Introducing The #DFNYFive!

Here’s the first #DFNYFive, our five favorite flicks!  So hard to choose,  but these are the ones that consistently come to mind when people ask.

1. Annie Hall

2. Seven Samurai

3. All The President’s Men

4. Stairway To Heaven

5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Hope you like the #DFNYFive,  what are your favorites? Looking forward to receiving some interesting responses!



#DFNYFocus on: Women In Media’s Tema L. Staig

Tema L Staig runs Women In Media, a networking group that connects above and below the line women and the men who love making movies with them. WiM works closely with Seeking Our Story and a number of film festivals

DFNY: Which film do you love that might surprise people?
TLS: Raw by Julia Ducournau. I was surprised at how much I loved it, since I had heard that viewers at The Toronto International Film Festival needed EMT’s. The grossest part is not your typical gross out – and speaks to what it really means to be a human animal. It’s absolutely brilliant.

DFNY: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
TLS: Early 1970’s Catherine Deneuve and Pam Grier in anything directed by Anna Biller.

DFNY: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
TLS: Alien. It has a perfect three act structure, both in terms of story and visuals. Also, Ripley is a role model for everyone – keep your head and know your stuff so you can kick ass and live on for a few sequels.

DFNY: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
TLS: A Spinner flying car from Blade Runner.

DFNY: Is there any subject matter which you would not make/watch a film about?
TLS: Yes. I don’t like films with graphic abuse of children.
Ms. Staig is also a Production Designer in LA. She has Art Directed and Production Designed numerous features, commercials, and shorts (“Kissing Jessica Stein”, “Happy Hour”, and “Battlefield America”) as well as commercials and music videos. She participated in the first IFP Project Involve: NY fellowship, where she had the opportunity to assist the Production Designer for “American Splendor”. She also teaches Design for Theater, Film, and TV at Los Angeles City College.

Women in Media Website

Tema L. Staig’s IMDB Page

#DFNYFocus on: Screenwriter Michael Caleo

Emmy-Nominated Writer of The Sopranos, Luc Besson’s Film The Family, and Creator of Ironside Television Reboot

DFNY: Which film do you love that might surprise people?
MC: The Little Mermaid. Love that Movie. Great music.

DFNY: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
MC: Lee Marvin/James Cagney. Heist Film like Heat

DFNY: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
MC: The Shining. Scared the shit out of me and made me cry laughing at the same time.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
MC: Painting of two Dogs from Goodfellas

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make/watch a film about?
MC: Kids or animals being harmed.

Michael Caleo’s IMDB Page:

DFNY Interview with Artemis Film Festival founder Melanie Wise

Actor, Producer, Editor, Founder, Artemis Film Festival … gym rat


DFNY:  First off,  why the name Artemis? Does it have any special significance for you?

MW: Artemis is the Matron of the Amazons and Goddess of the Hunt.  We wanted a symbol and moniker that completely epitomized the empowered feminine principal.  In today’s society, if I mention a hunt, most people would normally associate that with men.  And here we have an archetype who so completely mastered the hunt, she’s the matron saint of it. Matron of the Amazons, Artemis is only associated with strong, powerful, empowered women.  We wanted our name to represent the fully flowered embodiment of  physical strength, skill and power.  Artemis is all of THAT!  And our festival is the very first solely dedicated to women in action.

DFNY: What was the evolution of the festival?  Was it difficult to find supporters early on,  or did you receive a lot of encouragement? How has the response to the festival generally been?

MW: Actually, it came about very VERY quickly!  The idea was Sean Newcombe’s (another of the founders) and from conception to execution of our first year was literally 6 months.  I was kinda worried we’d be laughed outta the park for the idea (even tho I just loved it!), we opened submissions and got beat over the head with them our first year.  People from all over the world reached out, showed their excitement, and sent us their films.  We’ve been able to celebrate and support stuntwomen (without whom we would not have female heroes onscreen at all),  recognize several Hollywood luminaries at each event, steadily grown our audience base, and most importantly, lend a voice furthering equality.  People really dig our festival.  I think that it’s very safe to say given our first two years of operation were completely fan backed.  We are currently crowdfunding for our 3rd edition, and we’ve already raised 40% of our goal.  I would say our response has been incredibly good!! We are very pleased, proud, and honored to be able to offer the festival.  

