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Louis Proyect

Louis Proyect
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
100% The Ruins of Lifta (2016) Although in many ways an unrealizable project, Menachem Daum's attempt at reconciliation with Palestinians is a reminder that Jewish ethics is not necessarily a contradiction in terms when it comes to Israel.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
100% Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016) A reminder of how documentary filmmakers are using the videocamera in the same way that earlier generation of revolutionaries used the printing press. BRAVO!‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Pay no attention to the "rottens". This is vintage Oliver Stone and powerful story-telling about a true American hero.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
94% Command and Control (2016) A close call with a gargantuan catastrophe and a risk that still exists as long as nuclear weapons exist.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
95% Neruda (2016) A fascinating examination of the role of radical artist in bourgeois society that prioritizes the drama of an individual rather than the social drama of a crackdown that anticipated Pinochet. Despite that, it is great filmmaking. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
38% Come What May (2016) A poignant tale of a mass exodus that will certainly relate to today's tragedy, even if some shallow film critics can't make that connection.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016) A film that explains the Arab Spring better than any documentary. My pick for the best foreign film of 2016 for now. I doubt that anything will surpass it.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016) While rescuing Jews has been the subject of a number of fictional films, it takes a documentary to do justice to the decency of Waitstill and Martha Sharp.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
100% Landfill Harmonic (2016) While "inspiring" is a hackneyed term in film reviews, in this case it really applies.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
94% Starving The Beast (2016) Does for the attack on public universities what Charles Ferguson's "Inside Job" did for (or against) Wall Street chicanery in 2010. An exemplary film.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
83% In Order of Disappearance (2016) A black comedy of the sort that Quentin Tarantino made before he burned out. "Pulp Fiction" with a Norwegian accent.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
89% Fatima (2016) A quiet and subdued family drama about the struggle of Algerian immigrants to make a life in France today, a film that is ever so timely in light of the Islamophobia gripping the country.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
No Score Yet At All Costs (2016) Evocative of "Hoop Dreams" but much more about the hopes of becoming rich rather than escaping poverty. Good story-telling and very perceptive about the corporatization of high school basketball programs.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
No Score Yet The Business of Amateurs (2016) This is the definitive documentary on the big business of amateur sports covering NCAA exploitation, the risks of CTE and the general slave-like conditions of the gladiators who generate obscene profits for places like USC.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
100% Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016) Absorbing documentary on the erosion of abortion rights that leads to interrogation of how this could happen with a White House verbally committed to such rights.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
100% Homo Sapiens (2016) A documentary that is far more frighteningly dystopian than any Mad Max movie because it is real.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
99% Cameraperson (2016) A selection from 24 films by an outstanding cameraperson and human being. With all due respect to Shelly, it is documentarians who are "the unacknowledged legislators of the world".‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Werner Herzog is always in search of the obsessed oddball, either a German-American inspired to become a pilot after seeing allied bombers destroying his village or now computer engineers. There is only one Werner Herzog, god bless him.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2016
88% Indian Point (2016) The definitive look at the nuclear power industry focused on a plant that conceivably lead to a disaster greater than Fukushima..‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
100% At The Fork (2016) A remarkably intelligent case for the humane treatment of farm animals only marred by the inclusion of Whole Foods CEO who exploits prison labor for products in his grocery stores.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) A wonderful mash-up of "Easy Rider" and John Hughes teen comedies done in neo-New Wave style and completely irresistible.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) Brilliant film-making combined with historical accuracy. Pay no attention to the "Rotten" reviews here. As someone who has written 25 articles on the Civil War, I consider this the final word on racism's vicious legacy and how good men fought it.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
94% Parched (2016) Powerful melodrama that combines "Thelma and Louise" with Bollywood conventions. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
90% Art Bastard (2016) Sick of art as commodity, with sharks in formaldehyde tanks? This is the film for you. (Ignore the Village Voice review since this worthless newspaper is part of the problem, not the solution.)‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
No Score Yet My Father's Vietnam (2015) A powerful look at the psychological and mortal consequences of the Vietnam war on two GI's from privileged families that benefits from the testimony of uniquely self-aware and articulate men and women.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted May 24, 2016
98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) Steve Hoover took considerable risks in making a film about a pastor who takes his Christianity seriously. If we had more directors and pastors like these two, the world would be in a lot better shape.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
70% Sin Alas (2015) Much better on human drama than social history with some unfortunate anti-Communist cliches. Above all, a powerful cinematic undertaking by a young director/screenwriter.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
83% Hockney (2016) Mesmerizing documentary on an artist who is both modern and very old-fashioned in his painterly approach. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) Totally brilliant. Like an episode of "The Walking Dead" directed by Akira Kurosawa or Sam Peckinpah.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
100% Class Divide (2016) A brilliant take onthe hypergentrification that made funky old Chelsea the hq of buildings that now have individual swimming pools in apartments like a Scrooge McDuck comic book from the 50s.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) Astonishingly perceptive take on what it means to be a victim of capitalist progress. An amazingly political film from a director who has not made such a film in the past. Not to be missed.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
88% Havana Motor Club (2016) A vastly entertaining documentary about the underground drag racing scene in Cuba that is also about as informative a take on the social and economic reforms being pushed by Raul Castro as you can find anywhere.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
94% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) A philosopher best known for the "banality of evil" comment about Eichmann who deserves to be understood in her full depth. This film helps flesh her out.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) An amiable enough movie although it has about as much to do with the real Chet Baker as "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer" has to do with our 16th President.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
No Score Yet We Like It Like That (2016) A joyous mix of social history and musicology.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) Another demonstration of Farhadi's ability to diagnose his country's ills through the microcosm of the family drama.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
93% Censored Voices (2015) Despite being in the now popular Israeli hand-wringing genre, one that doesn't envision ending the Zionist system that makes IDF soldiers et al feel soul-sick, this is worth seeing for its honesty and germaneness to current Israeli horrors.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
85% Boom Bust Boom (2016) Whoever could have dreamed that economics could be so much fun? I guess that goes with the territory when it is explained by people of the left in a film in the Monty Python tradition.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
100% Here Come the Videofreex (2016) Want to have a vicarious experience on how great it was to be a 60s rebel? This is the film to see.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
100% They Will Have to Kill Us First (2016) Beautiful music and a good introduction to the complexity of Malian/Tuareg politics. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
99% Timbuktu (2015) Suffers from a certain reductionism with respect to the jihadists but then again that is to be expected in an epoch when Islam is a dirty word almost universally. Could have been better but still worth seeing.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
No Score Yet The Virus of Fear (El virus de la por) (2016) Tightly coiled drama of swimming instructor falsely accused of molesting a boy. Thematically related to "The Hunt" but more in common with the theater than the typical film. All in all, a gripping tale.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
93% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) Despite the title, not at all a "fan" tribute to a group that like so many others in the mad 1960s imploded through a combination of state repression and its own ineptitude‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) More educational than all the seminars you can take at place at NYU or UCLA over a decade put together.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
86% The Iron Ministry (2015) A subtly political film about the hopes and frustrations of ordinary Chinese citizens that is as dramatic in its own odd way as a kung-fu costume drama.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
89% Meru (2015) A film about a climb more daredevilish than Philippe Petit's tightrope walk. Brilliantly filmed by the climbers who are as good at cinema as in climbing up the face of a mountain.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
95% Amy (2015) Fascinating in a voyeuristic way. A demonstration beyond doubt that celebrity is as life-threatening as the bite of a Black Mamba.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
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
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
92% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016