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Wonderful art films for Fall 2017

Bored of the same "summer blockbuster" movie selections? Seen too many children's animated poo poo pee pee jokes lately? In the mood to watch something that expands your movie horizons a bit? This is the perfect list for you! These are hand-selected art films you can find on Netflix, iTunes, or other streaming services. You may have missed them the first time around, but now is the perfect time to check them out. This is my *ahem*...."expert"..(I'm simply an expert in my own mind, as a movie lover!) list of wonderful art films for Fall 2017.  (in no particular order)

1. Irrational Man (2015)

This quirky drama was released in 2015 and quickly forgotten. It's a shame that it was so overlooked. The personal controversies and reputation of legendary writer/director Woody Allen and the extremely low marketing budget were a combination that made this little film get swept under the rug. And, the fact that Allen, 82 years old, is trying to write plausible dial…

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

There's plenty to love about the quirky and stylish Netflix original movie I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore. It was released at the end of February, 2017, so it's new. Actress Melanie Lynskey really shines as the lead character, Ruth. The style feels indie and modern. There are also some genuinely suspenseful moments involving dark hallways, hiding people, and lurking danger that had me holding my breath. There were also some quirky funny moments, most of which coming from the character Tony, played by Elijah Wood.

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore was written and directed by an actor named Macon Blair. He has appeared in at least a dozen movies and TV shows. And, he has written or co-written a handful of projects. According to IMDB (The International Movie Database), this is the first movie he has directed. For a first time directing, this movie is incredibly strong. The emotions are deep, the suspense is real, and the writing is great.

However, bef…

Arrival review

Arrival is suspenseful and hypnotic. Amy Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a language expert and professor. When strange space crafts descend on the Earth and float silently above the ground, every world government is frantically scrambling to research what the aliens' intentions are. That's where Dr. Banks comes in. She is recruited by the US military to see if she can crack a code of communication with the space crafts / aliens. She is racing against the clock because no one knows what the aliens might do, or the other governments of the world.

    I loved Arrival. The stark colors and sharp editing create a very suspenseful atmosphere. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have fantastic chemistry as fellow language and alien researchers. They are co-workers who are under enormous pressure to find the truth.

Arrival earned 10 Oscar nominations (!!!!), and they are certainly deserved. It was nominated in all the most exciting categories, including sound, writing, production design, directi…