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  • My Man Godfrey

    My Man Godfrey

    ★★★★

    A screwball comedy with incisive social commentary that doesn't overpower the zany humor. That's a feat by itself (although Sullivan's Travels does it better). William Powell steps into the role of butler so easily that it often feels like just the setup for a TV sitcom, and it's yet another film about class divide that gives the rich more substance than the poor, but that's asking a lot for a big studio picture that's just aiming to entertain, and it's terrific ensemble of talent does just that, and the film still has some bite.

  • Destination: Planet Negro!

    Destination: Planet Negro!

    ★★★

    A great idea for a movie but I'm not sure Kevin Willmott knows what he wants to say with it. The early black and white scenes look fantastic for this no budget film (he said it cost $7,000) and the humor is spot on. Once we reach modern day, however, it suddenly looks like its budget and the jokes become hit and miss. Even overlooking the fact that the film was obviously pieced together, the social commentary isn't as sharp…

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  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★

    Effective horror film that turns the jungle into a living hell, although the only real horror is what the arrogant Americans do to the natives, and the fake gore isn't nearly as distasteful as the plentiful real gore (all with animals). Very unseemly stuff.

  • Know Your Enemy - Japan

    Know Your Enemy - Japan

    ★★★

    Five Came Back called Capra's anti-Jap documentary indefensible in the way it vilifies the enemy, but if you cut through the propaganda it offers an interesting history of Japan (with a focus on their cruel and warlike nature) and ironically ends its condemnation by telling us how Americans will be more victorious and more warlike than the Japanese could ever dream of.