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  • The Wolfpack

    The Wolfpack 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2015

    A fascinating documentary about a family in New York's Lower East Side that rarely leave their apartment, but live vivid imaginary lives through films. The children in the family watch many films and recreate the films in a meticulous way while remaining in the confines of the apartment. Similar to Grey Gardens in terms of providing a glimpse into a unique and isolated world, it unfolds in a fascinating way as more details are revealed about the family.

  • Girl Most Likely

    Girl Most Likely 2012

    ★★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2015

    A slightly dark and quirky comedy with another great Kristen Wiig performance and an interesting supporting cast, but the strange twists kind of make the film fall apart a bit. It would have been a bit better if it settled into an either lighter or darker tone and simplified the plot a bit, but overall I didn't mind it that much.

  • The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

    The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2015

    A French character drama built around two sisters and the family dynamics that swirl around them. Solid performances and some interesting stuff going on in the film.

  • Wild

    Wild 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Aug, 2015

    Jean-Marc Vallée returns to form with Wild in a film telling a simple story in a beautiful and impressionistic way. With some great visual motifs and sound design along with strong performances from Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, it's the type of film that is great popular entertainment while also doing a bit more cinematically than the films that usually win Oscars.

  • Life Partners

    Life Partners 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Aug, 2015

    Life Partners played at the Atlantic Film Festival last year and I didn't check it out and when it showed up on Netflix I didn't check it out right away, but I wish that I had. It's a great and funny indie character drama with solid performances and great chemistry. Colouring a bit outside of the romantic comedy lines is a good thing and it is always good to see a film that doesn't always make easy choices and does it in a way that works well and is fun. This is the type of film that needs to be made more and seen more widely.

  • Green

    Green 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2015

    An impressionistic indie look at jealousy that unfolds slowly and elliptically. While the structure and style will probably be annoying for some, I liked the way it worked.

  • Wild Canaries

    Wild Canaries 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2015

    A clever blending of mumblecore, crime, and screwball comedy, Wild Canaries manages to bring more to the story with the diverse elements and tones from both. With the crime plot providing a strong (and semi-arbitrary) skeleton for the film, it holds together much better than many other mumblecore films. Fun and a bit different while feeling familiar.

  • Our Nixon

    Our Nixon 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2015

    A glimpse into the personal lives of those surrounding Richard Nixon via their Super 8 movies interspersed with news footage. The politics are there providing a timeline, but seeing people in unguarded moments is the real fascination of the film which provides a quick tour through the administration and those who were closest to the president.

  • Time Without Pity

    Time Without Pity 1957

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Aug, 2015

    A crime drama that reveals who did it at the beginning and we watch the frantic struggle of father trying to save his son from execution. Some interesting ideas and plot twists as the film progresses.

  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles

    The Man Who Could Work Miracles 1936

    ★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2015

    Dated and a bit odd, but interesting in that it was written by H.G. Wells, The Man Who Could Work Miracles almost feels like it's being improvised as it goes. The gods give an ordinary man the power to create miracles and he tries different things out before finally realizing that he's happier being ordinary.

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Aug, 2015

    Deliberately-paced and opaque with a clinical coolness, Sleeping Beauty is a spiritual heir to Chantal Akerman's masterpiece Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Documenting daily routines while withholding much of the information that other films would provide it creates an anxiety as we watch what unfolds and try to find a way in to the film and a way to understand what is happening. The camera placement is precise and formal with one significant sequence with two characters framed dead centre, looking into the lens. It's an unsettling and powerful look at the male gaze and female agency.

  • Born in Flames

    Born in Flames 1983

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    A stunning alternate-history feminist film shot in a documentary style. Now with distance of several decades it feels even more authentic and relevant.