02013.08: A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act

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)
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A romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard. (90 mins.)
Director: Ruba Nadda
“ 02013.08.01: streamed on Netflix. Ruba Nadda's delicate, beautiful love story. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
2.
Reindeer (2011 Documentary)
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A lyrical and haunting portrait of reindeer herding in the twilight expanses of the Lappish wilderness. (4 mins.)
Director: Eva Weber
“ 02013.08.01: Short: by Eva Weber ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
3.
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
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A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. (109 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ 02013.08.01: At IU Cinema with my sweetie. Joss Whedon's modern take on Shakespeare's comedy is delicious. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
4.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012 Documentary)
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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. (113 mins.)
“ 02013.08.02: At Ryder Film series with my sweetie. I wept. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
5.
The Guitar (2008)
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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. (95 mins.)
Director: Amy Redford
“ 02013.08.03: Amy Redford's first feature film was mesmerizing. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
6.
The To Do List (2013)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Maggie Carey
“ 02013.08.04: Loved Maggie Carey's raunchy sex comedy. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
7.
Endeavour (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Fugue (2013)
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The strangulation of a married woman and the poisoning of an elderly botanist lead Morse to bring a serial killer to justice. (89 mins.)
“ 02013.08.05: baby morse... on TV ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
8.
The Perfect Family (2011)
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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. (84 mins.)
Director: Anne Renton
“ 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. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
9.
Love Is Love (2007 Short Film)
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Director: Anne Renton
“ 02013.08.06: Short film by Anne Renton on YouTube ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
10.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
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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. (85 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
“ 02013.08.06: at AMC 11 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
11.
Futurestates (2010 TV Series)
Episode: White (2011)
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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...
“ 02013.08.07: Short: A. Sayeeda Clark's sci-fi contribution to FutureStates.tv ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
12.
The Business of Being Born (2008 Documentary)
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Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business... (87 mins.)
Director: Abby Epstein
“ 02013.08.07: streamed Abby Epstein's documentary on netflix ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
13.
Footloose (2011)
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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. (113 mins.)
Director: Craig Brewer
“ 02013.08.07: on disc borrowed from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
14.
Saving Face (2004)
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A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations. (91 mins.)
Director: Alice Wu
 
15.
New York Doll (2005 Documentary)
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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. (75 mins.)
Director: Greg Whiteley
“ 02013.08.09: Greg Whiteley's documentary on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
16.
The Date (2012 Short Film)
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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. (7 mins.)
“ 02013.08.10: at IU Cinema ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
17.
Whiplash (2013 Short Film)
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A ferocious, bullying music teacher teaches a dedicated student. (18 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
 
18.
Skinningrove (2013 Documentary)
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A photographer shares unpublished images chronicling time spent among the 'fiercely independent' residents of a remote English fishing village. (15 mins.)
 
19.
Until the Quiet Comes (2013 Short Film)
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(4 mins.)
Director: Kahlil Joseph
 
20.
Irish Folk Furniture (2012 Documentary)
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An animated documentary about repair and recycling in an Irish village. (9 mins.)
Director: Tony Donoghue
 
21.
The Event (2012 Short Film)
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Love and a severed foot, at the end of the world. (4 mins.)
Director: Julia Pott
 
22.
Jonah (2013 Short Film)
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Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when... (17 mins.)
Director: Kibwe Tavares
 
23.
K.I.T. (2013 Short Film)
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A guilt-ridden, but well-intentioned, yuppie goes to great lengths to prove she is a decent person. (17 mins.)
Director: Michelle Morgan
 
24.
The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (2012 Documentary)
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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... (97 mins.)
 
