Drama - Feature Length

  • YEELEN (1987) - Souleymane Cissé

    ‘Yeelen” means ”brightness,” and the symbolic stone’s bright light suggests knowledge and power (NYTimes)

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  • The Cooler (2003) - Wayne Kramer

      … “THE COOLER may sound as if it’s a dark sitcom, with broad characters and an easy payoff. But the movie, directed by first-timer Wayne Kramer and written by him with Frank Hannah, has a strange way of being broad and twisted at the same time, so that while we surf the surface of […]

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  • Mon Oncle d’Amerique (1980) - Alain Resnais

    “Alain Resnais’ “Mon oncle d’Amerique” (1980) is one the New Wave pioneer’s best films, a winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes. It is audacious. Beginning with big stars of the time (Gerald Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre), he tells the life stories of these three in a way that promises to be traditional narrative. Then he introduces a fourth figure. This is the much older Henri Laborit, a physician, philosopher, and expert on evolutionary psychology. Laborit … plays himself, he speaks directly to the camera, he explains his theories about human behavior and how it’s often illuminated by tests involving laboratory animals … in some ways a comedy. Also a film that has you discussing it for long afterward, and not in the terms you use for most films.” (Roger Ebert).

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  • Prisoner of the Mountains/Caucasus (1996) - Sergey Bodrov

    “Unlike the majority of American battle movies in recent years — movies that often treat real wars as huge video games fought by wise-cracking superheroes and bloodthirsty supervillains — Bodrov’s update of Tolstoy’s tale suggests that wars are simply fought, with sometimes hideous consequences, by men. (And, in this case, women and children.)” (Chicago Tribune)

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  • A Midnight Clear (1992) - Keith Gordon

    “In A MIDNIGHT CLEAR just about everything works.” (Vincent Canby, NY Times, April 24, 1992). The opening shots have a clarity and force that linger, casting a spell over the entire movie. They show a group of young men in Jeeps, making their way through the deep snow in an almost primeval forest. Everything is dark or blinding white; the snow crunches, reluctantly accepting the trespassers. We can see at once that this is a war movie – we know from the costumes it is World War II – but somehow the film is able to suggest some hidden purpose, and we know it will not simply tell a war story. …

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  • “sex, lies, and videotape” (1989) - Steven Soderbergh

    “In portraying a budding relationship between a man who is impotent, except when watching his own video interviews with women on sexual topics, and a woman who finds that her husband and sister are having an affair behind her back, the writer/ director [Steven Soderbergh] manages to create neither low farce nor soap-operatic psychodrama. Actually, the film is rather touchingly romantic, in a witty, gentle, unsoppy sort of way” (Joseph Milicia, Filmdirectorssite.com). Larry Estes (Producer of SMOKE SIGNALS, THE MATING HABITS OF THE EARTHBOUND HUMAN, and COLDBLOODED and Studio Exec on THE WATERDANCE, GAS FOOD LODGING, CITY OF HOPE, and 57 others), former “acquisitions person” for Columbia Pictures discusses the history of “sex, lies, and videotape” …

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  • Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005) - Randall Miller

    First created by Randall Miller (CBGB, BOTTLE SHOCK, NOBEL SON) in 1990 as a short film, then developed into a feature, MARILYN HOTCHKISS’ BALLROOM DANCING & CHARM SCHOOL first screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The cast includes Robert Carlyle, Camryn Manheim, Marisa Tomei, Mary Steenburgen, Donnie Wahlberg, John Goodman and Sean Astin.

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  • Following (1998) - Christopher Nolan

    Before there was MAN OF STEEL (2013), THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012), or INCEPTION (2010), there was FOLLOWING (1998), Christopher Nolan’s debut feature film, a noir thriller, which he wrote, directed, filmed, co-produced and and co-edited on a production budget of $6,000.

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