12 items from 2016
It wouldn't be Cannes without the reports of boos from the always feisty crowd. While reviews and early word from the festival's first days were mostly positive, the jeers are just starting to begin. This year's unluckiest victims have been Personal Shopper and The Neon Demon.
If the reported response to The Neon Demon is to be believed, it may be one for future Cannes lore. The most vocal detractors were hurling obscenities at the screen and many responses were repulsed by the film's more twisted, violent elements and shallow veneer. But the question remains: What else did they expect from a Nicolas Winding Refn horror film? Perhaps the boos themselves could have been expected as well, given the reaction to his previous effort Only God Forgives.
- Chris Feil
The list of films that have been booed at the Cannes Film Festival is long and illustrious: Inglourious Basterds, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Antichrist, The Brown Bunny, The Tree of Life and even Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, which was jeered when it won the festival's Palme d'Or in 1976. Now you can add Nicholas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon to that list, which premiered to a chorus of "resounding boos" following its premiere at the festival on Thursday. Now I want to see it more. One thing the above-listed films have in common is their utter audaciousness, from Antichrist's arthouse torture porn climax to Brown Bunny's infamous unsimulated fellatio scene between Chloe Sevigny and director/star Vincent Gallo. While I don't love all of them (Fire Walk with Me being a notable exception), they're certainly not boring -- and there are elements in each that offer something wildly different from the norm. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Mubi is showing Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny (2003) May 14 - June 13, 2016 in the UK.And I know that I won’t ever change’Cause we’ve been friendsThrough rain or shineFor such a long, long time— Gordon Lightfoot, “Beautiful” Autumn’s leaving and winter’s comingI think that I’ll be moving alongI’ve got to leave her and find anotherI’ve got to sing my heart’s true song— Jackson C. Frank, “Milk and Honey”Never mind length, feel the width. At just less than 90 minutes, The Brown Bunny is small enough for its many minutiae to grow big, sink deep, burn permanent imprints on the brain. Not a great deal happens in Vincent Gallo’s second feature. Motorcycle racer Bud Clay (Gallo) drives a van from New Hampshire, where he’s just failed to win a race, to Los Angeles, where he hopes to rekindle the seemingly »
Three major directors “crossed the line” with Chloë Sevigny in auditions for film roles, the actress said at a Cannes Film Festival panel on Wednesday.
“I’ve had the ‘what are you doing after this?’ conversation,” Sevigny said. “I’ve also had the ‘do you want to go shopping and try on some clothes and, like, I can buy you something in the dressing room’ [conversation],” she added. “Just like crossing the line weirdness.”
At another point, the actress remembered, a director told her, “‘You should show your body off more. You shouldn’t wait until you’re as old as this certain actress who had just been naked in a film, you should be naked on screen now.'”
Sevigny, whose credits include such sexually explicit films as “Kids” and “The Brown Bunny,” had a quick retort.
“If you know my career, I’ve been naked in every movie,” she said with a laugh. »
- Brent Lang
Actor-director files a federal lawsuit against the social media giant for refusing to suspend an account impersonating him
The maverick director and star of Buffalo ’66 and The Brown Bunny, Vincent Gallo, will go to court over a fake “Vincent Gallo” Facebook profile he says was used to lure women into online sexual encounters.
Gallo is suing the social network and the unidentified owner of the fake profile, who he says contacted a number of his friends and acquaintances pretending to be the film-maker, and even exchanged naked photographs with an ex-girlfriend who was unaware she was not communicating with the real Gallo.
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- Ben Child
Even when you try to stay far away from social media, it can still come back to bite you. Indie director Vincent Gallo learned that recently, according to a lawsuit he filed Monday in federal court.
Gallo, director of “Buffalo 66” and “The Brown Bunny,” says that someone has been impersonating him on Facebook, even duping an ex-girlfriend into sending naked pictures. What’s more, he says that when he complained to Facebook two months ago, the social network did nothing. The account, vincent.gallo.927, is still active.
