James Betsalel

James Betsalel

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I kinda like movies. Favorites are a monthly rotation of films I think are 4.5 or higher.

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Favorite films

  • Drive My Car
  • The Beatles: Get Back
  • The Green Knight
  • Pig

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  • Paper Moon

    ★★★★½

  • The Last Picture Show

    ★★★★

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

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  • Paper Moon

    Paper Moon

    ★★★★½

    Did a double Bogdanavich with some friends with The Last Picture Show, which I had seen before and this, a first watch for me. I was pretty positive that I would like this but did not expect to eclipse TLPS or fall in love with it the way I did. Genuinely funny (always impressed in these rare instances where the jokes land just as well as they did upon release), heatwarming and nostalgic without skimping on an ounce of significance. Exceptional performances and a tonal masterpiece throughout.

    Absolutely recommend.

  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    ★★★★

    Saw this once before in my youth and I must admit that I pretended to like it more than I did then. I could recognize it was good but felt more like eating your vegetables. Glad movie club made me rewatch it as with a few more years and a lot more movies under my belt I truly appreciated and enjoyed my time with it this time around. Amazing how it feels both its time while also being a sort…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    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…