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  • Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    ★★★½

  • Pigeon Feathers

    ★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

  • Blonde

    ★★★

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  • Pigeon Feathers

    Pigeon Feathers

    ★★★

    #7 of 12 films in my Adapted Screenplay Challenge (7) (National Book Awards)

    John Updike's title story from his 1962 collection of short fiction, "Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories," gives us teenager named David Kern, who has recently been uprooted from his boyhood home in Olinger, Pennsylvania. His mother Elsie convinced his father George to move to her own childhood farm near rural Firetown, along with "Granmom," her Parkinson's-afflicted mother, who once grew crops and tended livestock there with David's…

  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★

    #6 of 12 films in my Adapted Screenplay Challenge (7) (National Book Awards)

    While reading Joyce Carol Oates' "Blonde" (2000), the 738-page novelization of the life of Norma Jean Baker aka Marilyn Monroe, I became interested in watching films that showed MM's more serious roles, including a first viewing of "Don't Bother to Knock" (1952) and a rewatch of "Niagara" (1953). I also watched "The Prince and the Showgirl" (1957) for the first time, and I read up on the…

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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…

  • 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…