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kbox has written 2 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

    Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

    ★★★★½

    It's wonderful to see the affirmations of Black German women talking about Audre's formative presence in Berlin, as inspiring personal and communal growth and self-visibility. There is also a fair amount of meandering footage for ardent admirers who would like to see all moments of Audre in action.

    As in her essays, she calls in Black men and white women and straight Black women, etc. She addresses intersecting struggles not as a part of zero-sum calculations; if we can reimagine…

  • Pump Up the Volume

    Pump Up the Volume

    ★★★★½

    The broad targets of the rants of disaffected youth still strike my common sensibilities. It's novel though to have a cinematic teen dismayed by attention and popularity, and who doesn't get the girl via having zero discernible attractive qualities besides being the protagonist. There's a believable bond between Mark and Nora, and their scenes of hesitation and anticipation are electric.

    Buuut cannot ignore the masturbation-themed persona. A townful of teenagers and cool teachers listening in with impish glee?