1. o-valencia:

 

The Breakfast Club (1985)

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    The Breakfast Club (1985)

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  2. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) dir. Martin Scorsese
A rambling and unstructured 3 hour long documentary that is pretty inoffensive and interesting enough. 

    George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) dir. Martin Scorsese

    A rambling and unstructured 3 hour long documentary that is pretty inoffensive and interesting enough. 

  3. Once (2006)
This is a bit of a cheeseball love story / musical that takes place in Dublin between a street musician/vacuum repairman and a piano-playing Czech immigrant. The music is inoffensive and the story is sweet enough that I feel charmed and taken in. It feels realistic which is a strange kind of magic for what is essentially a musical and a love story. The plot is thin and watered down, but I’m sure my mom would have loved this and sometimes that’s enough.

    Once (2006)

    This is a bit of a cheeseball love story / musical that takes place in Dublin between a street musician/vacuum repairman and a piano-playing Czech immigrant. The music is inoffensive and the story is sweet enough that I feel charmed and taken in. It feels realistic which is a strange kind of magic for what is essentially a musical and a love story. The plot is thin and watered down, but I’m sure my mom would have loved this and sometimes that’s enough.

  4. Hide Your Smiling Face (2013)
It’s hard to watch a movie where the director’s influences are worn so brightly on its sleeve. Like David Gordon Green’s George Washington, Stand By Me, The River’s Edge and so much Terrance Malik, Hide Your Smiling Face is tainted with the stains of other better movies. It’s sparse and slow but it doesn’t capture. 

    Hide Your Smiling Face (2013)

    It’s hard to watch a movie where the director’s influences are worn so brightly on its sleeve. Like David Gordon Green’s George Washington, Stand By Me, The River’s Edge and so much Terrance Malik, Hide Your Smiling Face is tainted with the stains of other better movies. It’s sparse and slow but it doesn’t capture. 

  5. How I Live Now (2013)
I read the YA novel and thought it was just okay, the movie is even worse. 

    How I Live Now (2013)

    I read the YA novel and thought it was just okay, the movie is even worse. 

  6. Touchy Feely (2013) dir. Lynn Shelton
I wanted this movie to be so much more, considering I loved Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister, but it got too kooky for its own good. There’s no improvisational wonder here, just a stupid plot involving reiki and ecstasy. Yet, there are some wonderful actors here - the always awesome Mark Duplass pops up out of nowhere and seems tacked on, and I’m a softie for Shelton, so if I was giving this a grade it would get 65%. It tried. 

    Touchy Feely (2013) dir. Lynn Shelton

    I wanted this movie to be so much more, considering I loved Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister, but it got too kooky for its own good. There’s no improvisational wonder here, just a stupid plot involving reiki and ecstasy. Yet, there are some wonderful actors here - the always awesome Mark Duplass pops up out of nowhere and seems tacked on, and I’m a softie for Shelton, so if I was giving this a grade it would get 65%. It tried. 

  7. Judex (1963) dir. Georges Franju
This is a thrillingly strange and FUN film - it’s a homage to an old French silent adventure serial from the ’20s. There’s sexy villains in catsuits and nuns habits, science fiction sliding doors, amazing locations and architecture, bird-head costume balls and masked crusaders. It’s totally nuts, surreal and full of magic. The plot is a bit messy, but it’s a fun, fun jumble. Recommended. 

    Judex (1963) dir. Georges Franju

    This is a thrillingly strange and FUN film - it’s a homage to an old French silent adventure serial from the ’20s. There’s sexy villains in catsuits and nuns habits, science fiction sliding doors, amazing locations and architecture, bird-head costume balls and masked crusaders. It’s totally nuts, surreal and full of magic. The plot is a bit messy, but it’s a fun, fun jumble. Recommended. 

  8. On Cinema At the Cinema. 5 bags of popcorn.

    On Cinema At the Cinema5 bags of popcorn.

  9. It Felt Like Love (2013) dir. Eliza Hittman
This movie treads the murky waters of sex and it’s cringing and awkward but also dangerous and dark. It’s all about bodies and skin - love never enters the picture. It’s an interesting and watchable film and one that left me feeling a little squeamish and ,thankfully, old. 

