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  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro


    San Diego CityBeat review, published Feb. 8, 2017

    Listening to James Baldwin describe the 1960s is like peering through a window into the modern day. “America insists on being narrow-minded…simplicity is taken to be a great American virtue.” While issues surrounding race, class division and economic inequality inspired the legendary author’s cutting prose during the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, one could imagine an evenly savage reaction to the morally repugnant and unconstitutional actions taken by the infant (and infantile)…

  • Fire at Sea

    Fire at Sea


    - San Diego CityBeat Review, Published Feb. 1, 2017

    On Friday, Jan. 23, President Trump issued an Executive Order that temporarily halted admission of refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Families were separated with the stroke of a pen, and foreign allies of the U.S. military were sent home despite years of loyal service. This egregious and unconstitutional #MuslimBan has rightly sparked protests at airports around the country, sending a strong message of resistance to a cowardly administration that is…

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers


    In this postmodern acid wash nightmare called 21st century America, some of us no longer have the ability to register rock bottom. We just spiral deeper into the neon abyss, documenting our own demise by way of pop culture and ego and delusion. Complex emotion is meaningless. The momentum of deceit is unstoppable. Those contemplating the limits of excess are either delusional or weak, unnecessary, disposable. As a result, the Culture teaches us to be cold, unfeeling, and obsessive to the pursuit of nothing else but those boobies y'all. We are what we lust after, and we are lusting after self-destruction. Mission Accomplished.

  • Blackhat



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

    The highs of low tech, the lows of high tech. Sensory clashes overwhelm plot. Mann's first pure romance film since MOHICANS. The action scenes are expectedly great, but there's a new wrinkle of humanity and romanticism here. At one point a character has just confessed her husband died in 9/11, then seconds later she lies on the ground riddled with bullets. Mann cuts from a CU of her face to a POV of a massive skyscraper, inferring the end of…