Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Top Films (February 2015)

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La muerte de un burócrata/Death of a Bureaucrat (1966, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)
Les Maudits/The Damned (1947, René Clément)
Crime Wave (1985, John Paizs)
Les années 80 (1983, Chantal Akerman)

Short Film:
Indochine: College Boy (2013, Xavier Dolan) Video Link

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Top Films (January 2015)

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Flicka oct hyacinter/Girl with Hyacinths (1950, Hasse Ekman)
This film wants to be Otto Preminger's Laura sometimes, but this Swedish gem is distinctly its own.

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Falkenau, the Impossible (1988, Emil Weiss)
Director Samuel Fuller rants for over an hour about the holocaust and says that people who don't believe the holocaust ever happened should be sent away. Yes, please.

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Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.)/Yesterday Girl (1966, Alexander Kluge)
I had heard about Kluge's filmmaking for years, but still wasn't prepared for this breathtakingly vivacious movie.

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Viva Cuba (2005, Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, Iraida Malberti Cabrera)
This is a cute and charming movie about the friendship between a boy and a girl. Even at around nine or ten years old, they are bound by societal restrictions which they seek to overcome.

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Household Saints (1993, Nancy Savoca)
It started out quietly, but by the time it ended, I was convinced it was a masterpiece. Spanning three decades and looking into the life of an Italian-American family, Nancy Savoca has created another worthwhile film.

Honorable Mention:

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Gaudi Afternoon (2001, Susan Seidelman)
Judy Davis' detective is not unlike Elliott Gould in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye. However, the setting is Barcelona and she is paired with the wild Marcia Gay Harden, in one of her best performances. How come this movie is so unknown? It is beyond me.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top Films (December 2014)


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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.

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

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

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

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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

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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)