• Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Good question, Lucy. I was wondering the same thing. I haven't read the book, but I wonder if that was addressed in it.

  • The Whistleblower

    I saw this when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. So hard to believe that civilized people continue to traffic girls for sex, yet it continues to happen all around us! Kathryn Bolkavac is a modern hero who put everything at risk in order to expose the tragic truth.

  • Boyhood

    What is so sensational about this movie is that it is not sensational at all! An authentic telling of growing up, both for the children and the parents who age, grow, and mature before our eyes. If you're looking for something big and loud and melodramatic, this is not the film for you. But if you want to watch something endearing, true, and finely crafter, check out this winner!

  • Ida

    Sparse and spectacular! You know a great piece of art when it seems so plain on the surface but affects you so deeply.

  • The Zero Theorem

    Stunning visuals and mind-bending storyline - par for the Terry Gilliam course. I'm a huge Gilliam fan - Brazil, The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen are some of my favorite films. This one is brilliant in many ways - the performances are incredible and it is a true feast for the eyes - but it didn't have the same emotional resonance for me as some of these others. Worth watching if you're a Gilliam fan. But know that it's a bit cryptic, so not the best choice if you're justing looking for some easy entertainment. if you want something similar and a bit more fulfilling, watch Mr. Nobody.

  • Mr. Nobody

    Dumbfounded! Not because I don't understand - understanding is hardly the point here - but rather because I am struck dumb and in awe of this gorgeous, profound, mystifying film. What does it mean?! Does it matter what it means?! Is there meaning at all, or only love and loss and railroad tracks leading one way or the other? Ordinarily, I am a lover of clarity, but for the 2 plus hours I watched Mr. Nobody, I was fully taken by its hypnotic surrealism and provocative paradoxes. Like a zen koan in ravishing technicolor, a feast for the eyes, the emotions, the mind and the soul. There are few things I love more than a well told story that entertains and simultaneously stimulates deep reflection and introspection . A new addition to the favorites list.

  • The Spectacular Now

    She was amazing in it. Her acting was also completely free of makeup! As was Miles Teller's. It's really a pretty incredible feat the way they stripped off all artifice and made something completely authentic yet still engaging enough for the MTV generation.

  • Tender Mercies

    A slow and tender story of redemption, love, and second chances. Sparingly and beautifully filmed and acted. Hard to imagine that a modern audience would have patience for this type of slow-burn and restraint amongst today's penchant for quick-cuts and pounding drama. But it's a classic for a reason - like the songs that Duvall sings, quiet, dulcet and full of emtion.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    I Heart Huckabees is still my favorite David O. Russell movie, but this is probably next in line. All of his characters are so real and flawed and understandable in spite of their eccentricities and craziness. Do you know anyone who isn't a little bit crazy in his/her own way?

  • The Fighter

    Gritty, foul-mouthed, and full of sweaty, unglamorous authenticity. Credit the cast and director David O. Russell for spectacular blue-collar performances that make the ultimate triumph and redemption all the more pleasing. So many challenges stand in the way of victory for all of us - whether it's a painful upbringing, addiction, lack of self-confidence, etc. Where do you find the strength to persist when it is so much easier to simply give up?

  • Short Term 12

    What can we do when pain from the past gets in the way of having pleasure in the present?

  • Groundhog Day

    Do you ever feel like every day is just another repeat of the last? If so, what can we do to get off the hampster wheel and make today better than yesterday, and tomorrow even better yet?

  • Elysium

    A dystopian image of the future with a lot to say about the division between the haves and have-nots. Do you believe that the rich and poor will be further divided in the future, or that we will all find ways to bridge our differences and draw closer together?

