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3 Off Beat Films with “Best” Oscar Noms: “Princess Kayuga” Animation, “Whiplash” Feature, “Vivian Maier” Doc

February 19, 2015
NOTE: This, believe it or not, is my 1600 post here on Art Predator.
Here are reviews by Ron Wells of three off-beat films which have managed to garner awards and nominations including Academy Awards nominations for

  • Best Documentary: Finding Vivian Maier
  • Best Picture: Whiplash
  • Best Animated Feature Film: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Find out who wins on Sunday Feb 22! And coming soon to a blog near you, Ron Wells Top 30 Films of 2014!

Nominated for Best Documentary: Finding Vivian Maier
After I saw the captivating PBS American Masters documentary on Dorothea Lange, I can only hope that this absolutely fascinating film on the little known Vivian Maier will hopefully bring her to the forefront of great American photographers such as Ms. Lange.Maier, who worked as a nanny for most of her life and had little family of her own to speak of, took thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of photographs of everything imaginable that she came across in her daily life.
194x290-1But these are not just any photographs, they are photos captured with the eye of a great artist.Maier was unusual, to say the least, in that she had few friends, was a hoarder, and shared her photos with virtually no one and made prints of only a few. Only after all her belongings were bought at auction after her death, have the photographs begun to see the light of day. This is a remarkable film of an unusual woman whose life is difficult to understand, but whose photography represents art that is deeply penetrating and insightful. Trailer and Film Website: http://www.findingvivianmaier.com
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