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  • Cuba and the Cameraman

    Cuba and the Cameraman

    Some truly unique material, and characters so real you couldn't even make them up. Immensely weighed down by Alpert's boring and somewhat narcissistic documentary style. You'd think that after 4 decades of filming the same movie, he'd learn not to wave his hands in front of the camera.

    Like many American filmmakers, Alpert has a phobia for subtitles. Even though he shows he can speak Spanish perfectly well, he would rather speak English to everyone he meets in Cuba, filming…

  • First Man

    First Man


    I think a problem with depicting alienation is that, even if done to great effect, the characters will end up doing nothing. It might invoke emotion for some viewers, but it is undeniably very visually uninteresting. Even if you believe in depicting great and complex characters through their subtle disregard for other people through inaction, you still end up watching someone not doing anything. So much of the film is dedicated to Neil Armstrong's relationship with his wife and children,…

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  • District 9

    District 9

    I wish I was one of the aliens in this movie, because it would've allowed me to take pride in the fact that I didn't come from the same planet as District 9.

    The film starts off by utilizing documentary-elements to justify the shameless shaky cam, but neglects this genre completely for the majority of its running time, leaving us with a generic action movie with intolerable camera-work, mediocre special effects and a disgustingly predictable plot based around characters with…

  • Midnight in Paris

    Midnight in Paris


    Pretty unrealistic - Paris looks way more like a toilet