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Films I've watched in February 2013.
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1.
Pixels (2010 Short Film)
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New York City is invaded by 8-bit creatures. (2 mins.)
Director: Patrick Jean
“ 02013.02.02: 2 minute short film. Lots of fun.

02013.02.01: The first day of February I watched a 5 minute home movie: Draculina. It's not listed on IMDB, but it's better than some films I've seen that ARE listed! ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
2.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
“ 02013.02.03: DSM & I watched this documentary, which was interesting, but I'm not really following the hype. What's that about? ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
3.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
“ 02013.02.04: DSM & I went to see the almost 4 hour version of Woodstock at IU Cinema. Fascinating to see it in this way. It's been a while since I've seen it and I've never seen this version. On the National Film Registry. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
4.
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
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Casey Ryback hops on a Colorado to LA train to start a vacation with his niece. Early into the trip, terrorists board the train and use it as a mobile HQ to hijack a top secret destructive US satellite. (100 mins.)
Director: Geoff Murphy
“ 02013.02.05: I always get a kick out of this one. Watched it while I lounged on the couch. Wasn't feeling well and stayed home to rest. Revisiting this film was just what I needed. Silly. And fun. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
5.
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
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John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building. (128 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ 02013.02.05: Revisiting fun 1995 action films... apparently. This one is dumb in a surprisingly restful way. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
6.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ 02013.02.06: FINALLY got to see Seven Psychopaths. While it lacked the searing brilliance of In Bruges, it has a great deal to recommend it. Some wonderful performances... quite a number actually. And the meta qualities ... with the overt exploration of screenwriting development process, structure, and theme... were fabulous. I'll revisit many times I'm sure. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
7.
The Mad Masters (1955 Documentary)
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In one of the first mockumentaries ever created, director Jean Rouch takes his viewers to the city of... (36 mins.)
Director: Jean Rouch
Stars: Jean Rouch
“ 02013.02.07: First film in THE SHARED ETHNOGRAPHY OF JEAN ROUCH series at Indiana University Cinema. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
8.
Moi, un noir (1958)
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"I, a Negro" depicts young Nigerien immigrants who left their country to find work in the Ivory Coast... (70 mins.)
Director: Jean Rouch
“ 02013.02.07: Part of THE SHARED ETHNOGRAPHY OF JEAN ROUCH series at Indiana University Cinema. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
9.
Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2011 Documentary)
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What is experimental film, and why is it called that? Artists and poet working in celluloid since before... (80 mins.)
Director: Pip Chodorov
“ 02013.02.08: At IU Cinema this evening. I'm looking forward to watching this again when it is out on disc or streaming online. I want to be able to savor the experimental films featured and stop to scribble down some of the keen insights on the need for artists to bring through their visions no matter what others have to say. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
10.
Barbara (2012)
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A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital. (105 mins.)
“ 02013.02.08: Exquisite film. Breathtakingly self-assured work of art... and by that I do NOT mean heavy or tedious. I mean very human.... very alive. Thanks, IU Cinema and Ryder Film Series for bringing this film to the big screen for us to experience. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
11.
Four (2012)
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On a hot 4th of July night, sparks fly between four people as they test the limits and possibilities of their own freedom. (75 mins.)
Director: Joshua Sanchez
“ 02013.02.09: Watched a screener of this film - sent to me as part of the Independent Spirit Award nomination process. I did not go for this film... though I did watch it from beginning to end. I did not feel engaged with any of the characters. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
12.
Independent Lens (1999 TV Series)
Episode: The Revisionaries (2013)
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Different celebrity host present a new independent documentary.
“ 02013.02.09: This documentary is frightening. Truly. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
13.
Street Angel (1928)
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A woman on the run from the law finds her past catching up to her just as she is on the verge of true happiness. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
“ 02013.02.10: Started watching last night and finished this morning. Watching this almost silent film starring Janet Gaynor, who won an Oscar for her performance, as part of a coursera class, The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color - https://www.coursera.org/course/hollywood ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
14.
