85 posts categorized "War"

March 20, 2022

ATTICA

AtticaNo justice 'till Brooklyn.

When Al Pacino’s Sonny Wortzik walks from the bank shouting “Attica, Attica!” at the gathered throng in Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon,” it was powerful code that the crowd and cops understood.

Those citizens knew the atrocities committed by a racist American authoritarian militia willing to kill its own members so long as they got to savor an orgy of killing black prisoners like shooting pickles in a barrel. 

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More unspeakable brutalities followed.

Sick depravity.

Vomiting may occur.

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Authorities rewriting history as it's being made is nothing new.

What do you know? 

Rated TV-MA. 116 mins. 

5 Stars

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March 05, 2022

JUST A GIGOLO

Screen Shot 2022-03-04 at 3.37.05 PMIt's an understatement to say that David Bowie carries this flawed film.

However, Bowie's follow-up to "The Man Who Fell To Earth" is a bitter gem if only for that reason.

Bowie is never less than stunning.

That "Just A Gigolo" also features Marlene Dietrich's final film appearance, makes for value added.

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Director David Hemmings (of "Blow Up" fame) has his heart in the right place about showing Berlin's lead up to adopting Hitler's Aryan rhetoric.

Best intentions aren't enough for poor writing, or editing, which ever the case may be.

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Still, queer logic gets its say. 

Rated. 105 mins. (U.S. version)

2 Stars

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February 10, 2022

FLEE

ColeSmithey.comAmin Nawabi's repressed story of a desperate refugee escaping from Afghanistan to Denmark falls into a droning miasma of darkness.

Danish documentarian Jonas Poher Rasmussen relies too heavily on Amin Nawabi's tonally flat narration.

This [mostly] animated film rarely comes up for some much needed air.

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Tighter editing could have helped.

Not polished.

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While visually inventive, "Flee" doesn't compare to such outstanding animated memoir films as "Persepolis" or "Waltz With Bashir."

Rated PG-13. 89 mins.

2 Stars

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