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Rating Title/Year Author
Color Out of Space (2019) Louis Proyect Nicholas Cage, America's greatest living actor, turns in splendid scenery-chewing performance in this film based on a H.P. Lovecraft short story. It doesn't get better than this. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
American Factory (2019) Louis Proyect Billionaire from "communist" China buys former GM plant and pays workers less than what McDonald's pays. Evidence that capitalism victimizes workers across the planet, whatever the ideology. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Xiong Nian Zhi Pan (2017) Louis Proyect Suppressing labor organizers in the name of Communism. That's the reality depicted in this essential film. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
1917 (2019) Louis Proyect A rancid propaganda film with video game aesthetics. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
Earth (Erde) (2019) Louis Proyect A most timely film in the light of a looming Sixth Extinction brought on by capitalist "development". EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Louis Proyect Reminiscent of both "Faust" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" but with a B-Movie esthetic. The Terminator's son is excellent as Hyde. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Louis Proyect Scorsese called this film "death-haunted". It is also haunted by the myth of making America great again. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
The Garden Left Behind (2019) Louis Proyect Groundbreaking film on transgender people. Look for it on VOD starting December 13, 2019--an Xmas present for film lovers and those of good will. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Rojo (2018) Louis Proyect Set in Argentina a year before the military coup of 1976 that turned the country into a torture chamber, it is a searing portrait of the middle-class complacency that relied on. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
Saving Atlantis (2018) Louis Proyect Given the oligarchic attack on biodiversity worldwide, this film is essential for the fight for humanity's future. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
The Elephant Queen (2018) Louis Proyect Despite some Disney-style anthropomorphizing, this is a transcendent story of how African elephants cope with a drought. The subtitle might have been "Ecology of a Waterhole", EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Louis Proyect A probing view of how a failed African state allows poaching to continue, no matter the lofty speeches of its new president. When people are desperate, they turn to crime--including poaching. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Joker (2019) Louis Proyect Like "The Dark Knight", this film demonizes the mentally ill. It also distorts NY realities in the early 80s. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Louis Proyect A much better film would have drawn out the class distinctions that are at the heart of this story. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Ahlat Agaci (2018) Louis Proyect Beautiful cinematography but a self-indulgent mess. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
The Cave (2019) Louis Proyect Fresh proof of the living heart of the Syrian revolution. Despite the dictatorship's "victory", the people will rise again driven by the same goals of the film's primary subjects. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
() Louis Proyect A film that confirms Johnny Cash's status as one of America's finest musicians and human beings, despite his well-known frailties. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
Mister America (2019) Louis Proyect Don't expect Comedy Central type fluff. This is dark comedy perfectly suited to the period we are living through and much more penetrating than "Joker". EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Depraved (2019) Louis Proyect The most socially aware maker of horror movies hits a home run with this update of the Frankenstein saga. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Chained for Life (2018) Louis Proyect Brilliant deconstruction of Todd Browning's "Freaks". EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Load (2018) Louis Proyect A film that uniquely paints a sympathetic picture of the Serbs, the most demonized European nationality of the recent past. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Louis Proyect Why would Tarantino make his leading man an OJ Simpson wife-killer? Probably has a lingering effect of his long-time association with Harvey Weinstein. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Louis Proyect Although lacking in terms of historical context, the film is a compelling tale of how a flawed policy caused great human suffering in China. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Piranhas (2019) Louis Proyect Like most Italian films about the mafia, this does not romanticize its members. It is based on a novel by Roberto Saviano, who had a price on his head from the Neapolitan mafia, aka the camorra. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
