James Betsalel

I kinda like movies.


Favorite films

  • TÁR
  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Aftersun

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  • Sick


  • On the Count of Three


  • Shin Ultraman


Recent reviews

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    One of the best of the year. An exceptionally directed and beautiful-looking film about the loss of innocence, toxic masculinity, and the awakening of social consciousness. Everything is told visually with expertly crafted close-ups. It's almost frustrating how easy Dhont makes it all look. That field of flowers is permanently etched in my mind. Just quiet telling moments expertly put-together and even more impressively acted. Seriously some of the best child acting I've seen. Eden Dambrine, this fucking 13-year-old kid…

  • Sick



    Scream meets It Follows for a post-covid world. I like the filmmaking more than the script, especially towards the end where it goes a little too far and successfully muddies up its commentary. Still, I had fun with it!

    Would recommend.

Popular reviews

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems


    Saw at the Dome with a Q&A with Josh and Bennie Safdie, Adam Sandler, and Ronald Bronstein.

    Two hours of sheer panic attacks Uncut Gems is one of the most faultlessly paced films this year. Relatively uninitiated into the Safdie brothers having only seen Good Time before but I can now safely say that I am a fan. I will delve deeper into their filmography in the coming year.

    Meticulous, turbulent and delightfully kosher this is a journey into the…

  • Come and See

    Come and See


    Got a case of homesickness when I started seeing a small wave of people I follow log and review this after a showing of it at the Aero Theater in L.A., something I'm sure I would have attended. Still, it gave me the push to finally cross this off my watchlist where it has lived for quite a while.

    Wow. Glad I saw this but I honestly don't know if I could ever do it again. I'm emotionally drained after…