The title is the literal translation of Schenectady (an Native American term).
Today's catches are getting less multi-dimentional. However, this movie attempts to bring that to the surface in a very sensitive way. The acting is impressive, the storyline is sublime and the emotions are cruel and real. The learning curve really surprised me, as I was not expecting Jason to learn from Lukes' mistakes. Really, really nice
I loved this movie! When this came out, I was really psyched to see it because I also loved Blue Valentine. I was both blown away and awed by how expansive and well-constructed this film was. I think the people who say it is messy or all over the place, are not used to multi-generational narratives; something we have so few of in film today. I've seen at least 5 more times since and it has never gotten old. SEE IT!
Ambitious narrative-wise, it tries to do too many things at the same time. Bradley Cooper's character seems to have vague motivations. He feels guilty about what he did, then he becomes this robotic supper district attorney that doesn't care about his son. The transitions are a bit problematic in that aspect, but credit has to be given to a great score, sharp direction and good performances.
There is something almost epic about Derek Cianfrance's family drama that follows the devastating trickle down effects of crime, corruption, and deceit, from a small time bank robber and an ambitious cop to their teenage children. The film spans 15 years, and can be split into three distinct segments, but it never feels disjointed. It's a gripping, morally complex, and emotionally resonant thriller.
Is is just me or were there no pine trees in this movie? 2.5 stars. Some good acting and beautiful to look at.
White America, oy vey, baby! - each generation has less oomph than the last; lonelier, sadder, dumber, druggier. Meanwhile people of color keep placing one foot in front of the other, doing the right thing and quietly restoring humanity to our lost polis. Whites still have legends on their side: Evel Kenievel, Kennedy, Capone, wistful titans of an ahistoric imaginary. But nonwhites make the real histories now.
A really tragic, crude and realistic three part story where the characters and their futures are connected trough the consequences of their actions. Amazingly written, great acting and very well developed characters where the situations and environments are portrayed in a really raw and realistic manner. I guess my only complain is that the ending could had been a little better but nevertheless it was a great movie.