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★★★☆☆ French-Canadian filmmaking prodigy Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats, I Killed My Mother) takes Oscar Wilde's "The love that dare not speak its name" adage to new extremes in repression thriller Tom at the Farm (2013). Dolan inserts himself into the title role of Tom, an ad agency editor who finds himself in the backwaters of Canada for his dead boyfriend Guillaume's funeral. Established in the creaky farmstead, Tom finds a wide-eyed, white-haired mother (Lise Roy), who is oblivious to her son's homosexuality and more than a little off her rocker. Also present is the bullish Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), a threatening figure who milks cows to mask his own latent desires.
- CineVue UK
Wondering just how gay Reeve Carney‘s Dorian Gray might be in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful? This walk the actor takes to the various brothels, porn shops, and theaters of Victorian London may give you pause. The locations are interspersed with shots of Dorian from the show, and anytime he’s shown with a partner, be it for art or pleasure, it’s female.
There is a moment near the end where they talk about a two level brothel, men on the first floor and women on the second, and Carney mentions that Dorian might have visited both floors, but when we see him in the show, he’s obviously on the second floor.
Oscar Wilde‘s original 1890 novel scandalized England. In fact, when it was republished in an expanded version in 1891 Wilde was forced by his publishers to rearrange and delete sections to tone down the homoeroticism. It would »
- Ed Kennedy
South by Southwest 2014 felt even larger this year with additions of Keynote speakers, its countless conference events, and of course, the music. South by Southwest is truly the convergence of all things talent and nothing showcases this better than the vast array of films screened this year.With 133 feature films screened across 10 venues, 11 screens, and over 9 days, SXSW 2014 has come to a close. This year saw, as with many years in the past, a great collection of headliners, festival favorites, filmmaker debuts, and oddball favorites.
Signing off from Austin, TX, see y’all next year! If you missed any of our coverage of SXSW, check out the links below:
Directed by Jason Bateman
In his directorial debut, Bateman pulls little punches. In a script that strings along profanity like letters in a spelling bee challenge word, most will cringe, others will laugh, and a few will cringe while laughing. »
- David Tran
There are dozens of lessons we learned from the '90s classic Clueless. From navigating the politics of high school parties, to matchmaking, to the choice of whether or not to save one's self for Luke Perry, the movie has lessons to offer nearly everyone... who is a fifteen-year-old girl. But when we decided to narrow down the very most important lessons we learned from Cher, Dionne, Tai and their "crew," these were the lessons that stood out as being the most vital to success in life.
Once upon a time, in the ‘90s it was totally acceptable to wear shortalls to a party in a non-ironic way.
Ren and Stimpy were — and still are — way existential
When you have a crush on a boy, your best plan of attack is to show some skin, send yourself flowers and candy… and draw attention to your mouth.
To really make an outfit pop, »
- Mandy McAdoo
Paris– “Zombillenium,” “Song of the Sea,” “The Ghosts of Pere Lachaise” and “Yellowbird” were among the highlights presented at Cartoon Movie’s animation co-production forum.
Based on Arthur de Pins’ eponymous comicbooks, “Zombillenium” (in development) is a CGI 3D feature turning on a little girl, Lucy, adopted by monsters tired of working in an amusement terror park. De Pins will direct, Henri Magalon’s Maybe Movies is producing with two other French shingles: 2 Minutes and Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel. Toon has two assets: on top of having a strong concept, it taps into the current zombie-mania trend and is based on a popular franchise. Gebeka Films will release in France.
Repped by WestEnd, “Song of the Sea” (in production) is Tomm Moore’s follow up to Oscar-nominated “Brendan And The Secret of Kells.” Like “Kells,” “Sea” is hand-drawn, boasts bright colors and a rich, painterly visual style. It’s also based on Irish folklore. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Directed by Jon Favreau
Written by Jon Favreau
Oscar Wilde once wrote that life imitates art; the way in which people live their lives are often based on their expressions through the latter. Chef, through Favreau’s eyes in meta-fashion, is a lot about losing oneself through drudgery and then finding a way back. Whether as an artist, a creative, or a father, everyone loses themselves, but pursuing the energy found in creative expression can be the basis for finding themselves again.
In a film that sees Favreau returning to his more intimate, indie roots, Chef follows famed and talented chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) struggling to balance both the kitchen and the home. Whether butting heads with his uninspired La-restaurant owner (Dustin Hoffman) over a rote menu or inattentively taking care of his son, Percy (Emjay Anthony), Casper struggles with connection. Far removed from his famed days as Miami’s top chef, »
- David Tran
There will be blood flowing down the aisles in theaters soon thanks to Eva Green's menacing turn as the ass-kicking Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire; and for fans of the French-born beauty, they'll get a chance to see even more red come May in her hotly anticipated Showtime horror thriller Penny Dreadful.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Green told me that, while the trailer for the series released last month promises a bloody affair, there's much more to the show than the clip is letting on.
"The trailer for Penny Dreadful has to have an impact straight-away, so there's sex and blood in it," Green told me. "It's definitely bloody, but there's also a lot of complex psychology involved with all the characters."
- Tim Lammers
Men's fashion can be pretty boring. But unless you're Tinie Tempah, it's best to stick to classic black tie
Is it ever possible for men to get "creative" with black tie and not look like douchebags?
