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Monday, May 2, 2011
Top Five Films of April, 2011
White Dog (1982)
Considered to be an essential film by Jonathan Rosenbaum, I figured that this film couldn't be too bad. Directed by Samuel Fuller and based on a story by Romain Gary, this movie was excellent. Definitely check out the extra features on the Criterion disc. Curtis Hanson talks about co-writing the script and there is also an interview with Fuller's widow.
This Property Is Condemned (1966)
This is definitely the best film I have seen this month. Natalie Wood and Robert Redford also co-starred in Inside Daisy Clover, which happens to be one of my favorite films, as well as a forgotten classic.
Un poison violent/Love Like Poison (2010)
Katell Quillévéré's feature film was an unexpected, but welcome surprise at this year's COLCOA fest in L.A. It's a coming of age story with a vengeance and manages to avoid being cliched.
Les petits ruisseaux/Wandering Streams (2010)
This was another COLCOA favorite. It's about an older man who learns to live after his friend's death.
A couple of honorable mentions from the COLCOA fest include:
-Ces amours-là/What Love May Bring (2010)
-La tête en friche/My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)