“Elena Undone” by Nicole Conn (USA, 2010)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

Elena Undone

Predictable but very real, with good love scenes / Shunned by critics

Cast: Necar Zadegan, Traci Dinwiddie, Gary Weeks
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Music by Mark Chait
Cinematography by Tal Lazar
Film Editing by Nicole Conn, Brian Wessel

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“Project Eden vol.1” by Ashlee Jensen & Terrance Young (USA, 2017)

Project Eden I

Very foreseeable developments, many cliches (the mafia speaks Russian, to make sure we know it is the mafia), enormous mistakes in the continuity (after she has been running hard for a few hundred meters, he asks her if she can walk), and a dystopian setting that is not even necessary to the plot… The few twists after an hour or so don’t make it better. One of the worse movies I’ve ever seen!

Actors: Erick Avari, Mike Dopud, Anna McGahan
Directors: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance M. Young
Writers: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance M. Young | 1 more credit »
Music by Jamie Murgatroyd
Cinematography by Christopher Lange
Film Editing by Terrance M. Young

“The Glass Castle” by Destin Cretton (USA, 2017)

A few recent movies on fatherhood

The Glass Castle

Love your father no matter what / You can’t live with yourself and reject where you come from… These are a few of the messages in this ode to the family that is in fact a glorification of patriarchy and that ends in syrupy sentimentality / Ill-adapted flashbacks

Cast: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield, Ella Anderson, Sarah Snook, Olivia Kate Rice, Dominic Bogart Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Sadie Sink
Director: Destin Cretton
Writer (based upon the book by) Jeannette Walls
Writer: Destin Cretton, Andrew Lanham
Cinematographer: Brett Pawlak
Editor: Nat Sanders
Composer: Joel P. West

“The Long Excuse” by Miwa Nishikawa (Japan, 2016)

A few recent movies on fatherhood

The Long Excuse

Erasing motherhood: a rare look at fatherhood and male altruism

Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Pistol Takehara, Eri Fukatsu
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Writers: Miwa Nishikawa (screenplay), Miwa Nishikawa (novel)
Music: Michiaki Katoh, Toshihiro Nakanishi
Cinematography: Yutaka Yamazaki
Film Editing: Ryûji Miyajima

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

A few recent movies on fatherhood

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

“Every Secret Thing” by Amy Berg (USA, 2014)

Every Secret Thing

Good acting, good drama / “The interrogation scenes, between Alice and a detective played by Elizabeth Banks, explore the social disadvantages of a fat woman with a stark bluntness that’s unheard of in a popular cinema” writes Chuck Bowen.

Cast: Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, Danielle Macdonald
Director: Amy Berg
Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener
Novel: Laura Lippman
Director of Photography: Rob Hardy
Editor: Ron Patane, Billy McMillin

“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