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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★½

    Because of the difficulty staying engaged or awake through its meandering, soothing, plotless 2-hour runtime I can't give Knight of Cups very high marks. There is some meaning there, but because of Christian Bale's quiet Hollywood character it can be easily misinterpreted or missed entirely. That doesn't mean the film is worthless. There is a lot to appreciate technically and in the acting. Emmanuel Lubezki's photography is once again amazing and gives the film its soothing nature, which I've read…

  • Casino

    Casino

    ★★½

    Way too much voiceover. This seriously must have set some kind of record. All the characters in this movie are reprehensible and irredeemable. The "whacking" violence is like torture porn. I was nice to see Joe-Bob Briggs get to act opposite DeNiro. Not cool to have Scorsese switch up DeNiro's death scene like the old cliffhangers. "He didn't get out of the cock-a-doodie car!"

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  • Biutiful

    Biutiful

    ★★★★★

    Week 2 of the 2nd Letterboxd Film Festival.

    After this second viewing, Biutiful will remain atop my top films of 2010. I actually a little hesitant to watch it because lately some films with longer run times have seemed tedious to me. Well, once I got a few scenes into Biutiful I was hooked again. I wasn't just going to watch half and then the other half the next night. The two and a half hours flew by. Something about…

  • The Imposter

    The Imposter

    ★★★★★

    The Imposter is such an incredible documentary as it has the following key elements: a compelling real life story, well-acted and stylized reinactments to bring the interviews to life, and delicately crafted editing, sound design, and cinematography. The title character in this story of a con-man who takes the identity of missing children is presented not as an antagonist, but as a character on equal footing with the others who are interviewed - the family members of missing Nicholas, and…