02014.01: A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act

Films I'm watching in January 02014. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act. #yfvba http://olearysreellife.tumblr.com/ @olearysreellife
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1.
Circus of Infinity (2005 Short Film)
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Director: Sue Corcoran
“ 02014.01.01: on the Seattle Women in Film disc borrowed from Netflix ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
2.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
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In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
“ 02014.01.01: Yes Cinema in Columbus, IN. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
3.
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love (2013 Documentary)
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Composer, conductor, genius, mensch, Marvin Hamlisch was as close to a modern day Da Vinci as it gets. Hit after hit... (85 mins.)
Director: Dori Berinstein
“ 02014.01.01: PBS. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
4.
Tidal Wave (2005 Documentary)
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The narrator of the film, who is reciting his own dream, has been plagued with dreams of tidal waves before he was old enough to know what one was, or ever saw the ocean. (2 mins.)
Director: Salise Hughes
“ 02014.01.02: on disc from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
5.
Free Parking (2006 Short Film)
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Five-year-old Shannon gets a lesson in capitalism when older sister Janet turns their blackberry picking chores into a Monopoly game using rent, taxes and extortion to get Shannon's hard picked berries. (10 mins.)
“ 02014.01.02: on disc from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
6.
War in the Mind (2011 Documentary)
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(64 mins.)
Director: Judy Jackson
“ 02014.01.02: on disc from Wells Media Reserve. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
7.
Foreign Letters (2012)
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A bittersweet coming-of-age film, Foreign Letters is itself a love letter to the unshakeable bond between friends... (99 mins.)
Director: Ela Thier
“ 02014.01.02: on disc from MCPL ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
8.
A Summer Rain (2009 Short Film)
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An 11-year-old immigrant girl from Israel is welcomed to America by a Vietnamese refugee her age. (16 mins.)
Director: Ela Thier
“ 02014.01.02: on disc from MCPL ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
9.
Bus Stop (2008 Short Film)
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Citizens at a rainy bus stop discover a shared passion for public dancing. (8 mins.)
“ 02014.01.03: on Seattle Women in Film DVD. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
10.
Philomena (2013)
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A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ 02014.01.03: At Landmark w/ my sweetie. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
11.
Sugarcoat (2012 Short Film)
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Desire as seen through a melting crayon reveals a tapestry of temptations. (7 mins.)
Director: Meejin Hong
“ 02014.01.03: on Vimeo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
12.
My Nose (2007 Documentary)
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(13 mins.)
“ 02014.01.03: Streamed from IndieFlix.com ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
13.
Little Red Riding Hood (2006 Short Film)
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A dreamy re-telling of a seemingly familiar tale... But this time 'Don't Talk to Strangers' isn't enough. Guy Maddin meets Miazaki in this short film delightful for children as well as adults. (11 mins.)
Director: S.J. Chiro
“ 02014.01.04: on Seattle Women in Film DVD. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
14.
How to Go on a Man Date (2006 Short Film)
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How to hang out in public with another man, without appearing to be gay. (8 mins.)
Director: Wilson Diehl
“ 02014.01.04: on Seattle Women in Film DVD ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
15.
Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013 Documentary)
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The world's most successful diamond thieves take us into the dark world of the international jewel trade. (89 mins.)
Director: Havana Marking
“ 02014.01.04: on disc from Netflix ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
16.
Rent's Due (2004 Short Film)
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(9 mins.)
Director: Andy McCone
“ 02014.01.05: on Seattle Women in Film disc from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
17.
Rising from Ashes (2012 Documentary)
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The impossible triumph of Team Rwanda. (82 mins.)
Director: T.C. Johnstone
“ 02014.01.05: on disc from MCPL ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
18.
But Soft (2006 Short Film)
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(2 mins.)
Director: Britta Johnson
“ 02014.01.06: on Seattle Women in Film disc from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
19.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2013)
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A married man begins to question his sexual orientation as he and his wife consider having another child. (104 mins.)
Director: Arvin Chen
“ 02014.01.06: On disc from Film Movement ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
20.
Una noche (2012)
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In Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. Accused of assault, he appeals to Elio to help him reach the forbidden world 90 miles across the ocean. One night, full of hope, they face the biggest challenge of their lives. (90 mins.)
Director: Lucy Mulloy
“ 02014.01.07: on disc from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
21.
