02013.06: A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Actby Barbara Ann O'Leary | created - 01 Jun 2013 | updated - 11 Jul 2013 | Public
Films I'm watching in June 02013 - part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
Watching an equal number of films by women directors and men directors over the course of a year.... focused on films from 2003 forward. Every day I watch at least one feature and one short. Occasionally the films I see are not listed in IMDb, so the don't show up here. Visit http://olearysreellife.tumblr.com/ to follow along in more detail...
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1. Dalpaengee eui byeol (2011)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama
Young-Chan comes from planet of snail where deaf blind people live slow and quiet lives. When Young-Chan came to Earth, nobody understood his language and he was desperate. Then an angel ... See full summary »
Director: Seung-jun Yi
Votes: 312 | Gross: $0.00M
02013.06.01: beautiful, lyrical documentary by Yi Seungjun, man filmmaker. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba On disc from Netflix.
2. Capturing Reality (2008)
90 min | Documentary
From cinema-verite; pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick movie makers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, the world's best documentarians reflect upon ... See full summary »
02013.06.01: Pepita Ferrari's documentary about documentary making! Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba On disc borrowed from the library.
3. Grbavica (2006)
107 min | Drama
A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war.
Votes: 5,295 | Gross: $0.04M
02013.06.01: Jasmila Zbanic's first feature film. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba On disc borrowed from the library.
4. Lost Persons Area (2009)
109 min | Drama
In life, you don't get what you want. You just get what you need.
02013.06.02: Caroline Strubbe's woman made film. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba streamed on MUBI.
5. The Woodmans (2010)
Unrated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography
The story of a family that suffers a tragedy, but perseveres and finds redemption through each other and their work - making art.
Votes: 528 | Gross: $0.04M
02013.06.03: Scott Willis' documentary about artist Francesca Woodman and her artist parents. On disc borrowed from the library. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
02013.06.04: Short film from Doc Alliance. Woman made. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
7. Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,570 | Gross: $4.81M
02013.06.04: On DVD from MCPL. Thanks to my friend Patricia P for pointing out this Bruce Beresford film I had not realized he'd made. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
8. Rain of the Children (2008)
98 min | Documentary, Drama
Puhi was chosen at age 12 by the great Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu, and goes on to have an extraordinary life of hardship and wonder showing her fortitude through life ... See full summary »
02013.06.05: Streaming on MUBI. Vincent Ward created this documentary that revisits a story he'd explored when he was a young man. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
9. Between the Folds (2008)
G | 56 min | Documentary
Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Through their determination to reinterpret... See full summary »
02013.06.05: Vanessa Gould's film about origami. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba Streamed on Netflix.
10. Upstream Color (2013)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Votes: 26,171 | Gross: $0.44M
02013.06.06: At IU Cinema - Shane Carruth's experimental feature film. Wonderful sound. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
02013.06.07: Streamed Logoden (mixed gender filmmaking team) from Doc Alliance films ... Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act. #yfvba
12. Augustine (2012)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, History
A look at the relationship between pioneering 19th century French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient, a kitchen maid who is left partially paralyzed after a seizure.
Votes: 1,162 | Gross: $0.11M
02013.06.07: At Fine Arts Building as part of Ryder Film Series. Directed by Alice Winocour. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
13. Kali Yuga (2000)
4 min | Animation, Short
Kali Yuga was a performance and animation collaboration with filmmaker Joanna Priestley, composer Joseph Waters and contemporary classical ensemble, Fear No Music. It included physical ... See full summary »
02013.06.08: Streamed during Stop Motion Cinematography workshop at Indie Film Con (Bloomington, IN). Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
14. One Day (2011)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Romance
After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.
Votes: 117,785 | Gross: $13.84M
02013.06.08: On disc from MCPL... Lone Scherfig, director. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
15. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)
PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
A documentary on Broadway legend Carol Channing.
Votes: 223 | Gross: $0.01M
02013.06.09: Loved this woman made documentary by Dori Beinstein. Perhaps what I loved most about it was the adoration and sheer joy on the faces of the young dancers who were teamed up with Channing for her benefit performance! Watched with my sweetie. We were surprisingly delighted by the tone of this film. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba On disc from MCPL.
16. Miss Representation (2011)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
02013.06.09: Took a while for me to get into this woman made documentary directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, but once past the initial off putting imagery, I found myself following with interest. Not ground breaking news, but clearly dealing with issues that continue to escalate. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba On Disk from Netflix.
17. Nobody Knows (2004)
PG-13 | 141 min | Drama
In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Votes: 18,919 | Gross: $0.68M
02013.06.10: Beautiful, heartbreaking, nervewracking, exquisite film man made by Hirokazu Koreeda. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba On disc from MCPL.
