Following the lives of an exiled admin group of facebook news source Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, the film serves the same purpose as the international journalism prize they're awarded: spreading awareness of crimes against humanity in Syria but less of them as human characters; glossing over the presumably mind-altering experience not only of having their city taken over by religious death squads but the over-riding sense of duty to defy ISIS's proven threats of torture and execution. After all,…
The rise and fall of Republican brown shirt Jack Abramov told through insightful talking heads and edited with acerbic wit. The definitive documentary on US congressional lobbyists and a good companion to Gibney's other yuppy-scum masterpiece "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room".
One of the most compelling and relatable anti-hero masterpieces from the American golden age.
Dustin Hoffman is lean and commanding like a runner in a never-ending race - articulating the puzzling contradictions of his character with codified restraint, the dramatic potential of his micro-expressions thoroughly mined by beautiful long-lens cinematography. And as long lenses track and imprison him in the chaotic depth of real-world locations, the story action does the work of answering questions raised by Hoffman's suggestions.
Form follows function in this written-produced-directed-edited-scored film from Vince Gallow about the narcissist Billy Brown, with Gallow in the lead of course. Besides the nostalgic aesthetic feel, throwing back to 70s anti-hero cinema through its mix of non-actors and character actors, long-lens photography and anonymous inner city scenarios, the real interest in Gallow's auteurship comes from the underlying self-deprecation in his megalomania.