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  • Coup de Torchon
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  • The Truman Show

    ★★★★½

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    ★★★★½

  • Expedition Content

    ★★★★

  • Faya Dayi

    ★★★★

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  • Azor

    Azor

    ★★★★½

    Writer/Director Andreas Fontana’s inspiration for the film came from the countless political scandals that rocked his native Switzerland and Argentina. Fontana wanted to expose how the chaotic banking industry affects the lives of the unwitting and unwilling. Fontana’s intriguing script exposes the world of private banking, while subtly dissecting the dynamics of the ruling elite and the various forms of colonialism haunting Argentina. The specter of colonialism is materialized in architecture, phrases, music, and class structure.
     
    The screenplay is…

  • The Alpinist

    The Alpinist

    ★★★★

    Marc-André Leclerc (M.A.), a solo Alpine climber from Canada, caught filmmaker Peter Mortimer’s (“The Dawn Wall”) attention by “completing a 4,000 ft route of ice and rock in one of the harshest environments on earth; Patagonia.” Introverted and focused on his craft, M.A. avoided publicity and unlike most social media climbers, didn’t film his ascents. The documentary came to fruition when Mortimer convinced the young climber to allow his ascents to be filmed.

    Back in the 1950s, reaching the peak…

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  • Expedition Content

    Expedition Content

    ★★★★

    A unique documentary that compiles 37 hours of audio recordings by the Harvard Peabody Group in Papa New Guinea. The last 20 minutes is upsetting but an accurate slice of academic colonialism in action. I wish I could go back and warn the Tribe - when you hear the words Ivy League or the name Rockefeller - run!

  • Faya Dayi

    Faya Dayi

    ★★★★

    One of the most beautiful films this year. I need the soundtrack ASAP!

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  • Exterminate All the Brutes

    Exterminate All the Brutes

    ★★★★★

    Blending historical accounts, archival footage, and re-enactments, Raoul Peck crafts a masterful docuseries. Peck was born in Haiti, a revolutionary country that has tragically become a victim of US hegemonic rule

    Having made Lumumba, The Young Karl Marx, and I am not your Negro, Peck is well versed in leftist history and figures. Exterminate All the Brutes seamlessly jumps through the colonial past with both an academic and personal approach.

    When I wasn’t being moved by the remarkable production, I kept thinking about how this should be shown in history classes all across the United States.

  • False Positive

    False Positive

    ★★★

    A modern rough retelling of Rosemary’s Baby that doesn’t totally work. Glazer is quite flat until the last act.