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  • Sunny

    ★★★★½

    kind of incredible, somehow

  • Nevaeh Morissette

    i get it. i get the message this is trying to get across, i get the metaphor, i get the format, i get it all. i just dont like it, because frankly, nothing happens, and that is not my style.

  • bestreal

    ★★★★½

    Watched on DVD

    Poetic, raw, and deeply evocative, Killer of Sheep sees Burnett relaying the impoverished, inner-city experience via strokes both exacting and layered. In Burnett's hands, a humdrum life in 1970s Watts, California feels mythical, dynamic, and almost comic book-inspired. His shots are thoughtfully and artfully composed, and his soundtrack choices hugely resonant. What's most remarkable about this work is that it feels simultaneously aimless and pointed, freeform and calculated. The actors are largely non-professional, and many of the…

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  • Cosmo Brusa Zappellini

    ★★★★

    A workers day to day life, devalued and dehumanized by living life the “right way”. Working a job that ultimately means losing a part of themselves and this resulting in losing the spark of love. 

    A wife’s day to day life, stuck trying to keep her family together and her love burning. Seeing the world around her out of her control and the men in it always looking to live it the “easy way”.

    A child’s day to day life,…

  • Liam Sullivan

    ★★★★

    This slice-of-life drama set in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts depicts the everyday lives of working class Black Americans.  The central character Stan (Henry G. Sanders) works in a slaughterhouse - hence the film's title - but the movie is mostly vignettes around Stan's household and in the neighborhood.  In fact, there are large portions of the film where he is absent, especially the extended sequences of children playing.

    Killer of Sheep adopts the Italian neorealist style with a…

  • davidstrasser

    Counter of Sheep = Me

  • Erik

    ★★★★★

    This is a movie I've always liked, but the re-watch last night revealed it to be masterful. Plays like an American response to Italian neorealism. Was also struck by how loose the structure is (no real "acts" or plot arcs), all while somehow feeling cohesive and compelling.

  • mumblecorgi

    ★★★★★

    This stunning, meditative, gentle, yet raw low-budget film originally submitted as director Charles Burnett's MFA thesis at UCLA has grown to become an iconic and foundational landmark in Black US cinema and for good reason. This non-linear piece of realism, featuring a slice of life from early 1970s Watts in the not-so-distant aftermath of the 1965 Rebellion which took place there, mainly focuses on Stan, who works a grueling and traumatizing job at a slaughterhouse. His wife and friends get…

  • asterixes

    ★★★★

    Frames the ugliness of sheep slaughter and poverty in the most beautiful way. I'm partial to narrative, which this is not, but it still moves through its characters to give us a sense of growth.

  • kendall

    ★★★★

    had me clutching my heart, such a perfect bittersweet vignette of life 

    i will be thinking about any scene with kaycee moore forever

  • josephkidney

    ★★★★½

    goes incredibly hard