James Betsalel

James Betsalel


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


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  • The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

    The Prison in Twelve Landscapes


    An intriguing and uniquely constructed documentary examining numerous different ways the prison system touches and shapes American lives in, out, and around it. At times it can be a feast for the eyes but the structure I found to be occasionally off-putting leaving me playing catch up to what angle or whom we were looking at throughout the twelve divisions. Would definitely watch again and probably be more into it now knowing what to expect.

    Would recommend.

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro


    Ambitious work that is both a sort of biopic on James Baldwin as well as an endeavor to explain the social climate, key figures of history that were his friends, and what it was to be a person of color in America in his time through his own words that makes some truly insightful and provocative remarks, most of which are sadly still are largely all too relevant to today. While I knew of the man never before have I…

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  • 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…