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Cannes Dispatch – Pacifiction / Broker / Close

See, I was hating so much of what I’ve been seeing at Cannes I was starting to wonder if it was ME. Luckily, all three competition films that premiered today proved otherwise. So here’s a lightening round of what beguiled, captivated and moved me to tears today (after that early morning ELVIS screening which already feels like years ago). First up is Spanish director Albert Serra’s PACIFICTION, a weird, mysterious, beautiful fever dream that surprised and entranced me like no other film in competition. Set on a French Polynesian island where a French government official (Benoît Magimel) spends...

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More Than a GoodFella: The Career of Ray Liotta

Almost any tribute to the career of Ray Liotta is going to begin with his role in Martin Scorsese's masterpiece on the life of gangster Henry Hill, and I won't be the outlier. You can make a fair argument that his performance in the central role of this drop-dead, no-argument classic is one of the greatest performances ever to not be nominated for an Oscar. Ray Liotta owned that part, and it's worth remembering who he was surrounded by—Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Lorraine Bracco—the latter two giving career-best performances. And while those three actors deserve all possible...

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Tribeca Shorts: ‘Pragma’ Examines A Practical Hunt to Finding Love

You cannot manufacture intimacy and connection when it comes to love, but that doesn't mean the human race will ever stop trying. In Ellie Heydon's remarkably warm and relatable short film, Pragma, one woman decides to take control of her own romantic destiny. Will a little help go a long way, or will she learn to trust her own instincts? Willow is excited to attend her course at Pragma, a weeklong retreat that guarantees its participants a true, lasting match. In a room full of people this beautiful, sparks will inevitably fly, but does instant attraction mean true...

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Cannes Dispatch – Elvis

Will there ever be another Elvis Presley? Judging by Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s eye-popping biopic dedicated to the King of Rock & Roll, probably not. Anchored by an incendiary, soul-shaking lead performance, ELVIS is pure, glorious sensory overload that manages to capture the madness of superstardom. Premiering out of competition at Cannes, it’s possibly the best thing I’ve seen so far at the festival this year. Will keep this one brief because Cannes in its infinite wisdom programmed THREE competition titles to screen on the same day as ELVIS. People should know that structurally, the film doesn’t reinvent...

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Cannes Dispatch – Decision to Leave / Tori and Lokita

Korean director Park Chan Wook is one of those people who just can’t make a bad movie. The man has such intelligence, style and a unique sense of humor he can’t tell an uninteresting story even if he tried. Seven years after he dabbled in period erotica with THE HANDMAIDEN, he returns to Cannes competition with the mystery/romance DECISION TO LEAVE and it is, unsurprisingly, a treat. A businessman is found dead at the foot of a cliff after an apparent suicide. There’s a note, there are no signs of foul play, and yet something about the case...

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2023 Oscar TRACKER


Best Picture
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Actor
Best Actress Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Director Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Original Screenplay
Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Adapted Screenplay
Cinematography
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Editing
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Production Design
Sound Mixing + EditingEverything Everywhere All at Once
Costumes
Visual EffectsEverything Everywhere All at Once
Original Score
Original Song
Makeup and Hair
Animated Feature
Documentary Feature
International Feature
Live Action Short
Documentary Short
Animated Short

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