9 items from 2017
It was always only a matter of time until modern Hollywood resigned itself to remaking anime. Which isn’t to suggest that the uniquely Japanese medium is somehow unworthy of being used as fodder for Western blockbusters — on the contrary, anime has provided some of the most progressive, adventurous, and visionary filmmaking of the last 30 years — but rather to acknowledge the palpable whiff of inevitability with which Paramount is releasing “Ghost in the Shell.”
It’s not like studio executives are obsessive fans of the franchise, it’s not like former Paramount CEO Brad Grey bought every new DVD of “Stand Alone Complex” as it was released in the United States and can walk you through every detail of the Laughing Man case, it’s not like the people in power were just patiently waiting for the entertainment climate to warm up to the idea of a star-studded Major Kusanagi »
- David Ehrlich
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With some of the hottest Cantopop stars and actors — including the late Leslie Cheung in the lead alongside Carina Lau, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and, in that famously enigmatic final scene, Tony Leung — in the cast, the expectation was that the film would be huge. But perhaps the people crunching the numbers hadn’t quite expected a feature so liberated from the constraints of traditional storytelling, a collage »
- Boyd van Hoeij
Out in limited theaters today is writer/director Olivier Assayas’ atmospheric supernatural thriller, Personal Shopper, which stars Kristen Stewart and celebrated its premiere last year during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film follows Stewart’s character, Maureen, as she navigates her way through the demands of her high-pressure profession—assistant to a well-known actress—all while coping with the lingering grief over the recent death of her twin brother.
Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with Assayas, who discussed his unconventional approach to the story of Personal Shopper, how much he enjoys collaborating with Stewart (they also worked together on the 2014 drama Clouds of Sils Maria), and why he wanted to explore the idea of the afterlife in his latest project. Look for Personal Shopper in select theaters, courtesy of IFC Films.
Congratulations on the film. I've been a big fan of Kristen's for quite a while, and »
- Heather Wixson
Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart. Courtesy of IFC Films.This week sees the release of Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper, starring Kristen Stewart. Assayas’s prior film, The Clouds of Sils Maria, also featured Stewart. This repetition of casting is nothing new for Assayas. Maggie Cheung has been in several of his films, as has Juliet Binoche (who stars opposite Stewart in The Clouds of Sils Maria). Assayas began his career as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma and his films are clearly reflections on the cinema as much as about any other subject. The repetition of a major star is part of this reflection. Viewing Assayas’s works featuring Maggie Cheung, Juliet Binoche, and Kristen Stewart provides a complex exploration of actress and character.In three films that star these actresses—Irma Vep (1996), The Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), and Personal Shopper (2016)—supposed truth readily blends into fiction. Script and spontaneity collide. »
Gulabi GangThe legacy of feminist cinema showcases the complexities of women’s humanity through different prisms of ideology, time, landscapes, and national origin. The revolutionary potential of witnessing women’s liberation through a visual medium has provided a deeper and more complex portrayal of the diversity of narratives and characters that have otherwise been stripped from other areas of culture. These will only grow under the blossoming contemporary feminist movement that will celebrate the 103th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017. This anniversary comes mere months after the momentous Women’s March, whose formation has roots in the result of Donald Trump’s presidential win but was truly years in the making with cuts to reproductive healthcare access, trans and queer civil rights, and general inadequacies towards women. The galvanization of millions of women around the world has ushered an even greater desire for better representation on screen, »
I’ve sought out nearly all of his films, but even that level of knowledge and admiration couldn’t prepare me for what Olivier Assayas concocted with Personal Shopper. Part-ghost story, part-rumination on grief, part-exploration of contemporary technology’s shaping of our relationship with the physical world, part-excuse to see Kristen Stewart wear very nice clothing, and a very fruitful joining of those potentially disparate parts, it proved one of my favorite viewing experiences of last year and is likely to be a highlight of (theatrically released) 2017 cinema.
“Be excited,” I guess is what I mean to say, no less so when Personal Shopper‘s U.S. release is right around the corner. In anticipation of as much, IFC have released a new trailer. As we said in our review, “After Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper confirms Olivier Assayas as the director most adept at drawing the best out of Kristen Stewart. »
- Nick Newman
Craig Lines Feb 9, 2017
It’s arguably a rare sight when female characters lead a major genre film, and last year’s online Ghostbusters drama proves it’s still, depressingly, a controversial choice if they do. Too often, female characters are reduced to sidekicks, damsels, sex objects and caricatures. It sometimes feels like every day there’s a new statistic about women being under-represented in Hollywood and while, to some extent, things are looking brighter and more diverse by the day, it’s an uphill struggle. Still, as we wait for Hollywood to get its act together, I thought I’d celebrate a genre where awesome, strong, multi-faceted female characters have led casts as a regular occurrence for decades - martial arts!
Above: Mondo poster for The Graduate (Mike Nichols, USA, 1967); artist: Rory Kurtz; lettering: Jay Shaw.On my daily movie poster Tumblr I don’t make a habit of posting fan art or art prints—call them what you will—because I’m most interested in the intersection of commerce and art that is the theatrical movie poster. But I make an exception when something stands out, and nothing stood out last year quite like Rory Kurtz’s beautiful, elegant and unexpected Mondo illustration for The Graduate, which quite rightly racked up over 200 more likes than even its nearest competitor. But its nearest competitor was fan art too: a brilliant poster for Badlands by the insanely talented Adam Juresko, whose art poster for In the Mood for Love (featured in my Maggie Cheung article) was also in the top four. What makes art posters easy to like—beyond their extraordinary artistry »
All caught up with our top 50 films of 2016? It’s now time to look to the new year, and, ahead of our 100 most-anticipated films, we’re highlighting 50 titles we’ve enjoyed on the festival circuit this last year (and beyond) that will likely see a release in 2016. While the first batch have confirmed dates all the way through the summer, we’ve also included a handful that are awaiting a date and some we’re hopeful will get a release by year’s end pending acquisition. U.S. distributors: take note!
Staying Vertical (Alain Guiraudie; Jan. 20)
Those only familiar with Alain Guiraudie’s sublime Stranger By the Lake, which finally brought the gifted French director to a (relatively) wider audience following a laureled Un Certain Regard premiere in 2013, will likely find themselves confounded by its follow-up, Staying Vertical. With his first entry in Cannes’ main competition, Guiraudie returns to the »
- The Film Stage
9 items from 2017
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