RECOMMENDED VIEWING

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INEQUALITY FOR ALL (2013)

Directed by Jacob Cornbluth.

Based on the book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future by Robert Reich. 

A documentary that speaks directly to its viewer. Robert Reich informs and urges you to take action because it’s up to us. 

Highly Recommended. 

Now streaming on Netflix (12April 2014).

DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Peter Sellers is perfect. Kubrick’s attention to detail never disappoints. 

It should not have taken me as long as it did to finally watch this great film. Now streaming on Netflix.

THE CONVERSATION (1974)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 

Highly Recommended. Coppola takes his time to tell an incredibly unnerving story. 

A reminder that this gem is streaming on Netflix right now. 

TOM SEGURA: COMPLETELY NORMAL (2014)
Must watch list! Segura is a talented, funny storyteller. He deserves more fame, tell your friends.
Recommended.

MAD MEN (2007-2014)
Highly Anticipated!  I can hardly wait for the premiere of the latest - and sadly, final - season of Mad Men that I had to gush a little.   
What will happen to the agency? What is Don Draper going to do? What other awkward moments will Sally endure as she transitions from adolescence to adulthood? And hundreds of other questions the show’s Season 6 finale left me wondering. 
Viewers shouldn’t worry about Don Draper’s ability to reinvent himself in the wake of his mandatory leave of absence from the agency because Dick Whitman invented Don to begin with… “Don Draper doesn’t exist. He’s merely a particularly dapper suit that Dick Whitman is trying on for size. On Mad Men, identity is what’s fungible, not nature. Times change, and marriages, jobs, and fashion do too. In Weiner’s ’60s, you adapt or you fall behind.”*
Mad Men is a rare show which takes the time to develop characters that make difficult choices in order to preserve or destroy themselves at the sake of others -  much like real life:

"Those who pine for the sharp clothes, the alpha alcoholism, are missing the point. We don’t watchMad Men because we want to be them. We are them, cursed to live in interesting times we occasionally wish could get just a little duller, if only to give us a chance to catch our breath.”*

I hope (and at the same time and confident) that creator Matthew Weiner has the guts to stay the course. 




*excerpts from Andy Greenwald’s article.

MAD MEN (2007-2014)

Highly Anticipated!  I can hardly wait for the premiere of the latest - and sadly, final - season of Mad Men that I had to gush a little.   

What will happen to the agency? What is Don Draper going to do? What other awkward moments will Sally endure as she transitions from adolescence to adulthood? And hundreds of other questions the show’s Season 6 finale left me wondering. 

Viewers shouldn’t worry about Don Draper’s ability to reinvent himself in the wake of his mandatory leave of absence from the agency because Dick Whitman invented Don to begin with… “Don Draper doesn’t exist. He’s merely a particularly dapper suit that Dick Whitman is trying on for size. On Mad Men, identity is what’s fungible, not nature. Times change, and marriages, jobs, and fashion do too. In Weiner’s ’60s, you adapt or you fall behind.”*

Mad Men is a rare show which takes the time to develop characters that make difficult choices in order to preserve or destroy themselves at the sake of others -  much like real life:

"Those who pine for the sharp clothes, the alpha alcoholism, are missing the point. We don’t watchMad Men because we want to be them. We are them, cursed to live in interesting times we occasionally wish could get just a little duller, if only to give us a chance to catch our breath.”*

I hope (and at the same time and confident) that creator Matthew Weiner has the guts to stay the course. 

SLEEPING BEAUTY (2011)

Written and Directed by Julia Leigh.

This film is incredible. Prepare to feel uncomfortable for all the right reasons. 

Highly recommended. 

SLEEPING BEAUTY (2011)
Written and Directed by Julia Leigh.

LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME (2010)

Directed by Thomas Q. Napper.

The saddest and most beautiful true story. 

Highly recommended. 

Click here to do something good. 

THE IMPROV: 50 YEARS BEHIND THE BRICK WALL (2012)

NEBRASKA (2013)

Directed by Alexander Payne.

Realistic portrait of adult children and their aging parents. Very touching story with great performances from Bruce Dern and Will Forte

ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

This is one of those movies people say you must see. From the writing to the performances, from beginning to end —  this is a great film. 

High quality - Highly Recommended. 

Now streaming on Netflix.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)
Directed by Paul Greengrass. 
The best part of this film is the ending in which Tom Hanks delivers a laudable performance of a man who has just suffered through a traumatic experience.  Truly breathtaking. 

PHILOMENA (2013)

Directed by Stephen Frears.

A beautiful, tragic, touching, funny, heartbreaking story. Recommended. 

GRAVITY (2013)

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

An incredible visual and visceral experience seen in IMAX 3D. Bullock is brilliant. 

Highly Recommended.