02013.12: A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act

Films I'm watching in December 02013. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act. #yfvba http://olearysreellife.tumblr.com/ @olearysreellife
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1.
42 (2013)
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The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. (128 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ 02013.12.01: on blu-ray from Netflix. watched with my sweetie. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
2.
Oh, Saigon (2007 Documentary)
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Accompanied by gripping images from the war, 'Oh, Saigon' is an in-depth, compelling documentary about one refugee family's attempts to face its divided past and heal the physical and emotional wounds of the Vietnam War. (57 mins.)
Director: Doan Hoang
“ 02013.12.02: streamed on netflix ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
3.
This Land Is Mine (2012 Short Film)
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An animated short set to the tune of Pat Boone's Exodus Song satirizing the history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant... (4 mins.)
Director: Nina Paley
“ 02013.12.02: devilishly funny. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
4.
Electrick Children (2012)
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Rachel, a teenager born and raised in her Mormon community, believes that she has been inpregnated by listening to music and must get to Vegas to find the "father" of her miracle baby. (96 mins.)
Director: Rebecca Thomas
“ 02013.12.03: streamed on Netflix. Very satisfying experience. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
5.
Breaking Night (2012 Short Film)
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Director: Yolonda Ross
“ 02013.12.04: streamed on Vimeo. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
6.
A Teacher (2013)
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A high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end. (75 mins.)
Director: Hannah Fidell
“ 02013.12.05: At IU Cinema with Hannah Fidell present. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
7.
It Felt Like Love (2013)
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Lila wants to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. She fixates on a tough older guy who will "sleep with anyone" and tries to insert herself into his world, putting herself in a dangerously vulnerable situation. (82 mins.)
Director: Eliza Hittman
“ 02013.12.05: At IU Cinema with Eliza Hittman present. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
8.
Source Code (2011)
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A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete. (93 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ 02013.12.04: on disc.... I own it and I watch it often. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
9.
This Is Martin Bonner (2013)
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Martin Bonner has just moved to Nevada from the East Coast, leaving behind his two adult children and a life he spent more than two decades building. (83 mins.)
Director: Chad Hartigan
“ 02013.12.06: on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
10.
Little Sparrows (2010)
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Simple and sincere, celebrating life and the unconditional love of a mother. (88 mins.)
“ 02013.12.07: streamed from Film Movement. I have an All Access Pass. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
11.
A Touch of Sin (2013)
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Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. (133 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
“ 02013.12.08: at IU Cinema ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
12.
A Stolen Moment (2004 Short Film)
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A Sci-Fi Drama where the world has fallen victim to viruses and diseases. there is no human touch, no eye contact... (16 mins.)
Director: Audrey Cummings
 
13.
Catherine the Great (2011 Short Film)
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Catherine the Great is a story, one of thousands each year, of women trafficking for prostitution in Israel. (5 mins.)
Director: Anna Kuntsman
 
14.
Down to the Bone (2004)
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A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down. (104 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
 
15.
True Story (2006 Short Film)
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An elderly lady remembers a tragic childhood moment. (3 mins.)
Director: Stephanie Via
 
16.
As I Lay Dying (2013)
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Based on the 1930 classic by Faulkner, it is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson. (110 mins.)
Director: James Franco
 
17.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures. (60 mins.)
“ Episode 13: 02013.12.11
Episode 14: 02013.12.12
Episode 15: 02013.12.14 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
18.
The Bicycle (2013 Short Film)
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An old, abandoned bicycle learns to love again. (8 mins.)
 
