Carol trailer

Todd Haynes‘ Carol is an excellent film. The more I think about it, the more I love it. It’s a quiet movie, one that speaks to you through performances and visuals, not always dialogue. It’s a rare movie, in that sense, and it’s one of the many reasons why you should all see it in a theater. The Weinstein Company has released another trailer for film, which you can watch after the jump.

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Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes reuniting

Director Todd Haynes and Julianne Moore have made two great movies together. They first collaborated 20 years ago with Safe, an unnerving drama/horror movie. Years later the director and actress worked together on the deeply beautiful Far From Heaven, but that was the last time the two collaborated. After a 13 year wait, Haynes and Moore are joining forces once again for an adaptation of Brian Selznick‘s “Wonderstruck.”

Learn more about the project after the jump.

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Carol Review

Director Todd Haynes often explores repressed desires and emotions. Velvet GoldmineFar from Heaven, and Haynes’ other pictures share themes of what people choose to hide from the world. The conflicts their characters face are always presented with sensitivity and thoughtfulness — a deep understanding of the pain or joy in their lives. Once again, with Carol, Haynes digs deep under the skin of his characters.

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Carol Trailer

One of our most anticipated films for the fall, and almost certainly of of the most gorgeous, is Carol, from Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, Mildred Pierce) with stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her work here. The film is an adaptation of The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, and follows the characters played by Blanchett and Mara as they fall in love in ’50s New York. Have a look at the new US Carol trailer below. Read More »

Carol trailer

Todd Haynes returns this fall with his first feature in eight years, Carol. The midcentury romance stars Cate Blanchett as Carol a married woman who risks everything when she embarks on a romance with the a younger shop clerk named Therese, played by Rooney Mara. Watch the Carol teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »

Great Directors documentary

The 2009 film Great Directors from doc filmmaker Angela Ismailos is a great introduction to the work, creative philosophies and personalities of ten directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film presents conversations and clips from the work of those filmmakers, and is just the sort of thing to turn new audiences on to films from each of those filmmakers, or, if you’re already a fan of that crew, to bolster your knowledge of each. Watch the full Great Directors documentary below.  Read More »

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A little over a year ago I was in London. I went to the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. At one point during a jam session a young Russian man in a thick coat and scarf (despite the warm weather) ran up on stage, blew his alto like it was nobody’s business, then promptly disappeared despite calls for more. I knew that if I had a crew with me and access to that man’s life I’d have the winner at next year’s Sundance.

There’s something wonderfully cinematic about a musician’s life. If they are any good, they are usually half in our world and half in their own. Yet they are fluent in another language. Plus, unless they are playing the ukelele, they look really cool.

Here are eight of my favorite movies about musicians that aren’t as well-known as they should be. Once isn’t on the list. I’m assuming you saw that already. But if you saw the headline and were hoping to see a clip to that masterpiece, here’s the “When Your Mind’s Made Up” recording scene, which ranks alongside the final 45 minutes of Avengers as the most exhilarating piece of cinema from the last ten years. Read More »

One of the best films of the past year was Todd Haynes‘ new version of Mildred Pierce for HBO. It’s actually a mini-series, but what the hell: the boundaries between film and TV are dropping like the Berlin Wall, so let’s call Mildred Pierce a movie. It’s a great one that continues Haynes’ unblemished run of ambitious, interesting films. (Even when I’m not an unabashed fan of one of his films, as is the case with Velvet Goldmine, I can’t deny that the film is worth watching.)

And now Todd Haynes is getting set to make another film for HBO: an adaptation of Sara Gran‘s novel Dope. Circling the lead role is Julianne Moore. If this works out it’ll be the fourth project for the pair, who have previously worked together on Safe, Far From Heaven and I’m Not There. Read More »

To kick off 2011, HBO is premiering two huge star-studded events. On February 12, they have The Sunset Limited starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones about two men brought together by extraordinary circumstances who debate the ins and outs of life. It’s based on a play by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men). Then on March 27, director Todd Haynes tackles the Depression era story Mildred Pierce with Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, Guy Pierce, Melissa Leo, Hope Davis and Evan Rachel Wood. It chronicles a single-mother’s attempts to win back her daughter’s love and is based on a 1941 novel by James M. Cain.

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