Once a decade, a film comes along which combines relevant social issues, a unique style, a functioning story, and developed characters wrapped in an atmosphere which perfectly captures the zeitgeist. If one imagines Higher Learning had been shot like Rushmore, they’d not only find that once-in-a-decade movie, but the most engaging ensemble film of the last ten years also. This authentic story told with comedic brilliance contends for the sharpest social satire since Idiocracy, with American media and racial sociology…
What does one do if they sing as well as Frank Sinatra, act as well as Anthony Hopkins, yet receive three-fifths of their respect? Paul Robeson's life answers that question as best as it can while still remaining true to human rights.
Expertly narrated by the masterful Sidney Poitier, this film's brilliant juxtaposition of historical photographs and Old Hollywood footage is so seamless, it places the perfect benchmark for documentary filmmaking as a whole.
#54 on my list of favorite films
Scarier than The Shining, more political than A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove, more mysterious than 2001: A Space Odyssey and more misunderstood than Full Metal Jacket. This is Kubrick's most underrated and overlooked film and, despite the casting, probably his best.