02014.05: A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act and Beyond

by writingarises | created - 02 May 2014 | updated - 02 Jun 2014 | Public

Films I'm watching in May 02014. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act. #yfvba (which ends on May 3rd)and BEYOND... http://olearysreellife.tumblr.com/ @olearysreellife

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1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

88 Metascore

A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Votes: 662,567 | Gross: $59.10M

02014.05.01: packed house at IU Cinema

02014.05.02: at IU Cinema - Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Traveling Program

3. Ritournelle (2012)

4 min | Short

With Ritournelle, Peter Miller and Christopher Becks have fashioned a miniature gem from a 16mm corps exquis exercise and an experiment in inside-out filmmaking, which began with a surreptitiously prestruck soundtrack.

Directors: Christopher Becks, Peter Miller

02014.05.02: at IU Cinema - Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Traveling Program

02014.05.02: at IU Cinema - Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Traveling Program

5. Hay Algo Y Se Va (2012)

3 min | Short, Family | Completed

Family footage is gathered and sifted to create a perpetual sea of bodies, gestures and gazes that collide to create a familiar yet estranging reunion.

Director: Kimberly Forero-Arnias

02014.05.02: at IU Cinema - Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Traveling Program

6. Persian Pickles (2012)

Not Rated | 3 min | Documentary, Short

Fractal phonics accompany a delicate study of psychedelic paisley patterns.

Director: Jodie Mack

Votes: 22

02014.05.02: at IU Cinema - Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Traveling Program

7. West: What I Know About Her (2011)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A 15-minute experimental documentary juxtaposing two 'hers': the American WEST via the Oregon Trail and Elizabeth Crandall Perry, adventurer, midwife, mother of fourteen and the filmmaker's... See full summary »

Director: Kathryn Ramey

02014.05.02: at IU Cinema - Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Traveling Program

8. Century (2012)

7 min | Short, Action

Century, filmed in 16mm in Charlottesville, Virginia, consists of a General Motors automobile--a Buick Century--meeting its fate.

Director: Kevin Jerome Everson | Star: Buick Century

Votes: 6

02014.05.02: at IU Cinema - Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Traveling Program

9. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 389,153 | Gross: $44.59M

02014.05.02: Brilliant as always.

10. Adventureland (2009)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kelsey Ledgin

Votes: 149,004 | Gross: $16.03M

02014.05.03: on disc from MCPL

11. The Trouble with Angels (1966)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Family

Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes, Camilla Sparv

Votes: 4,124

02014.05.03: on disc from MCPL

12. Sensei (2014)

6 min | Documentary, Short, Biography | Completed

When Brenda Mayfield was betrayed by someone she trusted to protect her, she realized she needed to protect herself. This need later evolved into a passion for the martial arts. Today, ... See full summary »

Director: Ora Dekornfeld

13. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

When a troupe of danseuses becomes unemployed, one of them takes up burlesque dancing while another dreams of performing ballet.

Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball, Virginia Field

Votes: 1,802

02014.05.04: on disc from Netflix

14. Stranger Danger (2012)

2 min | Short, Drama

A slick salesman cons an old lady into buying something she couldn't possibly want.

Director: A.D. Cooper | Stars: Roderick Cowie, Philip Hammond, Prunella Scales, George Vafakis

02014.05.04: on Vimeo

15. Death Artists, Inc. (2012)

14 min | Short, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An Angel of Death from the Midwest wants to make it in the big leagues after being assigned to pet deaths for the past century. At Death Artists Inc., the most demanding and prestigious ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Hamilton | Stars: Amanda Bauer, Rosie Moss, Susan May Pratt, Kerr Smith

02014.05.05: on Vimeo

16. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

81 Metascore

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,835 | Gross: $1.64M

02014.05.05: on disc from MCPL

02014.05.06: streamed on YouTube

18. Salt (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 28 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary film on photographer Murray Fredericks' extreme journey's to capture the heart of the world's most featureless landscape on Lake Eyre, South Australia.

Directors: Michael Angus, Murray Fredericks

Votes: 134

02014.05.06: on PBS

19. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 138,005 | Gross: $4.86M

02014.05.06: on disc from library

20. A Healing Art (2009)

7 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

What could be good about losing an eye? Nothing can make up for this tragic loss, but artificial eye makers Christy Erickson and Todd Cranmore combine artistry, skill and compassion to ... See full summary »

Director: Ellen Frick

02014.05.06: on PBS

21. The Heat (III) (2013)

6 min | Documentary, Short, Action

'The Heat' is a short documentary about Heather 'The Heat' Hardy, a single mother and professional boxer who was displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Heather uses fighting to provide a living for ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Eversole, Sara Forrest | Star: Heather Hardy

Votes: 6

02014.05.07: streamed on PBS online

22. A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times (2013)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, News

56 Metascore

Jayson Blair is the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time. He unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism.

