Monthly Archives: August 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane

We normally wouldn’t be drawn to the suspense/thriller genre, but 10 Cloverfield Lane came recommended by our new film-guru, and it wasn’t a disappointment. A young woman crashes her car on a  dark, lonely street, and weeks up in a … Continue reading

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Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

“The entrancing fifth feature of the Zellner brothers, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, is like found art in the beguiling, haunting manner it combines the seemingly ridiculous and desperate with an ineffable and quiet sadness.” — Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Sun … Continue reading

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Flipped

“Flipped is as phony as a poodle-skirted waitress at a mall diner, yet it’s as sweet as a malt. A vanilla one.” — Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch The children theme continues with Rob Reiner’s 2010 movie Flipped. Julia’s choice. 55% on … Continue reading

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Boyhood

Boyhood was released in 2014, but it has the unique distinction of being a film in progress over 12 years in the making, spanning from when lead character Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane) is about 8 to about 18. We … Continue reading

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The 400 Blows

The theme of children continues with Francois Truffaut’s 1959 French new wave classic The 400 Blows. It tells the story of an incorrigible adolescent skipping school and getting into trouble on the streets of 1950s Paris. It’s interesting reading the lofty praise … Continue reading

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Salaam Bombay

As part of this month’s theme of children, I watched David’s recommendation: the 1988 debut feature from Indian director Mira Nair. It tells the mostly sad story of street children in Bombay. A boy is intentionally abandoned while working for a … Continue reading

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The Life of Oharu

Director Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1952 film The Life of Oharu follows a woman’s life, as she finds herself in various of society’s roles – concubine, courtesan, wife, prostitute, nun – each shift greeting her with new tragedy. It examines the place … Continue reading

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