1. I Am Divine (2014)
A loveable little film about the one and only Devine. Full of talking heads and fun stories from John Waters and filmmaking in Baltimore. There’s not a lot to this documentary, but it’s full of sweetness and love. 

    I Am Divine (2014)

    A loveable little film about the one and only Devine. Full of talking heads and fun stories from John Waters and filmmaking in Baltimore. There’s not a lot to this documentary, but it’s full of sweetness and love. 

  2. Boyhood (2014) dir. Richard Linklater
Moms! Man children fathers! Growing up! Life! Man, this is one beautiful movie that could have easily been called “motherhood”. So so good and I recommend it highly. 

    Boyhood (2014) dir. Richard Linklater

    Moms! Man children fathers! Growing up! Life! Man, this is one beautiful movie that could have easily been called “motherhood”. So so good and I recommend it highly. 

  3. Le Cercle Rouge (1970) dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Man, I really wanted to love this heist movie. I mean, there is a lot to like about it - the gorgeous ’70s film stock is so deliciously tasty you just want to eat it up. The amazing Alain Delon is great here, even with his moustache. There’s so many great cars! The whole film just looks fucking cool. But it’s waaaaay too long and drawn out, and I love slow moving films. Disappointing, but still recommended to watch at least once. 

    Le Cercle Rouge (1970) dir. Jean-Pierre Melville

    Man, I really wanted to love this heist movie. I mean, there is a lot to like about it - the gorgeous ’70s film stock is so deliciously tasty you just want to eat it up. The amazing Alain Delon is great here, even with his moustache. There’s so many great cars! The whole film just looks fucking cool. But it’s waaaaay too long and drawn out, and I love slow moving films. Disappointing, but still recommended to watch at least once. 

  4. A Place At The Table (2012) dir. Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush
The music that runs through this documentary is cringe-worthy awfulness and threatens to derail this well-meaning informational documentary about poverty and hunger in America. There’s a lot of valuable talking points about public policy and heart-wrenching personal stories and offers up solutions that governments seem to ignore. With all of this information available it makes you wonder what is wrong with America that it can’t feed its children. 

    A Place At The Table (2012) dir. Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush

    The music that runs through this documentary is cringe-worthy awfulness and threatens to derail this well-meaning informational documentary about poverty and hunger in America. There’s a lot of valuable talking points about public policy and heart-wrenching personal stories and offers up solutions that governments seem to ignore. With all of this information available it makes you wonder what is wrong with America that it can’t feed its children. 

  5. Nights of Cabiria (1952) dir. Federico Fellini
Such a beautifully sad film about hope and dreams. This isn’t just a film about a plucky prostitute with a heart of gold, it’s about living the life as best you can. Loved this film.

    Nights of Cabiria (1952) dir. Federico Fellini

    Such a beautifully sad film about hope and dreams. This isn’t just a film about a plucky prostitute with a heart of gold, it’s about living the life as best you can. Loved this film.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 

  9. 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. 

  10. 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. 

  11. 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. 

  12. 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. 

  13. 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. 

  14. 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.

  15. 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. 

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