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  • The Dictator

    The Dictator

    ★★★★

    This Cohens best narrative feature- a sly reinvention if Charlie Chaplin’s great dictator, if you will take that leap. Of course there’s outrageous scenes but nothing more enlightening or true than the final speech, and since it was ignored so many years ago I’ve no qualms of quoting it here:

    “Why are you guys so anti-dictatorship? Imagine if America was a dicatatorship! You could let 1% of the people have all the nation’s wealth. You could help your rich friends…

  • The Package

    The Package

    ★★½

    Tommy lee jones and Gene Hackman transport a severed penis- no- wait this a Canadian flick produced by the team behind Workaholics, it is about a severed penis which deserves its own title card and the 12 hour perilous journey to return it. My favorite moment is the stubborn but blunt doctor who tells it like it is. Other than that it’s pretty bland, blockers breakout star Geraldine Viswanathan is again this films highpoint though hopefully this is t her only schtivk she proves to be funny in crude matter o fact ways. The rest service finely and repeat predictable beats along the way.

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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★★

    It’s been rare that Spike Lee doesn’t just irritate a nerve in his films- what promises to be a fo’ real story based on som fo real shit, keeps that edge the entire run time. 
    Washington’s performance is cool and calm, echoing his fathers demeanor, Topher Grace makes David Duke look as stupid as the real one does. 
    I was moved to tears at the end, given here I was watching it precisely on the anniversary of Charlottesville, with a…

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★★

    This is right up my alley - sci fi, comedy, satire and encouragingly weird. I am one of those viewers that can’t help think of what films remind me of while I’m soaking them in my retinas. Throughout STBY I was reminded of the following: O Lucky Man, Brother from another planet, (last years) KUSO, and some others. 
    Boots Riley may have made the single strongest debut since Jeremy Sauliners Blue Ruin or Jordan peeles Get Out. The film is…