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 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 »
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 Years, Phillipe 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 »
Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival slate has been revealed. Competition entries this year include new titles by Todd Haynes, Yorgos Lanthimos, Justin Kurzel, Gus Van Sant, Denis 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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Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
As nice as it was to see Juliette Binoche in Godzilla last weekend, we were disappointed to see that she didn’t get nearly enough to do. Thankfully, she has a much meatier role in Olivier Assayas‘ Clouds of Sils Maria, which debuts at Cannes this week.
Binoche plays aging actress Maria Enders, who returns to the play that launched her career decades ago. But this time, instead of playing the sexy ingenue, she’s playing the suicidal older woman. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the self-absorbed starlet who’s taken on the younger role, and Kristen Stewart is Binoche’s assistant. Watch the Clouds of Sils Maria trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s far too early to throw around phrases like “best of the year.” But it’s not too early for the phrase “best of Cannes,” and superlative reviews for Foxcatcher suggest that the Bennett Miller drama has already earned that label.
Steve Carell reportedly puts in a career-changing performance as eccentric millionaire John du Pont, who becomes the benefactor to two American wrestlers — brothers Dave (Mark Ruffalo) and Mark Schulz (Channing Tatum). The real-life tragedy that took place between them makes for a sensational story, but Foxcatcher, by all accounts, is more of a slow burn, and all the better for it.
Hit the jump to get the Foxcatcher early buzz, plus a new teaser.
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Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
This year’s Cannes Film Festival is just getting started, but it already seems to have one notable success story Mr. Turner. The Mike Leigh-directed biopic, which stars Timothy Spall as British painter J.M.W. Turner, has been attracting smashing reviews and even some early awards buzz following its world premiere this morning.
When the film will get a general U.S. release remains to be seen — crowded in with the other prestige dramas this fall, perhaps? — but for now you can feast your eyes on the first Mr. Turner trailer after the jump.
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Kevin Smith has just revealed a bunch of details for his Christmas horror anthology. Once called Comes the Krampus, it’s now been re-titled Anti-Claus, and filming will start in September. Smith will be joined in the film by Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks, all of whom appear in this year’s Tusk. Parks and Long have also worked with Smith before that.
Below, see an early concept of the Kevin Smith Krampus and read some more of Smith’s thoughts. Read More »
The Kid With a Bike, the last film from sibling directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, was one of the best films of 2011, and will probably end up standing as one of the best films of the decade. So we’d be excited at the prospect of any new film from the brothers. The fact that their new movie, Two Days, One Night, stars Marion Cotillard is just a lovely bonus. The film will premiere at Cannes next month, and the first new Dardenne Brothers trailer film is below. Read More »