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52 Films By Women – November 2016

#52FilmsByWomen

After a crazy busy month with 13 new films November has been a lot easier to deal with. It’s probably a lot due to my excessive #Noirvember film noir binging. I’ve only seen two new films directed by women this month, one of which was pretty much an accidental watch while being ill, heh. It wasn’t a very good film at that, but one hardly minds when sick. Looking back, well.. it still counts.

I tried to find films noirs directed by women but I think I’ve exhausted all my options. I’ve already seen all 3 Ida Lupino films and that Norwegian noir, and I’m not aware of any others.

I’d love to know if any more exist. I’ll certainly try to find them.

Prior posts

Watched

Only one more month to go..

L'avenir CoverOriginal title: L'avenir
 
Year: 2016
Directors: Mia Hansen-Løve
Duration: 102 min.
Genres: Drama

L’avenir was playing at my local art house cinema. It’s a strong drama starring Isabelle Huppert as strong willed and successful philosophy teacher. We as audience meet her when her life seems fine, but it doesn’t take long for it to slowly unravel. This is one of those character study / slice of life drama’s in which there really isn’t a whole lot going on at any given time. L’avenir keeps its viewers interesting almost entirely based on the strong performance of Huppert. Her portrayal of a slightly ADHD woman is the highlight of the film. But a few strange moments keep the film from reaching its full potential. One example is the great amount of hasty cuts. They help in conveying the main character’s state, but sometimes have a way of keeping you out of your movie flow.

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse CoverOriginal title: Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
 
Year: 2016
Directors: Lynne Stopkewich
Duration: 93 min.
Genres: Mystery

So as I mentioned I was sick for a while this month. I also really really like murder mystery and detective mystery sleuthing films. I mean I’ve seen every Charlie Chan film – and that’s like 40 of them, all 14 Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films, the entire Thin Man series, all Hercule Poirot films, all Joan Hickson Miss Marple films and I could go on for a while. Now those are the good ones. This one isn’t. Not even close. But it’s perfect for when your headache has you walking to the medicine cabinet every now and then, or when your nose gets confused and thinks it’s a river. You can just get up to get a pill or the next roll of toilet paper and not miss a thing. It’s got enough going for it to stop you from turning it off, but that’s about it. It’s light hearted, witty when the dialog works, cringe worthy when it doesn’t. There’s some decent acting and some bad acting. There’s nothing going on in terms of directing, photography or music. This one happened to be my least favourite one in a series of four films (this is the third) too, so let’s just stop here.. I have nothing else to say about it anyway.

The list!

The stuff that lists are made of.

short: At Land:7.7 out of 10 stars (7.7 / 10)
short: Du côté de la côte:6.2 out of 10 stars (6.2 / 10)
short: Le lion volatil:6.2 out of 10 stars (6.2 / 10)
short: Laloux Sauvage:6.3 out of 10 stars (6.3 / 10)
shorts: Lotte Reiniger Fairy Tales 1-5:5.9 out of 10 stars (5.9 / 10)
shorts: Lotte Reiniger Fairy Tales 6-10:6.1 out of 10 stars (6.1 / 10)
doc: Deliver Us from Evil:7.9 out of 10 stars (7.9 / 10)
doc: Evaporating Borders:7.1 out of 10 stars (7.1 / 10)
doc: Indie Game: The Movie:7.2 out of 10 stars (7.2 / 10)
doc: Olympia I - Festival of the Nations:7.4 out of 10 stars (7.4 / 10)
doc: Olympia II - Festival of Beauty:7.4 out of 10 stars (7.4 / 10)
doc: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness:7.5 out of 10 stars (7.5 / 10)
doc: Triumph of the Will:5.6 out of 10 stars (5.6 / 10)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night:7.7 out of 10 stars (7.7 / 10)
American Psycho:7.7 out of 10 stars (7.7 / 10)
August Rush:8.3 out of 10 stars (8.3 / 10)
Born in Flames:7 out of 10 stars (7.0 / 10)
Death is a Caress:6.7 out of 10 stars (6.7 / 10)
Despite the Falling Snow:6 out of 10 stars (6.0 / 10)
Documenteur:6.8 out of 10 stars (6.8 / 10)
Embers:6.1 out of 10 stars (6.1 / 10)
Grbavica:6.9 out of 10 stars (6.9 / 10)
Into the Forest:7.3 out of 10 stars (7.3 / 10)
Jupiter Ascending:2.4 out of 10 stars (2.4 / 10)
Kung Fu Panda 2:7.3 out of 10 stars (7.3 / 10)
Kung Fu Panda 3:5.6 out of 10 stars (5.6 / 10)
L'avenir (Things To Come):7.2 out of 10 stars (7.2 / 10)
Longing for the Rain:6 out of 10 stars (6.0 / 10)
Mädchen in Uniform:8.3 out of 10 stars (8.3 / 10)
Maggie's Plan:6.3 out of 10 stars (6.3 / 10)
Manuela Jankovic's War:6 out of 10 stars (6.0 / 10)
Me and You and Everyone We Know:7.2 out of 10 stars (7.2 / 10)
Merrily We Go to Hell:5.8 out of 10 stars (5.8 / 10)
Me Before You:7.8 out of 10 stars (7.8 / 10)
Mikey and Nicky:4.2 out of 10 stars (4.2 / 10)
Money Monster:3.6 out of 10 stars (3.6 / 10)
Outrage:6.9 out of 10 stars (6.9 / 10)
Paramount on Parade:5.4 out of 10 stars (5.4 / 10)
Ratchet & Clank:4.4 out of 10 stars (4.4 / 10)
Red Road:6 out of 10 stars (6.0 / 10)
Summertime:7.4 out of 10 stars (7.4 / 10)
Sunshine Cleaning:7.7 out of 10 stars (7.7 / 10)
Tallulah:6.8 out of 10 stars (6.8 / 10)
Terminal Island:6.6 out of 10 stars (6.6 / 10)
Testament:7.3 out of 10 stars (7.3 / 10)
The Babadook:7.4 out of 10 stars (7.4 / 10)
The Bigamist:6.4 out of 10 stars (6.4 / 10)
The Devil from Seventh Grade:5.7 out of 10 stars (5.7 / 10)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl:5.2 out of 10 stars (5.2 / 10)
The Disobedient:6.7 out of 10 stars (6.7 / 10)
The Dressmaker:7.4 out of 10 stars (7.4 / 10)
The Dry Valley (Sukhodol):7.4 out of 10 stars (7.4 / 10)
The Fairy:5.5 out of 10 stars (5.5 / 10)
The Hurt Locker:7.8 out of 10 stars (7.8 / 10)
The Innocents (Les Innocentes):8.1 out of 10 stars (8.1 / 10)
The Intervention:5.4 out of 10 stars (5.4 / 10)
The Invitation:4.3 out of 10 stars (4.3 / 10)
The Lesson (Urok):6.5 out of 10 stars (6.5 / 10)
The Prince of Egypt:1 out of 10 stars (1.0 / 10)
The Virgin Suicides:7.4 out of 10 stars (7.4 / 10)
The Woman Condemned:5.1 out of 10 stars (5.1 / 10)
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse:4 out of 10 stars (4.0 / 10)
Three Cases of Murder (1st segment):7.2 out of 10 stars (7.2 / 10)
Thursday Till Sunday:5.9 out of 10 stars (5.9 / 10)
Toni Erdmann:8.2 out of 10 stars (8.2 / 10)
Wings:8.2 out of 10 stars (8.2 / 10)
Winter's Bone:6.8 out of 10 stars (6.8 / 10)

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