02013.04by Barbara Ann O'Leary | created - 01 Apr 2013 | updated - 30 Apr 2013 | Public
Films I'm watching in April 02013.
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1. The Republic of Love (2003)
95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A story of love and enchantment set in the coldest of winters, it explores the issues, dilemmas and barriers facing the lucky and unlucky in love in the 21st Century, based on the novel of ... See full summary »
02013.04.01: I am a Gary Farmer fan .... catching up on his filmography. He is not starring, but his performance grounds the story in beautiful ways.
2. Jerichow (2008)
Unrated | 93 min | Drama
The dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran Thomas returns to his home village of Jerichow. Ali, a local Turkish-German businessman, owner of a snack-bar chain, hires him as a driver. ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,798 | Gross: $0.05M
02013.04.03: beautiful film by Christian Petzold
3. Like Someone in Love (2012)
Not Rated | 109 min | Drama
In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.
Votes: 8,260 | Gross: $0.22M
02013.04.04: An exquisite experience. At Indiana University Cinema. Plays again Friday, Saturday, and Monday.
4. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
Not Rated | 169 min | Documentary, History
A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies.
02013.04.05: at Indiana University Cinema... for this screening that is part of Underground Film Series. Overly long and without clarity about what it is attempting to do, but plenty of interesting pieces ... so I got something out of the experience.
5. Shi (2010)
Unrated | 139 min | Drama
A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.
Votes: 7,553 | Gross: $0.36M
02013.04.06: Exquisite film. Screened at Indiana University Cinema.
6. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011– )
60 min | Documentary, History
A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.
02013.04.07: Episode 9 The New American Cinema. Continuing to love this series.
7. Daisies (1966)
74 min | Comedy, Drama
Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.
02013.04.07: wild, unbridled... and messy ...
8. Ayneh (1997)
95 min | Drama
When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,009 | Gross: $0.04M
02013.04.07: We LOVED Jafar Panahi's brilliant film The Mirror.
9. Of Two Minds (2012)
Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Of Two Minds explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder in America today. Through a combination of intimate... See full summary »
02013.04.11: At IU Cinema with director Doug Blush present for lively Q&A.
10. Six Men Getting Sick (1966)
4 min | Animation, Short, Horror
A short continuously looping animation of six grotesque human figures vomiting.
Director: David Lynch
02013.04.12: free on Hulu. Short David Lynch animated film.
11. The Alphabet (1968)
4 min | Animation, Short
A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.
02013.04.12: free on Hulu. Short David Lynch film.
123 min | Documentary, Music
For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a ... See full summary »
02013.04.12: Brilliant documentary more about fans of The Replacements than of The Replacements.... ;-)
13. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
Votes: 221,836 | Gross: $98.93M
02013.04.12: not very good. saw on my own at AMC.
14. The Daughter of Dawn (1920)
80 min | Western
This restored silent film features a love triangle involving a Kiowa chief's daughter and ensuing conflict between Kiowa and Comanche villages.
02013.04.13: at Indiana University Cinema
15. Rio 40 Graus (1955)
100 min | Drama
A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »
02013.04.14: at IU Cinema with director/writer/producer Nelson Pereira dos Santos present for Q&A. wonderful film.
16. Barren Lives (1963)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama
A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »
02013.04.15: at IU Cinema with director/writer/producer Nelson Pereira dos Santos present for Q&A. wonderful film. Felt like a Brazilian Grapes of Wrath
17. Angela (I) (2002)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
True story of an attractive Sicilian mob-wife who participates in her husband's drug-dealing business and falls for her husband's lackey.
02013.04.17: beautiful, complex film by Roberta Torre. at IU Cinema.
18. Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »
19. A Room with a View (1985)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting... See full summary »
Votes: 32,769 | Gross: $20.97M
02013.04.20: always love this film
20. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Unrated | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.
Votes: 15,215 | Gross: $7.29M
02013.04.20: Ang Lee's third feature film. He is among my favorite directors working today.
21. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011– )
60 min | Documentary, History
A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.
02013.04.20: Episode 10
1969-1979: Radical Directors in the 70's Make State of the Nation Movies
22. The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.
02013.04.20: Love this film... every time I see it. Thanks, TCM, for sharing it. Haven't seen it in a while.
23. Superman (1978)
PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.
Votes: 138,173 | Gross: $134.22M
02013.04.20: Wow... it's been a LONG time since we've seen this. Gene Hackman continues to be a joy... and his Lex Luther was excellent.
24. This Is Cinerama (1952)
G | 115 min | Documentary
A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind has attempted to create the illusion of depth & movement by artistic, mechanical and ... See full summary »
Votes: 369 | Gross: $41.60M
02013.04.21: This film is on the National Film Registry. I've gotten a little behind in watching films from the registry as I have been actively engaged with the Indy Film Fest Screening Committee documentary and short film viewing, but I'm committing myself to seeing 6 in the next 6 weeks. I'd tivoed this one not too long ago. It's beautiful. I love the way the film industry is always trying to come up with new ways to engage audience in the theatrical experience.
