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  • The Battle of Chile: Part I

    The Battle of Chile: Part I

    ★★★★★

    "Institutional conflict alone is not enough to justify a coup d'état. It is also necessary to provoke violence and social chaos."

    Do you think it can't happen here? It can happen here.

    Patricio Guzmán's untouchable series of his home country begins with La batalla de Chile -- primera parte: la insurrección de la burguesía ["The Battle of Chile -- Part I: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie"], a chronicle of the political tension surrounding the election of Salvador Allende and the…

  • The Battle of Chile: Part II

    The Battle of Chile: Part II

    ★★★★★

    "The armed forces have acted today solely from the patriotic inspiration of saving the country from the tremendous chaos into which it was being plunged..."

    Again, it can happen here. Has it happened here?

    The term "CIA-backed" is a loaded one, as there are a myriad of levels of support that America has offered in past, of varying amounts of legality, often very little and usually undemocratic. From fomenting crises in Central America and the Caribbean, to turning away from…

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  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    "Out here, it is all about our hustle, and that's it."

    As the novelty of Sean Baker having shot Tangerine on an iPhone has died off -- 5S, for those wondering -- fortunately more people can now view the movie for its actual merits, as I am watching it today for the first time. Though nowhere near Christmastime as many like to view it, I'll choose it as part of a Pride Month watch instead.

    Because aside from that surprise…

  • Starlet

    Starlet

    "You should have named him 'Carlito.' Like, that dog will cut a bitch."

    So, it's great that Sean Baker is able to find acting talent where no one has searched before, but… an actual Hemingway? I mean, like, the fashion model and Mariel Hemingway's daughter and Ernest Hemingway's great-granddaughter? Ooh, how indie of him. It's not like Baker just found her on the street or something.

    Anyway. Starlet.

    In the San Fernando Valley lives Jane (Hemingway) -- also called Tess…

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  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    The screen glows white in the theatre tonight
    Not a cellphone to be seen
    A film devoid of imagination
    And it needs to be in quarantine

    My face is scowling like a raging storm inside
    Couldn't make it good, heaven knows they tried

    Don't let them in, don't let them see
    Be the good film Frozen I was to me
    Raw deal, this reel, don't let them know
    Well, now they know

    Don't you go, don't you go
    Can't say…

  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    Now, this is a movie all about how
    Will Smith got cloned by a man of renown.
    And I'd like to take a minute, just sit with me,
    I'll tell you how he became de-aged in a film by Ang Lee.

    In west of some laboratory, born and raised,
    In a test tube was where he spent most of his days.
    Chillin' out, maxin', assassinatin' a fool,
    And all shootin' some people to graduate from school,
    When a couple of…