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  • To Be Takei 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2014

    For almost 7.5 million people around the world, George Takei is one of the best things about their Facebook feed. He’s gathered a massive following online including people who’ve never watched an episode of Star Trek, the show that first brought him to fame almost fifty years ago. While some may only know him from the humorous daily posts on his social media accounts, this documentary by Jennifer M. Kroot and Bill Weber introduces viewers to a man with a…

  • Mulholland Drive 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2014

    Viewed in a stunning 35mm print as part of The Complete David Lynch series.

  • Lost Highway 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Aug, 2014

    I hadn't seen this projected since its original release. I subsequently have owned it on widescreen vhs, Australian import dvd, German import dvd, official Focus Features Region 1 dvd and now as part of a German import Blu-ray box set that also includes Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire.

    The print we viewed last night as part of the Alamo's Complete David Lynch series still had the original October Films logo on the header, but the print looked brand new. There…

  • Kidnapped for Christ 2014

    ★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    While not a technically masterful documentary (the director starts out as a film student at an evangelical college), it is a powerful document of crazy rich conservative parents sending their kids off to a "behavior modification" camp in the Dominican Republic and doing far more harm than good.

    The young filmmaker is originally embedded as being friendly to the camp directors and their mission, but slowly begins to realize that things are far more insidious than she ever could have known. It was all very upsetting to me, but not terribly surprising.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 1992

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Aug, 2014

    First viewing in 35mm.

  • A Fish Called Wanda 1988

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Aug, 2014

    First viewing in 35mm.

  • The Band Wagon 1953

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    My first viewing of this classic musical couldn't have been better. Richard Linklater stepped up to introduce the film and talk about how it's one of his favorite films of all time and then we watched a nearly pristine print. There were a handful of speckles on the entire print and a quick flash or two of print damage towards the end. Otherwise the colors popped vividly and it was like watching it on opening weekend in 1953 - absolutely gorgeous and a total delight.

  • 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.