Kudos to Matt Smith of Market Street Cinema
for landing Charles Burnett's film "Killer of Sheep." Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly writes
, "Way ahead of its time 30 years ago, and just as stunning today, "Killer of Sheep"
is one of those marvels of original moviemaking that keeps hope of artistic independence alive. Charles Burnett wrote, directed, produced, shot, and edited the black-and-white film on a shoestring and submitted it for his UCLA graduate thesis in 1977."
Philip Martin of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette notes
, "It was never intended to please casual moviegoers looking for a little escape with popcorn and air conditioning. It is a serious, powerful movie, an authentic American classic." Martin also shares
a Q & A he had with Burnett in his On Film column. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times opines that
"Killer of Sheep" "still has the power to move us."