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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismaki's offbeat imagination and subversive charm remain in evidence here. But that irreverent stylistic mix with serious and heart wrenching issues surrounding the current refugee crisis in Europe, lends a perplexing, missed opportunity to this film.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
95% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) A powerful blueprint for saving public libraries from predatory urban removal developers, intent on demolishing and grabbing the land right under them - and in effect community centers for the masses by default, in a society lacking them under capitalism.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
29% The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2017) This bittersweet political satire uncovers the shameful collusion of Hollywood with Franco back then - the roots of fascism in this country today. And Penelope as a new kind of anti-fascist female action hero - move over Wonder Woman and Atomic Blonde.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
62% The Ice Cream Truck (2017) A scary world filled with everyday, distinctly frightening stuff for women in the real world yet to be mined as fuel for horror in movies - who knew. And kicking in a new and different kaleidoscope of bizarre, amusing and unconventional at the same time.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
100% California Typewriter (2017) Though I'm more of an old school pen and paper person myself, there's no point resisting Richard Polt's movement ode to just how The Revolution Will Be Typewritten. Or for that matter, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. And, the last film of Sam Shepard. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
13% A Family Man (2017) Minus the less would have been more family illness plot point distraction, the film evokes an admirable confrontation of art vs capitalism and what should matter most, whether in US society or the actors of conviction opting for small projects like these.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
No Score Yet Beauty Mark (2017) Thornton's extraordinary performance conjures such powerful emotional horror and desperation, that audiences have little choice but to be carried along with her into the dramatic vortex of her unrelenting plight. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
No Score Yet The American Media and the 2nd Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (2017) The film covers already well trodden ground. Nevertheless, introducing these detailed revelations to younger generations not privy to those discussions and debates over the years as older audiences have been, is a worthy and enlightening endeavor.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
13% Black Rose (2017) Both conventional thriller and subversive political noir. Symbolically channeling false flags, deep state intelligence subterfuge, and the new Cold War. But somehow conceiving peace and cooperation between the US and Russia - even if it's just a movie.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
31% The Assignment (2017) Unconventional, flamboyant, daring, provocative, and with Hill's playful when not pathologically crafted preference for outsiders. And more about masculinized females or its opposite as gender neutral ruthlessness, than transsexual anxiety as an issue.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
No Score Yet Nebel im August (2016) A bizarre film delving into the elimination of those considered 'defective' - a dress rehearsal for the holocaust to come. But where instead of Nazi stock villains - delusional, both elegant and creepy health care workers perform imagined acts of mercy.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
60% Sophie and the Rising Sun (2017) An eloquent, and both captivating and terrifying story playing out on the eve of the US entry into WW II, the film connects the Jim Crow South, and racism against Japanese Americans. And women bonding together in crisis for better - and often much worse. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
81% Mean Dreams (2017) Paxton's last completed movie before his passing, Mean Dreams may signify his own life journey in the title, surviving Hollywood in his own brash and heartfelt way. And in the generation gap road movie to basically nowhere - it would seem to be the point.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
38% Brimstone (2017) The religious fundamentalism ideologically rooted in this country finds allegorical terror in the diabolical Preacher. Reveling in the brutality, fanaticism and warped self-righteousness ultimately at the dark, messianic heart of US exceptionalism today. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
71% Road to the Well (2016) Moody millennial noir channeling a dispossessed generation kicking in, emotionally favors a lockdown, been there done that gloomy, fractured despair. Though this twisted ride to nowhere and back, serves up intriguing and impressive detours along the way. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
96% Menashe (2017) 'The Three Things That Bring A Man Happiness, Says The Talmud: A nice wife, a nice house, and nice dishes.' And how coming to light, is the way in which forced marriages can psychologically scar males too - who knew. Quirky Un-Orthodox Hasidic tale rules.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
87% Dying Laughing (2017) Functioning like a metaphorical Freudian couch with intimations of Rupert Pupkin reveries, the film proceeds at a lively pace, soliciting surprisingly damaged soul standup introspective revelations. Along with peculiar interlude moments of found poetry. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
56% Wheeler (2017) The on screen proceedings drop hints about Dorff himself, of celebrityhood versus anonymity that come with the ambivalence of fame. And a possibly personal closeted desire to slip into another person's random skin and out of the limelight, for a change.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
No Score Yet Generation Zero (2010) Teabagger Cinema. The inaugural Steve Bannon Tea Party cinema doc boasts combo right wing egghead think tank talking heads and angry white middle class rants. Invoking intimidating biblical scriptures fused with menacing rotting fruit and money on fire.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
67% Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007) The Kabbalah meets the Kinsey Reports, in this Madonna style mystical erotic brew. And a somewhat biased male take on thwarted female desires, along with simmering same sex homoerotic religious expressive tendencies.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
83% Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016) Friending The Klan - warts and all. An unusually honest, simultaneously puzzling and provocative mission-fueled bromance of a somewhat itinerant one man political psychotherapist, determined to disarm racists. Or at least one white supremacist at a time. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
89% Loving (2016) A critical story as well about how white rearing in a mostly black rural setting remote from brutal Jim Crow Virginia, lends optimism to spontaneous racial harmony far from institutional repression imposed via unnatural manufactured difference and fear. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Sorry, the dubious positive critical response, begs the question of Baldwin's intent to disturb and provoke, not placate guilt-free white privilege. And with the ironic effect of twisting the notion of The Other, as not me but 'those whites over there.' ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
84% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) Veering between sumptuously painterly and watching paint dry. While throughout the interminable running time bedside vigil, the characters displaying far greater endurance than we do within this extreme reality check-free zone ordeal, is not a good sign.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) As horrifying as the scenes of suffering and apparent if not imminent death are for these migrants, Rosi situates them as backdrop to the ordinary or humorous lives of oblivious locals. And continuing a Western tradition of exotic rendering of the Other.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
