Taylor Leverage

Taylor Leverage

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  • Land Without Bread

    Land Without Bread

    ★★½

    Movies today: "No animals were harmed in the making of this film."
    Buñuel: "Y'know what? I really fucking hate goats."

    I realize that Buñuel intended the content of Land Without Bread as a political statement, a critique of the medium, propaganda, and the new Spanish government, but it's deliberately dishonest and presents itself as fact to deceive the viewer. Displays few of the skills that the acclaimed director leveraged to establish his international reputation. Some call it a particularly early and dry example of a mockumentary, but it seems more like a thinly disguised political hit piece that, regardless of intention, is aimed to be deceptive.

  • Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip

    Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip

    ★★★★

    Perhaps a bit of a step down from the mania and fantastically high energy of Live in Concert, Live on the Sunset Strip is still pretty funny. He's clearly undergone quite a lot as a person between the two films, and the audience isn't really sure how to react to his more sincere moments; hearing the audience laugh as Pryor describes a particularly candid moment when he tried to shake off help from close friend Jim Brown and the mental effects of severe addiction is one of the most unintentionally depressing moments I've ever seen in a film.

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  • Häxan

    Häxan

    ★★★★

    Part scholarship, part social criticism, part satire, and part shock value, Häxan maintains a surprisingly high degree of quality to its sets and practical effects, with particular praise due to its costumes and unique dioramas. There is an underlying sincerity and acidity for the logic and practices of the past that should place this film as one of the earliest iterations of a social history of women put to film; consider that this film was released only two years after…

  • Hour of the Wolf

    Hour of the Wolf

    ★★★★

    There's a reason that people often compare Bergman's Hour of the Wolf to the work of David Lynch; it's hard to ignore the surreal, psychological drama that incorporates maddening, hypnotic imagery and a sense of mounting unease that both share. A unique foray into horror for the acclaimed director, this film is dense and can carry quite a number of interpretations (again, like Lynch), but to me the film explores the horror inherent in violence that everyone is theoretically capable…