  • Short Term 12

    Wow! I read this screenplay before the film was made, and I knew it would be spectacular, but it was better than that! Unbelievable performances, flawless directing. Low-budget, and it moves like an indy, but that's because Indy's move like real life rather than with the accelerated pacing of Hollywood. This is an authentic telling of a moving reality. I've had the pleasure to meet Destin, the director, and he is a quiet, humble guy who worked in a facility like this one and who has told this story with love and intimate familiarity. Never sinking to melodrama, and never preaching, he paints it like it is and gives us a glimpse of the problem and a glimmer of hope. Heartbreaking to know that this is the reality for so many children, and we can only be grateful that there are caregivers like the fictitious Grace and Mason (and the real life Destin Cretton) who are helping and healing them.

  • Black Cat , White Cat

    One of my favorite movies of all time. Incredibly joyous, gorgeously shot, absolutely hysterical. I've seen it at least 5 times, and every viewing is as uplifting as the last. If you want to be swept away to another world where life is full of music and mayhem, and love and laughter conquer all, watch this film. Then tell me if you agree. Wish it were streaming video, but since it's not, I went ahead and bought the DVD.

  • Frances Ha

    Frances' foibles and failures are what make her so enchanting a character and what make this film so authentic and enjoyable. She makes her mistakes along the way, but it is through them that she makes gradual progress and somehow manages to choreograph it all into something artful and hopeful.

  • 11.13.13: First thing

    Sometimes falling isn't so bad.

  • Greenberg

    "Hurt people hurt people." Stiller and Gerwig are pretty incredible. Haven't loved all of Baumbach's movies, but this one is really affecting. Painful to watch at times, awkard, profane, obnoxious, funny but not hilarious, ultimately profound. A lot like life. With all of its blemishes and faults. "Trying to make peace with a life you didn't plan to be living" - or something like that. Very real, and while not the most "inspiring" film I've ever seen, it's ultimately uplifting in that it doesn't sugarcoat, but ends on a note of cautious optimism. Not for everyone (certainly not family-friendly), but worth a watch for those who don't mind slogging through the mud to get to the other side.

  • Amélie

    One of my favorite films of all time! So beautiful, both visually and emotionally. Jeunet is a master stylist, but also a master humanist. By the way, the Cannes film festival rejected the film and Jeunet was crushed ... and then it went on to become one of the most beloved and highest grossing french films of all time. Fundamental question the film asks is what can we do to ameliorate the lives of those around us better, and then how does that make our own lives better as well. (Just realized that the word "ameliorate" is similar to Amelie - did everyone else already get that?)

  • Another Earth

    I saw this film when it premiered at Sundance. It got a standing ovation, and it was my favorite film at the festival that year. It had a great sale after the premiere, and I thought it would do really well at the box-office. But it turned out to be a big disappointment. Not sure why. Brit Marling was amazing - this was really her first starring role (she was in 2 films at Sundance that year actually), and she's gone on to do lots of films from here. Question I want to ask is - what would you do if you knew there was another you living in an identical world not too far away?

  • Inception

    I did. It's incredible. Totally mind-bending.

saved films
  • A place on Earth (Une place sur la terre)
  • The Book Thief
  • About Time
  • Phoebe In Wonderland
  • Tuesdays With Morrie
  • Third Star	        
  • Zivot je Cudo (Life is a Miracle)
  • You Don’t Need Feet to Dance
  • Happy
  • Sophie Scholl:The Final Days
  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You
  • After the Wedding
  • Beyond the Gates
  • Take Me Home
  • The Straight Story
  • Touch the Top of the World
  • The Thing Called Love
  • The Terminal
  • Ten Inch Hero
  • We Bought a Zoo
  • Simon Birch
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • National Treasure
  • Music Within
  • My Left Foot
  • Love Me if You Dare
  • Letters to God
  • Radio
  • Great Expectations
  • Groundhog Day
  • Jerry Maguire
  • White Fang
  • Incendies
  • The Fairy
  • Easy A
  • Dune
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • World’s Greatest Dad
  • About Schmidt
  • 50/50
  • American Graffiti
  • A Lot Like Love
  • A Life Less Ordinary
  • The Four Feathers
  • Australia
  • The Horse Boy
  • The Soloist