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  • Heller in Pink Tights

    Heller in Pink Tights

    ★★★½

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    Wild West Summer Challenge 2018
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    Task #26: Watch a Western featuring a favorite actress (female!) of yours. (Sophia Loren)

    This lavishly visual Technicolor western spoof from director George Cukor was based upon Louis L'Amour's 1955 novel entitled "Heller with a Gun." The main character is the continental actress Angela 'Angie' Rossini (Sophia Loren), who is touring the West in the 1880s with the Healy Dramatic Company, managed by Thomas 'Tom' Healy (Anthony Quinn). The film opens with the…

  • The Darkest Minds

    The Darkest Minds

    ★★★½

    Film #38 among my 52 Films by Women 2018

    The trailers made me think this might be a cross between "Children of Men" (2006) and "X-Men" (2000) -- a world without new births witnesses the evolution of mutants with super powers. In many ways, that description isn't far off the mark, but there's also some shading from "Divergent" (2014), a touch of "Village of the Damned" (1960) and several overt references to Harry Potter/Hogwarts. Which is to say that if…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★½

    No hay banda! It's all a tape. Il n'est pas de orquestra. It is... an illusion! ~ Bondar at Club Silencio

    This magnificent movie will mess with your mind. Over a five-hour period on Saturday night, I watched this film carefully, read up about it on the Internet, and watched it again with frequent pauses and rewinds. I know I liked it. I think I get it. But one never knows for sure with David Lynch.

    SPOILER ALERT - SPOILER…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★

    Notes on my "Interstellar" Experience (not a review).

    Based on what I'd read from others on Letterboxd, I decided to splurge and pay the extra to see the 70mm version. I went to the 1:30pm showing to avoid the evening crowds, but the cinema was still about 80% full. I had to sit much closer to the screen than I normally would, but at least I got a spot dead center for optimum audio effect.

    First impression: I was bothered…