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Rating Title/Year Author
Marighella (2019) Louis Proyect A throwback to the great political films of the 1960s, from Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" to Costa-Gavras's "State of Siege". EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Mank (2020) Louis Proyect A stylish but empty homage to TCM type films completely undone by trying to turn Mank into an Upton Sinclair supporter. Fincher just made that up to explain why he wrote "Citizen Kane" despite being Hearst's court jester. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Soros (2019) Louis Proyect A fawning tribute to a billionaire who thought that political democracy could prevent a repeat of the 1930s when in fact his speculation helped bring it on. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
Born to Be (2020) Louis Proyect A powerful statement on behalf of transgender rights featuring a saintly doctor who is reminder of why people once dedicated themselves to the profession. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
The Last Vermeer (2019) Louis Proyect A film about the greatest art forger in history primarily but also about the thorny question of how to value art. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Nationtime (1972) Louis Proyect An essential slice of American history when revolution was on people's lips, including mine. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
Radium Girls (2018) Louis Proyect Marred somewhat by a Merchant-Ivory aesthetic, it is still an earnest historical drama about how innocent young woman were pressured into exposing themselves to radium poisoning. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
Totally Under Control (2020) Louis Proyect Made in record time and under super-difficult conditions, Gibney and co-directors have made the essential film for the current crisis. Inside track for best documentary of 2020. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2020
The Great American Lie (2019) Louis Proyect A worthwhile film even if its stress on values does not get to the heart of class inequality: the capitalist system. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own (2019) Louis Proyect Even if abstract monumental sculpture is not your cup of tea, this is an inspirational tale of a determined and gifted woman rising to the top. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Public Trust (2020) Louis Proyect If Donald Trump ever stands trial for crimes against the public interest, this film should be entered as evidence. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
We Are Many (2014) Louis Proyect An inspiring film about the massive protests of February 15, 2003 that is also dispiriting in its depiction of how they did not accomplish their goal. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
The Swerve (2018) Louis Proyect A debut film that will likely get my vote for best film of 2020. Period. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
For They Know Not What They Do (2019) Louis Proyect They say a documentary succeeds when the subjects are compelling. On this basis, Daniel Karslake is a pure genius. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Watch List (2019) Louis Proyect A strikingly realistic film about the hell that President Duterte is visiting on his people with a best actress of the year performance by Alessandra De Rossi. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
Robin's Wish (2020) Louis Proyect A poignant documentary about the rise and fall of a great talent. Given the horrors of Lewy Body Dementia, it is a miracle that he didn't take his life sooner than he did. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
Made in Bangladesh (2019) Louis Proyect A gritty, neo-realist story about women fighting patriarchy in the factory and at home. The film is truly inspiring and welcome in a period when things couldn't seem worse. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
Enter the Forbidden City (2018) Louis Proyect A touching film about the characters in 17th century who helped create one of the world's great art forms. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
Epicentro (2020) Louis Proyect Alongside the 1964 classic "I am Cuba", this stands as one of the greatest documentaries ever made about Cuba and reinforces the need to end end the embargo. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
Route One/USA (1989) Louis Proyect A look inside the soul of America by one of the great Marxist filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Dark Circle (1982) Louis Proyect The best case for abolishing nuclear power plants is made: without the plutonium waste, there can be no nuclear weapons. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Random Acts of Violence (2019) Louis Proyect A slasher movie made more for philosophizing than fright. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
The 24th (2020) Louis Proyect Worth seeing for its attempt to tell the story of how Black GI's exploded in rage after years of Jim Crow in the military but aren't there better examples of Black militancy that need a film treatment? EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
The Prey (2018) Louis Proyect A throwback to the golden age of Hong Kong action films, made by an Italian no less. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
