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80 73% Georgia Georgia (1995) - 05 May 2017
100 98% Final Offer Final Offer (1985) - 16 Dec 2020
"Turns out there really was a great documentary about labour, GM, and Roger Smith made in the '80s. Not merely great, but singular: nothing else offers as direct a view of events as important and wide-ranging (obvious at the time, tragically so post-NAFTA). And few surely feature a protagonist as compelling or powerful--justly or not--as Bob White, in a story that really does play like a thriller. History has helped with the deux ex machina: they had us by the reproductive organs anyway."
95 95% Perceval le Gallois Perceval le Gallois (1978) - 09 Oct 2020
"Though the aesthetic is part of a specific agenda, the variety/richness of its pleasures prompt a pang for the near-absence of hist. films risking anything like it. How nice to feast your eyes on action & handmade sets for their cultivated fakeness rather than avert your eyes from CG equivalents' standardized fakeness. Rohmer's remarks that true modernity involves fidelity to the past find an echo in Wendell Berry: if using a computer is a new choice, then choosing not to use one is even newer."
75 64% Speech/Acts: A Dialectical Comedy Speech/Acts: A Dialectical Comedy (2020) - 03 Apr 2020
""Reading delivers on the promise that sex raises but hardly ever can fulfill – getting larger 'cause you're entering another person's language, cadence, heart and mind." - Chris Kraus, I LOVE DICK"
75 64% Danny Says Danny Says (2016) - 29 Nov 2020
"On the appeal, potential power, & limited financial returns of the coolest guy in the room. Fields described himself as giving a "less than celestial performance" in this, but then he would. Like I would know, right? I do know there's a solid two minutes of him making fun of the Edgar Winter Group that is fucking priceless. Or the way he still refers to "that Van Halen guy"? From the same Village apartment he's lived in for 30 years? Commitment. (The "Russian Mafia" would evict him soon after.)"
50 27% Betrayed Betrayed (1988) - 12 Mar 2021
"You can say this for Eszterhas: he was the first Hollywood screenwriter to attempt a warning in the wake of Alan Berg's murder. He knew Nazism well, and this is kind of interesting in its portrayal of homegrown American fascism borne of capitalist rape (and, uh, class resentment). It even features what is likely the first on-screen depiction of racist radicalization on the internet. And yet the mechanics of the plot are so phony and contrived as to kill the whole thing. Some awful dialogue, too"
75 64% First Reformed First Reformed (2018) - 10 Sep 2019
""If it comes to a choice between the extermination of the fowls of the air and the lilies of the field and the extermination of a building fund, the organized church will elect--indeed, has already elected--to save the building fund...No wonder so many sermons are devoted exclusively to "spiritual" subjects. If one is living by the tithes of history's most destructive economy, then the disembodiment of the soul becomes the chief of worldly conveniences." - Wendell Berry"
65 45% Lone Survivor Lone Survivor (2013) - 27 Sep 2020
"Claims of propaganda are highly selective. The heroes discuss and are prepared to execute unarmed children, the only objection that they might get caught. They then learn that combat means being torn apart piece by piece until there is nothing of you left, an insane and agonizing process leavened only by occasional moments of self-delusion. And even if you can somehow hold on, your army's poor resource management will fuck you over. Real NATION'S PRIDE material all right."
50 27% Regression Regression (2015) - 15 Oct 2020
"The Satanic Ritual Abuse scare has gone virtually unfilmed despite producing the longest and costliest American trial ever (and many slightly less ignominious episodes). It can't be comfortably reconciled with certain assumptions since deemed sacred, but there's also the practicality of it: how to believably portray something so ridiculous, rampant, recent? This subjective, fever-dreamy approach from the POV of a true believer doesn't really work but is kind of interesting as an experiment."
100 98% Benjamin Smoke Benjamin Smoke (2000) - 10 Mar 2021
"Benjamin and GG Allin were both queer artists whose pansexuality was inextricable from their infamous performances; who proselytized with poignant naivete for the Dionysian ecstasies of rock and roll; whose substance-heavy pursuit of said ecstasies led to like deaths at like ages. Diff is one was a bore and a sadist (a forseeable result of adding childhood abuse to the equation), the other a gentle and soulful man who made music you might actually want to listen to: https://tinyurl.com/3hjfkvhd"