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Louis Proyect

Louis Proyect
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Irada (2017) Despite its Bollywood conventions, this is not an escapist film but one that deals with a social problem facing India and the entire world: corporate environmental despoliation and the cancer epidemic‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
24% In Dubious Battle (2017) A dubious film based on a dubious novel.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
83% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The visceral excitement of "Wages of Fear" combines with a sharp critique of "Good War" mythology. Brilliant filmmaking with a moral edge.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
100% Keep Quiet (2017) Could an anti-Semite renounce decades of ideological zealotry and become an observant Jew after discovering that his grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor? Maybe or maybe not. The film allows you to make your own conclusion.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
88% Left on Purpose (2017) Did the retreat of the 60s radicalization ultimately lead to Mayer Vishner's suicide? Depression was also a factor as this deeply moving film indicates.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
60% Joy (2015) A briskly entertaining film about a woman who "makes it" as an entrepreneur, even if the film fosters Horatio Alger type illusions in a period of deep capitalist decline.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
82% The Founder (2017) Despite a tendency to veer toward something out of the McDonalds PR department, a briskly entertaining look at Ray Kroc's sleazy business practices.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
96% De Palma (2016) You'll learn more about the art of filmmaking in this documentary than from any course in the UCLA or NYU film school.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
94% Life, Animated (2016) A film that makes you want to stand up and cheer at the ending, much more than the routinely "inspirational" films shown in Multiplexes.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) More interesting as a portrait of James Baldwin than it is of the men he planned to write about but compelling nonetheless.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
No Score Yet The Modern Jungle (La Selva Negra) (2016) A fascinating deconstruction of ethnographic films that still remains faithful to the genre it belongs to.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
100% The Sunshine Makers (2017) Terrific story of two men and the revolutionary period they lived in made all the more powerful by their defiance of society's norms as septuagenarians.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
No Score Yet Go North (2017) An update of "Lord of the Flies" taking place in a post-apocalyptic Detroit rather than a Pacific island. A much better example of this genre than the Mad Max franchise.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
82% They Call Us Monsters (2017) When a year in prison cost more than a year in an Ivy League college, something is deeply wrong--and even wronger when it is spent on a 13 year old juvenile offender. This documentary puts a spotlight on the pathology of those who made such a system.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
No Score Yet After the Spill (2015) Sick of those BP ads that claim everything has returned to normal? This is the film for you.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
100% Kedi (2017) A reminder that Istanbul can be a place of great warmth and solidarity even extended to street cats.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
No Score Yet Watani: My Homeland (2016) Should be seen by all Americans as part of the necessary process of understanding Syrian refugees and why a tyranny forced millions to seek asylum.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
100% Stray Dog (2015) An object lesson in avoiding stereotypes. A tattooed biker in southern Missouri looks like a Trump voter but is far more enlightened on immigrant rights than most.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
No Score Yet First Lady of the Revolution (2016) Fascinating oral history about Costa Rican social history from a nonagenarian still sharp as a tack and very engaging.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
39% Alone in Berlin (2017) Ignore the "Rottens", at least if you are a politically aware person eager to see how people of conscience dared to throw a monkey-wrench in the Nazi machine.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
100% Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past (2017) Vince Giordano is a national treasure dedicated to performances of classic jazz but never musty. Indeed, you feel like you have visited the 1920s in a time machine watching the Nighthawks perform. The film does his work justice.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Fascinating tale of an autodidact who died at the age of 32 leaving behind a body of work that ranks among the 20th century's most valuable.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
92% Hidden Figures (2017) Great story and powerful performances in a film that dramatizes a neglected aspect of the Civil Rights movement.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
No Score Yet Merci patron! (2016) This is the kind of film Michael Moore has a reputation for making but does not deserve. If his latest depicted France as a liberal utopia, this one shows the grim reality--but with humor.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
100% Asperger's Are Us (2016) Four young men with Asperger's discover that comedy is the best cure for what ails them.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
100% Off the Rails (2016) A bittersweet documentary about a man who lived to drive subway trains and buses under false identity, the kind of work real employees regard as oppressive. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Both a breezy entertainment and a profound statement on the pursuit of the Bitch Goddess success in American capitalists society.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
78% Magnus (2016) Mostly of interest for chess enthusiasts, it is a fascinating study of someone as gifted as Bobby Fischer but not burdened by madness.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) As much a documentary on Kurosawa, the film is a reminder of how much we have lost since the golden age of cinema was replaced by the bottom-line barbarianism of the Hollywood studios.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
82% Denial (2016) This film benefits from a screenplay written by David Hare, arguably Britain's finest living playwright, who eschewed holocaust film cliches. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
No Score Yet Circle of Poison (2015) It is the definitive film critique of pesticides that benefits from a wide array of scientific experts and activists including Weir himself who has credentials as both.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
No Score Yet Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2016) Poignant study of a Jewish writer in exile that evokes the period we are living through now.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Octopuses from outer space can't begin to compete with Klaatu or ET.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
79% Barry (2016) Filled with implausible incidents meant to buttress the premise that Obama was an outside to both Blacks and whites and generally devoid of any deep psychological or political insights, it is worth watching on Netflix just for laughs.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
100% National Bird (2016) By far the most effective treatment in either documentary or narrative film of the war crimes that will be linked with Barack Obama for decades to come.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
90% All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016) Useful survey of the left media but the notion of I.F. Stone having something in common with millionaire blue-dog Democrat Michael Moore is patently absurd.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
100% Peter and the Farm (2016) More like Charles Bukowski than Henry David Thoreau, the eponymous farmer featured in this brilliant film is a reminder that documentaries are often far better than narrative films in character development.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
100% Finding Babel (2016) Whether your interest in Babel is purely literary or political or like mine a combination of both, this is a must-see film. It will make you want to read his great works for the first time or once again like me. A superb production.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
84% The Ivory Game (2016) The first film since John Huston's "Roots of Heaven" that makes you want to support sainthood for the activists trying to end elephant poaching.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
71% Before the Flood (2016) A stunning achievement that despite its understandable inability to ground its critique in the capitalist system that is the root of all our problems, this film is both timely and insightful.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
90% Into the Inferno (2016) A reminder that volcanoes can be just as deadly as grizzly bears and just as much of an inspiration for arguably the world's greatest septuagenarian director. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
No Score Yet Homeland: Iraq Year Zero (2016) An outstanding film both artistically and politically. I only wish that there were parts 3 and 4. Unique for its being made by a victim of the US made by a native of the country . Not to be missed by serious political people. My pick for best doc of 2016.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Finally a film about slavery by an American director that is the artistic and political peer to Gillo Pontecorvo's "Burn". ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2016
97% 13th (2016) Another work of genius from one of America's outstanding directors and social critics. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2016
No Score Yet The Hurt Business (2016) Everything you ever wanted to know about the fastest growing spectator sport with fighters who despite the violence of their craft are smart, articulate and likable. Highly recommended.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
94% Among the Believers (2016) Surprise-surprise. Young boys and girls become Islamic fundamentalists in order to get a meal and a roof over their head. The answer is not Predator drones but ending inequality.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) In the 60s the left used to refer to the cops as an occupying army. This fine documentary shows how reality has caught up with the rhetoric.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
93% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Ken Loach at his very best. It might be subtitled "Why Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader". Succeeds as social commentary and as the story of an individual. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
61% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) Pay no attention to the "rottens". This is an outstanding film by the Dardennes about the difficulties of living a moral life under capitalism.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
90% SEED: The Untold Story (2016) A model of scientific insight, story-telling and cinematic panache that reminds us that the future of life under capitalism is guarded at best.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016