The Deflowering of Eva van End (2012)
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The members of a dysfunctional family begin to reinvent themselves thanks to the exchange student who moves in with them. (98 mins.)
“ 02014.01.08: on disc from MCPL (Film Movement) ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
22.
The Holy Girl (2004)
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16-year-old Amalia looks to save the soul a middle-aged doctor. (106 mins.)
Director: Lucrecia Martel
“ 02014.01.09: on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
23.
Full Circle (2003 Short Film)
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Full Circle is the story of a young man and woman living on the island of Ireland. Phillippa works in Marco's Chip Shop... (14 mins.)
“ 02014.01.09: on disc from Spiritual Cinema Circle. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
24.
Scarface (1983)
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In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ 02014.01.09: watched finally for the first time... on TV with my sweetie. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
25.
The Punk Singer (2013 Documentary)
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s. (81 mins.)
Director: Sini Anderson
“ 02014.01.10: At IU Cinema. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
26.
No Place on Earth (2012 Documentary)
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A cave exploration in Ukraine leads to the unearthing of a story of World War II survivors who once found shelter in the same cave. (83 mins.)
Director: Janet Tobias
“ 02014.01.11: on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
27.
The Silent Treatment (2012 Short Film)
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It's the mid 1920s and sultry Loretta is mad. She just caught her husband Lonny with another woman and she is giving him "the silent treatment." Will their love survive his indiscretion? (9 mins.)
Director: Martine Jean
“ 02014.01.11: streamed on Vimeo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
28.
American Hustle (2013)
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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (138 mins.)
“ 02014.01.12: at AMC Bloomington 11 with my sweetie. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
29.
Natives (2013 Short Film)
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Rachel and Anita, a young Manhattanite couple, are visiting Anita's parents on the Indian reservation she grew up on... (20 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Hersh
“ 02014.01.12: on Vimeo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
30.
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009 Documentary)
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A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation. (39 mins.)
Director: Richard Shepard
“ 02014.01.13: on MUBI ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
31.
How to Cook Your Life (2007 Documentary)
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A Zen priest in San Francisco and cookbook author use Zen Buddhism and cooking to relate to everyday life. (100 mins.)
Director: Doris Dörrie
“ 02014.01.13: on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
32.
Independent Lens (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Be Good, Smile Pretty (2003)
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Different celebrity host present a new independent documentary.
“ 02014.01.14: streamed from Sundance Now Doc Club ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
33.
Ava (2010 Short Film)
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A woman, a few hours away from her wedding, is reflecting on her relationship with her husband to-be. (9 mins.)
Director: Chika Anadu
“ 02014.01.14 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
34.
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
“ 02014.01.15: again.... ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
35.
G-Dog (2012 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of a gang reformer. (93 mins.)
Director: Freida Lee Mock
Stars: Greg Boyle
“ 02014.01.16: on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
36.
The Business Trip (2008 Short Film)
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Jean-Paul Clément is on a business trip. He checks into the Dolphine Hotel for seven nights where we learn he has one saved message on his mobile phone and a personal dilemma. (10 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
“ 02014.01.16: streamed on Film Movement. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
37.
The Spectacular Now (2013)
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A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl." (95 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
“ 02014.01.17: on Blu-ray from Netflix. Shailene Woodley is a delightful actress. I wish her a long, wonderful career. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
38.
MeTube: August Sings Carmen 'Habanera' (2013 Short Film)
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"MeTube", a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet... (4 mins.)
Director: Daniel Moshel
“ 02014.01.17: streamed on YouTube. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
39.
Nebraska (2013)
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An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ 02014.01.18: screener for Independent Spirit Awards. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
40.
Echo Bear (2012 Short Film)
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An Echo Park Bear discovers the dangers of hunting for love locally. (6 mins.)
Director: Yolanda Cruz
“ 02014.01.19: streamed on Seed&Spark ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
41.
Life Itself (2014 Documentary)
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The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert. (120 mins.)
Director: Steve James
“ 02014.01.19: Streamed as part of the World Premiere worldwide film viewing party! Thanks! ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
42.
Like the Water (2012)
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Like the Water follows Charlie, a young journalist, as she returns to her hometown of Camden, Maine to write the eulogy for her best friend... (74 mins.)
“ 02014.01.19: Streamed on Seed&Spark. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
43.
The Tree (2010)
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After the death of her father, an 8-year-old girl becomes convinced that he is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan tree that towers over her house. (100 mins.)
