“The Girl In The Book” by Marya Cohn (USA, 2015)

First feature

The Girl In The Book

Story nicely told in the present, paralleled with flashbacks
Excellent acting, extremely poised direction, sober but right to the point

A movie that makes you fathom some of the consequences of child abuse

Cast: Emily VanCamp, Courtney Daniels, Jordan Lage
Director: Marya Cohn
Writer: Marya Cohn
Music by Will Bates
Cinematography by Trevor Forrest
Film Editing by Jessica Brunetto

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“Meadowland” by Reed Morano (USA, 2015)

First feature

Meadowland

A sober and subtle directorial debut of a gendered approach to loss, with a somewhat out-of-the-blue ending 

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, Ty Simpkins, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, John Leguizamo, Merritt Wever
Director: Reed Morano
Screenplay: Chris Rossi
Director of Photography: Reed Morano
Editor: Madeleine Gavin
Composer: Adam Taylor Gordon

“Never Here” by Camille Thoman (USA, 2017)

First feature

Never Here

Confusing the codes between victim-perpetrator-witness, artist and subject…

Cast: Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Goran Visnjic
Director: Camille Thoman
Writers: Camille Thoman
Music by James Lavino
Cinematography by Sebastian Winterø
Film Editing by Jon Berry, Walter Fasano, Robin Hill, Camille Thoman

“Infinitely Polar Bear” by Maya Forbes (USA, 2014)

First feature

Infinitely Polar Bear

Many good things about this movie: good humor, good dialogues, very good acting by Ruffalo. Add to this the efficient way to stage multiple facets about minorities  (depressed parent, mixed-race family, single father household, etc,).
The way the two daughters evolve and learn how to cope with their lovable but manic-depressive father is remarkable.

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Keir Dullea, Beth Dixon, Georgia Lyman
Director: Maya Forbes
Writer: Maya Forbes
Director of Photography: Bobby Bukowski
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing by Michael R. Miller

“Bound” by Lana & Lilly Wachowski (USA, 1996)

The Art of the Wachowski (sisters)

Bound

Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan
Written and Directed by Lana & Lilly Wachowski
Music by Don Davis
Cinematography by Bill Pope
Film Editing by Zach Staenberg

“The Matrix” by Lana & Lilly Wachowski (USA, 1999)

The Art of the Wachowski (sisters)

The Matrix

Nice wink to the music of Bernard Hermann during the pursuit on the roof / fantastic visual effects
But why on earth would the Wachowsky sisters call the last human city ‘Zion’? It wouldn’t have anything to do with Hollywood, would it, Zion being a synonym of Jerusalem?
It’s a pity the movie ends up in a gun battle in which the “Bad guys fire thousands of rounds, but are unable to hit the good guy,” followed by a “final showdown between good and evil, a martial arts battle in which the good guy gets pounded until he’s almost dead, before he finds the inner will to fight back.” [Roger Ebert]

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Gloria Foster
Written and Directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski
Music by Don Davis
Cinematography by Bill Pope
Film Editing by Zach Staenberg