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)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Top Films (July & August 2014)

Finding Vivian Maier (2013, John Maloof, Charlie Siskel)
Boyhood   (2014, Richard Linklater)
La beauté du diable (1950, René Clair)
Short films:
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980 , Les Blank) Video link
Western Spaghetti (2008, PES) Video Link

Web pilot:
 The Cosmopolitans: Season 1, Episode 1 Pilot (2014, Whit Stillman)  Streaming on Amazon (free)

Top 5 Films (June 2014)
Violette (2013, Martin Provost)
Cooley High (1975, Michael Schultz)
Carrie (1952, William Wyler)
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014, Brian Knappenberger)
Imitation of Life (1934, John M. Stahl)