    It Felt Like Love (2013) dir. Eliza Hittman

    This movie treads the murky waters of sex and it’s cringing and awkward but also dangerous and dark. It’s all about bodies and skin - love never enters the picture. It’s an interesting and watchable film and one that left me feeling a little squeamish and ,thankfully, old. 

  10. A Teacher (2013) dir. Hannah Fidell
A 75 minute movie where a high school english teacher is in the middle of an affair with her football jock student. The score, which is awesomely unrelenting, tells you that this isn’t going to end well. It’s a decent watch, but I wanted more. 

    A Teacher (2013) dir. Hannah Fidell

    A 75 minute movie where a high school english teacher is in the middle of an affair with her football jock student. The score, which is awesomely unrelenting, tells you that this isn’t going to end well. It’s a decent watch, but I wanted more. 

  11. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
A tedious waste of time, like it’s trying to be an off-beat Jim Jarmusch movie (its even got Tom Waits) but failing miserably. I did like Shannyn Sossamon’s choppy hair do, so there’s that.

    Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

    A tedious waste of time, like it’s trying to be an off-beat Jim Jarmusch movie (its even got Tom Waits) but failing miserably. I did like Shannyn Sossamon’s choppy hair do, so there’s that.

  12. I Used To Be Darker (2013)
This is one of those indie observational dramas with an amateur cast and decent music (should be since Ned Oldham is one of the actors here). The plot is thin and wavering but emotions run thick like molasses. I liked this well enough but it didn’t grab me. 

    I Used To Be Darker (2013)

    This is one of those indie observational dramas with an amateur cast and decent music (should be since Ned Oldham is one of the actors here). The plot is thin and wavering but emotions run thick like molasses. I liked this well enough but it didn’t grab me. 

  13. 50 Essential Feminist Films

    Like most lists, I think it’s pretty incomplete, but I’ve only seen 22 of these so I should make a note to see more.

    From this list, I’ve seen: 

    The Punk Singer, Sini Anderson

    A View to a Kill, John Glen

    Clueless, Amy Heckerling

    Nine to Five, Colin Higgins

    I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, Patricia Rozema

    Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains, Lou Adler

    I Was a Teenage Serial Killer, Sarah Jacobson*

    I Shot Andy Warhol, Mary Harron

    Morvern Callar, Lynne Ramsay

    Female Trouble, John Waters

    Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt

    3 Women, Robert Altman

    Dogfight, Nancy Savoca

    Alien, Ridley Scott

    Born in Flames, Lizzie Borden

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacques Demy

    All About My Mother, Pedro Almodóvar

    Sweetie, Jane Campion

    Riddles of the Sphinx, Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen

    Meshes of the Afternoon, Maya Deren

    The Passion of Joan of Arc, Carl Theodor Dreyer

    Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Chantal Akerman

    * I was a huge Sarah Jacobson fan & I’m happy I got to interview her via phone for my ‘zine, Queen of the Universe, back in the day. So sad that she died so young. 

  14. Tiger Eyes (2012)
Judy Blume was the shit when I was in grade 4 and 5. I read everything, so I was pretty excited when I heard that Tiger Eyes is the first Judy Blume novel made into a movie. The book came out in 1981 fer crissakes. The good, is that the cinematography looks like the cover of the book that I remember, lots of glowing New Mexico skies at golden hour. The rest though, is pretty precious and thin. Still, are you there god? I’d like more Judy Blume movies. Thanks. 

    Tiger Eyes (2012)

    Judy Blume was the shit when I was in grade 4 and 5. I read everything, so I was pretty excited when I heard that Tiger Eyes is the first Judy Blume novel made into a movie. The book came out in 1981 fer crissakes. The good, is that the cinematography looks like the cover of the book that I remember, lots of glowing New Mexico skies at golden hour. The rest though, is pretty precious and thin. Still, are you there god? I’d like more Judy Blume movies. Thanks. 

  15. The Youth - MGMT

    Such a great song and an amazing video. Directed by Eric Wareheim. 

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