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Edge of Obedience
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Edge of Obedience is an excellent documentary about Ahmad Zakii Anwar, an artist who paints nudes in Malaysia, where it is a taboo. Director Jin-Theng Craven thoughtfully explores issues of artistic expression and religious freedoms in Anwar's home country of Malaysia.

I find that there's far too many amazing and under-watched documentary films on Amazon, Netflix, and other platforms -- films like Edge of Obedience. With so much garbage reality television on now, it is refreshing to be able to find and watch intriguing and informative true stories like this one. I have a soft spot for anyone who is trying to overcome conservative societal limitations, so I deeply connected with the film. I highly recommend Edge of Obedience to anyone looking for a good documentary.

Killing Lazarus
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Killing Lazarus is a poignant drama that explores many topics. The film covers drugs and violence but also spirituality, mental health, and friendship. Killing Lazarus is a timely and relevant movie that has the spirit of a more modern and nuanced Menace to Society or Dead Presidents. Killing Lazarus reveals the reality behind groups that are too often reduced to easy one dimensional stories of criminality in most films and beyond.

Killing Lazarus is produced by Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure, who obviously saw the value of this project and helped bring it to the screen. The project is skillfully written and directed by Desmond Faison. The cinematography by Will Novy is quite beautiful.

If you're looking for a timely and complex film, I would highly recommend watching Killing Lazarus.

Diamonds to Dust
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Diamonds to Dusk is an indie biopic about the life of Hollywood bombshell Jayne Mansfield. I watched this film with my family because a couple of them are really into old Hollywood history, so they really enjoyed learning about one of the most famous Hollywood actresses of all time. I never knew much about Mansfield before this film, besides her death, so it was really interesting for me to learn about how smart she was and to learn about some darker aspects of her life as well. The film is an indie period piece which is always really hard to pull off, so it's tough for the film to measure up with the big budget production value of large studio films, but I get the challenges of a low budget production and I'm rating the film with that understanding. Most importantly, I found the film to have a lot of heart and creativity, so I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the fascinating life of Jayne Mansfield.

Earthrise (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Earthrise is a compelling indie science fiction film about a crew aboard a spacecraft slowing mentally unravelling during their journey. It reminds a bit of Event Horizon, Solaris, or Sunshine -- all movies that I love.

Earthrise is an effective low budget film in this genre. Not all films can have a Hollywood-sized budget, so in watching an indie film like this, I'm looking primarily for creative ideas and effective storytelling, both of which Earthrise has plenty of. If you're looking for a sci-fi film full of tension that will maintain your interest throughout, then check out Earthrise!