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  • Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself
  • The Inside Story
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

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  • Skyfall

    ★★★★★

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★½

  • Behind Her Eyes

    ★★★½

  • Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

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  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★

    2021 Ranked

    A Questlove Jawn

    I might return to this just for that Stevie Wonder opening; equal parts thrilling, awe-inspiring, and energetic. Just a phenomenal lineup for a festival, but there was something about Sly & The Family Stone playing Everyday People that elevated this doc for me. The sprinkling in that Questlove does of capturing the moment and bringing people together, as highlighted in the interviews, is perfectly encapsulated in that performance and song. Chef's fucking kiss, baby.

    (from Anderson…

  • Our Baby Knows

    Our Baby Knows

    ★★★★

    Our Baby Knows, a new short written and directed by David Chimusoro. This is told from the perspective of a father who has to tell his son why his son’s friendship is ending. You can check out the film here!

    I have been lucky enough to review Chimusoro’s past works. The Rite is a wonderful short about basketball and adolescence. The Last Goodbye is a feat of its own considering the circumstances of the production. The director consistently gives us…

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  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★½

    2021 Ranked

    A lot of what doesn't get done in this country, doesn't get done because older people are scared of younger people.

    This doc bites off more than it can chew as a singular piece. Whether or not all of the ideas come to fruition in this Music Box project is still TBD. It indulges in its horror for quite some time (I understand it is necessary to show), and the structure was pretty jarring and messy (apart from…

  • Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    ★★★★½

    There is a sequence, I'll simply call it the reflection sequence, that absolutely wrecked me. It's one of the most moving things I've seen all year. This doc is equal parts captivating, fun, emotional, and cinematic. I don't even want to say anything more, partly because I want a lot of time to let this wash over me, but I also just want whoever goes to seek this out, to feel their own way about this.

    Great year for documentaries, huh.

    2021 Ranked

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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★★

    Corona SZN #94

    There is a deep political subtext in this movie as it pertains to the Paul character (played by the wonderful Delroy Lindo), the Vietnamese perspective of the war, the Norman character (played by a great Chadwick Boseman), and the archival footage dispersed throughout this film. What I want to talk about is the frequent use of Marvin Gaye's songs from his album What's Going On.

    We don't need to escalate
    You see, war is not the answer…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    Corona SZN #117

    In celebration of Pride Month, I just want to post about the Wachowskis, as I feel their story is important. I don't know any other trans directors, but I'd like to know more. After revisiting this, it is clear to me that we need more diverse directors (race, sexuality, gender, etc.... not that it wasn't clear before). Yes, we have started to see more women and more minorities in the last 4 years. But we need more…