Charles Mudede

Charles Mudede
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T-Meter Title | Year
98% Blue Collar (1978) Blue Collar is one of the best studies of the essential flaw of the revolutionary character in the context of the oppressed. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2021
100% Downstream to Kinshasa (En Route pour le Milliard) (2021) That's the story. But what makes this film a work of cinema, which it certainly is? The answer is found in the cinematography, which is by the director and writer of the work, Hamadi. The real star of this film is black skin itself. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) I did not like Coming 2 America; but I did love Wesley Snipes' interpretation of a black African tyrant. It's pitch perfect. That man can act. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
69% Space Sweepers (2021) Maintains a fast pace, includes plot twists and turns that are not always easy to track, features lots of explosions, lots of robots, and that raw examination of capitalist class structures we have come to expect from the best of South Korea's directors - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
90% Pleasure (2021) Many might say Thyberg's Pleasure has little to no moralism it. But such an impression is wrong. Watch the film carefully. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) What does Thompson's eye want to tell us? Not only that the amazing event was retrieved from oblivion but also to make the viewer wonder why the record of such a culturally significant and beautifully filmed event... was in oblivion in the first place. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) It is an important story, but its substance is not found in the ravings of Musk, or Pothast's explanation of the spectacle under pre-capitalist conditions (Plato's cave), but simply in the unjustified social power of the NRA and GOP. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) The question that the documentary fails to ask and attempt to answer, then, is why a show of this kind was even needed in the richest country in the world? - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
95% Soul (2020) Soul is about a person who happens to be black, and not a black American film. Have no confusion about that... But the film is really funny. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Nothing in Ma Rainey can escape the pull of Boseman's personal off-screen tragedy and its powerful interaction with one of Wilson's most tragic characters. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
90% Without (2011) Without is the region's first erotic tour de force... - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
92% Holy Motors (2012) The film answers nothing and leaves all of its balls wonderfully suspended in the air. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
83% Bird (1988) Eastwood directed Bird in much the same way he plays jazz piano-not with caution, not with precision, but with a love that is supreme. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
100% Babylon (2019) The film is also visually rich. Every minute is filled with the details of a period and milieu that's rarely so crisp on film. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It is during this battle we have one of the most numinous moments in the Star Wars franchise... The scene lasts for about three or so seconds, but it's incredibly beautiful. The rest of the film was dead to me. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
94% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) It is here that the director takes a clear side, his film clearly denounces the extreme poverty that both the poachers and the rangers face. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
83% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) While watching this entertaining documentary, keep in mind the claim made by journalist Ronan Farrow: The National Enquirer has buried at least 60 super-sleazy stories about our... president. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
71% The Wandering Earth (2019) Loud, frenetic, and filled with sublime industrial and cosmic moments, blasts for fire and rockets, falling boulders and chunks of ice and blocks of concrete. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
93% Rafiki (2019) It's rare to see this side of Africa (middle-class, urban, post-postcolonial) on the screen. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
94% Transit (2019) Transit is not Petzold's first ghost story, but it is certainly his boldest and most intense. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
95% What Is Democracy? (2019) This doc, which is weirdly tranquil, explores not so much democracy but the roots of much of the misery in our one and only world. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has finally made a masterpiece. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet One Armed Swordsman (1967) If you want an idea of how the unspoken class issues of the Jedi movies could have been represented or expressed, you only have to watch martial-arts masterpiece One-Armed Swordsman. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) When together, they are madly in love, fight a lot, and make beautiful jazz. The film has a perfect ending. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
91% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) It is the fairy-tale mood that makes this movie special. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It is a carefully and beautifully crafted work that appears to be about one thing (the strong bonds of family life), but is really about something else-the way a city forces us to invent our lives. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
No Score Yet Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016) Haraway, in her work and in this documentary, critiques the cultural productions of this sociality. Her philosophy also constructs new modes of living and dying that weirdly resemble Margulis's ambient symbiotic planet. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
88% Prospect (2018) Prospect is a deeply Northwest film. We live on this strange moon. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
80% Outrage (2011) Its greatness is almost entirely found in the editing, which is cool, exact, minimalist, and rhythmically modern. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
50% Beyond Outrage (2014) The tension between the past and the future leads to lots and lots of brilliantly edited (the genius of the movie) violence. In the end, no one loses and no one wins - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
100% Tokyo Waka: A City Poem (2013) The documentary is a poem-meaning it has no narrative structure...it only captures random moments, brief ideas, snatches of scientific information about the accidental relationship between them and us. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
No Score Yet Electro Chaabi (2013) An entertaining look at a musical genre that recently emerged on the streets of Cairo. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
70% Four Corners (2013) Each character is defined by a distinct narrative drawn from Hollywood cinema...the languages, gestures, manners, thinking, and appearance of the characters are clearly South African, but they are in narrative modes that are clearly American. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
75% Documented (2014) An engaging documentary...Documented also explores Vargas's painful relationship with his mother. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
No Score Yet B for Boy (2013) This Chika Anadu film is not out to dazzle the audience, but to present a complicated picture of contemporary Nigerian culture. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
96% Manakamana (2014) What we see and enjoy is the king of cinema: the human visage. recommended - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
77% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) ...both tragic and funny. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
85% A Most Wanted Man (2014) The last minute of this film will break your heart. Good-bye, Philip Seymour Hoffman. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
93% Boogie Nights (1997) It is remarkable that [Seymour Hoffman] was able to stand out-it's packed with great performances from some of the best of the best: Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Heather Graham, and, of course, Burt Reynolds. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
98% A Summer's Tale (2014) The sheer beat of the words keeps the actors moving in time, moving in circles, moving toward or away from each other... - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) Hentoff is also an American original, a consequence of his faith in the music made by some of the most oppressed members of this society. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) [PTA] had way too much confidence in his own talent. But after watching the movie, I failed to forget its images, to stop thinking about its plot, to silence its soundtrack. It's possible that the director has a correct assessment of his artistic worth. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
60% Finding Fela! (2014) You have to learn to love his music, but once you do, it will take you to the deepest places of your soul. This film, which is built around the production of the musical, is for those who want to learn how to love Kuti. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
82% Land Ho! (2014) Amazing that they made so much out of so little. Nelson relentlessly pumps out the comedy, and Eenhoorn convincingly counters this bombardment and brings a much-needed splash of sunlight to the film's end. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
97% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) What all of this shows is that the universe has no god, and that good and evil have nothing to do with its structure. Morality is human. Greatness is immoral. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
36% Flashdance (1983) The working-class ambitions in Flashdance are not about grace but fame. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
66% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) It goes on and on and nothing much happens but this going on and on. And you can easily imagine the amazement that filled my face when I learned that it could actually have gone on and on for much longer than I saw it going. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
12% No Good Deed (2014) No Good Deed is a box-office hit. It's also a very good thriller with a deep and important message. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet Chat (2014) The main and even mesmerizing achievement in Greg Lundgren's film is that he matched the depthlessness of pornographic webcam interactions with the depthless beauty of the leading subject's face - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
38% The Liberator (2014) Despite the super-fast pace of The Liberator, which is about the rise and fall of the 19th-century South American warrior and anti-colonist Simón Bolívar, Ramirez always finds a way to give his words and moments weight. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018