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It's Girls Gone Wild this month at The Film Experience. To coincide with the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, here's Chris on von Trier's wild women from Cannes past.
We miss you, Lars!
It's been five years since reigning Cannes bad boy Lars von Trier debuted a film at the festival - practically eons by the festival's standards for their many favorite auteurs. But he lost their favor for his glib Hitler comments during Melancholia's Croisette visit. The resulting Persona Non Grata Status has left us too long without a Cannes Von Trier (Anti)Heroine. Some call him a misogynist, but the provocateur has consistently given us fully-faceted women fighting against circumstance however they must. Let's take a look at their bad behavior:
How Bad?: 7/10 - Lots and lots of self-flagellating sex with strangers. Bess puts herself in increasing dangerous situations »
- Chris Feil
Last month it was announced that Nicolas Cage had signed on to star in Vengeance: A Love Story, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ 2003 novel Rape: A Love Story, and now it has been revealed that Cage will also take on directing duties, with original helmer Harold Becker departing the project over a budgetary dispute.
“The financier thought it could be done for less and Becker thought it would affect the quality of the film so, they shook hands and said, it’s not going to work out, good-bye,” reveals Deadline’s source, who claims the producers wanted to trim $1 million from the budget.
- Gary Collinson
Not many actors can pull off shambolic and effective, but Blethyn can do it with a single, penetrating glance from beneath that hat
There are now roughly as many types of crime series as there are crimes. The ones that make you scratch your head, or covet knitwear, or sign Change.org petitions or feel a bit stupid (yes, Sherlock, I’m talking about you). Then there are the ones that make you feel cosy, mildly creeped out, and in sudden need of a holiday cottage on the windswept northern coast, all at the same time. You know, the really British ones. These series induce a weird yet not entirely unpleasant brew of emotions, which is precisely the analgesic many of us are after as we lie slumped and silly on our sofas on Sunday night.
Vera (ITV) slots into this latter category as neatly as a dry stone in a Northumbrian wall. »
- Chitra Ramaswamy
Zach Galifianakis started his career as a cult comedian, until the blockbuster success of “The Hangover” franchise turned him into a mainstream star. Now he’s returning to his roots with the FX original series “Baskets,” an inventive serial comedy sure to be described as “quirky” and “offbeat” more times than anyone will care to count.
Galifianakis created the show with Jonathan Krisel (“Portlandia”) and Louis C.K., and stars as Chip Baskets, a Paris-trained clown who takes a job working at a rodeo in Bakersfield, California. The series co-stars Galifianakis’ longtime friend Martha Kelly, a stand-up comedian making her acting debut as Chip’s sweet-natured foil, and Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets, the mother of Chip and his more successful twin brother Dale. (Of that unconventional casting choice, Galifianakis says, “I wanted to cast Brenda Blethyn; she wasn’t available.”)
Variety spoke with Galifianakis at the recent Television Critics Assn. »
- Geoff Berkshire
"Baskets" is such an oddity that even its co-creator and star, Zach Galifianakis, isn't sure if it will work. In the FX comedy (it debuts Thursday night at 10), Galifianakis plays Chip Baskets, who has devoted his life to the art of clowning, a vocation he treats with utter seriousness, despite flunking out of a Parisian clown school because he doesn't speak a word of French. Broke, bitter, and lonely, he returns to his hometown of Bakersfield with French wife Penelope (Sabina Sciubba), whose infidelity and gold-digging he doesn't understand, even though she told him upfront that she didn't love him and would marry him only for a chance to live in America. Chip finds work as a rodeo clown, unappreciated by either the audience (except when he's being knocked over by the bulls) or his co-workers, somehow acquires a loyal sidekick in Costco insurance adjuster Martha (Martha Kelly, a stand-up »
- Alan Sepinwall
La route des lacs (Road to Istanbul)
Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Franco-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb continues a prolific shooting schedule with his latest project, La route des lacs (Road to Istanbul), which tackles an extremely topical scenario regarding terrorist recruits and Isis when a mother discovers her child has joined the dangerous organization. Recently, Bouchareb has been navigating the Us Pacific Southwest with English language items Just Like a Woman (2012) and his 2014 remake of Two Men in Town. For this latest, he pairs with regular co-writers Lorelle, Galeron, and Yasmina Khadra (who penned the exceptional 2012 film The Attack for Ziad Doueiri, which Bouchareb produced), and the film will be headlined by Belgian actress Astrid Whettnall and rising star Pauline Burlet (who appeared in La Vie En Rose as well as Asghar Farhadi’s The Past in 2013). Thus far, this sounds similar to Bouchareb’s 2008 film, »
- Nicholas Bell
6 items from 2016
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