<html><head><title>Mandel Maven's Nest Reel Life: Flick Pix</title></head> <body background="Film_strpaler.gif"><H1 align=center>Mandel Maven's Nest Reel Life: Flick Pix</H1><br><br> <br><br>Nora Lee Mandel is a member of <a href="http://nyfco.proboards42.com/index.cgi">New York Film Critics Online</a> and the <a href="http://awfj.org/">Alliance of Women Film Journalists</a>. Her reviews are counted in the <b>Rotten Tomatoes</b> <a href="http://rottentomatoes.com/critic/Nora-Lee-Mandel">TomatoMeter</a>:<br> <center></H1><img src="RTsmallred120x60.gif"></center> <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/movieindex.html">Complete Index to Nora Lee Mandel's Movie Reviews</A><br><br> <dd>Since August 2006, edited versions of most of my reviews of documentaries/indie/foreign films are at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/">Film-Forward</a>; since 2012, festival overviews at <A HREF="http://www.filmfestivaltraveler.com/">FilmFestivalTraveler</a>; and, since 2016, coverage of women-made films at <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/">FF2 Media</a>. Shorter versions of my older reviews are at <A HREF="http://imdb.com/user/ur2042633/comments">IMDb's comments</a>, where non-English-language films are listed by their native titles. </dd><br><br> <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/tv.html">TV Recommendations</A> <br><br> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"><br> As of mid-2014, I am marking <i>my own stricter application</i> <A HREF="http://bechdeltest.com/">than others</a> to fiction features of the <b>Bechdel-Wallace Test</b> <dd>Originally suggested by Allison Bechdel, as inspired by her friend Liz Wallace (so her name was added to the symbol as of 2016), in her comic strip <i>Dykes to Watch Out For</i> in 1985 to note a film that features (1) at least two named female characters; (2) who talk to each other; (3) about something besides a man. Symbol first designed by the Swedish chapter of <A HREF="http://www.wift.se/in-english/">Women in Film and Television</a>; thanks to <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/thehotpinkpen/2016/01/12/transitioning-to-the-bechdel-wallace-test/">The Hot Pink Pen</a> for the updated image. But my own criteria consider a substantive interaction about substance.</dd> <br><br><A HREF=#2018>My Best Films of 2018</A><br> <A HREF=#2017>My Best Films of 2017</A><br> <A HREF=#2016>My Best Films of 2016</A><br> <A HREF=#2015>My Best Films of 2015</A><br> <A HREF=#2014>My Best Films of 2014</A><br> <A HREF=#2013>My Best Films of 2013</A><br> <A HREF=#2012>My Best Films of 2012</A><br> <A HREF=#2011>My Best Films of 2011</A><br> <A HREF=#2010>My Best Films of 2010</A><br> <A HREF=#2009>My Best Films of 2009</A><br> <A HREF=#2008>My Best Films of 2008</A><br> <A HREF=#2007>My Best Films of 2007</A><br> <A HREF=#2006>My Best Films of 2006</A><br> <A HREF=#2005>My Best Films of 2005</A><br> <A HREF=#2004>My Best Films of 2004</A><br> <A HREF=#2003>My Best Films of 2003</A><br> <A HREF=#2002>My Best Films of 2002</A><br> <A HREF=#2001>My Best Films of 2001</A><br><br> <b>Reviews by Nora Lee Mandel</b> in my idiosyncratic categories of how I think of of flicks:<br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html">CHICK FLICKS</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#movies">IMPACT OF 9/11 ON NYC THROUGH MOVIES</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#movies">IMAGES OF DENTISTS AND PREVENTIVE TOOTH CARE IN MOVIES</a> (carrying on the work of <i>Dr. Irwin D. Mandel z l</i>)<br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html">JEWISH WOMEN IN (and missing from) THE FLICKS </a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html">MASTERPIECE THEATER: MOVIES AS MEDICINE</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html">For the MIDDLE-AGED AT HEART: HURRAH FOR GROWN-UPS!</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html">For the MUSIC (and/or the dancing)</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html">NEW YORK NEW YORK: IT'S A HELLUVA TOWN</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/noir.html">NOIR NIGHT OUT</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html">OGLING TEENS AND '20SOMETHINGS</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/popcorn.html">POPCORN EATERS</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html">ROMEO AND JULIET (and friends) ACROSS THE ETHNIC DIVIDE</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/scifi.html">SCI-FI and FANTASY from A DISTAFF POV</a><br> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/crowe.html">And then there's RUSSELL CROWE (with commentary on the actor)</a><br><br><br> <center><i>Friends don't let friends watch bad movies!</i> -- John Ridley<br></center> <br><center><i>It is not enough to like a film. You must like it for the right reasons.</i> -- Pierre Rissient<br></center> <br><center><i>Mothers of America/let your kids go to the movies!</i> -- Frank O Hara, <a href="http://www.frankohara.org/writing.html#ave">Ave Maria</a><br></center> <br><br><u><A NAME=2018><b>MY BEST FILMS of 2018</b></A></u> (In the order I saw them, many reviews yet to be written, particularly of festivals-viewed, non-theatrically distributed films): <dd><b>The Insult (Qadiat raqm 23)</b> <dd><b>Vazante</b> (at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) (Kudos to director/co-writer Daniela Thomas, cinematographer Inti Briones and sound designer Vasco Pimentel) <dd><b>Princess</b> (short) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Scrap Dolls</b> (short) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>See You Up There (Au revoir l-haut)</b> (Kudos to cinematography by Vincent Mathias, music by Christophe Julien, masks by Hlne Defline, and costumes by Mimi Lempicka) (preview at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Final Journey (Leanders letzte Reise)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.kinofestivalnyc.com">KINO!</a> 2018 Festival of German Films) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#dust"><b>To Dust</b></a> (Kudos to Gza Rhrig) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Death of Stalin</b> <dd><b>The Seagull</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#seag">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Dead Women Walking</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#dead">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Gauguin - Voyage To Tahiti</b> (Kudos to Vincent Cassel) <dd><b>The BLACKkKLANSMAN</b> </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>Colo</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) (Kudos to cinematographer Accio de Almeida) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/war-2/foxtrot"><b>Foxtrot</b></a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#fox">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Ava</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Cocote</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Nothing Factory (A Fbrica de Nada)</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Outside In</b> (Kudos to Laurie Metcalf) (preview courtesy of The Orchard) <dd><b>Smuggling Hendrix</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Kuleana</b> (seen courtesy of <A HREF="HawaiiCinema.com">Hawaii Cinema</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/dvdon-demand/bye-bye-germany">Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#bbg">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.filmmovement.com/">Film Movement</a>) <dd><b>Nigerian Prince</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Yellow Birds</b> (preview courtesy of Lionsgate) <dd><b>The Catcher Was A Spy</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#catch">commentary</a> on the putative Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-captain">The Captain (Derr Hauptmann)</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#capt">notes</a>.) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST FEMALE POV</u></b> <br>Fiction Division <dd><b>In Between (Bar Bahar)</b> (seen in 2017 <A HREF="http://www.filmmovement.com/"><i>Film Movement</a> 15th Anniversary Celebration</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) (Kudos to writer/director Maysaloun Hamoud) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#inbt">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/marlina-the-murderer-in-four-acts"><b>Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts (Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak)</b></a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#marl">notes</a>.) (Western Division) (Kudos to director/co-writer Mouly Surya) (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Game</b> (short) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Guardians (Les Gardiennes)</b> (Way Back Division) (preview at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Number One (Numro une)</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Sower (Le Semeur)</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Custody (Jusqu' la garde)</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Closeness (Tesnota)</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#close">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Scary Mother (Sashishi deda)</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Jellyfish</b> (Kudos to Liv Hill) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#jelly">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Slut In A Good Way (Charlotte a du fun)</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#slut">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Lemonade (Luna de Miere)</b> (Depressing Romanian Division) (Kudos to Mlina Manovici) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#lemon">preview</a> and <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/04/30/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers-at-tff18/">coda</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Beauty and the Dogs (La Belle et la Meute)</b> (Kudos to Mariam Al Ferjani and writer/director Kaouther Ben Hania) (seen courtesy of <A HREF="http://beautyandthedogs.oscilloscope.net/">Oscilloscope</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">Everything Else (Todo lo dems)</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia)</b> (Kusoa ro Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, and Sara Casu) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#daugh">preview</a> and <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/04/30/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers-at-tff18/">coda</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>The Garden (Sommerhuser)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.kinofestivalnyc.com">KINO!</a> 2018 Festival of German Films) <dd><b>The Impossible Picture (Das Unmogliche Bild)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.kinofestivalnyc.com">KINO!</a> 2018 Festival of German Films) <dd><b>Woman Walks Ahead</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#walks">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Mary Shelley</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#mary">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Duck Butter</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#duck">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (Lesbian Division) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Little Woods</b> (Kudos to Writer/Director Nia Dacosta; Tessa Thompson and Lily James) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#woods">preview</a> and <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/04/30/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers-at-tff18/">coda</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Diane</b> (Kudos to Mary Kay Place) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Party's Just Beginning</b> (Kudos to Writer/Director/Star Karen Gillan) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#party">preview</a> and <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/04/30/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers-at-tff18/">coda</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Dead Women Walking</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#dead">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Tully</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#tul">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>When She Runs</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#runs">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Bao</b> (animated short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#bao">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Late Afternoon</b> (animated short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#lateaf">preview</a> at 2018 <dd><b>Mirette</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#mir">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#lovlet"><b>The Love Letter (Michtav Ahava Lam  em Sheli)</b></a> (short) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#lovlet">My commentary</a> on the Jewish women) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#lovelet">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Paper Roof</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#paper">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>So You Like The Neighborhood</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#soyou">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Miracle (Stebuklas)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Summer 1993 (Estiu/Verano 1993) (Coming of Ager)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://summer1993.oscilloscope.net/">Oscilloscope Laboratories</a>) <dd><b>Adrift</b> (Adventure Division) <dd><b>Dark River</b> (Kudos to Ruth Wilson) <dd><b>The Wife</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#wife">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Memoir of War (La douleur)</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#memwar">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Support The Girls</b> (Kudos to Regina Hall and writer/director Andrew Bujarski) <dd><b>Skate Kitchen</b> </dd><br><br>Documentary Division <dd><b>Tongue Cutters (Tungeskjrerne)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Lives of Thrse (Les vies de Thrse)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Instructions on Parting</b> (Of white, Christian, middle-class NH/UT POV) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Mama Colonel (Maman Colonelle) </b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Call Her Ganda</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#ganda">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Judge</b> (at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>/PBS <I>Independent Lens</i> 2018) <dd><b>Blowin Up</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#blow">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#beth">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Bleeding Edge</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#bleed">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Time for Ilhan</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#ilhan">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#ilhan">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Girl and the Picture</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#girl">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000005618112/birth-control-your-own-adventure.html?playlistId=100000004867895&region=video-grid&version=video-grid-headline&contentCollection=Op-Docs&contentPlacement=11&module=recent-videos&action=click&pgType=Multimedia&eventName=video-grid-click"><b>Birth Control Your Own Adventure</b></a> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#op">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/featured/rbg">RBG</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#rbg">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><b>A Woman Captured (Egy n fogsgban)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana suega)</b> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="http://doubleexposurefestival.com">Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>A Thousand Girls Like Me</b> (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Facing the Dragon</b> (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) </dd><br><br>Runners-Up: FEMALE POV I Recommend Despite My Gripes </dd><br><u>Fiction Division</u> <Dd><b>Blame</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#blame">Preview</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Boy Downstairs</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#stairs">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#stairs">Preview</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#myart">My Art</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Half Magic</b> (Satirical Comedy Division) <dd><b>Montparnasse Bienvene (Jeune femme)</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Milla</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Nervous Translation</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Sunday s Illness (La Enfermedad del Domingo)</b> (Depressing Division) (Kudos to Susi Snchez) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#sun">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>I Kill Giants</b> (Girl/Animated Divisions) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#virgs"><b>Virgins (Vierges/Ein Betulot Bakrayot)</b></a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#virg">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>All About Nina</b> (Kudos to Mary Elizabeth Winstead) <i>So, nu</i>: <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#nina">My commentary</a> on the Jewish women. (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#nina">preview</a> and <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/04/30/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers-at-tff18/">coda</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Amateurs (Amatrer)</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#amat">preview</a> and <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/04/30/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers-at-tff18/">coda</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Blue Night</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#blue">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Radium Girls</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#rad">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Salam</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#sal">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/american/drama-american/puzzle">Puzzle</a> (remake of <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/puzzle.html">Rompecabezas</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/teen/what-will-people-say">What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si)</a> (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Documentaries</u> <dd><b>Yellow Is Forbidden</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#yellow">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#tiny">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#barb">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Netizens</b></a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#net">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Women of the Venezuelan Chaos</b> (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>On Her Shoulders</b> (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Naila and the Uprising</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Naila">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#genw"><b>Generation Wealth</b></a> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST FEMALE VIEW OF MALES</u></b><br> <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/11/06/nyff/">Zama</a> (Re-Imagined Colonial Division) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Rider</b> (at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/11/06/nyff/">Western</a> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>You Were Never Really Here</b> (Very Violent Division) <dd><b>Mapplethorpe</b> (Gay Division) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#mapp">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>O.G.</b> (Violent Division) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#OG">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Back Roads</b> (Female Writer) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#back">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Knuckles</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#knuck">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Last Romantic (El ltimo Romntico)</b> (Romantic Comedy Division) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#lastr">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Before Summer Ends (Avant la fin de l't)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>/ at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST COMING OF AGERS</b></u> <dd><b>A Ciambra</b> <dd><b>Ava</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Lean on Pete</b> (Kudos to Charlie Plummer and the scenery) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/foreign/french/bag-of-marbles">Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#marbles">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><b>The Elephant and the Butterfly (Drle de pre)</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#eleph">previewed</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>All These Small Moments</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#all">preview</a> and <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/04/30/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers-at-tff18/">coda</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Life of Esteban (Het Leven van Estaban)</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#lifeof">previewed</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/dvdon-demand/breath">Breath</a> (Kudos to Rick Rifici s water cinematography) <dd><b>Prickly Pear (Bajtra Tax-Xewk)</b> (short) (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Maltese Fighter</b> (short) (Kudos to Malcolm Ellul) (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Eve (Lejliet)</b> (short) (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>We The Animals</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#we">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Leave No Trace</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#Paris">Almost Paris</a> (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/romantic-comedy-2/keep-the-change">Keep The Change</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#keepthe">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#keep">previewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="https://signaturemovemovie.com/">Signature Move</a> (Cross-Cultural Lesbian Division) (preview courtesy The Chicago Project) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Oh Lucy!</b> (Dark Comedy Division) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.filmmovement.com/">Film Movement</a>) <dd><b>On Body and Soul (TestrQl s LlekrQl)</b> (seen on Netflix) <dd><b>M</b></a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#eM">preview</a> and <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/04/30/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers-at-tff18/">coda</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#disob"><b>Disobedience</b></a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#disob">previewed</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Cakemaker (Der Kuchenmacher)</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#cake">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) (at 2018 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://strandreleasing.com/films/the-cakemaker/">Strand Releasing</a>) </dd><br><br>Runners-Up: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes<br> <dd><b>The Female Brain</b> (preview courtesy IFC Films) <dd><b>The Leisure Seeker</b> <dd><b>Untogether</b></a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#unto">previewed</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#unto">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ACTIONERS/THRILLERS</u></b> <dd><b>Goldstone</b> <dd><b>The Guilty (Den skyldige)</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.newdirectors.org/">New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.newdirectors.org/">New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <Dd><b>Stockholm</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: ACTIONERS/THRILLERS I enjoyed despite quibbles</u> <dd><b>Gringo</b> <dd><b>Unsane</b> <dd><b>A Violent Life (Une vie violente)</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.newdirectors.org/">New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>This Is Our Land (Chez Nous)</b> (Political Division) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST NEO-NOIRS</u></b> <dd><b>The Great Buddha+</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.newdirectors.org/">New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Sicilian Ghost Story</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Boys Cry (La terra dell'abbastanza)</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Third Murder (Sandome No Satsujin)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://www.filmmovement.com/theatrical/index.asp?MerchandiseID=581">Film Movement</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST SCI FI/FANTASY/SUPERNATURAL/APOCALYPTIC</b></u> <dd><b>Cargo</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#carg">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Night Eats The World (La Nuit A Dvor Le Monde)</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#eats">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sorry To Bother You</b> (Social Satire Division) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST SCI FI/FANTASY/SUPERNATURAL/APOCALYPTIC I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Zoe</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Dark</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#dark">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Laboratory Conditions</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#lab">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries):</b></u> <dd><b>Django</b> (preview at 2017 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/WDirDocs17.html#opera">The Opera House</a> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Mama Africa</b> (re-issue) (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt5.html">Final Roundup</a> of the 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="https://www.americanfolkmovie.com/"><b>American Folk</b></a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#folk">Commentary on 9/11 treatment</a>.) <dd><b>Becks</b> (Kudos to  lesbian folk rock songs by Alyssa Robbins & Steve Salett) (Recommendation is not because the spouse of my 2nd cousin twice removed has a tiny part) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://bluefoxentertainment.com/portfolio-posts/becks/">Blue Fox Entertainment</a>) <dd><b>Sing Song</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Day I Beat The Sky (Le jour o j'ai battu le ciel)</b> (short animation) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Souvenir</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://strandreleasing.com/films/souvenir/">Strand Releasing</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://hibridos.cc/"><b>Hybridos</a>, the Spirits of Brazil</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Barbara</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#redz"><b>Rock in the Red Zone</b></a> (seen at 2018 <A HREF="http://nysephardifilmfestival.org/">New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Azougue Nazare</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#how"><b>Howard</b></a> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Bathtubs Over Broadway</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#bath">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Satan & Adam</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>United Skates</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#united">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Homeless: The Soundtrack</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#less">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#less">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>The Velvet Underground Played At My High School</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#vel">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Elvis Presley: The Searcher</b> (seen on HBO) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-king">The King</a> (Music-related sections only) <dd><b>Milford Graves Full Mantis</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://www.fullmantis.com/">Cinema Guild</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <Dd><b>Saturday Church</b> (for the musical numbers) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Act & Punishment:The Pussy Riot Trials</b> <dd><b>Flip The Record</b> (short) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Habaneros</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Untitled (Pow Wow)</b> (short  part of the North Dakota Museum of Art s  Songs for Spirit Lake project) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Nico, 1988</b> (Kudos to Trino Dyrholm) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#nico">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette, l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc)</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Flock of Four</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://abramorama.com/films/">Abramorama</a>) <dd><b>Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#bnote">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Hearts Beat Loud</b> (preview courtesy <A HREF="https://www.heartsbeatloudmovie.com/">Gunpowder & Sky</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/music/40-years-in-the-making-the-magic-music-movie">40 Years In The Making: The Magic Music Movie</a> </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE</u></b> <dd><b>Journey s End</b> <dd><b>The Young Karl Marx (Le Jeune Karl Marx)</b> <dd><b>The Forgiven</b> (preview courtesy of Saban Films) <dd><b>Chappaquiddick</b> <dd><b>Blood & Glory (Modder en Bloed)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://cleopatra-entertainment.com/blood-and-glory/">Cleopatra Entertertainment</a>) <dd><b>In Times Of Fading Light (In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.kinofestivalnyc.com">KINO!</a> 2018 Festival of German Films) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#shock"><b>Shock and Awe</b></a> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ANIMATION (and use of animation)</u></b><br> <dd><b>Mary and The Witch's Flower</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://www.gkids.com/films/mary-and-the-witchs-flower/">GKids</a>) <dd><b>Have A Nice Day</b> (Chinese Noir Division) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://strandreleasing.com/films/have-a-nice-day/">Strand Releasing</a>) <dd><b>Black Barbie</b> (short) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Next Door Spy (Nabospionen)</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Cat Days (Neko No Hi)</b> (short) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Number on Great-Grandpa s Arm</b> (<A HREF="https://mjhnyc.org/exhibitions/number-great-grandpas-arm/">Museum of Jewish Heritage</a>/HBO documentary short) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Tehran Taboo</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>KCLOC</b> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Liyana</b> (Kudos to directors Amanda & Aaron Kopps, storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, and animator Shofela Coker) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>/also shown at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#five"><b>Five Years After The War (Cinq ans aprs la guerre)</b> </a> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ACTORS/ACTRESSES better than their movies:</b></u> <dd>Sir Ben Kingsley in <b>An Ordinary Man</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES</u></b>: <dd><b>Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?</b> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="http://doubleexposurefestival.com">Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Communion (Komunia)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Last Days In Shibati (Derniers Jours a Shibati)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>A Taste of Cement</b> (Kudos to cinematographer Talal Khoury and his short <b>Mediterranean</b>) (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Railway Sleepers (Mon Rot Fai)</b> (at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Playing Men</b> (at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><B>You Have No Idea How Much I Love You (Nawet Nie Wiesz, Jak Bardzo Cie Kocham)</b> (at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Polluting Paradise (Mll im Garten Eden)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://strandreleasing.com">Strand Releasing</a>) <dd><b>The King of Twirl (De Majorette Koning van het Noorden)</b> (short) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="nyicff.org">New York International Children s Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>In The Intense Now (No Intenso Agora)</b> (seen at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Ramen Heads</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://www.ramenheadsfilm.com/">Gunpowder & Sky</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://www.justkids.tv/watch/docs-2017/jesser-and-the-sugarcane"><b>Jesser and the Sugarcane</b></a> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Abbeville</b> (short) (Kudos to <A HREF="https://eji.org/">Equal Justice Initiative</a>) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Spirit Lake</b> (short  part of the North Dakota Museum of Art s  Songs for Spirit Lake project) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Find Fix Finish</b> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>The Long Season</b> (Kudos to Leonard Retel Helmrich and Ramia Suleiman) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b> 63 Boycott</b> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Black Memorabilia</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Rio Verde: El tiempo de los Yakurunas (Green River: The Time of the Yakurunas)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/leaning-into-the-wind-andy-goldsworthy">Leaning Into The Wind  Andy Goldsworthy</a> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#ansin"><b>The Ancestral Sin (Sallah, Po Ze Eretz Yisrael)</b></a> (seen at 2018 <A HREF="http://nysephardifilmfestival.org/">New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Makala</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>House Two</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#house">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Roll Red Roll</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#roll">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Tanzania Transit</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#tanz">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Island of The Hungry Ghosts</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#island">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>When Lambs Become Lions</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#lambs">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Feeling of Being Watched</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#feel">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#nana"><b>Nana</b></a> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://firstrunfeatures.com/nana.html">First Run Features</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#afau"><b>After Auschwitz</b></a> (preview <A HREF="https://www.afterauschwitz.com/">courtesy</a>) <dd><b>Studio 54</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#54">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Charm City</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#charm">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Home + Away</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#hard"><b>It s A Hard Truth Ain t It</b></a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#hard">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The River of the Kukamas (The El Rio de los Kukamas)</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#river">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#wendy"><b>Wendy s Shabbat</b></a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#wendy">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>5 October</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Hey Ronnie Reagan</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#hey">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Won t You Be My Neighbor</b> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#MRR">Commentary on 9/11 reference</a>.) <dd><b>What Haunts Us</b> (seen on Starz) <dd><b>The Distant Barking of Dogs</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Voices of the Sea (Voces del Mar)</b> (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>The Silence of Others</b> (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Angkar</b> (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>It Will Be Chaos</b> (seen on HBO) <dd><b>This is Home: A Refugee Story</b> (seen on Epix) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/WDirDocs17.html#Cielo">Cielo</a> (kudos to the night sky) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Three Identical Strangers</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#3ID">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Minding the Gap</b> (preview courtesy of Hulu) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: Documentaries I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><b>Tinselwood</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Mr. Gay Syria</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#start"><b>Starting Over Again</b></a> (seen at 2018 <A HREF="http://nysephardifilmfestival.org/">New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Hale County This Morning, This Evening</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Meteors (Meteorlar)</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#work">Workers Cup</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Momentum Generation</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Crossroads</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Far From The Tree</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Steel Mill Caf (Buffet }eljezara)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Beyond The One (Al Di L Dell'uno)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Anote s Ark</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>The Unafraid</b> (brief review at 2018 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2018/07/03/womens-empathy-wins-majority-vote-at-human-rights-watch-fest/"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <Dd><b>American Jail</b> (seen on CNN) <dd><b>Dark Money</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://www.darkmoneyfilm.com/">PBS Distribution/<i>POV</i></a>) </dd><br><br><u>BEST BIO DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or glosses:</u> <dd><b>The Peacemaker</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#pm">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#allred">Seeing Allred</a> (seen on Netflix) <dd><b>Western Wild& or how I found wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand</b> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#13"><b>13, a ludodrama about Walter Benjamin</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>George</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>When Paul Came Over The Sea: Journal of an Encounter (Als Paul ber das Meer kam  Tagebuch einer Begegnung</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.kinofestivalnyc.com">KINO!</a> 2018 Festival of German Films) <dd><b>McQueen</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#mcq">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES FOR CINEPHILES</u>: <dd><b>Prototype</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Room H.264: Brooklyn, NY, June 2016</b>/<b>Room H.264: Astoria, NY, January 2018</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Exiled (L'Exil)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Other Episodes/Missing Episode</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Measuring Change/L. Cohen/Readers</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Get Up and Go/A Spin Through Night City/Along The Elevated</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#hwood"><b>Hitler s Hollywood: German Cinema In The Age Of Propaganda: 1933 - 1945</b></a> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#ryu">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#RS">Note on 9/11 reference</a>) <dd><b>Cosmic Debris</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#cosmic">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://brintonfilm.com/"><b>Saving Brinton</b></a> (Bravo Mike Zahs)</dd> <br><img src="HalfPic.jpg"> - NYC Opening Night panel on women directors: Director Amy Adrion; interviewees Mary Harron & Chris Hegedus, and <A HREF="https://womenandhollywood.com/">Women & Hollywood</a> s Melissa Silverstein. (I attended courtesy of <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/">FF2 Media</a>) <dd><b>Half the Picture</b> <dd><b>King Cohen</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#KingC">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (<A HREF="http://www.kingcohenmovie.com">preview</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>EDUCATIONAL DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or flaws):</u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/in-the-land-of-pomegranates">In The Land Of Pomegranates</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#pomegran">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Ghost Hunting (Istiyad Ashbah)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/west-of-the-jordan-river">West Of The Jordan River</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Jordan">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (at 2018 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Out of My Head</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) (also shown at 2018 <A HREF="http://reelabilities.org/newyork/">Reelabilities Film Festival - NY</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#whydo"><b>Why Do They Hate Us? (Pourquoi nous dtestent-ils)</b></a> (seen at 2018 <A HREF="http://nysephardifilmfestival.org/">New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Black Mothers</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.newdirectors.org/">New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Eating Animals</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Into The Okavango</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>General Magic</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#gen">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#genmag">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman) <dd><b>The Man Who Stole Banksy</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#manwho">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman) (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The End of Fear</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Maineland</b> (Kudos to Sean Price Williams cinematography) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://mainelandfilm.com/">Abramorama</a>) <dd><b>Pressing On: The Letterpress Film</b> <Dd><b>Five Seasons - The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.argotpictures.com/film/five-seasons/#">Argot Pictures</a>) <dd><b>The Cleaners</b> (preview at 2018 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u>MOST DEPRESSING</u><br> <dd><b>Nostalgia</b> <dd><b>Where Is Kyra?