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  • I Am Paul Walker

    I Am Paul Walker

    ★½

    "He was the guy every woman wanted to be with, and every man wanted to be like."

    Another entry in the Paramount (formerly Spike TV) documentary "series" that is profoundly pointless and unnecessary, and brings all nostalgia and zero depth.

    Endlessly praising, mindlessly effusive, and within 10 minutes you've literally heard "the most _____ guy I've ever met" a half dozen times.

    The home videos are cute, and some of the interviews have nice anecdotes. But a documentary about my…

  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    ★★★★½

    "I can fight. I need to fight."

    Brutal prison drama shot with artistry and confidence, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's A Prayer Before Dawn takes place in a Thai jail featuring actor Joe Cole fighting it out with martial arts convicts in a darkly gorgeous film.

    Shades of the filmmaking styles of Noé and Aronofsky are obvious in the fight cinematography and bleak reality of the desperate situation found in a Thai prison. Horror and violence are commonplace, rape is used as a…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

    "We weren't meant to save the Earth. We were meant to leave it."

    I enjoyed this even more on the second watch.

    I think it's pretty easy to list this among the best sci-fi films ever made. Or at the least, you can't name 10 better. Can you name 5 better?

    Looking back now I can see all the influences for this picture: 2001 and Solaris especially (I would hope Mr. Nolan had seen the great film Moon as well),…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★

    "America first."

    The best Spike Lee joint since 25th Hour.

    Powerful imagery, dedicated storyline, and always a strong message. In other words, the best Spike Lee has done in a while, and just what his audience was hoping for.

    Was David Duke the role Topher Grace was born to play? Hey, why not.

    The implicit and then not-so-implicit allusions to the Trump presidency (see the quote above) are perfect touches, almost too easy to work into the film. And then the coup-de-grace, the footage before the credits of Charlottesville (RIP Heather Heyer)... well my theatre was pin-drop quiet at that moment.

    Powerful shit.