Director: Samantha Grant | Stars: Jayson Blair, Macarena Hernández, Robert Rivard, Howard Kurtz

Votes: 59

02014.05.07: PBS Independent Lens

23. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

86 Metascore

A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 115,043 | Gross: $4.36M

02014.05.11: I never tire of this classic Hitchcock film based on "the celebrated novel" by Daphne du Maurier.

24. The Sweet Spot (2013)

13 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

In an effort to rebuild her life after tragedy, a woman opens an old-fashion candy store on the side of the road.

Director: Shelby Hadden

02014.05.12: streamed

25. Fuzz (1972)

PG | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Police in Boston search for a mad bomber trying to extort money from the city.

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Jack Weston, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 1,458

02014.05.13: on TV (watched w/ my sweetie)

26. Bastards (2013)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law's suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy - though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, Julie Bataille, Michel Subor

Votes: 3,039 | Gross: $0.01M


27. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

With the 1970s behind them, San Diego's top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York City's first twenty-four-hour news channel by storm.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell

Votes: 161,582 | Gross: $127.35M


28. Still Mine (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama

72 Metascore

An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

Director: Michael McGowan | Stars: James Cromwell, Ronan Rees, Geneviève Bujold, Campbell Scott

Votes: 3,821 | Gross: $1.15M

29. Le ballon de rouge (2014)

20 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Paris, France, 1963. A couple have an argument in a bar. A young man sitting nearby takes the opportunity to talk to the girl and tells her what could be their life together if she accepts to run away with him, now.

Director: Sylvain Bressollette | Stars: Lou de Laâge, Thomas Drelon, Patrick Poivey, Michèle Raingeval

Votes: 28

30. For a Woman (2013)

110 min | Drama

59 Metascore

The story of the marriage between Michel and Lena, as told by their daughter Anne, with reflections on the mystery of abiding love.

Director: Diane Kurys | Stars: Benoît Magimel, Mélanie Thierry, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Sylvie Testud

Votes: 671 | Gross: $0.03M

31. Noah (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

Noah is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson

Votes: 234,872 | Gross: $101.20M

32. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

The mixed-race daughter, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), of Royal Navy Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) is raised by aristocratic Great-uncle Lord William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) in eighteenth century England.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 26,774 | Gross: $10.73M

33. King Lear (1971)

GP | 137 min | Drama

The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear has not one but two ungrateful children, and it's ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Cyril Cusack, Susan Engel

Votes: 726

34. Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (2005 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

A 28-year-old ad sales exec stops at nothing to climb her way to the top of the San Francisco social ladder.

Director: Dana Lustig | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Colin Ferguson, Natassia Malthe, Daniel Roebuck

Votes: 2,603

35. Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Tim Robbins, Dan Neil, Danny DeVito, Ray Wert

Votes: 1,715 | Gross: $0.15M

36. White Material (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 6,413 | Gross: $0.30M

37. A Girl's Own Story (1986)

27 min | Short

A look at three girls, young teens, in the era of the Beatles. Pam lives with parents who haven't spoken directly to each other in two years, using their daughters to talk across the table ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Gabrielle Shornegg, Geraldine Haywood, Marina Knight, John Godden

Votes: 656

38. An Exercise in Discipline: Peel (1986)

9 min | Short

A father along with his son and sister is driving back home in his car. The son continiously is throwing orange peels onto the road when suddenly the father stops the car and tells his son ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Tim Pye, Katie Pye, Ben Martin

Votes: 845

39. Passionless Moments (1983)

13 min | Short, Drama

A collection of everyday awkward and embarrassing moments, each with an uneasy familiarity.

Directors: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee | Stars: David Benton, Ann Burriman, Alan Brown, Sean Callinan

Votes: 820

40. Moving (2008)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama

A heretofore aimless artist attempts to instigate a new chapter by uprooting her life from Seattle to New York, carrying her impressionable college-aged nephew in her tumultuous wake.

Director: Megan Griffiths | Stars: Tony Doupe, Abby Dylan, Evan Mosher, Lynn Shelton

Votes: 9

42. Portrait of a Wave (2012)

16 min | Short, Biography, Drama

James and Cam Ramsay try to reconnect after being torn apart by their mother's sudden death six years earlier.

Director: Amelia Arnold | Stars: Bryan Gannon, Sydney Robinson

43. Palo Alto (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama

69 Metascore

The life and struggles of a group of adolescents living in Palo Alto.

Director: Gia Coppola | Stars: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Zoe Levin

Votes: 26,139 | Gross: $0.75M

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