James Betsalel

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I kinda like movies.

Favorite films

  • Crash
  • Paris, Texas
  • M
  • Evil Dead II

Recent activity

  • Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh


  • Perfect Days


  • Parasyte: Part 2


  • 25th Hour


Recent reviews

  • Perfect Days

    Perfect Days


    Not to get all Nicole Kidman but sometimes a movie feels made for you. It speaks to what you're going through and can be exactly what you need to gain perspective. That was Perfect Days for me this Saturday night. Cut right through me and the perpetual depression I've been in the last month or so like medicine for my soul. A soundtrack plucked straight from my childhood disarming me into a wistful vulnerable sense. The story is a beautiful…

  • Parasyte: Part 2

    Parasyte: Part 2


    Pretty much the same as part 1 but much longer, with more pacing issues and a feeling of wasted potential.

    Probably wouldn't 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…