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  • The Lives of Others
  • Metropolis
  • Das Boot
  • Look Who's Back

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  • Altered Carbon: Resleeved

    ★★★

  • Bordertown: The Mural Murders

    ★★★

  • The Nutcracker (Royal Opera House)

    ★★★½

  • Belfast, Maine

    ★★★★

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  • Altered Carbon: Resleeved

    Altered Carbon: Resleeved

    ★★★

    Altered Carbon, the series, never quite found the audience it needed. I thought the premise was interesting and the execution often compelling, from the film-noir Detective procedural vibes of the first season to the higher stakes of the second. It never quite fired on all cylinders, though. It had an uneasy balance and pacing; certainly not enough action for some, too much for others.

    The anime take would see to avoid many of these problems, and the Takeshi Character can…

  • Bordertown: The Mural Murders

    Bordertown: The Mural Murders

    ★★★

    Genius serial killer movies are having a strange comeback; as are serial killers in general (How many movies about Ted Bundy do we need, people? preferably zero) but the difference between now and the 90s is that we have all had 15 years of Criminal Minds and the Crime Broadcasting System to hit most of the possible angles.

    That is to say, if you are thinking of watching this, then yes, it all happens pretty much as you would expect.…

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    Ah, time to join the stampede of Letterboxd reviews!

    This is a big  achievement that could only have come from Scorsese. Perfectly tailored for its cast, and a deeply personal film for its director. Is it self-indulgent? Certainly, but if you are sympathetic for the journey it goes on, you won’t mind. (That’s my way of saying I’m not sure how people can say the movie doesn’t feel long, it totally does, but it earns it by showing so much…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★½

    This my 100th Review here on Letterboxd 


    So I thought I would pause my somewhat random exploration of silent movies for something that was essentially guaranteed to be good. 

    It is interesting to compare this to the serial killer genre of the 90s ( which Fincher memorably contributed to.) With the distance of a few years Fincher sees a new way of looking at the themes and story beats involved. 

    I think it is also fascinating to think of this…