19.
Columbite Tantalite (2013 Short Film)
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(12 mins.)
“ 02013.12.12: streamed on The Guardian's website. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
20.
Love Actually (2003)
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Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ 02013.12.13 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
21.
Two Cars, One Night (2004 Short Film)
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Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub. (12 mins.)
Director: Taika Waititi
“ 02013.12.15: Streamed from Film Movement ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
22.
Man of Tai Chi (2013)
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A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. (105 mins.)
Director: Keanu Reeves
“ 02013.12.15: on blu-ray from Netflix ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
23.
Spring Breakers (2012)
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Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. (94 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ 02013.12.16: on disc from MCPL ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
24.
Nothing Special (2005 Short Film)
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A young boy is tormented by his mother's conviction that he is the new Messiah, and after leaving home... (11 mins.)
Director: Helena Brooks
“ 02013.12.16: streamed on Vimeo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
25.
Computer Chess (2013)
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A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bujalski
“ 02013.12.17 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
26.
Nativity! (2009)
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An improvised comedy based around a school nativity play. (105 mins.)
Director: Debbie Isitt
“ 02013.12.18 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
27.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
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Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ 02013.12.19 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
28.
Wake (2010 Short Film)
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'Everybody knows if you're fixin' to GOSSIP, you gotta have a little dirt on somebody. And everybody knows if you're fixin' to BURY... (20 mins.)
Director: Bree Newsome
“ 02013.12.20: Streamed from Netflix. Thanks to blackshortfilms.com for sharing this one... ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
29.
Wadjda (2012)
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An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. (98 mins.)
“ 02013.12.20: at IU Cinema ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
30.
Good Ol' Freda (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles. (86 mins.)
Director: Ryan White
“ 02013.12.21: on blu-ray from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
31.
The Rings We Bear (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
In the cyclical patterns of love, nature and war, an army wife fights her own battle. (5 mins.)
Director: Steve Holloway
“ 02013.12.21: on vimeo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
32.
The Prince and Me (2004)
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At college Paige meets Eddie, a fellow student from Denmark, whom she first dislikes but later accepts, likes, and loves; he proves to be Crown Prince Edvard. Paige follows him to Copenhagen, and he follows her back to school with a plan. (111 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
“ 02013.12.22 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
33.
Please Give (2010)
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In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns. (87 mins.)
“ 02013.12.23: disc from Wells Library ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
34.
RPG OKC (2013 Short Film)
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Two video game characters forge an unlikely romance. (10 mins.)
“ 02013.12.23 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
35.
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008 Documentary)
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On November 23, 1968, Yale and Harvard's undefeated football teams met in Cambridge, with Yale heavily favored... (105 mins.)
Director: Kevin Rafferty
“ 02013.12.24: Streamed on MUBI. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
36.
Andrew Bird: Fever Year (2011 Documentary)
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The acclaimed musician's rigorous touring year culminates in perpetual fever as he crosses the finish line on crutches from an onstage injury. Concert documentary features collaborators Martin Dosh, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, and others. (80 mins.)
Director: Xan Aranda
“ 02013.12.24 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
37.
Obselidia (2010)
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George, a lonely librarian, believes love is obsolete, until a road trip to Death Valley with a cinema projectionist named Sophie teaches him otherwise. (103 mins.)
Director: Diane Bell
“ 02013.12.25: on disc from Wells Library. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
38.
The Prince & Me II: The Royal Wedding (2006 Video)
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With just weeks before their royal wedding, Paige and Edvard find their relationship and the Danish... (96 mins.)
Director: Catherine Cyran
“ 02013.12.25: on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
39.
Get a Horse! (2013 Short Film)
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Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow go on a musical wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete tries to run them off the road. (6 mins.)
“ 02013.12.26: At Brown County Playhouse ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
40.
Frozen (2013)
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When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (102 mins.)
“ 02013.12.26: At Brown County Playhouse ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
41.
Girl in Progress (2012)
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As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school. (93 mins.)
Director: Patricia Riggen
“ 02013.12.27: on disc from MCPL ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
42.
This Is Not Golf: The Scottish Highland Games in America (2010 Documentary)
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The Highland Games have taken place in Scotland for hundreds of years, but the beloved tradition seems... (7 mins.)
Director: Megan Kappel
“ 02013.12.27: short streamed on Vimeo. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
43.
I Live for Art (2014 Documentary)
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An exploration of the creative process - its angst, its thrills, its purpose and its methods. (73 mins.)
“ 02013.12.27: got a sneak peek ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
44.
Nickelheads (2010 Video)
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A stranger is mistaken for a man named Nick by a group of people on their way to help a friend in distress in this short absurdist comedy. (4 mins.)
Director: Niam Itani
“ 02013.12.27: short on Vimeo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
45.
Work Hard - Play Hard (2012 Documentary)
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All about non-territorial office space, multi-mobile knowledge workers, Blackberries and Miles&More. A documentary about the removal of boundaries in the working place. (90 mins.)
Director: Carmen Losmann
“ 02013.12.27 - on Doc Alliance ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
46.
Friends with Kids (2011)
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Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships. (107 mins.)
“ 02013.12.27: on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
47.
How to Save a Fish from Drowning (2007 Documentary)
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(13 mins.)
Director: Kelly Neal
“ 02013.12.28: streamed from Doc Alliance ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
48.
Touchy Feely (2013)
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A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch. (88 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shelton
“ 02013.12.28 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
49.
After the Wedding (2006)
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A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret. (120 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ 02013.12.29 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
50.
Mei (2006 Short Film)
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(11 mins.)
Director: Arvin Chen
“ 02013.12.29 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
51.
Tootie Pie (2006 Short Film)
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(12 mins.)
Director: Virginia Bogert
“ 02013.12.30: on disc Seattle Women in Film ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
52.
Money & Life (2013 Documentary)
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MONEY and LIFE is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that makes a provocative proposition:... (86 mins.)
Director: Katie Teague
“ 02013.12.30: streamed on indieflix ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
53.
Diggers (2007 Short Film)
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(16 mins.)
Director: Cheryl Slean
“ 02013.12.30: on disc Seattle Women in Film ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
54.
Whip It (2009)
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In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin. (111 mins.)
Director: Drew Barrymore
“ 02013.12.30: on disc from Wells Library media reserve ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
55.
Lipstick Men (2004 Short Film)
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Four guys share the essence of what it takes to be a drag queen. (6 mins.)
“ 02013.12.31: on disc Seattle Women in Film from Netflix ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
56.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
“ 02013.12.31: FINALLY seeing this one. w/ my sweetie. Happy New Year! ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary