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Title:   A Most Violent Year
Director:   J.C. Chandor
Year:   2014
Genre:   Drama
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   04.25.15

Other Movies Seen By This Director (2)
- All is Lost
- Margin Call

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
04.25.15Netflix I really liked JC Chandor's first two films and heard this was good. I think it's a weird and bold take to name the movie A Most Violent Year and make it about a business deal. Of course it's about more than that, but it did take me the whole movie to realize that this story was also a kind of treatise on violence itself. I respect that, but I also kind of think that NYC 1981 has tons of stories to offer and this is not the best from that particular well.

But, judging the film for what it was instead of what it could have been, it's well-made and rich in character. I couldn't help but compare it to Killing Them Softly because I got the same feeling from it: An understated moment in an otherwise showy career. Certainly not bad, well executed, period in a nuanced way, but also not the showcase that All is Lost was.
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