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  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    ★★★½

    This blend of musical and coming of age story is especially poignant to modern audiences seeing more and more xenophobia and racism permeate culture. This is a delightful film that also lives in a world of white supremacy that won’t fade away with a song and dance.

  • Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story

    Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story

    ★★★

    A fine documentary for race fans, but the format is standard, especially for such a great character.

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  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11

    ★★★★★

    If ever you need inspiration from human achievement, Apollo 11 encapsulated one of the greatest endeavors in history. A simple documentary of the Apollo 11 would be a good celebration of the 50th anniversary of the mission, but this film is masterpiece in archival research, restoration and editing. The footage immediately transports the audience into July 1969 with vivid clarity and resolution never seen before. The disciplined sound design of only television news broadcasts, natural sound from recording, mission recordings,…

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Upon a Star Wars Marathon weekend viewing, I immediately see the deftness of Irvin Kershner. While George Lucas created a wonderfully universe with rich stories to tell, it is Kershner who demonstrates how camera movement and good blocking adds dimension to the story. Holding the actually camera work next to Star Wars puts Empire on a grander level.

    The story itself adds more depth too, but as a stand alone, this doesn't work as a complete film without the films…