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Over the years film goers have been treated to movies touting the joys of parenthood such as Penny Serenade, Yours, Mine, And Ours, and, for most of its story, Parenthood. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum, when raising your sibling becomes more than a bit difficult. More harrowing than the comedy slapstick of the Problem Child series, but not the melodramatic themes of The Bad Seed or The Good Son. In his newest film French-Canadian actor/director/writer Xavier Dolan mixes in a touch of futuristic “what if” to shine a spotlight on the struggles of many fractured modern-day families. It’s the tale of the tug-of-war between a violent, troubled teenager and his overwhelmed widowed Mommy.
A brief prologue printed in white letters on a black screen tells us that we’re now a couple of years in the future after a 2015 change in Canada’s »
- Jim Batts
Kit Harrington, the English actor best known for his role as Jon Snow in HBO hit “Game of Thrones,” leaps into the 21st Century in a new trailer for his upcoming movie “Spooks: The Greater Good.” And, we mean literally leaps. Last month, he was cast in Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” co-starring Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates. [...] »
France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations for this year’s César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.
Biopic Saint Laurent - exploring fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life from 1967 to 1976 - led the pack with 10 nominations including best film, best director for Bonello, best actor for Gaspard Ulliel and best supporting actor for Louis Garrel.
Jalil Lespert’s rival biopic, Yves Saint Laurent, secured seven nominations. While it missed out in the best film and director categories, it scored nods with Pierre Niney for best actor, Charlotte Le Bon for best »
Update, 2:25 Am Pt: Last year’s dueling Yves Saint Laurent biopics each picked up several nominations this morning for France’s César Awards. Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, the country’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar, leads the pack with 10 mentions, followed by Thomas Cailley’s Directors’ Fortnight title Les Combattants with nine, and Oscar nominee Timbuktu with eight. Yves Saint Laurent, from helmer Jalil Lespert, took seven nods. Otherwise, there are a number of usual suspects in the batch including Best Actress Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, as well as Juliette Binoche for Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria. In something of a departure — and a first — for the French Académie, they nominated American actress Kristen Stewart for her supporting turn in that Cannes competition entry. (Adrien Brody won the Best Actor prize in 2003 for The Pianist.) There are also six nominations for late 2014 release La Famille Bélier. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
We must apologize for what turned out being a rather delirious episode. Laremy traveled to Washington D.C. before today's episode and I had just gotten back from a late night movie and neither one of us was operating at full capacity. That said, we did get in some conversation about the Screen Actors Guild Awards, we discussed the new DVD and Blu-ray releases, played some games and Laremy giggled through pretty much the entire episode. Hope you're able to get something out of it. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Spoiler alert, but Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was, in fact, not my favorite film of the year. I figured I should just get that out of the way at the start for those of you who feared I might have the same #1 film as Brad and Mike, both of whom listed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest as their favorite film from 2014. Don't get me wrong, I really liked Birdman, but in a surprise to even myself, it didn't make my list, which I think you can pretty much chalk up to the surprisingly good year 2014 wound up being. I was certainly among the scoffers last fall about it being a bit of down year, and just a month or so ago I was of the opinion 2014 offered a lot of films to like, but very few to love. After going through and finalizing my list, I'd like to retract that statement. »
- Jordan Benesh
Take Xavier Dolan seriously. His Cannes sensation (and Oscar-snubbed) "Mommy" affirms that the prodigal filmmaker behind succès d'estime "I Killed My Mother" and the epic "Laurence Anyways" has, at 25, finally grown up. In "Mommy," Dolan wisely restrains his bravado and has never been more at home than with these three richly made characters: a scrappy and outrageously brave single mom, her smart yet deeply troubled teen with blond hair and behavioral problems, and the timid housewife with a speech impediment and secrets next door. French-Canadian powerhouse Anne Dorval, in a wickedly unhinged performance that already feels iconic, is Diane, the widowed mother of rage-addled Steve (fresh-faced youngster Antoine Olivier Pilon), a teenager too out of control for even the steeliest boarding school. Their unbalanced, smothering relationship seems on the verge of total chaos until a diffident neighbor (Dolan pal Suzanne Clement, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It’s hard not to empathize with this troubled teen and his equally mercurial mother, but the writer-director undercuts his characters by wallowing in classist squalor
The artist shows us the world and demands that we face its injustices and explore our own role in perpetuating them. The brat, meanwhile, sulks in his room and grumbles, “The world sucks, man.”
