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  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    ★★★★½

    A piece of sublime and ephemeral film-making. The approach Yates employs is both compartmentalized and controlled while introducing a wide cast of characters to surround Mitchum in a very subdued and unsentimental performance. The entire film is about its narrative structure to a tee where the associations slowly connect but never overly force any announcements. It becomes a film filled with distinct moments that are equal to each other - a hard feat to nail for its surrounding action. Certainly…

  • On the Record

    On the Record

    ★★★

    The documentary posits a few different thesis and concepts that are intensely instructive and new. The historical back-grounding of both culture and the emerging hip-hop industry and how it instructed the environments that Dixon et al. navigated is the underlining strength of the entire piece. Perhaps a more scholarly and/or didactic profile with multiple subjects could have been achieved in lieu of the Simmons/Dixon story through its particular lens. However, it's a unique perspective to follow Dixon while the events…

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  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    ½

    If your cinematic fetish is 3 hours and 21 minutes of abject bankrupt formalism, tedium, and time (and I mean there's TIME) to *think* that you are watching something akin to the allegorical realisation of a thesis of your choosing, then read all the other Letterboxd reviews here. It's almost a magic trick - you can let the world know you 'get it', the adrenaline rush of pure cinema: the four minute masters, the strict adherence to framing, the visual…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ½

    My jaw agape, my faith shaken by this display of abject celebration of what this is, or even portends to be. I watched this for a solid hour thinking Cooper might be pulling off some acerbic punk-rock ruse on the thematic. With absolutely no character, scene, or narrative development, it becomes a run-on sentence of cinematic propulsiveness. The abrupt cutting along with the fairy-tale come hither soap operatics. It's almost a put on, a wink that you are witnessing an…