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  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation 2016

    ★★ Watched 16 Oct, 2016

    Nate Parker wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this movie. This is a giant leap of faith, and though I can't applaud the movie (or the man's ambiguous past), I can applaud the man's ambition. Nate Parker, the artist, is a force to be reckoned with. Maybe someday he will make a great movie.


    I don't know if Parker realizes this, but the third act of The Birth of a Nation certainly makes Nat Turner and his revolt seem…

  • 13th

    13th 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2016

    I have already voted for Hilary Clinton, so 13th has certainly left me feeling more justified in my vote.

    Ava DuVernay's 13th is not a great movie. It is a great discussion piece, though. As a movie, it is unsure of what it should be about - should it be about the history of the prison system, should it be about prisons for profit, or should it be about the broken humanity as a result of the prison system? However,…

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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★½ Rewatched 19 May, 2016 2

    WTF has a name, and it rhymes with Wicolas Tinding Fefn. 

    Someday I'm going to be working at the video store, and a desparate customer will approach me. "Can I help you?" I ask him/her. S/he looks at me, twitching and dishevelled. "Just fuck my life up."

    S/he leaves the video store with a copy of Only God Forgives and a package of sugar-free gummy bears.

    There's got to be a better movie that can be made from this footage…

  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille 2007

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 May, 2016

    After three viewings, I've finally decided that Ratatouille is a masterpiece.

    Ratatouille is critic-proof. Sure, the menacing Anton Ego has a monologue near the film's end about the hypocrisies that come from being a critic, but that's not why Brad Bird's movie is so immune. Ratatouille can't be touched because it does such a good job of appealing to our emotions. I couldn't help but feel uplifted by Remy the rat's joy of cooking.

    The best movies surprise us, and…