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near perfection  
on July 29, 2011 - 9:20 AM PDT
  of Killer of Sheep (Special Edition) (Disc 1 of 2) (1977)
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful

This film and director deserve to be at the top of anybody's list of top American films or directors. I had never heard of this guy, but I was blown away by this film. The photography (black and white) is beautiful and astounding. Minute details pack an emotional whollop. The acting is so natural and believable, major and minor characters and all these beautiful children. Okay, so there's no plot. The film just follows the lives of the residents of a semi-industrial area of South L.A. but the portrayal of protagonists love, hope, disappointment, and persevereance is subtle and moving. There's a great wide- ranging sound track. See this film.
Who knew in 1959  
on September 10, 2010 - 11:46 AM PDT
  of Expresso Bongo (1959)

What a surprise this was! You never thought Laurence Harvey could be so funny. The film is a kind of send-up of the British teen rock-and-roll "industry" but is so open-hearted that no one is unsympathetic. It's also amazingly open about sexuality The satire spares neither upper crust or working class or the press. Great film.
One reason  
on January 7, 2009 - 3:29 PM PST
  of Safe Men (1998)

There's a reason this film disappeared so fast from theaters. It's boring. It's annoying. It's slow. It's poorly written. Too much dialogue is whispered and is inaudible. It looks like everyone tried hard,but it there just isn't anything there. Okay, that's more than one reason so I'll stop now, but I could go on.
for a sense of history and pathos  
on September 4, 2008 - 4:16 PM PDT
  of Tabu (1931)
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful

this film is a beauty. One of the last silent films, Murnau had a vision that the natitve Tahaitian cast was able to carry off beautifully. It's not a documentary at all though we do get to see a romantized version of traditional life and how the islanders were were debased and disempowered by the money economy.
Mary Pickford chalenges 'The Tramp'   
on February 26, 2007 - 5:48 AM PST
  of Suds (1920)

Mary Pickford is as cute as a button . She acts with a combination of pathos and physical comedy that is worthy of Chaplin.The film also opens a window into the world of work and class of 100 years ago.
W'ither body acceptance?  
on March 28, 2005 - 1:49 PM PST
  of Tarzan and His Mate/Tarzan Finds a Son! (1934/1939)
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful

It's an embarassment to think that the attitudes portrayed toward Africans, animals, and nature were so accepted. These two movies were made five years apart but the retro attitudes are worse in the second one. Body acceptance also takes a major hit . The earlier film has bare breasted natives and a beautiful nude swim scene by Maureen O'Sullivan. By the second movie, that's all gone. O'Sullivan now wears a kind of short shift instead of those flaps of leather and she's more inane than ever`. The story lines are rediculus, but the movies are still fun.

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