ADTV: True Detective Sticks the Landing

The biggest mystery for me going into the end of True Detective was how it could possibly resolve itself in a way that would satisfy all of the enormous expectations Iā€™d built up for it after watching and rewatching and rewatching the previous 7 episodes. Turns out it was a...

Cannes Review: La Vie d’Adele (Blue is the Warmest Color)

The story of my festival-going life tends to be that I miss the one film that winds up on everyone’s lips. It’s some kind of uncanny anti-radar that never fails. This time though, I managed to catch one that had everyone buzzing to the extent that people were turned...

Cannes Review: As I Lay Dying

I don’t know when it happened exactly ā€“ maybe it was his non-performance hosting the Oscars ā€“ but the worm has definitely turned on the general enthusiasm for James Franco. For a while, everything he touched was a source of endless media fascination, but that’s pretty...

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

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...

Craig’s Take: Asghar Farhadi’s The Past

You see a lot of movies and most of them are pretty ordinary. Once in a while you see one slightly above average and it’s a cause for celebration. On rare occasions you see something truly outstanding and you’re reminded why you love cinema in the first place....