libraryladynico

libraryladynico

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Just some thoughts on film from an insomniac librarian.

Favorite films

  • Andrei Rublev
  • The Apartment
  • The Fall
  • Hunger

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★

  • Shattered Glass

    ★★★★½

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★★

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★

    This is a screenplay only Chrissy Moltisanti could write. That said, some fine performances resulting from top-notch casting. Nivola deserves some attention he won’t get for the subtle notes that reverberate across Dickie’s slow-dawning awareness of his helplessness in the face of his own monstrosity - though hopefully he will see some doors open as a result. I suspect that I’ll need to watch it again to settle my thoughts.

  • Shattered Glass

    Shattered Glass

    ★★★★½

    A finely-crafted film with a top-notch ensemble, with Sarsgaard and Azaria as the standouts. In a better world Christensen’s twitchy petulance in this would have opened more doors than the prequels closed for him.

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  • Before Night Falls

    Before Night Falls

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A old friend of mine surprised me with a day trip to see this in the only theatre within 100 miles playing it. It was then, and remains now, astonishing. There are images that have remained frozen in my mind, all these years later. It’s not perfect - and some casting choices are super-problematic - but it remains one of the single best adaptations I’ve ever seen in terms of capturing the unique tone and cadence of a writer’s words.…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★½

    If there were a retroactive award for casting generational talent, this film would be an excellent candidate. Larson and Dever give towering performances conveying the throughline of enduring and reckoning with abuse, as well as the humor and charm one needs to survive in a world that often fails to protect children.