Wednesday, February 20, 2019

SOMETHING’S NOT HAPPENING HERE AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S NOT

May 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The walkouts during the press screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book (Le Livre d’Image) at the Cannes Film Festival began at about 15 minutes into the film. One by one, several critics and working journalists covering the festival began rising from their seats, hunching over so as not to block the view of others, […]

AT CANNES, THE SOVIETS COLLAPSE AGAIN

May 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

At the Cannes Film Festival, two films, set in the waning years of the Soviet empire, have debuted to reviews so lukewarm that some critics attending the festival have wondered in print whether they’re not a portent of even inferior things to come. After all, the festival usually makes a noticeable effort to launch with […]

WILL TERRY GILLIAM FINALLY REALIZE HIS IMPOSSIBLE DREAM?

May 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

To dream the impossible dream To fight the unbeatable foe To bear with unbearable sorrow To run where the brave dare not go To right the unrightable wrong To love pure and chaste from afar To try when your arms are too weary To reach the unreachable star This is my quest, to follow that […]

ONE IRANIAN DIRECTOR HAILED AT CANNES; ANOTHER BARRED FROM COMING

May 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Donald Trump’s decision to repudiate the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran was never brought up at a news conference for Iranian director Asghar Ferhadi at the Cannes Film Festival today (Wednesday), but Ferhadi did issue a controversial plea to the government of Iran that was not related to the nuclear pact. He appealed to it […]

KIDNAP DRAMA OPENS CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

May 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

If Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi had made his Cannes Film Festival opener Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben) in Hollywood, he probably would have been compelled to accouter his kidnap drama with gunplay, chases, and assorted acts of violence. There is none of that here. He has made the film in Spain, in Spanish, with an […]

CANNES SANS WEINSTEIN

May 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

He used to be everywhere at Cannes. No one attending the world’s largest and most prestigious film festival could miss the rotund macher, who always seemed to sport a five-day (forget 5 o’clock) shadow on his chins. Harvey Weinstein came here carrying some of the most memorable independent Hollywood films produced in the last quarter […]

“THE SQUARE” WINS TOP PRIZE AT CANNES

May 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In an awards ceremony that produced few, if any, surprises, the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, headed by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, awarded its top prize, the Palme d’Or, to the biting satire The Square, directed by Sweden’s Ruben Östlund. The runner-up Grand Prix award went to French director Robin Campillo’s BPM, which chronicled […]

CINEMA ART AND CINEMAS’ BUSINESS COLLIDE AT CANNES

May 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories were screened for critics at the Cannes Film Festival this week, audience members booed when the opening credit for Netflix, which financed the two films, appeared on the screen. But as the screenings ended, the same spectators rose in standing ovations. Those clashing reactions illustrate […]

R-PATZ SINKS TEETH INTO NEW ROLE, AND CRITICS ARE SEDUCED

May 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Vampire makeup never provided much of a disguise for British actor Robert Pattinson. His young female fans still swooned when they saw his pasty face on screen in the Twilight series. His attempts to reinvent himself sans makeup since that franchise came to an end, in such stylish films as Cosmopolis, The Lost City of Z, […]

THE BEGUILING BACKSTORY OF “THE BEGUILED”

May 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When producer-director Don Siegel’s The Beguiled premiered in 1971, the screenplay was credited to John B. Sherry and Grimes Grace. In fact, however, John B. Sherry was the name blacklisted writer Albert Maltz had taken on as a pseudonym in the 1950s. Maltz was a member of the infamous Hollywood 10 (the group of Hollywood writers […]

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