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This is a magnificent movie, and leaving HBO in a couple of days.

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I never knew that Terry Gilliam directed this, and so it is something special. Gilliam has it working on multiple levels, and yet manages great story-book payoffs as the Western viewers expect.

It’s a such a smart, raw film, with real violence and its consequences, real poverty, power disparity, torture, belligerence, arrogance. The acting is phenomenal–Heath Ledger & Matt Damon as battling brothers, the most famous brothers of their age, and begins in the world of the rational. They are con men, charlatans, swindlers.

But magic is real. And it’s enough to carry you away to a most deadly forest.

I love how Terry Gilliam is someone you can trust to deliver some intelligence and a moral compass. Stark contrast to a similar-appearing film called Hansel & Gretel.


Leaving HBO at the end of this month, you have time to catch it now.

This film is possibly the greatest action thriller ever made. The stunts put Hollywood to shame. Everything is real, kinetic, and life-endangering.

Whether or not you like Mel Gibson, he brought Mad Max to the world, and his world is brutal, chaotic, and sublime. The Road Warrior stood as untouchable for thirty years until George Miller delivered Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, and we had something to finally compare it to.

The Humungous

The opening montage sequence is a bit dated in its style, and perhaps underwhelming as an opening. Start at the first frame after it, however, and all bets are off. The music also seemed a tad old school, but the action is jaw dropping and center stage.

The plot of The Road Warrior revolves around a siege, that of an old oil refinery in the desert, surrounded by The Humungous and his dogs of war. The refinery people have a small society, straining to keep civilization going in contrast to the scavengers of the wastelands. Max must decide which world he belongs to.

And he’s not a great guy.

But he’s not a bad guy either.

What he is is a damaged guy for a damaged world. And he keeps his word.

It’s interesting how everyone sees value in him, but not himself. He seems to consider himself worthless, a rat scavenging guzzoline wherever he can find it. That’s all he’s capable of aspiring to.

I cited The Road Warrior as a major influence on my 2014 novel Transfixion. There is also a siege and with a school bus lodged across the front gate of a school. I made sure there was a truck/car chase sequence or two as well. It truly was effective, if you believe the readers.

It’s not all about Max. Supporting characters make this movie. Top spot goes to the feral kid, whom you have to stop and just cheer for. The feral kid is amazing. We’d never seen him before or since, and he’s perfect. Max’s gyrocopter-flying sidekick is also a key man in the story. And the helicopter afforded magnificent aerial shots of desert chaos that make sense, and so you never think twice as to why they have all these grand overhead views. It’s just magnificent filmmaking.

The Road Warrior is must-see cinema. End of discussion.


Mostly. It’s a Harold Ramis movie, and the visuals keep things chugging along so well. He really was a brilliant filmmaker.

I didn’t used to appreciate this film, because it can get very silly at times. The performances are over-the-top and then some. But now looking back at all those top comedy nutballs having the times of their lives, it’s a joy. They let them go hog-wild, in the era of Animal House, and so many gags pass so quickly, like machine-gun fire.

And now it’s right on HBO, if you have it, and their search function is convenient.

Caddyshack holds up because it’s a class-conflict story. The waspy elite scum are the targets, and even they can’t stand each other. Awesome to behold. Plot ramps up and up, and yeah, it’s got a secret weapon, a bit of an underground character.

Top Gun: Maverick’ And The Military-Entertainment Complex

We’re Number One–on movie screens.

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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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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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.