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Belfast (Nominated for 7 Oscars)

Posted: February 8, 2022 in -
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Belfast': Robin's movie review | KUNR

(Nov. 24, 2021)



This unexpected drama delved into the lives of war children. I couldn’t help but see the parallels with Syria: religious extremism, atrocities, and gangs of opportunists moving in and taking over to rule through terror.

The story rang true and may have been. It was a small story about a much larger tragedy. The best part was the kid. He was good, and I heartily recommend this movie.

The bulk of the film is in black and white and kind of a dull, washed-out greyness. I hoped for a bit more literal contrast, but they opted for an ugly world, generally. Aesthetically, this was a drawback, but the intent is obvious.

The religion made my blood boil, and it was only a minute part of the tale. It’s just such child abuse to grant raving meatballs dominion over kids to brainwash them and terrorize them into compliance and obedience. Clearly child abuse, psychological damage, the results end up on the evening news in place after place.

The Irish can always be counted on to deliver loads of character, charm and wit. We can certainly use more films like this one.

The Expanse Has Concluded

Posted: February 4, 2022 in Joe Giambrone
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The Expanse on Amazon: cancelled? season six? (release date) - canceled +  renewed TV shows - TV Series Finale

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At Season One I was hesitant. It did have a different aesthetic than later. The Blade Runner stylings annoyed me (even Blade Runner had moved on), but it left a cliffhanger. That cliff was pretty high.

So, the sci-fi people already will have seen it, but civilians I cannot say. This is a hell of a ride. At this point, I think it should be on a short list of the best stuff on TV, along with Westworld.

Story dragged slightly in the middle but then came on like big-screen blitzes. Wow. And emotional to boot. This is a 5 S-star series.

The Expanse Season 6 Implies Drummer & Naomi's True History

The world has been meticulously thought out, the physics and design of future crafts and living situations. Also the politics is quite advanced for the sheeptato crowd.

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Netflix Suspends Employees for Crashing Meeting Amid Chappelle Uproar -  Rolling Stone

Much controversy surrounds Dave Chapelle’s longtime feud with the Trans community.

The feud is so inflated and over-the-top that even Terry Gilliam was canceled for simply endorsing this Netflix special. I find it hard to fathom how such a tiny minority of the population could wield such power over creative expression, but here we are.

Firstly–Dave is hilarious. He’s as sharp as they come. This is a funny special, but it’s also coldly calculated, meticulously delivered, and political. We do learn, and I hope this isn’t a real spoiler, that The Closer means his last stand-up special for some time. This is all the Chapelle you’re gonna get, so check it out.

I’m pretty much in agreement with Dave and not outraged about anything he’s said. I don’t care for having my pronouns, nouns, verbs, or adjectives dictated by random people who want to stick them in my face. Just fuck off with that. There’s an air of arrogance to these “social justice warriors”, belligerence even, that is distasteful at first sight. While you may be going through–whatever–it’s not my problem. Don’t make it so.

And so, Dave brings it all back to race in America, and he’s lived it. He’s not pontificating. He’s just telling it like it is for the most part. The only place you can hear the truth about anything these days is at a comedy club. There’s no truth anywhere else that I can locate, except maybe here at the Political Film Blog…

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Midsommar Review

Okay, so the most trite buzzline imaginable is: Wicker Man for anthropology students. Now I know that’s reductionist assholery, but on a base level it could be perceived that way. They are literal anthropology students doing anthropology student stuff. This does bog it down a bit. And while some of the horror aesthetics annoyed me at the beginning, I was turned around when the contingent made their trek to northern Sweden.

THE WICKER MAN (1973)

Because, while The Wicker Man was firmly set against the return to pagan ritualism, Midsommar seems on the fence. Where spills and chills poured naturally from the conflict against the English detective and his invasion of their lands, in Midsommar it’s not all malevolence–or is it? There’s a sales pitch that accompanies the human sacrifices. I did like that part.

And the unstated anti-sales pitch for American “bros” and their culture deserves a nod. The…

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6 Stars



Arguably the best movie I have ever seen, you would be a fool to miss this. I must have seen between 3 and 5 thousand of the bastards.

This is bold, beautiful, and a masterpiece. Edgar Wright is now at the top of his game. Anya-Taylor Joy just delivers flawlessly. And the plot is quite a ride.

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I should mention my own project Time of Death has a similar worlds touching through a ghostly connection thing. It’s also about a first-year, unstable, artsy student. So, I was hooked entirely, as Edgar did it so well. The technical side is ahead of the viewer by far.

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You don’t need to know any more and risk spoilers reading internet crap like this. Just go see it.

I took my time watching and then reviewing this. It’s heavy duty, and I wasn’t in a deep mood to handle this film. Not for a couple of weeks.

Keira Knightly plays Katharine Gun, and the result is a tense political thriller, and also a newsroom hunt and a courtroom drama. It’s quite powerful, and I actually missed the key scene because of a DVD scratch. Still I urge everyone to watch this if just to keep up on the relevant history you’re living through.

I don’t feel right about giving spoilers. So, I won’t even post the trailer. Trust me. This is an important film.

Brian Trenchard-Smith discusses the numerous problems with low-budget filmmaking.

Crisis: The big pharmaceuticals’ “Holy Grail”

Anyone interested in hard scifi has to watch Westworld. It’s the biggest production that exists, as far as I know. They have now spanned the world and brought the future, and it’s one of the few actual mind-blowing projects.

The theme is freedom, what it means, what it doesn’t mean, and the struggle that is both real and vividly imagined, how they cross over. The term they used was “algorithmic determinism.”

My love has been professed for Evan Rachel Wood, and I just learned she’s a black belt in tae kwon do. Of course she is.

The show shot in Singapore, Spain, the west, and thirty years in the future. It’s bigger than life, and the story crackles because of Jonathan Nolan, Christopher’s brother who obsesses over the Inception mutli-threaded strings of plots. It quickly grows more complicated. It’s not like easy to follow linear stories. They are constantly asking the big questions.

It starts off slow-burn and building in complexity. By the end of the season, it’s massive in scale. I really don’t think that anyone who ended up here needs any more convincing.

Exulto Review

Exulto is a 2016 found footage short film Directed by Joe Giambrone…”

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Kingdom – Review

Posted: February 25, 2021 in Joe Giambrone
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Set in ancient Korea, this gory war tale brings the zombies in a fresh way.

This was another series that should have appeared on my binge list. The story revolves around power and the monarchy. Ruthless, cunning, malevolent people create the plague deliberately.

The first-born prince slowly comes to understand the plot behind the madness. He is being squeezed out as illegitimate by the emperor’s new wife.

The zombies are fast and overwhelming. Setting it back when before computers helps to transport the audience to an alternative world where the questions seem larger than life. The playing field is more even, and the zombies are a serious threat. The rivalries in the imperial court play out in parallel with the ever-growing zombiepocalypse, and so it remains interesting.