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"I wanted to invent myself as a fictional character. And I did,
and it has caused a great deal of confusion."

- Jeanette Winterson -

Joy

Film

Fruitvale Station

Coogler, Whittaker

Finished watching Fruitvale Station about 20 minutes ago and I am wowed.

The story was presented with as much humanity as I have ever witnessed in a film. We weren't sold on Oscar's reformation, we were offered his humanness. And has a film ever had such a powerful final scene? Nope, Fruitevale Station wins that prize.

Oscars

Philomena starring Judi Dench

Anyone who has followed my reviews over the years, knows well my disdain for the Oscars and the small relevancy they have to anything but the box office. That said, I have a few opinions.

August: Osage County

Meryl Streep August: Osage County

Definitely among the finalists on my list for Best Picture. I'm giving it 5 stars.

Promos for the film refer to it as a "hilarious, dark comedy", well don't be fooled. Yes, you will laugh, but this is not a comedy nor is it hilarious. Ironic, yes; sardonic, yes; hilarious, no.

Brit Marling

Brit Marling

I highly recommend watching this young woman's career, so far it has been exceptional.

Having recently viewed two films co-written and starring Brit Marling, I'm hooked. Both films are intelligent and compelling with action and subplots. I've just loved them!

This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place

Sean Penn and Frances McDormand are brilliant in this little sleeper that I only caught because of the good taste of Tree McElhinney. Ultimately I was very confused and didn't follow the twist of events, but the filmography and acting were worth the time. Can someone out there explain Tony to me? Is Cheyenne also Tony? 

4 out of 5 even with the confusion.

Cloudburst

Cloudburst (Dukakis, Fricker)

"Any mop can give you an orgasm."

Within minutes of the opening, Stella (Olympia Dukakis) says "Any mop can give you an orgasm." I started laughing at that point and was charmed and fell in love and had a laughter orgasm all mine own. Cloudburst is as beautiful as the clouds, "like a donkey carrying 2 nuns & a beagle racing across the sky".

Thom Fitzgerald wrote and directed this brilliant lesbian film with such finesse and power as to make me swoon.

Loose Canons 'Mine vaganti'

Loose Canons, Ozpetek Scamarcio

Ferzan Ozpetek delivers another gem.

Loose Canons is as light and fluffy as a rom-com, but made substantial and reflective through art. I just loved this film.
I certainly rank Ozpetek in the top five filmmakers working today. He is fuckin' brilliant.

Circumstance (2011)

Circumstance

Written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz

Mary-Lou ("Tamid oto chalom" ) 2009

Mary Lou

Eytan Fox' television homage to the Israeli rock star Svika Pick.

How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague

I am grateful for a community capable of such honorable and successful action.

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