</b> <dd><b>An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo)</b> (Kudos to the cinematography) (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> </dd><br><br><u><b>Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing Movies Despite Nonsense:</u></b> <dd><b>The Saint Bernard Syndicate</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Welcome Home (Velkommen til oss)</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#welc">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Under the Tree (Undir trnu)</b> (Dark Comedy Division) </dd><br><br><b><u>THEME OF THE YEAR: POETRY</b></u> <dd><b>The Dreamed Ones (Die Getrumten)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) (poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan) <dd><b>Correspondences (Correspondncias)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) (poets Sophia de Mello Breyner and Jorge de Sena) <dd><b>Gavagai</b> (Kudos to the cinematography and <A HREF="https://gavagaifilm.com/poems/">Tarjei Vesaas s poetry</a>) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.shadowdistribution.com/gavagai/">Shadow Distribution</a> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST for the SCENERY</b></u> <dd><b>Let The Summer Never Come Again</b> (at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Drive Veneziane</b> (long short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2018 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <Dd><b>In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina)</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Djon Africa</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.newdirectors.org/">New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Drift</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.newdirectors.org/">New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Arcadia</b> (short) (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST for the CREATIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY:</b></u> <dd><b>24 Frames</b> (seen at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Winter Brothers (Vinterbrdre)</b> (preview at 2018 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><b>Obey</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2018PrevWomFilms.html#obey">preview</a> at 2018 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>THANKS TO THEATRICAL REVIVALS</u></b> for my first-time viewings on big screens of: <dd><b>Room 666</b> (seen at 2018 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Case For The New Hangman (Prpad pro zacinajciho kata)</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Illiac Passion</b> (seen at 2018 <i>Panorama Europe Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Wanda</b> (restored print) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Janus Films</a>) <dd><b>Rendez Vous in July<b> (new 4K restoration) (centerpiece of <i>Jacques Becker: Complete Retrospective</i> at at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) </dd><br><br><u><A NAME=2017><b>MY BEST FILMS of 2017</b></A></u> (In the order I saw them, many reviews yet to be written, particularly of festivals-viewed, non-theatrically distributed films): <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2016.html#c&v">Chapter & Verse</a> (preview at 2016 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#sincere">Sincerely (Atentamente)</a> (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#storm">After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)</a> (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Odyssey</b> (preview at 2017 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>White Sun (Seto Surya)</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Graduation (Bacalaureat)</b> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Nakom</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Hymyilev mies)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/norman-the-moderate-rise-and-tragic-fall-of-a-new-york-fixer">Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Norman">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <Dd><b>Holy Air</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#air">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Newton</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#samba">Samb</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#PC">Phone Calls</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#suit">The Suitcase</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#world">World in Your Window</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#pine">Pineapple</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>King of the Belgians</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>The Stuff Of Dreams (La Stoffa Dei Sogni)</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/1945.html">1945</a> (My <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/best-films-of-2017">capsule  Best of 2017 review</a>) (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/british/the-journey">The Journey</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#jour">note</a>.) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#journ">Note on 9/11 reference</a>) <Dd><b>Pop Aye</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <Dd><b>Columbus</b> (Kudos to Haley Lu Richardson, writer/director Kogonada, and architecture in Indiana) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Fencer.html">The Fencer (Miekkailija)</a> <dd><b>I Dream In Another Language (Sueo en otro idioma)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://filmrise.com/">Film Rise</a>) <dd><b>Crown Heights</b> <dd><b>The Teacher (Ucitelka)</b> (My <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/best-films-of-2017">capsule  Best of 2017 review</a>) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)</b> <Dd><b>The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected)</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Meyer">commentary</a> on the Jewish (?) women.) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>BPM</b> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Last Flag Flying</b> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/mudbound">Mudbound</a> (Kudos to writer/director Dee Rees, cinematographer Rachel Morrison, and ensemble) (within <a href="http://awfj.org/blog/2017/10/31/spotlight-november-2017-dee-rees-independently-epic-filmmaker-director-mudbound/">Rees s career perspective</a>) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/11/06/nyff/"><i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</b> (Kudos to Frances McDormand & ensemble, and writer/director Martin McDonagh) <dd><b>Stronger</b> (Kudos to ensemble, especially Jake Gyllenhaal) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#gook"><b>Gook</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#day"><b>Dayveon</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-post">The Post</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#post">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>Gold</b> <dd><b>The Founder</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/the-salesman">The Salesman (Forushande)</a> <dd><b>Trespass Against Us</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/war-2/land-of-mine">Land of Mine (Under sandet)</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#land">note</a>.) <dd><b>Arbia</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Person to Person</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Diamond Island</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Last of Us (Akher Wahed Fina)</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Arbia</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Wound</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>King of Peking (Jing Cheng Zhi Wang)</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/war-2/the-zookeepers-wife">The Zookeeper s Wife</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: additional notes and my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#zoo">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <Dd><b>Amerika Square (Plateia Amerikis)</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Stanko</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Harmonium</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Foster">The Foster Portfolio</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#lifeb">Life Boat</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>The Pirates of Somalia (Dabka)</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Navigator (Kartleseren)</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#navig">briefly reviewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Brigsby Bear</b> <dd><b>Lucky</b> <dd><b>First Reformed</B> (Kudos to Ethan Hawke) (special preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Molly s Game</b> <dd><b>The Disaster Artist</b> <dd><b>The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#one">One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom)</a> (seen courtesy of <a href="http://oneweekandaday.oscilloscope.net/#">Oscilloscope Laboratories</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST FEMALE POV</u></b> <br>Fiction Division <dd><b>A Quiet Passion</b> (kudos to Cynthia Nixon and writer/director Terence Davies) (<A HREF="http://awfj.org/blog/2018/03/01/awfjs-womens-history-month-movies-watch-list/">My capsule review</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/"><i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi)</B> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Lady MacBeth</B> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Their Finest</b> <Dd><b>Ice Mother (Bba z ledu)</b> (kudos to Zuzana Kronerova and writer/director Bohdan Slma) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/foreign/israeli/the-wedding-plan">The Wedding Plan (Laavor et hakir)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#wedd">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#wedd">New York premiere</a> preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#WOACA">Woman of a Certain Age</a> (short series preview in <i>New Online Work (N.O.W.) Showcase</i> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Again">Again</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#bigsis">Big Sister (Ahotcha)</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Julie">Don't Mess With Julie Whitfield</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#fry">Fry Day</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Joy">Joy Joy Nails</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#litbird">Little Bird</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#viola">Viola, Franca</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#yoyo">YOYO</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Maudie</b> (kudos to Sallie Hawkins) <dd><b>Moka</b> (Noir Division) <dd><b>The Beguiled</b> (Noir Division) <dd><b>The Midwife (Sage Femme)</B> <dd><b>Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge</b> (<A HREF="http://awfj.org/blog/2018/03/01/awfjs-womens-history-month-movies-watch-list/">My capsule review</a>) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Strange Weather</b> (kudos to Holly Hunter, music by Sharon Van Etten, and Mississippi locations) <dd><b>Novitiate</b> (kudos to Melissa Leo) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Polina</b> (preview courtesy of <a href="http://polina.oscilloscope.net/">Oscilloscope Laboratories</a>) <dd><b>The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)</b> (Noir Division) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts)</B> <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/11/06/nyff/">Spoor (Pokot)</a> (Kudos to Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Battle of the Sexes</B> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#battle">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>I, Tonya</B> (Kudos to Margot Robbie and Allison Janney) </dd><br><br>Runners-Up: FEMALE POV I Recommend Despite My Gripes<br> <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#12">Moon in the 12th House (Yareach BeBayit 12)</a> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>One Percent More Humid</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#1%">briefly reviewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#flower">Flower</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>3 Generations</b> <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#divine">The Divine Order (Die gttliche Ordnung)</a> (My report on its <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/05/30/swiss-filmmaker-petra-volpe-wins-prestigious-nora-ephron-prize-2017-tribeca-film-festival/">Nora Ephron Award win</a>) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#bee">Beehive</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#dive">Dive (Salta)</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Landline</b> (for the sororial relationship) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#landl">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">The Rehearsal</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/war-2/amnesia">Amnesia</a> (kudos to digital cinematography) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/costume-drama/victoria-abdul">Victoria and Abdul</a> (kudos to Judi Dench) <dd><b>Flicit</B> (For Kinshasa mise en scne) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Thelma</B> (Supernatural Division) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Tribes of Palo Verdes</B> (Kudos to surfer girl) </dd><br><br>Documentary Division <dd><b>Speed Sisters</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (My note on <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#speed">the dental connection</a>.) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Bern">Mr. Bernstein</a> (short) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#bomb">Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#bomb">commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#suit">A Suitable Girl</a> (briefly at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Iam">I Am Evidence</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Hilda">Hilda</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Heroin">Heroin</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#sinner">Love The Sinner</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#day">Mother s Day</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#NDS">New Deep South: House of JXN</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Sick (Bolesno)</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#run">Run Mama Run</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#spring">The Spring</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href=http://mavensnest.net/NYFFhistory.html#what>What Happened To Her</a> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#Lindy">Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/11/29/nyff-docs/">Faces Places (Visages, villages)</a> (Viva Varda with JR) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/11/29/nyff-docs/">The Rape of Recy Taylor</a> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Soufra</b> (Needs dish names and recipe descriptions  other than <A HREF="http://foodtruckfilm.com/">buying the cookbook</a> for $70) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) </dd><br><br>DOCUMENTARY Runners-Up: FEMALE POV I Recommend Despite My Gripes<br> <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/07/23/hrw-film-festival-p-s-jerusalem/">P.S. Jerusalem</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#ps">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (reviewed at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#panic">All This Panic</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/06/23/human-rights-watch/">The Apology</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Sonia">Big Sonia</a> (at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>A Better Man</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST FEMALE VIEW OF MALES</u></b><br> <dd><b>Beach Rats</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Detroit</b> (Kudos to ensemble) <dd><b>Nobody s Watching (Nadie Nos Mira)</b> (kudos to Guillermo Pfening) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#nobody">briefly reviewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Son of Sofia (O Gios tis Sofias)</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Sofia">briefly reviewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ACTIONERS/THRILLERS</u></b> <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#alone">Alone in Berlin</a> (seen courtesy IFC Films) <Dd><b>Sexy Druga</b> (kudos to cinematography) (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Hounds of Love</b> (kudos to Emma Booth and score by Dan Luscombe) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Wall</b> (kudos to Aaron Taylor-Johnson and editor Julia Bloch) <dd><b>Wonder Woman</b> <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/EXCEPTION.html">The Exception</a> (kudos to chemistry between Lily James and Jai Courtney) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#two">Two Sentence Horror Stories: MA</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>It Comes At Night</b> (Post-Apocalyptic Division) (kudos to cinematographer Drew Daniels and score/sound design) <dd><b>Logan Lucky</b> (kudos to script by whoever is Rebecca Blunt) <dd><b>Dunkirk</b> in IMAX (kudos to cinematography, sound design/score) <dd><b>Good Time</b> (kudos to Queens locations, score by Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin), Robert Pattinson, and casting) <dd><b>The Killing of a Sacred Deer</b> (Deadpan Supernatural Division) <dd><b>Get Out</b> (Satirical Division) <dd><b>Logan</b> <dd><b>I Don't Feel At Home In This World</b> (Deadpan Comic Division) <dd><b>All the Money In The World</b> (Kudos to the ensemble) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: ACTIONERS/THRILLERS I enjoyed despite quibbles</u> <dd><b>Visaranai</b> (seen in <i>India s New Wave</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>Nocturama</b> (preview at 2017 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Buster s Mal Heart</b> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Buster">briefly reviewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Baby Driver</b> (kudos to  choreography ) <dd><b>Shot Caller</b> (kudos to sound design) <dd><b>Wind River</b> (kudos to score, indigenous casting, and Rocky Mountains scenery) <dd><b>Atomic Blonde</b> (the violence vs. women just got too over the top) <dd><b>The Legend Of Ben Hall</b> (kudos to historicity and Australian scenery) (<A HREF="www.thelegendofbenhall.com">DVD/VOD preview</a> courtesy of Vega Baby Releasing & Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) <dd><b>6 Days</b> (preview courtesy of Vertical Entertainment) <dd><b>Rememory</b> (kudos to Peter Dinklage) (preview on Google Play) <dd><b>Hostiles</b> (kudos to the NM and MT scenery) <dd><b>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</b> (Kudos to the production design) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST NEO-NOIRS</u></b> <dd><b>The Ardennes</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.flandershouse.org/DArdennen-On-Tour-USA">Flanders House</a>) <dd><b>Detour</b> (kudos to writer/director Christopher Smith, trio of Emory Cohen, Tye Sheridan & Bel Powley, cinematographer Chris Ross, <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#detour">editor Kristina Hetherington</a>, score by Toydrum) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Midnight Service</b> (shorts series preview in <i>New Online Work (N.O.W.) Showcase</i> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#sweet">Sweet Virginia</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Drowning</b> (kudos to Avan Jogia and score by Radium Cheung and Jamin O Brien) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Nile Hilton Incident (Die Nile Hilton Affre)</b> (kudos to writer/director Tarik Saleh, Fares Fares, editing, and cinematography) (preview courtesy of Strand Releasing) <dd><b>The Limehouse Golem</b> (kudos to scripter Jane Goldman, actors Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>The Big Sick</b> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#sick">Note on 9/11 reference</a>) <dd><b>The Mountain Between Us</b> (kudos to the scenery) <dd><b>God s Own Country</b> (My <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/best-films-of-2017">capsule  Best of 2017 review</a>) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <br><br> <dd><b>Film Stars Don t Die In Liverpool</b> <dd><b>Band Aid</b> (kudos to filmmaker/star Zoe Lister-Jones) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#band">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) </dd><br><br>Runners-Up: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes<br> <dd><b>World s Apart</b> (Political Division) <dd><b>From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres)</b> (preview at 2017 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Autumn, Autumn (Chuncheon, chuncheon)</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Pendular</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Vincent N Roxxy</b> (for, literally, diehard fans of Emile Hirsch and Emory Cohen like me) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#theL">The Lovers</a> (Mature Division) (Kudos to score by Mandy Hoffman) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Europe, She Loves</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANTI-ROMANCES</u> <dd><b>After Love (L'conomie du couple)</b> <dd><b>Phantom Thread</b> (Kudos to Vicky Krieps and the costumes) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST COMING OF AGERS</b></u> <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/11/06/nyff/">Lady Bird</a> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Wonderstruck</b> (Kudos to casting emotive deaf actress Millie Simmonds as a deaf child; Kudos to director Todd Haynes and writer Brian Selznick for incorporating -- beautifully by cinematographer Edward Lachman-- my beloved <A HREF="http://www.queensmuseum.org/2013/10/panorama-of-the-city-of-new-york">Panorama of the City of New York</a> - but no you can t walk on it!) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Fanny s Journey (Le voyage de Fanny)</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Fanny">commentary</a> on the Jewish females.) (seen at <i>Cinematek Forest Hills</i>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: COMING OF AGERS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Kepler s Dream</b> </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST SCI FI/FANTASY/SUPERNATURAL</b></u> <Dd><b>November ehk Rehepapp</b> (kudos to cinematographer Mart Taniel, sound designer Marco Vermaas, composer Jacaszek) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Survivalist</b> (Post-Apocalyptic Division) (kudos to Martin McCann, Mia Goth, and Olwen Fouere) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>A Ghost Story</b> <dd><b>Blade Runner 2049</b> <dd><b>Shape of Water</b> </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST SCI FI/FANTASY/SUPERNATURAL I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>The Bad Batch</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/scifi.html#prime">Marjorie Prime</a> (preview in <I>Future Imperfect: The Uncanny In Science Fiction</i> at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">Museum of Modern Art</a>) <dd><b>Downsizing</b> (Kudos to production design) <dd><b>Okja</b> <dd><b>Colossal</b> </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE</u></b> <dd><b>The Lost City of Z</b> (kudos to cinematographer Darius Khondji) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Afterimage (Powidoki)</b> (preview at <i>Tribute to Andrzej Wajda</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.polishculture-nyc.org/indexNew.cfm?">Polish Cultural Institute</a>) <dd><b>A United Kingdom</b> <dd><b>The Summer Is Gone (Ba yue)</b>) (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV)</b> (kudos to Jean-Pierre Laud) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Cezanne and Me (Cezanne et Moi)</b> (kudos to scenery, cinematography, costumes) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/french/drama/frantz">Frantz</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Promise</b> (see with Joe Berlinger s <b>Intent to Destroy</b>  making of documentary for historical and cinemtographical context, preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Tommy's Honour</b> <Dd><b>Chuck</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#cloudy">Cloudy Sunday (Ouzeri Tsitsanis/ )</a> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="http://nysephardifilmfestival.org/">New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Zweig.html">Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe (Vor Der Morgenrte - Stefan Zweig In Amerika)</a> (at 2017 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <Dd><b>The Days that Confused (Pevad, mis ajasid segadusse)</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/biopic/13-minutes">13 Minutes (Elser)</a> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#endless">Endless Poetry (Poesa Sin Fin)</a> (Kudos to production design) <Dd><b>The Viceroy s House</b> <Dd><b>Breathe</b> <Dd><b>LBJ</b> <dd><b>The Darkest Hour</b> (Kudos to Gary Oldman and make-up/prosthetics) <dd><b>The Man Who Invented Christmas</b> (Kudos to ensemble, especially Christopher Plummer  bring tissues!) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries):</b></u> <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#pose">Strike A Pose</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#bang">Bang! The Bert Berns Story</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU3rdwk.html#Lure">The Lure (Crki dancingu)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Mr. Gaga</b> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>The Dancer (La danseuse)</b> (preview at 2017 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Smoke That Travels</b> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>The Paris Opera</b> (preview at 2017 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Book of Clarence</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Patti Cake$</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/i-called-him-morgan">I Called Him Morgan</a> (at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#when">When God Sleeps</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/music/i-am-the-blues">I Am The Blues</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#iam">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Olancho</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Rural Route Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a> where I presume I m in this <A HREF="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMtYXpTjItk&feature=youtu.be">audience Q & A</a>) <dd><b>La Barracuda</b> (Noir Division) (preview in 2017 <i>Rural Route Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#step"><b>Step</b> <dd><b>Let s Play Two</b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/WDirDocs17.html#trouble">Trouble No More</a> (at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Rebels On Pointe</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Beatles, Hippies And Hells Angels: Inside The Crazy World Of Apple</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sammy Davis: I ve Gotta Be Me</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (PBS s <i>American Masters</i>) <dd><b>David Bowie: The Last Five Years</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (HBO) <dd><b>Itzhak</b> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (PBS s <i>American Masters</i>) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Itz">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/song-of-granite">Song of Granite</a> <dd><b>Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars</b> (at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (Showtime) <dd><b>Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead</b> (Amazon) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#junction">Junction  48</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Midsummer In Newtown</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Reset</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Folk Hero & Funny Guy</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/BeautyBeast.html">Beauty and the Beast</a> (2D) <dd><b>Mali Blues</b> (Preview courtesty of <A HREF="http://icarusfilms.com/new2017/blues.html">Icarus Films</a>) <Dd><b>Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Sidemen: Long Road To Glory</b> (preview courtesy of Abramorama) <dd><b>Indivisible</b> (Fantasy Division) <dd><b>Extraordinary Ordinary People</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://www.firstrunfeatures.com/extraordinaryordinarypeople.html">First Run Features</a> and <A HREF="www.mastersoftraditionalarts.org">Masters of Traditional Arts</a>) <dd><b>May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers</b> (seen courtesy of <a href="http://www.avettbrothersfilm.com/">Oscilloscope Laboratories</a>) <dd><b>The Greatest Showman</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ANIMATION (and use of animation)</u></b><br> <dd><b>My Life As A Zucchini (Ma vie de Courgette)</b> (in French) <dd><b>Half A Life</b> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#odd">Odd is an Egg (Odd er et egg)</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Girl Without Hands (La jeune fille sans mains)</b> (in French) <dd><b>Loving Vincent</b> <dd><b>Coco</b> (3D) <dd><b>The Breadwinner</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://www.gkids.com/films/the-breadwinner/">GKids</a>) </dd><br><Br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANIMATION (and use of animation) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea</b> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Mune: Guardian Of The Moon (Mune, le gardien de la lune)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.gkids.com/films/mune/">GKids</a>) <Dd><b>Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST for the CREATIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY:</b></u> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#cargo">Live Cargo</a> (Note to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#cargo"><i>Wire</i> fans</a>) (kudos to cinematographer Daniella Nowitz) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#vision">Icaros: A Vision</a> (kudos to scenery, visual and sound design) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Super Dark Times</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>The Erlprince</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Kkszakll</b> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Wonder Wheel</b> (Kudos also for costume and production design: so stream with the sound off) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Call Me by Your Name</b> (Gay Guy Teen With Older Hunk Division) (Kudos to cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#callme">Commentary</a> on the Jewish women) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST OF THE CINEMA OF THE ABSURD:</u></b> <Dd><b>Do Re Mi Fa</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>The Square</b> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ACTORS/ACTRESSES better than their movies:</b></u> <dd>Bryan Cranston in <b>Wakefield</b> <dd>Denzel Washington in <b>Roman J. Israel, Esq.</b> <dd>Bill Pullman in <b>The Ballad of Lefty Brown</b> (kudos to scenery, too) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST VILLAIN</u></b> <Dd> Rabbi David (Aviv Alush) in <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WBalcony.html">The Women s Balcony (Ismach Hatani)</a> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES</u></b>: <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-settlers">The Settlers (Ha'mitnakhalim)</a> (Additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#sett">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#ball">Balloonfest</a> (short) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#model">A Model Family in a Model Home</a> (short) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#terr">Territory (Territorio)</a> (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#Boone">Boone</a> (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#animals">Animals Under Anaesthesia: Speculations on the Dreamlife of Beasts </a> (short) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#Jacobs">Reichstag</a> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#reich">9/11</b></a> (short) (seen with additional Ken Jacobs shorts: <i>Windbreaker</i> (World premiere); <i>Cyclops Observes the Celestial Bodies</i> (U.S. premiere); <i>Popeye Sees 3-D</i> (NY premiere) in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#Btfences">Between Fences (Bein gderot/Entre Les Frontires)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#fences">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#quiet">Keep Quiet</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Uncertain</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#laugh">The Last Laugh</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#laugh">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/machines">Machines</a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Broken (Kaputt)</b> (animated short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>#Bars4Justice</b> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>The Revolution Won t Be Televised</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film</b> (Kudos to <A HREF="http://postcommodity.com/About.html">Postcommodity</a>) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Austerlitz</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Gaza Surf Club</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>When Rabbit Left the Moon</b> (short) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Plastic China</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Irrawaddy Mon Amour</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Tell Them We Are Rising</b> (PBS s <i>Independent Lens</i>) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/dvdon-demand/strong-island">Strong Island</a> (PBS s <i>POV</i>) (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Quest</b> (PBS s <i>POV</i>) (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#tick">Tickling Giants</a> (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Night School</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Rat Film</b> (kudos to director Theo Anthony) (preview at 2016 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>The Wind Knows That I'm Coming Back Home (El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa)</b> (preview at 2017 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>A River Below</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>True Conviction</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#farth">The Farthest</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Holdouts</b> (short preview in <i>New Online Work (N.O.W.) Showcase</i> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#NDS">New Deep South: House of JXN</a> (short series preview in <i>New Online Work (N.O.W.) Showcase</i> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>I LIVED: Brooklyn</b> (short preview in <i>New Online Work (N.O.W.) Showcase</i> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/in-transit-tribeca">In Transit</a> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#transit">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#skull">Skull + Bone</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#last">The Last Animals</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#watch">Watched</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#acorn">Acorn and The Firestorm</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Swagger</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Safari</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Abacus: Small Enough To Jail</b> (episode of PBS s <i>Frontline</i>) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/06/23/human-rights-watch/">Muhi - Generally Temporary</a> and <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#Muhi">additional review</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Muhi">Commentary on the Jewish woman</a>) (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#blood">The Blood Is At The Doorstep</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Water Warriors</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#water">briefly reviewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/06/23/human-rights-watch/">Lost in Lebanon</a> and additional <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#lost">review</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/06/23/human-rights-watch/">The Grown-Ups (Los Nios)</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/city-of-ghosts">City of Ghosts</a> and additional <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#city">review</a> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Icarus</b> (seen on Netflix) <dd><b>Spettacolo</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://grasshopperfilm.com/film/spettacolo/">Grasshopper Film</a>) <dd><b>Motherland (Bayan Ina Mo)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/motherland">The Film Collaborative</a>) <dd><b>Trophy</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://trophy.film">The Orchard</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#trees">Red Trees</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#trees">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://cohenmedia.net/films/red-trees">Cohen Media Group</a>) <Dd><b>Voyeur</b> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/07/22/hrw-film-festival-2/">Tempest (Tempestad)</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/one-of-us">One of Us</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#oneof">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (preview for 2017 <A HREF="http://doubleexposurefestival.com">Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Cocaine Prison</b> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="http://doubleexposurefestival.com">Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Devil s Freedom (La Libertad Del Diablo)</b> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="http://doubleexposurefestival.com">Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>EuroTrump</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Mole Man</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sky & Ground</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Brimstone & Glory</b> (kudos to cinematography and score by Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer) (seen courtesy of <a href="http://brimstoneandglory.oscilloscope.net/">Oscilloscope Laboratories</a>) <dd><b>Miss Kiet s Children (De kinderen van juf Kiet)</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Last Men in Aleppo</b> (seen on Netflix) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: Documentaries I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><a href=http://mavensnest.net/NYFFhistory.html#Marx>Karl Marx City</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#obit">Obit</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Bugs</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>The Sunshine Makers</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#out">Out There</a> (documentary/fiction hybrid) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#out">Notes on 9/11 reference</a>) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#avant">From False to Legal in One Take (De falso a legal una toma)/Prospector/Misters Without Blame (Nores sin sealar)/Sakura, Sakura/This Bogeyman/Inside the Inside (L en-Dedans/Untitled)</a> (seen in <i>On Resistance: International Avant-Garde Films & Videos</i> 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Betting On Zero</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Wolf and Sheep</b> (documentary/fiction hybrid) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#mixed">Mixed Feelings</a> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="www.ratedsrfilms.org"><i>SR Socially Relevant Film Festival</i></a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#depart">The Departure</a> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#cop">Copwatch</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>In Flint</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Flint">briefly reviewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Far from Home (En otra casa)</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#hide">Nowhere To Hide</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#post">The Good Postman (Hyv postimies)</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#warn">Warning: This Drug May Kill You</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/06/23/human-rights-watch/">Complicit</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/06/23/human-rights-watch/">No Dress Code Required (Etiqueta NO Rigurosa)</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#require">Note</a>.) (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2016.html#alsu">Almost Sunrise</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Fest</i> 2016 at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/dvdon-demand/the-force">The Force</a> (also briefly reviewed 2017 <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#force"><i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i></a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Whose Streets?</b> <dd><b>Ex Libris  The New York Public Library</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a> and <A HREF="https://www.nypl.org/">NYPL</a>) <dd><b>Company Town</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://www.companytownfilm.com/">First Run Features</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/WDirDocs17.html#sorrow">Sea Sorrow</a> (as a PSA) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/no-stone-unturned">No Stone Unturned</a> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="http://doubleexposurefestival.com">Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Trust WHO</b> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="http://doubleexposurefestival.com">Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>End of Truth</b> (seen at 2017 <A HREF="http://doubleexposurefestival.com">Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Naples  44</b> <dd><b>Traffic Stop</b> (short) (on HBO) <dd><b>Heroin(e)</b> (short) (on Netflix) <dd><b>Knife Skills</b> (short) (seen on <A HREF="http://video.newyorker.com/watch/academy-award-nominee-knife-skills"><i>New Yorker</i></a>) <dd><b>Edith + Eddie</b> (short) (seen on <A HREF="https://www.topic.com/edith-eddie">Topic</a>) </dd><br><br><u>BEST BIO DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or glosses:</u> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#murray">Everybody Knows& Elizabeth Murray</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#Croatia">Something About Life (Nesto o zivotu)/A Short Family Film (Kratki obiteljski film)</a> (shorts) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#acts">Acts & Intermissions</b></a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#tip">Tip of My Tongue</b></a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#Maur">Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back</a> (Note on <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#Maur">9/11 reference</a>) (Compare and contrast with the fictional artists in <i>The Family Fang</i>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Citizen Jane: Battle For The City</b> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Jane">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/dvdon-demand/citizen-jane-battle-for-the-city">short review</a> - longer review forthcoming) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Letters From Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq</b></b> (Commentary on the <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#gert">Jewish women</a>) (at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-b-side-elsa-dorfmans-portrait-photography">The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman s Portrait Photography</a> (My commentary on her as a <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#elsa">Jewish woman</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/"><i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Burden</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Shadowman</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#Hondros">Hondros</a> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#Heroin">Heroin</a> (short preview in <i>New Online Work (N.O.W.) Showcase</i> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/BenGurion.html">Ben-Gurion: Epilogue</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#BG">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <Dd><b>Get Me Roger Stone</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Woody s Order</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#woody">briefly reviewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold</b> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Jane</b> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/11/29/nyff-docs/">Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years Of Jean-Michel Basquiat</a> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/WDirDocs17.html#mirrors">Hall of Mirrors</a> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/WDirDocs17.html#caniba">Caniba</a> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES FOR CINPHILES</u>: <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#Berger">Helmut Berger, Actor</a> (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook17.html#Eva">How I Fell in Love with Eva Ras (Kako Sam Se Zaljubio U Evu Ras/Como Me Apaixonei por Eva Ras)</a> (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>My Journey Through French Cinema</b> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>David Lynch: The Art Life</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Julian">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) <dd><b>I Am Heath Ledger</b> (for his personal videos/films) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Tyrus</b> (broadcast on PBS s <i>American Masters</i> in honor of the 75th anniversary of <i>Bambi</i>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/dawson-city-frozen-time">Dawson City  Frozen Time</a> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.moma.org/calendar/film">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Escapes</b> <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/11/29/nyff-docs/">Arthur Miller: Writer</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Miller">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/WDirDocs17.html#spiel">Spielberg</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#spiel">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Vigilante: The Incredible True Story Of Curtis Sliwa And The Guardian Angels</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Iconoclast</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#icon">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#HandL">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#Apu">The Problem With Apu</a> (at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>EDUCATIONAL DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or flaws):</u> <dd><b>Peshmerga</b> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Shalom Rabin</b> (preview at 2017 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>My Scientology Movie</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sacred</b> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#sacred">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (On PBS in 2017) <dd><b>LA 92</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (On National Geographic Channel) (I more recommend John Ridley s <b>Let It Fall: Lost Angeles 1982  1992</b>, as broadcast on ABC, for unique interviews and archival photographs providing far more context and perspective.) