• Her Socialist Smile

    Her Socialist Smile

    ★½

    Instead of hiding behind a hagiographical documentary on Helen Keller, John Gianvito ought to have been honest with us and his auteurism, that is to say the trajectory of his filmography, and revealed that he is to the right of Keller. The addendum of Chomsky is just the latest instance of a recurring anti-communism.

    "For decades, many left-leaning writers and speakers in the United States have felt obliged to establish their credibility by indulging in anticommunist and anti-Soviet genuflection, seemingly…

  • Dear Comrades!

    Dear Comrades!

    ★★★

    One full star for leaving me the option to imagine that Syomina remains a committed Stalinist.

  • Guernica

    Guernica

    ★★

    "The Italians were the first to bomb human beings from the air, when they bombed Libya in October 1911, just a few years after Leopold was removed from the Congo. Some newspapers complained. The Daily Chronicle described the scene vividly: ‘Non-combatants, young and old, were slaughtered ruthlessly, without compunction and without shame.’ The use of the legal word ‘noncombatants’is significant. The editor of the paper – Robert Donald – tolerated war, but not slaughter. The Italian air force, which saw…

  • Jean Eustache's Wasted Breath

    Jean Eustache's Wasted Breath

    ★★★★½

    "[Referring to photographs]
    In 1959, just after his electrician's diploma...
    [...] This one is in 1975 in America...
    [...] Jean in a tuxedo... very odd...
    [...] This one is much older, from the 'Cahiers' period.
    I'll keep this one, because it's more...
    when Jean wasn't so worn...
    I prefer to remember people when they were well, not later."

  • The Chess Players

    The Chess Players

    ★★★★

    Fucking limeys, man...

  • State Funeral

    State Funeral

    The latest film by one of the premier contemporary rara avis anti-communist filmmakers. Among his type, he has made the distinction of wistfully calling for anti-Soviet Nuremberg-style trials without a hint of irony but plenty of historical amnesia. One of those dumb films that is its own synopsis and creates its own controversy, and the latter becomes very clear once you see the cut and dry propaganda film its footage is taken from.

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★

    “During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander. After their death, attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and to hallow their names to a certain extent for the “consolation” of the oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter, while at the same time…

  • This Side of Paradise: Fragments of An Unfinished Biography

    This Side of Paradise: Fragments of An Unfinished Biography

    Further proof that cinema, the history, production, and reception thereof, was only ever thoroughly bourgeois in the home movies of Jonas Mekas.

  • Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup

    Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup

    ★★★½

    "[...] There are moments in football that are exclusively poetic: these are the moments of the "goal." Each goal is always both an invention and a subversion of codes: each goal is inexplicable, striking, stunning, and irreversible. Just like the poetic word. The top scorer in a league is always the best poet of the year (Francesco Trento, for instance). Dribbling is poetic as well, (though not always like scoring a goal). Indeed, every player dreams (together with every spectator)…

  • Inca Light

    Inca Light

    ★★★★★

    Watch it here (with English subtitles for Spanish parts): youtu.be/al2qQl_nM-0

  • 13th

    13th

    ★★

    One hundred minutes without mentioning the determinant to almost everything it denounces, and that is capitalism. This is in keeping with Ava DuVernay's neoliberal ideology which has been expressed more blatantly elsewhere. Of all the talking heads interviewed only Angela Davis and Van Jones (formerly a Maoist) go beyond the limits set by its production. Davis does it by her mere presence which has long been an act of resistance and is now a triumph. Jones does it through the…

  • The Other Life