• Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★

    “During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander. After their death, attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and to hallow their names to a certain extent for the “consolation” of the oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter, while at the same time…

  • This Side of Paradise: Fragments of An Unfinished Biography

    This Side of Paradise: Fragments of An Unfinished Biography

    Further proof that cinema, the history, production, and reception thereof, was only ever thoroughly bourgeois in the home movies of Jonas Mekas.

  • Hero

    Hero

    ★★★½

    "[...] There are moments in football that are exclusively poetic: these are the moments of the "goal." Each goal is always both an invention and a subversion of codes: each goal is inexplicable, striking, stunning, and irreversible. Just like the poetic word. The top scorer in a league is always the best poet of the year (Francesco Trento, for instance). Dribbling is poetic as well, (though not always like scoring a goal). Indeed, every player dreams (together with every spectator)…

  • Inca Light

    Inca Light

    ★★★★★

    Watch it here (with English subtitles for Spanish parts): youtu.be/al2qQl_nM-0

  • 13th

    13th

    ★★

    One hundred minutes without mentioning the determinant to almost everything it denounces, and that is capitalism. This is in keeping with Ava DuVernay's neoliberal ideology which has been expressed more blatantly elsewhere. Of all the talking heads interviewed only Angela Davis and Van Jones (formerly a Maoist) go beyond the limits set by its production. Davis does it by her mere presence which has long been an act of resistance and is now a triumph. Jones does it through the…

  • The Other Life
  • Richard Jewell

    Richard Jewell

    ★★½

    At the tender age of 89, avowed libertarian Clint Eastwood approaches anarcho-libertarianism, which makes this one of the dumbest films of his filmography. This is despite good and sometimes touching performances from all the leading actors involved. Too bad there probably isn’t enough time for Eastwood the artist to abandon the depth of his inculcation in liberal hegemonic ideology. For it is in the stubborn confrontation with the politically correct that recent Eastwood directed films find a liveliness. But it is honestly a case of the pot calling the kettle black, and even navel-gazing, that has already worn thin.

  • 1900

    1900

    ★★★★

    There is to be no compromise with Fascism, it must be fought and ridiculed at every congregation and at every point of origin. And for that 1900 is something of a glitch in the grand film epic apparatus. A detournement, if you will, of the European auteur prestige film for which most critics reserve praise the more didactic (usually leftist) politics are subverted for the sake of the filmmaker's personal vision. There is an underlying moral message despite all the…

  • Casa de Lava

    Casa de Lava

    ★★★★★

    " A laborer from the Cape Verde Islands, about 30 years old. No documents, no family, no friends, nothing. At work they say he didn't talk much."

    “My love, being together will make life beautiful for another 30 years. I’m growing stronger and younger. I’d like to give you 10,000 cigarettes, a dozen fashionable dresses, a car, a house built of lava... a bouquet of wildflowers. But above all I want you to drink a bottle of good wine and think of me. Here it is all work. There's more than 100 of us now.”

  • Workers Leaving the Job Site

    Workers Leaving the Job Site

    ★★★★

    It happens every day and afterwards you might find a little time to go to the movies.

  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★½

    From the writer of such hard-hitting pieces as The Hangover Part II and Scary Movie 3, comes Chernobyl: Hyperrealist Boogaloo.

  • The Docks of New York

    The Docks of New York

    ★★★★★

    "What did you ever do that makes you worse than me? I'd marry you in a minute!"