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#baby">haveababy aka Vegas Baby</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Risk</b> (at 2017 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Mariupolis</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#waste">Wasted! The Story of Food Waste</a> (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/500-years">500 Years</a> and <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/06/23/human-rights-watch/">Capsule Review</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2017/06/23/human-rights-watch/">Home Truth</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#nobody">Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2017.html#code">Black Code</a> (preview at 2017 <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <Dd><b>The House On Coco Road</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Birthright: A War Story</b> <dd><b>Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory</b> (seen in <i>New Adventures in Non-Fiction</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>Human Flow</b> <Dd><b>School Life</b> <dd><b>Chasing Coral</b> <dd><b>Cuba and The Cameraman</b> (at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Destination Unknown</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#destunk">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <Dd><b>Aida s Secrets</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Aida">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <Dd><b>Cries From Syria</b> <dd><b>I Am Another You</i> </dd><br><br><u><b>Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing Movies Despite Nonsense:</u></b> <dd><b>The Giant (Jtten)</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Wilson</b> <Dd><b>One Thousand Junkies</b> [Cynical Division] (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Take Me</b> [Cynical Division] (preview at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#shiva">Shiva</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#shivaTFF">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#NY">New York Is Dead</a> (short) (briefly reviewed at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Lemon</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2017Prevwomen.html#lemon">briefly reviewed</a> at 2017 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus)</b> </dd><br><br>Most Depressing<br> <Dd><b>I (J), Olga Hepnarov</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Florida Project</b> (Kudos to Willem Dafoe) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/first-they-killed-my-father">First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers</a> <dd><b>Loveless (Nelyubov)</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST for the SCENERY</b></u> <br><u>Documentary Division:</u> <dd><b><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#acts">The Letters (Las Letras)</b></a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>The Challenge</b> (preview at 2017 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST REVIVALS IN NEW PRINTS</u></b> <dd><b>Kaos</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a> in <A HREF="http://pirandello150.org/">Pirandello 150</a>) <dd><b>Granular Film - Beirut</b> (short) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>L en-Dedans (Inside the Inside)</b> (short) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>A Kind Of Loving</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a> in <i>The Brit New Wave</i>) <dd><b>Maurice</b> [note error in publicity materials: Phoebe Nicholls  Anne is <i>nave</i> not  shallow ] (preview courtesy <A HREF="http://www.cohenmedia.net/films/maurice">Cohen Media</a>) <dd><b>Le Trou</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <Dd><b>The Four Sisters: Baluty; The Hippocratic Oath; The Merry Flea; Noah s Ark</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#4sisters">commentary</a> on these Jewish women from <i>Shoah</i>.) (preview at 2017 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br>And thanks for theatrical showings for my first-time viewings on big screens of: <dd><b>Recordando El Ayer</b> (short) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>City in Flames (Stadt in Flammen)</b> (short) (seen in 2017 <i>First Look Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd> Emiko Omori Retrospective at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2017 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>: <b>Rabbit in the Moon</b> (1999); <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#passion"><b>Passion & Power:</a> The Technology of Orgasm</b> (co-directed with Wendy Slick) (2007); <b>Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World</b> (2010); <b>To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter</b> (2012) <dd><b>Notes sur l migration. Espagne 1960</b> (seen in 2017 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>NOTABLE FILM-RELATED EXHIBITS</u></b> <img src="Varda.jpg"> <img src="VardaRV.jpg"> <dd><i>Agns Varda: Visual Artist</i> at <A HREF="http://www.blumandpoe.com/exhibitions/agn%C3%A8s-varda">Blum & Poe</a> with <i>Agns Varda: Life As Art</i> Special Talk at <A HREF="http://fiaf.org/events/winter2017/2017-02-cinesalon.shtml">French Institute: Alliance Franaise</a> in association with <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> and at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>)<br><br> <img src="Henson1.jpg"> <img src="Henson3.jpg"> <img src="Henson2.jpg"> <dd><i>The Jim Henson Exhibition</i> permanent installation at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a> </dd><br><br><u><A NAME=2016><b>MY BEST FILMS of 2016</b></A></u> (In the order I saw them, many reviews yet to be written, particularly of festivals-viewed, non-theatrically distributed films): <dd><b>Aferim!</b> (kudos to the cinematography) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>A War (Krigen)</b> <dd><b>Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)</b> <dd><b>Dheepan</b> (My edited <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/featured/best-of-2016">capsule  Best of 2016 review</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#dheep">note</a>.) (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Thithi</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>El Clsico</b> (kudos to scenery) (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Love & Friendship</b> (kudos to Kate Beckinsale, costumes and hair) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#you">You Can Go</a> (short) (kudos to S. Epatha Merkerson) (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU1stWk.html#Sim">Simshar</a> (kudos to director/co-writer Rebecca Cremona) (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU2ndwk.html#care">Home Care (Domc pce)</a> (kudos to director/writer/co-star Slvek Hork) (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Neruda</b> (kudos to editing and cinematography) (preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#sier">Sieranevada</a> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Paterson</b> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Manchester By The Sea</b> (kudos to Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Lucas Hedges, cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes, and writer/director Kenneth Lonergan) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Jackie</b> (kudos to Natalie Portman, scripter Noah Oppenheim, director Pablo Larrain and scorer Mica Levi) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/fences">Fences</a> (kudos to director/star Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and the production design/use of the Pittsburgh locale) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#golden">My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse)</a> (kudos to Lou Roy-Lecollinet) (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Rams (Hrtar)</b> <dd><b>The Club (El Club)</b> (no  Old Testament references?) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook2ndWknd.html#project">The Project of the Century (La obra del siglo)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Cemetery Of Splendour (Rak ti Khon Kaen)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to the CPAP machines) <dd><b>Valley of Love</b> (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Huppert, Depardieu and Death Valley) <dd><b>Life After Life (Zhi Fan Ye Mao)</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Louder Than Bombs</b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#tick">The Ticket</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Measure of a Man (La loi du march)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Don t Think Twice</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/foreign/the-tenth-man">The Tenth Man (El Rey Del Once)</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#tenth">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>A Hologram for the King</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Money Monster</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/war-2/the-people-vs-fritz-bauer">The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer)</a> - long review; review in series - <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU2ndwk.html#Fritz"><i>Enemy Territory  Fritz Bauer & Postwar Germany</i></a> in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) and at the <A HREF="https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/ney/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=20749325">Goethe Institut</a>) <dd><b>Captain Fantastic</b> <dd><b>Last Cab to Darwin</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/lastcabtodarwin.html">First Run Features</a>) <dd><b>Island City</b> (seen in <i>India s New Wave</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>I, Daniel Blake</b> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">Toni Erdmann</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/u-k/denial">Denial</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#denial">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Loving</b> <dd><b>Rules Don t Apply</b> (kudos to Warren Beatty, cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and Lorraine Feather & and Eddie Arkin s title song) <dd><b>Florence Foster Jenkins</b> (kudos to costumes) <dd><b>A Bigger Splash</b> (kudos to locale) </dd><br><br><b><u>THE RETURN OF THE  WOMAN S PICTURE</u></b> <dd><b>Sunset Song</b> (kudos to Agyness Deyn and the Scottish scenery) (preview at 2016 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>My King (Moi Roi)</b> (<i>Amour Fou</i> Division) (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Emmanuelle Bercot) <dd><b>The Dressmaker</b> (Satirical Division) (kudos to Judy Davis and costumes by Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson) <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/11/18/fyc-17-nora-lee-mandel/">Best Woman-Directed Feature 2016</a> <dd><b>The Light Between Oceans</b> (kudos to score by Alexandre Desplat and scenery) <Dd><b>Julieta</b> (kudos to score by Alberto Iglesias) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Ali And Nino</b> (kudos to the Azerbaijan scenery) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST FEMALE POV</u></b> -- <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/11/18/fyc-17-nora-lee-mandel/"><b>My favorite female-directed films of 2016</b></a>, selected for FF2 Media.<br> <dd><b>Mi Madre</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>The Fits</b> (kudos to Royalty Hightower and sound design) (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Sworn Virgin (Vergine Giurata)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#adult">Adult Life Skills</a> (reviewed at <a href="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/05/11/tff-16-nora-ephron-award/">FF2 Media</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#shine">Always Shine</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#hold">Hold On (Houvast)</a> (short) (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#home">Homeland (Hemland)</a> (short) (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#coiff">Nkosi Coiffure</a> (short) (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#ping">Ping Pong Coach (RNSN)</a> (short) (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#day">Father s Day</a> (short) (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU1stWk.html#Anna">Anna (Per amor vostro)</a> (kudos to Valeria Golino, director Giuseppe Gaudino, score by Epsilon Indi, and cinematographer Matteo Cocco) (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU2ndWk.html#Wed">The Wednesday Child (A szerdai gyerek)</a> (kudos to Kinga Vecsei and writer/director Lili Horvth) (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Diary Of A Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chamber)</b> <dd><b>Parched</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="https://www.wolfevideo.com/products/parched/l">Wolfe Releasing</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#words">The Kind Words (Ha'milim ha'tovot)</a> (preview for the 2016 <A HREF="israelfilmcenter.org/festival">Israel Film Center Festival</a> courtesy of <A HREF="http://strandreleasing.com/films/the-kind-words/">Strand Releasing</a>) <dd><b>Our Little Sister</b> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#equity">Equity</a> (kudos to Anna Gunn) <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/11/18/fyc-17-nora-lee-mandel/">Best Woman-Directed Feature 2016</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/book-adaptation/a-tale-of-love-and-darkness">A Tale of Love and Darkness</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#tale">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (kudos to cinematographer Slawomir Idziak) <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/11/18/fyc-17-nora-lee-mandel/">Best Woman-Directed Foreign-Language Film 2016</a> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Aquarius</b> (kudos to Snia Braga) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/10/nyff-preview-guide-female-directed-shorts/">Legal Smuggling with Christine Choy</a> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Krisha</b> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>The Innocents</b> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> </dd><br><br>Runners-Up: FEMALE POV I Recommend Despite My Gripes<br> <dd><b>Fatima</b> (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Parisienne (Peur de rien)</b> (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Much Loved</b> (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Kill Me Please (Mate-me por favor)</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Happy Hour</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#calif">Califrnia</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#ema">Mother (Ema)</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#ChMt">Children of the Mountain</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#allwe">All We Had</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#AWOL">AWOL</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#medd">The Meddler</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">Things To Come (L avenir)</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>American Honey</b> (kudos to the soundtrack) <dd><b>Christine</b> (kudos to Rebecca Hall) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Katwe.html">Queen of Katwe</a> (kudos to the African music soundtrack and locale) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/foreign/israeli/sand-storm">Sand Storm (Sufat Chol)</a> <dd><b>Edge of 17</b> (caveat: the teens all look 25) <dd><b>Dobro</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/10/nyff-preview-guide-female-directed-shorts/">preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Baden Baden</b> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> (preview at <A HREF="http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/">Anthology Film Archives</a>, courtesy of <A HREF="https://mubi.com/about">MUBI</a>) <dd><b>White Girl</b> <dd><b>Hidden Figures</b> (Way Back Machine Division) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>Lolo</b> (Rom Com Division) (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU3rdwk.html#Clean">The Cleaner (Cistic)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) (Obsession Division) <dd><b>Southside With You</b> (Way Back Machine Division) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#wedphot">From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer (Myomano Shel Tzlam Hatonot)</a> (Anti-Romance Division) (short) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br>Runners-Up: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes<br> <dd><b>Tumbledown</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Summertime (La Belle saison)</b> (<i>Amour Fou</i> Lesbian Division) (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#perfect">Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti)</a> (Anti-Romance Division) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST COMING OF AGERS</b></u> <dd><b>Songs My Brothers Taught Me</b> (kudos to writer/director Chlo Zhao and cinematographer Joshua James Richards) <dd><b>Hunt For The Wilderpeople</b> (kudos to the cast, script, directing, scenery, and score) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#sem">Semele</a> (short) (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU2ndwk.html#Bab">Babai</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>King Jack</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Morris From America</b> (kudos to Markees Christmas) (preview for BAMcinemaFest 2016) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#litmen">Little Men</a> (kudos to Theo Taplitz & Michael Barbieri) (preview for BAMcinemaFest 2016) <dd><b>Killa (The Fort)</b> (seen in <i>India s New Wave</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Moonlight</b> (preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: COMING OF AGERS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Viva</b> (for the parents-figures with teen) <dd><b>The New Kid (Le Nouveau)</b> (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Standing Tall (La Tte haute)</b> (kudos to Rod Paradot) (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Kicks</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Pele: Birth Of A Legend</b> (kudos to the score) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/family-drama/20th-century-women">20th Century Women</a> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST SCI FI/FANTASY/SUPERNATURAL</b></u> <Dd><b>Neither Heaven Nor Earth [aka The Wakhan Front] (Ni le ciel ni la terre)</b> (in Supernatural Division) (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/demon">Demon</a> (in Ghost Division) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#demon">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>April And The Extraordinary World</b> (English version) (in Animated Division) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#real">Reality +</a> (short) (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST SCI FI/FANTASY/SUPERNATURAL I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Synchronicity</b> (in Noir Romance Division) <Dd><b>Evolution (Bella e perduta)</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Midnight Special</b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#rise">High-Rise</a> (Satirical Dystopian Division) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Arrival</b> (kudos to sound design, editing, and music by Jhann Jhannsson) <dd><b>10 Cloverfield Lane</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Rogue.html">Rogue One: A <I>Star Wars</I> Story</a> <dd><b>Passengers</b> (Rom-Com Division) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ACTIONERS/THRILLERS</u></b> <dd><b>Eye in the Sky</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/thriller/remember">Remember</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#ber">Commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Our Kind of Traitor</b> <dd><b>Hell or High Water</b> (kudos to Jeff Bridges and score by Cave & Ellis) <dd><b>In Order Of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)</b> (kudos to Stellan Skarsgrd, Bruno Ganz, and the scenery) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Man Down</b> <dd><b>Hacksaw Ridge</b> (kudos to cinematographer Simon Duggan) <dd><b>Anthropoid</b> </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: ACTIONERS/THRILLERS I enjoyed despite quibbles</u> <dd><b>The Wave (Blgen)</b> (kudos to the scenery) <dd><b>The Clan</b> <dd><b>Imperium</b> <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#Snowd">Snowden</a> <dd><b>Desierto</b> (kudos to the score/sound design) <dd><b>Miss Sloane</b> (kudos to annoyingly eerie likenesses) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST NEO-NOIRS</u></b> <dd><b>Titli (Butterfly)</b> (seen in <i>India s New Wave</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Disorder (Maryland)</b> (kudos to the sound design) (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Dark Inclusion (Diamant noir)</b> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#inclus">Commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Remainder</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#kill">Women Who Kill</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (Comedy Division) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU3rdwk.html#Marsh">Marshland (La isla mnima)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Department Q Trilogy: The Keeper Of Lost Causes; The Absent One; A Conspiracy Of Faith</b> (kudos to Nikolaj Lie Kaas) (preview in <i>The New Nordic Noir</i> at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Old Stone (Lao Shi)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: NEO-NOIRS I Recommend Despite My Gripes: </u> <dd><b>Kirumi (Virus)</b> (seen in <i>India s New Wave</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Fixer</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST HORRORS</u></b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Jeruz">Jeruzalem</a> <dd><b>Under the Shadow</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Bridgend</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to cinematography and sound design/score) (See with J.M. Williams 2013 documentary of the same name on the real town tragedy that inspired the feature.) <dd><b>The Wailing</b> <dd><b>Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)</b> </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE</u></b> <dd><b>Men Go To Battle</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to research into Civil War diaries and letters) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#elvis">Elvis and Nixon</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Genius</b> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#genius">Commentary on the Jewish woman</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/history.html#Jones">Free State of Jones</a> <dd><b>Caf Society</b> (kudos to cinematography by Vittorio Storaro, production design by Santo Loquasto and costumes by Suzy Benzinger) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#cafe">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#indig">Indignation</a> (kudos to production designer Inbal Weinberg and costume designer Amy Roth) <dd><b>Come What May (En mai, fais ce qu'il te plait)</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/history.html#birth">Birth of a Nation</a> <dd><b>The Man Who Knew Infinity</b> <dd><b>Everybody Wants Some!!</b> <dd><b>The Witch</b> <Dd><b>Silence</b> (kudos to cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto/boo to torture porn) <dd><b>Patriots Day</b> </dd><br><br><u><b>Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing Movies Despite Nonsense:</u></b> <dd><b>The Treasure (Comoara)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#lobster">The Lobster</a> (Dark Satire Division) (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Men & Chickens (Mnd & Hns)</b> (Noir Division) <dd><b>Chevalier</b> (Mocking Men Division) <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/11/18/fyc-17-nora-lee-mandel/">Best Woman-Directed Foreign-Language Film 2016</a> <dd><b>Hail Caesar!</b> (Satire Division) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-up: Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing Movies Despite Nonsense:</u> <dd><b>The Nice Guys</b> (Ultra-Violent Division) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST OF THE CINEMA OF THE ABSURD:</u></b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook2ndWknd.html#Pawel">Pawel and Wawel (Pawel i Wawel)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>Houston, We Have a Problem!</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU1stWk.html#hist">History s Future</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>Wiener-Dog</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries):</b></u> <dd><b>Marguerite</b> (kudos to Catherine Frot) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#magic">A Magical Substance Flows into Me</a> (preview at 2016 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#open">As I Open My Eyes ( peine j'ouvre les yeux)</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#bad">Bad Rap</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#band">Girl Band</a> (short) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Presenting Princess Shaw</b> (Kudos to Samantha Montgomery and Ophir Kutiel) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU3rdwk.html#Beat">The Beat of Love (Utrip Ljubezni)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Miss Sharon Jones!</b> <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/11/18/fyc-17-nora-lee-mandel/">Best Woman-Directed Documentary 2016</a> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Argentina</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/argentina_playdates.html">First Run Features</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/07/25/hrw-film-festival-sonita/">Sonita</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Dancer</b> (preview courtesy of Sundance Selects) <dd><b>The Jazz Loft According To W. Eugene Smith</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Gimme Danger</b> (kudos to the contextual clips) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#worst">Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened</a> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/two-trains-runnin">Two Trains Runnin </a> (kudos to music by Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thomas King, Valerie June, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, Jimbo Mathus, Luther Dickinson/North Mississippi Allstars) (at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>Born to Be Blue</b> <dd><b>Contemporary Color</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-documentaries">Song Of Lahore</a> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer)</b> <dd><b>The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years</b> (kudos to the restoration of the Shea Stadium concert) <dd><b>La La Land</b> (the leads can t sing or dance) <dd><b>Sing Street</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ACTORS/ACTRESSES better than their movies:</b></u> <dd>Emayatzy Corinealdi in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/dvdon-demand/miles-ahead">Miles Ahead</a> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ANIMATION (and use of animation)</u></b><br> <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#orch">The Orchestra</a> (short) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU2ndwk.html#Caf">Cafard</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>)</dd> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/popcorn.html#BFG">The BFG</a> (kudos to Mark Rylance) <dd><b>Kubo and The Two Strings</b> <dd><b>The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Moana.html">Moana</a> (in 2D) (kudos to a couple of songs) <dd><b>A Monster Calls</b> (kudos to production design) </dd><br><Br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANIMATION (and use of animation) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/popcorn.html#dory">Finding Dory/Piper</a> <Dd><b>Sausage Party</b> </dd><br><Br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANIMATION EFFECTS-RELATED I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/PetesDragon.html">Pete s Dragon</a> (Boo to the fur!) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES</u></b>: <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook1stWkend.html#jesuis">I Am the People (Je suis le peuple)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#ags">Abandoned Goods</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF=#eyes><b>Lou Beth Zayma: What Eyes Are Pretending To See (Ce Que L Sil Pretend Voir)</b></A> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/rabin-the-last-day">Rabin, The Last Day</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Rabin">Notes</a>.) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook2ndWknd.html#top">Toponymy (Toponimia)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>My Aleppo</b> (short seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A NAME=longst><A HREF="http://lilith.org/blog/2016/03/natalie-bookchin-long-story-short-beth-b-call-her-applebroog/"><b>Long Story Short</b></A></a> (short seen in <i>An Evening with Natalie Bookchin</i> at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>France Is Our Mother Country (La France est notre patrie)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Ettrick</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>The Great Wall</b> (kudos to the relevance of Franz Kafka s short story  The Building of the Great Wall of China ) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Memories from Gehenna (Souvenirs de la Ghenne)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>INAATE/SE [it shines a certain way, to a certain place./it flies. falls./]</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <Dd><b>Behemoth</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Birth Of Sak</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Command and Control</b> (episode of PBS s <i>American Experience</i>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#return">The Return</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#bird">National Bird</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#SWS">Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four</a> <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/11/18/fyc-17-nora-lee-mandel/">Best Woman-Directed Documentary 2016</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Win!</b> (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/07/22/hrw-film-festival-solitary/">Solitary</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#solit">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (reviewed at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#dogs">Prison Dogs</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#mems">Memories Of A Penitent Heart</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU1stWk.html#SandC">Spartacus and Cassandra</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU1stWk.html#Lamp">Lampedusa in Winter</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>Kate Plays Christine</b> <dd><b>Under the Sun (V paprscch slunce)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/07/21/hrw-film-festival-hooligan-sparrow/">Hooligan Sparrow</a> (My edited <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/featured/best-of-2016">capsule  Best of 2016 review</a>) (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/07/22/hrw-film-festival/">Jackson</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/07/25/hrw-film-festival-ovarian-psycos/">Ovarian Psycos</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/07/25/hrw-film-festival-two-worlds-collide/">When Two Worlds Collide</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>The Eagle Huntress</b> (kudos to cinematographer Simon Niblett, photographer Asher Svidensky, scenery, and score) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2016.html#cross">The Crossing</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Fest</i> 2016 at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2016.html#star">Starless Dreams</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Fest</i> 2016 at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><b>Among the Believers</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#among">Notes on 9/11 references</a>) <dd><b>Raising Bertie</b> (seen in "Kartemquin Films at 50" at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>Tower</b> <dd><a href=http://mavensnest.net/NYFFhistory.html#brillo>Brillo Box (3 Off)</a> (short) (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (<i>Nu</i> - Note on: putative <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#brill">Jewish women</a>) <dd><a href=http://mavensnest.net/NYFFhistory.html#Illin>The Illinois Parables</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Bending to Earth</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/10/nyff-preview-guide-female-directed-shorts/">preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Flowers of the Sky</b> (short) (<A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/10/nyff-preview-guide-female-directed-shorts/">preview</a> at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing</b> (Note on <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#marath">9/11 reference</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Off The Rails</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Tickled</b> </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: Documentaries I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><b>Over the Years (ber du Jahre)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>The Event (Sobytie)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Out of Norway</b> (as the sequel to <i>Imagining Emanuel</i> I saw at <i>Documentary Fortnight 2012</i>, seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Scrumped (Extended Version)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Wake (Subic)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <Dd><b>Eldorado XXI</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>The Other Side</b> (preview at 2016 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Academy of Muses (La Academia de las Musas)</b> (preview at 2016 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Show of Shows</b> (kudos to <a href="https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfa">University Of Sheffield s National Fairground Archive</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Daddy Don t Go</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>My Love, Don't Cross That River</b> (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.filmmovement.com/">Film Movement</a>) <dd><b>Lucha Mexico</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/07/21/hrw-film-festival-inside-chinese-closet/">Inside The Chinese Closet</a>) (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2016.html#coy">Growing Up Coy</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Fest</i> 2016 at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2016.html#suit">Suited</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Fest</i> 2016 at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#suit">commentary</a> on the Jewish female participants.) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2016.html#dnr">Do Not Resist</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Fest</i> 2016 at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><a href=http://mavensnest.net/NYFFhistory.html#13th>13th</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>I Had Nowhere To Go</b> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href=http://mavensnest.net/NYFFhistory.html#Cuba>Cuba, Fatherland Or Death (Patria O Muerte)</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/fire-at-sea">Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare)</a> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Portrait of a Garden</b> (Appreciated in memoriam to Marco Polo Stufano) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Winter at Westbeth</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Super Girl</b> (Note on <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#super">the Jewish females</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>City of Joy</b> (Note on <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#joy">the Jewish woman leader</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/post-911/tribeca-top-documentaries-2014">Ne Me Quitte Pas</a> (in  Most Depressing category) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Those Who Jump (Les Sauteurs)</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>BEST BIO DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or glosses:</u> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#juif">Le Juif de Lascaux</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#juif">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#city">City Of Gold</a> <dd><b>And When I Die, I Won t Stay Dead</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Chi (Mr. Zhang Believes)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://lilith.org/blog/2016/03/natalie-bookchin-long-story-short-beth-b-call-her-applebroog/">Call Her Applebroog</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#broog">alternative link</a>) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Last Man in Dhaka Central (The Young Man Was, Part 3)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2016 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <Dd><b>Peter and the Farm</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Weiner</b> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#weiner">Commentary on the Jewish woman</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Magnus</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#spring">After Spring</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Pistol Shrimps</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Team Foxcatcher</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#free">Free as the Birds</a> (short) (seen at 2016 <A HREF=" http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/vita-activa-the-spirit-of-hannah-arendt">Vita Activa: The Spirit Of Hannah Arendt</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#hann">commentary</a> on this Jewish woman.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#frank">Don t Blink  Robert Frank</a> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Lear">Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You</a> <dd><b>Gleason</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#uncle">Uncle Howard</a> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The White Helmets</b> (seen on Netflix) </dd><br><br><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES FOR CINPHILES</u>: <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook1stWkend.html#Costa">Joo Bnard da Costa Others Will Love the Things I Have Loved (Joo Bnard da Costa: Outros amaro as coisas que eu amei)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook2ndWknd.html#Oz">Ozoners</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#crystal">Crystal World</a> (short seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>Cameraperson</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>I Don t Belong Anywhere:</b> <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#chantal">The Cinema Of Chantal Akerman</a> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>De Palma</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href=http://mavensnest.net/NYFFhistory.html#travel>Cinema Travellers</a> (<A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/NYFF16womprev.html">preview</a> at <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/">2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#bright">Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://ff2media.com/blog/2016/09/09/7023/"><i>New York Film Festival</i></a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/i-am-not-your-negro">I Am Not Your Negro</a> (preview for 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (Thanks to <A HREF="http://maysles.org/mdc/">Maysles Cinema</a> for <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/history.html#Harlem">walking tour</a> of  James Baldwin s Harlem ) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#Lumet">By Sidney Lumet</a> (Our cousin Danielle Shapiro is thanked in the credits.) (Episode of PBS s <i>American Masters</i>) <dd><b>Mifune: The Last Samurai</b> <dd><b>Le Concours</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Finding <i>Kukan</i></b> (seen at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST DOCUMENTARIES FOR CINPHILES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#CC">Color Correction</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#SRS">Spectrum Reverse Spectrum</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#pixel">Pixel Jungle</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/political/here-come-the-videofreex">Here Come the Videofreex</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#freex">notes</a>.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#JT">Author: The JT Leroy Story</a> <dd><b>The Lovers and the Despot</b> </dd><br><br><u>Educational DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or flaws):</u> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#collid">Colliding Dreams</a> <dd><b>Life, Animated</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Untouchable</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#magic">This Magic Moment</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#shad">Shadow World</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/holocaust/germans-jews">Germans & Jews</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#G&J">commentary</a>.) <dd><b>Lo And Behold, Reveries of the Connected World</b> <dd><b>The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Rikers</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Beekeeper and His Son</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Kast">Trezoros: The Lost Jews Of Kastoria</a> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#defy">Defying The Nazis: The Sharps War</a> <dd><b>Food Evolution</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Zero Days</b> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/environmental/blood-on-the-mountain">Blood on the Mountain</a> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/bobby-sands-66-days">Bobby Sands: 66 Days</a> <dd><b>Seasons (Saisons)</b> (French language version preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.musicboxfilms.com/seasons-movies-141.php">Music Box Films</a>) <dd><b>Nuts!</b> </dd><br><br><u>DOCUMENTARIES  Best Reenactments</u> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#Maes">Maest</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Story of Judas (Histoire de Judas)</b> (preview at 2016 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Lost and Beautiful (Bella e perduta)</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Francophonia</b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/TFF2016women.html#true">LoveTrue</a> (preview at 2016 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU2ndwk.html#spirits">The Spirits Diary (Rakijaaki dnevnik)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Sully</b> (fictionalized docu-drama) <dd><b>Notes On Blindness</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST for the CREATIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY:</b></u> <dd><b>Bleak Street (La Calle de la Amargura)</b> (kudos to cinematographer Alejandro Cant) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Touched With Fire</b> (kudos to cinematographers Kristina Nikolova and Alexander Stanishev) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/israeli/tikkun">Tikkun</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#tikkun">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (kudos to cinematographer Shai Goldman) (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Neon Bull (Boi Neon)</b> (kudos to cinematographer Diego Garca) (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>The 9th Life of Louis Drax</b> <dd><b>Nocturnal Animals</b> (kudos to cinematographer Seamus McGarvey) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST for the SCENERY</b></u> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook2ndWknd.html#visit">The Visit (La Visite)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#tower">The Tower (A Torre)</a> (short seen in <A HREF=#visib> A Matter of Visibility: International Avant-Garde & Artists Cinema </A> at 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <Dd><b>Kaili Blues (Lu bian ye can)</b> (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Mountain (Ha'har)</b> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#mount">Commentary on the Jewish women</a>) (preview at 2016 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Last Days in the Desert</b> (kudos to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, <A HREF="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638">Anza-Borrego Desert State Park</a>, and score by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#cowboys">Les Cowboys</a> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Ornithologist (O Ornitlogo)</b> (kudos to the birds) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Lion</b> </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST REVIVALS IN NEW PRINTS</u></b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook1stWkend.html#Jacobs">Orchard Street</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook2ndWknd.html#train">Night Train (Pociag)</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>I Knew Her Well (Io la conoscevo bene)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Dekalog</b> (preview courtesy <A HREF="https://www.criterion.com/">The Criterion Collection</a>) <dd><b>Daughters of the Dust</b> (preview courtesy <A HREF="http://cohenfilmcollection.net/films/daughters-of-the-dust">Cohen Media</a>) <dd><b>Taipei Story</b> (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Aux quatre coins</b>, <b>Le quadrille</b>, and <b>Le divertissement</b> (Jacques Rivette shorts) (preview at 2016 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Russians">The Russians Are Coming (Die Russen kommen)</a> (seen at 2016 <i>To Save and Project: MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation</i> of <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">Museum of Modern Art</a>) <dd><b>From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom (Dj s envole la fleur maigre)</b> (seen at 2016 <i>To Save and Project: MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation</i> of <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">Museum of Modern Art</a>) <dd><b>Comradeship (Kameradschaft)</b> (seen at 2016 <i>To Save and Project: MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation</i> of <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">Museum of Modern Art</a>) <dd><b>Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie</b> (seen at 2016 <i>To Save and Project: MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation</i> of <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">Museum of Modern Art</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#kumen">Children Must Laugh (Mir Kumen On)</a> (seen at 2016 <i>To Save and Project: MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation</i> of <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">Museum of Modern Art</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#chance">The Last Chance (Die Letzte Chance)</a> (seen at 2016 <i>To Save and Project: MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation</i> of <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">Museum of Modern Art</a>) <dd><b>Behind the Door</b> (seen at 2016 <i>To Save and Project: MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation</i> of <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">Museum of Modern Art</a>) (kudos to live piano/flute/accordion accompaniment by Stephen Horne) </dd><br>And thanks for theatrical showings for my first-time viewings on big screens of: <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#field">The Lighted Field</a> and RIP: Chantal Akerman's video <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/FirstLook3rdWknd.html#Sacher">Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher</a> (seen in 2016 <i>First Look</i> and Cara Morton s 16mm <b>Across</b> (shorts seen in <A HREF=#visib><b>A Matter of Visibility: International Avant-Garde & Artists Cinema</b></A> at 2016 <i>First Look</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Benilde, or the Virgin Mother (Benilde ou a Virgem Me)</b> and <b>Past and Present (O Passado e o Presente)</b> in <i>Manoel de Oliveira s Tetralogy of Frustrated Love in 35mm</i> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Yesterday Girl (Abschied Von Gestern  Anita G.)