Japanese doggie drama: loved it!
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!
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
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
Official Site: http://www.windmillmovie.com/#/trailer