The Cannes twitter just released the two posters so far: Directors Fortnight and Critics Week. Their posters always put artfulness first. Therein lies the difference between Cannes and The Oscars. It comes down to the posters. The Oscar poster must draw in eyeballs for their telecast. The Cannes posters? Not so much.
It really must be a sign of the times that Entertainment Weekly has laid off its second great film critic, after Lisa Schwarzbaum took a buy off earlier this year. This one hurts worse than many others because Gleiberman has been writing film reviews for EW as long as I’ve been reporting on film criticism, going on 15 years now.
When a movie comes out there are only a few voices that matter. I know many self-invented film critics (really, bloggers who have decided they can be called critics) are filling the gaps and taking jobs because they’ll work for less, or in some cases, for nothing. I know that we live in a time where everyone is, quite literally, a critic. I know that film reviews read like user reviews at Amazon or Yelp, just a general take that hovers around “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it.” But film criticism — GOOD film criticism — expands and enriches our experience of cinema itself. At its best, it opens up closed minds. It inspires. It can teach. Only a few writers out there know this. Even fewer who know it still have jobs. One of the best just lost his.
What is it about Scarlett Johansson that inspires her to be cast in these otherworldly parts? Is it that no one can really handle what she brings? Intelligence and sexiness? She is almost too good to be believed, perhaps that’s why Under the Skin, Her and now Lucy launch Johansson into her own genre.
Trailer swiped from The Film Stage.
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I chatted with Jon Scheide about his upcoming documentary, Acts of Congress, which has just begun raising funds on Indiegogo.
Q: How did you get involved in the project?
I created it. It’s the evolution or distillation of my desire to make some sort of statement going back to the all the radical changes that have happened since 9/11. The Patriot Act, American abandoning diplomacy in Iraq and actually throwing the first punch, Citizen’s United, Voter Act and protection law changes, Wall Street breaking the economy, etc.
I’ve been trying to write all morning about the second episode of FX’s Fargo which aired last night, but it’s like pulling teeth. I went into the first episode with a deep skepticism based on my unconditional love of Joel and Ethan Coen’s film. After a shaky start, I thought the whole thing went pretty well and, on balance, showed enough promise to look forward to future episodes. At the very least, the developments in the episode seemed to suggest showrunner Noah Hawley ...
Good news for people who don’t subscribe to HBO, but bad news for Netflix. Beginning May 21, Amazon Prime will start streaming a pant load of HBO shows, movies and specials. Every episode of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Flight of the Concords and Oz; selected seasons of current shows Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood; HBO minis Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade’s End; many HBO...
Right? I mean, right? That was the year to beat all others. We try to go there and talk about the individual films probably spending the most amount of time on Brokeback but 2005 overall turned out to be a great year for film with History of Violence, The Constant Gardener, Walk the Line all just missing Best Picture, though they might have gotten in if there were more than five. Have a listen! ...
Million Dollar Baby takes down Sideways and The Aviator. Probably the only film that really resonates from this year was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which just gets better with each viewing, as does Sideways. Okay, fine, so do the Aviator and Million Dollar Baby. Ultimately it was not the best year for film but not bad overall. Have a listen....