Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top Films (December 2014)

Selma (2014, Ava DuVernay)
Kind of strange that there hasn't been a biopic of Martin Luther King, Jr. Amazingly powerful performances and great directing.

Nightcrawler (2014, Dan Gilroy)
 Dan Gilroy's directorial debut is stunning, tight, and features great performances.

Foxcatcher (2014, Bennett Miller)
Please just give Steve Carell an Oscar already.

Wild (2014, Jean-Marc Vallée)
Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon give great performances.

Three Lives (1971, Louva Irvine, Susan Kleckner)
The 4.3 rating on IMDB is from nearly all males. I wouldn't say don't see this film if you're male, however, be warned that is about three strong feminists. There really is no reason this film should be rated so low on IMDB.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Top Films of 2014


1. Violette (Martin Provost)
2. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
3. Finding Vivian Maier (John Maloof, Charlie Siskel)
4. Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (Nancy Buirski)
5. The Immigrant (James Gray)
6. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
7. Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée)
8. Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
9. Selma (Ava Duvernay)
10. Jeune et jolie/Young and Beautiful (François Ozon) 
11. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
12. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)
13. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (Brian Knappenberger)
14. Life Itself (Steve James)
15. The Theory of Everything (James Marsh)
16. White Bird in a Blizzard (Gregg Araki)
17. Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski)      
18. Ivory Tower (Andrew Rossi)
19. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
20. God Help the Girl (Stuart Murdoch)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Top Films (October & November 2014)

Mommy (2014, Xavier Dolan)
Life Itself (2014, Steve James)
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014, Gregg Araki)
Happy End (1967, Oldrich Lipský)
The Theory of Everything (2014, James Marsh)

Honorable Mentions:
The Reflecting Skin (1990, Philip Ridley)
Whiplash (2014, Damien Chazelle)
Men, Women & Children (2014, Jason Reitman)
Az Karkheh ta Rhein/From Karkeh to Rhine  (1993, Ebrahim Hatamikia)
Bande de filles/Girlhood (2014, Céline Sciamma)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Top Films (September 2014)

Top Features

La scoperta dell'alba/Discovery at Dawn (2012, Susanna Nicchiarelli) This was the closing film at the first annual Euphoria Film Festival at USC. This is a really good time-travel film.
Les amants de Montparnasse (Montparnasse 19) (1958, Jacques Becker)
Trust (1990, Hal Hartley)
God Help the Girl (2014, Stuart Murdoch)
Dance of the Maize God (2014, David Lebrun)   

Top Short Films
Spielzeugland (2007, Jochen Alexander Freydank) Video link   
Emilie Muller (1994, Yvon Marciano) Video link
Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti (1984, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen)   
Brother (2000, Adam Benjamin Elliot)
Mur 19  (1966, Mark Rappaport)

Honorable Mentions:
Maidentrip (2013, Jillian Schlesinger) Even though the subject of the documentary has disowned the film, everyone else seems to like it.
Why Be Good? (1929, William A. Seiter) Every so often, AMPAS (Oscars) will present a newly restored Colleen Moore film. This was pretty good. Her character was a little less tame than usual.
Rocks in My Pockets (2014, Signe Baumane) Latvia's submission to the Oscars this year. It is not only an animated film that deals with mental illness, but has a good shot at being nominated this year.
All This Mayhem  (2014, Eddie Martin)
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941, Sam Wood)
She's Gotta Have It (1986, Spike Lee)