THE THING (1982)
Directed by John Carpenter.
Still one of my favorite films. Highly disturbing and highly recommended.
The Brass Teapot (2012)
Directed by Ramaa Mosely.
A story about a poverty-stricken couple with an unexpected ending. Refreshing.
Directed by Jeremy Seifert.
If you can get past the first 15 minutes of LA hipster condescension this film ends up being a very informative. Dive! draws a connection between Michael Pollan’s juornalistic findings, world hunger, US farming and food culture behaviors and then offers a viable solution to food waste.
Well done, Mr. Seifert.
What You Can Do
HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE (1991)
Directed by Eleanor Coppola along with Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper.
An incredible documentary revealing Francis Ford Coppola’s ability as an artist to persevere, and be successful, through the colossal inferno of production problems that plagued Apocalypse Now.
APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Highly recommended. An incredible work of art.
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944)
Directed by Frank Capra.
Adapted for the screen from the play written by Joseph Kesselring.
It may be a bit too long but, Cary Grant is still very entertaining; as well as his brother who believes he is President Theodore Roosevelt.
Directed by Neil Blomkamp.
Worthy of your attention. Blomkamp believably illustrates how a guy like Max (played by Matt Damon) could chose this path. However, the story deteriorates into an 1980s style action movie instead of giving authentic, provocative commentary on class discrimination themes. Filmmakers should not be afraid to make society uncomfortable. Great stories unfold through the fires of oppression and injustice.
Also: Were all of Jodie Foster’s lines ADR?
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
This film is incredible.
Highly recommended epically executed version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE (2012- )
Created by Jerry Seinfeld.
A great, short web series that will leave you wanting more. Mr. Seinfeld picks up some of comedy’s royalty and chats them up over a cup of coffee. Exceptionally entertaining.
Available here and on Crackle.
KATY PERRY: PART OF ME (2012)
Directed by Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz.
NINE parts fluff and ONE part content.
However, that little bit of content which actually exists makes the movie worthy of your attention. ‘Part of Me’ is truly heartfelt and honest.
FRANCES HA (2013)
Directed by Noah Baumbach.
Written by Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig.
Highly recommended. Gerwig is wonderfully adorable.
THIS IS THE END (2013)
Directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen.
A comedically epic telling of the end of the world worthy of multiple viewings.
THE PURGE (2013)
Directed by James DeMonaco.
I very much enjoyed the concept and Lena Headey’s character.