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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

    They say that "winners write the history books," but the older I get, the more obvious it becomes that the word winners should be replaced with oppressors. Conquerors. Or perhaps more simply, pigs. But the pigs don't just write the books, they write the laws and policies. They are judge, jury and executioner. They hold sway over the public consciousness by exerting control over the very flow of information.

    How fucking tiring must it become to face that down every…

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    The Last of the Mohicans

    ★★★★★

    This instantly became one of my favorite films when I first saw it, and it has remained so for the past twenty-five years. My mom sat me down to watch it around 1996 or so, not knowing whether or not a thirteen year-old could truly appreciate it. Before tonight, my most recent viewing was also with my mom, back in 2018. A local, arthouse theater, which I ran as General Manager from 2006-2009, had a month-long series dedicated to Daniel…

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  • Secretary

    Secretary

    ★★★½

    It's always fun when I feel like I'm watching something with just enough danger and spice that I feel the need to watch on my laptop with my headphones on, to avoid my wife wondering just what the hell I'm spending my two hours on.

    I really appreciated how this script approached the notion of kink without shaming or judging its characters. Despite being a twisted romantic comedy at heart, Secretary never makes a joke out of its subject matter,…

  • Together Together

    Together Together

    ★★★½

    This was a very good choice for date night on the couch, and well worth the $8 rental. I'm bummed it came and went from my local theater so quickly, since my wife was actually excited to see it with me. I'm glad I waited a few days to rate this, and I have a feeling that if I watch it again, it may creep up a half star.

    This is a great example of a very strong script, two…

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    You can go ahead and give Riz Ahmed his Oscar nomination now.

    This is one I'd been eagerly anticipating, and my God did it deliver. It is a searing look at how a man is suddenly thrust into a new world that he must learn to accept, no matter how much he resists. A painful vision of confusion, fear, addiction, love, passion, strength and acceptance, Sound of Metal demands to be seen, heard, and above all, felt.

    Riz Ahmed is…

  • A League of Their Own

    A League of Their Own

    ★★★★

    I know, I know, shame on me for taking so long to see this.

    Simply put, I had a really good time watching this movie, and the only real issue I had was that some of the supporting cast could have been given more to do, because everyone was killing it. I had no issue with Geena Davis and Lori Petty's story taking center stage, because there was a lot to unpack there with two sisters with vastly different skill…