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  • Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

    Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

    ★★★★

    Wrings a compelling narrative out of Marion’s life and very effectively weaves in found footage from a vast catalog of news videotapes. A less competent production might have got lost in the sauce so to speak, indulging in longer takes of relatively unremarkable found footage and missing the forest for the trees (see: Zappa). Marion basically cut out her life to create an archive that she’d never live to see realized. While I have archived some rare TV myself, it’s hard for me to imagine undertaking something like this without automating it. It’s maddening, and it obviously was for her.

  • The Molly Maguires

    The Molly Maguires

    ★★★★

    Dusty no-frills filmmaking with heart.

    It took a while for me to process the fatalism and betrayal on display here that most political films shy away from. There’s usually a silver lining, but this has none, and it’s not delivered in a tearjerker oscarbait montage. It’s delivered in an aptly banal fashion, for that’s the way the bosses win.

    I really liked the scene of Kehoe’s wife talking with him and helping him wash the soot off his face. That’s what real romance looks like.

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  • National Treasure 3

    National Treasure 3

    I talked with Nicolas Cage about the plot (this will be a non-fiction documentary). Basically, Joe Biden's dementia worsens to the point where he falls into critical condition, and the DNC needs to replace him. A lot of names are thrown around like Andrew Cuomo, Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown... but one thing they don't anticipate is that Nic Cage has slowly been stockpiling national artifacts at an undisclosed location in order to trade them for the nomination. Because of the…

  • Avatar 5

    Avatar 5

    Still can't believe they released this in 8K 5D VR with Smell-o-vision and Rumble seats