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  • The Basketball Diaries

    The Basketball Diaries


    "...did I ever tell you about the first time I did heroin?" ~ Jim Carroll

    Director Scott Kalvert made a name for himself directing music videos in the 1980s-90s. His stable of performers included DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Guns N Roses, Samantha Fox, Cyndi Lauper, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Taylor Dayne, New Kids on the Block, and Hammer. This crime drama, his feature debut, has been on my "To Do" list longer than just about any…

  • Chinatown



    Part of My Autumn Rewatches Challenge
    Task 22: Have another look at any film you previously rated at a full five stars (★★★★★).

    I believe this is my fourth watch of this masterpiece from director Roman Polanski, but it has been at least 20 years since my last viewing. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and it won the category of Best Writing, Original Screenplay for writer Robert Towne. The…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive


    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.


  • 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…