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by writingarises | created - 01 Apr 2013 | updated - 30 Apr 2013 | Public

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1. The Republic of Love (2003)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A story of love and enchantment set in the coldest of winters, it explores the issues, dilemmas and barriers facing the lucky and unlucky in love in the 21st Century, based on the novel of ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Kate Lynch, Kate Kelton, Sunday Muse, Brooke D'Orsay

Votes: 477

02013.04.01: I am a Gary Farmer fan .... catching up on his filmography. He is not starring, but his performance grounds the story in beautiful ways.

2. Jerichow (2008)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

71 Metascore

The dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran Thomas returns to his home village of Jerichow. Ali, a local Turkish-German businessman, owner of a snack-bar chain, hires him as a driver. ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Hilmi Sözer, André Hennicke

Votes: 1,994 | Gross: $0.05M

02013.04.03: beautiful film by Christian Petzold

3. Like Someone in Love (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

76 Metascore

In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.

Directors: Abbas Kiarostami, Banafsheh Violet Modaressi | Stars: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryô Kase, Denden

Votes: 9,336 | Gross: $0.22M

02013.04.04: An exquisite experience. At Indiana University Cinema. Plays again Friday, Saturday, and Monday.

4. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)

Not Rated | 169 min | Documentary, History

86 Metascore

A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies.

Director: Thom Andersen | Stars: Encke King, Ben Alexander, Jim Backus, Brenda Bakke

Votes: 2,000

02013.04.05: at Indiana University Cinema... for this screening that is part of Underground Film Series. Overly long and without clarity about what it is attempting to do, but plenty of interesting pieces ... so I got something out of the experience.

5. Poetry (2010)

TV-PG | 139 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, Hee-ra Kim, Nae-sang Ahn

Votes: 9,039 | Gross: $0.36M

02013.04.06: Exquisite film. Screened at Indiana University Cinema.

6. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 3,687

02013.04.07: Episode 9 The New American Cinema. Continuing to love this series.

7. Daisies (1966)

74 min | Comedy

Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová, Julius Albert, Jan Klusák

Votes: 8,705

02013.04.07: wild, unbridled... and messy ...

8. The Mirror (1997)

95 min | Drama

When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, ... See full summary »

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Mina Mohammad Khani, Aida Mohammadkhani, Kazem Mojdehi, Naser Omuni

Votes: 2,230 | Gross: $0.04M

02013.04.07: We LOVED Jafar Panahi's brilliant film The Mirror.

9. Of Two Minds (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Of Two Minds explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder in America today. Through a combination of intimate... See full summary »

Directors: Douglas Blush, Lisa J. Klein | Stars: Terri Cheney, Carlton Davis, Cheri Keating, Jenifer Lewis

Votes: 216

02013.04.11: At IU Cinema with director Doug Blush present for lively Q&A.

10. Six Men Getting Sick (1966)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A short continuously looping animation of six grotesque human figures vomiting.

Director: David Lynch

Votes: 5,163

02013.04.12: free on Hulu. Short David Lynch animated film.

11. The Alphabet (1968)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.

Director: David Lynch | Star: Peggy Lynch

Votes: 6,596

02013.04.12: free on Hulu. Short David Lynch film.

12. Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (2011)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, Music

For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a ... See full summary »

Director: Gorman Bechard | Stars: Robert Voedisch, Tommy Ramone, Tom Arnold, Dave Foley

Votes: 296

02013.04.12: Brilliant documentary more about fans of The Replacements than of The Replacements.... ;-)

13. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

R | 119 min | Action, Thriller

41 Metascore

Disgraced Secret Service agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack and works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Votes: 242,670 | Gross: $98.93M

02013.04.12: not very good. saw on my own at AMC.

14. The Daughter of Dawn (1920)

80 min | Western

This restored silent film features a love triangle involving a Kiowa chief's daughter and ensuing conflict between Kiowa and Comanche villages.

Director: Norbert A. Myles | Stars: Belo Cozad, Em-koy-e-tie, Hunting Horse, Esther LeBarre

Votes: 335

02013.04.13: at Indiana University Cinema

15. Rio, 40 Degrees (1955)

100 min | Drama

A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin, Jece Valadão, Ana Beatriz

Votes: 464

02013.04.14: at IU Cinema with director/writer/producer Nelson Pereira dos Santos present for Q&A. wonderful film.