18. Les plages d'Agnès (2008)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography
Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.
Votes: 1,940 | Gross: $0.24M
02013.06.11: Agnès Varda's memory documentary revisiting her life and film work. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba On disc from MCPL. Disc from MCPL.
19. Le lion volatil (2003)
12 min | Romance, Short
Magic, synchronicity, love and loss around the Place Denfert-Rochereaus and its famous statue of the lion of Denfert.
02013.06.11: Short by Agnès Varda - on the disc with The Beaches of Agnes. 12 minutes. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba On disc from MCPL. Disc from MCPL
20. Outrage (I) (2009)
R | 90 min | Documentary
An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.
Votes: 1,509 | Gross: $0.04M
02013.06.12: Man made documentary by Kirby Dick. Streamed on Netflix. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
21. Shunpo (2012)
4 min | Short, Music, Mystery
What if we could escape our daily routine for a moment ? A step, just one, that could move us miles away from here, in a second; a flash step. A Shunpo.
02013.06.13: Streamed on Vimeo. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
22. Brooklyn Castle (2012)
PG | 101 min | Documentary
Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.
Votes: 840 | Gross: $0.22M
02013.06.13: Watched Katie Dellamaggoire's film on disc borrowed by the library. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
23. Pismo (2013)
Not Rated | 21 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure
A remote village in the North-West of Russia. A mental asylum is located in an old wooden house. The place and its inhabitants seem to be untouched by civilization. In this pristine setting... See full summary »
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
02013.06.14: Streamed from MUBI. Sergei Loznitsa's man made short film. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
24. Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007)
58 min | Documentary
A visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States as seen through cemeteries, historic plaques and markers. Inspired by Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States".
Director: John Gianvito
02013.06.14: Anyone who wonders what's the value in unions might want to take an hour to watch this film.... I'm streaming it on MUBI at the moment, but no doubt it is available elsewhere as well. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
25. Frances Ha (2012)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A story that follows as a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.
Votes: 51,502 | Gross: $4.06M
02013.06.14: At IU Cinema - Noah Baumbach's disingenuous quirkfest about a 20 something dancer in NYC. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
26. Before Midnight (2013)
R | 109 min | Drama, Romance
We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.
Votes: 110,173 | Gross: $8.11M
02013.06.14: Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke create a riveting 3rd installment of the Before series. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
27. L'homme sans tête (2003)
18 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance
Phelps, a solitary man who lives in a big industrial city by the sea, is very happy tonight. He is getting ready for a ball. And not any ball, a dance to which the young woman he loves has ... See full summary »
02013.06.15 Quirky little fantasy about a headless man preparing for a date. Short film. Man made by Juan Solanas. Watched on Cinema 16: European Short Films disc from Netflix. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
28. Dorothy Mills (2008)
R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A psychiatrist is assigned to work on the case of a disturbed young girl.
02013.06.15: Agnes Merlet's film about an island community in Ireland with strange goings on. Watched on disc from Netflix. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
29. Still Walking (2008)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama
A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear.
Votes: 8,780 | Gross: $0.16M
02013.06.15: beautiful beautiful film man made by Hirokazu Kore-eda. I watched on disc from MCPL. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
30. Spartacus (1960)
PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.
Votes: 105,750 | Gross: $30.00M
02013.06.15: Revisiting Kubrick's epic .... Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba ... having watched my 2003 or later film(s) for today... I have the time to watch an older one...
31. Vivere (2007)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance
On Christmas Eve, Francesca sets out for Rotterdam in order to find her little sister, who has run off with her musician boyfriend. On the way, she picks up Gerlinde, a heartbroken older woman at the end of her rope.
Votes: 148 | Gross: $0.00M
02013.06.16: Beautiful film. So glad to see Angelina Maccarone's Vivere. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
32. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011– )
60 min | Documentary, History
A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.
02013.06.16: Episode 11 - The 1970s and Onward. I continue to relish this series. I've been pacing myself watching one or two every so often. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
33. Japanese Story (2003)
R | 110 min | Drama, Romance
Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,835 | Gross: $0.65M
02013.06.17: I greatly appreciated this film by Sue Brooks. Starring Toni Collette, who delivers a riveting performance. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
34. In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)
R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, War
During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.
Votes: 32,189 | Gross: $0.30M
02013.06.18: I can see that Angelina Jolie has skill as a director. I look forward to her future work. This film had some wonderful moments, but fell flat for me. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
35. Tou ze (2011)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama
After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.
Votes: 4,417 | Gross: $0.19M
02013.06.19: Ann Hui's beautiful film! Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
36. Wasp (2003)
26 min | Short, Drama
Zoë is a single mother who lives with her four children in Dartford. She is poor and can't afford to buy food. One day her ex-boyfriend drives by and asks her to go on a date with him. ... See full summary »
02013.06.19: Terrifying... but exquisitely made by Andrea Arnold. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
37. Write the Future (2010 TV Short)
3 min | Short, Sport
A Nike commercial that highlights the cultural impact of soccer around the world.