Billy Budd (1962)
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Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried. (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Ustinov
“ 02013.02.10: Terrific film. Finally getting to watching this one that's been on my list for a long time. Terence Stamp is phenomenal. I am in the process of going back through Stamp's career to see films I've never seen and to appreciate his work again in his films I have seen. A great talent. There are so many other wonderful performances in this film along with strong design and direction. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
15.
Here (2011)
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Cartographer Will Shepard hits the road for his latest job: to create a new, more accurate satellite survey of Armenia. During his assignment, he forms a bond with an Armenian expatriate and art photographer. (126 mins.)
Director: Braden King
“ 02013.02.10: This film is nominated for Best Cinematography in Independent Spirit Awards. Lol Crawley - cinematographer. It's beautiful. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
16.
The Docks of New York (1928)
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A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide. (76 mins.)
“ 02013.02.10: Wonderful film. Love the cinematography by Harold Rosson. This one's on the National Film Registry. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
17.
Flight (2012)
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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ 02013.02.11: Dismal. Truly. What a mess. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
18.
Side by Side (2012 Documentary)
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris Kenneally
“ 02013.02.11: I'm going to have to revisit this film again and again. I'm intrigued by the different takes on the question of digital v. film. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
19.
Applause (1929)
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A burlesque star seeks to keep her convent-raised daughter away from her low-down life and abusive lover/stage manager. (80 mins.)
“ 02013.02.12: An awesome film from the early days of All Talk Films. We really enjoyed this one. First time we'd seen it. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
20.
The Waiting Room (2012 Documentary)
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Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. (81 mins.)
Director: Peter Nicks
“ 02013.02.13: Seriously considering giving The Waiting Room my vote for Best Documentary in this year's Independent Spirit Awards. It's gripping. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
21.
The Sessions (2012)
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A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewin
“ 02013.02.13: Streamed on Amazon Instant Video. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
22.
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
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An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons. (85 mins.)
“ 02013.02.14: My sweetie and I had a wonderful time seeing the newly restored version of this hilarious Alec Guinness film. I remember loving this film when I saw it as a teenager. Just as funny this time. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
23.
Robot & Frank (2012)
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Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team. (89 mins.)
Director: Jake Schreier
“ 02013.02.14: We enjoyed this film. Frank Langella's always been one of my favorites.... ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
24.
It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (2007)
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An autobiographical, psycho-sexual, fantastical retelling of Steven C. Stewart's point-of-view of life. (74 mins.)
“ 02013.02.15. We saw this film at IU Cinema this evening. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
25.
Stagnant Hope: Gary, Indiana (2014 Documentary)
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Through archival photographs, raw modern day footage, and interviews you will witness the rise, fall and uncertain future of Gary, Indiana; while examining the many perceptions and misconceptions about the city. (98 mins.)
“ 02013.02.16 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
26.
Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
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A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people. (92 mins.)
“ 02013.02.16: Nominated for Best First Screenplay in the Independent Spirit Awards. It is not winning my vote. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
27.
The Narrow Margin (1952)
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A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. (71 mins.)
“ 02013.02.16: TCM 31 Days of Oscar film noir. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
28.
Sister (2012)
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A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. (97 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
“ 02013.02.16: Nominated for Best International Film in the Independent Spirit Awards. I'm watching this one now. By the time I've watched this one I'll have seen 3 of the 5 nominated films. And that's all I'll get to see before I vote. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
29.
Monkey Business (1931)
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On a transatlantic crossing, the Marx brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship. (77 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
“ 02013.02.16: Watching this early Marx Brothers comedy part of The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color coursera class ... First time I've seen it. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
30.
Your Sister's Sister (2011)
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Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shelton
“ 02013.02.16: This is not my kind of movie. I get really tired of these unbelievable relationship trouble low on any kind of actual drama/comedy/reason for me to really be watching activity of any kind. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
31.
Moneyball (2011)
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Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ 02013.02.17: Revisiting this one. There's so much going on in this film. Today I'm particularly aware that I enjoy this film because it is about perceptual shifts changing what manifests in the world. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
32.