25.
RED 2 (2013)
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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. (116 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
“ 02013.08.11: At Brown County Playhouse. Disappointing all around. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
26.
Endeavour (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Rocket (2013)
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An unpopular fitter is murdered during a royal visit at a family owned munitions factory. (89 mins.)
“ 02013.08.12: on TV ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
27.
I Send You This Place (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary of a woman in search of her brother. The setting is surreal - where glaciers are more... (70 mins.)
“ 02013.08.13: Streamed on Seed & Spark using my credits. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
28.
An Affair of the Heart (2012 Documentary)
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The first-ever feature documentary about Grammy® Winning musician, songwriter, actor, and New York Times... (93 mins.)
Director: Sylvia Caminer
“ 02013.08.14: Sylvia Caminer's doc about Rick Springfield. on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
29.
Higher Ground (2011)
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A chronicle of one woman's lifelong struggle with her faith. (109 mins.)
Director: Vera Farmiga
“ 02013.08.15: Vera Farmiga's formidible directorial debut. on disc borrowed from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
30.
Sing Your Song (2011 Documentary)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Susanne Rostock
“ 02013.08.15: Susanne Rostock's doc on Harry Belafonte. Streamed on Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
31.
Hannah Arendt (2012)
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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. (113 mins.)
“ 02013.08.15: Margarethe von Trotta's feature film at IU Cinema ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
32.
Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Cathy Randall
“ 02013.08.16: Cathy Randall, dir. Watched on disc from Netflix with my sweetie. we enjoyed it. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
33.
“ 02013.08.16: Abby Ginzberg's documentary on disc from the library. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
34.
Me the Terrible (2012 Short Film)
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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? (12 mins.)
“ 02013.08.17: Josephine Decker's short streaming on YouTube. 11 minutes. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
35.
Yella (2007)
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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. (89 mins.)
“ 02013.08.17: Christian Petzold's feature streaming on MUBI ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
36.
Yelling to the Sky (2011)
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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. (94 mins.)
“ 02013.08.17: Victoria Mahoney's feature debut streaming on Netlfix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
37.
Chase (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
In a world where corporations reach us more easily and often than our loved ones, what can one girl do... (13 mins.)
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. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
38.
Empire of Silver (2009)
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In 1899, a carefree young man must prepare to take over his family's Chinese banking empire. (113 mins.)
Director: Christina Yao
“ 02013.08.18: Christina Yao's feature film streamed on Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
39.
Bombay Beach (2011 Documentary)
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Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea... (80 mins.)
Director: Alma Har'el
“ 02013.08.19: On disc from MCPL. Watched with my sweetie. Director: Alma Har'el. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
40.
Duck Season (2004)
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Flama and Moko are fourteen years old; they have been best friends since they were kids. They have everything... (90 mins.)
“ 02013.08.20: on disc from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
41.
Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance (2010 Documentary)
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"I dream of building a community of dancers in a forsaken place amidst nature. A place where nothing exists...
Director: Nan Melville
“ 02013.08.20: Nan Melville's short doc streamed on Seed&Spark. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
42.
Sweetgrass (2009 Documentary)
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In the summer of 2003, a group of shepherds took a herd of sheep one final time through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana... (101 mins.)
“ 02013.08.21: watched on disc from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
43.
Iowa Mixtape (2010 Documentary)
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What does music from the inner city do for a teen in a town with one stoplight? How is minority culture... (15 mins.)
“ 02013.08.21: streamed on Seed&Spark ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
44.
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (2010 Documentary)
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It is our national novel. Reading to Kill a Mockingbird is something we all have in common. Harper Lee's... (78 mins.)
“ 02013.08.22; very early morning... ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
45.
Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? (2012 Short Film)
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Catnip is all the rage with today's modern feline, but do we really understand it? Is it a source for harmless kicks... (7 mins.)
Director: Jason Willis
“ 02013.08.22: Short film. voted for it. man made by Jason Willis. Funny. Reefer Madness style.. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
46.
(A)sexual (2011 Documentary)
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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. (75 mins.)
Director: Angela Tucker
“ 02013.08.22: Streamed on Netflix. Angela Tucker, dir. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
47.
Finale (2011 Short Film)
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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. (8 mins.)
Director: Balázs Simonyi
“ 02013.08.23: Streamed on Film Movement. Director: Balazs Simonyi ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
48.
Birders: The Central Park Effect (2012 Documentary)
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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. (61 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Kimball
“ 02013.08.23: Streamed on Netflix. Director: Jeffrey Kimball ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
49.
Hockeyheart (2011 Documentary)
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Actor Kim Faires retraces her own personal path from a childhood dream of playing ice hockey to its... (9 mins.)
Director: Kim Faires
“ 02013.08.24: Streamed on Vimeo. Director: Kim Faires ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
50.
The City Dark (2011 Documentary)
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THE CITY DARK is a feature documentary about the loss of night. After moving to NYC from rural Maine... (83 mins.)
Director: Ian Cheney
“ 02013.08.24: tivoed from PBS POV ... watched with my sweetie. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
51.
50 Bucks in Argentina (2011 Short Film)
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(16 mins.)
Director: Esosa Edosomwan
“ 02013.08.25: Short directed by Esosa Edosomwan streamed on Vimeo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
52.
Queen to Play (2009)
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Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat... (97 mins.)
“ 02013.08.25: on disc from MCPL. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
53.
Wir sterben (2011 Documentary)
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(14 mins.)
Director: Josephine Links
“ 02013.08.26: short film by Josephine Links streamed on Doc Alliance. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
54.
Cocaine Unwrapped (2011 Documentary)
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Moving from country to country in South America, reporting from across the drugs frontline and interviewing... (83 mins.)
Director: Rachel Seifert
“ 02013.08.26: streamed from Netflix. Director: Rachel Seifert ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
55.
West Bank Story (2005 Short Film)
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A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank... (21 mins.)
Director: Ari Sandel
“ 02013.08.27: Short - Oscar winner. Musical parody of West Side Story. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
56.
Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley's Chisholm's 1972 presidential bid. (76 mins.)
Director: Shola Lynch
“ 02013.08.27: Shola Lynch's doc. Very moving. Takes me way back. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
57.
Futurestates (2010 TV Series)
Episode: Advantageous (2012)
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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. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
58.
Code of the West (2012 Documentary)
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At a time when the country is rethinking its drug policies large and small, one state raises to the forefront of national attention... (75 mins.)
“ 02013.08.28: streamed on Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
59.
Plastic Bag (2009 Short Film)
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A plastic bag, thrown out in the trash, attempts to find his way back to his owner and along the way discovers the world. (18 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
“ 02013.08.29: Ramin Bahrani's film featuring Werner Herzog voice over. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
60.
Prince Avalanche (2013)
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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. (94 mins.)
“ 02013.08.29: At IU Cinema - delicious. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
61.
The Danish Poet (2006 Short Film)
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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. (15 mins.)
Director: Torill Kove
“ 02013.08.30: on disc from Netflix: Torill Kove's woman made Oscar winning animated short voiced by Liv Ullmann. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
62.
Kon-Tiki (2012)
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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. (118 mins.)
“ 02013.08.31: on disc from Netflix. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
63.
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011 Documentary)
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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America. (107 mins.)
“ 02013.08.31: Streaming from Netflix via our Tivo. watching with my sweetie. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
64.
God of Love (2010 Short Film)
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A lovestruck, lounge-singing darts champion finds his prayers are answered -- literally -- when he mysteriously receives a box of love-inducing darts. (18 mins.)
Director: Luke Matheny
“ 02013.08.31: Revisiting this cute short... sharing it with my sweetie. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary