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  • C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

    C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

    ★★★½

    I find this a bizarre and riveting alt-history documentary that questions what would have happened if the South had won the American Civil War and the US had sustained a slavery-centric government until now.

    There’s a surprising depth to the thought process behind this film.  It’s like a sophisticated poly-sci thesis project presented by Saturday Night Live production team.

    Some of the alternative world events:  America would remain neutral during WWII and be a soul-brother to Hitler’s Germany.  The women’s…

  • The New World

    The New World

    ★★★★½

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

    I'm turning into a big fan of Malick's as I reacquaint myself with his films. Poetic voice-over, epic scenery, blades of tall grass blowing in the wind, the occasional feather-duster scene explaining the narrative through either violence or hardship. It's a fascinating and beautiful formula as the elements are mended together with a beautiful score.

    In THE NEW WORLD, the story is that of Pocahontas (Q'orianka Kilcher) and her relationship with John Smith (Colin Farrell). Malick is less concerned with…

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  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★★½

    Tony Montana is a giant of a cinematic figure. Partly this is courtesy of Pacino’s gigantic performance—the accent, the posture, the facial expressions. But Pacino’s titular gangster is also a Shakespearean tragic hero with a fascinating story arc—an interesting yet violent beginning, middle, and end—born right out of the 1980s-era Cuban refugee news footage.

    I suspect that SCARFACE didn’t do the Cuban-American community any favors by connecting these mobsters to Cuba’s Cold War stigma or downplay any sensationalization of gangland…

  • Andre the Giant

    Andre the Giant

    ★★★½

    The first strikingly engaging thing about this doc is the conversational and acoustic elegance  of the chief go-to interviewees.  Hulk Hogan, Mean Gene, Jerry Lawlor, and a neighborly and casual Vince McMahon are well-spoken, articulate storytellers with not only phenomenal 30-year-old recall but also amazing speaking voices.

    So this is to say that the talking-head thrust behind story-telling engine of Andre’s story (and mythos) is in the hands of fantastic narrators.  And as the filmmakers marry archived wrestling footage to…