Writer-director Xavier Dolan wears both hats in his latest film, “Mommy,” which wavers between gritty, poignant drama and a wallow in how much it sucks to be poor and to wear unattractive clothes. (It’s the same kind of classist »
- Alonso Duralde
Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” is a film that will provoke a wide range of responses. I predict that reactions to “Mommy” will run the gamut from ecstasy to exhaustion and all the way back again. Dolan’s latest is exuberant, unabashedly sincere moviemaking, heavily indebted to stylists like Pedro Almodovar and Danny Boyle, and though it’s sometimes a trying watch, it’s certainly one of the more emotionally expensive cinematic experiences of the year. Our own Jessica Kiang dug it (here’s her A- review), and while I myself have my reservations, it’s impossible to walk away from the film without feeling like you’ve witnessed… something. This bracing psychocomedic reverie about a violent, fucked-up teen and the mother who drags him kicking and screaming through life, is itself a spiky, unpredictable grab bag of narrative tricks. But the fact is that Dolan, at 25, has more full-length features »
- Nicholas Laskin
If your interest was piqued in Mommy the moment it took home a prize at Cannes — or perhaps when director Xavier Dolan bared his soul (and tattoos) yesterday in our Vulture interview — consider this exclusive scene a nice little morsel to tide you over until the film's U.S. debut tomorrow. It's Mommy in miniature: In this scene, single mother Diane (Anne Dorval) and her shy neighbor (Suzanne Clément) discuss Diane's teenage son Steve (Antoine Oliver Pilon), who can be a holy terror one moment and then a baby-faced sweetheart the next. Here Steve is better-natured than normal, now that Canadian treasure Celine Dion is playing on the soundtrack. Sway with him, won't you? But be warned: The next time Steve blows a fuse, it won't be pretty, and it will doubtlessly require both of these strong women to keep him in check. »
- Kyle Buchanan
This weekend, Johnny Depp stars as an eccentric, mustachioed art dealer in the action-comedy "Mortdecai," Jennifer Aniston grapples with chronic pain and tragedy in "Cake," the pirate adventure series "Black Sails" returns for Season 2 this Saturday at 9 p.m. Et on Starz, and Blake Shelton hosts and performs on "Saturday Night Live" at 11:30 p.m. Et on NBC.
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Boy Next Door" stars Jennifer Lopez as a recently divorced teacher whose one night affair with her student (Ryan Guzman) turns obsessive and dangerous. In "Black Sea," a submarine captain (Jude Law) takes a job with a shadowy backer that takes him to the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold. From the mind of George Lucas, "Strange Magic" (animation) follows goblins, elves, fairies and imps on their misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Written and directed by Xavier Dolan, »
- Jonny Black
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. We remember watching a directors' roundtable one day and the question was asked of the assembled filmmakers "what is the hardest part of directing?" They all agreed that the hardest thing was to create a sense of life: inside a frame where everything included therein is a choice, the hardest thing is to make it feel part of a wider world, unmanufactured, organic, alive. They should maybe just hang around mopping up the spillover from "Mommy," the tremendous new film from Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan, because, by some distance his best film, it is also one of the most vibrant, intoxicating, illuminating films of this or any Cannes, and it's a little like we can still feel it thrumming through our veins. Centered on an incredible performance from Anne Dorval, with whom Dolan reunites after "Laurence Anyways" and »
- Jessica Kiang
At only 25 years of age, Xavier Dolan already has the sort of filmography that some slow-to-shoot directors would spend decades on. Playful and prolific, the French-Canadian writer-director has debuted four of his five movies at the Cannes Film Festival, including his first effort, I Killed My Mother (which Dolan made and starred in while still just 19), and his latest feature, the acclaimed Mommy, which won the fest's Grand Jury prize last summer. Starting this weekend, U.S. audiences will finally be able to check out Mommy, which stars Anne Dorval as a fierce working-class mother raising her whirling-dervish teen son, Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon), with the help of her shy neighbor, Kyla (Suzanne Clément). Last month in Los Angeles, I sat down with the flirtatious auteur for a freewheeling talk about Mommy, clothes, creativity, and tattoos.Do you come to L.A. very often?You have such a great, deep voice. »
- Kyle Buchanan
11th edition of festival to close with UK premiere of Force Majeure, and will feature 33 UK premieres and a record 11 world premieres.
