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  • Terminal Island

    Terminal Island

    That TERMINAL ISLAND is 'bad' in some ways (worse-than-clunky acting, non-existent production values) is the least interesting thing about this otherwise pretty dang radical film, which pits a communalist cell led by women, based in back-to-the-landism, against a hierarchical pseudo-civilization of rapists and bootlickers - & guess who wins! (All of our characters are murderers left to die on an island somewhere, we can surmise, off the coast of CA in a dystopian future California.) Before there was the obnoxious "SLAY…

  • The Red Balloon

    The Red Balloon


    I showed this film to a group of 5-10 year olds after being told that kids don't have the necessary patience for art cinema in 2015, & unsurprisingly those adults were dead-wrong, the action in this acclaimed short film being driven by an utterly dynamic bright red balloon as it explores the nooks and crannies and social nooks and crannies of life in a drab, grey Parisian ghetto. I heard the kids were talking about the film afterward for months, and…