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  • The Haunting
  • Videodrome
  • The Descent
  • Saloum

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  • Twelve Monkeys

    ★★★★

  • Two Rode Together

    ★★★½

  • Enemy of the State

    ★★★★

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    ★★★★

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  • Preman

    Preman

    ★★★

    It is undeniable that the hyperkinetic “Raid” films turned audience’s heads worldwide towards Indonesia with a fixed gaze. In those two films, the exceptionally talented cast gave us endless fights containing the country’s homegrown Pencak Silat, a bone-crunching martial art. After those films by Gareth Evans came out, other enjoyable outings like “Night Comes for Us” and “Headshot” kept the momentum going. Now comes “Preman: Silent Fury.” Aside from building on the country’s recently popular martial art, “Preman” is an…

  • Saloum

    Saloum

    ★★★★

    Utilizing intense close-ups and other methods employed by Sergio Leone, this Neo-Western mixed with horror is like if John Carpenter made an African outing while reading Thomas Sankara. And while Writer/director Jean Luc Herbulot’s “Saloum” pays homage to the cinematic greats, he also blazes his very own anti-colonial trail. Through conversations and symbolism the Franco-Congolese Herbulot astutely incorporates Pan-African culture and history throughout his clever screenplay.   
     
    “Saloum” opens up with one of the best quotes this year: “revenge…

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  • Twelve Monkeys

    Twelve Monkeys

    ★★★★

    Gilliam’s (mostly) brilliant subversive time-traveling outing returns to his “Brazil” Kafkaesque futuristic world with aspects taken from the French philosophers Guy Debord and Jean Baudrillard.  The tortured character Cole (Bruce Willis) - trying to change the fate of humanity - navigates a bureaucratic nightmare that is wrapped in a cartoonish simulacrum. These images and sounds attempt to sustain the decaying “sane” world. While things occasionally go overboard, the sociopolitical commentary withstands. Plus you get to see a freakin’ safari in Philly. 


    Also, I miss seeing Madeline Stowe onscreen, what happened to her?

  • Two Rode Together

    Two Rode Together

    ★★★½

    Ford delicately balances the light bromance and the dark aspects of settler-colonialism in this brooding Western-Noir.

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  • Exterminate All the Brutes

    Exterminate All the Brutes

    ★★★★★

    Blending historical accounts, archival footage, and re-enactments, Raoul Peck crafts a masterful docuseries. Peck was born in Haiti, a revolutionary country that has tragically become a victim of US hegemonic rule

    Having made Lumumba, The Young Karl Marx, and I am not your Negro, Peck is well versed in leftist history and figures. Exterminate All the Brutes seamlessly jumps through the colonial past with both an academic and personal approach.

    When I wasn’t being moved by the remarkable production, I kept thinking about how this should be shown in history classes all across the United States.

  • Ukraine on Fire

    Ukraine on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Fuck NATO and the IMF. Watch this!