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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.
The acting is fine, the look is solid, & the heist scenes are well staged, but Triple 9 is a crime flick that feels absent of purpose. In the end, when all the smoke had cleared & the blood had dried I left the theater unsure what all that violence was for.
BULLSHIT! Like 41 & The Butler did before, we have a film about racism in which the black character is never allowed to be shown angry. I'm sure Jesse Owens got angry at racism like any normal person would. But here he's spat on, heckled & degraded by racists and the film thinks it's noble that he never curses his tormentors. It's not noble, it's emasculating
I wanted to like this one, I really did, but in the end I just couldn't. Its premise is intriguing: an isolated urban community slowly devolving into barbarism. The problem is that descent into anarchy happens suddenly & is shown mainly through a series of vague montages that left me confused & dissatisfied. The end product is an abstract social satire that lacks coherence.
One night a group of wealthy aristocrats gathers to have a diner party. They eat, drink, & politely socialize, but when morning comes, for some inexplicable reason none of the guests can leave the party. Trapped, the wealthy guests slowly begin to degenerate into savagery & brutality. This macabre tale from surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel still delights because it illustrates all the hostility that lays under the surface of human "civilization" . It's a must for fans of surreal cinema
On the whole WTF works because of Tina Fey. Her character feels like a real person & keeps the laughs coming at a consistent pace. The only problem I had was that shoehorned romantic subplot involving Fey & Martin Freeman. Not only is it unnecessary, the film itself almost seems disinterested in it
In another of his emotionally blistering performances, Emilio Estevez plays a cynical grown-up whose cold heart is warmed by coaching a kids sports team. Only this time its hockey, instead of baseball, or soccer, or the 20 other times we've seen this stuff.
In the original Crouching Tiger a fight would start at ground level then suddenly rocket upwards, finishing in the treetops. This follow-up is mostly shot in studios and composed with the standard CG backdrops. That stylistic choice not only makes the film look cheaper than the original, it makes the story feel unimportant & unnecessary.
In Italy workers get 5 weeks paid vacation. In France schoolkids get 4 course lunches complete with scallops, lamb, & a cheese course. In Iceland they actually jailed 26 of their bankers after the financial collapse. What gives this political comedy its bite isn't just how it examines the way other countries operate, it's how the leaders of those countries often say their best ideas were inspired by America
Normally I roll my eyes at movies as sentimental as this, but there's something sincere & straightforward about Starman that appeals to me. The key might be Jeff Bridges, at first he plays his stranded alien character for laughs, but as the movie progresses we start rooting for him to fall in love & find his way home. It's an 80s cult flick worth seeing
Just when you thought you've seen the worst films ever made something like Dünyay? Kurtaran Adam (Turkish Star Wars) comes along. Backstory: In 1982 a group of filmmakers illegally took footage from Star Wars, the music from Indiana Jones & cobbled together an awesomely bad piece of cinematic sh*t. If you're a connoisseur of movie cheese this is the film for you.
Slapshot is crude, chauvinist, & very politically incorrect. It's also funny as Hell. Here a scraggly-looking Paul Newman leads a team of ferocious hockey goons that isn't any good at winning games, but it great winning fistfights on the ice. It all culminates in a hilarious climax in which the heroes simultaneously take on a rival team & their rowdy fans .
I was absorbed in this documentary from start to finish. Its subject is Jay Reinke, a local North Dakota pastor who battles his own community for the right to feed and shelter the homeless workers entering the town. This is timely & relevant documentary filmmaking that should be seen by a wider audience
It's a funny film & the credit has to go to McCarthy. The movie works because it allows her to play several different comic beats(Doughty office worker, Foul-mouthed thug, Obese tourist afflicted with Hemmoirds ) and get a decent amount laughs playing each
From its surreal opening shot of a flying statue of Jesus Christ, to the iconic dance in Rome's Trevi Fountain La Dolce Vita reveals how cinema, celebrity,& Christianity collaborate to create the illusion of "The Sweet Life". It was and still is my favorite Italian film.
It got lost in the award season shuffle, but Starred Up is one of the strongest prison films I've watched in a while. Here we see an unsparing father son story told through the daily brutalities of life in a British penitentiary