Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting ... See full summary »
Latrenda 'Boosie' Ash,
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Water is the main protagonist, seen in all its great and terrible beauty. Mountains of ice move and break apart as if they had a life of their own. Kossakovsky's film travels the world, ... See full summary »
An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.
Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
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This mockumentary is set in a future Indiana in which people no longer have access to the Internet, don't have smartphones, and don't have political opinions informed by Fox News.
The young people of this fictional world have lost their ability to speak; the only people who retain their voices are Baby Boomers, and they are only able to speak about things of no interest to anyone, like whether a certain zoning exemption should be granted for a driveway. (Please: give this topic the full 30 minutes it deserves, so that we can get the richest possible sense of how town councils work in te 21st century.)
I appreciated Wiseman's bold foray into science fiction, even if the world he creates here lacks plausibility.
My only concern is that this movie's timid Ford-Foundation-approved portrayal of arch-conservative gun-hoarding Indianans as good-hearted and simple soybean folk was not exactly what 2018 demands. As we enter the 16th year of a needless war, as waves of meth/opioid addiction and suicide sweep across the non-science-fiction version of Indiana, as we return to Victorian levels of inequality, as de facto concentration camps are set up along the country's southern border, as people all over the country retweet images of unarmed black men being murdered by cops and left to rot all day in the street, as privatization destroys what was left of our education systems, as privatized utilities destroy children's brains with lead, is it possible that this castrated, painfully dull and polite movie is not exactly what's needed?
If Wiseman still has the guts to show things that don't flatter the wealthy and powerful, this might be a good time for him to start working on High School 3, Juvenile Court 2, Welfare 2, or Veteran's Hospital.
This movie gets a 4.0, at least, for forcing viewers to sit through images of animal suffering and to consider where their meat comes from.
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