Easy Reader (California)

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Rating Title/Year Author
Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman (2021) Neely Swanson This is a pleasant film and weighing in at just over an hour, you won't regret the time spent watching it. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
The People vs. Agent Orange (2020) Neely Swanson This is a fast-paced 90 minute film. It is, however, just a starting point in the discussion of the use of toxic chemicals, government complicity, and the inability or unwillingness of courts to put together the puzzle pieces of probable cause. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
I Like Money (1962) Neely Swanson As a moment of screen history, this is a film worth watching as long as it can be done without expectation. It certainly explains why Sellers did not direct again. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
The Orphanage (2019) Neely Swanson Based on the diary of Anwar Hashimi, a friend of Sadat, this independent film is definitely worth your time and reflection. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
'Til Kingdom Come (2020) Neely Swanson A thoughtful and terrifying documentary about the ties between American Evangelicals and Israel. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
The Father (2020) Neely Swanson Olivia Colman is perfect as his wounded daughter Anne. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Blithe Spirit (2020) Neely Swanson This new production is a major misfire. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
Myth of a Colorblind France (2020) Neely Swanson A joyful documentary that is sentimental and hard edged at the same time. It is exuberant and informative; worshipful history and clear-eyed. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
MAFIA INC (2020) Neely Swanson A wild, rambling, riveting ride through the mean streets of Montreal.... Podz has taken a good story and given it legs. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
The Mauritanian (2021) Neely Swanson This is a must-see film. MacDonald and his writers, M.B. Traven, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani have given us something to think about and reflect on. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
La llorona (2019) Neely Swanson You will be mesmerized. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) Neely Swanson This is a marvelous pleasure of a film that leaves you wanting more and more and more, to infinity and beyond. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Neely Swanson Natasa Stork as Márta and Viktor Bodó as János... are mesmerizing. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Two of Us (2019) Neely Swanson Sharing screenplay credit with Malysone Bovorasmy, [Director Filippo] Meneghetti has given us a movie of incredible depth, warmth, and insight. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
The Reason I Jump (2020) Neely Swanson "The Reason I Jump," the compassionate documentary by Jerry Rothwell, is a surprising look at the autism spectrum. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) Neely Swanson A fine documentary... despite a tendency occasionally to veer off point. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
Acasa, My Home (2020) Neely Swanson [Director Radu Ciorniciu] allows the audience to have sympathy with their plight while still showing how difficult the Estaches make it for themselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
My Little Sister (2020) Neely Swanson A thoughtful and deep look at the bonds both breakable and unbreakable in family. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
Louis van Beethoven (2020) Neely Swanson Niki Stein has adeptly created a framework that never feels like a series of flashbacks but instead an opening into the time and events that shaped the old man in front of us. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
The Art of Political Murder (2019) Neely Swanson This documentary will leave you breathless from the breadth and depth of its storytelling. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is life-changing, revealing unheard of cruelty as well as unbelievable bravery. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness (2020) Neely Swanson A unique and powerful film. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Farewell Amor (2020) Neely Swanson It is an exquisite, slow unveiling of the collision of culture, belief structures, and familial chasms that develop over distances, both in miles and minds. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
The Weasel's Tale (2019) Neely Swanson A delightfully frothy film. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
Whisky Galore! (1949) Neely Swanson Slight in nature, soft in humor, "Whisky Galore" is full of fine performances of actors who went on to greater fame. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
Passport to Pimlico (1949) Neely Swanson An excellent reason to watch the film, however, is to get a good look at what London looked like after the war. The devastation from the blitz is everywhere; rebuilding was only just beginning. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) Neely Swanson A funny, sometimes laugh-out-loud, warm-hearted comedy with vibrant characters, terrific plot, identifiable good and bad guys, and all the eccentricities the Brits hold dear. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
A Chef's Voyage (2020) Neely Swanson In the end, although this was a pleasant way to spend an hour and a half, I'm left dissatisfied. You might say I was left hungry for more. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
The Killing Floor (1984) Neely Swanson There is clearly a story to tell, but Lee and Rassbach were unable to frame it in a meaningful and dramatic way. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
Collective (2019) Neely Swanson You will not be the same after experiencing this film. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
The Test and the Art of Thinking (2018) Neely Swanson The interviews and experts are outstanding and truly thought-provoking. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Crazy, Not Insane (2020) Neely Swanson There should be more Dorothy Lewises in the world. And there should be more Alex Gibneys to document them. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
The Nest (2020) Neely Swanson Law has created an excellent body of work and I would put this at or at least near the top of his many roles. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
A Crime on the Bayou (2020) Neely Swanson this is a film that is worthwhile viewing. The only regret is that it could have been so much better and been a more worthy addition to [Nancy Buirski's] previous two films. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Calendar Girl (2020) Neely Swanson A documentary in the same style as "The Times of Bill Cunningham," the iconic New York Times fashion photographer and "Iris"... It's a nice peek into a rarified window. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
In Silico (2020) Neely Swanson In the end, this isn't about science. It's about the universals of power, greed, ego, and fame. Enjoy. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Maybe Next Year (2019) Neely Swanson The director and producers seem to be unaware that poor quality in the moment does not qualify as cinema verité. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Raining in the Mountain (1979) Neely Swanson The pleasure in watching this film are in its pace, action, stunning locations, and even its stereotypic characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Proxima (2019) Neely Swanson Working with a top notch international cast, [director and co-writer Alice Winocourhas produced a nuanced, intimate portrait of a conflicted woman about to leave on the trip of a lifetime. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
Alone With Her Dreams (2019) Neely Swanson Marta Castiglia, in her first film, as the young Lucia is a marvel... But it is the brilliant Lucia Sardo as Nonna Maria who drives this film. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself (2020) Neely Swanson American Selfie adds nothing to the conversation and that is a pity. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Coming Home Again (2019) Neely Swanson Some will appreciate the pace as thoughtful; others not so much. It's still worth your while to spend 90 minutes contemplating the complexity of family relationships. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Neely Swanson A delightfully thought-provoking and ultimately moving personal memoir that has universal meaning and appeal. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
The Opening Act (2020) Neely Swanson "The Opening Act" is sincere and soft focus, but these are not really compliments as this story needed a slightly harder edge to stand out. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Neely Swanson Armando Iannucci's marvelous take on this Dickens classic is gloriously revolutionary. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
The Bay of Silence (2020) Neely Swanson It's almost a thriller, it's almost a mystery, it's almost a love story; but in the end, it's a muddle. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On (2019) Neely Swanson What [Director Dan] Wingate has given us that is priceless is a view into the professional career of "the greatest star you hardly knew." EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Sometimes Always Never (2018) Neely Swanson While not a terrible film, it is a series of almosts, mostly in terms of script inadequacies and the director's penchant for serving style over substance. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
And We Go Green (2019) Neely Swanson By the end of this splendid documentary you will be a fan and see the future of racing. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
Military Wives (2019) Neely Swanson This is a combination of all the movie clichés imaginable - odds against success, pulling together as a community, loss, triumph, conflict, coming together - but somehow in the end, it works. You know what's coming but you'll still tear up. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Lance (2020) Neely Swanson An outstanding documentary by Marina Zenovich. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020