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  • The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

    The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

    ★★★½

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    Wild West Summer Challenge 2021
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    Task #18 - Watch a Western that played in competition at Cannes, Venice or Berlin

    Perhaps she was born with them, but Sylvia Sydney, who plays the barefoot mountain girl June Tolliver here, has got Bette Davis eyes, and (wow!) do they look good on her. So does her starring headline above Henry Fonda, who was making only his forth feature appearance, playing her cousin and love interest Dave Tolliver, and right next…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★½

    Representing 2020 among Films Nominated for Best Picture

    Second viewing this year. I first saw it in February, streaming on the AARP website without SDH subtitles, making it difficult to fully understand all the dialog. I missed the beginning of the third act, too, so I wanted to give it another look and see if it was better on DVD with full control. Unfortunately, it is still a depressing look at immigrant life in the 1980s, with the Korean-American Yi…

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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.

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  • 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…