RSS feed for AverageZac

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    ★★★★

    Using an offensive stereotype to highlight American racism is a tricky tightrope, but it is what Saha Baron Cohen was born to do. This is his masterpiece. 

    I can see why people don’t like this movie, it’s not for everybody. This thing is in my DNA though. I probably watched this about 50 times in middle school and the genius of it didn’t hit me til I got to college. I came from a pretty close minded area and the…

  • The Furies

    The Furies

    ★★★★½

    The great Westerns use the backdrop of the frontier to explore heroic or flawed characters while also highlighting contemporary social issues. It might not look like it, but The Furies is an amazing example of a great Western. 

    One of three Westerns Anthony Mann would direct in 1950; The Furies can be easily forgotten. This is unfortunate because it is perfectly complex and completely ahead of its time. It has a sense of intense naturalism that would take over the…

Popular reviews

More
  • Capturing the Friedmans

    Capturing the Friedmans

    ★★★★

    Ok, these dudes definitely did it. It’s one of the most fascinating investigations of denial, mental gymnastics, and misogyny I’ve ever seen. I watched this with my psychologist friends; and they were losing their shit. Especially when the hypnosis came up. Hypnosis therapy is not only valid, but extremely useful when dealing with this level of trauma. I’ve read articles that say that the documentary points toward their innocence, but I have no idea what they were watching. These dudes…

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★

    I can’t believe that alien took the elevator.