Favorite films

  • The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
  • Propaganda
  • Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii
  • Rust Never Sleeps

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  • No Time to Die

    ★★★½

  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★½

  • Dune

    ★★★

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★

    I'll always have some love for a sci-fi movie in which a character quotes Deuteronomy, but Dune was a bit hollow/ponderous, with a story disrupted by being purposely cut in half to tease a sequel.

    Also, I am not at all convinced by Timothée Chalamet. He makes me think I'm watching a TikTok video.

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★½

    Wow. A music documentary that (with the annoying exception of Lin-Manuel Miranda) only features interviewees relevant to the subject (mostly musicians and attendees). An emotional experience rather than simply pedagogic.

    And above all Summer of Soul, while giving adequate political and cultural context, has enough respect for the audience to let the music speak for itself.

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  • Money Plane

    Money Plane

    MONEY PLANE! There's a total of four criminals on the money "plane". MONEY PLANE! Joey Lawrence has a rat's pelt glued to his head. MONEY PLANE! Some of the cast appears to be drunk. MONEY PLANE! The film's idea of humor is giving the black guy an Irish code name. MONEY PLANE! Thomas Jane might be acting under duress. MONEY PLANE! I can't be sure this wasn't initially meant to be a porno. MONEY PLANE!

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★½

    Oof. There is a good movie that is desperately trying to get out of Da Five Bloods. But its already implausible plot is weighed down by awkward exposition, cliché character beats, a convenient ending, and an unnecessary 159-minute runtime. 

    The movie also has to cram in commentary on a huge array of social issues—the opioid epidemic, Trump voters, landmines, France in World War II—that totally distract from a moving central story of black soldiers dealing with the ghosts of war…