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  • Kill the Messenger

    Kill the Messenger

    The CIA let massive amounts of cocaine into the United States to help fund the Contra army. Is that hard to believe? It’s a matter of public record that the Reagan administration sold arms to the Iranians for the same reason. The big bad Iranians who’d just held 52 Americans hostage for over a year.

    If they were willing to arm to a foreign adversary, it’s not that big of a leap to think they’d sacrifice America’s poorest communities to…

  • Gretel & Hansel

    Gretel & Hansel

    Gretel & Hansel brings up thorny questions about what people sacrifice to be special. The myth is that greatness comes from self-sacrifice but in sacrificial rites, it’s usually an innocent creature that is murdered. I suspect that’s the more common path. 

    Is it just a coincidence that so many ‘great artists’ are horrible people? Maybe the thing that allows them to hurt their spouses and family without guilt is the same thing that makes their work attractive. Both might be the…

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  • The Grapes of Death

    The Grapes of Death

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Have you noticed that men seem to be more affected by it?”

    In Grapes of Death, a commercial industrial process turns the inhabitants of a rural village into puss-oozing murderous cretins. But the film is more than just a Marxist allegory because it uses gender, rather than class, as a source of dread and paranoia. 

    The film begins when a poor vineyard worker is made sick by an insecticide he is spraying on the vines. The owner tells him to…

  • The Young One

    The Young One

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The end of The Young One resembles the end of a typical mid-sixties race-issue movie like The Defiant Ones or In the Heat of the Night. Miller helps Traver escape a lynch mob that’s after him on trumped up rape charges. But his choice does not represent any spiritual growth or moral awakening. If anything, his decision represents a slippery evasion -it means he won’t have to face up to his crimes. 

    If you squint hard enough, it looks like…