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  • Wild at Heart 1990

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Jul, 2014

    Not sure what it says about me that this remains my favorite love story of all time. Sailor and Lula are incredible characters.

    The print screened for 'The Complete David Lynch' series at the Ritz was in rough shape around all of the reel changes, but this was officially the first time I've seen the international cut without the obscured shotgun death. Honestly, I think the edit they made on the final R-rated U.S. release made the effect look less fake, but hey, it was still cool to see.

  • Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Mar, 2014

    In 1979, Jarvis Cocker formed the band Pulp when he was just 15 years old. The first decade of the band's existence did not provide much in the way of success, but that all changed in the early 1990s when they finally got their due and started to become of the biggest bands in England.

    That backstory is not illuminated in Florian Habicht's documentary on the band that had its world premiere at the festival on Sunday night. As Cocker…

  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★ Watched 22 Jul, 2014 1

    A fascinating story, but I didn't find the documentary very compelling. I almost nodded off several times (and that was only partially because the filmmakers thought Devin Faraci was worthwhile as a talking head).

  • Dune 1984

    ★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2014

    I've tried and failed over the years to watch this all the way through. As part of the Alamo's The Complete David Lynch, I knew I'd have to manage (and what an awesome way to see it - projected in 35mm on a huge screen).

    It's just as awful and messy as I'd remembered. It feels incomplete, as though there's a ton missing...because there is. Lynch has long complained about not having final cut on the picture and it shows.

    Everything about this is an incoherent mess, but 1984-era Kyle MacLachlan can still get it.

  • Enemy 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2014

    Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered.

    I think it's going to take a few more viewings to fully decipher this one. Jake Gyllenhaal is disturbingly brilliant here, although I can't completely wrap my head around everything that happens. Especially that mindfuck of an ending.

  • The Elephant Man 1980

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Jul, 2014

    Even though I've called Lynch my favorite director for years, this was a movie I'd never seen before. Viewed in a mostly mint 35mm print as part of the Alamo's "The Complete David Lynch" series, I was struck by the beautiful black & white cinematography and the parallels not only to Eraserhead, but also the melodramas of Sirk.

  • 25th Hour 2002

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2014

    First viewing in a decade, courtesy of the gorgeously transferred new Blu-ray edition. While Do The Right Thing will always be Spike's most important work and Crooklyn will always be my sentimental favorite, 25th Hour is Spike's finest hour. There's not a wasted shot - the colors, the framing, the score, the soundtrack, the fantastic performances - there's something magical about how they all join forces.

  • Blade Runner 1982

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 May, 2014

    Viewed "The FInal Cut" on Blu-ray for the first time.

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2014

    This snappy alien invasion thriller is filtered through Groundhog Day with the help of an initially unlikable lead character. Cruise and Blunt give it their all and the ludicrous conceit is powered in large part by their charisma.

    I vehemently dislike the tendency of action blockbusters to throw so much fast-moving CGI into every frame that you can't tell what's going on. There's a mind-blowing amount of that on display here, but I still found it to be a mostly exhilarating experience.

  • Tammy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Jul, 2014

    Melissa McCarthy is a comedic force of nature. Her utter fearlessness combined with a gift for timing and slapstick gags almost always make her fun to watch.

    Tammy is nowhere near as good of a vehicle for her as other films have been, but it isn't nearly the disaster that it's been made out to be either. Susan Sarandon is quite funny (although ridiculously cast as Tammy's grandmother - she hardly looks old enough for that to be the case)…

  • Eraserhead 1977

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Jul, 2014

    "The Complete David Lynch" series at the Ritz kicked off with what appeared to be a brand new 35mm print from Janus Films. Even though I'd seen the film when I was in college on vhs and again when the first proper dvd was released, this was like seeing it for the first time.

  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Jun, 2014

    Viewed in a stunningly pristine 35mm print to close out the Alamo's "Big Broads and Meek Men" series of Russ Meyer films.