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  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★

    Not sure what I was expecting going into a biopic doc. They all, more or less (save for the unreal brilliance of Dear Zachary), take the same mold and shape.

    Give us the hero, sprinkle in some past childhood trauma that made them become who they are, uplift us with their triumphs, give them a minor adversary (usually an appendage of the government or "institution") and don't forget a weakness in the hero (homophobia) and you have yourself a biopic…

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★★½

    Admittedly I’ve never understood the admiration of Powell and Pressburgers films beyond the scope of their mastery of technicolor and editing, which after typing that I realize that’s a substantial lot. But never the fanboy even after reading Scorsese gushing about the duos work.

    But a Matter of Life and Death is far and above my favourite of theirs so far because it’s equal parts fantastical, poetic, conceptual and honest. 

    Eons ahead of its time, it dabbles in a hallucinatory…

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★½

    Sean Baker and the Safdie Brothers' work share a common interest in their exploratory, borderline-exploitative, works surrounding the struggling working classes of America. Both use a rainbow pastiche aesthetic to soften even the harshest realities, but neither - despite their proclivity for handheld neo-realism - want to offer much of a solution or even a moral within the depths of their discoveries.

    Baker, like the Safdies, is an Ivy leaguer (NYU Alumni, hailing from a city shortlisted by Forbes as…

  • American Dharma

    American Dharma

    ★★★½

    Reading some of the critics take on this doc is unsettling. To think this is a Bannon-defense-turned-documentary is inane. Since when did the "Liberal" media feel so threatened by their opposition?

    Know thy enemy. seems to have confoundedly turned into What enemy?

    Not surprised this hasn't been picked up for distribution yet.

    Somehow Errol Morris manages to humanize and portray the intellectual vigour of the enemy: Steve Bannon.

    Yes, Bannon is hateful. Yes, Bannon is Machiavellian. But it doesn't take…