While We’re Young is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 11th Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) (Feb 18-Mar 1).
Noah Baumbach’s comedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a settled married couple who are offered a second chance at youth when hipsters Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) come into their lives. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last year.
This year’s festival will close with the UK premiere of Cannes Jury Prize-winner Force Majeure, written and directed by Ruben Östlund. The film explores the flaws and cracks in a marriage after an avalanche hits in the French Alps where the couple are on a skiing holiday with their children.
Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland, Creative Scotland and BFI, this year’s »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach)
The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th February to Sunday 1st March, and it features over 150 UK, Scottish or European premieres, as well as multiple rep screenings and special events.
The festival opens with the European premiere of While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s comedy follow-up to Frances Ha, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin. The closing night gala on 1st March will be the UK premiere of Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s already much-vaunted darkly comic relationship drama Force Majeure.
Additional UK premiere highlights include awards season darling Still Alice, Wim Wenders’ recently Oscar-nominated documentary The Salt of the Earth, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, and legendary Swedish director Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon »
- Josh Slater-Williams
No matter how you end up feeling about it, there sure is a lot of movie in Mommy, Xavier Dolan's exuberant melodrama about an emotional firecracker of a teenager who, after being kicked out of a specialized school for setting the cafeteria on fire, goes home to live with his fiftyish mother, a woman who at first doesn't seem to have fought her way past adolescence herself. Die (Anne Dorval) favors el-cheapo vertiginous heels and fringy-flared acid-wash jeans, things even the genuinely youthful customers of Hot Topic and Forever 21 would probably find garish. Although she doesn't have the means to support her Adhd son Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon) — Steve's father, her husband, has been dead for several years, and she's never gotten back on her feet — she has no choi »
Richard Linklater’s drama named Film of the Year and Amazon’s transgender comedy picks up five awards from gay and lesbian entertainment critics
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association named “Boyhood” Film of the Year Tuesday, while also honoring Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne with its top acting prizes. Amazon’s “Transparent” picked up five Dorian Awards on the television side, including TV comedy of the year.
Also Read: 21 Non-White Actors »
- Travis Reilly
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca) has announced the winners of the annual Dorian Awards! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" took the top honor of Film of the Year. But in a surprising turn of events, Ava DuVernay beat Linklater for her stellar work in "Selma!" Way to go!
Galeca is comprised of over 110 movie and TV critics nationwide, including yours truly, and is one of the few critics associations awarding the year's best in both film and TV.
George Takei took home the Timeless star tribute because, well, he's just pure and simply timeless! This award is given to .an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.. And we all can agree that Takei takes the cake!
A private Winners Toast will be held on Sunday, March 1, in Hollywood.
Good news for a few unsung films, series and actors today. "Selma" director Ava DuVernay may have gotten the Oscar snub, but she's the Best Director of the year according to Galeca, who offer reprieve from the same old story of the 2014-2015 awards season. While voters did select Oscar frontrunners "Boyhood" for Best Film, Julianne Moore for Best Actress in "Still Alice" and Eddie Redmayne of "The Theory of Everything" for Best Actor, other, more rebellious choices color the Dorian Awards winners list, naming Matthew Warchus' wonderful, rousing "Pride" as the Best Lgbtq Film of the Year, and Xavier Dolan's Academy-rejected "Mommy" as the Best Foreign Language Film. Amazon's Golden Globe-winning "Transparent," from filmmaker turned series creator Jill Soloway, nabbed five prizes including TV Comedy of the year. Lisa Kudrow picked up the best TV actress award for her wickedly funny, iconic hot mess of a role in. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"It's not where you take things from—it's where you take them to." (-Jean-Luc Godard) There is a moment in Xavier Dolan's film Mommy, officially my #1 film of 2014, that took my breath away. It's the kind of moment all cinema enthusiasts live for, the kind of visceral surprise that leaves you in such awe that you end up holding your breath until that moment – the scene – ends. The more I think about it, the more it grows in my mind, and upon further reflection I believe it is one of the defining moments in cinema in 2014. That no one is talking about... yet. I can't get it out of my mind, and out of everything I saw in 2014, it's one of the most brilliant cinematic decisions any filmmaker made. Xavier Dolan showing the rest how it's done. Ever since first seeing Mommy at the Cannes Film Festival last »
- Alex Billington
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