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  • By the Law

    By the Law

    ★★★½

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    Wild West Summer Challenge 2019
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    Task #25: Watch a Western shot in a language other than English and your mother tongue

    Based upon Jack London's 1905 short story "The Unexpected," this silent era Western from Russian writer-director Lev Kuleshov takes us to the Yukon Territory, where five gold prospectors hope to strike it rich during the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1903). There's the Swedish leader Hans Nelson (Sergey Komarov) with his British wife Edith (Aleksandra Khokhlova), the two "stockholders"…

  • The Upside

    The Upside

    ★★★½

    "White people got a name for everything. " ~ Dell Scott

    I loved the French original entitled "The Intouchables" (2011), but I was wary of this English remake when I first saw its trailers. The reason? Kevin Hart. I've always felt lukewarm about his comedies, and I could not see his zany antics and crude humor replacing the nuanced acting of Omar Sy as the story's caregiver. Similarly, the three previous films I'd seen by director Neil Burger were a…

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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…