17 Sep 14 at 12 pm

Gasland, Josh Fox (2010)

Gasland proves a point, it doesn’t do it subtly, then again it never sets out to be subtle. Josh Fox wanted to make noise about the problem and he succeeded because his documentary was provocative and frightening but in a much more humble way than a Michael Moore film would be. I was already aware of how terrible fracking is so I’m not sure exactly to what extent this film is eye opening, but I’m sure it manages to get you thinking at least a bit.

Gasland, Josh Fox (2010)
Gasland proves a point, it doesn’t do it subtly, then again it never sets out to be subtle. Josh Fox wanted to make noise about the problem and he succeeded because his documentary was provocative and frightening but in a much more humble way than a Michael Moore film would be. I was already aware of how terrible fracking is so I’m not sure exactly to what extent this film is eye opening, but I’m sure it manages to get you thinking at least a bit.
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16 Sep 14 at 12 pm

Frank, Lenny Abrahamson (2014)

The first half of Frank had really good comedic moments and the second half had very interesting and important things to say about mental illness. Both of those elements were not well brought together though and made for several awkward moments. It’s an enjoyable film nonetheless because it doesn’t just set out to be “quirky” and gives unexpected depth to Frank.

Frank, Lenny Abrahamson (2014)
The first half of Frank had really good comedic moments and the second half had very interesting and important things to say about mental illness. Both of those elements were not well brought together though and made for several awkward moments. It’s an enjoyable film nonetheless because it doesn’t just set out to be “quirky” and gives unexpected depth to Frank.

15 Sep 14 at 2 pm

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,Paul Newman (1973)

The acting is everything in this film, each of the three main characters is so perfectly brought on screen. Joanne Woodward is amazing (of course), but it was Nell Potts who especially amazed me. She conveys so well the distress of being a child in a situation that surpasses you. Her performance alone is worth watching the film for.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,Paul Newman (1973)
The acting is everything in this film, each of the three main characters is so perfectly brought on screen. Joanne Woodward is amazing (of course), but it was Nell Potts who especially amazed me. She conveys so well the distress of being a child in a situation that surpasses you. Her performance alone is worth watching the film for.
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06 Sep 14 at 12 pm

Chef, Jon Favreau (2014)

Had this film solely been about the main character’s struggle to find his way back to what he loves, I might have been bored. The focus on the father/son relationship was great though and really added a needed layer to the story. Everything was a little too good to be true, but sometimes that does make for an enjoyable film.

Chef, Jon Favreau (2014)
Had this film solely been about the main character’s struggle to find his way back to what he loves, I might have been bored. The focus on the father/son relationship was great though and really added a needed layer to the story. Everything was a little too good to be true, but sometimes that does make for an enjoyable film.
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30 Aug 14 at 6 pm

Captain America: The Winter SoldierAnthony Russo Joe Russo (2014)

I have a ridiculous attachement to the first Captain America film regardless of it’s sometimes questionable quality. So it was such a pleasant surprise to come back to this franchise with a movie that was actually not that bad. There is substance! There is critical content (even if I’m disappointed that they purposely “rehabilitated” the CIA and FBI in the epilogue)! There is a female co-star that isn’t a romantic interest! Actual interesting emotional plot-lines (The Avengers is entertaining but you have to admit it did nothing for the furthering of any character’s story). tldr: I really enjoyed it.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Anthony Russo & Joe Russo (2014)
I have a ridiculous attachement to the first Captain America film regardless of it’s sometimes questionable quality. So it was such a pleasant surprise to come back to this franchise with a movie that was actually not that bad. There is substance! There is critical content (even if I’m disappointed that they purposely “rehabilitated” the CIA and FBI in the epilogue)! There is a female co-star that isn’t a romantic interest! Actual interesting emotional plot-lines (The Avengers is entertaining but you have to admit it did nothing for the furthering of any character’s story). tldr: I really enjoyed it.
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18 Aug 14 at 11 pm

Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho aka The Way He LooksDaniel Ribeiro (2014)

If you haven’t seen the short film this is based on, you should do that now. The feature film allows for more depth in the characters and more insight into the difficulties of coming-of-age when you not only have to deal with being a teenager but also with having a disability. Some of the subtlety that the short had is lost in the length of the film but it’s still a heartwarming and well delivered story.

Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho aka The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro (2014)
If you haven’t seen the short film this is based on, you should do that now. The feature film allows for more depth in the characters and more insight into the difficulties of coming-of-age when you not only have to deal with being a teenager but also with having a disability. Some of the subtlety that the short had is lost in the length of the film but it’s still a heartwarming and well delivered story.

18 Aug 14 at 11 pm

Girl Most Likely, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (2013)

First of all: I know no one cares about New Jersey (you’re wrong), so why fact check anything just show obnoxious beach cities, but fun fact, you can’t pump your own gas there.
In unrelated news, I actually enjoyed this more than I expected. I think that is mostly due to the fact that the movie made the decision to really follow Imogene’s personal story rather than make it all about her love-life. I can accept mediocre comedy for that, especially if it includes Kristen Wiis and Annette Bening.

Girl Most Likely, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (2013)
First of all: I know no one cares about New Jersey (you’re wrong), so why fact check anything just show obnoxious beach cities, but fun fact, you can’t pump your own gas there.In unrelated news, I actually enjoyed this more than I expected. I think that is mostly due to the fact that the movie made the decision to really follow Imogene’s personal story rather than make it all about her love-life. I can accept mediocre comedy for that, especially if it includes Kristen Wiis and Annette Bening.
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14 Aug 14 at 7 pm

Safety Not Guaranteed, Colin Trevorrow (2012)

I love Aubray Plaza in everything. I think her delivery makes everything funnier and she somehow manages emotion as well without ever really diversifying her facial expressions. I think that she’s most of the reason I likes this film. I wasn’t thrilled by anything else: no matter how “quirky” indie rom-coms present themselves as, they tend to all follow the same patterns and very little stays unexpected. 

Safety Not Guaranteed, Colin Trevorrow (2012)
I love Aubray Plaza in everything. I think her delivery makes everything funnier and she somehow manages emotion as well without ever really diversifying her facial expressions. I think that she’s most of the reason I likes this film. I wasn’t thrilled by anything else: no matter how “quirky” indie rom-coms present themselves as, they tend to all follow the same patterns and very little stays unexpected. 

08 Aug 14 at 10 pm

Boyhood, Richard Linklater (2014)

I knew I would love Boyhood even before I saw it, which actually put me in a situation where I could have easily been disappointed. Boyhood lived up to my expectations though. It was truly a beautiful film about life and managed to capture those moments that you will always remember no matter how inconsequential some of them may seem to others. Boyhood is so much more than a revolutionary coming-of-age story because it’s more about living those moments than succeeding at passing landmarks. I am just overcome with emotion.

Boyhood, Richard Linklater (2014)
I knew I would love Boyhood even before I saw it, which actually put me in a situation where I could have easily been disappointed. Boyhood lived up to my expectations though. It was truly a beautiful film about life and managed to capture those moments that you will always remember no matter how inconsequential some of them may seem to others. Boyhood is so much more than a revolutionary coming-of-age story because it’s more about living those moments than succeeding at passing landmarks. I am just overcome with emotion.
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04 Aug 14 at 5 am

XeniaPanos H. Koutras (2014)

There was too much overlapping drama in Xenia, and it’s a real shame because the constantly thickening plot sometimes overshadowed how wonderfully the themes presented in the film were dealt with. Xenia while staying a good coming-to-age film also manages to explore racism and xenophobia in Greece in a convincing matter.

Xenia, Panos H. Koutras (2014)
There was too much overlapping drama in Xenia, and it’s a real shame because the constantly thickening plot sometimes overshadowed how wonderfully the themes presented in the film were dealt with. Xenia while staying a good coming-to-age film also manages to explore racism and xenophobia in Greece in a convincing matter.