Favorite films

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  • TINA
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown

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  • In the Name of God

    ★★★

  • Open Your Eyes

    ★★★½

  • The Island

    ★★★

  • When Ladies Meet

    ★★★½

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) quickly became my favorite Marvel character in his 2016 titular debut film. Photographic memory, control over time, fluent in Google translate... my kind of nerdy superhero. Then, he made what I thought to be an odd minor appearance in Taika Waititi's "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017) before taking what looked like his final bow in 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War."

    I wanted more of the Tibetan-trained Sorcerer Supreme, and I was happy to see him resurrected in 2019's "Avengers:…

  • In the Name of God

    In the Name of God

    ★★★

    Part of My Silk Road Challenge (Pakistan)

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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…

  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale

    ★★★½

    Dad is a pretentious jerk. Mom is having serial affairs. Little brother is cursing like a sailor, masturbating at every opportunity and smearing his semen on library books. Older brother is plagiarizing Pink Floyd lyrics and passing them off as his own. But hey, it's Brooklyn in the 1980s. The solution, of course, is for the parents to divorce and arrange for joint custody of the kids. Or is it?

    This highly autobiographical family drama from Noah Baumbach is a…