Thursday, February 27, 2020

HILLARY CLINTON, FILM STAR

February 25, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, presidential candidate, and now a film star. Yes, that’s Hillary Clinton on the cover of a special Berlinale edition of Variety. She arrived at the festival on Monday to promote a four-hour-long documentary series that was screened at the festival, a warts-and-all look, according to the director, Nanette […]

JIMINY CRICKET! HE’S ALIVE AGAIN!

February 25, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Eighty years after The Walt Disney Co. brought Italian children’s-book writer Carlo Collodi’s characters from his The Adventures of Pinocchio to life, three other film studios are trying their hand at it. There’s Disney itself with a live-action version directed by Robert Zemeckis; there’s Netflix, with a “darker,” political version from Guillermo del Toro; and […]

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A MADMAN

February 23, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

After the feelgoodiness of My Salinger Year, which opened the 70th edition of the Berlin Film Festival out of competition last week, the festival has now screened an unadulterated art film, Volevo nascondermi, — beautiful, magnificently acted, and as impressionistic and confusing as its subject, the Swiss/Italian artist Antonio Ligabue. You say you have never […]

UP(WARD) AND “ONWARD”

February 22, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

After turning out a plethora of sequels over the past several years, Pixar has returned this year with Onward, its first original-story film since 2017. And it has not lost the magic. Indeed, Onward has much to do with the loss of magic — and its rebirth. It is set in a fairy-tale land whose […]

BERLINALE KICKS OFF A DAY AFTER GERMAN SHOOTINGS

February 21, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

The 70th edition of the Berlin Film Festival — the Berlinale — opened on Wednesday, a day after a right-wing fanatic murdered nine Muslims at a hookah bar and a café in the German city of Hanau. The festival had issued a statement in advance saying that during the opening ceremonies, it would pause for […]

“PARASITE” LATCHES ONTO THE PALME

May 25, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Surprising absolutely no one, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite received the top award, the Palme d’Or, at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. Screened late in the competition, the film instantly became the first choice among critics, many of them writing panegyrical reviews — some calling it a “masterpiece” — that trumped their acclaim days earlier for […]

“PARASITE” PRAISE CONTAGIOUS AMONG CANNES CRITICS

May 24, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The finale of the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival has played out. The red carpets leading to the Grand Théatre Lumière, the main screening auditorium at the Palais des Festival, — treaded upon by filmmakers, invited guests, critics, and thousands of cinephiles over the past two weeks — have been removed and replaced. All that […]

TARANTINO’S “HOLLYWOOD” PREMIERES AT CANNES

May 21, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

From the first once-upon-a-time tale we are told as a child, we have come to expect dramatic narratives to have three distinctly deliniated elements, i.e., a beginning, a middle, and an end — no matter whether the tale is conjured up as a Shakespearian play, a Hollywood movie, or pulp fiction. It therefore became somewhat […]

“LITTLE JOE” AND THE GMO BODY-SNATCHERS

May 20, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Little Joe, from Austrian director Jessica Hausner, could very well become the Birth of a Nation for the anti-GMO crowd. In this tale of genetic engineering gone wrong, a flower, developed to give those who inhale its fragrance a feeling of happiness, has an unforeseen side-effect. The flower’s seed, you see, has been spliced with oxytocin, the human hormone […]

ALAIN DELON: HONORED AND BASHED AT CANNES

May 19, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

What would the Cannes Film Festival be without controversy? In 1968 anti-Vietnam War protesters succeeded in shutting down the festival half way through its 10-day run. More recently there was the to-do over Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier’s joking remark at a news conference that Hitler was “not what you would call a good guy, […]

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