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  • 12:08 East of Bucharest

    12:08 East of Bucharest 2006

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

    A deadpan comedy from the Romanian New Wave that culminates in a uncomfortable live tv call-in show that doesn't go well.

  • Sister

    Sister 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    A naturalistic and subtle story about a young boy and his sister who live near a ski resort where he steals to support them. Beautifully shot by Agnes Godard with great performances from the leads and solid direction from Ursula Meier. It feels like updated Robert Bresson with some memorable scenes and personal drama both from outside and inside the characters.

  • Fear and Desire

    Fear and Desire 1953

    ★★½ Rewatched 05 Feb, 2016

    Very early Kubrick and a film wasn't widely available. Not the best film and lacking the polish and complexity of his later films, but interesting historically.

  • Anonymous Artists of America

    Anonymous Artists of America 1970

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    A musical short with the band Anonymous Artists of America performing a song outside to an appreciative crowd in Chicago.

  • What the Fuck are These Red Squares?

    What the Fuck are These Red Squares? 1970

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    A short from 1970 that is part of the Kartemquin Films 50th anniversary where they are sharing films for free. A glimpse into a seminar with a student discussion of activism and education and politics in the wake of Kent State. An unfiltered and fascinating look into how people were responding to what was happening in society.

  • Drone

    Drone 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2016

    Solid documentary looking at the development and use of drones by the U.S. and the personal cost on the people who are in the places where the drones are used.

  • Journey to the West

    Journey to the West 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2016

    A slow, contemplative, beautiful, and meditative film with Denis Lavant and Lee Kang-sheng both moving very slowly.

  • At Any Price

    At Any Price 2012

    ★★½ Watched 04 Feb, 2016

    Having seen and loved Ramin Bahrani's other films the premise of At Any Price seemed interesting. Unfortunately the ideas behind the film poke out often through the script which often has characters explicitly explaining the issues to each other. It's a strange film in that the intention is all too clear as it goes along and it feels like a first draft that could have been edited and smoothed and made more subtle.

  • The Look of Silence

    The Look of Silence 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    A quieter companion to The Act of Killing, but in some ways even more terrifying and emotional due to the lack of surrealism in it. A very human and personal look at evil in the world and how people deal with it. Utterly fascinating and visceral at times as the story unfolds. An essential, bold, and courageous documentary that exemplifies the power and responsibility of great filmmaking and filmmakers.

  • Little White Lie

    Little White Lie 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    A great idea for a documentary and a challenging and personal story done in a very personal way. I couldn't help but think of Sarah Polley's transcendent documentary Stories We Tell that takes a much different and ultimately more rewarding approach to a similar family story.

  • The New Girlfriend

    The New Girlfriend 2014

    ★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    An interesting concept, but Ozon takes a conservative approach and the whole thing didn't really work for me. I kept thinking about how Almodovar can take similar ideas and dive into them with gusto and sensitivity and how he will use contrived situations and melodrama to create unique and beautiful things. But in Ozon's hands I wasn't sure what he was trying to say as the contrived situations continued to build up.

  • America

    America 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2016

    A single-shot film that is simple and set within a beautiful forest with the camera tilting and then panning around. An interesting way to work within constraints.