</b> and <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU2ndwk.html#Fritz">Fritz Bauer - Death By Installments (Tod Auf Raten)</a> in the series <i>Enemy Territory  Fritz Bauer & Postwar Germany</i> at the <A HREF="https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/ney/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=20749325">Goethe Institut</a> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#beach">Blues By The Beach</a> (seen at <i>Cinematek Forest Hills</i>) </dd><br><br><u><b>NOTABLE FILM-RELATED EXHIBITS</u></b> <center><img src="Scorsese.jpg"></center> <dd><i>Martin Scorsese</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a> (organized by <A HREF="https://www.deutsche-kinemathek.de/en">Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum fr Film und Fernsehen, Berlin)</a><br><br> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#Laura">Laura Poitras: Astro Noise</a> at the <A HREF="http://whitney.org/">Whitney Museum of American Art</a><br> <center><img src="Laura.jpg"></center> </dd><br><br><u><A NAME=2015><b>MY BEST FILMS of 2015</b></A></u> (In the order I saw them, many reviews yet to be written, particularly of festivals-viewed, non-theatrically distributed films): <dd><b>White God (Fehr isten)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Great Man (Le grand homme)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>About Elly (Darbareye Elly)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff09pt1.html">Part 1 Recommendations</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2009 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>We Are Young. We Are Strong. (Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark.)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Wondrous Boccaccio (Maraviglioso Boccaccio)</b> (kudos to the cinematography) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Way of Tea (Les Frmissements du Th)</b> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#redl">Red Leaves</a> (preview in 2015 <i>New York African Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/taxi">Taxi</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#taxi">note</a>.) <dd><b>Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One; Volume 2 - The Desolate One; Volume 3 - The Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: O Inquieto; O Desolado; O Encantado)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><B>99 Homes</B> (kudos to Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, score by Antony Partos & Matteo Zingales) <dd><b>Room</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#walk">The Walk</a> (in IMAX 3D) (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Bridge of Spies</b> (kudos to the cinematography) (preview at 2015 <I>New York Film Festival</I> of <A HREF="http://www.Filmlinc.Com/">Film Society Of Lincoln Center</A>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#saul">Son of Saul (Saul Fia)</a> (kudos to Gza Rhrig, writer/director Lszl Nemes, cinematographer Mtys Erdly and sound designer Tams Znyi) (My edited <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/best-of-2015">capsule  Best of 2015 review</a>) (preview at 2015 <I>New York Film Festival</I> of <A HREF="http://www.Filmlinc.Com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</A>) <dd><b>MacBeth</b> (kudos to Shakespeare adaptation, cinematography, and scenery) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#spot">Spotlight</a> (kudos to ensemble and script  plus the link to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#Slight">The Wire</a>) <dd><b>Mediterranea</b> (seen courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#beasts">Beasts of No Nation</a> (kudos to Idris Elba and Abraham Attah) <dd><b>Time Out of Mind</b> (kudos to Richard Gere) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>Little Accidents</b> <dd><b>Anarchy</b> (as in Shakespeare s <i>Cymbeline</i> la <a href="http://mavensnest.net/quality.html#sons">Sons of Anarchy</a>) (preview at 2015 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Of Horses and Men</b> (kudos to the cinematography) (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Court</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Far From Men (Loin Des Hommes)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to the scenery) <dd><b>Ashby</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to Mickey Rourke and Nat Wolff) <dd><b>Virgin Mountain (Fsi)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Dinner (I Nostri Ragazzi)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#gkill">Good Kill</a> (seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>; at the 2016 Fest, the Israeli short <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#op">Operator</a> was similar.) <dd><b>Manglehorn</b> <dd><b>The Stanford Prison Experiment</b> (kudos to Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, and Michael Angarano) <dd><b>Holmes</b> <dd><b>Learning to Drive</b> (go eat at an Indian restaurant after!) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#pawn">Pawn Sacrifice</a> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/foreign/the-cut">The Cut</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#cut">Notes</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#experi">Experimenter</a> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#trash">Trash</a> <dd><b>Trumbo</b> (kudos to Bryan Cranston and ensemble) <Dd><b>One Floor Below (Un etaj mai jos)</b> (preview in 2015 <i>Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Big Short</b> (Kudos to the ensemble) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#short">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <br><br><b><u>BEST FEMALE POV</u></b> <br>Feature Division <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/biopic/beloved-sisters">Beloved Sisters (Die geliebten Schwestern)</a> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/timbuktu">Timbuktu</a> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#timb">note</a>.) <dd><b>Clouds Of Sils Maria</b> (kudos to Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Mommy</b> (kudos to Anne Dorval and Suzanne Clement) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/gett-the-trial-of-viviane-amsalem">Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem</a> (preview at 2015 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#gett">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (kudos to Ronit Elkabetz) <dd><b>Kumiko the Treasure Hunter</b> (kudos to the scenery and love for <a href="http://mavensnest.net/quality.html#fargo">Fargo</a>) [NB: My colleague Kyoko Hirano objected to stereotyped view of an Asian woman.] <dd><b>Breathe (Respire)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Fidelio, Alice s Odyssey (Fidelio, l odysse d Alice)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Party Girl</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-kindergarten-teacher">The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#kind">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Lesson (Urok)</b> <dd><b>Chlorine (Cloro)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Testament of Youth</b> (kudos to the script, Alicia Vikander, and Kit Harington) <dd><b>Grandma</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to Lily Tomlin) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#nextto">Next To Her (At Li Layla)</a> (kudos to co-writer/co-star Liron Ben-Shlush and Dana Ivgy) (seen at 2015 <A HREF="israelfilmcenter.org/festival">Israel Film Center Festival</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Mustang</b> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#nohome">No Home Movie</a> (Go Skype your mother!) (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>I Smiled Back</b> (kudos to Sarah Silverman) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/phoenix">Phoenix</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#nix">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><b>Daughter (Dukhtar)</b> <dd><b>Difret</b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/PanEU3rdwk.html#Summer">The Summer of Sangaile (Sangailes vasara)</a> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> (seen courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) (briefly reviewed for 2016 <i>Panorama Europe</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?)</b> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> (Showing 2016 in <i>O Brasil: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema</i> at at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>Joy</b> (kudos to Jennifer Lawrence and writer/director David O. Russell) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#joy">commentary</a> on  Joan Rivers .) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <br><br>Documentary Division <dd><b>The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer</b> (preview at 2015 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#muses">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Trials of Spring</b> (multi-media project preview at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt2Nonviolence.html#trials">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: NonViolence & Revolt</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Burden Of Peace</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt2Nonviolence.html#Burden">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: NonViolence & Revolt</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tangerinemala-mala">Mala Mala</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>He Named Me Malala</b> <br><br>Animated Division <dd><b>When Marnie Was There</b> (with subtitles) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#insideo">Inside Out</a> (But 2D was weaker) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST FEMALE POV Features I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><b>My Friend Victoria (Mon amie Victoria)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Tu dors Nicole</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Bare</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Being 14 ( 14 ans)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Catwalk</b> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Listen</b> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>A Mighty Nice Man</b> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to the cinematography and young Kylie McVey) <dd><b>Heaven Knows What</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Arielle Holmes) <dd><b>Train Wreck</b> (NB: Doesn t pass Bechdel Test) <dd><b>The Diary of a Teenage Girl</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#desert">Apples From the Desert (Tapoukhim min ha'midbar)</a> (seen at 2015 <A HREF="israelfilmcenter.org/festival">Israel Film Center Festival</a>) <dd><b>Brooklyn</b> (My colleague <A HREF="http://awfj.org/eyeonmedia/2015/10/17/brooklyn-or-the-girl-as-universal-solvent-new-york-film-festival-review/">Martha P. Nochinson</a> reported on the reaction to my questioning the creative team at the 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> preview. I m the first audience questioner at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2015/daily/the-close-up-talking-brooklyn-plus-mike-jones-on-screenwriting/">the press conference</A>.) <dd><b>The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie)</b> <dd><b>Flowers (Loreak)</b> <dd><b>The Danish Girl</b> (kudos to Alicia Vikander) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/foreign/u-k/the-lady-in-the-van">The Lady In The Van</a> (for Dame Maggie Smith) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST FEMALE POV Docs I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-documentaries">Code: Debugging The Gender Gap</a> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#code">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Dior and I</b> (only as a tribute to Florence Chehet, premire for the atelier flou, and Monique Bailly, premire for the atelier tailleur, and their seamstresses) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#copy">Everything Is Copy</a> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><b><u>BEST ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>Love at First Fight (Les Combattants)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Christmas, Again</b> (kudos to Kentucker Audley) (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Viaje</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>El Cinco (El 5 De Talleres)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Far From the Madding Crowd</b> (sigh for Matthias Schoenaerts) <dd><b>Coming Home (Gui lai)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2016.html#high">The High Sun (Zvizdan)</a> (preview at <i>Human Rights Watch Film Fest</i> 2016 at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>Felix and Meira</b> (preview at 2015 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Felix">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Gaby Baby Doll</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Dixieland</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to interspersed real people interviews and actors Chris Zylka and Riley Keough) <dd><b>Sleeping With Other People</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Warning Labels</b> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to director Jennifer Morrison of <a href="http://mavensnest.net/quality.html#house">House, M.D.</a>and <a href="http://www.mavensnest.net/dames.html#once">Once Upon A Time</a>) <dd><b>The Statistical Analysis of Your Failing Relationship</b> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#terms">Uncertain Terms</a> (seen in 2014 <i>Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You</i> at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Little Death</b> <dd><b>Results</b> <dd><b>Gemma Bovery</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST ACTIONERS/THRILLERS</u></b> <dd><b>Black Sea</b> (kudos to Jude Law) <dd><b> 71</b> (kudos to Jack O Connell, editing, cinematography, and music) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/crime/kidnapping-mr-heineken">Kidnapping Mr. Heineken</a> (kudos to Amsterdam chase scenes) <dd><b>The Connection (La French)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Next Time I ll Aim for the Heart (La Prochaine fois je viserai le Coeur)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Guillaume Canet and the score by Grgoire Hetzel) <dd><b>Haemoo</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/24days.html">24 Days (24 Jours)</a> <dd><b>Cop Car</b> (kudos to the Colorado scenery) <dd><b>Sicario</b> (kudos to cinematography) <dd><b>The Hateful Eight</b> (kudos to Enrico Morricone s score, Quentin Tarantino s crazy script, and the ensemble) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ACTIONERS/THRILLERS I enjoyed despite quibbles</u> <dd><b>SK1 (L Affaire SK1)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Guillaume Canet and the score by Grgoire Hetzel) <dd><b>The Fool (Durak)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Hyena</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to Peter Ferdinando) <dd><b>L Ardor</b> (kudos to the jungle) <dd><b>Two Step</b> (kudos to score by Andrew Kenny) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Brothers.html">Brothers& Blood Against Blood</a> (kudos to the music and bodies) <dd><b>Creed</b> (kudos to Michael B. Jordan, director Ryan Coogler  and even Sylvester Stallone) <dd><b>In the Heart of the Sea</b> (kudos to cinematography, but  buoy to absence of sea chanteys) <dd><b>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST HORRORS</u></b> <dd><b>Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, Ich seh)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>It Follows</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST POST-APOCALYPSES</u></b> <dd><b>Mad Max: Fury Road</b> (kudos to cinematography, production design, score/sound design and the Vuvalini who rate <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg">) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST POST-APOCALYPSES</u> <dd><b>Jackrabbit</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to Josh Caras Ian Christopher Noel) <dd><A HREF="http://www.marcokalantari.com/shaman/mobile/the_shaman_mobile_enter.html"><b>The Shaman</b></a> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to production design <dd><b>Z for Zachariah</b> (kudos for the scenery) <br><br><u><b>BEST SCI FI/FANTASY</b></u> <dd><b>The Martian</b> (3D) (kudos to <A HREF="http://wefuckinglovescience.tumblr.com/">science nerds</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST SCI FI/FANTASY I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Ex Machina</b> (cool score  intriguing <A HREF="http://www.cuny.tv/show/sciencegoestothemovies/PR2004041">Science Goes to the Movies</a> discussion) <dd><b>Jellyfish Eyes</b> (kudos to the F.R.I.E.N.Ds) <br><br><b><u>BEST NEO-NOIRS</u></b> <Dd><b>Every Secret Thing</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#secret">notes</a>.) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <br><br><u>Runners-Up: NEO-NOIRS I Recommend Despite My Gripes: </u> <dd><b>In the Name of My Daughter (L Homme qu on aimait trop)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Sunrise (Arunoday)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to Adil Hussain, sound design/score, and the streets of Mumbai) <dd><b>Wednesday 04:45 (Tetarti 04:45)</b> (kudos to sound design and cinematography) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Strangerland</b> (kudos to the outback views and the score) <dd><b>Legend</b> (kudos to Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy) <dd><b>The Gift</b> <br><br><u><b>BEST COMING OF AGERS</b></u> <dd><b>Bypass</b> (kudos to George MacKay) (preview at 2015 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Eat Your Bones (Mange tes morts)</b> (FYI  they are Yeniche.) (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (seen with subtitles missing 5 letters.) <dd><b>Wild Life (Vie sauvage)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>May Allah Bless France! (Qu Allah bnisse la France!)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Young Tiger (Bb tigre)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Violet</b> (kudos to the cinematography, sound design, and BMX riders) (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Wolf (Theeb)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Kingdom of Garbage</b> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/a-borrowed-identity">A Borrowed Identity (Dancing Arabs Aka Second Son)</a> (kudos to Yal Abecassis and Michael Moshonov) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#BId">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>The Wonders (Le meraviglie)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: COMING OF AGERS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Dope</b> <Dd><b>Five Star</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (originally filed under  Most Depressing ) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#5star">notes</a>.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#prince">Prince</a> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#meand">Me and Earl and the Dying Girl</a> <br><br><u><b>BEST REELABILITIES: Presentation of Disabilities in Film </b></u> (giving credit for appropriating the term without attending/seeing these at the <A HREF="http://www.reelabilities.org/">NY Disabilities Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Tribe (Plemya)</b> (Depressing dystopian division) (My edited <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/best-of-2015">capsule  Best of 2015 review</a>) (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Infinitely Polar Bear</b> <dd><b>Welcome to Me</b> (Kudos to Kristen Wiig) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <br><br><b><u>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries):</b></u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/music/the-wrecking-crew">The Wrecking Crew</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#crew">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Orion: The Man Who Would Be King</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Les Boquets</b> (short) (seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#gen">The Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser</a> (seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/love-mercy">Love & Mercy</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#mercy">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>No Land's Song</b> (multi-media project preview at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt3CulturePrez.html#NoLand">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Preserving Cultural Identity Under Stress</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithpop.html#Amy">Amy</a> <Dd><b>Lucky Stiff</b> (kudos to animation produced by Faith Hubley) <dd><b>Miles Ahead</b> (kudos to actor/producer/director/composer Don Cheadle and the score) (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Janis: Little Girl Blue</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>What Happened Miss Simone?</b> (seen on Netflix) <dd><b>Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck</b> (seen on HBO) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/music/sound-of-redemption">Sound Of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>Song One</b> (songs by Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice) <dd><b>Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-1990)</b> (despite much too short shrift to Riot Grrrls) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DocNYC</a>) <dd><b>When I Live My Life Over Again</b> (only for Christopher Walken singing and the images of his character s past LP covers) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Bombay Velvet</b> <dd><b>Beats of the Antonov</b> (reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt3CulturePrez.html#Beats">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Preserving Cultural Identity Under Stress</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Dream Of Shahrazad</b> (reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt3CulturePrez.html#Dream">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Preserving Cultural Identity Under Stress</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Tap World</b> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/pop-culture/the-outrageous-sophie-tucker">The Outrageous Sophie Tucker</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#tuck">commentary</a> on Tucker as a Jewish woman.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#raq">Chi-Raq</a> (kudos to music, rhymes, and ensemble) <br><br><u><b>BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE</u></b> <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/biopic/woman-in-gold">Woman In Gold</a> (My additional notes on the <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#gold">Jewish women</a>) <dd><b>Jimmy s Hall</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to research into Civil War diaries and letters) <dd><b>Greenery Will Bloom Again (Torneranno i prati)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to the cinematography and score) <dd><b>Leopardi</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Elio Germano, the cinematography, costumes, and score) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE I Recommend Despite my gripes</u> <dd><b>Queen and Country</b> (preview at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2014 <i>The Contenders</i>) <dd><b>The Water Diviner</b> <dd><b>Madame Bovary</b> (kudos to the costumes and locales) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/war-2/labyrinth-of-lies">Labyrinth Of Lies (Im Labyrinth Des Schweigens)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#lies">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><b>Suffragette</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST for the CREATIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY:</b></u> <Dd><b>Geros</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Chagall and Malevich</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#chagall">commentary</a> on Bella, the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>February/Avraham/December/Intimations/Prelude</b> in <I>Retrospective  Luminous Intimacy: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky</i> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Forbidden Room</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Everything Will Be Fine</b> (for 3D aesthetics) <br><br><u>Runners- Up: BEST for the CREATIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY:</u> <br>Documentary Division</b> <dd><b>The Wanted 18</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt2Nonviolence.html">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: NonViolence & Revolt</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><b><u>Best Animation</u></b><br> <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Zarafa.html">Zarafa</a> (at <i>2012 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/animated/kahlil-gibrans-the-prophet">Kahlil Gibran s The Prophet</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#prophet">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman animator.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/popcorn.html#dino">The Good Dinosaur</a> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/popcorn.html#dino">Sanjay s Super Team</a> (short) (kudos to director Sanjay Patel) <dd><b>Shaun The Sheep</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/history.html#boy">Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo)</a> (kudos to the music) <dd><b>Extraordinary Tales</b> <br><br><b><u>Most Depressing</u></b><br> <u>Fiction Division</u> <dd><b>Port of Call</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Asian Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>James White</b> (kudos to Cynthia Nixon) <br><br><u><b>Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing Movies Despite Nonsense:</u></b> <dd><b>Paddington</b> (kudos to Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw s voicing and the production design) <dd><b>Cut Bank</b> (Noir Division) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#sauce">Applesauce</a> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared (Hundraringen som klev ut genom fnstret och frsvann)</b> <dd><b>The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)</b> (Exploitative Male Gaze Division) <br><br><u>Runners-up: Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing Movies Despite Nonsense:</u> <dd><b>The Final Girls</b> <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/american/indie/nasty-baby">Nasty Baby</a> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#Sisters">Sisters</a> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <br><br><u><b>BEST OF THE CINEMA OF THE ABSURD:</u></b> <dd><b>A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt p en gren och funderade p tillvaron)</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES</u></b>: <Dd><b>The Search For General Tso</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (See with Max Weber s <A HREF="http://collection.whitney.org/object/3270"><i>Chinese Restaurant</i></a> at the <A HREF="http://whitney.org/">Whitney Museum of American Art</a>) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Above.html">Above and Beyond</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (kudos to ILM s effects and earthy interviewees) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/deli-man">Deli Man</a> (preview at 2015 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#deli">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/post-911/tribeca-top-documentaries-2014">1971</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution</b> (reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt1Violence.html#BP">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Violence & Vigilantes</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2015 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Of Men And War</b> (reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt1Violence.html#omaw">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Violence & Vigilantes</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2015 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#ofmen">Notes</a>.) <dd><b>Park Lanes</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2015 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) (For the entire 8 hour shift, plus Q & A) <dd><b>The Creation of Meaning (La creazione di significato)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Western</b> (FYI  those birds are grackles) (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) see with <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/cartel-land">Cartel Land</a> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt1Violence.html#cart">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Violence & Vigilantes</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Palio</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-documentaries">Democrats</a> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Toto And His Sisters</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Look Of Silence</b> (reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt1Violence.html#tlos">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Violence & Vigilantes</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/best-of-2015">capsule  Best of 2015 review</a>) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>A Murder In The Park</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Meet the Patels</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (biased by my enjoying learning the Indian pronounciation of <a href="http://mavensnest.net/MandelShultz.html"> Ravi </A>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/stray-dog">Stray</a>/<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Stray.html">Dog</a> (preview at <i>2014 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Life Is Sacred</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt2Nonviolence.html#Life">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: NonViolence & Revolt</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Meru</b> (kudos to Jimmy Chin as co-director, co-DP, photographer  while climbing) <dd><b>Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief</b> (seen on HBO) <dd><b>The Pearl Button (El botn de ncar)</b> (My edited <a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/best-of-2015">capsule  Best of 2015 review</a>) <dd><b>Newman</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sherpa</b> <dd><b>Frame By Frame</b> <Dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/featured/winter-on-fire"> Winter On Fire: Ukraine s Fight For Freedom</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#Ukraine">Notes</a>.) (Seen on Netflix) <br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES FOR CINEPHILES</u></b>: <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#Anita">Becoming Anita Ekberg</a> and <b>The Vanity Tables of Douglas Sirk</b> (shorts preview at 2015 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#Quay">Quay</a>, seen in <i>The Quay Brothers on 35 MM</i> (short preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Forbidden Films (Verbotene Filme)</b> (kudos to <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a> for free showings) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#forbid">commentary</a> on the missing Jewish women.) <dd><b>The Wolfpack</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/film-history/how-to-smell-a-rose">How To Smell A Rose: A Visit With Ricky Leacock In Normandy</a> <dd><b>Listen to Me Marlon</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-documentaries">Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#natlamp">notes</a>.) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-history/sembene">Sembne!</a> (kudos to the animation and music) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#semb">Commentary on missing Jewish women</a>) <dd><b>Hitchcock/Truffaut</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: Documentaries I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><b>Vessel</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-hunting-ground">The Hunting Ground</a> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/fathers-sons-tribeca">In My Father s House</a> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My notes on <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#house">dental care</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/fathers-sons-tribeca">A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#did">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Armor Of Light</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#arm">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt1Violence.html#bullets">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Violence & Vigilantes</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Killing Them Safely (aka Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle)</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>(T)error</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt1Violence.html#Ter">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Violence & Vigilantes</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Do I Sound Gay?</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies</b> (kudos for including several women social scientists) <dd><b>3 Minutes, Ten Bullets</b> (reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt1Violence.html#Bullets">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: Violence & Vigilantes</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Ironministry.html">The Iron Ministry</a> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1591">Museum of Modern Art</a>) <dd><b>Finders Keepers</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#manwho">The Man Who Saved The World</a> (a docudrama hybrid) <Dd><b>Thank You For Your Service</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <br><br><u>BIO DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or glosses:</u> <dd><b>The Salt of The Earth</b> <dd><b>Dream/Killer</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Yes Men Are Revolting</b> (reviewed at <A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/HRW2015Pt2Nonviolence.html#Yes">Human Rights Watch Film Fest  15: NonViolence & Revolt</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#yes">Commentary</a> on the Jewish women. (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Transfatty Lives</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#peggy">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>A Ballerina s Tale</b> (albeit no bio  but outs Balanchine for promulgating the anorexic pre-adolescent male standard of beauty) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://morbidanatomymuseum.org/">Walter:The Man Who Married Kittens</a> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://www.thetrialsofcbm.com">The Trials of Constance Baker Motley</a> (short seen at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Best of Enemies</b> (NB: I didn t watch these ABC News debates live in 1968 because I was watching the real news of the actual convention coverage.) <dd><b>Homme Less</b> (at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (kudos to jazzy score by Kyle Eastwood & Matt McCord) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/crime/beltracchi-the-art-of-forgery">Beltracchi: The Art Of Forgery</a> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/dvdon-demand/steve-jobs-the-man-in-the-machine">Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#jobs">notes</a>.) (Compare with the fictionalization in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/new-york-film-festival/steve-jobs">Steve Jobs</a>, including <i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#steve">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (preview at 2015 <I>New York Film Festival</I> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.Com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</A>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/post-911/heart-of-a-dog">Heart of a Dog</a> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#dog">9/11 Commentary</a>) (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#dog">Jewish woman Commentary</a>) (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>I Am Sun Mu</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Diplomat</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <br><br><u>Educational DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or flaws):</u> flaws):</u> <dd><b>Approaching the Elephant</b> (seen in 2014 <i>Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You</i> at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2015 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2807-birds-of-a-feather-flock-to-doc-nyc">Emptying The Skies</a> (reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/"> Birds Of A Feather Flock To DOC NYC</a>) <dd><b>The Royal Road</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> (The <A HREF="http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=3e582020-ea90-4b8d-9de7-9ac5eec1c19d&c=1d9697a0-cc08-11e3-bf0e-d4ae52843aae&ch=1e48f7b0-cc08-11e3-bf5b-d4ae52843aae">Zinn Education Project</a> is also challenging  the Mission Unit in California schools.) <dd><b>Letter to a Father (Carta a un padre)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#padre">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/holocaust/my-italian-secret">My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#ital">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/we-come-as-friends">We Come as Friends</a> (kudos to the scenery) (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/history.html#friends">note</a>.) <dd><b>Where To Invade Next</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/in-jackson-heights">In Jackson Heights</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#jackson">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>A Journey Of A Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Class Divide</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/disturbing-the-peace">Disturbing The Peace</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#disturb">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <br><br><b><u>BEST for the SCENERY</b></u> <dd><b>The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel</b> <dd><b>Dog Lady</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Entertainment</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Last Knights</b> (a new genre: sword and snow epic?) <dd><b>Slow West</b> (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Aloft</b> (kudos to Arctic scenery and sound design) (preview at 2015 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Aloha</b> (and the Hawaiian music) <dd><b>Counting</b> (as a tribute to Chris Marker) <dd><b>Wolf Totem</b> (2D) (kudos to the ecological balance message) <dd><b>The Assassin (Nie yin niang)</b> (kudos to the costumes and cinematography) <Dd><b>The Sky Trembles And The Earth Is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers</b> (preview at 2015 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>The Revenant</b> (kudos to the cinematography) <br><br><u><b>BEST REVIVALS IN NEW PRINTS</u></b> <dd><b>Play</b> (preview at <i>In Case Of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben stlund</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Pain of Love (Krlighedens smerte)</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>A Crime to Fit the Punishment</b> (seen at 2015 <i>Carte Blanche: Women s Film Preservation Fund</i> of <A HREF="http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/560">Museum of Modern Art</a>) (Re: the making of <A HREF="http://zinnedproject.org/materials/salt-of-the-earth/">Salt of the Earth</a>) <dd><b>From Mayerling to Sarajevo</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) (now I understand  morganatic marriage ) <dd><b>Lions Love</b> (preview at 2015 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/a-poem-is-a-naked-person">A Poem Is A Naked Person</a> <dd><b>In Absentia</b>, <b>The Comb</b>, and <b>Street of Crocodiles</b> in <i>The Quay Brothers on 35 MM</i> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Jane B. Par (By) Agns V.</b> (<a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#janeb">note</a>) and <b>Kung-Fu Master! (Le Petit Amour)</b> (Viva Varda!) (preview courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.cineliciouspics.com/">Cinelicious Pics</a>) <Dd><b>Moana With Sound</b> (1926/1980) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <br><br>And thanks for theatrical showings for my first-time viewings on big screens of: <dd><b>Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazougai/Purple Rain)</b> (seen in <i>Rural Route Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) <dd><b>A Trick Of The Light</b> - great for kids who can read English subtitles! (preview of U.S. theatrical premiere in <i>Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road</i> retrospective at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a>) (Here s some of <A HREF="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOWNraClhlw">the Skladanowsky brothers</a> surviving Bioskop films) <dd><b>La Habanera</b> and <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#forbid"><b>Hitler s Madman</b></a>, (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.org/daily/spend-the-holidays-with-the-films-of-douglas-sirk/">Imitations of Life: The Films of Douglas Sirk</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u><b>NOTABLE FILM-RELATED EXHIBITS</u></b> <dd><b>America Is Hard to See</b> at the <A HREF="http://whitney.org/">Whitney Museum of American Art</a> (including Reginald Marsh s <A HREF="http://collection.whitney.org/object/1559"><i>Twenty Cent Movie</i></a> and Walker Evans 1931 photograph  Torn Movie Poster ) </dd><br><br><u><A NAME=2014><b>MY BEST FILMS of 2014</b></A></u> (In the order I saw them, many reviews yet to be written, particularly of festivals-viewed, non-theatrically distributed films): <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/ida">Ida</a> (preview at 2014 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#ida">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (kudos to Agata Kulesza and the cinematography) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>The Lunchbox (Dabba)</b> <dd><b>Child s Pose (Pozitia copilului)</b> (kudos to Luminita Gheorghiu) <dd><b>Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Venus In Fur (La Vnus La Fourrure)</b> (kudos to Emmanuelle Seigner) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Hateship Loveship</b> <dd><b>A Street in Palermo (Via Castellana Bandiera)</b> (kudos to writer/director/star Emma Dante) (preview at 2014 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Manuscripts Don't Burn (Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand)</b> (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/closed-curtain">briefly reviewed</a>) <dd><b>Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit)</b> (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-best-of-2014">briefly reviewed</a>) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Marion Cotillard) <dd><b>Rosewater</b> (kudos to Gael Garca Bernal, Kim Bodnia, and Haluk Bilginer) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: Movies I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#arabia">Ana Arabia</a> (preview at 2014 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Friends From France (Les interdits)</b> (preview at 2014 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/generation-war">Generation War (Unsere Mtter, Unsere Vter)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#gwar">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak)</b> <dd><b>Vic + Flo Saw A Bear (Vic + Flo Ont Vu Un Ours)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/">Anthology Film Archives</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Grand Central</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/crime/new-directorsnew-films-2014">The Japanese Dog (Cinele Japonez)</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/crime/new-directorsnew-films-2014">Quod Erat Demonstrandum</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>To Kill a Man (Matar a un hombre)</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Afronauts</b> (short preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Honey (Miele)</b> (for background see PBS s <i>Frontline</i> report <A HREF="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/suicide-plan/">The Suicide Plan</a>) <dd><b>Locke</b> <dd><b>The Grand Budapest Hotel</b> (kudos to the production design and mise en scene) <dd><b>The Retrieval</b> (kudos to young Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, writer/director Chris Eska, and the cinematography) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Dormant Beauty (Bella addormentata)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Those Happy Years (Anni felici)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#noah">Noah</a> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#colette">Colette</a> (seen at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.czechthatfilm.com/">Czech That Film Tour</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#police">Policeman (Ha-shoter)</a> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/a-coffee-in-berlin">A Coffee In Berlin (Oh Boy)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#coffee">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Hanna s Journey (Hannas Reise)</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="www.kinofestivalnyc.com">Kino!