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  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    Devil in a Blue Dress


    Director Carl Franklin’s Devil in a Blue Dress opens with a shot of a Black neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. The hustle and bustle is there as DP Tak Fujimoto’s camera cranes up, winding around a building before moving through a window. Inside, it is a bar with Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins (Denzel Washington) sitting down, scanning a newspaper for job opportunities. He recently lost his because he showed up late for work. Now, his life hangs in the balance. Two…

  • Watermelon Man

    Watermelon Man


    Jeff Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge) is a racist. He may cover it up in “jokes” or off-color comments that he tries to play off with “no offense” caveats, but make no mistake: he hates Black people. Just see how he reacts to news stories about riots and how he calls them “uppity blacks” for daring to want an equal society. In all corners of his life, he is obnoxious. His workout routine at home is exhaustive and exhausting to watch. On…

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  • Burn!



    The 1960s: 100/100
    1969 Ranked

    “If a man gives you freedom, it is not freedom. Freedom is something you, you alone, must take.”
    -Jose Dolores

    Burn! is a film that, if nothing else, proves that history repeats itself. It had relevance to the actions of the western world in the “new world” during the 1700 and 1800s, could apply directly to American actions during the Cold War in the 1950s and 60s, and still applies to this day. In fact,…

  • It Happened Tomorrow

    It Happened Tomorrow


    The 1940s: 61/100

    It is no surprise to learn that Frank Capra originally bought the rights to what would become It Happened Tomorrow. It feels very much up his alley, a story of a man who declares he wants to know the future until he actually does know the future and realizes the cost. That man, Larry Stevens (Dick Powell), is a journalist. He, in a fit of camaraderie and drunkenness, declares to his elderly co-worker Pop (John Philliber) that…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America


    Checking in at just under four hours, Once Upon a Time in America takes a long time to say absolutely nothing unique. A gangster film, the film does nothing for the gangster genre that could not be accomplished in a far shorter runtime because oh my God is this thing long. It just takes forever to end and even then, I still had no idea why it took so long. I love gangster films with The Godfather Parts I and…