Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WAITING FOR GODARD

May 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Six years ago, Michel Hazanavicius brought his silent, black-and-white movie The Artist to the Cannes Film Festival and was drenched with critical praise. The film did not receive the festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or (although its star, Jean Dujardin, was named best actor), but it did go on to receive a slew of Oscars, […]

SCHWARZENEGGER: THE TERMINATOR WILL BE BACK

May 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who headed directly to Southern California’s Muscle Beach when he arrived in the U.S. nearly 50 years ago, was back at the beach again this weekend. Only this time the beach was on the French Riviera, at the Cannes Film Festival, where he was promoting a documentary, Wonders of the Sea 3D, which […]

WONDERFUL CRITICAL RESPONSE TO “WONDERSTRUCK” AT CANNES

May 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck successfully struck wonder in the eyes of most critics as it opened Thursday as the first film screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Several of those critics predicted that it will also be among next year’s Oscar contenders. “Wonderstruck Stakes Oscar Claim” headlined Gregg Kilday’s review in the Hollywood […]

CANNES’ OPENER: SOME CRITICS RELISH IT; OTHERS SPIT IT OUT

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood movie premieres ain’t what they used to be. The days when a film’s debut at movie “palaces” attracted stars wearing dresses created by famous coutouriers just for the event (and often never worn again), arriving in limousines and descending onto a red carpet as dozens of press photographers captured their beauty for people to […]

HUNGARIAN FILM AWARDED TOP PRIZE AT BERLINALE

February 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Once again, the jury at the Berlin Film Festival, this one headed by director Paul Verhoeven, has surprised by selecting a film for its top Golden Bear award that critics had not considered to be among the top contenders. On Screen Daily‘s grid of reviews of the 18 films selected for the competition, the winning […]

AN AFFAIR TO ENCUMBER?

February 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Five years ago, the affair between actress Kristen Stewart and the then-married Rupert Sanders, who directed her in Snow White and the Huntsman, became tabloid manna, wrecking Sanders’s marriage and Stewart’s much talked-about relationship with her former boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. Last year, a similar scandal involving movie makers made the front pages […]

FINNISH FILM EMERGES AS FAVORITE TO WIN GOLDEN BEAR

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If film critics decided who would win the top award at film festivals, this year’s Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival — the Berlinale — would almost certainly go to Finnish director Aki Kauismäki’s comedy Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope). With the other 17 films entered in the competition receiving poor-to-mediocre […]

U.S. FILMS GET SHORT SHRIFT AT BERLINALE

February 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Berlin Film Festival — the Berlinale — aspires to foster film as art. It does not screen $100-million Hollywood productions. In fact, it hardly screens anything at all from the world’s movie capital. This year it selected only one American film for its Golden Bear competition, director Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, starring Laura Linney, […]

BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL: IN THE SHADOW OF DONALD TRUMP

February 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When the Berlin Film Festival — the Berlinale — opened last Thursday, Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, who presides over the jury, pledged to keep politics out of the jury room. “We will surely be putting aside our political prejudices when watching the films,” he told reporters covering the festival. The jurors may be doing so […]

“T2 TRAINSPOTTING” CHUGS INTO BERLIN

February 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The box-office success of cult-movie sequels has always been elusive, and arguably none of them has become a cult classic on its own. The producers of T2 Trainspotting are clearly hoping to reverse that record. They brought their movie to Berlin on Friday to screen it out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival (the […]

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