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  • Metropolis
  • Seven Samurai
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Videodrome

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  • Hoop Dreams

    ★★★★★

  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★★½

  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

    ★★★½

  • The Plot Against America

    ★★★★½

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  • 3 in a Towel

    3 in a Towel

    ★★

    Softcore film shot without sync sound, and overlaid with a lot of Shakespearean verse. Plotless, but it's not like people went to see these things for the story anyway. The bare flesh was the draw, and on that this film pretty much succeeds - the girls aren't too bad looking. Still, it gets boring after a while, and given that this came out right around the time grindhouses started showing hardcore, it's hard to imagine this garnered much interest.

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★

    We needed this. While there are definitely some elements in this that are dramatized for narrative purposes, the Black Panther Party has for so long been misrepresented on film that a corrective was necessary. This may not be the best film about the Panthers, but it is one of the most accessible, and it gives the viewer a general idea of what they actually stood for.

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  • Shakespeare’s Shitstorm

    Shakespeare’s Shitstorm

    ★★★★½

    Lloyd Kaufman's most ambitious film also captures a mood we've rarely seen from him - reflective. Shakespeare's Shitstorm, in addition to being perhaps the nuttiest version of The Tempest ever conceived, serves as a summation of Lloyd's career and a capsule vision of the things that have thematically driven his films for decades - independent thought, a cynical eye cast toward corporatism and bureaucracy, social satire, and comedic anarchy.

    The end party scene is one of the defining sequences in…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    This is Tarantino's best film since Pulp Fiction.

    In 1969, America was a changing nation. There were growing pains, but there was also the feeling of great possibility - a nation of potential just waiting to be unleashed. Fifty years later, America is changing, but that sense of optimism and opportunity is gone. All that is left is a fascistic death rattle.

    In 1969, American movies were changing, and those changes brought some of the greatest works of cinematic art…