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  • The Music Room

    The Music Room


    In The Music Room, Ray manages to tell an epic about not just a Charles Foster Kane-like man, but a whole society that was quickly vanishing by the time that this film came out. Chhabi Biswas plays Biswambhar Roy, a landlord whose way of life is already antiquated by the start of this film. He sits all day, smoking his hookah, while clinging onto the last remnants of his wealth. His vast house is mostly empty with the exception of…

  • Samurai Rebellion

    Samurai Rebellion


    In Samurai Rebellion, much of the conflict of the story is political and interpersonal. Ichi (Yoko Tsukasa) is a former concubine to the daimyo that Isaburo Sasahara (Mifune) serves. Even though she has borne the daimyo a son, she is forced to marry Sasahara’s son Yogoro (Go Kato) by his order. Despite the marriage happening under duress, Ichi is more or less welcomed into the family and Isaburo even develops a fatherly affection for her, which is solidified by the…

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  • Almost Famous

    Almost Famous


    I love classic rock and Patrick Fugit's character's opportunity of a lifetime to be a music writer and reporter just seemed too good to be true, especially because it was basically Cameron Crowe's experience. There are so many good dialogue and character moments that I tend not to remember the general plot as much as I remember specific moments, like the "Tiny Dancer" scene or Frances McDormand (amazing as always) dressing down Billy Crudup's character. It makes the movie feel…

  • Shivers



    Nastily effective but also very creative low-budget thriller. I don't really care about the characters, but Cronenberg manages to make a truly creepy yet shlocky atmosphere and make this a satisfying body horror movie with, again, a quite limited budget.

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  • Freedom Writers

    Freedom Writers

    I saw this movie way before my experience with social justice teaching. It's pandering in a way that is supposed to make privileged audiences feel good about themselves. Instead of addressing the systemic flaws that created the harsh world these students live in, it falls into the trap of white woman savior saving the poor illiterate kids of color, which is condescending at best, straight up racist at its worst. I don't think Hollywood will ever get a movie about teachers right if this kind of crap passes as verisimilitude.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    I kind of forgot I was watching a Marvel movie and that was so welcome. It's an incredible, beautiful vision of Black empowerment and influence, but it's also complex and influenced by current knowledge and issues. It also manages not to be didactic and gives us some of the best staged action scenes in any Marvel movie. A big studio like Disney should not be afraid to let artists have their voices heard, and this is proof.

    Edit: Just heard…