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Louis Proyect

Louis Proyect
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Jul 28, 2016
100% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Jun 28, 2016
94% Parched (2016) Powerful melodrama that combines "Thelma and Louise" with Bollywood conventions. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
81% 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
94% 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
89% 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
86% 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
81% 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
98% 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
85% 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