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by writingarises | created - 01 May 2013 | updated - 01 Jun 2013 | Public

Films I'm watching in May 02013.

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1. Pinecastle Rd. (2011)

4 min | Short, Mystery

Pinecastle Rd explores the differing qualities of light inside a single domestic space. It is also a film that reaches out toward the mystery of desire.

Director: Takahiro Suzuki

02013.05.01: Watched Takahiro Suzuki's 4 minute experimental short on Vimeo.

2. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,630 | Gross: $0.42M

02013.05.02: We saw Sound City at Indiana University Cinema tonight. Great venue for a music focused film like this. I relished the experience.

3. The King of Texas (2008)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

A look at the life and work of independent Texas filmmaker Eagle Pinnell.

Director: René Pinnell | Stars: Wayne Bell, Ray Benson, Louis Black, Sonny Carl Davis

Votes: 28

02013.05.03: Watching René Pinnell and Claire Huie's documentary The King of Texas on MUBI.

4. Broken City (2013)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.

Director: Allen Hughes | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 72,625 | Gross: $19.70M

02013.05.04: pay per view on DirecTV. This film's unsuccessful... but it was not a painful experience to watch. Barry Pepper was quite good.

Day 1 of A yearlong film viewing balancing act.

Director: Allen Hughes Writer: Brian Tucker Cinematographer (DP): Ben Seresin Editor: Cindy Mollo

02013.05.05: Streamed Kazik Radwanski's 16 minute short film from MUBI. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act.

6. Jig (I) (2011)

PG | 99 min | Documentary, Musical

53 Metascore

Documentary telling the compelling story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.

Director: Sue Bourne | Stars: Joe Bitter, John Carey, Suzanne Coyle, Claire Greaney

Votes: 325 | Gross: $0.16M

02013.05.05: Streamed Jig on Netflix. Sue Bourne, Director. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act.

7. L'accordeur (2010)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

A pianist finds himself once again facing the performance anxiety demons that he so desperately tries to evade.

Director: Olivier Treiner | Stars: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Danièle Lebrun, Grégory Gadebois, Emeline Gue

Votes: 1,715

02013.05.06: Streamed this 13 minute short film from Film Movement (I have a subscription). Day 3 of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

Director: Olivier Treiner (he also wrote the script) Cinematographer: Julien Roux

8. The Watch (I) (2012)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

36 Metascore

Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.

Director: Akiva Schaffer | Stars: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Billy Crudup

Votes: 117,464 | Gross: $35.35M

02013.05.06: Watched from Cinemax East (tivoed). Directed by Akiva Schaffer. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

9. Blackthorn (2011)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Western

61 Metascore

In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike.

Director: Mateo Gil | Stars: Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea, Magaly Solier

Votes: 8,688 | Gross: $0.20M

02013.05.07: Streamed on DirecTV. Directed by Mateo Gil. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

10. Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise (2011)

8 min | Animation, Short, History

Once it started it could not end otherwise recounts terrifying and strange happenings that descend on a 1970s high school.

Director: Kelly Sears

Votes: 30

02013.05.07: Streamed from shortoftheweek.com - experimental 8 minute short by Kelly Sears. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

11. Mud (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard

Votes: 159,450 | Gross: $21.59M

02013.05.08: I love Jeff Nichols and Mud is a real triumph. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba. AMC 11 - Bloomington $5

12. Then She Found Me (2007)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is ... See full summary »

Director: Helen Hunt | Stars: Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick

Votes: 9,385 | Gross: $3.74M

02013.05.09: Directed by Helen Hunt. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba. streamed on Amazon Prime.

13. Forever's Gonna Start Tonight (2011)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Drama

Sonya, a 17-year-old Russian immigrant, lives in a claustrophobic Brooklyn apartment with her dad and his ever-growing menagerie of cats. When the Landlady threatens to kick them out, Sonya... See full summary »

Director: Eliza Hittman | Stars: Andrey Drozdov, Fedor Filonov, Nina Medvinskaya, Viktoria Vinyarska

Votes: 67

02013.05.10: Short film on YouTube - pointed out by Sundance Film Festival. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

14. The Angels' Share (2012)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Roger Allam, Gary Maitland

Votes: 22,191 | Gross: $0.30M

02013.05.10: Watched Ken Loach's film with my sweetheart at The Ryder Film Series. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

15. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Director: Lorene Scafaria | Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 103,476 | Gross: $6.62M

02013.05.11: Watched Lorene Scafaria's film on Cinemax with my sweetie. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

16. An Apology to Elephants (2013)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this documentary short traces mankind's long history with elephants and explores the many problems that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses.

Director: Amy Schatz | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Pat Derby, Colleen Kinzley, Jeff Kinzley

Votes: 396

02013.05.11: HBO Documentary short film. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba. Painful stories, but beautiful documentary.

17. Foreign Parts (II) (2010)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Drama

78 Metascore

'Foreign Parts' portrays a hidden enclave of automobile shops and junk-yards fated for demolition in the shadow of a new baseball stadium in Queens. The film observes this vibrant community... See full summary »

Directors: Verena Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki

Votes: 142

02013.05.12: Watched on DVD borrowed from Monroe County Public Library. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

18. The Way Back (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 133 min | Adventure, Drama, History

66 Metascore

Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Dragos Bucur

Votes: 104,014 | Gross: $2.70M

02013.05.13: Streamed from Netflix.

Director: Peter Weir - a personal favorite. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

19. Futurestates (2010– )
Episode: Refuge (2013)

21 min | Sci-Fi

Sonia, a young Iranian journalism student and social activist, has recently fled to the US in hopes of an education and a better life. But when an escalating cyber-conflict between the US ... See full summary »

Director: Mohammad Gorjestani | Stars: Tasi Alabastro, Nikohl Boosheri, Camyar Chai, Thomas Cokenias

Votes: 13

02013.05.14: DVD from MCPL. Urusla Meier, director Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

21. The Kid with a Bike (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 25,017 | Gross: $1.38M

02013.05.14: Tivo... sundance channel. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

22. Meek's Cutoff (2010)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Western

85 Metascore

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Will Patton

Votes: 10,785 | Gross: $0.98M

02013.05.15: DVD from MCPL. I'd started to watch this film once before but wasn't in the mood and blasted it off the tivo. This was the perfect time. beautifully shot. compelling. Kelly Reichardt, director. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

23. Mein 1. Film (1968)

11 min | Short

My first movie.

Director: Christoph Schlingensief | Star: Christoph Schlingensief

Votes: 18

02013.05.15: Streamed this short film on MUBI. It's from 1968. Director: Christoph Schlingensief. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

24. Room 237 (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan

Votes: 20,048 | Gross: $0.26M

02013.05.16: At Indiana University Cinema with my sister. Director: Rodney Ascher. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

25. Home (II) (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Life for an isolated rural family is upended when a major highway next to their property, constructed 10 years before but apparently abandoned, is finally opened.

Director: Ursula Meier | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Adélaïde Leroux, Madeleine Budd

Votes: 3,748

02013.05.17: Watched on disc from MCPL. Director: Ursula Meier. I enjoyed her film Sister. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

26. Bye Bye Now (2009)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

An amusing poignant documentary about fate of the Irish phone box, which has gone from the centre of society to the verge of extinction.

Directors: Aideen O'Sullivan, Ross Whitaker

Votes: 14

02013.05.17: Lovely documentary about irish phone booths being demolished. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

27. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 450,525 | Gross: $228.78M

02013.05.18: went to see this with my sweetie at the AMC. love star trek. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

28. Tanghi argentini (2006)

14 min | Short, Comedy

An office clerk with a hankering to tango enlists the support of a workplace colleague as he prepares for a date. It's Christmas time and the concept of giving assumes fairy tale proportions in this beguiling modern story.

Director: Guy Thys | Stars: Dirk van Dijck, Koen van Impe, Hilde Norga, Mathias Sercu

Votes: 661

02013.05.18: on disc from library. oscar nominated. 14 minutes. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

29. 35 Shots of Rum (2008)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

92 Metascore

The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogué, Grégoire Colin

Votes: 3,888 | Gross: $0.18M

02013.05.19: Beautiful film. catching up on Claire Denis films I missed the chance to see at IU Cinema. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

30. Somewhere Between (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary on four teenage girls living in different parts of the US and united by one thing: all four were adopted from China due to family situations colliding with the country's "One Child Policy".

Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton | Stars: Ann Boccuti, Haley Butler, Jenna Cook, Fang Lee

Votes: 403 | Gross: $0.19M

02013.05.19: A second film for today. director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

31. The Queen (2010)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Bobby, a Korean-American teenage outcast, is working at his parents dry cleaners on prom weekend. When the prom queen and her boyfriend, stop by with their dress and tuxedo, Bobby has his own prom to remember.

Director: Christina Choe | Stars: Kay Choe, Tamir Kapelian, Jenson Smith, Sean Tarjyoto

Votes: 74

02013.05.19: Christina Choe's short film has a sweetness and a deftness about it that inspires me to dive in to more of her work... and look forward to a feature film when she lines up the right project. I watched this short as part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba.

32. Take This Waltz (2011)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Aaron Abrams

Votes: 26,202 | Gross: $1.24M

02103.05.20: Sarah Polley's film.... streamed on Netflix.

33. The Event (2012)

4 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Love and a severed foot, at the end of the world.

Director: Julia Pott | Stars: Alex Britton, Laura Free

Votes: 90

02013.05.20: Strange short animated film - woman made: Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

34. Peeples (2013)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace's hand in marriage.

Director: Tina Gordon | Stars: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 4,511 | Gross: $9.12M

02013.05.21: Saw at AMC late in the afternoon today. VERY VERY funny. Directed by Tina Gordon Chism. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

35. Idiot with a Tripod (2010 Video)

4 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

Documents the December 26th blizzard in NYC -- from B&W to color and back, everything becomes stuck then free again.

Director: Jamie Stuart

Votes: 42

02013.05.21: short stop motion film - man made. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

36. Gambler (2006)

78 min | Documentary

A documentary about director Nicolas Winding Refn and his efforts to pay a 5.5 million crowns debt from his film Fear X (2003).

Director: Phie Ambo | Stars: Liv Corfixen, Søren Høy, Nicolas Winding Refn

Votes: 268

02013.05.22: Streamed Phie Ambo's documentary The Gambler about Nicolas Winding Refn's financial meltdown on MUBI. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

37. Even Pigeons Go to Heaven (2007)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

On a moonlit fall night, a priest races to the home of Mr. Moulin running a motorcycle off the road and arriving just in time to catch the old man as he falls from a chair on which he ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Tourneux | Stars: Frédéric Saurel, Bernard Jung, Clémence Cournac

Votes: 852

02013.05.21: Strange little Oscar nominated animated short film. Disc from MCPL. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

38. Swimmer (2012)

18 min | Short

A young man encounters many people while swimming in Britain.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tom Litten, Niall Burton, Curtis Coker, Joshua Coleman

Votes: 541

02013.05.23: Lynne Ramsay short film - experimental B&W. Beautiful. Streamed on YouTube. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

39. The Source Family (2012)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary, Music

62 Metascore

A charismatic leader founds a commune in Los Angeles in the early '70s based on natural food, spiritual practices and psychedelic rock. This short-lived era is recreated with archival material and the memories of participants.

Directors: Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille | Stars: Ahom Aquarian, Isis Aquarian, Elena Michaels, Father Yod

Votes: 989

02013.05.23: At IU Cinema. Directors: Maria Demopoulous and Jodi Wille. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

40. Stephanie Daley (2006)

R | 92 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Pregnant forensic psychologist Lydie Crane is hired to learn the truth behind the case of 16-year-old Stephanie Daley, who is accused of concealing her pregnancy and murdering her infant.

Director: Hilary Brougher | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn, Timothy Hutton, Vincent Piazza

Votes: 1,662 | Gross: $0.03M

02013.05.24: Woman made film directed by Hilary Brougher. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

41. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

R | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson

Votes: 2,113 | Gross: $0.01M

02013.05.24: Woman made film... directed by Alex Stapleton. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

42. The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

R | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson

Votes: 12,792 | Gross: $0.52M

02013.05.25: Woman made film directed by Mira Nair. At IU Cinema. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

43. Even the Rain (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, History

69 Metascore

As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde, Juan Carlos Aduviri

Votes: 12,080 | Gross: $0.56M

02013.05.26: Brilliant woman made film. Disc from MCPL. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

44. The Island President (2011)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.

Director: Jon Shenk | Star: Mohamed Nasheed

Votes: 1,134 | Gross: $0.08M

02013.05.26: PBS Independent Lens. Watched over a few different days... finished watching today. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba

45. The Campaign (2012)

R | 85 min | Comedy

50 Metascore

An incumbent Repr