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‘Border’ Trailer: Cannes Un Certain Regard Winner Is Far From Your...

One of the biggest surprises coming out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival was “Border.” The Swedish film has some great talent behind it, with the author behind “Let The Right One In,” John Ajvide Lindqvist, writing the script and filmmaker Ali Abbasi directing. But even still, there was so much mystery surrounding the film, […]

Mike Leigh Explains Working With Amazon Studios & Why Cannes Passed...

British filmmaker Mike Leigh has been in the film game for a long time now. Going back decades now, the director developed his own style, made his films, and released them to an adoring public like clockwork. Along the way, he’s picked up the Palme d’Or at Cannes and 7 Oscar nominations, among countless other […]

The Subtle Genius Of Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’

We’re in the clear from last years awards season, but one snub that still rankles us is Sean Baker‘s incredible “The Florida Project,” a moving portrait about the marginalized, economically-distressed people living on the fringes, mixed with a whole lot of hope. We, like many, fell in love with the film at last year’s Cannes Film […]

Frank Marshall Says Netflix Will Premiere Orson Welles’ ‘The Other Side...

As you probably remember, Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival aren’t getting along very well nowadays. This year, Netflix had hoped to premiere a selection of films at the prestigious event, but the folks behind the festival decided to enforce rules that basically prevented the streaming service from taking part. And one of the films […]

Acting Isn’t Just A Job For The Magnificent Cate Blanchett

Now that Cannes 2018 has officially wrapped, let us revisit this year’s Jury President Cate Blanchett. The actress has had a staggering career. She’s critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and respected throughout the film industry. Honestly, we don’t think there’s anything she can’t do. So what’s next for the esteemed performer? READ MORE: The Essentials: 5 Great […]

‘Border’: Trolls Get Their Due In Strange, But Touching Danish Drama...

Bashing skulls, killing hobbits or living under bridges, trolls aren’t generally afforded much empathy in cinema let along an form of storytelling, but these mythical, cave-dwelling creatures receive a profoundly humane touch in the eccentric, oddly-touching and genre-bending fairytale “Border” (“Gräns”) from Iranian-born, Danish-based filmmaker Ali Abbasi. Co-written by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the author of […]

‘Whitney’: Kevin MacDonald Delivers A Moving Portrait Of A Tragic Icon...

Our morbid fascination with rise and fall narratives is entrenched in the culture and all-too-common tragic stories about stardom and pop figures practically beg for cross-examined relitigation. The sad tale of pop R&B icon Whitney Houston is no different and the cultural mourning is still being processed through film and TV. Houston’s story has already […]

‘Dogman’: Matteo Garrone’s Back With Ferocious Bite [Cannes Review]

Following two Cannes efforts both met politely, but a little meso meso by critics, the comedy “Reality” and the dark fantasy of “Tale Of Tales,” Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone returns to the crime genre that launched his career in 2008 (“Gomorrah“) with the equally disturbing “Dogman.” Yet, instead of simply returning to the comfortable well […]

Ciro Guerra & Christina Gallego’s ‘Birds Of Passage’ Is A Colombian...

We humans have a mania for classification. We divide things into epochs and eras — Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous; Elizabethan, Victorian, Edwardian. We draw borders around regions, cutting rivers in half, like the flowing waters care, and creating nations so notional that a sneeze in one can bury a town beneath an avalanche in another. We […]

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Wordy, Windy, Wearying ‘The Wild Pear Tree’ [Cannes...

At least it’s mostly outdoors. Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan‘s new Cannes competition title, “The Wild Pear Tree,” an extravagantly wordy, three-hour-plus rumination on masculinity and morality in modern Turkey, cannot but be compared to his last Cannes title, the Palme d’Or-winning “Winter Sleep,” an extravagantly wordy three-hour-plus rumination on masculinity and morality in modern […]

Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Burning’ Is A Masterfully Mysterious Psychological Thriller [Cannes Review]

According to South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, Haruki Murakami‘s short story “Barn Burning,” is a story wherein “nothing happens.” It’s then a risky endeavor for Chang-dong to wholeheartedly embrace the concept for his slow-moving adaptation of the novel entitled “Burning,” but the mysterious, meticulous, slow-burning embers of this book-to-movie transformation turns out to be masterful […]

Filmmaker Jane Campion Says We Are At The End Of “One...

Jane Campion is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. That’s not some hyperbolic statement, either. Literally, Campion holds a distinction that no other female director does. She has actually walked away with the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. This weekend saw the end of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, and with Hirokazu Kore-eda winning the coveted […]

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter Wrote A New Song For Gaspar Noé’s...

Argentine director Gasper Noé thrives on controversy. It’s an essential part of his filmmaking style. He loves to push boundaries and, for lack of a better word, torture his audiences. What he isn’t known for is having rocking soundtracks in his films. Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, who previously worked with Noé on “Irreversible” and “Enter […]

‘Shoplifters’: Hirokazu Kore-eda Finds Empathy & Grace In Family Again [Cannes...

What constitutes a family? It’s a theme, like an instinctual migratory destination, that the compassionate Japanese helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Like Father, Like Son“) returns to time and time again. Following the mixed response from his previous effort, the uncharacteristic whodunnit  “The Third Murderer,” his latest film, “Shoplifters,” finds the 55-year-old filmmaker revisiting the Ozu-like of family […]

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