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  • The Naked Island

    The Naked Island

    ★★★★

    The Criterion Collection - Spine #811

    Kaneto Shindo’s film takes us on a mostly wordless journey. But the Naked Island can’t be classified as a silent film. It’s a film punctuated by long moments of silence. It’s a story told primarily through the unpronounced, yet noble struggle of a farming family of four as they eke out a meager, but sufficient living on an isolated island. The island in the film’s title is their home. They are the island’s only…

  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★½

    The Criterion Collection - Spine #810

    You’re not supposed to love every character in a film noir. Some characters prove to be despicable from the outset. Others may earn your ire over the course of the film. In A Lonely Place has Humphrey Bogart dangerously close to crossing that line. His character, Dixon Steele, is not that likable from the start. And we find him becoming more of a curmudgeon as time wears on. He’s somewhat thin-skinned and constantly on…

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  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★

    Who is this film for? And what is it looking to accomplish? 

    These are the two questions that have been swirling around in my mind almost a week later after watching Green Book, Peter Farrelly's racial road movie about the classically trained pianist Don Shirley, Tony "Lip" Vallenlonga, and their 1960's journey through the deep south. I know the answer to both questions, but I don't think Peter knows and I don't think that co-writer Nick Vallenlonga knows either. But…

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★

    I’ve been wanting to jot down something about this film for a minute now. And I’m pretty sure that this film's been covered from about every angle imaginable. So let me try approaching it from this angle. Let’s talk about my pity for Sal.

    When I mention a pity for Sal, I’m not referring to pity for the man himself. I’m referring to his desire to cling to whiteness, the construction of it, and the burden it places on black…