Japanese doggie drama: loved it!
http://www.quill-movie.com
 
 
Loving documentary about Phyllis Diller, and her final show. Not a ton of archival footage, but plenty of photos; funny: see it!
 
 
Long, (six hours) beautiful, Italian, multi-decade saga about a family with two brothers on divergent paths, and the women in their lives; including a mental patient, (pictured) a member of the Red Brigades, a librarian/photographer, a judge, a school teacher/mother and a young daughter (who takes fencing lessons.) Loved it!
 

BEGINNERS

12/7/2011

 
Gentle, sometimes funny yarn about an artist, his recently deceased / dying parents, and his commitment phobic French girlfriend. Kinda quirky, sweet story about love: romantic and familial.
Official Site: http://focusfeatures.com/beginners
 

VIGIL

12/5/2011

 
It's hard to be funny about death, old age and dying. Olympia Dukakis and Marco Barricelli are sublime in Morris Panych's dark play at the Mark Taper Forum, Music Center, Downtown Los Angeles.
Site: http://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/productiondetail.aspx?id=14490
 
 
If I knew more about Thai culture this movie might make more sense. It's a beautiful, mysterious, strange yet realistic ghost story about life, death, and previous lives. Deserves a second look. Shot on 16mm film.

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Uncle_Boonmee_Who_Can_Recall_His_Past_Lives/70139516?trkid=496624
 

HARVEST

7/1/2011

 
Indie Family Drama. The old folks, Robert Loggia & Barbara Barrie portray interesting characters, but the rest of the family is, well, meh... Cool music from composers Duncan Sheik and David Poe

Official Site: http://raisingharvest.com/
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Harvest/70170904?trkid=496624
 
 
Another "character study" of a man born into privilege and talent who's adrift. Written by a woman, Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce) and director Bob Rafelson.  Probably felt liberating in 1970. Worth viewing thanks to the performance of Karen Black. Plus, it's Jack Nicholson before he got huge. Famous Chicken Salad scene (yes, that's Toni Basil at the table.)  Very Dark and sad, sometimes funny. Beautifully shot. Classical and country music: no rock n' roll.

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Five_Easy_Pieces/507725?trkid=496624#height2315
 

THE WINDMILL MOVIE

3/24/2011

 
Pretty cool film shot by, and about experimental / documentary filmmaker Richard P. Rogers. Included are two of his short films. An intimate look at a wealthy but lost filmmaker.

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/The_Windmill_Movie/70120153?trkid=496624#height1277
Official Site: http://www.windmillmovie.com/#/trailer