16. Barren Lives (1963)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Joffre Soares

Votes: 2,031

02013.04.15: at IU Cinema with director/writer/producer Nelson Pereira dos Santos present for Q&A. wonderful film. Felt like a Brazilian Grapes of Wrath

17. Angela (I) (2002)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

True story of an attractive Sicilian mob-wife who participates in her husband's drug-dealing business and falls for her husband's lackey.

Director: Roberta Torre | Stars: Donatella Finocchiaro, Andrea Di Stefano, Mario Pupella, Toni Gambino

Votes: 289

02013.04.17: beautiful, complex film by Roberta Torre. at IU Cinema.

18. Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 6,961

02013.04.18... fun.

19. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George Emerson (Julian Sands) and his dad (Denholm Elliott) offer their rooms with views to Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett (Dame Maggie Smith). Lucy and George get acquainted, but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again, but now she's engaged.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands

Votes: 36,749 | Gross: $20.97M

02013.04.20: always love this film

20. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Not Rated | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Sihung Lung, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yu-Wen Wang, Chien-Lien Wu

Votes: 17,028 | Gross: $7.29M

02013.04.20: Ang Lee's third feature film. He is among my favorite directors working today.

21. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 3,687

02013.04.20: Episode 10

1969-1979: Radical Directors in the 70's Make State of the Nation Movies

22. The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 1,134

02013.04.20: Love this film... every time I see it. Thanks, TCM, for sharing it. Haven't seen it in a while.

23. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 150,803 | Gross: $134.22M

02013.04.20: Wow... it's been a LONG time since we've seen this. Gene Hackman continues to be a joy... and his Lex Luther was excellent.

24. This Is Cinerama (1952)

G | 115 min | Documentary

A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind has attempted to create the illusion of depth & movement by artistic, mechanical and ... See full summary »

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Gunther von Fritsch, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Michael Todd Jr. | Stars: Lowell Thomas, Kathy Darlyn, Toni Valk

Votes: 405 | Gross: $41.60M

02013.04.21: This film is on the National Film Registry. I've gotten a little behind in watching films from the registry as I have been actively engaged with the Indy Film Fest Screening Committee documentary and short film viewing, but I'm committing myself to seeing 6 in the next 6 weeks. I'd tivoed this one not too long ago. It's beautiful. I love the way the film industry is always trying to come up with new ways to engage audience in the theatrical experience.

25. Sangam (2004)

28 min | Short, Drama

Two South Asian men on a subway share their nostalgia, loneliness, hopes and despair about life in America.

Director: Prashant Bhargava | Stars: Sanjay Chandani, Hesh Sarmalkar, Ranjana Bhargava, Elizabeth June

Votes: 144

02013.04.21: Watching Prashant Bhargava's short film Sangam in preparation for his Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture at Indiana University Cinema on Thursday and the screening of his feature film Patang.

02013.04.21: I felt moved by Jafar Panahi's short film The Accordion, which I watched on Vimeo. It's exquisite.

27. To the Wonder (2012)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams

Votes: 25,667 | Gross: $0.59M

02013.04.22: Saw the film at Landmark Keystone Art Cinema. My sister joined me. I'm digesting. The images and the sounds are finding landing places in me at this time.

28. Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977)

Not Rated | 42 min | Animation, Short

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, relates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage. The mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony and begins to ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Jordan | Star: Orson Welles

Votes: 68

02013.04.24: watched this Orson Welles narrated animated version of Rime of the Ancient Mariner on MUBI

29. Suspense (1913)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »

Directors: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber | Stars: Lois Weber, Val Paul, Douglas Gerrard, Sam Kaufman

Votes: 1,140

02013.04.24: watched this Lois Weber silent short film classic on MUBI. I've seen it before but it really is wonderful and I was happy to see it again.

30. Delicacy (2012)

11 min | Short, Drama

A culinary connoisseur and a chef go on a hunt for a rare animal.

Director: Jason Mann | Stars: Malcolm Tomlinson, Richard Morse, Elizabeth Henstridge, David Mattia

Votes: 114

02013.04.24: streaming on Tribeca Film Festival Online.

31. Alias Ruby Blade (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Documentary exploring the role of an Australian filmmaker turned revolutionary in the independence movement in Timor-Leste.

