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Now this is a strange story. In 2012 a group of white supremacist began purchasing land in the small North Dakota town of Leith. Their hope was to slowly create an all-white community. This disturbing documentary chronicles both the actions of that group & the town's often violent battle to drive out the racist from their community
Nov. 2, 1975 Italian director& poet Pier Paolo Pasolini was brutally murdered. In depicting his final days, director Abel Ferrara doesnt create a biopic, but a intricate film within a film, one that subtlety intermixes facts, images, dreams, poems. In other words, an attempt at a cinema of poetry
Conformity is the root of all fascism, that's the message of this classic thriller from the Italians. Set in the midst of Mussolini's Italy, we follow the story of Marcello, a confused enigma of a man who wants so badly to be 'normal' that he becomes a reluctant assassin for the fascists. For strikingly composed sequences, look at the climactic murder that takes place in a snow-covered forest
I really hate this shit. The shit in this case being when a film takes an important historical event & turns it into something plain, predictable, & preachy. Evidence: The lead gay character is excruciatingly dull. All the straight characters are cartoonish in their bigotry, & the production design looks like a high school version of the musical Hair. Man it sucked.
I've sat through enough terrible faith-based movies to appreciate it when there's a decent one like Risen. Specifically, I like how they tell the resurrection story as if it were a detective mystery where Mary Magdalen & Jesus's other apostles are the suspects. In the end the film could've been stronger & more complex, but on its own terms, it kind of works.