25. Sangam (2004)
28 min | Short, Drama
Two South Asian men on a subway share their nostalgia, loneliness, hopes and despair about life in America.
02013.04.21: Watching Prashant Bhargava's short film Sangam in preparation for his Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture at Indiana University Cinema on Thursday and the screening of his feature film Patang.
26. The Accordion (2010)
8 min | Short, Drama
02013.04.21: I felt moved by Jafar Panahi's short film The Accordion, which I watched on Vimeo. It's exquisite.
27. To the Wonder (2012)
R | 112 min | Drama, Romance
After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Votes: 23,756 | Gross: $0.59M
02013.04.22: Saw the film at Landmark Keystone Art Cinema. My sister joined me. I'm digesting. The images and the sounds are finding landing places in me at this time.
28. Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977)
42 min | Animation, Short
02013.04.24: watched this Orson Welles narrated animated version of Rime of the Ancient Mariner on MUBI
29. Suspense (1913)
10 min | Short, Drama, Thriller
An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »
02013.04.24: watched this Lois Weber silent short film classic on MUBI. I've seen it before but it really is wonderful and I was happy to see it again.
30. Delicacy (2012)
11 min | Short, Drama
A culinary connoisseur and a chef go on a hunt for a rare animal.
02013.04.24: streaming on Tribeca Film Festival Online.
31. Alias Ruby Blade (2012)
78 min | Documentary
Documentary exploring the role of an Australian filmmaker turned revolutionary in the independence movement in Timor-Leste.
02013.04.24: streamed from Tribeca Film Festival's Online Fest
32. Patang (2011)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
In the old city of Ahmedabad, amid India's largest kite festival, a family duels, spins and soars like the countless kites in the skies above.
02013.04.25: Loved this film, which screened at IU Cinema last night. Prashant Bhargava was present to deliver an afternoon lecture, introduce the film, and engage in a lively Q&A afterwards. Had the chance to share a meal with him after the film with some friends. Wonderful day. I found this film to be beautiful and richly engaging.
33. Farah Goes Bang (2013)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy
FARAH GOES BANG is a road-trip comedy centered on Farah Mahtab, a woman in her twenties who tries to lose her virginity while campaigning across America for presidential candidate John ... See full summary »
02013.04.26: Nora Ephron Award 2013 - Tribeca Film Festival - streaming via the Online Festival.
34. Disappearances (2006)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Quebec Bill Bohomme is a hardy schemer and dreamer, who, desperate to raise money to preserve his endangered herd through the rapidly approaching winter, resorts to whiskey-smuggling, a ... See full summary »
Votes: 491 | Gross: $0.31M
02013.04.26: Borrowed the DVD from MCPL. Love Kris! Inspired to watch this one because I'm on a Gary Farmer kick. So many more of his films still to see. He's a delight. This film is a mixed bag, but I was happy to watch it.
35. Princess Margaret Blvd. (2008)
14 min | Short, Drama
02013.04.27: Streamed this compelling short film from MUBI.
36. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
PG | 115 min | Comedy, Romance
An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.
02013.04.27: Finally getting to see this film... it's very funny.
37. Assault (2007)
11 min | Short, Drama
02013.04.28: streamed this short film by Kazik Radwanski from MUBI. I watched his short Princess Margaret Blvd. from MUBI yesterday. I am definitely enjoying this process of being invited to experience a group of films by the same filmmakers in this calm process of daily offerings. I think I can really go for this approach. We'll see. I'm giving it a year. I paid up in advance.
38. Offside (I) (2006)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.
Votes: 6,401 | Gross: $0.18M
02013.04.28: from MCPL I enjoyed this Jafar Panahi film about girls who just want to watch Iran compete for the chance to go to the World Cup.
39. The Other Dream Team (2012)
Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Sport
The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.
Votes: 3,222 | Gross: $0.13M
02023.04.28: from Netflix... documentary about Lithuanian Olympic basketball team. I really liked this film. Moving. Engaging. Well paced. Clear.
40. A Young Couple (2009)
13 min | Short
02013.04.29: Watched this 13 minute short Barry Jenkins film on Vimeo... after reading Soderbergh's remarks from his speech where he said: "If I were running a studio, I'd get a Shane Carruth, a Barry Jenkins and an Amy Seimetz and ask 'What do you wanna make?'”
41. Tall Enough (2009)
7 min | Short
In this day-in-the-life piece, a young, interracial couple explore their relationship on a quiet Saturday in Brooklyn.
02013.04.29: A 6:45 minute short film done for Bloomingdale's by Barry Jenkins. Streamed on Vimeo.
42. One Small Step (2012)
15 min | Short, Drama, Family
After her brother dies in the Vietnam War, a young girl searches for the meaning of life with the help of her teddy bear.
02013.04.29: Came upon this 14 minute short film on the Digital Bolex website. Directed by Elle Schneider. Written by Elle Schneider & Joe Rubinstein. DP: David Chung.
43. Suddenly (1954)
Unrated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.
Votes: 4,846 | Gross: $1.40M
02013.04.29: Frank Sinatra.... first time I have seen this one we liked it.