DFNY:  I guess that would mean Sean is Apollo!   What was your goal in starting the festival?  How have you seen it grow/develop?  Where do you see it in five years?

MW: We were first content creators – a small band of people who’ve loved physically strong female leads for a long time.  In doing our best to push content with action centered female leads and failing very miserably, we thought if we wanted to see more of this type of content in the world, creating a space for it to play would be key in making that shift.  It’s been very amazing to see more filmmakers focus on action and empowerment, and we’ve seen a shift start to occur within the years the festival has been alive.  I would hope in five years, we will be the festival that offers people everywhere a place to find inspiration, pushes the boundaries of parity to reach further equality for women in all walks of life, breaks new female action heroes and stuntwomen, becomes a happy stomping ground for distributors to find new content, have a festival that occurs on more than one coast, more than one country, creates the conditions to produce original content on a regular basis …. I could go on and on and on!

DFNY: What are some of the standout films that have been in the festival?  How have they fared afterwards?  

MW: We have had the amazing pleasure of screening truly awesome films.  We get to screen films that spotlight women in history that most people don’t even know about.  I really love showing these films because women get to learn the legacy of really badass stuff that other women have done and  by learning about it, they broaden their own horizons.  If you ever get a chance to see Flying Queens: A Basketball Dynasty, Warrior Women: A Vision of Valor, Wings of Silver: The Vi Cowden Story, Aviatrix, Skydancers, Women Outward Bound, Fight Like a Girl, do not miss the opportunity.  We show films that chronicle important and astounding feats of social activism – India’s Daughter or the documentary short Power – these films absolutely move people to action.

We get the most amazing narrative shorts.  We generally program thematically, for instance we may have a block called Pulp Action and all the shorts in that screening will be pulp fiction style actioners starring women, or Sci-Fi Femmes or Swordswomen and Superheroes.  Our blocks of short films are some of the funnest screenings we have.- kick ass action, humor, great stories … just FUN.

We have had a few films that screened at our festival go on to be distributed.  Narratives Awaken and Two Down and the documentary Sky Dancers were 2015 screeners and went forward to distribution.  From our last edition narrative Never Let Go and documentary SMART also went onto be distributed.  Last year we had the extraordinary luck of premiering No Touching, a horror short starring Zoe Bell and Heidi Moneymaker (two of the world’s top stunt women).  Tho, that may not have been luck at all … I’d been trying to hunt that film down since our first year, and luckily in late 2015 I was able to reach them for our 2nd year.

The very cool part about a festival that focuses on action and empowerment: you don’t really get boring films.  Our screenings are generally pretty exciting stuff! And our current edition is certainly going to be our best event thus far 😀

How has the festival impacted you personally? Lessons learned?   Do you now spend more time on the festival than on your career, or has a symmetry developed?

MW: I grew up on a farm and I do think farm folk are generally pretty hard workers and I’ve considered myself a hard worker my whole life.  AND! I’ve learned, quite thoroughly over the last three years, what it means to work like a rented mule!!!  We’ve grown quickly, and have lots of plans we hope to germinate in the future, so we’ve been very busy working to bring those things to life.

On a more important note of learning, and some folks will want to shoot me for saying this: the things I’ve seen tell me that women have much to learn on the front of supporting other women.  And until such time as women truly learn to support other women, I do believe we will struggle with parity issues.  Women are more than half the population, make the majority of choices in purchasing in developed countries …. and we are having a problem with parity???  Does anyone else see the glaring hole here?  Women have far more power and influence than they realize and it is time to really take up that mantle, use the power and influence they do have, and make a difference.

Symmetry?!?!?! HA!!! What’s that?  Short answer: no, haven’t learned that AT ALL!

Further Quotes from the Artemis team:  

Sean NewCombe, Co-Founder:  We felt we were starting a movement not just in film, but in culture. We felt the excitement of something we thought was revolutionary.  The 21st century will be defined by the rights and power of women.

Zac Baldwin, Co-Founder:  It has been very gratifying to see a lot of filmmakers putting out content that audiences LOVE and incredibly gratifying to show that content.

