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Review of Un prophete (A prophet), by Jacques Audiard

Highly recommended by many of my friends, I put off seeing this movie because I could tell it would get to me. And it did. This is one of the best, but most disturbing movies I’ve seen in a year. … Continue reading

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Rough notes on Venezuela

South of the Border Here are some rough notes on Oliver Stone’s documentary “South of the Border”, which documents the recent democratic resurgence of leftist, socialist oriented regimes within Latin America, along with their consistent misrepresentation as “dictators” within the … Continue reading

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What can cultural criticism do? A reading of Rambo and Die Hards 1&4

Some of my friends and family wonder what exactly a critic does. Here are a few ideas and some explanations. For this post, I chose some common movies that everyone has perhaps seen, to serve as example of some of … Continue reading

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A Che who missed his mark, or: Terrorism reconsidered

Carlos is the new biopic/docufiction about the ultrafamous superterrorist would-be revolutionary named Carlos. He was actually named Illich, but Carlos sounded better. It was his stage name. It’s way cooler. The film is three hours long, and only about two … Continue reading

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The dry land: a trailer, promising a film to think about hard things

The Dry Land (see trailer here) This movie looks stellar. Spellbinding, politically provocative, poignant, well-cast, and beautifully shot. In fact, it looks like one of those dramas that helps you see how life really is. The mother’s character, her look, … Continue reading

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Review of Toy Story 3

In sum, this is a film produced by the decadent society that has so much “stuff” it makes movies about how their surplus things feel when they’re gotten rid of. Only an American society could produce this film. The kind … Continue reading

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My shocked reactions to watching 24 for the first time:

These conclusions are from watching three episodes, the one from season two and two from season one. One. It thinks for us, it delivers prepackaged ideas, rather than a complex reality to¬† think over and draw our own conclusoins conclusions … Continue reading

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Two movies highly recommended

Z (Costa Gavras) This is the story behind Greece when it was at a major turning point in the 60s: democracy or totalitarianism. The film is in French, the acting is excellent, the cinematography is at once classic and playful, … Continue reading

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Avatar: my review (a horrible movie highly worth seeing)

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. – Joseph Conrad, … Continue reading

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