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The Life of Oharu (1952)

The life of Oharu is not a good one. She never seems to get a break. Even if it looks like she's about to get some good news, it's evident that the other shoe is about to drop. What's more, Oharu (Kinuyo Tanaka) never did anything to anyone to deserve this kind of life (if you can call it "life"). She merely exists. read more...
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The Life of Oharu (1952)

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  • With: Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiro Mifune, Masao Shimizu, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichiro Sugai, Toshiaki Konoe, Hisako Yamane, Daisuke Kato, Yuriko Hamada, Komako Hara, Kikue Mouri, Haruyo Ichikawa, Kyoko Kusajima, Eitarô Shindô, Sadako Sawamura, Akira Ooizumi, Eijiro Yanagi, Jukichi Uno
  • Written by: Yoshikata Yoda, based on a novel by Saikaku Ihara
  • Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 136 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/19/1954
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Ida (2014)

I first learned of Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski in 2001 when I saw his Last Resort as part of the Shooting Gallery series. I missed his next movie, My Summer of Love, released three years later. Eight years later, I caught his next one, The Woman in the Fifth, on DVD. And now here is Ida. From what we can tell, Pawlikowski makes movies that are less than 90 minutes, when possible, and yet they unfold slowly, building atmosphere. He's an interesting director, but based on what I hd seen, I never would have expected anything as great as Ida on the horizon. From its first few frames, it's clear that this is an incredible movie, truly mesmerizing. I think it's a near-masterpiece, at least. read more...
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Ida (2014)

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  • With: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Joanna Kulig
  • Written by: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
  • Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking
  • Language: Polish, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 83 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/01/2014
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Manufactured Landscapes (2007)

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, this documentary peeks in on several photo shoots by photographer Edward Burtynsky. Each is a giant, man-made landscape filled with both the majesty and despair of mankind. read more...
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Manufactured Landscapes (2007)

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  • With: Edward Burtynsky
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  • Directed by: Jennifer Baichwal
  • MPAA Rating: Unrated
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/08/2006
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Strange Victory (1948)

This poetic, essay-like documentary was released in 1948, but remains — crushingly — relevant in 2018. Director Leo Hurwitz combined harrowing footage of WWII and its aftermath with footage of civilians at home, carefully demonstrating how the ideas of hatred and separation that led to the war continue in America after its victory. Or, as the narrator puts it, the ideas of the losers are active among the winners. Strange Victory is a uniquely thoughtful, forward-thinking film, unafraid to point out the basic flaws of racism and cultural discrimination. True to form, the film's enemies, rather than listening to its arguments and responding intelligently, simply tried to shut it down, labeling it "communist" and blacklisting its maker. In the film, Hurwitz crosses images of worried-looking folks on the street with brutal images of destruction, then moves on to a moment of hope: the end of the war. He focuses on babies being born, all equal in their cribs, but notes their differences, and the ways that society will strive to keep them apart and to keep some of them down. He ends with the argument that hope is still in short supply and that the true victory is yet to be won. And, with hatred and racism rampant in the American mainstream today, that argument is still valid. read more...
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Strange Victory (1948)

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  • With: Alfred Drake, Muriel Smith, Gary Merrill, Saul Levitt (narrators)
  • Written by: Leo Hurwitz
  • Directed by: Leo Hurwitz
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 64 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/13/2018
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99 Homes (2015)

The acclaimed indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo), who regularly and bravely focuses on heartbreaking trials of life while keeping his stories rooted in humanity, turns in some of his finest work. A work of great power and subtlety, 99 Homes manages to talk about one of today's most pressing and troubling issues without getting preachy or overbearing. At the same time, the movie borrows the classical structure of the Faust story, but still manages to feel immediate and relevant. read more...
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99 Homes (2015)

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  • With: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, Noah Lomax, Clancy Brown, J.D. Evermore
  • Written by: Ramin Bahrani, based on a story by Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi, Bahareh Azimi
  • Directed by: Ramin Bahrani
  • MPAA Rating: R for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/24/2015
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