“ 02014.01.20: on disc from MCPL ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
44.
Gorgeous Labour of Love (2006 Short Film)
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A surreal short film set in the ruins of London, driven by a contemporary music-hall libretto. The film contrasts the beautiful and grotesque in a narrative that asks the universal question- are our lives driven by destiny, or chance? (9 mins.)
Director: Stacy Harrison
“ 02014.01.20: streamed on Indieflix ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
45.
Emmanuel's Gift (2005 Documentary)
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If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned, or left to die by your... (80 mins.)
“ 02014.01.21: on Spiritual Cinema Club disc ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
46.
The World's End (2013)
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Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival. (109 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ 02014.01.22: watched this with my sweetie on blu-ray from Netflix ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
47.
Allergy to Originality (2012 Short Film)
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A humorous animated 'Op-Doc' explores the rich history of adaptation, plagiarism, and other forms of appropriation in art. (5 mins.)
Director: Drew Christie
Stars: Ian Picco
“ 02014.01.22: playing at Sundance 2014 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
48.
Dig (2014 Short Film)
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A man keeps digging a hole, which arouses suspicions of his family and neighbors.
Director: Toby Halbrooks
“ 02014.01.23: playing at Sundance 2014 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
49.
The Other Side of Immigration (2009 Documentary)
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Based on over 700 interviews in Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States... (55 mins.)
Director: Roy Germano
“ 02014.01.23: streamed on Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
50.
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
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Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result. (118 mins.)
“ 02014.01.23: at IU Cinema. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
51.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
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A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love... (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ 02014.01.24: on blu-ray from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
52.
The Letter Writer (2006 Video)
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Sam writes a warm and compassionate letter with the fervor of a true master craftsman. 'The Letter Writer' captures the beauty of selfless service and love. (12 mins.)
“ 02014.01.24: on disc from Spiritual Cinema Circle ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
53.
Meeting Leila (2012)
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The only nuptial condition an inveterate chain smoker receives from his perfume-testing fiancee is to quit smoking. This poses a problem for the advertising agency ideas man for whom smoking is all part of the creative process. (88 mins.)
Director: Adel Yaraghi
“ 02014.01.25: at Indiana University Cinema. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
54.
Captain Phillips (2013)
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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (134 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ 02014.01.25: Blu-ray from Netflix. Watched with my sweetie. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
55.
Concussion (2013)
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After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can't do it anymore. Her life just can't be only about the house, the kids and the wife. She needs more: she needs to be Eleanor. (96 mins.)
Director: Stacie Passon
“ 02014.01.26: screener from Independent Spirit Awards. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
56.
Blue Caprice (2013)
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An abandoned boy is lured to America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by the real life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. (93 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Moors
“ 02014.01.27: on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
57.
Smudge (2006 Documentary)
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A group of Aboriginal women celebrate their rights to worship in the city their way. (12 mins.)
Director: Gail Maurice
“ 02014.01.28: on Spiritual Cinema Circle disc. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
58.
Don Jon (2013)
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A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. (90 mins.)
“ 02014.01.28: blu-ray from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
59.
Magnesium (2012 Short Film)
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Isabel is a promising young gymnast who is trying out for the European championships. At the same time she is trying to get an abortion but...
Director: Sam de Jong
“ 02014.01.29: streamed on Vimeo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
60.
And While We Were Here (2012)
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While working on a writing project on the island of Ischia, a married woman (Bosworth) enters into an affair with a younger man. (83 mins.)
Director: Kat Coiro
“ 02014.01.29: on disc from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
61.
33 Postcards (2011)
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Dean Randall has sponsored a young Chinese orphan Mei Mei for many years, when she arrives in Sydney out of the blue to thank him, their lives are changed forever. (97 mins.)
Director: Pauline Chan
“ 02014.01.30: DOWNLOADED from Amazon Instant Video Prime. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
62.
Murmuration (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary following two girls on a canoe trip on the Shannon in Ireland and how they stumble upon one of natures most spectacular phenomenon's, a murmuration of starlings. (8 mins.)
“ 02014.01.31: streamed on Vimeo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
63.
Discover the Gift (2010 Documentary)
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Within each of us, there are special Gifts simply awaiting discovery. The sense of joy, power, fulfillment... (105 mins.)
“ 02014.01.31: downloaded via Amazon Instant Video ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
64.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
“ 02014.01.31: downloaded via Amazon Prime ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary