The Neon Demon

Springtime on the French Riviera sounds like a damn great getaway under any circumstance, but if you’re specifically going for Cannes then you have even more reason to be excited. The Festival de Cannes has officially announced the lineup for its 69th edition, which runs from May 11 through 22, and it’s one helluva roster. Things kick off with Woody Allen‘s Cafe Society, and then move along with new films by Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon), Chan-wook Park (The Handmaiden), Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Jim Jarmusch (Paterson), Jeff Nichols (Loving), and many more.

Playing out of competition are Steven Spielberg‘s The BFGShane Black‘s The Nice Guys, and Jodie Foster‘s Money Monster. More titles should be announced in the coming days, but this looks like an excellent list as it is. See the full Cannes 2016 lineup below.  Read More »

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Rumors had been swirling for awhile that Woody Allen‘s next film, titled Cafe Society, would open the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Today an official announcement confirmed those rumors, making this the third time Allen has opened the French film festival. Hollywood Ending and Midnight in Paris had the honor in 2002 and 2011 respectively.

Cafe Society, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, will premiere at the festival on May 11th, and along with this news, we finally have an official logline. In traditional Woody Allen fashion, it doesn’t tell us a whole lot about what we can expect from the romance, but some details were recently revealed by cinemtographer Vittorio Storaro. In addition, a new photo from the movie was revealed that you can see below.

See the Cafe Society photo after the jump along with some new details on the movie. Read More »

Hitchcock Truffaut trailer

For cinephiles, one of the most helpful and revered books is Hitchcock/Truffaut, the 1967 publication that features French filmmaker Francois Truffaut sitting down with legendary director Alfred Hitchcock for a week-long conversation that spanned the master of suspense’s entire career up to that point.

The book (which you can pick up right here) was full of insight and wisdom with regards to Hitchcock’s filmmaking style and sensibilities, and it has been referenced as being a catalyst for opening the eyes of many filmmakers. And now some of cinema’s best have sat down to talk in a documentary that serves as a sort of appendix to the book, providing plenty of details about Hitchcock’s filmmaking process.

Watch the Hitchcock Truffaut trailer after the jump! Read More »

Yakuza Apocalypse red band trailer

After playing Cannes this summer and the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, Takashi Miike‘s latest flick is on the way to theaters in October, and it looks positively insane.

Yakuza Apocalypse is a crime thriller with a whole lot of martial arts action, and this one also has vampires for some reason. For those who need to see what this movie is all about, a red band trailer has just surfaced showing off just how wacky this movie is going to be. Stay until the end of the Yakuza Apocalypse red band trailer to see a guy in a big frog suit kicking some ass. Read More »

Ingrid Bergman documentary trailer

As cinema has progressed over its relatively short lifespan, many are already starting to forget, or simply aren’t familiar with, the classic stars of the big screen. Perhaps with the exception of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, audiences are becoming less and less acquainted with the likes of classic starlets such as Grace Kelly, Bette Davis and Ingrid Bergman.

Now a new documentary aims to shine a light on one of those classic leading ladies in Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, a new documentary that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this past May. A trailer from overseas has just surfaced, and it paints an intimate, personal portrait of Bergman, a side that many never got to see.

Watch the Ingrid Bergman documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »

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I’m as guilty as the next guy. If I’m at a film festival or an early screening of a film I know people are curious about, I try to get a reaction on Twitter as soon as possible. That’s the whole point of Twitter. It’s the world reacting in real time, and if it’s a big time movie, people who can’t be there are dying to know the thoughts of the people who are.

So is a Twitter reaction film criticism? It’s debatable. Thierry Fremaux, head of the Cannes Film Festival, says it is and that Twitter reactions are ruining film criticism. Read his quotes and some thoughts on Twitter movie reviews below. Read More »

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Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2 poster

Hunger Games fans are everywhere, and some in France are going to get something pretty interesting. A brand new “commemorative” Hunger Games poster has been made for the Cannes Film Festival, featuring the Everdeen sisters, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Prim (Willow Shields), in a stoic, American Gothic-influenced pose. It’s a striking, odd image that’s sure to give fans pause as we approach The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2. Check out the Mockingjay Part 2 poster below. Read More »

2015 CANNES DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT LINEUP

The Cannes Directors’ Fortnight is essentially a parallel festival that runs alongside the primary Cannes Film Festival, and the 2015 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight lineup has just been announced in full. It includes Green Room, from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier — aka one of our most anticipated films of the year. It also includes Sundance fave Dope as the closer, and Takashi Miike‘s Yakuza Apocalypse. Seeing a Miike film programmed in a festival like this raises our interest in the movie.

Then there are previously announced films like Arnaud Desplechin‘s The Golden YearsPhillipe Garrel‘s In The Shadow Of Women, and the six-hour Arabian Nights from Miguel Gomes. The entire lineup is below, and it may well contain other films that will carry through as some of 2015’s better entries. Read More »

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The 2015 Cannes Film Festival slate has been revealed. Competition entries this year include new titles by Todd Haynes, Yorgos Lanthimos, Justin KurzelGus Van SantDenis Villeneuve, and Paolo Sorrentino, while out of competition entries include Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Woody Allen‘s Irrational Man.

We can expect a few more titles to be revealed in the coming weeks, as confirmed by Cannes delegate general Thierry Fremaux. But the Cannes 2015 lineup is already looking pretty good. See the list of titles announced so far after the jump.

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