A soupçon of Coen: World Cinema

This short film from Joel and Ethan Coen was produced in 2007 as part of For Each His Own Cinema (Chacun son cinéma), a collection of 3 minute films from famous directors commissioned for the 60th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. It stars Josh Brolin, actor-turned-producer-turned-director of Men Who Stare at Goats Grant Heslov, (read…)

Cannes 2009: Dogtooth

Twitch also has a NSFW trailer for Dogtooth, the winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. Dogtooth is a sort of comedy(?) that tells the story of three 20-somethings who’ve lived their whole lives in an entirely insular world of confinement staged by their parents. It didn’t get the (read…)

Cannes 2009: Enter the Void

In between the last flurry of LiC coverage and the awarding of the Palme d’Or, there were a number of other interesting films to play Cannes that have slipped through the cracks. I’m putting one of the monkeys in charge of picking up some of the loose ends. Twitch brings us something of a teaser (read…)

Cannes 2009: ‘The White Ribbon’ takes the Palme d’Or

Palme d’Or winner: Michael Haneke Lifted wholesale from the fine folks at indieWIRE, here are the Cannes winners. Palme d’Or: The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band), d:Michael Haneke Grand Prix (runner-up): A Prophet, d:Jacques Audiard Prix Exceptional du Jury (Special Jury Prize): Alain Resnais, Wild Grass Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director): Brillante (read…)

Cannes 2009: Almodovar, Resnais and Haneke

Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon Another day, another favorite for the Palme D’Or. This week, some eyes turned toward Michael (Cache, Funny Games) Haneke’s The White Ribbon as the one to beat for the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize. Sony Pictures Classics, which picked the film up before the start of the festival, also recently (read…)

Cannes 2009: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Most people have been buzzing about The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus as Heath Ledger’s last film. I’ve been more interested in finding out if it’s good Terry Gilliam (Brazil) or bad (Tideland). If these first reviews are any indication, it’s somewhere in between, but closer to the latter. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. UK/Canada Director: (read…)

Trailer: Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (Subtitled)

We ran the Spanish language trailer for Isabel Coixet’s latest a couple weeks ago, but now a subtitled version (minus the annoying Spanish dub) is making the rounds. It’s still not safe for work…unless you’re lucky enough to have a job where simulated cunnilingus is considered safe. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo stars Rinko (read…)

IFC bringing ‘Antichrist’ and ‘Eric’ to the US

Talk continues to swirl around Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and reviews continue to trickle in as Variety announces that the film has been picked up for US distribution by IFC along with Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric. At SpoutBlog, I think Karina Longworth‘s review benefits from coming after the initial wave of hype. There’s a (read…)

Inglourious Basterds: 3 clips and 4 pans

I don’t want to give the impression that Inglourious Basterds is getting killed by the critics, but in an effort to tamp down my own absurd expectations here is a sampling of some of the more negative reviews of the Quentin Tarantino WWII adventure which premiered in competition at Cannes at 8:30 this morning local (read…)

Lars von Trier plays critics like a fiddle while Cannes burns

Are those the Cannes critics he’s humping her on top of? O Cannes buzz. How I love to ride your currents, winding this way and wending that. A couple of observations before launching into yesterday’s films: Originally I thought Jane Campion’s Bright Star was on people’s lips as the Palme D’Or favorite, but more and (read…)

The Watercooler: 5/18/09

Kikuchi, Campion and Hanks Every Monday for over a year we’ve been playing this little game called The Watercooler. What is it? For the most part, it’s the column that belongs to you, the commenters. It’s a place to share your movie-going and dvd-watching adventures and to talk about them with other (semi) like-minded folks. (read…)

Cannes 2009 – Jour cinq: Amenabar, Mendoza and To

Sunday brought a highly anticipated historical epic screening out of competition, a controversial competition entry drawing comparison’s to Gaspar Noe’s Irreversible and a genre thriller from Hong Kong. Wherever they take place and no matter how prestigious they are, you have to love film festivals. Catch up with Days 3 and 4 here, Days 1 (read…)

Cannes 2009 – Jours trois et quatre: Campion, Lee and Park

Abbie Cornish in Jane Campion’s Bright Star Moving right along with LiC’s survey of what’s going on in Cannes. Check out Day 1 and Day 2 here or read on for Day 3 and Day 4. Friday, May 15 Bright Star. UK/Australia Director: Jane Campion; starring Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider and Kerry Fox. (read…)

Cannes 2009 – Jours un et deux: Up, Tetro and more

We’re a bit late getting started with our coverage of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, which kicked off on Wednesday. In order to avoid a super long post that will take me all day, I’m going to break this off in two-day chunks until I get caught up. I’m going to try to be as (read…)

Cannes Cannes

With the announcement this morning that Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro would be headlining the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, the complete Cannes schedule has taken shape. Coppola declined an out of competition slot with the main festival earlier this week, but couldn’t pass up the Fortnight invitation. Here is a partial list of the bigger names to (read…)

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