 22" or "Mash", an absurdist comedy about the tragedy inflicted on Palestinian people when a tiny dairy farm became a "security risk". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 12, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "Faster and louder than the original but lacking in the character development and wit. If you enjoy a dinosaur making a meal out of men in 3D ad infinitum ad nauseam, be my guest. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 12, 2015
94% Charlie's Country (2015) "David Gulipil is Australia's gift to great film as always--in the latest he is also co-author of the screenplay that renders white injustice vividly, evoking Ferguson, Missouri. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 7, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "A precipitous decline from "Beyond Thunderdome". " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 22, 2015
No Score Yet Wrenched (1998) "Probing examination of the art, life and activism of a seminal figure in the American environmentalist movement. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 15, 2015
No Score Yet Speed Sisters "Beguiling tale of three young Palestinian women with a love for fast cars trying to hone their skills under conditions of occupation and insecurity. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 12, 2015
No Score Yet Peace Officer (2015) "Amazing story about the militarization of the police that connects white bread Utah with Black Lives Matter. Documentary filmmaking at its best. " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 12, 2015
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
97% 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
97% 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
93% 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
82% 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
90% 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
60% 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
69% 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
83% 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
91% 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
82% 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
51% 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
89% 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
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