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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath


    John Ford Ranked and Reviewed
    Ford's adaptation of Steinbeck is harrowing and hopeful. It elicits anger and panic at the brazen nakedness of man's inhumanity to man--of hungry kids and stricken parents, of unimaginable desperation of two million people dispossessed by ruthless economic actors that exploited their ignorance and the epic drought that put them out of stake and home.

    Only to be lured like prey animals to the nasty trap of California, where even more vicious, more animal (more…

  • A Man for All Seasons

    A Man for All Seasons


    Sir Thomas More opposes King Henry VIII divorcing his wife and marrying Anne Boleyn. As Henry goes through with his divorce, a split with the Catholic church is required and the Church of England is created and Thomas, a devout catholic, becomes in the process an enemy of his friend the king.

    A fascinating film detailing in intense detail the moral quandary and tightrope that More walks in both trying to maintain his faith and stay within the letter of…

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  • Town Bloody Hall

    Town Bloody Hall


    Watched the bloody fantastic commentary which has a fair amount of information and insight from director and editor Chris Hegedus, and a ton of on point and shredding observations from Germaine Greer. It's an absolutely terrific and top notch commentary to an utterly superb film and it fills in some of the holes especially in the final half hour (q and a section) discussing many of the audience members and how the format was so performative and insular within the NY literary establishment of the day.

  • The Tree in a Test Tube

    The Tree in a Test Tube


    Propaganda short that combines McDoakes and Laurel and Hardy. the duo are silent and perform and ineffectual comedy routine to the narration.

    then the film shifts to propaganda mode, talking about all the ways that forestry products are supporting the war effort.

    Mostly middlin and the Laurel and Hardy material is pretty disappointing.

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit


    A film with a miraculous balance of tone and sentiment that manages to find sweetness and humanity and forgiveness in the darkest of times and offer a narrative path of humor and absurdity to counterpoint a story of the terrifying indoctrination of children and the creeping insidious terror of fascism and authoritarianism. 

    Let us not forget that children becoming fanatics selling out their parents and loved ones is no laughing matter and rooted deeply in history particularly the history of the 30s-50s. The real stories of children like Jojo are far darker and more disturbing than this fable—but we have to have hope.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


    This movie is all sorts of bizarre sincere wonderful thrilling and full of charm distillation of the glorious Fantasy of “pretend” and child like awe and everything is just too perfect and delightful and holy shit gloriously dorky fun.