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  • Schindler's List
  • Vertigo
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Chinatown

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  • I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★½

  • Drive-Away Dolls

  • Welcome to Chippendales

    ★★★½

  • Werewolves Within

    ★★

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  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★½

    Baldwins capacious presence carries an otherwise routine documentary to dizzying heights and yet it still cannot begin to compare to his writings.
    Baldwin's mind, therefore, his analysis was like a predator circling its prey, watching its habits and tendencies and understanding it better than it understood itself. This documentary captures that when it captures him and when it reads his writing.
    When it supercuts photos of modern protest against that narration it actually serves to undermine itself by narrowing Baldwin's…

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    Never thought i would walk out of a Coen Bro film 30 minutes in because of sheer boredom.

    The execution wasn't there.

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  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

    Japanese culture is spectacular in its inventiveness, expression and values. Its cultural exports maybe my overall favorite expression of collective identity.

    Hara Kiri feels like The Godfather of Japan, a product that can only come from where it comes from and perfectly captures the range of possibilities and horrors unique to its culture.

    Epic.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ½

    Well, I made it through 18 minutes of this trash at which point I could no longer swallow my frustration. Given the risk of me yelling obscenities next to my sleeping family, I will have to try and revisit this later.

    Did Disney buy this property? Are we being trolled by Mickey? Is The Mouse some kind of Dadaists corporate pirate using obscene wealth to prove that nothing can resist the reach of monetization? Is this some kind of anti-capitalist…