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Femme Fatale is a bubbling cocktail of Double Indemnity meets To Catch a Thief meets Vertigo meets The Double Life of Véronique that kicks you in the head real good right at the first sip and is so smooth going down that, by the time you notice you’re drunk, it’s too late to care, and there goes willowy Rebecca Romijn, a nesting doll shedding an archetype. The opening twenty minutes, a jewel theft set at the 1999 Cannes premiere of East/West, are what one might call “pure cinema” — which is to say they are series of hyperkinetic moments strung together through the rhythms of music and editing that could not be captured by any medium other than cinema, or any other filmmaker other than Brian De Palma.
Romijn plays Laure, a master thief who steals a beautiful piece of jewelry (which serves as an elaborate snake-like top, with »
- The Film Stage
The Leftovers, which I think is the best show on television, got zero Emmy nominations today. Alan Alda didn't get nominated for the performance of an immortal career, and nearly everyone else he worked with on the amazing Horace and Pete were also ignored by the TV Academy. HBO's amazing miniseries Show Me a Hero also got shut out, with even Oscar Isaac being ignored in favor of the less impressive likes of Cuba Gooding Jr. (who was one of the ships lifted by the rising tide that was The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the year's second-most-nominated show after Game of Thrones). This all disappoints me, as does the TV Academy's continued clinging to certain security blankets like Modern Family, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, and Homeland. And yet every time I'm on the verge of being annoyed by those choices or many others (say, John Travolta »
- Alan Sepinwall
The 59th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas, opens tonight with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship and closes on May 5 with Bay Area filmmaker Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Bandit, a documentary on the making of Hal Needham’s 1977 drive-in classic Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds (who's expected to show). In between, 175 films will screen, including the Centerpiece, James Schamus's Indignation. We're previewing the two-week event, which will includes presentations of awards to Ellen Burstyn, Tom McCarthy, Mira Nair and Peter Coyote. » - David Hudson »
She will be presented the award at the April 25 awards ceremonies at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion. The award is given each year in memory of the festival’s founder Irving M. Levin.
Nair will also be honored at “An Afternoon With Mira Nair” at the Castro Theatre on April 24 with an onstage conversation followed by a screening of “Monsoon Wedding,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion in 2001. The presentation will also include an exclusive first look at special footage from Nair’s next project “Queen of Katwe,” about a rural Ugandan girl with an aptitude for chess, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.
“Mira Nair has brilliantly bridged American and South Asian film traditions for more than 30 years, »
- Dave McNary
It's looking more and more like acclaimed documentarian Joe Berlinger will be the star of this year's American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs). Not only will Berlinger's latest film, "Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru," open the festival on March 31, but AmDocs will honor the filmmaker with this year's Seeing The Bigger Picture Award. Past winners of the award include Oliver Stone, Peter Coyote, Harvey Weinstein and Peter Bogdanovich. Read More: Joe Berlinger on Michael Moore and The Changing Market for Documentaries "Joe Berlinger, whose new film is the Opening Night feature for the festival’s Fifth Anniversary Edition, has quite an impressive body of work," said Ted Grouya, AmDocs Founder and Festival Director, in an official statement. "Joe is one of today's most important auteurs in the world of documentary film, and we are thrilled to be able to honor him at this year’s festival." To commemorate Berlinger further, »
- Zack Sharf
5 items from 2016
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