02013.08: A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Actby Barbara Ann O'Leary | created - 01 Aug 2013 | updated - 01 Sep 2013 | Public
Films I'm watching in August 02013. Part of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act. #yfvba http://olearysreellife.tumblr.com/ @olearysreellife
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1. Cairo Time (2009)
PG | 90 min | Drama, Romance
A romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard.
Votes: 5,658 | Gross: $1.60M
02013.08.01: streamed on Netflix. Ruba Nadda's delicate, beautiful love story.
2. Reindeer (2011)
4 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure
A lyrical and haunting portrait of reindeer herding in the twilight expanses of the Lappish wilderness.
Director: Eva Weber
02013.08.01: Short: by Eva Weber
3. Much Ado About Nothing (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.
Votes: 14,787 | Gross: $4.33M
02013.08.01: At IU Cinema with my sweetie. Joss Whedon's modern take on Shakespeare's comedy is delicious.
4. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012)
PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Music
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.
Votes: 1,070 | Gross: $0.11M
02013.08.02: At Ryder Film series with my sweetie. I wept.
5. The Guitar (2008)
R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance
The life of a woman is transformed after she is diagnosed with a terminal disease, fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Given two months to live, she throws caution to the wind to pursue her dreams.
02013.08.03: Amy Redford's first feature film was mesmerizing.
6. The To Do List (2013)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Romance
Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.
Votes: 32,391 | Gross: $3.45M
02013.08.04: Loved Maggie Carey's raunchy sex comedy.
TV-PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The strangulation of a married woman and the poisoning of an elderly botanist lead Morse to bring a serial killer to justice.
02013.08.05: baby morse... on TV
8. The Perfect Family (2011)
PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy, Drama
A devoutly Catholic wife and mother has been nominated for one of the church's top awards. She then goes about trying to prove she has the "perfect" family, refusing to accept them for who they are.
Votes: 1,309 | Gross: $0.11M
02013.08.06: Anne Renton's first feature film. Kathleen Turner's great as a Catholic woman whose unconventional family threatens her chance to be Catholic Woman of the Year.
9. Love Is Love (2007)
02013.08.06: Short film by Anne Renton on YouTube
10. Fruitvale Station (2013)
R | 85 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Votes: 60,650 | Gross: $16.10M
02013.08.06: at AMC 11
Futurestates (2010– )
15 min | Sci-Fi
It's another sweltering 120-degree winter day with five more days to Christmas and hot is the only season left in New York City. Global warming has become a tangible threat to survival and ... See full summary »
02013.08.07: Short: A. Sayeeda Clark's sci-fi contribution to FutureStates.tv
12. The Business of Being Born (2008)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary
Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,210 | Gross: $0.07M
02013.08.07: streamed Abby Epstein's documentary on netflix
13. Footloose (2011)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.
Votes: 40,419 | Gross: $51.80M
02013.08.07: on disc borrowed from MCPL.
14. Saving Face (2004)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
Votes: 8,377 | Gross: $1.19M
15. New York Doll (2005)
PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Music
A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, of the rock band The New York Dolls, is given a chance at reuniting with his band after 30 years.
Votes: 1,507 | Gross: $0.22M
02013.08.09: Greg Whiteley's documentary on disc from MCPL.
16. Treffit (2012)
7 min | Short, Comedy, Drama
Tino, 16, has to host a date for Diablo, his family's stud cat. Tino's manhood is also put into test in front of two women.
02013.08.10: at IU Cinema
22. Jonah (II) (2013)
17 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into... See full summary »
24. Manqana, romelic kvelafers gaaqrobs (2012)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary
A filmmaker puts out a casting call for young adults, aged 15- to 23. The director wants to make a film about growing up in her home country, Georgia, and find commonalities across social ... See full summary »
25. RED 2 (2013)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Retired C.I.A. Agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.
Votes: 137,955 | Gross: $53.26M
02013.08.11: At Brown County Playhouse. Disappointing all around.
TV-PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An unpopular fitter is murdered during a royal visit at a family owned munitions factory.
02013.08.12: on TV
27. I Send You This Place (2012)
70 min | Documentary, Drama
A documentary of a woman in search of her brother. The setting is surreal - where glaciers are more common than billboards and inhabitants speak to mountains. A design, filmmaking couple ... See full summary »
02013.08.13: Streamed on Seed & Spark using my credits.
