2019 Movies: February One-Reviews

The moral of this one-review story: See Braid. 

Seriously:


Braid
Horror on acid, partially about the porous line between a psychedelic trip and the constructed realities — yes, plural — of our easily-susceptible psyches.


Birds of Passage
A Cambodian riff on the classic mobster movie, and how its capitalistic American values corrode local tribe culture. The Western World’s artistic imprint on faraway places — embodied in the genre tropes on display here — stands as a testament to its Imperialism and Colonialism of values, which can inflame the natural, nativist divisions of local societies the Earth over. The deliberate pace may drag for those expecting Scorsese and Coppola, but it acts as a sort of constant lens through which we come to understand these age-old narratives from new, different perspectives. For westerners, it’s a reverse view of ourselves, and our global footprint.


Donnybrook
The movie equivalent of a passing grimace. A lot of tough-guy posturing, and not much more. 100 minutes to do about nothing.


Who Will Write Our History
A Holocaust Museum documentary. If you judge the form by asking, “Is this an interesting story?” — you’ll like it. But if you care at all about how that story’s told cinematically, then you’re in for an unremarkable 90 minutes.


The Invisibles
A Holocaust Museum documentary. If you judge the form by asking, “Is this an interesting story?” — you’ll like it. But if you care at all about how that story’s told cinematically, then you’re in for an unremarkable 90 minutes.

The cause of your déjà vu: it’s almost like swaths of the globe believe we need to revisit the lessons of Nazism at this juncture in history. I wonder why……..

Narrator: he doesn’t. 

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