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‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cannes: ‘Shoplifters’ Wins The Palme d’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlackKklansman’ Takes Grand...

That’s a wrap on Cannes. The closing night ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival took place this afternoon with President Cate Blanchett presiding over her group of jurors including Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Denis Villeneuve and more. Despite a groundswell of late-days support for Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” (watch the trailer) and Bi Gan’s […]

Lars Von Trier Denies Inappropriate Behavior With Bjork And Thinks #MeToo...

After the controversial premiere of his most recent film, “The House That Jack Built,” Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier has found himself at the center of a media storm. The spotlight comes from, partially, the harsh, white-hot reaction to ‘Jack’ at the Cannes Film Festival, but it’s also self-made. In recent days, the director’s been making […]

Terry Gilliam’s Cursed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Is Real...

It exists. I’ve seen it. And while I cannot guarantee that every member of the audience at the first press screening of “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” is not going to die mysteriously in the next fortnight, like we’ve desecrated Tutankhamun’s tomb, for the time being, I can assure you that there is a […]

Netflix Leaves Cannes Almost Empty-Handed As Deals Get Turned Down By...

Going into this year’s Cannes Film Festival, one of the biggest stories surrounding the event involved a feud with streaming giant Netflix. After controversy surrounded Netflix taking part in last year’s festival, Cannes took the initiative to enforce rules about films requiring a French theatrical run. This resulted in Netflix pulling out of this year’s […]

Terry Gilliam Talks About Being “Wonderfully Free” Before ‘Don Quixote’s’ Triumphant...

Today’s the day. The end of the Cannes Film Festival is especially important this year. Not because it’s the end of the festival that brought us some incredible films (as well as some not-so-incredible…see our “The House That Jack Built” review), but also because today marks the day that Terry Gilliam finally gets to premiere […]

Gaspar Noé Calls Directors’ Fortnight Big Winner ‘Climax’ His “Worst-Of Compilation”

You can’t please everyone. And for filmmaker Gaspar Noé, that saying is especially true. The Argentine writer-director is known, over the course of his feature film career, to push boundaries. And that’s especially true with his latest film, “Climax,” which screened at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. “Climax” screened recently and was one of the more […]

Lars von Trier Says ‘Jack’ Reception Was “Just About Right” And...

For 99.9% of filmmakers, having 100 people or so walk out of your world premiere, while simultaneously trashing the film on social media, might be a bit of a humiliating experience. Luckily, when that happened at Cannes this year, the filmmaker was Lars von Trier. And as film fans know, von Trier is most definitely […]

Mads Mikkelsen Can’t Save The Survivor Minimalism Of ‘Arctic’ [Cannes Review]

When a director decides to venture into a well-worn genre, comparisons to far superior films are inevitable. And so, a film like Joe Penna‘s feature-length directorial debut, “Arctic,” a survival drama, will no doubt run the risk of being compared to its spiritual predecessors: Danny Boyle‘s “127 Hours,” J.C. Chandor‘s “All is Lost” and Joe Carnahan‘s “The Grey.” The correlation […]

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