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May 15, 2014

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Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner Emerges as First Oscar Contender of 2014

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While it’s true that Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is also an early contender for film awards, Mike Leigh’s lavish epic about Britain’s greatest painter is very likely a film to keep an eye on for end of the year voting — if it can last that long. Though it’s hardly a crowd-pleaser in any respect — if you put Argo on one side of the world you could…

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Godzilla Open Thread – Because Why Not

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People are seeing Godzilla — apparently in droves. Here is a place to discuss the monster movie, which has a shot at visual effects.

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Cannes Diary – A Room with a View

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The second day of the Cannes film festival put me in the fog of sleep. All of my moving parts shut down. My eyelids kept closing. My head dropped continually. There was no use fighting it. I lay down and let the sleep I needed take me over. It was either that or start hallucinating. The noises outside my window continually reminded me that life was continuing out there without…

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Wasted Opportunity for talented Filmmaker Keren Yedaya

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Being that the subject was the lack of women directors at Cannes, it was especially disheartening to sit through Loin de Mon Pere (That Lovely Girl) as part of the Un Certain Regard. I was hoping I could watch it and declare it to be way better than any of the main competition films and why didn’t they choose this one instead. But the film collapsed under its own one-dimensional…

J.M.W. Turner’s erotic sketches

J.M.W. Turner’s erotic sketches

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TRACEY EMIN + TURNER’S EROTIC SKETCHES from Lilian Simonsson on Vimeo. Nice companion video to lay alongside today’s Cannes’ premiere of Mr. Turner. Tracey Emin and Tate curator Ian Warrell lead us through JMW Turner’s private erotic sketchbooks. These intimate drawings have only recently seen the light of day at Emin’s exhibition at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate, Kent.

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A masterpiece of subtlety – Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

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“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.” ― Claude Monet With Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, a perfect union of film biographer and subject has landed at Cannes. In his film about J.M.W. Turner, an English Romantic painter of landscapes who caught the subtle shimmer of light on water in ways the world had never seen, the director known for capturing the subtle grace of human behavior has delivered a…