Terry Gilliam’s 1995 post-apocalyptic time travel film 12 Monkeys is much more than the sum of its parts. Its lineage dates back to 1958, but its messaging is as timely as ever.
Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton was assassinated on December 4th, 1969. Now, over fifty years later, his story, and that of the man who infiltrated his inner circle at the behest of the FBI, is told with brilliant artistry and powerhouse performances.
Charlie Kaufman’s idiosyncratic writing and directing style has produced some of the biggest surprise hits of the 1990s and early-2000s. His latest film, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is perhaps his most ambitious and experimental, and certainly his most provocative.
1981’s Reds defied the political and cultural dogma of its era to emerge as an important critique of class and activism amid Reagan’s renewed Cold War. With unapologetic honesty and self-reflection, it remains both an epic love story and a cause célèbre for worldwide working-class solidarity.
Darkly hilarious and allegorically charged, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is a wildly entertaining look at class struggle and heedless affluence. A microcosm of worldwide exploitation, Parasite asks just who is feeding off whom, and contemplates whether full potential can be gained through any means other than direct action.
In 1967, a series of landmark films were released that ushered in a new era of American filmmaking. Violence, sex, race, and disillusionment were faced head on, and the cinematic landscape would never be the same again.
Decades apart and thousands of miles away from each other, two directors made rich, complex films that prove we are all connected by recurring themes despite language barriers, time, or borders.
Humanity and humanism are deeply explored in Masaki Kobayashi’s epic anti-war opus, “The Human Condition.”
The FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) was known for targeting activist groups like the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. One of its most notorious operations, though, was carried out on an American actress named Jean Seberg, which eventually lead to her suicide in 1979.
What makes a Christmas movie? Is the presence of Santa Claus essential, or Baby Jesus? What’s the limit of the MPAA rating and how high can the body count be? These very questions were put to the test in a machine gun-toting, shoeless, violent frenzy when Die Hard was released in 1988.