</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#hanna">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <Dd><b>Land Ho!</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to the scenery) <Dd><b>Happy Christmas</b> <dd><b>All About the Feathers (Por las plumas)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Latin Beat</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <Dd><b>My America</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/closed-curtain">Closed Curtain (Pard)</a> <dd><b>Lilting</b> (kudos to Ben Whishaw) (preview at 2014 <i>NewFest</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/a-master-builder">A Master Builder</a> <Dd><b>Frontera</b> <dd><b>Pasolini</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Saint Laurent</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to how well the actors wear those designer outfits) <dd><b>Birdman</b> (kudos to Michael Keaton, production design, editing, and cinematography) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Big Eyes</b> (kudos to Christoph Waltz) (because I m a sucker for the images of the 1964 World s Fair) <dd><b>The Imitation Game</b> (kudos to Benedict Cumberbatch) <dd><b>Felony</b> (kudos to writer/star Joel Edgerton, Jai Courtney, and Tom Wilkinson) (preview at 2013 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Rob the Mob</b> (kudos to Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda, and the editing) <Dd><b>Night Moves</b> (kudos to Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Life of Crime</b> (RIP Elmore Leonard) <dd><b>Nightcrawler</b> (kudos to Jake Gyllenhaal) <dd><b>A Most Violent Year</b> <br><br><u>Runners-Up: VIOLENT NEO-NOIRS I Recommend: Comic Division</u> <dd><b>Jackpot (Arme Riddere)</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/calvary">Calvary</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/noir.html#calv">note</a>.) <dd><b><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#uspart">Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes)</a></b> <dd><b>Blue Ruin</b> <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST NEO-NOIRS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/crime/new-directorsnew-films-2014">Youth (Hanoar)</a> (kudos to the Cunio brothers) (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/crime/new-directorsnew-films-2014">Fish & Cat (Mahi va gorbeh)</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>God's Pocket</b> (RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman) <dd><b>Joe</b> (kudos to Tye Sheridan) <Dd><b>Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai ri yan huo)</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Cold in July</b> (kudos to the score) <dd><b>Child of God</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>West (Lagerfeuer)</b> <dd><b>Gone Girl</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to the editing and score) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#blue">The Blue Room (La chambre bleue)</a> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to the music and editing) <dd><b>Foxcatcher</b> (kudos to cast, editing, and cinematography) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Captive</b> (kudos to the score by Mychael Danna) <br><br><b><u>BEST ACTIONERS/THRILLERS</u></b> <dd><b>Big Bad Wolves</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/omar">Omar</a> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <dd><b>The Babadook</b> (kudos to cinematography and book design) (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Bethlehem</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#beth">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <Dd><b>Starred Up</b> (kudos to Jack O Connell and Ben Mendelsohn) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/post-911/tribeca-top-documentaries-2014">Manos Sucias</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#manos">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/south-american/the-german-doctor">The German Doctor (Wakolda)</a> (Useful supplements: <a href="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk</a> interview and <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/170529/bariloche-nazi-haven">Tablet Magazine</a> visit to Bariloche.) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#doctor">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#wanted">A Most Wanted Man</a> <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ACTIONERS/THRILLERS I enjoyed despite uncredible plots</u> <dd><b>Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons (Xi you xiang mo pian)</b> <dd><b>The Raid 2: Berandal</b> (kudos to the score and sound design) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#wolf">Wolf</a> (kudos to Marwan Kenzari and the cinematography) <Dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/australian/the-rover">The Rover</a> (kudos to Natasha Braier s cinematography, scenery, sound design and score by Anthony Partos) <br><br><u><b>BEST SCI FI/FANTASY</b></u> <dd><b>The Double</b> (kudos to the cinematography, production design and Jesse Eisenberg) (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) in tandem with <b>Enemy</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/crime/new-directorsnew-films-2014">A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night</a> (kudos to the cinematography) (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Under the Skin</b> (kudos to the cinematography and score/sound design) <dd><b>Der Samurai</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Snowpiercer</b> (kudos to the production design and score) <dd><b>The Zero Theorem</b> (kudos to the costume and production design) <dd><b>The Krmn Line</b> (short) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Olivia Colman) <dd><b>The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies</b> (kudos to the 3D cinematography) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST SCI FI/FANTASY I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <Dd><b>Extraterrestrial</b> (kudos to the cinematography and sound design) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>The Canal</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Coherence</b> <dd><b>Honeymoon</b> (kudos to writer/director Leigh Janiak for female-empowering the genre) <dd><b>Bird People</b> <Dd><b>Interstellar</b> <Dd><b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>Under the Rainbow (Au bout du conte)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Obvious Child</b> (kudos to Jenny Slate) (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#obvious">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Gerontophilia</b> (preview at 2014 <i>NewFest</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>Girl on a Bicycle</b> <dd><b>2 Autumns, 3 Winters (2 automnes 3 hivers)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>If You Don't, I Will (Arrte Ou Je Continue)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Only Lovers Left Alive</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to the m, production design, and cinematography by Yorick LeSaux) <dd><b>Fading Gigolo</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#gigolo">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>The One I Love</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANTI-ROMANCES</u> <dd><b>X/Y</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Force Majeure (Turist)</b> <dd><b>Miss Julie</b> (kudos to Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton) <br><br><u><b>BEST COMING OF AGERS</b></u> <dd><b>Maidentrip</b> (kudos to the scenery too) <dd><b>Beneath The Harvest Sky</b> (kudos to Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to Paula Hertzog and the Sierra de Crdoba scenery) <dd><b>Boyhood</b> (kudos to writer/director Richard Linklater) <dd><b>Natural Sciences (Ciencias Naturales)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Latin Beat</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>NewFest</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: COMING OF AGERS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Jamesy Boy</b> (kudos to Spencer Lofranco and Michael Trotter) <dd><b>Me and You (Io e te)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Young And Beautiful (Jeune & jolie)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Sheep (Mouton)</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Hide Your Smiling Faces</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Palo Alto</b> (kudos to Jack Kilmer) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Broken Hill Blues (mheten) </b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) </b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/new-directorsnew-films-2014-witches-war">Horses of God (Les Chevaux de Dieu)</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#horses">Notes</a>.) <dd><b>Casa Grande</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Latin Beat</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><b><u>BEST FEMALE POV</u></b> <dd><b>Gloria</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Paulina Garca) <dd><b>Towheads</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2013">2013 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#tow">notes</a>.) <dd><b>On My Way (Elle s'en va)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://lilith.org/articles/much-more-than-an-israeli-private-benjamin/">Zero Motivation (Efes be-Yachasei Enosh)</a> (Also briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-best-of-2014">Best of 2014</a>) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#zero">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <Dd><b>Traitors</b> (kudos to Chaimae Ben Acha) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Brides (Patardzlebi)</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/two-lives">Two Lives (Zwei Leben)</a> <dd><b>I Won t Come Back (Ya Ne Vernus)</b> (kudos to Vika Lobacheva and Natalia Drozd) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete)</b> (kudos to Carla Juri) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Misunderstood (Incompresa)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Ophelia</b> (short) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Hanna Schygulla) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/tracks">Tracks</a> (kudos to Mia Wasikowski and cinematographer Mandy Walker) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#tracks">note</a>.) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST FEMALE POV I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><b>Age of Panic (La bataille de Solfrino)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Suzanne</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Stop the Pounding Heart</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/new-directorsnew-films-2014-witches-war">Witches & War</a> at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#pound">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/british/exhibition">Exhibition</a> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Very Good Girls</b> <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/comedy-2/may-in-the-summer">May In The Summer</a> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Wu Gui (Turtle)</b> (short) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/ireland/lifes-a-breeze">Life s A Breeze</a> <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><b>Wild</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#camp">Camp X-Ray</a> (kudos to Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi) <br><br><u>Documentary Division:</u> <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/features/2676-doc-nyc-round-up-part-1">Finding Vivian Maier</a> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Round-up Part 1:BEST BIO DOCS</a>) (<a href="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk</a> interview is a useful supplement about her photography.) <dd><b>Cineast(e)s: Women Filmmakers</b> (at <A HREF="http://www.fiaf.org/events/index.asp?evt=FILM">FI:AF</a> in 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous With French Cinema</i>) <dd><b>Out in the Night</b> (preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.ifccenter.com/">IFC Center</a> -- where the central events took place by its doors) <dd><b>Private Violence</b> (preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: Documentary Division I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2806-women-s-docs-at-doc-nyc">Breastmilk</a> (reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">Women's Docs at DOC NYC</a>) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#actress">Actress</a> <dd><b>Vessel</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Scheherazade s Diary</b> preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>Sepideh  Reaching For the Stars</b> preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/post-911/tribeca-top-documentaries-2014">Regarding Susan Sontag</a> </b> (briefly reviewed at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional notes on her as a <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#sontag">Jewish woman</a> and <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#sontag">9/11 analyst</a>.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/elena.html">Elena</a> <dd><b>Nan Goldin - I Remember Your Face</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="www.kinofestivalnyc.com">Kino!</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#nan">commentary</a> on her as a Jewish woman.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/irisming-in-harlem-nyff">Iris</a> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#iris">commentary</a> on her as a Jewish woman.) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST BROMANCES I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <Dd><b>Bicycling With Molire (Alceste bicyclette)</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST ACTORS better than their movies:</b></u> <dd>Jude Law in <b>Dom Hemingway</b> <Dd>Angelina Jolie in <b>Maleficent</b> <Dd>Eddie Redmayne in <b>The Theory of Everything</b> <dd>Gugu Mbatha-Raw in <b>Beyond the Lights</b> <br><br><u><b>BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE</u></b> <dd><b>A Field in England</b> (Then watch the making-of <A HREF="http://www.afieldinengland.com/masterclass/">Master Class</a>) <dd><b>Cesar Chavez</b> (except for the non-Chicano score) <dd><b>In Secret</b> <dd><b>Age Of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/burning-bush">Burning Bush (HoYic KeY)</a> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <dd><b>The Liberator (Libertador)</b> (kudos to the Venezuelan scenery) <dd><b>Mr. Turner</b> (see with <b>National Gallery</b>) (kudos to production design and cinematographer Dick Pope) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/diplomacy">Diplomacy (Diplomatie)</a> (Schlndorff interview at <a href="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk</a>) (kudos to Andr Dussollier and Niels Arestrup) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/selma">Selma</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#Selma">notes</a>.) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE I Recommend Despite my gripes</u> <dd><b>Summer In February</b> <dd><b>The Marchers (La Marche)</b> (except for the non-ethnic score) (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The French Minister (Quai D orsay)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Niels Arestrup) <dd><b>Xingu</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Railway Man</b> <Dd><b>Half of A Yellow Sun</b> <dd><b>Belle</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/violette">Violette</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#viol">notes</a>.) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/biopic/the-last-sentence">The Last Sentence (Dom ver Dd Man)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#sent">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Marius</b> <dd><b>Kill the Messenger</b> <dd><b>The Good Lie</b> <dd><b>Revenge of the Green Dragons</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.movingimage.us/">Museum of the Moving Image</a>) (Diva Review <A HREF="http://www.thedivareview.com/Revenge_of_the_Green_Dragons_Andrew_Lau_Andrew_Loo_Exclusive_Interview.htm">interview with the directors</a>) <dd><b>Fury</b> <dd><b>Unbroken</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/devilsknot.html">Devils Knot</a> <br><br><u><b>BEST REELABILITIES: Presentation of Disabilities in Film </b></u> (giving credit for appropriating the term without attending/seeing these at the <A HREF="http://www.reelabilities.org/">NY Disabilities Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Run and Jump</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#stand">Please Stand Clear of the Closing Doors</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/keep-on-keepin-on">Keep On Keeping On</a> (kudos to the music too) (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST REELABILITIES Movies I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>Demi-Svur</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries):</b></u> <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/features/2676-doc-nyc-round-up-part-1">Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America</a> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Round-up Part 1:BEST BIO DOCS</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/post-911/tribeca-top-documentaries-2014">Vara: A Blessing</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to the classical Indian dancing with music) <dd><b>We Are The Best! (Vi r bst!)</b> (kudos to Mira Barkhammar and Mira Grosin) <img src="BechdelWallace.jpg"> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/finding-fela">Finding Fela</a> <dd><b>20,000 Days on Earth</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Seymour: An Introduction</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Lambert & Stamp</b> (kudos to the editing) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>Mistaken for Strangers</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Dancing in Jaffa</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a> and at <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-arts/film-arts-features/2656-other-israel-film-fest-13-truth-friction">Part 2 Truth & Friction</a> of the 2013 <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">Other Israel Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#dancing">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><b>Flex Is Kings</b> (categorizing as dance-like) (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-arts-documentaries-2014">Time is Illmatic</a> (briefly reviewed at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Frank</b> <Dd><b>Flashback Memories (3D)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Sound + Vision</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Shield and Spear</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Sound + Vision</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Pulp</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Sound + Vision</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb Vs. Gravity</b> <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/features/2676-doc-nyc-round-up-part-1">Revenge of the Mekons</a> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Round-up Part 1:BEST BIO DOCS</a>) <dd><b>Into The Woods</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST ANIMATION (and use of animation)</u></b> <dd><b>The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Mood Indigo (L'cume des jours)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/new-directorsnew-films-2014-witches-war">Witches & War</a> at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#yaga">notes</a>.) (kudos to the scenery) <dd><b>Ernest & Clestine</b> (My detailed comments on this dental version of the <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#EandC">tooth mouse</a>.) <dd><b>The Tale of the Princess Kaguya</b> (English-dubbed version) <dd><b>Song of the Sea</b> <dd><b>How To Train A Dragon 2</b> <dd><b>The Boxtrolls</b> <br><Br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANIMATION (and use of animation) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>The Congress</b> (preview at 2014 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Wrinkles (Arrugas)</b> (English-dubbed version  kudos to George Coe s voicing) <dd><b>The Lego Movie</b> (for the dialogue) <br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES</u></b>: <dd><b>Big Men</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-last-of-the-unjust">The Last Of The Unjust (Le Dernier Des Injustes)</a> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <dd><b>Fatal Assistance (Assistance mortelle)</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2455-economics-the-24th-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Economics & the 24th Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-missing-picture">The Missing Picture (L'image manquante)</a> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#pic">notes</a>.) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/manakamana">Manakamana</a> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-arts-documentaries-2014">Tomorrow We Disappear</a> (briefly reviewed at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-arts-documentaries-2014">Art and Craft</a> (briefly reviewed at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/post-911/tribeca-top-documentaries-2014">The Newburgh Sting</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#sting">Notes</a>.) <Dd><b>Next Goal Wins</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Virunga</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Kill Team</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-arts/21-reviews/2801-hits-of-doc-nyc-on-streaming-vod">A World Not Ours</a>) (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Life Itself</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/watchers-of-the-sky"> Watchers of the Sky</a> (preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (inspired me to read Samantha Power s <u>A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide</u>) <dd><b>The Beekeeper (Der Imker)</b> (preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-green-prince">The Green Prince</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#green">Notes</a>.) (preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>National Gallery</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Red Army</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <Dd><b>Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story Of The Man Behind The National Enquirer</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Florence Arizona</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><b>The Return</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <br><br><u>DOCS that are Close Runners-Up</u> <Dd><b>12 O Clock Boys</b> (more subtitles please!) <dd><b>The New Black</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF=" http://www.filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2458-faith-filmmaking-at-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Faith & Filmmaking at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://karamahasnowalls.com/">Karama Has No Walls</a> (seen with <i>Oscar Nominated Shorts</i>) <dd><b>School Of Babel (La Cour de Babel)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/kids-for-cash">Kids for Cash</a> <dd><b>The Return To Homs</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/new-directorsnew-films-2014-witches-war">Witches & War</a> at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (kudos to the scenery) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#Homs">notes</a>.) <Dd><b>The Overnighters</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Evaporating Borders</b> preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>The Homestretch</b> preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>A Quiet Inquisition</b> preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>Siddharth</b> preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>Crooked Candy</b> (short) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/citizenfour">Citizenfour</a> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Still Dreaming</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <br><br><u>DOCUMENTARIES  Best Reenactments</u> <Dd><b>Charlie Victor Romeo</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <Dd><b>An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2014 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Beyond The Edge</b> (kudos to the scenery) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/irisming-in-harlem-nyff">Ming Of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys In The Air</a> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Evolution of a Criminal</b> <br><br><u>Runners Up DOCUMENTARIES  Best Reenactments</u> <dd><b>Bloody Beans (Loubia Hamra)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>For Those Who Can Tell No Tales</b> (preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (inspired me to read Ivo Andri s brilliant, Nobel Prize-winning <u>The Bridge Over The Drina</u>, originally published in 1945, 1959 English translation back in print) <br><br><u>Educational DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or flaws):</u> flaws):</u> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#before">Before the Revolution</a> (preview at 2014 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>The Great Flood</b> (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-miners-hymns">briefly reviewed</a> at 2012 <i>Silent Films/Live Music</i>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#miners">notes</a>.) <Dd><b>Teenage</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a> and in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2421-youth-in-rebellion-at-tribeca-film-fest-2013">Youth in Rebellion at Tribeca 2013</a>) <dd><b>Jodorowsky's <i>Dune</i></b> <dd><b>Particle Fever</b> (kudos for focusing on two women physicists) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Time Goes by Like a Roaring Lion (Die Zeit Vergeht Wie Ein Brllender Lwe)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>The Second Game (Al doilea joc)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <Dd><b>Karpotrotter</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/post-911/tribeca-top-documentaries-2014">Silenced</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#silence">Note</a>.) <Dd><b>The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Misconception</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>First to Fall</b> preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>Dinosaur 13</b> <dd><b>Expedition To The End Of The World</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <dd><A HREF="www.spanishlakefilm.com">Spanish Lake</a> (for background on the St. Louis suburbs of the Ferguson uproar) <dd><b>Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/last-days-in-vietnam">Last Days In Vietnam</a> <dd><b>The Last Hijack</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <dd><b>Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer s Monolithic Sculpture</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Inside The Mind Of Leonardo In 3D</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <br><br><u>BIO DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or glosses:</u> <dd><b>Aasinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2422-shout-out-for-quiet-documentaries-at-tribeca-13">Shout Out for Quiet Documentaries at Tribeca  13</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to <A HREF="http://aatsinkiseason.com/">the scenery</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://cavediggerdocumentary.com/index.html">Cave Digger</a> (seen with <i>Oscar Nominated Shorts</i>) <dd><b>BIG JOY: The Adventures of James Broughton</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2409-lgbt-cinema-at-tribeca-13">LGBT Cinema at Tribeca  13</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Castanha</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/political/the-unknown-known">The Unknown Known</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#known">note</a> and <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#known">note</a>.) <Dd><b>An Honest Liar</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/post-911/tribeca-top-documentaries-2014">Point and Shoot</a> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>True Son</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/features/2676-doc-nyc-round-up-part-1">The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff</a> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Round-up Part 1:BEST BIO DOCS</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/ai-weiwei-the-fake-case">Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#wei">notes</a>.) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/burts-buzz">Burt s Buzz</a> (My additional notes on the <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#burt">Jewish woman</a>. <Dd><b>Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs And The New South Africa</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.fordfoundation.org/issues/freedom-of-expression/justfilms#2013-justfilms-sizzle">Ford Foundation s Just Films</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/whitey-united-states-of-america-v-james-j-bulger">Whitey: United States Of America V. James J. Bulger</a> <dd><b>Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me</b> preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>The Supreme Price</b> preview at the 2014 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <Dd><b>The Decent One (Der Anstndige)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <Dd><b>Back On Board: Greg Louganis</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Little White Lie</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <br><br><b><u>Most Depressing</u></b><br> <u>Fiction Division</u> <Dd><b>Ice Poison (Bing Du)</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>Norte, the End of History (Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan)</b> (kudos to the scenery) (seen at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)</b> <dd><b>Leviathan</b> (kudos to the scenery and cinematography) <dd><b>Almost Alice</b> (kudos to Julianne Moore) (raising memories of <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html">my father s closing illness</a>) <br><u>Documentary Division:</u> <dd><b>Til Madness Do Us Part (Feng ai)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2014 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <br><br><u><b>Runners-up: Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing DOCS Despite Nonsense:</u></b> <dd><b>Muppets Most Wanted</b> <dd><b>Life of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><b><u>BEST for the SCENERY:</b></u> <br><u>Feature Division:</u> <dd><b>Love Is The Perfect Crime (L'amour est un crime parfait)</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Spell to Ward Off the Darkness</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Journey to the West (Xi You)</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Canopy</b> <dd><b>La Sapienza</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Homesman</b> <dd><b>Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu)</b> <br><u>Documentary Division:</u> <dd><b>Visitors</b> (kudos to the Philip Glass score) <dd><b>Watermark</b> <dd><b>Fishtail</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sunshine Superman</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Antarctica: A Year On Ice</b> <br><br><u><b>BEST REVIVALS IN NEW PRINTS</u></b> <dd><b>Il Sorpasso</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Red Hollywood</b> (preview at 2014 <i>Art of the Real</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Sorcerer</b> <dd><b>The Wind Will Carry Us (Bad ma ra khahad bord)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/british/exhibition"><b>Archipelago</b> and <b>Unrelated</b></a> (preview in <i>Emerging Artist Spotlight</i> at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><a href=http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#meets>Boy Meets Girl</a> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a> s <i>Carax Retrospective</i>) <dd><b>Hiroshima Mon Amour</b> (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (But I was really festival-tired during key scenes, so I can t take it off my cinema bucket list yet, darn) <dd><b>The King and the Mockingbird (Le Roi et l oiseau)</b> (animated) (preview at 2014 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Memories of the Eichmann Trial</b> (seen at <i>To Save and Project: The 12th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation</i> of <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">Museum of Modern Art</a>) (My additional notes on the <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#mem">Jewish women</a>). <Dd><b>David</b> (preview at 2014 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><b>A Winter s Tale (Conte d'hiver)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br>And thanks for theatrical showings for my first-time viewings on big screens of: <b>Light of Compassion (Nasake no hikari)</b> in <i>The Aesthetics of Shadow, Part 1: Japan</i> at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> (with live piano accompaniment); <b>Jump (Salto)</b>, <b>Mother Joan Of The Angels (Matka Joanna od AnioBw)</b>, <b>The Saragossa Manuscript (Rkopis znaleziony w Saragossie)</b> (preview in <i>Masterpieces of Polish Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>); <b>Borom Sarret/Black Girl (La noire de...)</b> in <i>An Auteurist History of Film</i> at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>; <b>Statues Also (Die Les Statues meurent aussi)</b> in <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2014 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>; Christian Petzold s <b>Wolfsburg</b> and <b>Ghosts</b> in the 2014 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>); <b>China Is Near (La Cina vicina)</b> in <i>Marco Bellocchio: A Retrospective</i> at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>; <b>The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants Du Pont Neuf)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a> s <i>Carax Retrospective</i>) <br><br><u><b>NOTABLE FILM-RELATED EXHIBITS</u></b> <dd><i>100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History</i> at <i>To Save and Project: The 12th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation</i> of <A HREF="http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1528">the Museum of Modern Art</a> (kudos to the 1913 cakewalk sequence in <b>Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day</b> and the decade of restoration detective work) </dd><br><br><u><A NAME=2013><b>MY BEST FILMS of 2013</b></A></u> (In the order I saw them, many reviews yet to be written, particularly of festivals-viewed, non-theatrically distributed films): <dd><b>About 111 Girls (Darbare 111 Dokhtar)</b> (seen in 2013 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2013-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>Modest Reception (Paziraie Sadeh)</b> (seen in 2013 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2013-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>Caesar Must Die (Cesare deve morire)</b> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to score by Giuliano Taviani and CarmeloTravi) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/lore">Lore</a> <dd><b>No</b> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Jiseul</b> (kudos to the cinematography and score) (preview at <i>2013 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Place Beyond The Pines</b> (kudos to Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and writer/director Derek Cianfrance) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/renoir">Renoir</a> (preview at 2013 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#Renoir">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Mold (Kf)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2013">2013 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Shine Of The Day (Der Glanz des Tages)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2013">2013 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#shine">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Harmony Lessons (Uroki Garmonii)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2421-youth-in-rebellion-at-tribeca-film-fest-2013">Youth in Rebellion at Tribeca 2013</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Computer Chess</b> <dd><b>Fruitvale Station</b> (kudos to writer/director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan) <dd><b>The Selfish Giant</b> (kudos to writer/director Clio Barnard, Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas and Sean Gilder) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: Movies I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/french/aliyah">Aliyah</a> (also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/44-features/2440-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">2013 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#aliyah">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>The Cutoff Man (Menatek Ha-maim)</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Outside Satan (Hors Satan)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/">Anthology Film Archives</a>) <dd><b>Southwest (Sudoeste)</b> (seen in 2013 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2013-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-pirogue">The Pirogue</a> <dd><b>Three Worlds (Trois Mondes)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Blue Caprice</b> (kudos to the score) (preview at <i>2013 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Starbuck</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2012 <i>Canadian Front</i>) -- like a fiction version of the documentary <b>Donor Unknown</b> (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt3.html">briefly reviewed</a> at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (remade in Hollywood as <i>Delivery Man</i>) <dd><b>It Was The Son ( stato il figlio)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to the cinematography) <dd><b>In The Fog (V tumane)</b> <dd><b>The Hunt (Jagten)</b> (kudos to Mads Mikkelsen) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/you-will-be-my-son">You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras Mon Fils)</a> <dd><b>Nebraska</b> (kudos to Bruce Dern and June Squibb, Bob Nelson s script, Phedon Papamichael s cinematography and Mark Orton s score) (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>A Touch Of Sin (Tian Zhu Ding)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (despite the kowtowing to Beijing PC-ness) <dd><b>In The Name Of. . . (W imie...)