Director: Alex Meillier | Stars: Xanana Gusmão, José Ramos Horta, Geoffrey Robinson, Max Stahl

Votes: 41

02013.04.24: streamed from Tribeca Film Festival's Online Fest

32. Patang (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

67 Metascore

In the old city of Ahmedabad, amid India's largest kite festival, a family duels, spins and soars like the countless kites in the skies above.

Director: Prashant Bhargava | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mukkund Shukla, Seema Biswas, Sugandha Garg

Votes: 280

02013.04.25: Loved this film, which screened at IU Cinema last night. Prashant Bhargava was present to deliver an afternoon lecture, introduce the film, and engage in a lively Q&A afterwards. Had the chance to share a meal with him after the film with some friends. Wonderful day. I found this film to be beautiful and richly engaging.

33. Farah Goes Bang (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

FARAH GOES BANG is a road-trip comedy centered on Farah Mahtab, a woman in her twenties who tries to lose her virginity while campaigning across America for presidential candidate John ... See full summary »

Director: Meera Menon | Stars: Kiran Deol, George Basil, Kate French, Julie Lake

Votes: 63

02013.04.26: Nora Ephron Award 2013 - Tribeca Film Festival - streaming via the Online Festival.

34. Disappearances (2006)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

Quebec Bill Bohomme is a hardy schemer and dreamer, who, desperate to raise money to preserve his endangered herd through the rapidly approaching winter, resorts to whiskey-smuggling, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Craven | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Charlie McDermott, Gary Farmer, William Sanderson

Votes: 523 | Gross: $0.31M

02013.04.26: Borrowed the DVD from MCPL. Love Kris! Inspired to watch this one because I'm on a Gary Farmer kick. So many more of his films still to see. He's a delight. This film is a mixed bag, but I was happy to watch it.

02013.04.27: Streamed this compelling short film from MUBI.

36. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Romance

An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the Prince Regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis, David Horne

Votes: 7,063

02013.04.27: Finally getting to see this film... it's very funny.

02013.04.28: streamed this short film by Kazik Radwanski from MUBI. I watched his short Princess Margaret Blvd. from MUBI yesterday. I am definitely enjoying this process of being invited to experience a group of films by the same filmmakers in this calm process of daily offerings. I think I can really go for this approach. We'll see. I'm giving it a year. I paid up in advance.

38. Offside (I) (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

85 Metascore

Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Mohammad Asarian

Votes: 6,983 | Gross: $0.18M

02013.04.28: from MCPL I enjoyed this Jafar Panahi film about girls who just want to watch Iran compete for the chance to go to the World Cup.

39. The Other Dream Team (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Sport

69 Metascore

The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.

Director: Marius A. Markevicius | Stars: Sarunas Marciulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Jonas Valanciunas

Votes: 3,354 | Gross: $0.13M

02023.04.28: from Netflix... documentary about Lithuanian Olympic basketball team. I really liked this film. Moving. Engaging. Well paced. Clear.

40. A Young Couple (2009)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short

John and Jenn are young, in love and living together. But this is no dreamy tale of magical romance from director Barry Jenkins.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Jenn, John

Votes: 43

02013.04.29: Watched this 13 minute short Barry Jenkins film on Vimeo... after reading Soderbergh's remarks from his speech where he said: "If I were running a studio, I'd get a Shane Carruth, a Barry Jenkins and an Amy Seimetz and ask 'What do you wanna make?'”

41. Tall Enough (2009)

Not Rated | 7 min | Short

In this day-in-the-life piece, a young, interracial couple explore their relationship on a quiet Saturday in Brooklyn.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Crystal Cotton, Stephen Lin

Votes: 118

02013.04.29: A 6:45 minute short film done for Bloomingdale's by Barry Jenkins. Streamed on Vimeo.

42. One Small Step (2012)

15 min | Short, Drama, Family

After her brother dies in the Vietnam War, a young girl searches for the meaning of life with the help of her teddy bear.

Director: Elle Schneider | Stars: Jordyn Lucas, Dawn Alden, Shanae Humphrey, Jordan Wells

Votes: 7

02013.04.29: Came upon this 14 minute short film on the Digital Bolex website. Directed by Elle Schneider. Written by Elle Schneider & Joe Rubinstein. DP: David Chung.

43. Suddenly (1954)

Unrated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates

Votes: 5,613 | Gross: $1.40M

02013.04.29: Frank Sinatra.... first time I have seen this one we liked it.



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