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  • One Eight Seven
  • Dangerous Minds
  • Lean On Me

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  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    ★★★★★

  • The Thin Blue Line

    ★★★★★

  • Pain & Gain

  • Caddyshack

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  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    ★★★★★

    *Part of: Do They Hold Up?*

    As someone who is as interested in labor as I am (and I very much am), and as a leftist (red), it would be awful sad to not have a good old fashioned union doc in my favorites. But the truth is that Harlan County USA has been a favorite of mine since I was a young, loud-mouthed lib without any idea about labor unions outside of....this film. But Kopple's film is the most…

  • The Thin Blue Line

    The Thin Blue Line

    ★★★★★

    *Part of: Do They Hold Up?*

    If you pay attention to how "truth" functions in such a multi-faceted way in The Thin Blue Line, and if you appreciate pulp in your true crime, and if you can't wait to see the reenactment of a chocolate shake spilling Zapruder-style, then you might just be a The Thin Blue Line-neck. -- Jules Foxworthy.

    It holds up.

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  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    Schindler’s List exposes the medium of cinema as a fraud—not for nothing, but Spielberg tried very hard to avoid this. A very cautious Spielberg did all one could do to insure the gravity of the Holocaust would be represented in his film story of the Schindlerjuden, the “Schindler Jews,” and their hero, Oskar Schindler. A defensive film in all its formal and aesthetic qualities, it guards against any ill-intention or misinterpreted cinematic grandiosity. Choosing to film it in black and…

  • Max My Love

    Max My Love

    Nagasi Oshima's Max Mon Amour isn't like Sam Fuller's White Dog. This isn't an allegory for racism. Nor is it a Bunuelian attack on the bourgeois, despite Bunuel's hands being on the production. So what is this movie?
    Like it's billed to be, it is probably the greatest ape-on-woman romance since King Kong (though Max, the ape, is life-sized). The eerie truth is that Oshima's "comedy" (which is antagonizing in its unfunniness) is a comedy because it makes us uneasy,…