</b> (kudos to Andrzej Chyra) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/holocaust/aftermath">Aftermath (PokBosie)</a> (kudos to Maciej Stuhr and Ireneusz Czop) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#afterm">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <Dd><b>Three Exercises of Interpretation: The Cat is On the Chair, The Mouse is Under the Table, and The Monkey is On the Branch (Trois exercices d interprtation):</b> (preview in 2014 <i>Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2654-the-other-israel-film-fest-fiction-conflict">Under The Same Sun</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">Other Israel Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#SameSun">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2654-the-other-israel-film-fest-fiction-conflict">Inheritance</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">Other Israel Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#inherit">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2654-the-other-israel-film-fest-fiction-conflict">Arabani</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">Other Israel Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#arabani">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman) <dd><b>The Past (Le pass)</b> (briefly reviewed in <a href="http://film-forward.com/featured/the-best-of-2013">best of year</a>- scroll down) (kudos to Brnice Bejo and Pauline Burlet) <Dd><b>Saving Mr. Banks</b> <Dd><b>Mud</b> <Dd><b>American Hustle</b> <Dd><b>The Hours</b> (RIP Paul Walker) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><b>Lee Daniels' The Butler</b> <dd><b>The Immigrant</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#immig">commentary</a> on the missing Jewish women.) (kudos to Marion Cotillard, cinematographer Darius Khondji, and production design, especially at Ellis Island) <dd><b>12 Years A Slave</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Fifth Estate</b> (not so way-back division) <dd><b>Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom</b> (kudos to Idris Elba and Naomie Harris) <br><br><b><u>BEST ACTIONERS/THRILLERS</u></b> <dd><b>The Baytown Outlaws</b> (kudos to Clayne Crawford and Travis Fimmel) <dd><b>Gangster Squad</b> (kudos to art, scenic, costume, and sound design) <dd><b>Motorway (Che sau)</b> (kudos to the music) (preview at 2013 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Berlin File (Be-reul-lin)</b> <dd><b>A Hijacking (Kapringen)</b> (briefly reviewed in <a href="http://film-forward.com/featured/the-best-of-2013">best of year</a>- scroll down) (preview at 2013 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (see it with <b>The Project</b>, briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (I preferred over <i>Captain Phillips</I>) <dd><A HREF="http://niklashl.bplaced.com/Stampede.html">Stampede</a> (a short film from Croatia by Cyril Amon Schubli as tense as Bourne in a train station) (preview at <i>2013 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Northwest (Nordvest)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2421-youth-in-rebellion-at-tribeca-film-fest-2013">Youth in Rebellion at Tribeca 2013</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/shadow-dancer">Shadow Dancer</a> (kudos to Andrea Riseborough) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#shadow">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Drug War (Du zhan)</b> <dd><b>The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi)</b> (U.S. version) (kudos to the martial arts choreography and cinematography) <dd><b>Prisoners</b> <dd><b>Lone Survivor</b> (kudos to director Peter Berg) <dd><b>Gravity</b> (3D) <dd><b>Welcome to the Punch</b> (kudos to the production style) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ACTIONERS/THRILLERS I enjoyed despite uncredible plots</u> <dd><b>The East</b> <dd><b>The Prey (La proie)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-attack">The Attack</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#attack">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Closed Circuit</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST NEO-NOIRS</u></b> <dd><b>Death For Sale</b> (kudos to the cinematography) (preview in 2013 <i>New York African Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Nairobi Half Life</b> (preview in 2013 <i>New York African Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>A Single Shot</b> (kudos to Sam Rockwell and score by Atli rvarsson) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST NEO-NOIRS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Mobius</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Mystery</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Asian Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u><b>BEST SCI FI/FANTASY</b></u> <dd><b>The Wall (Die Wand) </b> (kudos to Martina Gedeck and the scenery) <dd><b>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</b> (kudos to the action and hints of romance) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST SCI FI/FANTASY I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Blancanieves</b> (kudos to cinematography and music) (preview at 2012 <i>Spanish Cinema Now</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to the black-and-white cinematography) <dd><b>Byzantium</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>World War Z</b> <dd><b>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</b> <br><br><u><b>BEST COMING OF AGERS</b></u> <dd><b>The Interval (L Intervallo)</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (kudos to Francesca Riso) <dd><A HREF="http://blackbirdthefilm.com/">Blackbird</a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2013 <i>Canadian Front</i>) (kudos to Connor Jessup and writer/director Jason Buxton) <dd><b>Before My Heart Falls (Avant Que Mon Coeur Bascule)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2013 <i>Canadian Front</i>) <dd><b>The Rocket</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>What Richard Did</b> (kudos to Jack Reynor) (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2421-youth-in-rebellion-at-tribeca-film-fest-2013">Youth in Rebellion at Tribeca 2013</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Spectacular Now</b> (despite more upbeat ending than the book) <dd><b>Club Sndwich</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: COMING OF AGERS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Gimme The Loot</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2012">2012 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Molly Maxwell</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2013 <i>Canadian Front</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/french/the-we-and-the-i">The We and The I</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#we">notes</a>.) <dd><b>La Playa DC</b> (Seen at <A HREF="http://nyadiff.org/">The African Diaspora International Film Festival</a> <br><br><b><u>BEST ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>Warm Bodies</b> (Sci-Fi Division) (kudos to Nicholas Hoult) <dd><b>Refrain (Rengaine)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2013">2013 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#reng">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman) <dd><b>Before Midnight</b> (40somethings Division) (kudos to Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) <dd><b>Much Ado About Nothing</b> (a la Joss Whedon and friends) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/fill-the-void">Fill the Void (Lemale et ha'halal)</a> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Hadas Yaron and Yiftach Klein) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#void">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><b>Ain t Them Bodies Saints</b> (kudos to Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck) <dd><b>Real (Riaru: Kanzen Naru Kubinagary No Hi)</b> (Sci-Fi Division) (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Blue Is The Warmest Color (La Vie d Adle -Chapitre 1 and 2)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Adle Exarchopoulos) <dd><b>Her</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to writer/director Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix, voice of Scarlett Johansson, score by Arcade Fire, KK Barrett s production design) <dd><A HREF="http://www.thepinfilm.com/">The Pin</a> (kudos to actors Milda Gecaite and Grisha Pasternak, writer/director Naomi Jaye and score/sound design) (preview at <A HREF="http://annefrank.com/">The Anne Frank Center USA</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#pin">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>Nights With Theodore (Les Nuits avec Theodore)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Laurence Anyways</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2013 <i>Canadian Front</i>) (kudos to Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clment) <dd><b>Upstream Color</b> (Sci-Fi Division) (kudos to Shane Carruth) <dd><b>Every Blessed Day (Tutti i santi giorni)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Floating Skyscrapers (Plynace wiezowce)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2409-lgbt-cinema-at-tribeca-13">LGBT Cinema at Tribeca  13</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Al Blue Eyes (Al ha gli occhi azzurri)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2421-youth-in-rebellion-at-tribeca-film-fest-2013">Youth in Rebellion at Tribeca 2013</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Don Jon</b> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/glbt/out-in-the-dark">Out In The Dark (Alata) (Dhalam)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#dark">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Charlie Countryman</b> <br><br><u>Runners-Up Guilty Pleasure Douglas Sirk Tribute Division: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>Labor Day</b> (kudos to Kate Winslett and I ve been a fan of Josh Brolin as sexy since <i>Young Riders</i>) <dd><b>Twice Born (Venuto al mondo)</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST BROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>The Kings of Summer</b> <dd><b>Prince Avalanche</b> <dd><b>The Motel Life</b> (kudos to Jason Falkner s guitar) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST BROMANCES I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><b>Kill Your Darlings</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#kill">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><b>Out of the Furnace</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST FEMALE POV</u></b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/war-witch">War Witch (Rebelle)</a> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Girl</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Future Weather</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>A Lady in Paris (Une Estonienne Paris)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/foreign/french/augustine">Augustine</a> (preview at 2013 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Thrse Desqueyroux</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/eden">Eden</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#eden">notes</a>.) <dd><b>S#x/Six Acts (Shesh peamim)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2421-youth-in-rebellion-at-tribeca-film-fest-2013">Youth in Rebellion at Tribeca 2013</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#acts">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><b>Jn</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2421-youth-in-rebellion-at-tribeca-film-fest-2013">Youth in Rebellion at Tribeca 2013</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/ginger-rosa">Ginger & Rosa</a> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/hannah-arendt">Hannah Arendt</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Arendt">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>The Bling Ring</b> <dd><b>Tall As The Baobab Tree (Grand comme le Baobab)</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2466-islam-women-s-rights-at-the-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Islam & Women s Rights at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <img src="new.gif"> <dd><b>In A World. . .</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#world">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/our-children">Our Children ( Perdre La Raison)</a> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to milie Dequenne) <dd><b>Afternoon Delight</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#delight">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-patience-stone">The Patience Stone (Syngu Sabour)</a> (kudos to Golshifteh Farahani) <dd><b>Adore (Two Women)</b> (kudos to Robin Penn and Naomi Watts) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/wadjda">Wadjda</a> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/camille-claudel-1915">Camille Claudel 1915</a> (kudos to Juliette Binoche) <dd><b>Sunlight Jr.</b> (kudos to Naomi Watts and writer/director Laurie Collyer) <dd><b>Everyday</b> (thanks to <A HREF="http://www.wolfentertainmentguide.com/ViewPage.aspx?cat=course">William Wolf s Movie Preview Class</a>) (kudos to Shirley Henderson) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST FEMALE POV I Recommend Despite my Gripes</u> <dd><b>Abuse Of Weakness (Abus De Faiblesse)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>My Name Is Hmmm& (Je M appelle Hmmm& )</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Enough Said</b> <dd><b>Go For Sisters</b> (kudos to LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross and Edward James Olmos) <br><br><u><b>BEST SATIRES</b></u> <dd><b>The Color Of The Chameleon (Tsvetat na hameleona)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2013">2013 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#color">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Fresh Meat</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2421-youth-in-rebellion-at-tribeca-film-fest-2013">Youth in Rebellion at Tribeca 2013</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Helter Skelter (Herut sukerut)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Asian Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<i>Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film</i> of <A HREF="http://www.japansociety.org/japan-cuts-2013">Japan Society</a>) <dd><b>The World s End</b> (kudos to Simon Pegg) <dd><b>What s in A Name (Le Prnom)</b> <br><br><u><b>Runners-up: Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing DOCS Despite Nonsense:</u></b> <dd><b>The Parade (Parada)</b> (Best Gay Serbian Comedy with a Serious Point Division) (seen in 2013 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2013-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2458-faith-filmmaking-at-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Faith & Filmmaking at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-battle-of-pussy-willow-creek">The Battle Of Pussy Willow Creek</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#pussy">notes</a>.) <dd><b>In the House (Dans la maison)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><b><u>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries):</b></u> <dd><b>Cabaret Berlin: The Wild Scene</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Max Raabe in Israel</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Max">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (El Fantstico mundo de Juan Orol)</b> (seen in 2013 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2013-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><A HREF="http://www.bo-wang.net/CC.html">China Concerto</a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/biopic/the-sapphires">The Sapphires</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#sapp">notes</a>.) <dd><b>When The Song Dies</b> (short) (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2422-shout-out-for-quiet-documentaries-at-tribeca-13">Shout Out for Quiet Documentaries at Tribeca  13</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/a-band-called-death">A Band Called Death</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#death">note</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/bhaag-milkha-bhaag">Bhaag Milkha Bhaag</a> (kudos to Farhan Akhtar and music by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, and Loy Mendonsa) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#Milkha">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Pussy Riot  A Punk Prayer (Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot)</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2458-faith-filmmaking-at-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Faith & Filmmaking at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/inside-llewyn-davis">Inside Llewyn Davis</a> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Oscar Isaac and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Davis">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/features/2676-doc-nyc-round-up-part-1">The Punk Singer</a> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Round-up Part 1:BEST BIO DOCS</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2807-birds-of-a-feather-flock-to-doc-nyc">We Always Lie To Strangers</a> (reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/"> Birds Of A Feather Flock To DOC NYC</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIE MUSICALS (and music/dance bio-pics and documentaries) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>The Ballad of the Weeping Spring (Balada le'aviv ha'bohe)</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <Dd><b>Let s Dance!</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#lets">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/music/hava-nagila-the-movie">Hava Nagila (The Movie)</a> (also briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#hava">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/dont-stop-believin">Don t Stop Believin : Everyman s Journey</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#dont">notes</a>.) (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#dont">notes</a>.) <dd><b>The Broken Circle Breakdown</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The History Of Future Folk</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/music/20-feet-from-stardom">20 Feet From Stardom</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#20">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Enzo Avitabile Music Life</b> (seen at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/american/indie/cbgb">CBGB</a> (just for the inaccurate fun of it) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#cbgb">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <Dd><A HREF="http://www.sweetdreamsrwanda.com/">Sweet Dreams</a> <Dd><b>I Used To Be Darker</b> (for how naturally the character-defining music was incorporated into the story) <Dd><b>Touba</b> (seen at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <br><br><u><b>BEST REELABILITIES: Presentation of Disabilities in Film </b></u> (giving credit for appropriating the term without attending/seeing these at the <A HREF="http://www.reelabilities.org/">NY Disabilities Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://www.faberfilm.it/eng/lestate_di_giacomo.html">Summer of Giacomo (L'estate di Giacomo)</a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://matthewslaws.com/">Matthew s Laws (De Regels van Matthijs)</a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <br><br><b><u>BEST ANIMATION</u></b> <dd><b>The Day Of The Crows (Le Jour des Corneilles)</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Suicide Shop (Le magasin des suicides)</b> (in 3D) (preview at 2013 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Painting (Le Tableau)</b> (preview at 2012 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Approved For Adoption (Couleur De Peau: Miel)</b> (a mixed-media docu-drama) <dd><b>Frozen</b> (kudos to Disney s somewhat most feminist, what with writer/co-director Jennifer Lee, songs co-written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and 2 princesses, voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel) <br><Br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANIMATION I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>From Up on Poppy Hill</b> (English-language version) (courtesy of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/features/2676-doc-nyc-round-up-part-1">Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?</a> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Round-up Part 1:BEST BIO DOCS</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Chomsky">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES</u></b>: <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/56-up">56 Up</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#56">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Numbered</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#numb">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://www.pabloswinter.com/">Pablo s Winter (El Invierno de Pablo</a> (kudos to the cinematography) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Cancula</b> (kudos to the cinematography, sound design, and music) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>The Act Of Killing</b> (preview at <i>2013 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2467-death-politics-at-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Death & Politics at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/no-place-on-earth">No Place On Earth</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#earth">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (Also reviewed on page 14 of <A HREF="http://www.jewishnh.org/reporter/2013/Dec-2013.pdf">New Hampshire Jewish Film Buzz</a>) <dd><b>Oxyana</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Let The Fire Burn</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sandy Storyline</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Powerless (Katiyabaaz)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2422-shout-out-for-quiet-documentaries-at-tribeca-13">Shout Out for Quiet Documentaries at Tribeca  13</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Reporting on The Times: The New York Times and The Holocaust</b> (short film) (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2422-shout-out-for-quiet-documentaries-at-tribeca-13">Shout Out for Quiet Documentaries at Tribeca  13</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Times">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Call Me Kuchu</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/human-rights-watch-festival-2012">2012 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> ) (See with <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-arts/21-reviews/2801-hits-of-doc-nyc-on-streaming-vod">God Loves Uganda</a> for background.) <dd><b>99%  The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2455-economics-the-24th-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Economics & the 24th Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Born This Way</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2458-faith-filmmaking-at-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Faith & Filmmaking at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>In The Shadow Of The Sun</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2458-faith-filmmaking-at-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Faith & Filmmaking at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Salma</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2466-islam-women-s-rights-at-the-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Islam & Women s Rights at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Camp 14  Total Control Zone</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2467-death-politics-at-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Death & Politics at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-square">The Square (Al Midan)</a> (kudos to director Jehane Noujaim) (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#square">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://empireproject.eu/">The Empire Project</a> (seen at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/herb-dorothy-50x50">Herb & Dorothy 50x50</a> (the sequel to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Herb">Herb & Dorothy</a>) <dd><b>Golden Slumbers (Le Sommeil d Or)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/">Anthology Film Archives</a> <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-arts/film-arts-features/2656-other-israel-film-fest-13-truth-friction">The Garden of Eden</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">Other Israel Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#eden">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2804-politics-at-doc-nyc-a-look-back">Town Hall</a> (reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">Politics at DOC NYC: A Look Back</a>) <br><br><u>DOCS that are Close Runners-Up</u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-gatekeepers">The Gatekeepers (Shom'ray Ha'saf)</a> (preview at <i>2012 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Sofia s Last Ambulance (Poslednata lineika na Sofia)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Downeast</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2012-documentaries">Documentaries</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/cape-spin">Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle</a> <dd><b>Bidder 70</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/human-rights-watch-festival-2012">2012 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks</b> <dd><b>Raw Herring (Hollandse Nieuwe</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Camera/Woman</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2466-islam-women-s-rights-at-the-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Islam & Women s Rights at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Going Up The Stairs</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2466-islam-women-s-rights-at-the-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Islam & Women s Rights at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Rafea: Solar Mama</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2466-islam-women-s-rights-at-the-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Islam & Women s Rights at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#solar">note</a>.) <dd><b>An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2467-death-politics-at-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Death & Politics at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>In God We Trust</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://zipperfilm.com/">Zipper: Coney Island s Last Wild Ride</a> <dd><b>Tim s Vermeer</b> (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/after-tiller">After Tiller</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#tiller">note</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-arts/film-arts-features/2656-other-israel-film-fest-13-truth-friction">Dove s Cry</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">Other Israel Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#dove">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-arts/21-reviews/2801-hits-of-doc-nyc-on-streaming-vod">God Loves Uganda</a> and <b>Mission Congo</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2806-women-s-docs-at-doc-nyc">Brave Miss World</a> (reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">Women's Docs at DOC NYC</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up:BEST BIO DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or glosses:</u> <dd><b>The Art of Spiegelman</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#theart">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Life? Or Theatre?</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#life">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Oma and Bella</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#oma">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Life In Stills</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#stills">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://www.taskovskifilms.com/film/tzvetanka/">Tzvetanka</a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#terra">No Man s Land (Terra de Ningum)</a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Documentarian</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#garden">Once I Entered a Garden (Nichnasti pa'am lagan)</a> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>We Went to War</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2013 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) (recommended only because these VietNam War vets experiences echo my colleague s <A HREF="http://www.filmshowcase.blogspot.com/#uds-search-results">Gerald Wright</a>) <dd><b>Journal de France</b> (preview at 2013 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Anton s Right Here (L Anton tut ryadom)</b> (preview at <i>2013 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Our Nixon</b> (preview at <i>2013 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/new-york-film-festival/new-york-film-festival-verdi-volcanoes">2012 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribecas-award-winning-docs">Award-Winning Docs</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#downey">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Kiss The Water</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#water">notes</a>.) <dd><b>The Trials Of Muhammed Ali</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#ali">notes</a>.) <Dd><b>Lenny Cooke</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2013-documentaries">2013 Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#lenny">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Alias Ruby Blades</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2421-youth-in-rebellion-at-tribeca-film-fest-2013">Youth in Rebellion at Tribeca 2013</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Bending Steel</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2422-shout-out-for-quiet-documentaries-at-tribeca-13">Shout Out for Quiet Documentaries at Tribeca  13</a> at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Cutie and the Boxer</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/stories-we-tell">Stories We Tell</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#stories">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (preview at <i>2013 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2223-doc-nyc-3rd-season-reviewed-part-1/">Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp</a> (briefly reviewed at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/FreeAngela.html">Free Angela and All Political Prisoners</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#angela">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington </b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2466-islam-women-s-rights-at-the-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Islam & Women s Rights at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://wheniwalk.com/">When I Walk</a> <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/features/2676-doc-nyc-round-up-part-1">In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons In Life With Saul Leiter</a> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Round-up Part 1:BEST BIO DOCS</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2804-politics-at-doc-nyc-a-look-back">American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs</a> (reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">Politics at DOC NYC: A Look Back</a>) <br><br><u>Educational Runners-Up (DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or flaws):</u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/more-than-honey">More Than Honey</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#honey">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://www.livinlovin.gr/kisses-to-the-children/">Kisses To The Children (Filia eis ta pedia/   )</a> (seen at <A HREF="http://afjmg.org/2013/05/20/kisses-to-the-children-film-in-new-york-city/">American Sephardi Federation</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#kisses">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/afghanistan/dirty-wars">Dirty Wars</a> (with the book) <dd><b>Pandora s Promise</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/israel-a-home-movie">Israel: A Home Movie (Kakh Ra'nu)</a> <dd><b>Deepsouth</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2455-economics-the-24th-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Economics & the 24th Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>My Afghanistan  Life In The Forbidden Zone</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2466-islam-women-s-rights-at-the-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Islam & Women s Rights at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Undocumented</b> (briefly reviewed at 2013 <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2467-death-politics-at-human-rights-watch-film-fest">Death & Politics at Human Rights Watch Film Fest</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/blackfish">Blackfish</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#blackf">note</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2223-doc-nyc-3rd-season-reviewed-part-1/">The Pervert s Guide To Ideology</a> (briefly reviewed at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Levitated Mass</b> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://www.sweetdreamsrwanda.com/">Sweet Dreams</a> <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-arts/film-arts-features/2656-other-israel-film-fest-13-truth-friction">Apples of the Golan</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">Other Israel Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-arts/film-arts-features/2656-other-israel-film-fest-13-truth-friction">The Fading Valley</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">Other Israel Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-arts/film-arts-features/2656-other-israel-film-fest-13-truth-friction">Good Garbage</a> (preview at 2013 <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">Other Israel Film Festival</a>) <br><br><b><u>BEST for the SCENERY:</b></u> <dd><b>Leviathan</b> documentary briefly reviewed at (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/new-york-film-festival/new-york-film-festival-2012">2012 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>To The Wonder</b> <dd><b>Kon Tiki</b> <dd><b>Museum Hours</b> <dd><b>All Is Lost</b> (kudos to score by Alex Ebert and sound design) (preview at 2013 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza)</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST for the CREATIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY:</b></u> <dd><b>Stoker</b> <dd><b>Springbreakers</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST ACTORS better than their movies:</b></u> <dd>Jonah Hill in <b>The Wolf of Wall Street</b> <dd>Cate Blanchett in <b>Blue Jasmine</b> <br><br><u><b>BEST REVIVALS IN NEW PRINTS</u></b> <dd><b>Heaven s Gate</b> (director's cut new DCP restoration) <dd><b>Voyage to Italy (Viaggio in Italia)</b> (DCP) <dd><b>Kol Nidre</b> and <b>The Yellow Ticket</b> (briefly in <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://icarusfilms.com/new2013/far.html">Far From Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam)</a> (preview in <i>Cinema of Resistance</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://www.artistspublicdomain.org/films/northern-lights-1978?category=releasing&last=cinema-conservancy">Northern Lights</a> <Dd>My mom s essay on <A HREF="http://www.poetsquarterly.com/2015/08/the-american-long-poem-goes-west-thomas.html">Thomas McGrath s Letter to an Imaginary Friend</a> makes the poet seem like an inspiration for the film. <dd><b>Lola</b> (new restoration in Film Forum's <i>Jacques Demy</i>) <Dd><b>The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians (Profetul, aurul si Ardelenii)</b> (preview in <i>Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Mauvais Sang</b> <br><br>And thanks for theatrical showings for my first-time viewings on big screens of: <b>Ten</b> in <i>A Close-Up Of Abbas Kiarostami</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>; <b>Guelwaar</b> and <b>TGV</b> in 2013 <i>New York African Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>; <b>To Be Twenty In The Aures (Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurs)</b> and <b>West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves Of Liberty (West Indies ou les ngres marrons de la libert)</b> in <i>Cinema of Resistance</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>. <br><br><u><b>NOTABLE FILM-RELATED EXHIBITS</u></b> <dd><b>Hopper Drawing</b> at the Whitney Museum of American Art (kudos to the drawings displayed along side MoMA s <A HREF="http://whitney.org/image_columns/0043/1946/new_york_movie_moma_762.jpg">New York Movie</a>:  I go to the movies for a week or more. I go on a regular movie binge. ) <dd><b>Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective</b> at <A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/art-spiegelman">The Jewish Museum</a>, which includes <b>The Art of Spiegelman (Art Spiegelman, Traits de mmoire)</b>, as <A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2331-reviewed-new-york-jewish-film-festival-2013">Reviewed: New York Jewish Film Festival 2013</a> of The Museum, seen at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#theart">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) </dd><br><br><u><A NAME=2012><b>MY BEST FILMS of 2012</b></A></u> (In the order I saw them, many reviews yet to be written, particularly of festivals-viewed, non-theatrically distributed films): <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/once-upon-a-time-in-anatolia">Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#Anatolia">note</a>.) (kudos to cinematographer Gkhan Tiryaki) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/israeli/footnote">Footnote (Hearat Shulayim)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#footn">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (So now I see why my second cousin in the Talmud Department at the Hebrew University Jerusalem doesn t deign to participate in our Mandel-Brody Family History Project) (kudos to score by Amit Poznansky) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/in-darkness">In Darkness (W Ciemnosci)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#indark">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Stopped on Track (Halt auf Freier Strecke)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>Kino! 2012: New Films from Germany</i>) <dd><b>Beasts of the Southern Wild</b> (kudos to director/co-writer/co-scorer Benh Zeitlin, stars Quvenzhan Wallis and Dwight Henry, cinematographer Ben Richardson, editors Crockett Doob & Affonso Gonalves) <dd><b>Dirty Hearts (Coraes Sujos)</b> (seen in 2012 <i>Premiere Brazil!</i> series at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Bwakaw</b> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Eddie Garcia) <dd><b>Amour</b> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) <dd><b>Argo</b> <br><br><u>Runners-Up: Movies I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>Toll Booth (Gise Memuru)</b> (seen in 2012 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2012-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>Restoration (Boker tov adon Fidelman)</b> (kudos to Sasson Gabai) (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-2012-new-york-jewish-film-festival">2012 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Amnesty (Amnistia)</b> (seen in 2012 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2012-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>38 Witnesses (38 Tmoins)</b> (preview at 2012 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Les Neiges Du Kilimandjaro)</b> (preview at 2012 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Omar Killed Me (Omar m a tuer)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2012">2012 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Minister (L exercice de l tat)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Found Memories (Historias Que So Existem Quando Lembradas)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Neighboring Sounds (O som ao redor)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Relentless</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://africanfilmny.org/">New York African Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Post Mortem</b> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://www.jewishnh.org/reporter/2012/2012-Oct.pdf">Saviors In The Night (Unter Bauern)</a> (<i>New Hampshire Jewish Film Buzz</i> on p. 16  N/A) (also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#savior">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (Thanks to <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/about-judy-gelman-myers/">Judy Gelman Myers</a> for background on the director.) <dd><b>Beyond the Hill (Tepenin Ardi)</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to the scenery) <dd><b>A Better Life (Une Vie Meilleure)</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Kaddish for a Friend (Kaddisch fr einen Freund)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>Kino! 2012: New Films from Germany</i>) <dd><b>Polisse</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Monster s Club</b> (preview at 2012 <i>Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film</i> of <A HREF="http://www.japansociety.org/page/programs/film/japan_cuts_2012">Japan Society</a>) <dd><b>Cosmopolis</b> <dd><b>You Ain t Seen Nothing Yet (Vous n'avez encore rien vu)</b> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Beyond The Hills (Dupa dealuri)</b> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>On The Road</b> (kudos to Garrett Hedlund) <dd><b>Tabu</b> (missed it at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to hunky Carloto Cotta and the black-and-white cinematography) <br><br><b><u>BEST ACTIONERS/THRILLERS</u></b> <dd><b>Miss Bala</b> (preview at 2011 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Raid: Redemption (Serbuan maut)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Rat King</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sleepless Night (Nuit Blanche)</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to Tomer Sisley and cinematographer Tom Stern) <dd><b>Skyfall</b> (kudos to Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, and the editing) <dd><b>End of Watch</b> (kudos to Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pea, editing, and cinematographer Roman Vasyanov) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ACTIONERS/THRILLERS I enjoyed despite uncredible plots</u> <dd><b>Man on a Ledge</b> <dd><b>Haywire</b> <dd><b>Lockout</b> <dd><b>Lawless</b> (kudos to Nick Cave and the Bootleggers songs and score) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST EDITED ACTION/CHASE SCENES I enjoyed despite uncredible plots</u> <dd><b>Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate (Long men fei jia)</b> (in IMAX/3D) (kudos to the fight choreography, costumes, storm effects, and percussion) <dd><b>The Bourne Legacy</b> <br><br><u><b>BEST SCI FI/FANTASY</b></u> <dd><b>Doomsday Book</b> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Asian Film Festival</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Looper</b> <dd><b>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</b> (kudos to the ensemble, effects, and the NZ scenery) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST SCI FI/FANTASY I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter</b> (for the cinematography and the special effects) <dd><b>Snow White and the Huntsman</b> <dd><b>The Amazing Spider-Man</b> (in IMAX 3D) (kudos to Andrew Garfield) <dd><b>Cloud Atlas</b> (kudos to cinematography, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hanks) <dd><b>Sound of My Voice</b> (kudos to Brit Marling) <br><br><b><u>BEST VIOLENT NEO-NOIRS</u></b> <dd><b>Qarantina (Quarantine)</b> (seen in 2012 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2012-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>Bullhead (Rundskop)</b> (briefly reviewed in <a href="http://film-forward.com/featured/the-best-of-2012">best of year</a>- scroll down) (kudos to Matthias Schoenaerts) <dd><b>Michael</b> (the violence is unseen) <dd><b>Compliance</b> (psychological violence a la Zimbardo/Milgram experiments) (kudos to Ann Dowd) <dd><b>How to Steal 2 Million</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://africanfilmny.org/">2012 New York African Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Bastard</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>Kino! 2012: New Films from Germany</i>) <dd><b>The Good Neighbor (Unter Nachbarn)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>Kino! 2012: New Films from Germany</i>) <dd><b>Easy Money (Snabba Cash)</b> <dd><b>Talaash (Search)</b> (kudos to Aamir Khan) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST VIOLENT NEO-NOIRS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Headhunters (Hodejegerne)</b> <dd><b>Outrage Beyond (Autoreiji: Biyondo)</b> (preview in <i>Midnight Movies</i> at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to the score byKeiichi Suzuki) <br><br><b><u>MOST MORALLY DUBIOUS HEROES based on real people</u></b> <dd>For the sanctimonious violence: <b>For Greater Glory</b> <dd>For myopia on well-to-do European tourists in the tsunami: <b>The Impossible</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>Las Acacias</b> (briefly reviewed in <a href="http://film-forward.com/featured/the-best-of-2012">best of year</a>- scroll down) (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Now, Forager</b> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Teddy Bear (10 timer til Paradis)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Trishna</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a> <dd><b>Chicken With Plums (Poulet Aux Prunes)</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Mahler on the Couch (Mahler auf der Couch)</b></A> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff11.html">2011 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Mahler">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (kudos to Barbara Romaner) <Dd><b>Extraterrestrial (Extraterrestre)</b> (preview at 2011 <i>Spanish Cinema Now</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Ruby Sparks</b> (kudos to Zoe Kazan) <dd><b>Hello I Must Be Going</b> (kudos to Melanie Lynskey) <dd><b>Wuthering Heights</b> (kudos to the moors) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/costume-drama/anna-karenina">Anna Karenina</a> (kudos to the music, costumes, production design, and choreography) <dd><b>Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best</b> (kudos to writer/director/star/songwriter Ryan O Nan) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/featured/here">Here</a> (Best Scenery too) <dd><b>Yossi</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#yossi">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Your Sister s Sister</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a> <dd><b>Take This Waltz</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#waltz">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/costume-drama/hysteria">Hysteria</a> (preview at the 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#hyst">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/romantic-comedy-2/tonight-youre-mine">Tonight You re Mine</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#tonight">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Touch</b> <dd><b>Celeste and Jesse Forever</b> (kudos to writer/star/executive producer Rashida Jones) <dd><b>Sleepwalk With Me</b> <dd><b>A Royal Affair (En kongelig affre)</b> (Because I d give up a kingdom for Mads Mikkelsen.) <dd><b>Goon</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#goon">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <br><br><u>Runners- Up BEST SCI-FI-(ish) ROMANCES (non-action division)</u> <dd><b>Perfect Sense</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/american/indie/safety-not-guaranteed">Safety Not Guaranteed</a> <br><br><u><b>BEST COMING OF AGERS</b></u> <dd><b>The Prize (El Premio)</b> (seen in 2012 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2012-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#diaries">The Moth Diaries</a> <dd><b>The Kid With A Bike (Le gamin au vlo)</b> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/turn-me-on-dammit">Turn Me On, Goddamit (F meg p, for faen!)</a> (kudos to director/novel adapter Jannicke Systad Jacobsen) (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Breathing (Atmen)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Death of a Superhero</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Moonrise Kingdom</b> <br><br><u>Runners-Up: COMING OF AGERS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/boy">Boy</a> <dd><b>I Wish (Kiseki)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/sister">Sister (L'enfant d'en haut)</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#sister">note</a>.) <dd><b>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST FEMINIST POV</u></b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/where-do-we-go-now">Where Do We Go Now? (Et Maintenant On Va O?)</a> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Goodbye (B omid didar)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2012">2012 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Black Butterflies</b> (kudos to Carice van Houten) (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Lollipop Monster</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>Kino! 2012: New Films from Germany</i>) <dd><b>Room 514 (Heder 514)</b> (preview at the 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#514">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Araf</b> (preview at 2012 <i>New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/starlet">Starlet</a> (kudos to Dree Hemingway and Besedka Johnson) <Dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#zero">Zero Dark Thirty</a> (kudos to Jessica Chastain) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ACTRESSES DESPITE NOT IN ALL THAT FEMINIST MOVIES</u> <dd><b>The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel</b> (kudos to the scenes of India) <dd>Meryl Streep in <b>Hope Springs</b> <dd>Helen Mirren in <b>Hitchcock</b> <dd>Mary Elizabeth Winstead in <b>Smashed</b> <dd>Melissa Leo in <b>Francine</b> <br><br><u><b>BEST REELABILITIES: Presentation of Disabilities in Film </b></u> (giving credit for appropriating the term without attending/seeing these at the <A HREF="http://www.reelabilities.org/">NY Disabilities Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Flood (Mabul)</b> (kudos to Ronit Elkabetz and Michael Moshonov) (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-2012-new-york-jewish-film-festival">2012 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#flood">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Mourning (Soog)</b> (seen in 2012 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2012-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>Romeo Eleven (Romo onze)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2012 <i>Canadian Front</i>) <dd><b>Planet of Snail</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2012-documentaries">Documentaries</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sessions</b> (kudos to John Hawkes) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#sessions">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os)</b> (briefly reviewed in <a href="http://film-forward.com/featured/the-best-of-2012">best of year</a>- scroll down) (kudos to Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#rust">note</a>.) <dd><b>Silver Linings Playbook</b> (kudos to Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, and cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi) <br><br><b><u>BEST THEY DON T MAKE MOVIES LIKE THAT ANY MORE</u></b> <dd><b>The Well-Digger s Daughter (La Fille Du Puisatier)</b> (preview at 2012 <i>Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE I Recommend Despite my gripes</u> <dd><b>Smugglers Songs (Les Chants De Mandrin)</b> (but there were no repeating rifles in 1755) (preview at <i>2012 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Lincoln</b> (kudos to Sally Field) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/french/la-rafle-the-round-up">La Rafle (The Round Up)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#rafle">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (Thanks to <A HREF="http://www.hadassahmagazine.