Film Review: The Look of Silence

Film Review: The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence is playing now at the Landmark Kendall Square.

I wasn’t shy about my love for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing. When I first saw it, it devastated me, and to this day I believe it is one of the best documentary films of the last decade. Its loss at the Oscars was the first time I began to take a hard look at the Academy’s treatment of documentary film, quickly realizing that this voting body has no idea what it was doing. Now with the release of Oppenheimer’s companion piece The Look of Silence, he has not only added texture to his original film, but produced a documentary of at least equal quality that manages to feel connected and all its own. [Read more…]

Film Review: The Act of Killing

Film Review: The Act of Killing

For a film to entertain can be tough. You aren’t going to reach everyone, but at the very least you can make something that will tickle the fancy of a good chunk of the population. So when a film sets out to not only entertain but also educate, it is taking on an entirely new challenge. Years of schooling has taught us to cringe at the very thought of being sat down to learn. Like the assigned reading of high school, it isn’t that we think the book will be bad, we just hate being told what we must read and at what pace. There is that selfish vision of freedom that can cripple what is nothing but intellectual growth. When I say that The Act of Killing will capture your attention and teach you something, don’t shudder; just sit down and shut up because this is something that you need to know.

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