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  • Level 16

    Level 16

    ★★★½

    Film #52 among my 52 Films by Women 2020

    For her third outing, experienced Canadian writer-director Danishka Esterhazy gives us an indie sci-fi thriller, featuring Katie Douglas cast as Vivian, the orphan resident of a windowless boarding school. With her friend Sophia (Celina Martin), Vivian tries to navigate the requirements of being a "clean girl" who can pass into society at large upon completing 16 levels of education... aka indoctrination. But he truth of what is in store for the…

  • Jumpin' Jack Flash

    Jumpin' Jack Flash

    ★★★½

    Film #46 among my 52 Films by Women 2020

    Here is actress Whoopi Goldberg at age 31 making her first appearance in a big screen comedy, the genre that would best define her career despite getting recognized twice by the Academy Awards for her dramatic roles ("The Color Purple" 1985, "Ghost" 1990). Here she plays computer nerd Terry Doolittle, a worker in a New York bank whose programming skills get her sucked into the world of espionage. The film marked…

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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…