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February 27, 2012

The Freebie

I found out Katie Aselton was directing films when I read about her most recent film called Black Rock. She's the wife of one of my favorite directors Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair, Baghead). I couldn't see Black Rock yet, so I saw that her directorial debut The Freebie was avaiable on Netflix so I watched that. I saw the…
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February 12, 2012

Project Nim

I saw Project Nim last night, which I had heard a lot about. It kept coming up in many top ten documentary lists this year and it didn't disappoint. It's a fascinating look into the 1970's experiment where they tried to raise a chimp as a human and see if they could teach it sign language. There were quite a…
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February 11, 2012

Life in a Day

Kim and I watched the documentary Life in a Day, which was comprised of user submitted clips from around the world. It was actually really good! I felt so many different emotions from joy, grief, and fear. Some disturbing images of animals getting killed was hard to watch, but it was real. It was real life. The film managed to…
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February 8, 2012

Cold Weather

I had the pleasure of seeing Aaron Katz's new film Cold Weather the other night. It was lovely! Aaron was one of the original "mumblecore" directors I got into when I saw Dance Party USA and Quiet City. He doesn't make nearly as many films as some of the others (looking at you Joe Swanberg), but when he does they…
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February 2, 2012

Bellflower

Wow this was a weird movie. I like weird, so I recommend it. I was impressed by the visuals and the tone of the film. At first I thought the dirty lenses were trying too hard to be hip/retro, but it grew on me. I didn't really like the characters at all and the story is kind of thin. I…
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January 8, 2012

RSO [Registered Sex Offender]

I couldn't sleep last night for fear of having another night terror (long story, should I blog about it?), so I distracted myself by knocking out another movie from my Netflix instant queue with my iPod. I added the film RSO to my queue a while back because Andrew Bujalski is in it. One of my fav directors (Funny Ha…
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January 4, 2012

Yeast

I was home sick today with a head cold and feeling pretty terrible. This was the perfect opportunity to watch a movie that I know Kim would not want to watch with me and that is Yeast. The film is directed by Mary Bronstein, which happens to be the wife of Frownland director Ronald Bronstein. From the director: "Yeast" explores…
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January 2, 2012

The Parking Lot Movie

Kim and I watched The Parking Lot Movie on Instant Watch and it was pretty great. It's about a small pay parking lot and its rag tag crew of over-educated but underemployed attendants. I started off annoyed with these kids who dress up in costumes and play games in the parking lot to pass the time and it feels kind of intimidating…
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December 27, 2011

Tabloid

I watched Errol Morris' film Tabloid over the weekend. It was a fascinating story, sure, but the titles and typography were probably the best I'd ever seen in a film. Whoever did them did a fantastic job off pulling off the gritty tabloid-style while still being sharp and sophisticated. Go see if not for that alone. Director Errol Morris profiles…
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December 6, 2009

Brothers: Jim Sheridan < Susanne Bier

I saw the new film "Brothers" today at the Capitol Theatre. I was eagerly anticipating it mostly because I was shocked they were already remaking Susanne Biers fantastic Danish film Brødre from 2004. The American version stars Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tobey Maguire. But most American's haven't seen it I'm sure, and the storyline seems perfectly fitting for a…
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