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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

    They say that "winners write the history books," but the older I get, the more obvious it becomes that the word winners should be replaced with oppressors. Conquerors. Or perhaps more simply, pigs. But the pigs don't just write the books, they write the laws and policies. They are judge, jury and executioner. They hold sway over the public consciousness by exerting control over the very flow of information.

    How fucking tiring must it become to face that down every…

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    The Last of the Mohicans

    ★★★★★

    This instantly became one of my favorite films when I first saw it, and it has remained so for the past twenty-five years. My mom sat me down to watch it around 1996 or so, not knowing whether or not a thirteen year-old could truly appreciate it. Before tonight, my most recent viewing was also with my mom, back in 2018. A local, arthouse theater, which I ran as General Manager from 2006-2009, had a month-long series dedicated to Daniel…

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  • Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet

    Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet

    ★★★

    I've been silently freaking out over the state of planet Earth for years now, and my wife doesn't like me sharing my doom-and-gloom thoughts very often, so watching stuff like this fascinates me in the worst ways but I mostly sit in silence, contemplating the world my kids will face. This movie left me with mixed feelings, because I learned some (terrifying) new stuff, but it has some glaring flaws.

    From a presentation standpoint, I give the film a lot…

  • Infinite

    Infinite

    I haven't watched a movie in a few days since I'm on vacation visiting my parents, so when my dad asked if I wanted to, I was excited.

    Then he picked this one.

    I haven't seen every single Antoine Fuqua film (I'm missing Brooklyn's Finest and The Magnificent Seven), but this is without question the worst one I have seen.

    The acting is lame, it feels like a retread of many, much better movies, it relies far too heavily on…

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  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★½

    This was the most excited and most nervous I've been about a film in a very long time. For me, the original was so perfect, I didn't want them to touch it. I was terrified that the Hollywood machine would swoop in and...do what they do. I wanted it left to stand alone, even if there was clearly so much more story to tell. I'm happy that my nervousness was unfounded, as this took what made the original so good…

  • Klute

    Klute

    ★★★★

    As I finish Alan Pakula's "Paranoia Trilogy," I admit to myself that I am fully falling in love with 1970s cinema.

    Jane Fonda absolutely killed, and fully deserved the Oscar without even looking at who else was nominated. She is absolutely superb as sex worker Bree, a call girl roped into a possible murder investigation in this awesome piece of neo-noir. Donald Sutherland plays the titular detective, John Klute, hired to find a missing man with ties to call girls…