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Paul Schrader said this was GdT’s best film not longer ago on FB & I’m inclined to agree. I think it’s absolutely Coopers best performance & a masterful film in every way. It’s very close to my number 1 film of the year neck & neck w Mass & Flee!
The subtext of Nightmare Alley is in many ways a fantastic parallel for skullduggery & charlatan behavior of the Trump era! In a lengthy discussion w GdT years back when he was prepping Pacific Rim he said The Devil’s Backbone was his fav film & NA reminds me very much of Backbone.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's really quite something the groupthink that's overtaken what we could call the 'critical' community but really morphing into the echo chamber of the PR dept's of various streamers. I have yet to see a single 'critic' have the gall to call out the various & most obvious tropes in this film. Yes, many crit's are correct in the most basic way that Campion's film is very well done & engaging (I just have to chuckle at the luv affair & ejaculation over…
Breathe is in many ways emblematic of everything that’s wrong with the Film business these days. As you read this, you’d probably be aware of the feeding frenzy going on as one sanctimonious, pious individual after the other can’t wait to (rightfully) demonize Harvey Weinstein’s atrocious behavior. The issue is, the timing, of course. Despite the fact everyone and their uncle know of, or heard of his deplorable behavior, for decades even. (I mean come on, how many settlements were…
I know people would choose Raging Bull, Taxi Driver... hmm probably not much else as his best, but this is it for me. One of the greatest films ever made imho... For better or worse, I happen to have experience w/ real Wiseguys (did a doc on his companion piece Casino letterboxd.com/film/back-home-years-ago-the-real-casino/) and repeatedly scenes would unfold just like I'd witnessed many times before in real 'rug joints': )
Just starting w/ the opening shot, as a kid in NY…