For Sama (2019) Louis Proyect One of the finest documentaries made about the Syrian revolution that despite the suffering depicted is a reminder of the spirit that will reignite the struggle in the future. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (2018) Louis Proyect Just the latest example of how Romanian cinema is on the cusp of the leading edge politically and artistically, as much as the French new wave of the 1960s. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo) (2018) Louis Proyect A cri de coueur from Tibetan filmmakers that speak on a behalf of a country resisting forced assimilation. Well-acted and directed, it relies on an intelligent use of flashbacks that shows how oppression can trigger the most desperate of flights. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Endzeit (2018) Louis Proyect A post-apocalyptic film, although fictional alludes to the reality we face today as nature begins to wreak its revenge on an out-of-control civilization. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Louis Proyect Great interviews; great music; great Black history. Enough said. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Leto (2018) Louis Proyect A joyous celebration of the underground rock and roll scene in the early 80s that suggests the kind of love and solidarity that might break out once the Russian version of Trumpism is overthrown. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground (2018) Louis Proyect A story about a unique personality who personified the toll that living in the avant-garde took. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
The Third Wife (2018) Louis Proyect If you liked "Roma" (I didn't), you will like "The Third Wife". It is practically a silent film and could have been one given the director's aesthetic preferences. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Yomeddine (2018) Louis Proyect Pay no attention to the "rottens". This is a film that is humanitarian in a way that is utterly absent in almost every Hollywood film. As a first-time effort, the director has shown great talent and a big heart. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
The Serengeti Rules (2018) Louis Proyect An absolutely riveting documentary about biodiversity and the need for humanity--its gravest threat--to reverse its course and preserve it. Difficult under the likes of Trump and the Koch's but necessary. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Decade of Fire (2019) Louis Proyect Both a family story and the story of a once-proud New York City neighborhood that was thrown overboard by the government and the banks as part of a triage operation benefiting the rich. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Louis Proyect Dramatically compelling and transcendentally beautiful tale of the struggle to reconcile humanity and nature. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Louis Proyect A woman way ahead of her time and a reminder that Hollywood lessens itself by not allowing women to be judged on their talents rather than their willingness to be abused. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Instant Dreams (2017) Louis Proyect A reminder that the Polaroid camera has qualities that will never grow old despite the company's collapse. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Tigerland (2019) Louis Proyect Ultimately, the struggle to save the tiger is tied to the struggle to save humanity. A valuable, beautiful and troubling film. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
American Relapse (2019) Louis Proyect How the revolving door of drug rehabilitation became big business. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Se rokh (2018) Louis Proyect The greatest film made by the world's greatest living filmmaker. Not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (2018) Louis Proyect Newspapers have been going downhill ever since the days of "yellow journalism" but this film about one of its masters demonstrates that documentaries are better than ever. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Styx (2018) Louis Proyect An unnervingly grim drama that strips the refugee crisis down to its bare essentials. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
() Louis Proyect How the "casting couch" victimized women long before Harvey Weinstein. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Louis Proyect Although the idea of preventing war crimes through international law seems Quixotic, especially under Trump, the film properly hails Ben Ferencz for his 70-year efforts. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
Cuban Food Stories (2018) Louis Proyect Don't pay attention to the "rottens". This a glorious film that is in the spirit of Anthony Bourdain but much more centered on the lived experience of ordinary Cubans. A true delight. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
A Tuba to Cuba (2018) Louis Proyect In a period when gunboat diplomacy is being threatened by Trump and Bolton, this is a timely film that challenges anti-Communist stereotypes as well as being a thing of beauty. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
Among Wolves (2016) Louis Proyect A film that defies stereotypes and in a timely manner given the nativist wall Trump intends to build. The wild horses that the Wolves support have much in common with the animals that are threatened by the wall--as well as people fleeing drug gangs. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Woman at War (2018) Louis Proyect A great film that addresses the crisis of our age, whether life on earth has a future, including homo sapiens. Done with wit, elegance and powerful story-telling. NOT TO BE MISSED. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA War on Musicians and Activists (2019) Louis Proyect Despite its susceptibility to conspiracy theory, this is a fascinating study of how the CIA promoted the use of LSD as a way of weakening the left. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019