02013.06.20: Alejandro González Iñárritu's Nike promo. Shot by Emmanuel Lubezki. They are both favorites of mine. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba
38. Quartet (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.
Votes: 16,930 | Gross: $18.39M
02013.06.21: on disc from Netflix.
39. Tap to Retry (2012)
5 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy
'TAP TO RETRY' is a frenetic series of super-shorts, metaphors for the way we conduct ourselves in this hectic era of information overload. It aims to give a perceptible interpretation to ... See full summary »
Director: Neta Cohen
02013.06.21: Streamed on Vimeo.
40. The Bling Ring (2013)
R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
Votes: 73,449 | Gross: $5.84M
02013.06.22: Saw this at AMC River East 21 in Chicago with my sweetie. LOVED it.
41. Look at Me (2004)
PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A french girl gifted with a great voice, has a complex about her weight and her appearance.
Votes: 4,826 | Gross: $1.74M
02013.06.23: Loved Agnes Jaoui's film. On disc from MCPL.
42. American Teen (2008)
PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary
A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.
Votes: 3,921 | Gross: $0.94M
02013.06.24: Nanette Burstein's look at Warsaw, IN high school life.
2 min | Short
This short film is made by 'We Are Equals' to celebrate International Women's Day. James Bond video for international women's day shows 007's feminine side. Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench... See full summary »
02013.06.25: 2 minute short woman made by Sam Taylor-Wood aka Sam Taylor-Johnson
44. Homegoings (2013)
TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary
Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem ... See full summary »
02013.06.25: Tivoed from PBS POV. Christine Turner's documentary moved me. Very gentle.
45. A Squid Like Me (2009)
1 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
A little squid tells the story of himself.
02013.06.26: 1 minute long woman made animated short film on YouTube.
46. No (I) (2012)
R | 118 min | Drama
An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.
Votes: 20,198 | Gross: $2.34M
02013.06.26: On disc from Netflix. This was a satisfying film to watch. Man made film...
47. Going the Distance (2010)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Romance
A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another.
Votes: 52,776 | Gross: $17.80M
02013.06.27: Nanette Burstein's romantic comedy...
48. Only When I Dance (2009)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
Two young kids try to dance their way out of the favelas of Rio.
Votes: 229 | Gross: $0.01M
02013.06.28: Beadie Finzi's documentary about Brazilian kids trying to make it in the classical ballet world.
49. The Look (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary
CHARLOTTE RAMPLING: THE LOOK features Charlotte Rampling in a series of reflective conversations with artists, friends, and one-time collaborators such as novelist Paul Auster and ... See full summary »
Votes: 249 | Gross: $0.02M
02013.06.28: Loved Angelina Maccarone's exploration of Charlotte Rampling's life and work. Very lyrical and deep. Streamed on Netflix.
50. Fish Tank (2009)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama
Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Votes: 51,955 | Gross: $0.37M
02013.06.29: Andrea Arnold's film Fish Tank is incredible. Borrowed from the library.
51. Wuthering Heights (2011)
Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, Romance
A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy.
Votes: 7,856 | Gross: $0.10M
02013.06.29: Andrea Arnold's interpretation of the Bronte classic. Borrowed from the library.
02013.06.29: Ransom Riggs' short film about the Salton Sea - on Youtube.
53. Wendy and Lucy (2008)
R | 80 min | Drama
Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart.
Votes: 13,523 | Gross: $0.86M
02013.06.29: Kelly Reichardt's film starring Michelle Williams. Streamed on MUBI.
54. Don't Expect Too Much (2011)
TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary
Drawing on Nicholas Ray's archive of never-before-seen film, video, and stills, his wife Susan investigates the questions of his work and the relationship forged by Ray between his life and... See full summary »
02013.06.30: Streamed from MUBI. Susan Ray's documentary about Nicholoas Ray's life and work.
55. All She Can (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
Luz Garcia, a high school student in a forgotten Texas town, wants something different than the options awaiting her after graduation. She's earned a ticket out with admission to the ... See full summary »
02013.06.30: uneven. messy script. Amy Wendel, director. Disc from MCPL.
56. Dancing Across Borders (2010)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
On a trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia in January 2000, filmmaker Anne Bass came across a 16 year old boy who moved her immensely with his amazing and seemingly natural charms and ... See full summary »
Votes: 104 | Gross: $0.07M
02013.06.30: some beautiful dancing. otherwise the film has challenges. Anne Bass, director. Felt like a vanity project more than a documentary. Disc from MCPL.