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=twI6LmN7IzF&b=5698175&ct=9191093">Judy Gelman Myers</a> for background on the fireman.) <br><br><b><u>BEST ACTORS better than their movies:</b></u> <dd>Clarke Peters in <b>Red Hook Summer</b> (plus kudos to Bruce Hornsby s score, Judith Hill s songs, the spirituals, and the mini-<a href="http://MavensNest.net/Wire.html">The Wire</a> reunion) <dd>Paul Dano in <b>For Ellen</b> <dd>Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in <b>The Master</b> (plus kudos to Mihai Malaimare Jr. s cinematography and Jonny Greenwood s score) <dd>Denzel Washington in <b>Flight</b>. <dd>Rodrigo Santoro in <b>Heleno</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music bio-pics and documentaries):</b></u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/john-mellencamp-its-about-you">It s About You</a> <dd><b>Mary Lou (Tamid oto chalom) (</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-2012-new-york-jewish-film-festival">2012 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Mary">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Lea and Darija</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-2012-new-york-jewish-film-festival">2012 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Lea">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Iraq  n Roll</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-2012-new-york-jewish-film-festival">2012 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Iraq">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/sound-of-noise">Sound Of Noise (Brzmienie Halasu)</a> (kudos to the sound design/score) <dd><b>El Gusto</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2012-documentaries">Documentaries</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Once Upon A Lullabye</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribecas-award-winning-docs">Award-Winning Docs</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#lull">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Under African Skies</b> <dd><b>Marley</b> <dd><b>Les Misrables</b> (kudos to Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, and Daniel Huttlestone) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/beware-of-mr-baker">Beware Of Mr. Baker</a> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/american/not-fade-away">Not Fade Away</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#fade">notes</a>.) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOVIE MUSICALS (and music bio-pics and documentaries) I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>Crazy Horse</b> (only for the performances, as there s no insight into why the French men who produce and choreograph the erotic dances prefer buttocks) <Dd><b>Hit So Hard: The Life and Near-Death Story of Drummer Patty Schemel</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ndnf11.html">2011 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#hitso">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Over My Dead Body</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2012 <i>Canadian Front</i>) <dd><b>Damsels in Distress </b> (for the musical numbers only) <dd><b>Russian Winter</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Ballroom Dancer</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribecas-award-winning-docs">Award-Winning Docs</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/music/searching-for-sugar-man">Searching for Sugar Man</a> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Becoming Traviata (La Traviata et nous)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/new-york-film-festival/new-york-film-festival-verdi-volcanoes">2012 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#Webb">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2223-doc-nyc-3rd-season-reviewed-part-1/">David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure</a> (briefly reviewed at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#bromberg">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Holy Motors</b> -- only for the accordion band in the cathedral playing R.L. Burnside's <i>Let My Baby Ride</i> <br><br><b><u>BEST for the SCENERY:</b></u> <u>Feature Division:</u> <dd><b>The Kite (Patang)</b> (kudos to celebrating the Uttarayan in Ahmedabad, India) (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt3.html">briefly reviewed</a> at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Hideaway</b> <dd><b>Magic Mike</b> (of the fauna) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/australian/last-ride">Last Ride</a> (kudos to Hugo Weaving) <dd><b>Farewell, My Queen (Les adieux la reine)</b> (for the inside look at the Chateau de Versailles) <dd><b>Life of Pi</b> 3D <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/this-must-be-the-place">This Must Be The Place</a> (kudos to cinematographer Luca Bigazzi) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#thismust">notes</a>.) <dd><b>The Loneliest Planet</b> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (Based on  Expensive Trips Nowhere by Tom Bissell: <i>Steppe makes strong what is strong. Makes weak what is weak.</i>) <u>Documentary Division:</u> <dd><A HREF="http://www.jardinenelmar.com/#mi=1&pt=0&pi=1&p=-1&a=0&at=0">Garden in the Sea (Jardn en el Mar)</a> (seen at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2012">2012 DocuWeeks</a>) <dd><b>Bel Borba Aqui: Um Homem e Uma Cidade</b> <dd><b>Samsara</b> (kudos to the score by Michael Stearns, Lisa Gerrard & Marcello De Francisci) <br><br><u><b>BEST for the SCORE</u></b> <dd><b>30 Beats</b> (kudos to the blues by C. C. Adcock) <dd><b>The Dark Knight Rises</b> (by Hans Zimmer  especially resonanted as I was the only one in the AMC Loews Lincoln Square IMAX Theater) <br><br><b><u>BEST ANIMATION</u></b> <dd><b>Fat, Bald, Short Man (Gordo, Calvo y Bajito)</b> (seen in 2012 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2012-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/chico-rita">Chico & Rita</a> (kudos to the score by Bebo Valds) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#Chico">notes</a>.) <dd><b>The Rabbi s Cat (Le chat du rabbin)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2012">2012 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (kudos to the animation) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#cat">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Consuming Spirits</b> (preview at the 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/animated/a-cat-in-paris">A Cat In Paris (Une Vie De Chat)</a> (kudos to the score by Serge Besset for Pierre Drevet s trumpet) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/popcorn.html#catin">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Asura</b> (preview at 2012 <i>Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film</i> of <A HREF="http://www.japansociety.org/page/programs/film/japan_cuts_2012">Japan Society</a>) <dd><b>Brave</b> in 3D (except for the songs, kudos to a Disney princess without a happy-ever-after-wedding-finale) <dd><b>Rise of the Guardians</b> (kudos to the voice actors, especially Jude Law s  Pitch , Alec Baldwin s Russian  North , Hugh Jackman s  Easter Bunny . My additional comments on this <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#rise">Tooth Fairy</a>.) <dd><b>Toys in the Attic</b> <dd><b>The Pirates: Band of Misfits</b> (argh  no chanteys!) <br><Br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANIMATION I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>The Secret World Of Arrietty</b> (because <u>The Borrowers</u> was a fave childhood book) <dd><b>An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2012">2012 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Arjun  The Warrior Prince</b> (kudos to hunky heroes and the songs/score) <dd><b>A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman</b> (kudos to the variety of animation styles) <dd><b>ParaNorman</b> <dd><b>Frankenweenie</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES</u></b>: <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-miners-hymns">The Miners' Hymns</a> (viewed at 2012 <i>Silent Films/Live Music</i>) (also <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt3.html">briefly reviewed</a> at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#miners">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Incessant Visions: Letters From An Architect</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-2012-new-york-jewish-film-festival">2012 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#visions">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-island-president">The Island President</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#island">notes</a>.) (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/this-is-not-a-film">This Is Not A Film (In film nist)</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#notfilm">notes</a>.) (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Aita (Father)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2012 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Without Gorky</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2012 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/bully">Bully</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#bully">notes</a>.) (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-flat">The Flat (Ha-Dira)</a> (also briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2012-documentaries">Documentaries</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#flat">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/the-other-israel-festival-2011">Dolphin Boy</a> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">2011 Other Israel Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#dolphin">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><b>Tahrir: Liberation Square</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/featured/new-york-film-festival-2011-part-2">2011 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Reportero</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/human-rights-watch-festival-2012">2012 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/noir.html#report">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Drought (Cuates de Australia)</b> (seen at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2012">2012 DocuWeeks</a>) <dd><b>The War Of The Volcanoes (La Guerra Dei Vulcani)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-law-in-these-parts">The Law In These Parts (Shilton Ha Chok)</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#law">notes</a>.) <br><br><u>DOCS that are Close Runners-Up</u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-pruitt-igoe-myth-an-urban-myth">The Pruitt Igoe Myth: An Urban History</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#Pruitt">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Dressing America: Tales From The Garment Center</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-2012-new-york-jewish-film-festival">2012 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#garment">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Ivan & Ivana</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2012 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>The Average of the Average (Middelfart i Gennemsnit)</b> (seen in 3D at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2012 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>Crulic: The Path To Beyond (Crulic - drumul spre dincolo)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (kudos to the animation) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/political/5-broken-cameras">Five Broken Cameras</a> (preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#5broken">notes</a>.) (Background at <A HREF="http://earthwize.org/wordpress/directortalk/">Director Talk s interview</a>) <dd><b>Bestiare (Bestiary)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2012 <i>Canadian Front</i> (albeit not pure non-fiction) along with <A HREF="http://nationalparksproject.ca/">National Parks Project</a> short <b>Sirmilik</b> <dd><b>Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope</b> <dd><b>Heart of Auschwitz (Le coeur d'Auschwitz)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2012 <i>Canadian Front</i> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#coeur">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>The List</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribecas-award-winning-docs">Award-Winning Docs</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/tribeca-film-festival/portrait-of-wally">Portrait of Wally</a> (preview at the 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#wally">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>The Virgin, the Copts and Me (La Vierges, les Coptes et Moi)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2012-documentaries">Documentaries</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#copts">note</a>.) <dd><b>The Revisionaries</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribecas-award-winning-docs">Award-Winning Docs</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#revision">note</a>.) <dd><b>The World Before Her</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribecas-award-winning-docs">Award-Winning Docs</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#before">note</a>.) <dd><b>Burn</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2012-documentaries">Documentaries</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Patience (After Sebald)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/featured/new-york-film-festival-2011-part-2">2011 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Wavumba</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2012-documentaries">Documentaries</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-invisible-war">The Invisible War</a> <dd><b>The Imposter</b> <dd><b>The Queen of Versailles</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-chilean-building">The Chilean Building (El Edificio De Los Chilenos)</a> <dd><b>Central Park Five</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/holocaust/six-million-and-one">Six Million And One (Shisha million ve'ehad)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#one">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Tchoupitoulas</b> <dd><b>Hitler s Children</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/OrdinaryMiracles.html">Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League s New York</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#league">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <br><br><u>Educational Runners-Up (DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or flaws):</u> <dd><b>Rouge Patrol</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2012 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>El Field</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2012 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>) <dd><b>High Tech, Low Life</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribecas-award-winning-docs">Award-Winning Docs</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Side by Side</b> (preview at the 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/pink-ribbons-inc">Pink Ribbons, Inc.</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#pink">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Bitter Seeds</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/human-rights-watch-festival-2012">2012 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#seeds">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Brother Number One</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/human-rights-watch-festival-2012">2012 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Little Heaven</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/human-rights-watch-festival-2012">2012 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Special Flight (Vol spcial)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/human-rights-watch-festival-2012">2012 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbours</b> (seen in <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2012 <i>ContemporAsian</i> series) <dd><a href="http://defiantrequiemfilm.com/">Defiant Requiem</a> (preview at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2012">2012 DocuWeeks</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#requiem">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Girl Model</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Payback.html">Payback</a> <dd><b>Casting By</b> (preview at <i>2012 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Three Days Till Christmas (The Last Days In The Life Of Elena And Nicolae Ceauescu)/Trei Zile Pana La Craciun (Ultimele Zile Din Viata Elenei Si A Lui Nicolae Ceausescu)</b> (preview at <i>2012 Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/documentary/chasing-ice">Chasing Ice</a> (kudos to the scenery) <dd><b>Head Games</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/mea-maxima-culpa-silence-in-the-house-of-god">Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#culpa">notes</a>.) <br><br><u>Runners-Up:BEST BIO DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or glosses:</u> <dd><b>The Education of Auma Obama</b> (preview at 2012 <A HREF="http://africanfilmny.org/">New York African Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Booker s Place: A Mississippi Story</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribecas-award-winning-docs">Award-Winning Docs</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#booker">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/political/ai-weiwei-never-sorry">Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry </a> (preview at 2012 <i>Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</i>) <dd><b>Meet the Fokkens (Ouwehoeren)</b> <dd><b>Celluloid Man</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/new-york-film-festival/new-york-film-festival-verdi-volcanoes">2012 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2223-doc-nyc-3rd-season-reviewed-part-1/">Far Out Isn t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story</a> (briefly reviewed at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-festivals/reviews/2223-doc-nyc-3rd-season-reviewed-part-1/">Shepard and Dark</a> (briefly reviewed at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <br><br><u>Best of the Young-Folks-in-Competition DOCS :</u> <dd><b>Splinters</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt5.html">Final Roundup</a> of the 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://weinsteinco.com/sites/undefeated/">Undefeated</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>On The Mat</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/tribeca-film-festival-2012-documentaries">Documentaries</a> at 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Brooklyn Castle</b> <br><br><b><u>Most Depressing</u></b><br> <u>Documentary Division:</u> <dd><b>When The Bough Breaks</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s 2012 <i>Documentary Fortnight</i>)<br> <u>Feature Division:</u> <dd><dd><b>Oslo, August 31st</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/film-festival/new-directorsnew-films-2012">2012 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><dd><b>Elena</b> <dd><dd><b>Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai</b> (kudos to layered 3D) <br><br><u><b>Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing DOCS Despite Nonsense:</u></b> <dd><b>The Finger (El Dedo)</b> (heartwarming chuckles division) (seen in 2012 <A HREF="http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-2012-information">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>Sunflower Hour</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s 2012 <i>Canadian Front</i>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#Django">Django Unchained</a> (kudos to <b>the most badass dentist hero in the movies</b>) <br><br>Runners-up: Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing DOCS Despite Nonsense: <Dd><b>The Fairy (La fe)</b> <dd><b>Whole Lotta Sole</b> (preview at the 2012 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#good">For A Good Time, Call& </a> <dd><b>The In-Betweeners: The Movie</b> <dd><b>Seven Psychopaths</b> <dd><b>Jeff, Who Lives at Home</b> <br><br><u><b>BEST REVIVALS IN NEW PRINTS</u></b> <dd><b>L Argent</b> and <b>A Man Escaped (Un condamn mort s'est chapp ou Le vent souffle o il veut)</b> in Film Forum's <i>Bresson</i> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/come-back-africa-1959">Come Back, Africa</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Africa">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Decasia</b> (in new HD print) (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-miners-hymns">briefly reviewed</a> at 2012 <i>Silent Films/Live Music</i>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#miners">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Wings</b> (in DCP restoration) (kudos to pre/post with sound designer Ben Burtt and William Wellman, Jr. at <A HREF="http://www.filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>) <dd><b>Good Times, Wonderful Times</b> along with <b>Man s Peril: The Making of <i>Good Times, Wonderful Times</i></b> (on Milestone s DVD release of <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/onthebowery.html">On The Bowery</a>) <dd><b>Celine and Julie Go Boating (Cline et Julie vont en bateau)</b> <dd><b>Battle Royale (Batoru Rowaiaru)</b> <dd><b>The Tin Drum (Die Blechtromme)</b> (of the complete director s cut) (in new DCP restoration) <dd><b>Downpour (Ragbar)</b> (preview at <i>2012 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling  Ireland  65</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/new-york-film-festival/new-york-film-festival-verdi-volcanoes">2012 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Wake In Fright</b> <dd><b>Django</b> (DCP) <br><br>And thanks for theatrical showings for my first-time viewings on big screens of: <br><b>My Song Goes Round The World</b>, which I briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/the-2012-new-york-jewish-film-festival">2012 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>); <b>Khrustalyov, My Car! (Khrustalyov, mashinu!)</b> in <i>War and Remembrance: The Films of Aleksei Guerman</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a> (even though I gave up after 2 hours); <b>Fear and Desire</b> preview at <i>2012 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>); <b>Revenge Of The Snakes (Y1lanlar1n c)</b> and <b>Secret Face (Gizli Yz)</b> preview in <i>The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>; <b>Le Chat</b> in <i>Simone Signoret & Yves Montand Summer Programme</i> at <A HREF="http://www.eyefilm.nl/en">EYE Film Institute Netherlands</a>; <b>The Word (Ordet)</b> in <i>An Auteurist History of Film</i> at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>; 30th Anniversary screening of MoMA s preserved print of <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#field">Field Diary (Yoman Sadeh)</a> at <i>2012 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>; <b>Rendez-Vous</b>, <b>See How They Fall (Regarde les hommes tombe)</b> and <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#train">Le Train</a> in Film Forum's <i>Trintignant</i>. <br><br><u><b>NOTABLE FILM-RELATED EXHIBITS</u></b> <dd><i>Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition</i> at <A HREF="http://www.eyefilm.nl/en">EYE Film Institute Netherlands</a> <dd><i>Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets</i> at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> <dd><i>Christian Marclay The Clock</i> - two hours so far seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> </dd><br><br><u><A NAME=2011><b>MY BEST FILMS of 2011</b></A></u> (In the order I saw them, many reviews yet to be written, particularly of festivals-viewed, non-theatrically distributed films): <dd><b>Rage (Rabia)</b> (kudos to Gustavo Snchez Parra) <dd><b>Poetry (Shi)</b> (kudos to Jeong-hie Yun) (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/eventherain.html">Even The Rain (Tambin La Lluvia)</a> (preview at <i>2010 Spanish Cinema Now</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Luis Tosar) <dd><b>Hands Up (Les Mains En L'air)</b> (preview at <i>2011 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Top Floor, Left Wing (Dernier tage, Gauche, Gauche)</b> (preview at <i>2011 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/humanresource.html">The Human Resources Manager (Shlichuto Shel Hamemune Al Mashabei Enosh)</a> (also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff11.html">2011 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#humanmgr">note</a>.) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#mgr">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <Dd><b>Vital Signs (Les Signes vitaux)</b> (kudos to writer/director Sophie Deraspe and the chemistry between Marie-Hlne Bellavance and Francis Ducharme) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>2011 Canadian Front</i>) <Dd><b>Win Win</b> <dd><b>Limbo</b> (preview at <i>The Far Side of Paradise: New Films From Norway</i> at<A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Day I Was Not Born (Das Lied in mir)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>Kino! 2011: New Films from Germany</i>) <dd><b>Extraordinary Stories (Historias extraordinarias)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>In Focus: Cinema Tropical</i>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/a-separation">A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)</a> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Artist</b> (briefly reviewed in <a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-best-of-2011">best of year</a>- scroll down) (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to writer/director Michel Hazanavicius, actors Jean Dujardin and Brnice Bejo, cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman, score by Ludovic Bource) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: Movies I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/ifiwantto.html">If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (Eu Cand Vreau Sa Fluier, Fluier)</a> (kudos to George Pistereanu) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/wayback.html">The Way Back</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#wayback">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Belvedere</b> (seen in <A HREF="http://www.globalfilm.org/about_global_lens.htm">2011 Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>The Light Thief (Svet-Ake)</b> (seen at <A HREF="http://www.globalfilm.org/about_global_lens.htm">2011 Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>Street Days (Quchis Dgeebi)</b> (seen at <A HREF="http://www.globalfilm.org/about_global_lens.htm">2011 Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>The Invisible Eye (La Mirada Invisible)</b> (seen at <A HREF="http://www.globalfilm.org/about_global_lens.htm">2011 Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/giftstalin.html">The Gift To Stalin (Podarok Stalinu)<a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#Stalin">note</a>.) (Also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff09.html">2009 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Outbound (Periferic)</b> (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/incendies.html">Incendies</a> (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>In A Better World (Hvnen)</b> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/korkoro.html">Korkoro (Libert)<a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#kork">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie)</b> <dd><b>The Bang Bang Club</b> (kudos to Taylor Kitsch and cinematographer Miroslaw Baszak) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>My Piece of the Pie (Ma part du gateau)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Journals of Musan (Musan Il-gi)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Blackthorne</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>United Red Army (Jitsuroku reng sekigun: Asama sans e no michi)</b> (kudos to score by Jim O Rourke) <dd><b>Protector</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a>, of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>, in <A HREF="http://www.jewishnh.org/reporter/2011/dec.pdf">New Hampshire Jewish Film Buzz</a>, at page 21 N/A) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#protect">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman) <dd><b>The Optimists (Optimisti)</b> <dd><b>Littlerock</b> <dd><b>50/50</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#50">commentary</a> on the missing Jewish women) <dd><b>Carnage</b> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/new-york-film-festival/a-dangerous-method">A Dangerous Method</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#method">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#myweek">My Week with Marilyn</a> (Celeste Holm was in front of me at the advance screening!) <dd><b>Mad Bastards</b> (kudos to Dean DaleyJones, songs written and performed by The Pigram Brothers and Alex Lloyd, and cinematographer Allan Collins view of the beautiful Kimberley scenery) <dd><b>Hugo</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Marg">Margaret</a> (kudos to Anna Paquin) <dd><b>In the Land of Blood and Honey (U zemlji krvi i meda)</b> <br><br><b><u>BEST ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>Certified Copy (Copie conforme)</b> (kudos to Juliette Binoche) (or anti-romance?) (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Sidewalls (Medianeras)</b> (preview at 2011 <i>Latin Beat</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/featured/a-bird-of-the-air">A Bird Of The Air</a> <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/dhobighat.html">Mumbai Diaries (Dhobi Ghat)<a> (kudos to Prateik) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#Mumbai">note</a>.) <dd><b>Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig)</b> (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (a documentary short companion piece would be <i>Quadrangle</i>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/janeeyre.html">Jane Eyre<a> (kudos to the editing, Mia Wasikowska, cinematographer Adriano Goldman, Dario Marianelli's score) <dd><b>Last Night</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Beginners</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#begin">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Beautiful Boy</b> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/brideflight.html">Bride Flight (Bruidsvlucht)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#flight">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#flight">note</a>.) <dd><b>The Future</b> <dd><b>Mysteries of Lisbon (Mistrios de Lisboa)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyff10pt3.html">2010 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Weekend</b> <br><br><b><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANTI-ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>Shame</b> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><b><u>BEST VIOLENT NEO-NOIRS</u></b> <dd><b>Carancho</b> <dd><b>Dreileben: Beats Being Dead (Etwas Besseres als den Tod), Don t Follow Me Around (Komm mir nicht nach), One Minute of Darkness (Eine Minute Dunkel)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/featured/new-york-film-festival-2011-part-2">2011 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: VIOLENT NEO-NOIRS I Recommend Despite my gripes</u> <dd><b>The Big Picture (L homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie)</b> (preview at <i>2011 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Texas Killing Fields</b> (kudos to the bluesy score by Dickon Hinchliffe) <br><br><b><u>BEST ACTIONERS/THRILLERS</u></b> <dd><b>How I Ended This Summer (Kak ya provyol etim letom)</b> (preview at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (kudos to Grigory Dobrygin for Break Out Hunk of the Year) <dd><b>Point Blank ( bout portent)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>VIPs</b> (kudos to Wagner Moura) (seen at 2011 <i>Premiere Brazil!</i> series at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html#afraid">Don t Be Afraid of the Dark</a> <dd><b>The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch</b> (kudos to Tomer Sisley as the titular hunk so I ll want to see him in more in the series) <dd><b>Hanna</b> (kudos to The Chemical Brothers score) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-2011">The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo</a> (kudos to Rooney Mara, score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Steven Zaillian s script adaptation, and editing by Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: ACTIONERS/THRILLERS I Recommend Despite my gripes</u> <dd><b>The Eagle</b> (kudos to Anthony Dod Mantle s cinematography and music by Atli rvarsson) <dd><b>Rabies (Kalevet)</b></b> (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt3.html">briefly reviewed</a> at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#rabies">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Limitless</b> <dd><b>13 Assassins (Jsan-nin no shikaku</b> (kudos to cinematographer Nobuyasu Kita) <dd><b>Attack the Block</b> <dd><b>Drive</b> <dd><b>Shaolin</b> (kudos to the martial arts choreography) <dd><b>Rise of the Planet of the Apes</b> <dd><b>The Double</b> (kudos to Alex Lifeson s guitar on the score) <dd><b>Warrior</b> (kudos to Tom Hardy but not to the melodramatic music) <br><br><b><u>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music bio-pics and documentaries):</b></u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/documentary/pina">Pina</a> (preview in 3D at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground</b></A> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/nyjff11.html">2011 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.org/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilith.html#Klezm">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: <b>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music bio-pics and documentaries):</u></b> <dd></u><b>Score: A Hockey Musical</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>2011 Canadian Front</i>) <dd><b>Kinshasa Symphony</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://africanfilmny.org/">2011 New York African Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/rejoice.html">Rejoice And Shout</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#rejoice">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/passione.html">Passione</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#pass">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Golden Scars</b> (seen at 2011 <A HREF="http://nylatinofilm.com/">New York International Latino Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Music According To Antonio Carlos Jobim (A Msica Segundo Tom Jobim)</b> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/blowfly.html">The Weird World Of Blowfly</a> <dd><b>Dzi Croquettes</b> <br><br><u>BEST USE OF MUSIC</u>: <Dd><b>Microphone</b> (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/smalltown.html">Small Town Murder Songs<a> (preview at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>'s <i>2011 Canadian Front</i>) (kudos to the rootsy songs of <A HREF="www.bruce-peninsula.com">Bruce Peninsula</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#small">notes</a>.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/piano.html">The Piano In A Factory (Gang De Qin)</a> <br><br><u><b>BEST COMING OF AGERS</b></u> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/colors.html">The Colors Of The Mountain (Los Colores De La Montaa)</a> <dd><b>Submarine</b> (kudos to songs by Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys) <dd><b>Terri</b> (kudos to Jacob Wysocki, Olivia Crocicchia & Bridger Zadina and cinematographer Tobias Datum) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/foreign/tomboy">Tomboy</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#tomboy">note</a>.) <dd><a href="http://awfj.org/blog/2017/10/31/spotlight-november-2017-dee-rees-independently-epic-filmmaker-director-mudbound/">Pariah</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF= http://www.newdirectors.org/ >New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: COMING OF AGERS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Bal (Honey)</b> <Dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/winterwar.html">Winter In Wartime (Oorlogswinter)<a> <Dd><b>Belle pine</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ndnf11.html">2011 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#belle">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><B>NEDS</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>She Monkeys (Apflickorna)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Tree</b> (with Marton Csokas as quite the Antipodean hunk) <dd><b>Martha Marcy May Marlene</b> (kudos to Elizabeth Olsen) (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <br><br><u><b>BEST PARENTS AND CHILDREN</b>  even with the <i>schmaltz</i></b></u> <dd><b>A Better Life</b> <dd><b>The Way</b> <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/sparrows.html">Little Sparrows</a> <dd><b>Angels Crest</b> (kudos to Thomas Dekker and Lynn Collins) <br><br><b><u>BEST APOCALYPSE</u></b> <dd><b>Vanishing On 7th Street</b> (kudos to Detroit, production design and blues songs) <dd><b>Take Shelter</b> (kudos to Michael Shannon and cineamatographer Adam Stone) <br><br><u>Runners-Up: APOCALYPSES I Recommend Despite my gripes</u> <dd><b>Kaboom</b> <dd><b>Bellflower</b> (kudos to cinematographer Joel Hodge) <dd><b>Another Earth</b> <br><br><u><b>BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE</u></b> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/citylife.html">City Of Life And Death (Nanjing! Nanjing!)</a> <dd><b>The Conspirator</b> (kudos to hair, make-up, sets, and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel) <dd><b>Tales from the Golden Age (Amintiri din epoca de aur)</b> <br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST USE OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE I Recommend Despite my gripes</u> <dd><b>The Conquest (La conqute)</b> <dd><b>Albert Nobbs</b> (kudos to Janet McTeer) <dd><b>War Horse</b> (only because my favorite childhood book was <u>Black Beauty</u>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST VILLAIN</u></b> <dd><b>The Devil s Double</b> (more that it s 2-for-1 actor Dominic Cooper) </dd><br><br><b><u>MOST MORALLY DUBIOUS HEROES based on a real people</u></b> <dd>For the violence: <b>Machine Gun Preacher</b> (let alone the rimrod tall Christian missionaries sitting in front at an advance screening who did not have the courtesy to slouch) <dd>For the misogyny: <b>Toast</b> (unlike the original memoir) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ALLEGORY</u></b> <dd><b>Deporting Prometeo (Prometeo Deportado)</b> (seen at 2011 <A HREF="http://nylatinofilm.com/">New York International Latino Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ALLEGORY</u> <dd><b>Melancholia</b> (kudos to cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro) (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Turin Horse (A torini l)</b> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>MOST VISUAL HEAD TRIPS</u></b> <dd><b>Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives</b> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Tree of Life</b> (kudos to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) <dd><b>The Mill and The Cross</b> </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: MOST VISUAL HEAD TRIPS</u> <dd><b>Tetsuo The Bullet Man</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)</b> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to cinematographer Jos Luis Alcaine) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST SCENERY:</b></u> <dd><b>Water for Elephants</b> (kudos to cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto) <dd><b>Two Years At Sea</b>-- even in 16 mm black & white (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST for the COSTUMES:</b></u> <dd><b>W.E.</b> <?dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ANIMATION</u></b> <dd><b>The Adventures of Tintin in 3D</b> </dd><br><Br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANIMATION I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>Rango</b> <dd><b>Rio in 3D</b> (kudos to Rodrigo Santoro for the only Brazilian sounds) <dd><b>Kung Fu Panda in 3D</b> (for visuals only) </dd><br><br><U><b>BEST BROADS</U></b> <dd><b>Applause (Applaus)</b> (kudos to Paprika Steen) <dd><b>The Long Falling (O Va La Nuit)</b> (kudos to Yolande Moreau) (preview at <i>2011 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Potiche</b> (kudos to Catherine Deneuve) (preview at <i>2011 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Copacabana</b> (kudos to Isabelle Huppert) (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Meek's Cutoff</b> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/illegal.html">Illgal</a> (kudos to Anne Coesens) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/puzzle.htm">Puzzle (Rompecabezas)</a> (kudos to Maria Onetto) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/hedge.html">The Hedgehog (Le Hrisson)</A> (preview at <i>2010 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Josiane Balasko) <Dd><b>Special Treatment (Sans queue ni tte)</b> (kudos to Isabelle Huppert) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/debt.html">The Debt</a> (kudos to Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/highergr.html">Higher Ground</a> (kudos to Vera Farmiga) <dd><b>Coriolanus</b> (kudos to Vanessa Redgrave) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/foreign/tyrannosaur">Tyrannosaur</a> (kudos to Olivia Colman) (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/foreign/the-other-israel-festival-2011">Naomi (Hitpartzut X)</a> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.otherisrael.org/">2011 Other Israel Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Naomi">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) (kudos to Orna Porat) <dd><b>We Need to Talk About Kevin</b> (kudos to Tilda Swinton) <dd>Meryl Streep as <b>The Iron Lady</b> (no kudos to the movie) <dd><a HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/london-river">London River</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#LondonR">note</a>.) (kudos to Brenda Blethyn) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: Best Feminist Fables</u> <dd><b>Mozart's Sister (Nannerl, La Soeur De Mozart)</b> (preview at <i>2011 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Princess Of Montpensier (La Princesse De Montpensier)</b> (preview at <i>2011 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/thesleep.html">The Sleeping Beauty (La Belle Endormie)</a> (preview at <i>2011 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#sleep">note</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/rjyiddish.html">Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish</a> (also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff11.html">2011 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#RJYid">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/sleeping-beauty">Sleeping Beauty</a> <dd><b>Young Adult</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES</u></b>: <dd><b>The Sky Turns (El cielo gira)</b> (2005 film in its NY theatrical premiere)/ pairs with <b>Le Quattro Volte</b> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Eichmann s End: Love, Betrayal, Death (Eichmanns Ende)</b></A> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/nyjff11.html">2011 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.org/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Eichend">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Fortune Teller</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  2011 International Festival of Nonfiction Films and Media</i>) <dd><b>Karamay</b> (all 356 minutes seen plus Q & A with director at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  2011 International Festival of Nonfiction Films and Media</i>) <dd><b>Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure</b> (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Circo</b> (kudos to score by <A HREF="http://www.casadecalexico.com/">Calexico</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/arbor.html">The Arbor</a> (also briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff10pt4.html">Recommended Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/randj.html#arbor">note</a>.) <dd><b>Give Up Tomorrow</b> (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt3.html">briefly reviewed</a> at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Our School (Scoala Noastra)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt5.html">Final Roundup</a> of the 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Price of Sex</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrwff11.html">2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a>, dedicated in memory to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html">my activist dad</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#price">note</a>.) <dd><a href="http://www.hellandbackagain.com/">Hell and Back Again</a> (preview at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011">2011 DocuWeeks</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/featured/there-was-once">There Was Once& </a> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/into-the-abyss">Into the Abyss</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>DOCS that are Close Runners-Up</u> <dd><b>Un Dia Menos (One Day Less)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  2011 International Festival of Nonfiction Films and Media</i>) <dd><b>El Ambulante (The Peddler)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  2011 International Festival of Nonfiction Films and Media</i>) <dd><b>Peace</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  2011 International Festival of Nonfiction Films and Media</i>) <Dd><b>El Velador</b> (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Love During Wartime</b> (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt3.html">briefly reviewed</a> at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#lwd">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Impunity</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrwff11.html">2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a>, dedicated in memory to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html">my activist dad</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#imp">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Familia</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrwff11.html">2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a>, d dedicated in memory to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html">my activist dad</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/crimeafter.html">Crime After Crime</a> (first briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff11.html">2011 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#crime">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Convoys of Shame (Les Convois de la honte)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff11.html">2011 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a> <dd><b>Tabloid</b> <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/interr.html">The Interrupters</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#interr">notes</a>.) (See <a href="http://MavensNest.net/Wire.html">The Wire</a> for the references.) <dd><a href="http://www.unfinishedspaces.com/">Unfinished Spaces</a> (seen at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011">2011 DocuWeeks</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Bedford">Mothers of Bedford</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Best of the Young-Folks-in-Competition DOCS :</u> <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/louder.html">Louder Than A Bomb</a> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2010">2010 DocuWeeks</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#bomb">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/recommended/to-be-heard">To Be Heard</a> (preview at 2010 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#heard">notes</a>.) </dd><br><br><u>Educational Runners-Up (DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or flaws):</u> <dd><b>Into Eternity</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff10pt4.html">Recommended Documentaries</a> at 2010 <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Orgasm Inc.