Megan Hubbell, Marketing and Media Dev. Mgr.: I really love badass women and wanted to be a part of something that celebrated them.  We were the first … AND I got a really cool T shirt too!

Indus Alelia, Public Relations & Outreach Mgr.: The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival makes me proud to be a woman. I’m so happy to be part of a group and a project geared toward empowering all types of women in all types of action, be it stunts or the often times more dangerous world of speaking one’s mind.

Women Kick Ass Project 3 – Crowdfund for year 3 of the festival; campaign runs till 3/28/17:  www.WomenKickAss.com  The only place to get tickets and passes is currently on our crowdfunding page.  We’ve also got some really cool custom T’s available there …. and lots of other nifty stuff!

Artemis Film Festival:  www.ArtemisFilmFestival.com

2017 Edition Dates:  April 20-23rd 2017

Thursday, April 20 – The Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, Beverly Hills
Friday-Sunday, Apr 21-23 – The Monica Film Center, Santa Monica

#KinemaJunpo’s Top 10 Movies For 2016 – Via Sawako Omori, Film Journalist / Translator #大森さわこ

Here are the Top Five Japanese and Top Five Foreign Films From Kinema Junpo’s Annual List of Best Films:

Japanese Films:
1) Kono-Sekai-No-Katasumini (animation) この世界の片隅に
2) Shin Godzilla  シン・ゴジラ
3) Fuchi-Ni-Tatsu  淵に立つ
4) Distraction  Babies ディストラクション・ベイビーズ
5) Nagai-Iiwake  永い言い訳

Foreign Films:
1) Sully
2) Carol
3) Bridge of Spies
4) Trumbo
5) Mountains May Depart( by Chinese director Jia Zhangke)

See here for the rest:


Singer / Songwriter Milton on “Inside Llewyn Davis”

“…I would love to have gotten the call for Inside Llewyn Davis (not to take anything away from the soundtrack that exists).  I just love the movie and its subject matter is very close to my heart. My musical consciousness pretty much dawned on 8th & MacDougal as a pre-teen and I’ve been fascinated with Greenwich Village history for most of my life.  I loved Dylan’s Chronicles, Van Ronk’s Mayor of MacDougal Street, Richie Havens’ autobiography, you name it.  The whole bohemian coffee house / winter in the city mood captured in the film was just fantastic. As a singer/songwriter in the tradition of the 60’s Village folk guys myself,  I’d love to complete that connection.  With Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers rather quietly made a big film that says a lot very well, a true sleeper…”

Milton’s Website

Inside Llewyn Davis at IMDB


#DFNYFocus on Jules Suo, Creative Director of Uisig Films

Writer / Producer / Director Jules Suo is the creative director of Uisig Films, an independent film production company based in NYC. Her short film 528NY is a short prequel to her feature film which has screened at film festivals around the country. Dosi, her feature film debut , is to be released in 2017.

Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?
JS: I don’t know if this will come as a surprise to anyone but would have to say Blissfully Yours by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. I love the characteristically oblique and subtle manner of the film. The pacing of the film is exquisite, melancholy and beautiful long takes of the couple is like reading a poem.

Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
JS: Moon So-Ri and John Malkovich in a drama

Q: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
JS: Amour, everything about it from set design, sound fx, music, cinematography, acting, to the props. The film is an absolute masterpiece.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
JS: The moped in Olivier Assayas Personal Shopper

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?
JS: I wouldn’t do a subject matter on Christianity also I wouldn’t be good at making horror films. Although there are some good horror films. If it’s not done tastefully you could essentially be creating black magic.

Jules Suo’s IMDB Page

Uisig Films Website

2016 Best Movie List

2016 Best List Plus #DFNYFive

I admit to having some work to do from this list, but here are my #DFNYFive for 2016 – Happy New Year!

