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Louis Proyect

Louis Proyect
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Posted Jan 10, 2017
100% 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
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
Posted Jan 3, 2017
No Score Yet Kedi (2017) A reminder that Istanbul can be a place of great warmth and solidarity even extended to street cats. ‐ Counterpunch.org
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
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
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
Posted Jan 3, 2017
37% 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
Posted Dec 30, 2016
No Score Yet 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
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
Posted Dec 10, 2016
93% 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
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 25, 2016
81% 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
Posted Nov 22, 2016
83% 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
Posted Nov 22, 2016
81% 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
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
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
Posted Nov 18, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Octopuses from outer space can't begin to compete with Klaatu or ET. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
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
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
Posted Nov 9, 2016
89% 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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 22, 2016
70% 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
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
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
Posted Oct 7, 2016
72% 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
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
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
Posted Sep 30, 2016
93% 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
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
Posted Sep 30, 2016
92% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Sep 13, 2016
96% 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
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
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
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
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
Posted Sep 8, 2016
93% 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
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
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