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  • Sunset Boulevard 1950

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    I'm ashamed to say this was my first viewing, but it certainly won't be my last. I am thankful that my first time was with this pristine 35mm print as part of the "influences" side bar in the Alamo's Complete David Lynch series.

  • The One I Love 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 1

    It's rare for a movie to legitimately surprise me these days. All I can say is don't read anything about this - just go in blind and experience it. I wish more indie films were doing something this original, strange and wonderful.

  • Lady of Burlesque 1943

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Aug, 2014

    Supremely silly, but Stanwyck is remarkable as always.

  • Mood Indigo 2013

    ★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 1

    The first two-thirds of this whimsical romance from Michel Gondry made me convinced that I was watching his best work yet. Unfortunately, the movie makes such an extreme tonal shift in the final act that I think makes the entire piece very problematic.

    Adding insult to injury, this "international" cut runs 36 minutes shorter than the original French version. it's hard to know whether or not the added footage would make me love it or hate it more, but the movie as released feels incomplete.

  • 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.