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  • Can-Can

    Can-Can

    ★★★

    Part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (18) challenge.

    Director Walter Lang brings us his adaptation of Cole Porter's acclaimed 1953 Broadway musical, complete with its Overture, Entr'acte and Exit Music -- just like paying a visit to the Shubert Theatre. Although none of the New York thespians were cast in the film version, Frank Sinatra plays the lead and he drove the casting, so the production landed a who's who of replacements, including Maurice Chevalier, Shirley MacLaine,…

  • Man of Marble

    Man of Marble

    ★★★½

    Part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (18) challenge.

    It's 1976. Poland is still part of the Soviet Bloc and persecution of anti-communist opposition groups persists. This is the time period during which director Andrzej Wajda made his 16th feature film, an historical political drama with filmmaking at its core.

    The story begins in the current day with a lanky, blonde film student named Agnieszka (Krystyna Janda) arguing with her adviser at Polish National Television about the subject…

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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…