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  • And When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead
  • Overgames
  • In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain
  • The Club

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  • Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

    ★★★★

  • Everything and Nothing

    ★★★★½

  • The Cool Lakes of Death

    ★★★★½

  • The Beatles - Composing Outside The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney 1967-1972

    ★★★★

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  • Amy George

    Amy George

    ★★★★½

    Amy George is a beautiful, low budget, hand-held coming of age film focusing on defining yourself and expressing yourself, particularly in the context of the visual arts. Unsurprisingly, the answers don't come easy. The story arc is very gentle, with a melodic supporting soundtrack and a naturalistic approach to action and dialog. The tone reminded me of another excellent coming of age film, Jess+Moss, which I would also highly recommend.

  • Good Funk

    Good Funk

    ★★★★½

    Well written, well acted and beautifully filmed with a great crescendo of tension sparked by the lives of a mother and her daughter as they struggle to survive in the changing neighborhood of Red Hook in New York. As they navigate rough waters, the two encounter a young couple whose struggles are centered more around their relationship and family. We accompany the four on a very tense tightrope walk. Excellent film.

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  • A Short Film About Love

    A Short Film About Love

    ★★½

    This is a short film about what love is not: women as observed sex object; women catering to solipsistic male sex fantasies; tolerance for stalking and sexual harassment; the assumption that women yearn for any attention no matter how harmful. The film is worth watching for Kieslowski's skillful use of composition, lighting and color but it is a study of dated values that have been challenged by feminist ideology and gender politics.

  • Electra, My Love

    Electra, My Love

    ★★★★½

    In 1974, an unrelenting brownness was spreading across the world. Natural was the password and organic was becoming more than a branch of chemistry. The Marxist ideologies of 1968 were still in the air. Hippiedom was on its deathbed but still breathing as it became co-opted and institutionalized. A disillusioned baby boom generation was settling for tweed, corduroy and shag haircuts. Still looking for answers, our eyes settled on the perceived values of pre-industrial cultures to salve the atrocities of…