02013.05by 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
A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.
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.
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
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.
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
5. Out in That Deep Blue Sea (2009)
16 min | Short, Drama
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
Documentary telling the compelling story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 »
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 »
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
'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 »
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
Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India.
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.
Futurestates (2010– )
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 »
20. Sleepless (1998)
34 min | Short
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
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.
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
Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.
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
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".
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.
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
A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.
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.
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
Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace's hand in marriage.
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
02013.05.21: short stop motion film - man made. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
36. Gambler (2006)
78 min | Documentary
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 »
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
R | 95 min | Documentary
A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
An incumbent Repr