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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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For my money, this and Midsommar are the most interesting things on US screens right now.  Based on this directing debut, Joe Talbot and Barry Jenkins seem birds of a feather, elegaically crafting visually beautiful and psychologically rich portraits of black American experience. 

Here's my full review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2019/07/the-last-black-man-in-san-francisco-is-a-bounty-of-beautiful-melancholic-debuts/ 

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To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa


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It's a lovely movie, even if it's more of a portrait than a story. Which is fine. I don't expect debut films to exhibit a mastery of every part of storytelling, just to be exceptional in a few key ways, which this is. I was listening to a critic discuss Samuel Beckett the other day, shortly after I'd seen the film, and I latched onto a word that the critic used to describe Beckett's view of people's mundane experiences: affirming. The Last Black Man in San Francisco is an affirming movie. It seems both deeply in love with the setting in a general sense and the specific house at the film's centre, but also the characters. I look forward to what Talbot does as a director next, and whether Fails uses this as a launchpad for a larger acting career.

I was a bit surprised when I found out that Joe Talbot is white.

"Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung fu film." - Werner Herzog


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