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  • Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

    Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

    ★★★★

    As someone who has been a fan of reggae and dub music for quite some time, I'll admit that was sorely uninformed about the history of those genres, outside of the basics, like the precursors being rocksteady and ska. However, Rudeboy tells this history through the story of Trojan Records (hey, that's the title of the documentary! I'm so good at this), the record label instrumental in popularizing reggae music to an international audience. It utilizes both interviews with a…

  • Milford Graves Full Mantis

    Milford Graves Full Mantis

    ★★★½

    While this documentary spends a lot of time talking about Milford Graves's rather eccentric philosophies in life, I wish that it spent more on his artistic process, and just showed him playing more. I like avant-garde jazz, and I loved the scenes when he just went crazy on the drums a few times. But yeah, if you like jazz, I'd check this one out.

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  • M

    M

    ★★★★½

    A fascinating portrayal of a manhunt for a serial killer, played expertly by Peter Lorre, that has influenced just about every crime show/movie to follow. Fantastic cinematography and several powerful uses of complete silence (no music, no dialogue, no sound effects during multiple scenes) really add a lot. Also, apparently the guy who play The Safecracker, Gustaf Gründgens, was gay, but the Nazis admired his acting so much that they kept him around and I don't know how to feel…

  • Blow the Man Down

    Blow the Man Down

    ★★★★

    This and The Lighthouse are single-handedly contributing to my newfound love of sea shanties. "Way-aye, blow the man down" indeed!