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Louis Proyect

Louis Proyect
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Penetrating examination of how an avant-garde artist true to the vision of the early days of the USSR collided with the reactionary "Socialist Realism" diktats of Poland's Stalinist bureaucracy.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
86% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) The documentary hearkens back to Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life". I prefer the documentary.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
100% Last Men in Aleppo (2017) Deeply affecting portrait of two White Helmet first responders who struggle to save the lives of victims of Russian and Baathist terror.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
92% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Does not quite get to the social contradictions of New York that have turned it into a theme park for hedge fund magnates, but it does serve to show how big capital was fought by Jane Jacobs in the early 60s. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
88% The Lost City of Z (2017) Confused thematically but cinematically impressive. A study of obsession evocative of Herzog's "Aguirre, Wrath of God" but based on British rather than Spanish colonialism.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
93% Glory (2017) An absolutely devastating critique of corporate corruption in post-Communist Bulgaria. Brilliant script and performances single this film out for one of the best of 2017.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
48% The Promise (2017) "Entertainment" oriented critics obviously were not entertained by this. If you are a thoughtful person trying to get a handle on the barbarism of the 20th century, this is a good place to start.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
100% Tickling Giants (2017) Despite the light-hearted and guffaw-inspiring nature of most of the film, it is also a deadly serious look at repression in Egypt and how it might crop up here in the USA as well.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
100% Uncertain (2017) A worthy addition to the genre that includes "Vernon, Florida" and "Pleasures and Plagues of the Salton Sea".‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) Quite simply, the greatest film about a jazz musician ever. Do not miss this story of a career cut short by a "Frankie and Johnny" tragedy.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
88% Tanna (2016) No film in this genre comes close to "Tanna" in terms of story-telling expertise, acting by non-professionals, cinematography, music and political insight.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
100% The Last Laugh (2017) Nominally about whether jokes about the holocaust can be funny, it is much more an insightful look into the nature of comedy itself.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
100% P.S. Jerusalem (2015) A documentary about the clash between romantic illusions in the Zionist dream of the early 50s and the ugly reality of today's Israel embodied in a family drama. Raw and realistic.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
100% The Settlers (2017) With one settler asserting that Israel is entitled to all the land between the Nile and the Euphrates, this documentary should serve as a wake-up call especially with Trump in the White House.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Yes, the film is flawed but it is still one of the most important films to see this year for its first-time look at one of the 20th century's greatest injustices that sheds light on Ukraine's current travails.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
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
29% In Dubious Battle (2017) A dubious film based on a dubious novel.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
88% 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
84% 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
97% 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
47% 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
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
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
79% 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
83% 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
94% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) 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
93% 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
80% 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