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  • Riotsville, USA

    ★★★★★

  • Tantura

    ★★★★

  • Leonor Will Never Die

    ★★★½

  • Living

    ★★★★

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  • Riotsville, USA

    Riotsville, USA

    ★★★★★

    Wow! Stunning documentary. I was born in 1960 and that decade seemed so full of anger, hope, and rebellion. This doc captures a moment when change was possible and tragically missed. We could be in a very different America if the Kerner Commission Report that Johnson ordered in response to the riots of the 1960s had been heeded.

    The film, created entirely from archival footage shot by the government or news footage broadcast on TV, avoids footage that we often…

  • Tantura

    Tantura

    ★★★★

    From the Sundance program: "When the state of Israel was established in 1948, war broke out and hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated in its aftermath. Israelis know this as the War of Independence. Palestinians call it “Nakba” (the Catastrophe). In the late 1990s, graduate student Teddy Katz conducted research into a large-scale massacre that had allegedly occurred in the village of Tantura in 1948. His work later came under attack and his reputation was ruined, but 140 hours of…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    Watched this again as I finalized my top ten of 2021 but there was never a doubt this would be number one.

    Brian Hu, artistic director of San Diego Asian Film Festival brought two of Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's films to San Diego last year and it was my first introduction the the filmmaker. Needless to say I fell in love with his work.

    I love films that come at their subjects in a roundabout way, so what you think the film…

  • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

    Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

    ★★★★

    In depth, well-researched documentary on folk horror. A good selections of interviews with people who are intelligent, insightful, knowledgeable and engaging. Tons of film clips although not all are identified so sometimes you get a glimpse of something fascinating but then have no idea which film it is from so that's frustrating. Most films clips are identified and some films are included in the Severin box set or are streaming on Shudder. After to watch this you will want to…