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  • Minority Report

    Minority Report

    ★★★★★

    This was my first Spielberg I saw in a theater when I was 14.

    We mostly went to kids movies when I was growing up, and I was too young when Hook came out. I eventually saw the VHS and fell head over heals in love for it, but that was only after 1994 or so when Dad shared JURASSIC PARK with us. That was the very first SCARY movie I saw as boy. The three younger siblings were in…

  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    ★★★★★

    In 1980 Jean-Luc Godard appeared on the Dick Cavett Show.

    Dick: Why can't Americans make better movies as you see it?
    Jean-Luc: Well, they can, they can, but don't, probably don't want.
    Dick: ...why?
    Jean-Luc: I don't know they must... maybe they feel too comfortable at home. And to create you have to go out of your home, and to come back maybe, but you have to go out once or another. I mean and probably they don't want. Most…

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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★★

    This Solemnity of Corpus Christi I'm still thinking of The Passion of Paul, more commonly known as "Da 5 Bloods."

    Just as Malcom X arrived in the wake of Rodney King's trials, in the wake of the Los Angeles Uprising of 1992, again Spike Lee has made another masterpiece, equally spiritual and political, at exactly the time it's most needed.

    [for more on how Da 5 Bloods relates to other Lee masterpieces, see a full thread starting here:
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  • Walker

    Walker

    ★★★★★

    I had no idea it was so close to William Walker's birthday.

    What a wonderful satire of American imperialism. I loved the anachronistic details, showing how 20th century American interventionism would've fit right in alongside the 19th century filibustering financed by Cornelius Vanderbilt. Contemporary intelligence agencies also have the interests of captains of industry at heart, more than "democracy, universal suffrage, and the principals of our founding fathers."

    The closing credits hit the target so well, and these 90 minutes are perfect agitprop on the level of Spike Lee or Oliver Stone. It's not surprising that this didn't meet with popular acclaim 30 years ago.