28. An Affair of the Heart (2012)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
The first-ever feature documentary about Grammy® Winning musician, songwriter, actor, and New York Times best-selling author Rick Springfield and his ardently loyal fan base. Film focuses ... See full summary »
02013.08.14: Sylvia Caminer's doc about Rick Springfield. on disc from MCPL.
29. Higher Ground (2011)
R | 109 min | Drama
A chronicle of one woman's lifelong struggle with her faith.
Votes: 2,732 | Gross: $0.84M
02013.08.15: Vera Farmiga's formidible directorial debut. on disc borrowed from MCPL.
30. Sing Your Song (2011)
Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.
Votes: 392 | Gross: $0.05M
02013.08.15: Susanne Rostock's doc on Harry Belafonte. Streamed on Netflix.
31. Hannah Arendt (2012)
Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama
A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
Votes: 8,503 | Gross: $0.71M
02013.08.15: Margarethe von Trotta's feature film at IU Cinema
32. Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama
A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.
Votes: 1,287 | Gross: $0.01M
02013.08.16: Cathy Randall, dir. Watched on disc from Netflix with my sweetie. we enjoyed it.
57 min | Documentary
02013.08.16: Abby Ginzberg's documentary on disc from the library.
34. Me the Terrible (2012)
12 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
She sails into the frame with verve, doom, determination! --And her teddy bear. Will the child pirate conquer New York? Or will New York conquer her?
02013.08.17: Josephine Decker's short streaming on YouTube. 11 minutes.
35. Yella (2007)
89 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Yella is estranged from her possessive and violent husband; but he can't quite bring himself to give her up. When their fraught interaction finally comes to dramatic conclusion, Yella's life takes an odd shift.
02013.08.17: Christian Petzold's feature streaming on MUBI
36. Yelling to the Sky (2011)
94 min | Drama
As her family falls apart, seventeen year old Sweetness O'Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain.
02013.08.17: Victoria Mahoney's feature debut streaming on Netlfix.
37. Chase (II) (2011)
13 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy
In a world where corporations reach us more easily and often than our loved ones, what can one girl do? She can crusade against the travesty of junk mail, calling her elected officials and ... See full summary »
Director: Malia Bruker
02013.08.18: Saw this and Malia Bruker's new short Heirloom (premiere) at Bear's Place as part of the Ryder Film Series.
38. Bai yin di guo (2009)
113 min | Biography, Drama, Family
In 1899, a carefree young man must prepare to take over his family's Chinese banking empire.
02013.08.18: Christina Yao's feature film streamed on Netflix.
39. Bombay Beach (2011)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Drama, Musical
Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea, a man-made sea stranded in the middle of the Colorado desert that was once a ... See full summary »
Director: Alma Har'el
02013.08.19: On disc from MCPL. Watched with my sweetie. Director: Alma Har'el.
40. Temporada de patos (2004)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Flama and Moko are fourteen years old; they have been best friends since they were kids. They have everything they need to survive yet another boring Sunday: an apartment without parents, ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,401 | Gross: $0.15M
02013.08.20: on disc from Netflix.
41. Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance (2010)
"I dream of building a community of dancers in a forsaken place amidst nature. A place where nothing exists, except dance. A place where you breathe, eat, sleep, dream, talk, imagine - ... See full summary »
Director: Nan Melville
02013.08.20: Nan Melville's short doc streamed on Seed&Spark.
42. Sweetgrass (2009)
Unrated | 101 min | Documentary, Adventure, Western
In the summer of 2003, a group of shepherds took a herd of sheep one final time through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, in the extreme north-west of the United States. It was a journey ... See full summary »
Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.21M
02013.08.21: watched on disc from Netflix.
43. Iowa Mixtape (2010)
14 min | Documentary, Short, Music
What does music from the inner city do for a teen in a town with one stoplight? How is minority culture from the big city absorbed and re-expressed in the lives of its American antithesis? ... See full summary »
02013.08.21: streamed on Seed&Spark
82 min | Documentary, Biography, History
It is our national novel. Reading to Kill a Mockingbird is something we all have in common. Harper Lee's first and only novel turns 50 this summer and the author hasn't given an interview ... See full summary »
Votes: 281 | Gross: $0.03M
02013.08.22; very early morning...
45. Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? (2012)
7 min | Short, Comedy
Catnip is all the rage with today's modern feline, but do we really understand it? Is it a source for harmless kicks, or a potentially crippling addiction? Is it a tool to expand one's ... See full summary »
02013.08.22: Short film. voted for it. man made by Jason Willis. Funny. Reefer Madness style..
46. (A)sexual (2011)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary
Facing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals - people who experience no sexual attraction - struggle to claim their identity.
02013.08.22: Streamed on Netflix. Angela Tucker, dir.
47. Finale (2011)
8 min | Short
Upon finishing their drinks, two men in formal clothes leave a restaurant and walk into the night. As they traverse the road and leisurely walk towards their destination one wonders where that is and what their intention is.
02013.08.23: Streamed on Film Movement. Director: Balazs Simonyi
48. Birders: The Central Park Effect (2012)
Unrated | 61 min | Documentary
A diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives.
02013.08.23: Streamed on Netflix. Director: Jeffrey Kimball
49. Hockeyheart (2011)
9 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
Actor Kim Faires retraces her own personal path from a childhood dream of playing ice hockey to its prosaic reality in this heartfelt story about making your passion work in the real world ... See full summary »
02013.08.24: Streamed on Vimeo. Director: Kim Faires
50. The City Dark (2011)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, News
THE CITY DARK is a feature documentary about the loss of night. After moving to NYC from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question - do we need the stars? - taking him from ... See full summary »
Director: Ian Cheney
02013.08.24: tivoed from PBS POV ... watched with my sweetie.
51. 50 Bucks in Argentina (2011)
16 min | Short, Romance
02013.08.25: Short directed by Esosa Edosomwan streamed on Vimeo
52. Queen to Play (2009)
Unrated | 101 min | Drama
Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,350 | Gross: $0.48M
02013.08.25: on disc from MCPL.
53. Wir sterben (2011)
14 min | Documentary, Short
02013.08.26: short film by Josephine Links streamed on Doc Alliance.
54. Cocaine Unwrapped (2011)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, News
Moving from country to country in South America, reporting from across the drugs frontline and interviewing top-level international politicians this film exposes the human cost of one of ... See full summary »
Director: Rachel Seifert
02013.08.26: streamed from Netflix. Director: Rachel Seifert
55. West Bank Story (2005)
21 min | Short, Comedy, Musical
A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian cashier, ... See full summary »
02013.08.27: Short - Oscar winner. Musical parody of West Side Story.
56. Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004)
76 min | Documentary
A documentary on Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley's Chisholm's 1972 presidential bid.
02013.08.27: Shola Lynch's doc. Very moving. Takes me way back.
Futurestates (2010– )
23 min | Sci-Fi
Gwen is the spokesperson for a radical technology allowing people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. But when her job and family are in crisis, will she undergo the procedure herself?
02013.08.28: Jennifer Phang's short film.
58. Code of the West (2012)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Western
At a time when the country is rethinking its drug policies large and small, one state raises to the forefront of national attention. Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, the ... See full summary »
Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen
02013.08.28: streamed on Netflix.
59. Plastic Bag (2009)
18 min | Short, Drama
A plastic bag, thrown out in the trash, attempts to find his way back to his owner and along the way discovers the world.
02013.08.29: Ramin Bahrani's film featuring Werner Herzog voice over.
60. Prince Avalanche (2013)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
Votes: 16,891 | Gross: $0.20M
02013.08.29: At IU Cinema - delicious.
61. The Danish Poet (2006)
15 min | Animation, Short, Romance
A woman ponders over the strange coincidences that made her forefathers and -mothers meet and create the premises for her becoming the person that she is.
02013.08.30: on disc from Netflix: Torill Kove's woman made Oscar winning animated short voiced by Liv Ullmann.
62. Kon-Tiki (2012)
PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, History
Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Votes: 38,442 | Gross: $1.52M
02013.08.31: on disc from Netflix.
R | 107 min | Documentary
A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.
Votes: 1,214 | Gross: $0.15M
02013.08.31: Streaming from Netflix via our Tivo. watching with my sweetie.
64. God of Love (2010)
18 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy
A lovestruck, lounge-singing darts champion finds his prayers are answered -- literally -- when he mysteriously receives a box of love-inducing darts.
02013.08.31: Revisiting this cute short... sharing it with my sweetie.