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  • Von Mädchen und Pferden

    Von Mädchen und Pferden 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2015

    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…

  • Sweet Leaf

    Sweet Leaf

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2015

    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.

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  • Lost River

    Lost River 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Apr, 2015

    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…

  • Somewhere

    Somewhere 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Mar, 2012

    I love this film. It's easily my favorite film of 2010. Elle Fanning is riveting, Dorff gives the performance of his career (ok, that's not saying much) and while it's more-or-less a companion piece to "Lost in Translation", it's also Coppola's nod to Antonioni. Love it.