Category Film

Come and See (1985)

That  German Chancellor Angela Merkel was invited to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day but not Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have surprised more people in the American corporate media than in Russia. For many people in the west, the belated Anglo American invasion of France in the Summer of 1944 is the central event […]

Cold War (2018)

Cold War is an exquisitely filmed, critically acclaimed film by Paweł Pawlikowski about a late Stalinist era bandleader played by Tomasz Kot and his muse, a singer played by Joanna Kulig. While it lost the “Best Foreign Language” film Oscar to Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, it did manage to pull in close to 20 million dollars […]

The Death of Stalin (2017)

It is I, Robert Mueller, and I have come to the White House to depose Trump and restore Hillary Clinton to her rightful place in the Oval Office. For an American, or any westerner, honestly confronting the legacy of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin can be especially difficult, or even impossible. On one hand, […]

Peterloo (2018)

Rise like Lions after slumber (but not with this pompous cunt) In unvanquishable number, Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you — Ye are many — they are few. Try to imagine, for a moment, that the March on Washington ended, not with Martin Luther King’s I Have […]

Black ’47 (2018)

The Irish potato famine of the late 1840s is widely misunderstood in the United States.  First of all, it wasn’t a famine, and it wasn’t about potatoes. That it was a genocide carried out by the English and their collaborators against the Irish peasantry, who needed to be cleared off the land to make way […]

The best two minutes about “toxic masculinity” ever filmed

With Gwynneth Paltrow’s mother and Tom Hagen. I was traumatized by this film as a teenager. It was utterly real to me. Oddly enough these days I have more sympathy for the father’s character, especially his reaction to the way his family shuts him out. It’s clear he’s not so much a bad guy as […]

Cory Booker’s Girlfriend

Rosario Dawson talking dirty. Chloe Sevigny cosplaying as Jean Seberg.

Jean-Luc Godard Offers one possible Solution to the Problem of Higher Education

  “avec une bombe” (A rather overly militant youth debates her more cautious professor — who in real life actually ran a terrorist network — about the possibility of shutting down the elite universities.) To be honest I’ve never been quite sure what Godard is trying to say here. Is he mocking militant youth, or […]

Green Book (2018)

To be honest, I mainly took the time to watch Green Book because of the controversy surrounding its Best Picture award at the 2019 Oscars. Was it a racist “white savior” movie as many people on Twitter, from which I’m now permanently banned for opposing the right wing coup in Venezuela, have accused it? Or […]

Can Film Capture the Idea of “Genius?”

The only time I can think of where cinema  adequately captures the idea of “genius” is this scene in Amadeus. Antonio Salieri, a mediocrity, laboriously composes a very simple piece of music, thanks Jesus for the inspiration, then presents it to his patron, the Emperor of Austria. Mozart, a genius, transforms it into a genuine […]