African Violet (2020) Louis Proyect A warm and intimate character study showing another side of Iranian film. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity (2016) Louis Proyect A relatively static documentary becomes compelling by the nature of the story being told. Captures the manic energy and risk-taking of the 60s. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Ruth Weiss: The Beat Goddess (2020) Louis Proyect A relatively obscure figure from the beat generation gets a loving and eye-opening documentary. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Song Without a Name (2019) Louis Proyect Austere, minimalist art film that does justice to the subject matter, Peru's dark days in the 1980s when newborns were stolen from their mom. Not much has changed, I'm afraid. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (2016) Louis Proyect Bukowski is brilliant at mythologizing himself in his fiction and demythologizing himself in this brief but wonderful documentary. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Shanghai Triad (1995) Louis Proyect A film that would persuade you to support Mao's revolution if only for wiping out the feudal-like criminal gangs. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
The Shadow of Violence (2019) Louis Proyect An enforcer for a rural Irish drug gang is forced to make moral decisions that can cost him his life. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Days of the Whale (2019) Louis Proyect Superlative take on Medellin's mean streets redeemed by idealistic graffiti artists. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
Eating Up Easter (2018) Louis Proyect Despite its tiny population (under 8000), this island has lessons that the rest of the world needs to take in. It is a laboratory in environmental sustainability that this film portrays vividly. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Madagasikara (2018) Louis Proyect A law professor begins a new career as a documentary filmmaker. His subject: how Western imperialism helped plunge Madagascar into abject poverty. An auspicious first film. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
The Last Tree (2019) Louis Proyect A stunning portrait of a young African immigrant cast adrift in a ruthless British society, where even blacks reproduce racial discrimination. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) Louis Proyect A documentary that deserves to be studied just as much as Kurosawa or Godard in film school. As a negative example, it examines a 1974 Peter Sellers comedy as a textbook example of what to avoid. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
The Pollinators (2019) Louis Proyect Our future is ultimately wrapped up in the survival of the humble honey-bee that pollinates 1/3 of the food we eat. A compelling and necessary film. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Seadrift (2019) Louis Proyect How seemingly natural allies would come to blows. Texans love capitalism, so did Vietnamese refugees. What could go wrong? Competition over resources that can't be privatized. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Tommaso (2019) Louis Proyect The greatest film by an American director since "First Reformed". Like Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara makes his own rules. Thank god. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Becky (2020) Louis Proyect A wonderfully bloody variation on "Home Alone" and a real relief from the pandemic horrors all around us. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
The Dinner Party (2020) Louis Proyect A brilliantly written, directed and acted Grindhouse masterpiece that mixes high and low culture. The best way to get your minds off the real horror all around us in the pandemic. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (2019) Louis Proyect A foreshadowing of the 2020 pandemic, with Richard Daley Jr., a Democrat, being just as unprepared as Trump and just as self-justifying. A necessary documentary. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
Blood Quantum (2019) Louis Proyect A mixture of George Romero and Gillo Pontecorvo, not something you see every day. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2020
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) Louis Proyect A mixture of Ken Loach and pulp fiction female revenge movies not without its flaws. But as a premiere from director Abner Pastoll, it is a most auspicious debut. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2020
System Error (2018) Louis Proyect In challenging the paradigm of growth, the film is the perfect prism through which to see the apocalyptic period we have entered. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2020
Planet of the Humans (2019) Louis Proyect A film that challenges the paradigm of growth, especially the illusion that alternative energy can allow us to consume resources as if they were inexhaustible. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2020
Rewind (2019) Louis Proyect Despite its horrifying subject matter, this is a truly elevating tale of redemption told by its tormented subject, a master filmmaker. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2020
Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019) Louis Proyect Given capitalism's abject failure in the face of a pandemic, the film helps us to grasp the origins of the problem even if its neo-Keynesian solution falls short. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Enchained (2019) Louis Proyect Ethiopian film imbued with magical realism tells a universal story about class oppression. Beautifully realized if a challenge to conventional expectations. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Closeness (2017) Louis Proyect Debut film by the director of the acclaimed "Beanpole". Bodes well for Russian film when a young director channels Italian neo-realism and the Dardenne brothers. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020