The Meyerowitz Stories Reviews

Adam Sandler has become an easy punching bag as he continues to make awful to mediocre comedies to fuel not just his career, but also the careers of his less talented comedian friends. But every now and then, Sandler reminds us that he can be a really good actor when taking roles in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Spanglish and to some extent, Funny People. It sounds like one of those movies just debuted at Cannes, and some are even saying it’s a career-best performance.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a new film from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha) that just debuted at the Cannes Film Festival as one of two titles playing in competition coming from Netflix. Adam Sandler stars in the film along with Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Candice Bergen and Emma Thompson, and the actor known for being a complete goofball is getting positively rave reviews.

Find out what some of the critics are saying in their The Meyerowitz Stories reviews. Read More »

Alejandro G Inarritu VR project Carne y Arena

We’ve covered a handful of VR experiences here on the site, but I’ve never heard of anything quite like the new virtual reality project that Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñárritu has cooked up. It’s called Carne y Arena, and it’s the first VR installation to screen in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times has an excellent breakdown of the experience, which spans three separate rooms and includes a walk-in freezer and a sand-covered floor as it gives you the perspective of migrants crossing the United States/Mexico border. Read the highlights below.
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Problems with Netflix

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: our take on the current battle between Netflix and Cannes.)

Times are a-changin’. In just two years, Netflix has ramped up their big push into the film business, and are beginning to make waves in an industry stuck in its old ways. Two films produced by Netflix were curated to play at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and that decision has sent shockwaves through the exhibition community, resulting in a new rule that may prevent the streaming company from appearing at the festival in future competitions. Below, learn more about the Netflix vs. Cannes battle, which is heating up thanks to movie theater exhibitors.
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raw barf bags

The critically acclaimed cannibal coming-of-age movie Raw became one of the genre darlings of the film festival circuit last year. It has also become infamous for causing audience members to faint, with its scenes of gore reportedly inducing spells of nausea and vomiting.

But one Los Angeles theater has the remedy to that: barf bags.

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Personal Shopper Trailer

Since taking on the Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart has spent her career taking on a wide variety of films in the indie world. Her roles in recent years include the prisoner of war drama Camp X-Ray, Woody Allen’s most recent film Cafe Society, the action comedy American Ultra, the powerful family drama Still Alice, and Olivier Assayas’ praised Clouds of Sils Maria. Now she’s back with the latter filmmaker for a haunting thriller.

Personal Shopper played at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and now the acclaimed film is coming to limited theaters next spring. Having known very little about the film, even after its premiere at Cannes, I must say that the first Personal Shopper trailer that debuted online recently teases an enticing supernatural tale. Read More »

Blood Father Trailer

If you thought Liam Neeson got upset when some criminals kidnapped Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen and then himself in the Taken franchise, just wait until you see how pissed Mel Gibson gets when some drug cartel thugs come after his daughter.

Blood Father premiered at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, and it’s coming to theaters late this summer, giving Mel Gibson another chance at redemption on the big screen after previous efforts landed without much pomp and circumstance. This almost feels like if Riggs from Lethal Weapon had a daughter, lost Rene Russo and really just let life kick him in the teeth.

Watch the Blood Father trailer after the jump. Read More »

Best Movies of Cannes Film Festival

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival just wrapped up overseas with Ken Loach‘s film I, Daniel Blake taking home the coveted Palme d’Or, the top prize from the French cinema exhibition. However, there have been plenty of other films from Cannes that didn’t take home the top prize that are worth paying attention to. One film critic decided to put together a video running through what they thought were the best films from Cannes, regardless of whether or not they won any prizes.

Watch the best movies of Cannes Film Festival video after the jump. Read More »

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 »

Cafe Society header image

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.

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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.

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