– Harmonium (淵に立つ Fuchi ni Tatsu)
– Manchester By The Sea
– The Lobster
– Your Name (君の名は Kimi no Na wa)
– The Witch

TITLE Director
13TH Ava DuVernay
20th Century Women Mike Mills – funny, tender, angry, and deeply affecting tribute to the women who made him a man
A BIGGER SPLASH Luca Guadagnino – gorgeous shaggy-dog meditation on sex, rock ’n’ roll and the enduring decadence of European art cinema.  Tilda Swinton plays a muffled, Bowie-like rock goddess
AFERIM! Radu Jude – Romanian western
AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold – paean to the wildness and impermanence of forgotten youth
A Monster Calls Juan Antonio Bayona – Adapted from the fantasy novel by Patrick Ness, it’s about a lonely teenage boy and his uneasy relationship with an imposing, tree-like ‘monster’
Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman  –Lancashire voice work of David Thewlis, strange tale of a man who only sees the same face and hears the same voice on everyone
Aquarius Kleber Mendonça Filho – An intricate, laser-like vision of where Brazil is today, in its latest, neoconservative re-incarnation.
ARRIVAL Denis Villeneuve
Autumn Nathaniel Dorsky
Bagatelle II Jerome Hiler
Bone Tomahawk S. Craig Zahler – starts as a period western, left-turns into thriller territory, downshifts into breezy comedy, blindsides with shocking gore and chucks in a spot of heart-racing action for good measure
CAMERAPERSON Kirsten Johnson – a freewheeling overview of the people and places Johnson has captured over the course of a diverse career
Certain Women Kelly Reichardt – Each of the film’s three chapters speak to a sense of dislocation among working class figures in Montana
Chevalier Athina Rachel Tsangari – men on deep-sea fishing trip decide they’ll pass time by playing an elaborate “game”
Creative Control Benjamin Dickinson’s mesmerizing science fiction thriller cleverly envisions a technology-dominated society that’s right around the corner
Creepy Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Demon Marcin Wrona – horror movie w/ dark comedic flourishes follows British man as he arrives in Poland to marry his Polish girlfriend at her family’s home
De Palma Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow
Don’t Breathe Fede Alvarez   – superbly sustained suspense doubles as a commentary on the literal, emotional, and psychological decay that’s overtaken modern-day Detroit.
Don’t Think Twice Mike Birbiglia – bleak ensemble drama that charts the dissolution of a warm improv-comedy ensemble
Driving With Selvi Elisa Paloschi – unforgettable documentary tells the simple tale of an unflappable Indian girl scarred by marriage and abuse at 14 who escapes to find a new life as a cab driver
ELLE Paul Verhoeven – lurid thriller – both star Isabelle Huppert
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT Ciro Guerra’s fantastical mixture of myth and historical reality
Everybody Wants Some Richard Linklater’s movie contains many of the best ingredients found throughout his career: A carefree attitude about life paired with sneakier observations about its deeper mysteries.
Evolution Lucile Hadzihalilovic – the sense of control is essential to the creation of a complete, self-enclosed world, and to a visual aesthetic with its own stilled, enigmatic quality.
FIRE AT SEA Gianfranco Rosi – documentary set on Lampedusa, residents help rescue desperate African migrants
Fireworks Wednesday Asghar Farhadi’s quietly explosive look at passion, betrayal, and jealousy among the residents of one Tehran apartment building
Free Fire Ben Wheatley (Scorsese prod) – deal between two gangs that goes violently wrong, it’s sure to be another intense, brutal movie from one of Britain’s finest directors
FROM THE NOTEBOOK OF … Robert Beavers considers the nature of cinema
Green Room Jeremy Saulnier -punk band accepts gig at rural neo-Nazi music club, witness aftermath of a murder & become captives of the resident skinheads
Hail Caesar Joel and Ethan Coen – throws back to the golden age of Hollywood for a droll, screwball mystery
Hell or High Water David Mackenzie – two brothers embark on bank-robbing spree to raise enough money to save family farm from foreclosure
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Taika Waititi – improbable pair embark on an unexpected journey through the New Zealand jungle
Hush Mike Flanagan – deaf-mute author finds herself menaced by a masked predator
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Raoul Peck documentary of James Baldwin
I, Daniel Blake Ken Loach – I, Daniel Blake’s depiction of life on the dole makes for a brutal, often uncomfortable watch – particularly for anyone working in the Department for Work and Pensions