The Garden of Allah (1936)
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The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk. (79 mins.)
“ 02013.02.18: deliciously dramatic and beautifully shot. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
33.
The Longest Daycare (2012 Short Film)
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Maggie Simpson spends the day in the Ayn Rand School for Tots. (5 mins.)
Director: David Silverman
“ 02013.02.19: Oscar Nominated Animated Short. Finally seeing this one. Saw the others a few weeks back. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
34.
My Way (2012 Documentary)
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My Way begins with the conventional "small-town girl livin' in a lonely (corporate) world." Yet instead of taking the midnight train... (92 mins.)
“ 02013.02.19: Road Tripping Rock 'N Roll girl band. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
35.
Scarface (1932)
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An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. (93 mins.)
“ 02013.02.20: I can really see how this spawned far more in the gangster genre than just the Al Pacino remake. Watching this as part of my coursera class, The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
36.
Guys and Dolls (1955)
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In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. (150 mins.)
“ 02013.02.22: Every time I see this film I notice different things. It's funny. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
37.
Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
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Stopped in Mexico by U.S. Immigration, Georges Iscovescu hopes to get into the country by marrying a citizen. (116 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
“ 02013.02.22: First time I've seen this film. Really enjoying it. Olivia de Havilland is wonderful. Deserving of her Oscar nomination. I'm on a Charles Boyer kick. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
38.
The (Dead Mothers) Club (2014 Documentary)
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Three women bound by the shared experience of having lost their mothers during adolescence yet whose paths never cross. (75 mins.)
“ 02013.02.22: exploring mother loss. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
39.
The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
“ 02013.02.22: This film left me flat. Not sure what other people find so compelling about it. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
40.
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
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An amorous lieutenant is forced to marry a socially awkward princess, though he tries to keep his violin-playing girlfriend on the side. (93 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ 02013.02.22: Another funny Ernst Lubitsch film starring Maurice Chevalier. Claudette Colbert is lively. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
41.
Being Flynn (2012)
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Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Weitz
“ 02013.02.23: Finished watching this afternoon. I found it somewhat interesting. I'm not sure why people got it into their head to cast De Niro as an Irishman. It always gets under my skin.... every single time. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
42.
Prometheus (2012)
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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ 02013.02.23: Watched this one as part of my interest in watching as many 2013 Oscar nominated films as possible. Prometheus is nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. It is impressive visually. The story wasn't as annoying as I assumed it might be given the reviews. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
43.
Rust and Bone (2012)
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Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ 02013.02.24: Rust and Bone is stunning. I had the opportunity to see it this afternoon at Indiana University Cinema. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
44.
Playtime (1967)
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Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ 02013.02.25: I saw this film at Indiana University Cinema. I experienced it as an exquisite, escalating ballet of sound and movement... like being on a mirrored merry go round running out of control. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
45.
42 Up (1998 Documentary)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years. (139 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ 02013.02.27: Finished watching 42 Up today. I've been watching it in pieces in the past few weeks. next... 49 Up and then this weekend I'll be ready for the screening of 56 Up through the Ryder Film Series in Bloomington, Indiana. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
46.
The Ghost Ship (1943)
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Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good... (69 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ 02013.02.27: Watching this as part of my coursera class, The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color. Netflix DVD. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
47.
Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003 Documentary)
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Five sequences : 1) A piece of driftwood on the seashore, carried about by the waves 2) People walking on the seashore... (74 mins.)
“ 02013.02.27: I'm relishing Five Dedicated to Ozu. A meditation filmed at the beach in Spain by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Netflix DVD. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
 
48.
49 Up (2005 Documentary)
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In 1964, to explore the adage "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man," World in Action filmed seven-year-olds... (180 mins.)
“ 02013.02.28: I get to see 56 Up this weekend. I've been moving through the entire Up Series in preparation. Some - like this one - are new to me. The earlier episodes I'd seen. It's a fascinating process. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary