“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

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“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

“Sherrybaby” by Laurie Collyer (USA, 2006)

Sherrybaby

First feature / Excellent performance, fine soundtrack, strong message on the consequences of child abuse among others

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms, Giancarlo Esposito
Director: Laurie Collyer
Writer: Laurie Collyer
Music by Jack Livesey
Cinematography by Russell Lee Fine
Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton, Joe Landauer

“Furlough” by Laurie Collyer (USA, 2018)

Furlough

Like in Sherrybaby – a convicted woman and her child – but set in a comedy
Funny but a few scenes are way too far-fetched

Cast: Tessa Thompson, Anna Paquin, Whoopi Goldberg
Director: Laurie Collyer
Writer: Barry Strugatz
Music by Jeff Cardoni
Cinematography by Berenice Eveno
Film Editing by Jesse Gordon

“Waitress” by Adrienne Shelly (USA, 2007)

Waitress

Good direction and dialogues, funny

Cast: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto
Director: Adrienne Shelly
Writer: Adrienne Shelly
Music by Andrew Hollander
Cinematography by Matthew Irving
Film Editing by Annette Davey

“Ginger And Rosa” by Sally Potter (UK, 2012)

-The Work of Sally Potter

Ginger and Rosa

Set during the Cold War in the nascent post-war world of feminism and youth activism / Another facet of the influence of a strong fatherly figure on a young girl (see also The Man Who Cried (2000)) 

Cast: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Annette Bening, Timothy Spall
Written and directed by Sally Potter
Cinematography by Robbie Ryan
Film Editing by Anders Refn

“The Florida Project” by Sean Baker (USA, 2017)

The Florida Project

In what is supposed to be the paradise of children and one of the symbols of the American dream, a single mother struggles to make end come for her and her young daughter (6). To survive, both mother and daughter manipulate people around them. Left behind by the economic bonanza, they fight for the right to have their place in the sun.

Cast: Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, Christopher Rivera, Valeria Cotto, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair
Director: Sean Baker
Writer: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematographer: Alexis Zabe
Editor: Sean Baker