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matt has written 213 reviews for films during 2012.

  • Goodbye Uncle Tom

    Goodbye Uncle Tom

    a simultaneously provocative -- even beautiful -- yet cruelly hypocritical, often deeply racist condemnation of oppression. hard.

  • The Hidden Fortress

    The Hidden Fortress

    ★★★★½

    Kurosawa's hangout movie.

  • Minnesota Clay

    Minnesota Clay

    ★★★

    overstuffed with plot, Corbucci hasn't found his style yet, but already dialing in on power structures & clearly committed to his own cynicism.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★½

    "Go on adventures, too. Not get stuck, too."

  • Day of Anger

    Day of Anger

    ★★★★

    if the original STAR WARS trilogy was one movie and a spaghetti western.

  • Django

    Django

    ★★★★

    Corbucci boils down the entire subgenre, still in its infancy, to a single visual metaphor, some kind of intimate myth. spectacular.

    revenge is a drag.

  • The X from Outer Space

    The X from Outer Space

    ★★★

    tremendously dopey, cheaper-than-usual kaiju transmission with an outstanding lounge score. if you like this sort of thing, etc.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★

    addio zio Tom.

  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    ★★★½

    the last chicken in Atlanta.

  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

    The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

    ★★★★

    "the tainted ideals of a world doomed to annihilation."

  • Planet Terror

    Planet Terror

    ★★★½

    Should have swapped the fake film scratches for fake VHS noise and a Wizard Video logo.

  • Across 110th Street

    Across 110th Street

    ★★★½

    nicely parallels the gruff veteran (Italian) white cop's anxiety/anger over being "forced out" by a younger, formally educated, often minority new breed with the Mafia's loss of territory and income to burgeoning black organized crime. but it's as talky as it is gritty and needs a good dose of sleaze.