(l. to r.) Hell or High Water costars Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine during press-schmooze party at Bludso’s Bar & Que on La Brea. Let there be no doubt or hesitation on the part of any blogaroo in proclaiming that Hell or High Water is easily among the year’s best.

Last yesterday afternoon at Pacific’s Cinerama Dome, I went to see Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for a second time. I can’t tell you what the foot lambert count was (the brightness and clarity seemed fine) but unfortunately the image was very slightly taffy-pulled in a horizontal fashion — everyone’s face appeared a tiny bit fatter or wider than in the version I saw projected at Loews’ Lincoln Square a few weeks ago.

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Lily Tomlin, David O. Russell during q & a that followed 20th anniversary screening of Russell’s Flirting With Disaster at AFI Fest.

Marlon Brando T-shirts handed out during the recent one-night showing of Universal’s restored version of One-Eyed Jacks. Criterion’s Jacks Bluray will pop on 11.22.

Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie during Bludsos gathering.

Trump voter hinterland food (smoked meats, ribs, baked beans, mac ‘n’ cheese) served at Hell or High Water party.