Saturday, December 14, 2019

MALICK’S NEW FILM BOOED BY AUDIENCE, PRAISED BY CRITICS

September 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Film critics and cineastes in general adore Terence Malick. General audiences, not so much. That was clear last year when his The Tree of Life was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a best picture Oscar but earned only $13 million at the box office. (To be fair, […]

HANEKE’S AMOUR IS NOT THE LOVE OF MOST MOVIES

May 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Wouldn’t you know, the current favorite to win the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival this year is arguably the most depressing film that has thus far been screened. And the least Hollywood-like. Amour, Michael Haneke’s film about a woman dying from a series of strokes and the husband who lovingly cares for […]

LAWLESS, ABOUT BLOOD AND BROTHERLY LOVE, SCREENS AT CANNES

May 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The most pertinent footage in director John Hillcoat’s Lawless, which screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival today (Saturday), may have ended up on the proverbial cutting-room floor. The film, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, and Guy Pearce, tells the purportedly true story of the Bondurant brothers, who ran a moonshine operation […]

RUST AND BONE MAKES STRONG DEBUT AT CANNES

May 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The second day of the Cannes film festival opened with a press screening of yet another strong entry in the 65th annual competition for the top Palme d”Or award, director Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. Closing credits were greeted with sustained applause by the audience. The film, about a […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE ARTIST

November 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Artist is arguably the most enthusiastically reviewed movie of the year. Other movies may have received a similar amount of praise but not the kind of cheers that this black-and-white, mostly silent movie has garnered. Back in May, when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Peter Bradshaw of Britain’s Guardian newspaper, wrote: “The […]

AT CANNES: THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT KEVIN

May 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Lynn Ramsay’s We’ve Got to Talk about Kevin, the first film to be screened in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, certainly got a lot of those who saw it talking. In particular, the performance of Tilda Swinton, who plays the devastated mother of a teenager who has shot up his school like the […]

54TH LONDON FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES

October 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The 54th annual London Film Festival opened Wednesday with the U.K. premiere of Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go. The celebrated cast, including Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield were on hand, signing autographs for fans on the red carpet and speaking to reporters despite 45-degree weather. The film, based on the critically acclaimed […]

SOFIA COPPOLA’S SOMEWHERE WINS TOP PRIZE AT VENICE FILM FEST

September 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Somewhere, Sofia Coppola’s take on Hollywood celebrity, won the top Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival today (Saturday). The film stars Stephen Dorff as a Hollywood star, whose aimless, dissolute life is lifted when his 12-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning, comes to visit. The film received decidedly mixed reviews after its screening […]