Gallo says he guards his privacy and does not have any social media accounts. Earlier this year, he began hearing from friends about his Facebook page. Gallo discovered that an impostor had set up an account and friended 3,000 people, including many of his actual friends. The impostor also engaged in Messenger chats with several women, flirting with them and trying to lure them to meet with him. »
- Gene Maddaus
Werner Herzog, Jim Jarmush, Harmony Korine, Lars von Trier, Vincent Gallo, Larry Clark, and most recently Whit Stillman — these are some of the names that Chloe Sevigny has worked with across her career. However, working with such distinctive filmmakers has not been the greatest of experiences for Sevigny who, on the eve of revealing her […]
The post Chloë Sevigny Says “Working With So-Called Auteurs” Have Made Her “Have A Total Disdain For Directors” appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In contemporary New York, a bullied teenager is plagued by an apparent need to drink human blood — an instinct he fulfills without much trouble, leaving a modest trail of corpses in his wake, even as he forms a tentative bond with a lonely young neighbor. The debut feature from Brooklyn-born writer-director Michael O’Shea, “The Transfiguration” seemingly came from nowhere to secure a premiere in the Un Certain Regard strand at Cannes, generating buzz aplenty — but does it deliver? A morose tone and reluctance to give up the goods as a straight-up horror film may make distributors at the splat-tastic end of the genre spectrum wary. Outfits inclined towards arthouse slow-burners, however, should have an easier time packaging its nihilistic conclusions as existential depth.
There’s wearing your heart on your sleeve, and then there’s “The Transfiguration,” an addition to the extensive onscreen vampire canon whose influences are name-checked throughout. »
- Catherine Bray
It's official! As previously rumored, it has now been confirmed that Alden Ehrenreich is the new pilot of the Millennium Falcon in 2018's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. The actor was chosen out of literally thousands to take over the role of the iconic space pirate previously inhabited by Harrison Ford. This latest Star Wars spinoff arrives Christmas 2018. And it is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Disney and LucasFilm have not yet sent out an official confirmation for this casting, as final negotiations are now in place for Alden Ehrenreich to don that legendary vest and grab Han Solo's blaster. This news comes after an exhausting casting search for Disney and LucasFilm, which had over 2,500 young actors auditioning of the role. Alden Ehrenreich is just one of three actors who made it into the semi-finals.
The other two actors who were close to landing the gig are »
★★★☆☆ The last time a new film from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski arrived he was chasing Vincent Gallo through the snow in 2010's Essential Killing. His latest film smacks more of a precocious 17-year-old arriviste rather than a director of almost 80 years. 11 Minutes is a mad punk smorgasbord of fractured time, multiple narratives, point-of-view shots, vague apocalyptic anxiety and a pounding soundtrack. A found footage prologue of sorts, taken from various sources, introduces us to our characters. A video snatched from a camera phone sets up a couple in a luxury apartment. He has a black eye and dinner suit; she is lazily sensual and teasing.
- CineVue UK
When asked about their inclination for kidnapping comedies, Joel Coen recently told Variety, “I’m not sure why. They are all very different. We should probably give that a rest.” He and Ethan Coen are responsible for three of the finest kidnapping comedies ever made, and are perhaps adding a fourth to their résumé this weekend.
The addition of comedy into a crime story is hardly a new prospect, but the kidnapping comedy is a wonderfully specific little nook in this often darkly funny cinematic world. The Coens practically own this genre — if you can call it a genre –having covered and re-covered it in such uniquely different ways.
Their fourth kidnapping comedy (although I doubt they would refer to any of these films as such), Hail, Caesar!, follows a Hollywood studio fixer (Josh Brolin) whose work life begins to unravel after the kidnapping of one of his biggest stars, »
- Tony Hinds
At 26, Alden Ehrenreich is in an enviable, though peculiar position. A young actor who's worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Warren Beatty, he's already built up an impressive résumé — although too often, he's done fine work in movies nobody saw (Coppola's sibling drama Tetro, the supernatural Ya romance Beautiful Creatures) or been relegated to the margins of good movies (Blue Jasmine). So perhaps it's fitting that, at last, his coming-out occurs in a movie filled with much bigger stars that requires this charming, nuanced performer to play the »
12 items from 2016
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