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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    The new blu-ray. Looking better on video than I've ever seen it... does this mean it is ACCURATE? I don't know anymore. I've seen so many prints - video, 35mm, 70mm, DCP - with different color temperatures and contrasts that I'm not sure what "accurate" is now. To my eye, it looks the best balanced and most like the frame enlargements originally approved by Kubrick for publicity release, so...
    Okay, it looks great, but even more importantly, the new disk…

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    A friend on Facebook demanded "FULL REPORT PLEASE" on my post about walking into this film. In lieu of that, this is what I wrote...

    Nothing could possibly be "full" about that.

    I loved it but a) I have been a Welles-head since I was 6 and waiting for this film since I was 10, and b) I've watched all of Welles's released features, a couple others he had a hand in, several shorts, and bits of his uncompleted works…

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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★

    Began the 25-year anniversary of the TWIN PEAKS cycle (when it took place, not when it aired) by watching this horribly sad movie on the date when the finale takes place. I saw this film twice on opening day 22 years ago, once with my girlfriend at 10.00 am, and an audience that was completely in the world of the film, and left shattered (my dear friend wouldn't touch me or look at me without fear and hate for an…

  • River of Fundament

    River of Fundament

    ★★★★½

    I was dubious of Matthew Barney before ever seeing his work, I was dubious of Matthew Barney while seeing most of his previous work, I have been dubious of Matthew Barney even while thinking the work I'd seen was mostly brilliant after seeing it. I am not dubious anymore - he is a real filmmaker and a true visionary. I sat in awe for most of the five hours and 20 minutes of this incredible 3-part film last night. There…