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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★★

    “America is on fire right now. Until that fire is extinguished, don’t nothing else mean a goddamn thing.”

    The direct juxtaposition of the individual desperation for freedom and “opportunity” against the collective liberation of all the people everywhere. There’s no muddied waters here. There is a right. There is a wrong. There are revolutionaries, there are operatives who uses lives as tools and weapons against them. 

    The performances of the four primary players are all in their own way titanic…

  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    ★★★★★

    The opening title card flourish is still just pure movie magic. It makes my heart swell. Pam Grier’s blue outfit is so striking and she has such a screen presence she almost glows independent of the LAX fluorescent lighting. Between that opening, the Natural High sequence, and every scene of Jackie keeping her cool in the tensest of situations, I can’t imagine someone walking out of this movie not madly in love with Pam Grier as a screen icon. The…