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  • Privilege

    Privilege

    ★★½

    While the film has great moments and ideas, “Privilege” misses the mark for me. The story dives pretty far into absurdity without an ounce of humor. The off-putting narration and lack of interesting characters leaves bitter taste to the hollow shell of political ideas. “Wild in the Streets” is sort of the inverse of “Privilege” (A pop band using its status to further their own progressive political ideas) and is a much more successful film because of its humorous and upbeat tone.

  • Breaker! Breaker!

    Breaker! Breaker!

    ★★★½

    Of the ‘70s trucker films that I’ve seen, I didn’t expect the Chuck Norris vehicle to be my favorite. It checks all of the boxes for the genre (car crashes, CB infantry/brotherhood of truckers, corrupt/inept southern police, heavy banjo soundtrack, and trucks plowing through buildings). 

    It’s Walking Tall with trucks like White Line Fever, but the story is tighter and benefits from martial arts choreography.

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  • Hot Pepper

    Hot Pepper

    ★★★★½

    From the Les Blank films I've seen so far, this seems to be a perfect summation of the filmmaker's ethos. His humanism and artistry is on full display.
    Blank has an inimitable ability to capture people and their personalities. His films are so warm- you can feel his love for the subjects. Everyday life and absolutely beautiful shots of landscape paired with zydeco music. This film makes me feel happy to be a part of the human race.

  • Killing Heat

    Killing Heat

    ★★★

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

    I didn't enjoy this film too much. I feel like it's suffering from too short a running time for the story it is trying to tell. It is extremely hard to tell when and how much time passes. I have to imagine that I would appreciate it more after reading the book. The style of the film does not aspire to be masterful, but it does accomplish a feeling of tension by juxtaposing its claustrophobic interiors with its sweltering exteriors.…