In the Shadow of Women Philippe Garrel – romantic drama is a swift 83 minutes, follows a modelesque married couple that discovers both husband and wife are entangled in affairs
Into the Inferno Werner Herzog
Jackie Pablo Larraín
Julieta Pedro Almodóvar adapts a trio of Alice Munro stories into a terse, emotionally restrained melodrama about a woman staring tragedy in the face without blinking
Kaili Blues Bi Gan – haunting, elliptical tale where physician travels to his hometown to rescue his nephew
Krisha Trey Edward Shults – micro-budget debut charts the Thanksgiving family-reunion movie of our nightmares — a virtuoso symphony of bad vibes featuring members of Shults’s own family
Kubo And The Two Strings Oregon-based animation studio Laika’s Kubo provides martial arts fantasy thrills. Stop-motion animation has never been rendered more confidently, or more beautifully, as Kubo hops between emotional, scary, and comic moments
La La Land Damien Chazelle – unadulterated cinematic bliss, even if the story it tells isn’t always a happy one. Man & woman’s paths cross in the middle of a massive LA traffic jam, & then again & again, until they set off on a relationship filled with lovely jazz-inflected musical numbers
Lemonade Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso – Does Lemonade deserve to be on this list? I’m not sure, but I can’t deny its energising rush, its lightning effect on the culture, its blur of the lines between cinema, music video and album, and how explosively it digested the influence of black cultural history.
Lion Garth Davis – boy becomes an accidental stowaway aboard a train headed to Calcutta, 25 years later, grown under the care of an Australian couple, the expatriate sets out to locate the mother he barely knew
Little Men Ira Sachs uses the NY real-estate market as a metaphor as well as catalyst for driving decent human beings apart, also examines the budding friendship between two Brooklyn kids
Louder Than Bombs Joachim Trier – a teacher and his sons try to come to terms with the death of their famous photographer matriarch
Love & Friendship Whit Stillman’s shrewd Austen adaptation
Loving Jeff Nichols
Maggie’s Plan Rebecca Miller – an absolute joy, a whip-smart and frank look at the tribulations of love
Midnight Special Jeff Nichols’ supernatural thriller, an eerie sci-fi tone poem plucks its mood from atmospheric forerunners like Starman and Close Encounters of the Third Kind: a stark Americana of deserted highways and dingy motel rooms
MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins – coming-of-age tale of homosexual African-American boy
Mountains May Depart Jia Zhangke – A story split in three, each chapter concerns three friends caught in a love triangle on the eve of the millennium
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven – riveting, visually glorious film about young women on the cusp of grand discoveries, five Turkish sisters are trapped inside their family home after their uncle decides it’s time they were married off
MY GOLDEN DAYS Arnaud Desplechin
NEON BULL Gabriel Mascaro – vaquejada rodeo sport
Neruda Pablo Larraín – a mesmerizing depiction of national identity and literary intelligence
Nocturama Bertrand Bonello – completely defies binary categorisations of good and bad, the one I have absolutely no idea of whether I loved or loathed, but have pretty much thought about it every day since seeing it.
Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford – flits between a glossy LA high-life and a gritty Texan murder mystery, the lines of fiction and reality blurred
NO HOME MOVIE Chantal Akerman
O.J.: Made in America Ezra Edelman – epic tale of race, crime, and sports in 20th century America
Our Little Sister Hirokazu Kore-eda –  a wise, scalpel-sharp child’s-eye view of the ways modern families fit together. teenage girl meets her three carefree grown-up half-sisters for 1st time at father’s funeral
Passengers Morten Tyldum – story of a spaceship carrying thousands of people in hypersleep. Only, as circumstances progress, two of them are awake.
Paterson Jim Jarmusch – minimalist mesmerizer about NJ bus driver & poet (Adam Driver) named Paterson who lives in Paterson
Personal Shopper Olivier Assayas – Kristen Stewart is an enigmatic, warily frayed-yet-unafraid presence, almost as if she’d be happy to step over to the ‘other side’ at any moment.
Raw Julia Ducournau – Examines the dynamics of sisterhood and pressures of female identity, with violent helpings of humour and horror … an energetic tale of cannibalistic desire.”
SAUSAGE PARTY Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
Sieranevada Cristi Puiu – A film analysing what it means to grow up believing in living-room myths and legends, and the discomfiting mix of terror, disappointment and guilt at realising that being an adult means propagating them at the risk of losing face.
Silence Martin Scorsese’s austere and sublime adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about Portuguese Catholic priests who travel to 17th-century Japan
Sing Street John Carney – inspiring film about a couple of Irish teenagers who dream of musical stardom
Son of Saul László Nemes – follows  a member of the Sonderkommando whose task it is to assist in the massacre of his fellow Jews.
Sunset Song Terence Davies -With WWI brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farm girl struggles to find her way.
Swiss Army Man Daniels’ beautifully strange blend of slapstick and musicality is a surreal buddy movie energized by a few innovative uses of flatulence
Tale of Tales Matteo Garrone – This ornate, grotesque, enchanting fantasy is an authentic fairytale nightmare, deep and dark.
The Academy of Muses Jose Luis Guerin – portrait of romantic drama through a scholarly lens
The Childhood Of A Leader Brady Corbet – account of a small boy who grows up to be a megalomaniacal fascist dictator (Story by: Jean-Paul Sartre)
The Death of Louis XIV Albert Serra has made a film somewhat in the contained, stately, solemn manner of Straub-Huillet. Extremely beautiful and even moving, in a rigorously detached way
The Dreamer Nathaniel Dorsky
The Fits Anna Rose Holmer – expressionistic snapshot of young girl trying to transcend her estrangement, define her identity, and find a place for herself in the world.
The Illinois Parables Deborah Stratman
The Lobster Yorgos Lanthimos – deadpan dystopian comedy that also functions as a bizarro-world examination of love, relationships, marriage, and the basic human desire for connection
The Meddler Lorene Scafaria – film is partly about grief—the everyday experience of mourning a loss and trying to move on with positivity and optimism
The Nice Guys Shane Black – 1970s neo-noir comedy Crowe / Gosling
The Ornithologist João Pedro Rodrigues – A fevered reverie, beginning as a National Geographic showreel and morphing with rugged elegance into a fable of erotic transcendence.
The Pearl Button Patricio Guzman links scientific exploration – this time a look at water and its role in human lives – with an angry, emotional elegy for the victims of Pinochet’s cruel regime
The Treasure Corneliu Porumboiu – Romanian comedy about down-on-his-luck office drone, who joins his neighbor, a professional metal detector, to hunt for fortune buried beneath family estate
The Wave Roar Uthaug – pits small Norwegian village against a fjord-enabled tidal wave. When the townsfolk realize their fate, and only have 10 minutes to evacuate, not since Titanic has underwater photography looked so terrifying
The Witch Robert Eggers
THINGS TO COME Mia Hansen-Love – meditative domestic drama – both star Isabelle Huppert
TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade – sublime & squirmy comedy about fatherhood, daughterhood, joke-shop false teeth, Bulgarian folklore, German humor, workplace sexism
Tower Keith Maitland – animation recreates events from the limited perspective of people near University of Texas at Austin clock tower on 8/1/66
Triple Nine John Hilcoat -elaborate heist involves the execution of a rookie cop on one side of town and a high-stakes robbery on the other
Uncle Kent 2 Todd Rohal – meta-romp through the mind of “Uncle Kent” star & “Adventure Time” animator Kent Osborne results in the most cinematically inspired sequel in ages.
Under the Shadow Babak Anvari – taut, terrifying horror movie set in war-torn Iran. About alienated young mother whose rights have been stripped away following the Islamic Revolution. Politically astute, emotionally complex and genuinely scary
Victoria Sebastian Schipper – starts at 4am in the depths of a dingy Berlin nightclub & doesn’t stop until the sun is coming up, a good 2.5 hours later. But what’s remarkable about Victoria is how quickly you forget about the technical achievements of its single-take gimmick. The 1st hour of this unique German indie is an ode to youthful late-night mischief and drunken flirting; the second half, morphing into a thriller barely without warning, is more kinetic than a jaunt down the autobahn. Cinema as theatre: alive, visceral, and electrifying.
Weiner Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg – The candidate’s humor, misguidance, and determination make Weiner one of the greatest political portraits
Wiener-Dog Todd Solondz – Four vignettes comprise this wickedly comical, existentially provocative look at life with pets
Zero Days Alex Gibney documentary details the genesis of super computer virus dubbed Stuxnet, created by U.S. & Israel to disable Iran’s chief nuclear facility