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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Jugu Abraham's rating of the film Medium Cool

    The film captures the mood of the US in the Sixties wonderfully. As a film it falters though it has the stamp of Wexler's amazing cinematic eye we saw in every film he was involved with. Verna Bloom in the canary yellow dress resembles the bird in a forest of good and bad forces. The end is good and bad. Good because it links with the opening sequence; bad because it is not adequately explained as what caused it.

  2. josh scam's rating of the film Medium Cool

    the fire that spits uncut gems does not worry WHAT you think, only THAT you think

  3. sadie's rating of the film Medium Cool

    this ones crazy- nothing's got me talking about a movie so much since southland tales.

  4. Jason's rating of the film Medium Cool

    One of the most important American films of all time, certainly the most radical thing at the time that a major studio had ever (fearfully, tentatively) distributed (stamped w/ X rating). This is a hybrid film as indebted to direct cinema as it was Godard (and Coutard). And: August '68. America's May. This is a dispatch from early in the era of the 'media event,' and the crystallization of an emergent fatalism.

  5. Viginti_tres's rating of the film Medium Cool

    A fittingly abstract and Godardian take on the seventies political thriller film (albeit an anscestor to those) that doesn't just make you lose track of its labyrinthian plot but loses track itself, too distracted to investigate whats going on close-up.

  6. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Kind of a mish mash of things that work and things that don’t so much. Cool 60s score though.

  7. The Mayor Of Hell's rating of the film Medium Cool

  8. smndvdcl's rating of the film Medium Cool

    The politics of spectatorship, the role of the cameraman as detached from the event as observer of the participants in frame; then becoming the observed, due to a car crash; rubberneckers become the voyeuristic observers, reversing the role of spectator and spectated. Wexler poses serious questions about our society's film ethics: a new era questioning the self-conscious postmodern complex of those raised on media.

  9. SpacePirate's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Oh Haskell, why didnt you direct more often? This is an underappreciated gem that, given the uneasy 2016 election cycle, feels like a time that could very easily repeat itself. Great editing, and being from WV, a decent portrayal of country folk without going full on redneck mocking. 5 stars, a must see, and the blu ray transfer is fantastic!

  10. Elephants Gerald's rating of the film Medium Cool

    This sat near the top of my "to-watch" list for years, and I realized I was scared to watch it – it just seemed so cool, and so capable of disappointing me. The last twenty minutes, documentary footage of the '68 Chicago Democratic Nat'l Convention that combines nonfiction with narrative film, is a masterpiece and saves the bloated, pointless, pretentious first 80 minutes from dragging everything down to 1 star.

  11. Ozu_Teapot's rating of the film Medium Cool

  12. Ethan's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Haskell Wexler's directorial debut proved that he wasn't only a great cinematographer but also a great filmmaker. Reality mixes with fiction in this brilliant film that perfectly captures the pulse of America in 1968. Robert Forster is also really badass in this.

  13. Marta Donati's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Incredible film that combines staged action and story with historical footage that documents the Chicago riots. Lucid, active filmmaking that uses both fiction and documentary in the best of ways.

  14. Muraki's rating of the film Medium Cool

  15. El Biffo's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Written/directed/photographed by Haskell Wexler, this film is loaded with so many incredible people, ideas, events and images. Half of it is staged (fabulously), half real (horrifyingly real). Look carefully and see Jesse Jackson in the crowd. Hear Mayor Daley ignore passionate protesters who ask him to stop the violence.Essential Cinema and must-see for anyone interested in the social upheaval in USA in the 1960's.

  16. Aaron Anaya's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Really a depiction of a specific time and place more than anything, with all the cameraman as spectator vs. participant stuff more of a pretext. Which is fine as 68' Chicago is fascinating and Wexler seems more interested in digression than he does with progression. Time and place wise the riots are the least interesting part as they've been shown in other films and the whole sequence feels like an arbitrary climax.

  17. Scottie Ferguson's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Probably the best movie I've ever seen about the power of film to capture history.

  18. gaffordKINO's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Coming to the Collection, baby. Up there with one of the most daring films of the 1960s.

  19. cofferoman's rating of the film Medium Cool

    I saw it then and now I wish say it is pehaps most unwanted film in US as it reveals some hidden political issues.Then it touched war in Vietnam. Now it can touch war in Afghanistan, but hippie remains still hippie

  20. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Few filmmakers, not even Kiarostami, have so deftly dealt with the issue of how real or how active cinema can be. This one stands as a troubling challenge: in a society where images are routinely and apathetically created to be consumed, will the process end with consumption, or will you do something? 4 out of 5 stars.

  21. Maximilian XXI's rating of the film Medium Cool

  22. Emily Piellusch's rating of the film Medium Cool

    An excellent display of hegemonic masculinity in United States society.

  23. nananaina's rating of the film Medium Cool

    Many many layers but I like it, I like the story the texture, dialogues, her yellow dress, the accents, the real footage, secondary characters too.