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  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    “I don’t even know what a star is exactly.” Last words of Ed Miller before being shot down from behind by Jesse James. Ballistic discharge from Jesse James’ pistol likened to stars in the sky.

    The magnetism & unresolved tension between Pitt/Affleck through the whole film is staggering.
    The dinner scene is when I finally got on board with the ebb & flow of the story, when Affleck’s Robert Ford lets down his guard. His eyes get moist. He quietly confides to…

  • Horizons

    Horizons

    ★★★★★

    “…the freest element of film, the least burdened with servile, narrative tasks, and the most flexible in conveying moods, emotional states, and spiritual experiences.”
    - Sergei Eisenstein, from an an essay on film structure and aesthetics titled Nonindifferent Nature, positing geographic landscapes as one of the most expressive sources of emotion in film.

    Unlike painting or photography, cinema has the unique ability to examine not only form, but also movement and duration of time in its depiction of landscapes. The…

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  • Just Wright

    Just Wright

    ★★★½

    Possibly the only obsessive Nets fan ever depicted on film, and I can’t think of a more fitting artist than Queen Latifah to embody the role. Raised in Jersey, a power forward in high school, and even her current TV show (The Equalizer) is being shot in the building that was formerly the Nets home court (Izod Arena). She really carries the entire film with her performance, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she also made some important decisions with…

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★½

    The only two movies I’ve seen in a theater this year are rewatches (Mulholland Drive was my first). I’m not sure I’d ever even seen The Departed properly from beginning to end before this; it’s just the kind of typical bro movie that different people/places play in the background so many times through the years and I assumed I caught most of it along the way even if I fell asleep or left early every time & only watched the movie…

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  • The Panic in Needle Park

    The Panic in Needle Park

    ★★★★

    Love the poster for this one.
    Some of my favorite films were released in 1971; so this month, I've decided to work my way through watching Letterboxd's highest rated films for that year. Panic in Needle Park isn't among the highest rated on this site, but I see no reason why it shouldn't be; dismal and unpalatable as it is.

    I'm usually not a fan of the genre; I just don't like seeing needles going into arms and people getting…

  • The Unknown Known

    The Unknown Known

    ★★★★½

    “I wanna make a list of things I’ve done for the Pentagon, including getting rid of words.” – Donald Rumsfeld

    Unlike 'Fog of War', this was never meant to be some cathartic exposé that aims to make Rumsfeld feel accountable for his blunders. Before even watching it, I knew this wouldn't be the case. I've seen enough Rumsfeld interviews to know that Morris wouldn't have gotten very far, even if he tried. As predicted, Rumsfeld remained self-satisfied with what he…