Droll /drōl/ (adjective); curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement. Droll best describes DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER, a bittersweet coming-of-age story about single motherhood and Metallica. Based on Joff Winterhart's sublimely funny and perceptive graphic novel, the film features wonderful performances by Monica Dolan and Earl Cave, with original songs by Belle and Sebastian. Winterhart perfectly captures the ennui, the tension, the pathos, and yes, the affection of this mother-son relationship. DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER begins streaming this Friday, 2/19. [A] "funny, acerbic, yet surprisingly tender film." -Observer. "Monica Dolan exudes warmth, intelligence and resilience as a woman whose self-confidence has taken knocks but who's still out there fighting." -Time Out
1982 is Lebanon's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Academy Awards. In June of 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon. In his feature debut, Oualid Mouaness revisits this cataclysmic moment through a different lens: a child's point of view at a quaker school in Beirut. As the geopolitical conflict inches closer and closer, 11-year-old Wissam is more intent on finding the courage to tell his classmate that he loves her. In this life-affirming tale of resilience, a peace of sorts can be imagined if people are brave enough to look past their differences. 1982 begins streaming this Friday, 2/19. "A sensitive slice-of-life drama." -RogerEbert.com.