Mark Cira

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Favorite films

  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
  • Grand Illusion
  • The Music Room

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  • The Mask

  • The Loser

  • The Search for One-eye Jimmy

    ★½

  • Police State

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  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    Killers of the Flower Moon

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese has always been unafraid to show his audience the parts of the world that feel better left in the shadows. It's this very quality that usually got him exiled. Whether it was the moral outrage of Goodfellas, which got the Maestro banned from the Italian diner's favourite, Rao's, in New York or the legions of Catholics who turned their backs on him when he adapted Nikos Kazantzakis' The Last Temptation of Christ. Alienation from the tribe is something Scorsese…

  • Ishtar

    Ishtar

    Talkhouse was kind enough to let me share my thoughts on Ishtar and the punk Elaine May! 🤘 💘 🤘

    Fellow Letterbox-heads, check out the piece and, whatever you do...do not watch Ishtar!

    Long live Elaine May!

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  • The Search for One-eye Jimmy

    The Search for One-eye Jimmy

    ★½

    I've never seen a film with so much talent be so abysmally bad. This makes Frank D'Angelo look like Orson Welles.

    The only redeeming part is that Sam Henry Kass at least cobbled together a DIY indie film. That's the only praise I can offer. Like at least he did it. Should he have? Probably not. Is it cool to see Sam Rockwell, Steve Buscemi, Sam Jackson Jr., John Turturro, a young Lodge Kerrigan and half the cast of The…

  • Sick of Myself

    Sick of Myself

    ★★★★

    Genius work. Borgli is a master. It's very clear he understands the fundamentals of filmmaking. This could be one of the best sophomore films from a director under 40 ever. An accomplished vision that is relentless in its confrontation with the modern self-absorbed malaise of young people. Like if Christopher Lasch (author, The Culture of Narcissism) made a feature. It's that critical and big in regards to ideas.

    Only one issue. This is the second Borgli film I've seen where…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★½

    Remember growing up, the kid in the class who was the loudest, the one that would remind you that he was listening to “Loft Music” before House of Balloons even dropped, the one that liked Adam Sandler ironically, the one that came into class with the Air Jordans XX2s that their dad bought them but boasted how “he stole them from the back of a truck”?

    Uncut Gems is kind of like that kid. Its relentlessness makes sure you know just…

  • Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

    Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

    ★★

    So let me get this straight...you spend 4 hours on Jeffrey Epstein without once touching upon:

    1. The forensic pathologist, Michael Baden, having a long history of aiding the CIA, FBI in cover-ups; and once hired by Lolita passenger Alan Dershowitz

    2. Judge Berman, who sentenced Epstein, being buddies with Bill Clinton

    3. Ghislaine Maxwells well documented international connections, especially within the UK and Israel

    4. The millions of dollars that flooded into Epsteins dormant offshore account after he died…