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May 20, 2013

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Cannes review. Taking a stand: Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw

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Audiences will go in to Shield of Straw hoping for something other than what director Takashi Miike has in mind, especially devotees of this director’s more violent, cult-horror style. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The worst thing a filmmaker can do is stagnate, relying on the same formula. There is no danger with that with Miike, who often dips into different styles throughout his prolific body of work….

Academy Announces Animated Feature Film Rule Change

Academy Announces Animated Feature Film Rule Change

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(Press release) BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved rules for the 86th Oscars®. The most significant change affects the Animated Feature Film category. In this category, the new rule designates a maximum of two award recipients, one of whom must have a producer credit. The director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in…

Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw, trailer

Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw, trailer

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(We’ll look for a international trailer with English subtitles).

Cannes Diary Day 5: Patience passe science

Cannes Diary Day 5: Patience passe science

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French proverb: Patience passe science. (There’s nothing so shrewd as patience.) Cannes, once again soaked under a deluge of rain and cold weather, isn’t how the residents and business owners of Cannes like it to be this time of year. You can’t stop the weather. The festival so far has been mostly marked by rain, with so many umbrellas as far as the eye can see, and those cheerfully selling…

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Craig’s Take: Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw

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I’m going into each film here at the festival knowing as little in advance as I can possibly manage. I’m not even reading the official catalog entries so I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect from prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike. My only hope was that he’d help blow off a little mid-festival langueur and he certainly did that with Shield of Straw, a brisk crime thriller that sneaks in…