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  • Badlands

    Badlands

    ★★★★

    After just watching Badlands, Terrence Malick's directorial debut, for the first time I felt a little conflicted. My first tendency after watching most movies these days is to think of what my star rating would be (or scale of 1-10 number as my mind works, then converted to an out-of-5 star rating for Letterboxd). I thought it didn’t move me as much as a perfect 10 should, and it’s at least an 8. Is it a 9? Well I settled…

  • Jack the Giant Slayer

    Jack the Giant Slayer

    ★★★

    Jack the Giant Slayer includes some fantastic fairy tale action and adventure. For me the action set pieces were executed very well and the pacing kept moving fast after the first half hour. The characters are all pretty one note and the plot is pretty standard. But if all you or your family is looking for is a good action movie this will probably fit the bill. For the amount of danger, gross-out, and battle scenes there is little or no blood. Which means this is a rare actioner that will please, but not upset the young boy in your family.

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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…