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  • Detroit

    Detroit

    ★★★

    Guess The Battle of Algiers was already taken. Though this film has more than a few similarities to that one including whatever unfortunate racial stuff comes out of having an outsider turn an event into a dissection of leftist politics. At times the film does become a little too digestible with a simplified view of the event painted by having Ferguson so close in the rear view mirror. Beyond that, which I would be a little hypocritical to go too…

  • Storm Over Asia

    Storm Over Asia

    ★★★★

    I have to imagine with the constant barrage of propaganda Soviet audiences must have been dead tired because even with my light sampling in recent weeks I'm a bit mentally exhausted myself. That might explain though why this was and has remained such a titan of the era. Yes, there is plenty of propaganda here, but it is much more generalized and placed in the back half so that any audience member could watch it as what it is: a…

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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    ½

    If this isn't the worst film nominated for best picture it comes pretty close considering how it offends all senses and sensibility. This is just an incompetently made film with stuff out of focus and a shaky cam that makes Greengrass look sober. I can't think of anything that should do worse for the reputation of amateur productions then this. Though the worst aspect of the film is how it renders an object of romance the poor. I honestly thought…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    There's so much to talk about here that I'm not sure where to begin and certainly will leave stuff out either through forgetfulness or not wanting to punish people with a tome of my awful writing. Just that Peele is able to throw in a split second visual gag about Bing being the search engine of evil or that Jesse Owens being talented is the origin of the plot shows a subtle genius that I love. Though probably the thing…