</b> <dd><b>My Perestroika</b> (briefly reviewed at 2010 <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ndnf10.html">New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi)</b> (preview at 2011 <i>Film Comments Selects</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Cave of Forgotten Dreams</b> (briefly reviewed in <a href="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/the-best-of-2011">best of year</a>- scroll down) <dd><b>Nostalgia For The Light (Nostalgia de la luz)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/blackpower.html">The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975</a> (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Donor Unknown</b> (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt3.html">briefly reviewed</a> at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Cinema Komunisto</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Jiro Dreams of Sushi</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2011 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Carrier</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt5.html">Final Roundup</a> of the 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#carr">note</a>.) <dd><b>Semper Fi: Always Faithful</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt5.html">Final Roundup</a> of the 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>This Is My Land& Hebron</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrwff11.html">2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a>, dedicated in memory to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html">my activist dad</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Hebron">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>You Don t Like The Truth 4 Days Inside Guantnamo</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrwff11.html">2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a>, dedicated in memory to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html">my activist dad</a>) <dd><b>Love Crimes Of Kabul</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrwff11.html">2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a>, dedicated in memory to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html">my activist dad</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/chicks.html#LKabul">note</a>.) <dd><b>12 Angry Lebanese</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrwff11.html">2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival</a>, dedicated in memory to <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grandpaspit.html">my activist dad</a>) <dd><b>Project Nim</b> (downgraded because I m against undocumented reconstructed scenes) <dd><b>The Death Of Pinochet (La Muerte De Pinochet)</b> (preview at 2011 <i>LatinBeat</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Magic Trip: Ken Kesey s Search for A Kool Place</b> (downgraded because I m against undocumented reconstructed scenes) <dd><b>Iron Crows</b> <dd><a href=" http://www.themexicansuitcase.com/">The Mexican Suitcase</a> (seen at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011">2011 DocuWeeks</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tiniest.html">The Tiniest Place (El Lugar Mas Pequeo)</a> (seen at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011">2011 DocuWeeks</a>) <dd><a href="http://www.scenesofacrime.com/">Scenes Of A Crime</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://www.flatdaddydocumentary.com/">Flat Daddy</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Perdida (Lost in Time)</b> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Ingrid Betancourt - Six Years In The Jungle</b> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#silent">Standing Silent</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://www.blazingthetrailfilm.com/">Blazing The Trail: The O'Kalems In Ireland</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Weiss">In Heaven, Underground The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery (Im Himmel, unter der Erde - Der jdische Friedhof Weiensee)</a> <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/star-reviews/under-fire-journalists-in-combat">Under Fire: Journalists In Combat</a> <dd><A HREF="http://www.jewishnh.org/reporter/2012/2012-JulyAug.pdf">Inside Hana s Suitcase</a> (<i>New Hampshire Jewish Film Buzz</i> on p. 15  N/A) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Hana">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up:BEST BIO DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or glosses:</u> <dd><A HREF="http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/red_shirley">Red Shirley</A> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/nyjff11.html">2011 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.org/">Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Shirley">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Bill Cunningham New York</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ndnf10.html">2010 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (Context/Part 2 is <b>Lost Bohemia</b> preview at 2010 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Tape (Jiao Dai)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  2011 International Festival of Nonfiction Films and Media</i>) <dd><b>Gnarr</b> (<A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff11pt3.html">briefly reviewed</a> at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Wire.html#gnarr">notes</a>.) <dd><a href="http://beingelmo.com/">Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey</a> (seen at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011">2011 DocuWeeks</a>) <dd><a href="http://www.yellowaffair.com/web/guest/product?productId=5150486">A Bitter Taste of Freedom</a> (seen at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011">2011 DocuWeeks</a>) <dd><a href="http://www.dyingtodoletterman.com/">Dying to do Letterman</a> (seen at <a href="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011">2011 DocuWeeks</a>) <dd><b>Buck</b> <dd><b>Roger Corman s World</b>preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Vito</b> (preview at <i>2011 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://www.dandelion-films.com/lemon_project.php">Lemon</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><a href="http://www.http://calvetmovie.com/">Calvet</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><b>Charlotte Rampling: The Look</b> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://www.imcarolynparker.com/">I m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad And The Beautiful</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://www.withgreatpower.biz/">With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story</a> (preview at 2011 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://www.garbothemovie.com/EN/homeEN.php ">Garbo The Spy</a> <Dd><A HREF="http://www.kinolorber.com/khodorkovsky/">Khodorkovsky</a> </dd><br><br><u>Most Depressing Documentary:</u> <dd><b>Katka</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  2011 International Festival of Nonfiction Films and Media</i>) </dd><br><br><u><b>Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing DOCS Despite Nonsense:</u></b> <Dd><b>Cedar Rapids</b> <dd><b>Super</b> <dd><b>The Trip</b> (kudos to Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) <Dd><b>Hospitalit (Kantai)</b> (preview at <i>2011 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Midnight in Paris</b> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#midnight">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Bridesmaids</b> (kudos to writer/actress Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy) <dd><b>The Trollhunter (Trolljegeren)</b> </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST REVIVALS IN NEW PRINTS</u></b> <dd><b>Went the Day Well?</b> <dd><b>Summer a.k.a. The Green Ray (Le Rayon Vert)</b> (though I really only caught the green in the 6 preview minutes of Marie Rivire s <b>A Few Moments With Eric Rohmer (En Compagnie d'Eric Rohmer)</b> at <a href="http://bam.org/view.aspx?pid=466">BAMcinmatek</a> s 25th anniversary celebration) (My comparative <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#sleep">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle)</b> (My comparative <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#sleep">notes</a>.) <dd><b>A Brighter Summer Day (Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian</b> in <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> s <i>A Rational Mind: The Films Of Edward Yang</I> <dd><b>Danube Waves (Valurile Dunrii)</b> in <i>2011 Annual Romanian Film Festival in New York</I> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="www.icrny.org">Romanian Cultural Institute of NY</a> </dd><br><br>And thanks for theatrical showings for my first-time viewings on big screens of: <dd><b>J'Accuse</b> in MoMA's <i>An Auteurist History of Film</i>; <b>The Constant Factor (Constans)</b> in MoMA's <i>Krzysztof Zanussi Revisited</i>; <b>The Life Of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)</b> and <b>Flowing (Nagareru)</b> in Film Forum's <i>5 Japanese Divas</i>; <b>Mud and Soldiers (Tsuchi to heitai)</b>), <b>Intimidation (Aru kyohaku)</b> and (according to my colleague Kyoko Hirano, not my first  pink film but my first  romano porno ) <b>The Woman with Red Hair (Akai kami no onna)</b> in <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center NY Film Festival</a> s <i>Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial</I>; <b>The Children Were Watching</b> and <b>In The Chair</b> (really TV documentaries) in <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a> s <i>Tribute To Richard Leacock</I>. </dd><br><br><u><A NAME=2010><b>MY BEST FILMS of 2010</b></A></u> (In the order I saw them, many reviews yet to be written, parwalkerticularly of festivals-viewed, non-theatrically distributed films): <dd><b>Gruber's Journey (Calatoria lui Gruber)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (and the comparably-themed short <b>With a Little Patience (Trelem)</b>) <dd><b>Fish Tank</b> <dd><b>In the Beginning (A l origine)</b> (preview at <i>2010 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>A Prophet (Un prophte)</b> (kudos to Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup) <dd><b>Little Girl (La Pivellina)</b> (preview at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Road, Movie</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Micmacs (Micmacs tire-larigot)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Lola</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The White Meadows (Keshtzar haye sepid)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <Dd><b>The White Space (Lo spazio bianco)</b> (kudos to Margherita Buy and writer/director Francesca Comencini) (preview at 2010 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>The Man Who Will Come (L'Uomo che verr)</b> (kudos to young Greta Zuccheri Montanari) (seen at 2010 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Cow (Dou niu)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.subwaycinema.com/">2010 New York Asian Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Huang Bo) <dd><b>Confessions (Kokuhaku)</b> (preview at 2010 <i>Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film</i> of <A HREF="http://www.japansociety.org/">Japan Society</a>) <dd><b>The Social Network</b> (even though Jesse Eisenberg doesn't spin his pen right) (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Black Venus (Vnus noire)</b> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Another Year</b> (kudos to Lesley Manville) (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>127 Hours</b> (kudos to James Franco, Danny Boyle s direction, Anthony Dod Mantle s cinematography and music by A.R. Rahman) <dd><b>The Fighter</b> (kudos to Christian Bale and Melissa Leo) <dd><b>Medal of Honor (Medalia de onoare)</b> (seen at 2010 Annual Romanian Film Festival of the <A HREF="http://www.icrny.org/d8-1-Romanian_cinema_rising.html">Romanian Cultural Institute of NY</a>) (kudos to Victor Rebengiuc) <dd><b>First of All, Felicia (Felicia, nainte de toate)</b> (seen at 2010 Annual Romanian Film Festival of the <A HREF="http://www.icrny.org/d8-1-Romanian_cinema_rising.html">Romanian Cultural Institute of NY</a>) (kudos to Ozana Oancea) <dd><b>Letters to Father Jacob (Postia pappi Jaakobille)</b> </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: Movies I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ajami.html">Ajami</a> (also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#ajami">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><b>Valentina s Mother</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#valent">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/eyeswide.html">Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot)</a> (also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#eyes">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Ocean of an Old Man</b> (seen in <A HREF="http://www.globalfilm.org/about_global_lens.htm">2010 Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>Becloud (Vaho)</b> (seen in <A HREF="http://www.globalfilm.org/about_global_lens.htm">Global Lens</a> series at MoMA) <dd><b>Night Catches Us</b> (Nice to see <a href="http://MavensNest.net/Wire.html">The Wire</a> alumni reunion of Jamie Hector and Wendell Pierce) (preview at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Every Day Is a Holiday (Chaque jour est une fte)</b> (preview at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>My Brothers</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Anton Chekhov's The Duel</b> <dd><b>Mother and Child</b> (kudos to Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and Cherry Jones) <Dd><b>Cyrus</b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/kids.html">The Kids Are All Right</A> <dd><b>The Balibo Conspiracy</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrw10.html">2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Honeymoons (Medeni mesec)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrw10.html">2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Sicilian Girl (La Siciliana Ribelle)</b> (kudos to Veronica D'Agostino) <dd><b>Morenita</b> (seen at 2010 <A HREF="http://nylatinofilm.com/">New York International Latino Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Silent Souls (Ovsyanki)</b> (kudos to the music and landscape) (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Aurora</b> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Strange Case of Angelica (O Estranho Caso de Anglica)</b> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (see it with Luis Miaro s short <b>101</b>, which I preview at <i>2012 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)</b> <dd><b>The Last Circus (Balade Triste)</b> (preview at <i>2010 Spanish Cinema Now</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The King's Speech</b> (kudos to Colin Firth) <dd><b>Biutiful</b> (kudos to Javier Bardem) <dd><b>Rabbit Hole</b> (kudos to Nicole Kidman) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/withinwhirlwind.html">Within the Whirlwind</A> (seen at <i>2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ACTIONERS/THRILLERS</u></b> <dd><b>North Face (Nordwand)</b> <dd><b>Rapt</b> (preview at <i>2010 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Green Zone</b> (kudos to director Paul Greengrass, director of photography Barry Ackroyd and score by John Powell) <dd><b>Clash (Bay Rong)</b> (kudos to the tangling and tangoing of long-legged, Best Combustible Couple Johnny Tri Nguyen and Ngo Thanh Van) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Little Big Soldier (Da bing xiao jiang)</b> (kudos to actor/producer/writer/action director Jackie Chan and Wang Lee-hom) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.subwaycinema.com/">2010 New York Asian Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Mesrine: Part 1 (Mesrine, L instinct de mort Mesrine)</b> (nice to see Roy Dupuis!) and <b>Part 2 (Mesrine, L ennemi public no. 1)</b> (preview at <i>2009 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Vincent Cassel) (briefly reviewed in <a href="http://www.film-forward.com/best2010.html">best of year</a>- scroll down) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/lebanon.html">Lebanon</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#leb">notes</a>.) <dd><b>The Robber (Der Ruber)</b> (kudos to Andreas Lust and the percussion) (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Carlos</b> (actually the 330 minute TV mini-series) (kudos to dgar Ramrez and director Olivier Assayas) <dd><b>True Grit</b> (kudos to Roger Deakins' cinematography) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: ACTIONERS/THRILLERS I Recommend Despite my gripes</u> <dd><b>The Warlords (Tau ming chong)</b> <dd><b>Centurion</b> <dd><b>Inception</b> (kudos to the integral score, the movie allegory, and real and imagined scenery; boo to the guy next to me at the Regal Atlas's 4:20 pm show on 7/24/2010, in the center toward the rear, who talked on the phone and to his friend through the extended expositions) <dd><b>71 Into The Fire (Pohwasogeuro )</b> (preview with <A HREF="http://www.koreasociety.org/">The Korea Society</a>) <dd><b>The Town</b> <dd><b>Unstoppable</b> (just for the fun of it) <dd><b>The American</b> (kudos to George Clooney and cinematographer Martin Ruhe) <dd><b>Vengeance (Fuk sa)</b> (kudos to director Johnny To) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST INTELLECTUAL SWORDS AND SANDALS EPIC</b></u> <dd><b>Agora</b> </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST INTELLECTUAL SWORDS AND SANDALS EPICS</u> <dd><b>The Blood Of Rebirth (Yomigaeri no chi)</b> (cool visuals too) (preview at 2010 <i>Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film</i> of <A HREF="http://www.japansociety.org/">Japan Society</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/valhalla.html">Valhalla Rising</A> (and for the scenery and manscape with a mute, one-eyed, tattooed Mads Mikkelsen) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST VIOLENT NEO-NOIRS</u></b> <dd><b>Mother (Maedo)</b> (preview at <i>2009 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Hye-ja Kim) <dd><b>The Chaser (Chugyeogja)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/redriding.html">Red Riding Trilogy  1974; 1980; 1983</a>; (kudos to the cinematography of Rob Hardy in <i>1974</i>) (preview at <i>2009 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/noir.html#red">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)</b> <dd><b>The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos)</b> <dd><b>The Killer Inside Me</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (kudos to Casey Affleck, cinematographer Marcel Zyskind, and the production design) <dd><b>Blood and Rain (La sangre y la lluvia)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Disappearance of Alice Creed</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Winter's Bone</b> <Dd><b>Thursday Widows (Las viudas de los jueves)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> s 2010 <i>Latin Beat</i>) <dd><b>Black Swan</b> </dd><br><br><u> Runners-Up: VIOLENT NEO-NOIRS I Recommend Despite my gripes</u> <dd><b>7 Days (Les 7 jours du talion)</b> (preview through <i>Sundance Selects</i>) <dd><b>Snap</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Double Hour (La doppia ora)</b> (kudos to Ksenia Rappoport and to Filippo Timi as a hunk) (preview at 2010 <i>Open Roads: New Italian Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Backyard (El Traspatio)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrw10.html">2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi)</b> (kudos to the scenery and the cinematography of Zhao Xiaoding) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST VILLAIN</u></b> <dd>Jacki Weaver as "Grandma Smurf Cody" in <a href="http://film-forward.com/history/animalkingdom.html">Animal Kingdom</a> (and Ben Mendelsohn is suitably creepy) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/noir.html#animal">notes</a>.) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST FEMINIST FABLES</b></u> <dd><b>Lourdes</b> (kudos to Sylvie Testud) <dd><b>Be Good (Sois Sage)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/fcselects10.html">2010 Film Comment Selects</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Bluebeard (La Barbe Bleue)</b> (preview at <i>2009 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Tempest</b> (kudos to Helen Mirren as the sorceress "Prospera", Ben Whishaw as "Ariel", Djimon Hounsou as "Caliban", scenery, score and song tune setting of Shakespeare lyrics by Elliot Goldenthal  but boo to the insipid young couple) (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Meek's Cutoff</b> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/secretsunshine.html">Secret Sunshine (Milyang)</a> </dd><br><br>Runners-Up: BEST FEMINIST FABLES: <Dd><b>Habana Eva</b> (seen at 2010 <A HREF="http://nylatinofilm.com/">New York International Latino Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Vision (Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen)</b> <dd><b>Tiny Furniture</b> <dd><b>Made in Dagenham</b> <Dd><b>Hadewijch</b> (preview at <i>2009 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST DARK COMEDIES</u></b>: <dd><b>A Film with Me In It</b> <dd><b>The Man Next Door (El hombre de al lado)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ndnf10.html">2010 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Happiest Girl in the World (Cea mai fericita fata din lume)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ndnf10.html">2010 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Down Terrace</b> (kudos to the use of traditional murder ballads) (preview at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>Mademoiselle Chambon</b> (preview at <i>2010 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kiberlain) <dd><b>Samson and Delilah</b> (preview at at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <Dd><b>Barking Water</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ndnf09part1.html">2009 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky</b> (of course I'm Mad for Smoldering Mads Mikkelsen, but also kudos to the costumes, production design, scenery and re-enactment of the premire mise en scne of <i>The Rites of Spring</i>) <dd><b>Castaway on the Moon (Kimssi pyoryugi)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.subwaycinema.com/">2010 New York Asian Film Festival</a> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (kudos to Jung Jae-Yeong and Jung Rye-Won) <dd><b>Carmo, Hit The Road</b> <dd><b>Blue Valentine</b> (also best anti-romance) (kudos to Michelle Willliams and Ryan Gosling, director Derek Cianfrance, DP Andrij Pareekh and the editing) <dd><b>Undertow (Contracorriente)</b> (kudos to Cristian Mercado) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: ROMANCES I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u><br> <dd><b>The Yellow Handkerchief</b> (kudos to William Hurt and Eef Barzelay's score, but it should have been filled with regional music) <Dd><b>Everyone Else (Alle Anderen)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyff09pt3.html">2009 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Ondine</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Lucky Life</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>some boys don't leave</b> (short screened at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Here and There (Tamo i ovde)</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff09pt3.html">Part 3 Family Ties Around The World</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2009 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/saltofthis.html">Salt Of This Sea (Milh Hadha Al-Bahr)</a> (also briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff09pt3.html">Part 3 Family Ties Around The World</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2009 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#salt">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#salt">note</a>.) <Dd><b>Jack Goes Boating</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>Runners-Up: BEST SIBLING RIVALRY With a Side Order of Romance</u></b> <dd><b>The Vicious Kind</b> <dd><b>Easier With Practice</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANTI-ROMANCES</u></b> <dd><b>Hunting & Sons (Hunting & Zn.)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ndnf10.html">2010 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST COMING OF AGERS</b></u> <dd><b>I Killed My Mother (J'ai tu ma mre)</b> (preview at at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>The Evening Dress (La robe du soir)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/ndnf10.html">2010 New Directors/New Films</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/thegirl.html">The Girl (Flickan)</A> (preview at <i>Northern Exposures: Social Change and Sexuality in Swedish Cinema</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>My Queen Karo</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Kisses</b> (thanks for the subtitles!) <dd><b>Udaan</b> (meaning "flight", as in the song lyric about letting the bird fly) <dd><b>Let Me In</b> </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: COMING OF AGERS I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u> <dd><b>Burrowing (Man tnker sitt)</b> (preview at <i>Northern Exposures: Social Change and Sexuality in Swedish Cinema</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> <dd><b>The Trotsky</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#trot">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) (My colleague James Van Maanen <A HREF="http://trustmovies.blogspot.com/2010/12/dvdstreaming-with-trotsky-jacob-tierney_31.html">followed up on my recommendation</a> to enjoy it On Demand.) <dd><b>My Brothers</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Famous and the Dead (Os famosos e os duendes da morte)</b> (seen at 2010 <i>Premiere Brazil!</i> series at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Easy A</b> </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST MOVIE MUSICALS (and music bio-pics):</b></u> <dd><b>Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime... Moi Non Plus (Gainsbourg - Vie hroque)</b> (kudos to Eric Elmosnino as well as the puppets and animation) (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#gains">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>sex & drugs & rock & roll</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff10pt5.html">There's No Business Like the Celebrity Business</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#drugs">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/raavan.html">Raavan</A> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/brannue.html">Bran Nue Dae</A> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/moviemusic.html#bran">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/nowhereboy.html">Nowhere Boy</A> (kudos to Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: BEST MOVIE MUSICAL NUMBERS</u>: <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/guyand.html">Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench</A> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2009 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST ANIMATION</u></b> <dd><A HREF="http://mavensnest.net/marymax.html">Mary and Max</A> (seen at <i>2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>The Secret of Kells</b> (<A HREF="http://theblogofkells.blogspot.com/">here's some background</A>) <dd><b>Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death</b> (seen with <i>2010 Academy Award-Nominated Animated Short Films</i>) <dd><b>How to Train Your Dragon (3D)</b> (Who knew Vikings had Scottish brogues?) <dd><b>Toy Story 3</b> <dd><b>Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole</b> (kudos to the Brit and Aussie voice actors, especially Helen Mirren) </dd><br><Br><u>Runners-Up: BEST ANIMATION I Recommend Despite My Gripes</u>: <dd><b>Metropia</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>My Dog Tulip</b> (I'm a cat person) <dd><b>The Illusionist</b> <dd><b>Tangled in 3D</b> (kudos to Donna Murphy's "Mother Knows Best") <dd><b>Summer Wars (Sama Wozu)</b> (saw the English-language version) </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST DOCUMENTARIES</u></b>: <dd><b>Old Partner (Wonangsori)</b> <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/sweetgrass.html">Sweetgrass</a> (also brief preview review from <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyff09pt1.html">2009 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#gruppen">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <Dd><b>The Art of the Steal</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyff09pt1.html">2009 New York Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>, with <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Herb">Herb & Dorothy</a>) <dd><b>Last Train Home</b> (preview at at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (pair it with <b>Ghost Town (Fei cheng)</b>) <dd><a href="http://forgottentransports.com/">Forgotten Transports to Belarus (Zapomenut transporty: Do Belarus): Men Who Fought</a>) and <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Latvia">Forgotten Transports: To Latvia (Zapomenut transporty: Do Latvia): Family Strength</a> (viewed at <i>The Legacy of Shoah Film Festival</i>) <dd><b>Thieves By Law</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#thieves">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/babies.html">Babies (Bbs)</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#babies">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Earth Made of Glass</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff10pt4.html">Recommended Documentaries</a> of <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Sons Of Perdition</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff10pt4.html">Recommended Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/budrusrachel.html">Budrus</a> (also briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff10pt4.html">Recommended Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Budrus">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>The Western Front</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff10pt4.html">Recommended Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#wfront">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <dd><b>Exit Through the Gift Shop</b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/enemiesof.html">Enemies Of The People</a> (also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrw10.html">2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/restrepo.html">Restrepo</a> (My <a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#restrepo">commentary</a> on the film's poster re: 9/11.) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/mugabe.html">Mugabe and the White African</a> (preview at 2009 <A HREF="http://www.documentary.org">DocuWeeks</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://www.marwencol.com/">Marwencol</a> <dd><b>Armadillo</b> (preview at 2010 <A HREF="http://www.docnyc.net/">DOC NYC Festival</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/rabbitala.html">Rabbit la Berlin (Krlik po berlinsku)</a> (preview at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>2010 Academy-Nominated Documentary Shorts</i>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/enemy.html">My Enemy s Enemy</a> </dd><br><br><u>DOCS that are Close Runners-Up</u> <dd><b>Human Failure (Menschliches Versagen)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) <dd><b>Gevald!</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#gevald">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/offand.html">Off and Running</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#running">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) (also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff09pt1.html">Part 1 Recommendations</a> of <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2009 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/octobercountry.html">October Country</a> <dd><b>The Red Chapel</b> (preview at at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>12th & Delaware</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrw10.html">2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Camp Victory, Afghanistan</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrw10.html">2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Supermen of Malegaon</b> (seen at 2009 <i>The New India</i> series at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/wasteland.html">Waste Land (Lixo extgraordinrio)</a> (preview at 2010 <i>Premiere Brazil!</i> series at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#waste">notes</a>.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/WTC.html#holy">Holy Wars</a> (seen at 2010 <A HREF="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2010">DocuWeeks</a>) <Dd><A HREF="http://www.c-linefilms.com/c_linefilms.html">Family Affair</a> (seen at <A HREF="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2010">DocuWeeks</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#family">commentary</a> on the Jewish woman.) <Dd><b>The Rati Horror Show (El Rati Horror Show)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> s <i>Latin Beat</i>) <dd><b>The Autobiography of Nikolae Ceaucescu (Autobiogrfia lui Nikolae Ceaucescu)</b> (bit confusing for Americans not knowledgeable about Romanian history) (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <Dd><b>Catfish</b> </dd><br><br><u>Best of the Cute-Kids-in-Competition DOCS :</u> <Dd><A HREF="http://www.boysofsummerfilm.com/">Boys Of Summer</a> (seen at 2010 <A HREF="http://nylatinofilm.com/">New York International Latino Film Festival</a>) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: Best of the Cute-Kids-in-Competition DOCS :</u> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/racingdreams.html">Racing Dreams</a> (also briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff09pt2.html">Part 2: The Kids Are Alright</a> of <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2009 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/teens.html#racing">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/whizkids.html">Whiz Kids</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#whiz">notes</a>.) </dd><br><br><u>Educational Runners-Up (DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or flaws):</u> <dd><b>The Matilda Candidate</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  2010 International Festival of Nonfiction Films</i>) <dd><b>Agrarian Utopia</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  9th International Festival of Nonfiction Films</i>) (for background insight on the political crisis in Thailand) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/harlan.html">Harlan: In The Shadow Of <i>Jew Sss</i> (Harlan - Im Schatten Von <i>Jud Sss</i>)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Harlan">commentary</a> on the Jewish women.) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#Poland">Forgotten Transports: To Poland (Zapomenut transporty: Do Poland): The Human Spirit</a> (viewed at 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#Poland">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/johannesburg.html">Have You Heard From Johannesburg</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#Jburg">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Between the Cup and the Election (Entre la coupe et l'lection)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/johannesburg.html">2010 New York African Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://africanfilmny.org/">African Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Gerrymandering</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff10pt5.html">Recommended Documentaries: There's No Business Like the Celebrity Business</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>The Other City</b> (briefly reviewed in <A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/tff10pt4.html">Recommended Documentaries</a> at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/casinojack.html">Casino Jack And The United States Of Money</a> <dd><b>War Don Don (The War Is Over)</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrw10.html">2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Henri-Georges Clouzot s Inferno (L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot)</b> (for film buffs) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/neshoba.html">Neshoba: The Price Of Freedom</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#Nesh">notes</a>.) <dd><A HREF="http://colonymovie.com/">Colony</a> (seen at <A HREF="http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2010">DocuWeeks</a>) <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/unfinished.html">A Film Unfinished (Shtikat Haarchion)</a> (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#unfin">commentary</a> on the Jewish women) <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/insidejob.html">Inside Job</a> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/grownup.html#job">notes</a>.) </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up:BEST BIO DOCS you can learn from despite gaps and/or glosses:</u> <dd><b>Ahead of Time</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/nyjff10.html">2010 New York Jewish Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/">The Jewish Museum</a>) (<i>So, nu</i>: my <a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#ahead">commentary</a> on Ruth Gruber.) <dd><b>Ingelore</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  9th International Festival of Nonfiction Films</i>) <dd><b>Nora</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/johannesburg.html">2010 New York African Film Festival</a> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a> and <A HREF="http://africanfilmny.org/">African Film Festival</a>) (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  9th International Festival of Nonfiction Films</i>) <dd><b>Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar</b> (preview at at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><a href="http://mavensnest.net/Lilithflicks.html#Joan">Joan Rivers- A Piece of Work</a> <dd><b>Pushing The Elephant</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrw10.html">2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould</b> <dd><b>Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff</b> (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><b><u>MOST DEPRESSING FILM OF THE YEAR:</b></u> <dd><b>Addicted in Afghanistan</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a> s <i>Documentary Fortnight  2010 International Festival of Nonfiction Films</i>) </dd><br><br><u><b>Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing DOCS Despite Nonsense:</u></b> <dd><b>Soul Kitchen</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Looking for Eric</b> <dd><b>Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale</b> </dd><br><br><u>Runners-Up: Best COMIC RELIEF from Depressing DOCS Despite Nonsense:</u> <dd><b>Heartbreaker (L'arnacoeur)</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) (for <I>Dirty Dancing</i> deeds) <dd><b>Scott Pilgrim vs. The World</b> </dd><br><br><b><u>BEST SCENERY:</b></u> <dd><b>Cairo Time</b> (preview at <A HREF="http://www.http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/">2010 Tribeca Film Festival</a>) <dd><b>Moloch Tropical</b> (briefly reviewed at <A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/hrw10.html">2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival</a>) <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/masterpiece.html#moloch">notes</a>.) <dd><b>Robinson in Ruins</b> (too fictional to be considered a documentary) (preview at <i>2010 New York Film Festival</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) </dd><br><br><u><b>Runners-Up: BEST SCENERY</u></b> <dd><A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/altiplano.html">Altiplano</a> <dd><a href="http://film-forward.com/history/redhill.html">Red Hill</a> <dd><b>Hemingway s Garden Of Eden</b> </dd><br><br><u><b>Runners-Up: MOST VISUAL HEAD TRIPS</u></b> <dd><b>Creation</b> (kudos to actor Paul Bettany, production design, costumes, make-up, DP Jess Hall, and Christopher Young's score) <dd><b>I Am Love</b> (kudos to score by John Adams) (preview at <i>2010 New Directors/New Films</i> of <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>/<A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Enter the Void</b> (but I saw the U.S. release that wasn't the director's cut) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST COOKING </u></b> <dd><A HREF="http://film-forward.com/history/todaysspecial.html">Today s Special</a> (My additional <a href="http://mavensnest.net/nyny.html#special">notes</a>.) </dd><br><br><u><b>BEST REVIVALS IN NEW PRINTS</u></b> <dd><b>Stray Dog (Nora inu)</b> <dd><b>Interrogation (Przesluchanie)</b>; <b>The Beads of One Rosary (Paciorki jednego rzanca)</b>; <b>A Woman Alone (Kobieta samotna)</b>; and <b>Top Dog (Wodzirej)</b> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>'s "Storm Warnings: Resistance and Reflection in Polish Cinema" series in the <a href="http://www.performingrevolution.org/about">Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe Festival</a> <dd><b>The Law (La Loi)</b> (seen at <i>2010 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema</i> at <A HREF="http://www.filmlinc.com/">Film Society of Lincoln Center</a>) <dd><b>The Prowler</b> <dd><b>Close-Up (Nema-ye Nazdik)</b> <dd><b>World on a Wire (Welt am Draht)</b> (seen at <A HREF="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history?locale=en">MoMA</a>) <dd><b>Metropolis</b> <dd><b>Nightfall</b> <dd><b>I Was Born, But. . . (Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo)</b> <dd><A HREF="http://www.film-forward.com/onthebowery.html">On The Bowery/The Perfect Team: The Making Of <i>On The Bowery</i></a> <dd><b>Pale Flower (Kawaita hana)</b> (briefly reviewed with <b>Silence (Chinmoku)</b> as part of <i>Elegant Elegies: The Films of Masahiro Shinoda</i> along with <i>Fernando de Fuentes Mexican Revolution Trilogy</i>: <b>Prisoner 13 (El prisionero trece)</b>, <b>My Buddy Mendoza (El Compadre Mendoz