Thursday, April 9, 2020

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, […]

A FRONTRUNNER HAS EMERGED AT CANNES

May 18, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

At the midway mark at the Cannes Film Festival, veteran Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s 21st feature film, Pain and Glory, has leapfrogged over the competition among critics polled by the British trade publication Screen International. While all other films screened in competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or have averaged a 2.5 (out of a possible 4.0), […]

“ROCKETMAN” TOUCHES DOWN AT CANNES

May 17, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

At the opening of Rocketman, director Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic, the singer, played by Taron Egerton, is seen tromping into a group-therapy session in full feather-and-sequins regalia, flopping onto a seat, and then beginning to recite an account of his troubled childhood. The rest of the film amounts to a series of flashbacks. It’s […]

“LES MISÉRABLES” EXPLODES AT CANNES

May 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

If you surmised from the title that this French film is yet another iteration of Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel, you’d be wrong. Well, mostly wrong. It was indeed filmed in the Parisian housing project of Montfermeil, where Hugo’s novel was largely set, and it deals with the boiling social ferment of the local populace, mostly […]

A DOA OPENING AT CANNES

May 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

You might describe it as a DOA opener at the world’s most prestigious film festival. The Cannes Film Festival kicked off Tuesday with director Jim Jarmusch’s campy zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, which is among 21 movies contending this year for the festival’s top trophy, the Palme d’Or. Thousands of fans crunched together across from […]

AGNES VARDA TO STAND ATOP 72nd CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

April 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Seventeen days after the death of legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda, the Cannes Film Festival has chosen this image of her as the official poster for its 72nd edition. All the way up.As high as she could go.Perched on the shoulders of an impassive technician.Clinging to a camera, which seems to absorb her entirely.A young […]

2019 BERLINALE WINNERS

February 19, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Golden Bear for Best Film Synonymes by Nadav Lapid Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize By The Grace Of God by Francois Ozon Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize System Crasher by Nora Fingscheidt Silver Bear for Best Director Angela Schanelec, I Was At Home, But Silver Bear for Best Actress Yong Mei, So Long, My Son Silver Bear for Best Actor […]

BERLINALE: WE HAVE A WINNER!

February 17, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Aligning themselves with most critics, the jurors at the Berlin Film Festival have awarded the festival’s top prize, the Golden Bear, to Israeli Director Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms (Synonymes). The film follows a disaffected young Israeli man, a former IDF soldier (Tom Mercier), who becomes incensed by his country’s treatment of Palestinians and moves to Paris […]

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