91% Uncle Howard (2016) Though well meaning and emotionally genuine, Aaron's assertion that 'Howard's was an unfinished story long after he left this earthly world' unfortunately comes off as all too true - a film requiring more momentum to effectively honor its subject matter.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Paterson, The Movie And The Melancholy Muse: The thwarted artist as whimsical working stiff in these economic hard times. And this typical economically depressed town, yet quirky and daffy, in the symbolically laden shadow of that bustling NYC metropolis.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2016
96% 13th (2016) A devastating indictment of the loathsome corporate mass incarceration servitude, along with their creeping privatization of everything. And that the Oscars must finally recognize documentaries for awards in the Best Film and Best Director categories.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Both Stone's cat and mouse intrigue and Snowden's Red State/Blue State online dating object of desire delight at watching his 'inner liberal grow,' lighten the heavily detailed proceedings somewhat, in this moody surveillance state egghead thriller. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Most compelling, is how in a rare moment of collective solidarity, rapidly assembled crews spontaneously came together to save everyone. And that's quite an unusual sighting in a movie these days, with the deepening divisive climate in society right now.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
87% Pete's Dragon (2016) Subplots including environmental consciousness for kids never materialize enough for this mostly somber tall tale, to latch on to a clearing out of these woods. Not to mention a little Paul Bunyan pick-me-up that might have lightened up the proceedings.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) Ironically right winger D'Souza in his actually not so secret hit on Hillary now peppering the Internet as well, may send audiences in the opposite direction left - to Jill Stein. While never answering one pressing question - Who funded your pricey movie.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
79% The Phenom (2016) Oddly a sports movie about baseball for eggheads and equally baseball for dummies. Which has as much on its mind literally as what's going down on the playing field - and may go a long way towards engaging both competitive sports couch potato audiences.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
46% Free State of Jones (2016) A suppressed US history of guerrilla warfare rural revolution reignited now by Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and youth in economic crisis fueling the emerging rebel impulses defying the current election. Intimating as well the roots of Dem election rigging.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Tall tale, long story. Not to mention Dahl's own darkly subconscious subtext counting institutional child abuse, school bullying, PTSD - and Dahl himself rather a giant, at six feet six inches. Along with narrative violations of the Geneva Conventions.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Swiss Army Man has an infectiously deadpan tone and both actors are exceptionally good at humanizing even the most out there situations.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) Not into complying with whatever stereotypical scraps are allotted to older actresses in movies, Field embraces her character with geriatric gusto. Displaying elder empowerment with eccentric charm and bold sexual desire - however freaky or fantastical.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
33% The Congressman (2016) Mr. Smith Does Not Go To Washington. Hey, a dramatic film actually about something. In this case, Treat Williams does dismayed and dropping out of DC politics, as The Congressman. But first invoking Sen. Margaret Chase Smith denouncing McCarthy back then.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2016
36% Sacrifice (2016) A rare female role as smart and fearless for an actress, in this feminist investigative thriller. Not to mention buried metaphorical truths in folklore about the plight of women, in this case historical male envy and ensuing domination over female bodies.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2016
No Score Yet Shadow World (2016) What do Reagan, Thatcher, Tony Blair and Obama have in common? According to Shadow World, plenty. And having to do with covert roles as brokers for the arms trade in perpetrating endless war, 35,000 lobbyists, and a corporate coup d'etat in slow motion.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2016
88% My Scientology Movie (2017) BBC reporter Theroux ventures into the murky depths of the intimidating religious corporate empire. Casting himself as protagonist on a co-journey with a former leader turned whistleblower defector. While uncovering why the Feds gave the church a pass.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 1, 2016
71% Darling (2016) An unconventionally conceived workplace horror movie and surreal home invasion thriller. But more impressively visual than visceral, as cityscape craft upstages storytelling, conceding to gore that ultimately loses its way in search of character depth.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 1, 2016
38% Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016) The most talked about film not at Tribeca. With Vaxxed axxed as unintended but hardly unrelated sequel of sorts, both implicating the US medical industrial complex interests more freaked about prospective lawsuits in the billions. Tobacco industry alert.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 1, 2016
52% Lolo (2016) Raw social satire tackling single motherhood, gender wars and generation gaps from an at times frantic, alternately bubbly and brutal female perspective.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 1, 2016
53% Standoff (2016) Thomas Jane and Laurence Fishburne in a very different sort of faceoff, of post-military conflict damaged souls in this PTSD psychological crime thriller. As one struggles against his inner demons, and the other succumbs to the mental ravages of war.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
95% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) Delving into the historic struggles of the Women's Movement of the last century. Where did the basic rights females young and old enjoy today come from, and what fierce social struggles in the 20th century made them possible, and still relevant today.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
100% Peace Officer (2015) Or more likely not. An explosive investigative documentary about the deadly militarization of police in this country. And one of its victims - ironically a Utah sheriff who first introduced SWAT teams into his state. An emotionally shattering revelation.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
55% Jack of the Red Hearts (2015) Youth in social and economic crisis today converges with autism, and struggling to come of age in this troubled world. Based on the challenges of the director raising her own autistic child, and raw and real mixed with plenty of tough love empathy too. ‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
90% Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016) An outsider looking in voyeurism veering offensively close to being more about the filmmaker's fixation on her immigrant alienation - if not a blatant exotic poverty porn aesthetic - than the brutal internal isolation of her subjects absent of causality. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
28% The Letters (2015) A tale of two Mother Teresa's: On the brink of Vatican sainthood just announced, holy healer or 'hell's angel'? Expect an essentially nuance-free infomercial embrace of the former, despite ironic inklings of nun feminism challenging male church authority.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016