And now I return to the European coming-of-age narrative I love so much with this gentle female friendship story from Germany entitled "Of Girls and Horses" in English.
It's a simple film, wrongly being marketed as a sexy lesbian romance (it's not that at all). It's really a film about a troubled girl and a rich girl who become friends and bond over their love of horses. The fact that they do eventually kiss each other while drunk is a…
Reminiscent of a James Hausler joint (side note: wtf happened to James Hausler? He made 3 great movies in a row and now he's nowhere to be found on the filmmaking scene!), "Sweet Leaf" is a rollicking, fun, twisty crime caper that's also hilarious and twisted, with interesting characters and a cheeky sense of humor.
It's a heist gone bad kind of film and easily one of the best films of it's kind.
Production designed like a motherforker and gorgeously, eerily filmed, Ryan Gosling's much ballyhooed directorial debut "Lost River" is a masterpiece and one of the great cinematic discoveries of 2015 so far (though, to be fair, I've known of the movie for years, since it was first announced as "How to Catch a Monster").
Christina Hendricks from "Mad Men" plays a single mom who gets a job at a seedy club that is kind of like a circus of violence for…