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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★½

    This TV Movie was a very neoliberal one that wears its politics on its sleeves, the progress as long as we're all nice to each other kind of politics. It shows the rift (one of many) in progressive politics that still exists today, but instead of acting as an observer, this film takes a clear side. It is the respectability politics dude who gets the cheesy, Lifetime movie claps from the audience as he valiantly reads out passed soldiers in…

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    ★★★

    I found this film to be well-intentioned, but a rather unsuccessful glimpse into the failings of a capitalistic system and those who suffer the most from that failure.

    The picture was certainly sympathetic towards these characters, but neither the writing nuanced or direction deft enough to go beyond just showcasing the experiences of these folks; that's where I think the hint of condescension comes from. It's not enough to look at these people as sad and tell us they're complicated…

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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This wasn't a bit of a mess. It was a giant clunker. I was utterly disappointed and it progressively gets worse.

    The film started off with great energy I thought. The bustling metropolitan Ho Chi Minh city, the juxtaposition of invaders coming back to the land they once invaded then being offered drinks from old Vietcong veterans, while the Americans, once invaders now tourists, taking in the hustle-bustle of the city eg. dancing in a club called Apocalypse Now to…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★

    Fun, little non-event film

    The analogy of the abuser's influence being a corrupting force even after they're gone was pretty well done. It conveyed a rather graphic image of what victims of sexual and domestic abuse endure not only from their abusers but also from the unsympathetic, disbelieving eyes of those around them. I do wish that it committed more to the analogy more and made it less literal, which would've been more terrifying than any of the Hollywood thriller-y…