Guy, via Twitter
I like how you put "creative" in hesitant quote marks, Guy, because that strongly suggests that you know the answer to this question already and that answer is "no". Now, I wouldn't go so far as to call them "douchebags", but attempts to experiment with the tux are either, at best, a bit silly, or, at worst, downright teeth-grating. Basically, any time a man tries to break out of the black-and-white prison, he ends up with what we in the fashion business call "a strong look", which is a euphemism for either "a terrible look" or "basically a costume that you're going to have to justify wearing all evening". I'll get »
- Hadley Freeman
The U.S.-Ireland alliance came in for some gentle ribbing at Thursday’s Oscar Wilde Awards held at Bad Robot in Santa Monica. Then the party became even more fun as cops showed up. “This is the nicest event close to Olympic,” joked Joel McHale.
As the noise from Olympic threatened to overwhelm honoree Conan O’Brien’s speech, he yelled “shut up” to the street below. “This is quite a fun Irish party,” O’Brien continued. “The cops are going to be called out,” he said just as sirens could be heard and a squad car pulled up in front of the building with its lights flashing. But no police showed up to the rooftop.
O’Brien was introduced by McHale, who commented on the mission underlying the award: honoring the Irish in film. “We have two honorees who are not in film (latenight host O’Brien and »
- Shalini Dore
Director: Brian De Palma
Running Time: 92 minutes
Being a massive fan of writer and director Brian De Palma even since those early years and it soon became apparent his approach to filmmaking is unique. Visually, he’s been one of the best for decades with camerawork often dizzying to the point of breathlessness. Like most, he is prone to a few career missteps along the way in his distinguished career. De Palma does however, weave between mainstream and independent eccentricity like no other with many of his features fusing those two aspects. He’s a director that you look at and think, that guy directed Carrie and Scarface; Raising Cain and Mission: Impossible; Body Double and Carlito’S Way. Really? Cinema so far apart in scope and personality, yet intrinsically and artistically linked in style and substance. »
- Craig Hunter
In 2014, the week leading up to and including Academy Awards Sunday is packed with events, parties, pampering salons and luxury suites, so much so that Hollywood A-listers, nominees and influencers — who are, naturally, invited to everything — will need scorecards to keep track of it all. The good news about most of the fetes is that they are giving back, with charity elements fully integrated into the extravaganzas. Here’s our take on the stops along the way that make this week in Hollywood so uniquely over the top.
(This story will be updated with more parties and events as details are confirmed.)
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Bulgari ‘Decades Of Glamour’ Oscar Party
Where: Soho House
Who’s expected: Host Naomi Watts and her fabulous friends
Why you don’t want to miss it: Drool over Bulgari’s blingiest jewels and find a statement piece to wear to Sunday’s awards.
Oscar Celebrates: »
- Jenny Peters
Eternity can be so boring without some variety
Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is coming in May, with a story made up of public domain monsters, and villains like Dorian Gray and Frankenstein’s Monster. The battle of the shadow world seems somewhat subdued in the first trailer, with hints of blood worship, threats in the shadows and sex. Sex in many varieties. It appears to have gay sex above, with Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney, who starred on Broadway in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), and I know that I saw two women making out in the trailer. The question is if Showtime will follow through with the gay content that Oscar Wilde meant for his eternally beautiful character, or if they chicken out like Starz did with Da Vinci’s Demons.
The fact that they put the homoerotic imagery in the trailer is a good sign. Besides, who doesn’t »
- Ed Kennedy
Josh Hartnett teams up with a former Bond girl and a former Bond to battle the forces of darkness in the first trailer for Showtime's upcoming horror series "Penny Dreadful." In what looks a bit like "The X-Files" set in Victorian London, "Penny" finds psychic Vanessa Ives ("Casino Royale's" Eva Green) introducing Ethan (Hartnett) and Sir Malcolm (former 007 Timothy Dalton) to a shadow world full of sex, drugs an monsters of all sorts, and where various literary characters such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray reside. Watch the trailer here: The eight-episode series also stars Reeve Carney ("Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"), Rory Kinnear ("Skyfall"), Billie »
- Dave Lewis
The most scheming couple in politics returned to Netflix today with a full season two dump. Here's our first-look review
Spoiler Alert: This blog discusses season two, episode one. If you have seen ahead, please do not give away the plot in the comments.
The baroque threats, the dismal Machiavellianism, the joyless sex, eyeliner by the bucketload, hundreds of mood-enhancing sidelights, pompous incidental music, murder masquerading as suicide ... Season two picks up just where season left off. So nice to have you back, old friends. Has it really been a year?
"I would willingly let your child wither and die inside you, if that's what is required," said Claire Underwood, turning the tables on the pregnant woman who sued her for wrongful dismissal. "Now tell me, am I »
- Stuart Jeffries
Oscar Wilde once said that “Life imitating art is far more common than art imitating life”. And by kicking off an online article with an Oscar Wilde quote, my Pretentious-Internet bonus points just hit 9000, and I now have enough hipster tokens to get that t-shirt of a cat wearing thick-rimmed glasses and a big moustache. Now that I’m suitably clad, on with the show!
In all seriousness, wrestlers and gimmicks go back to the dawn of the industry. Some of them were obvious, like Sgt Slaughter, who was American and therefore good, the Iron Sheik, who was Arabic and therefore bad, and Andre the Giant, who was a giant (the clue’s in the name) Then there was the more subtle gimmick, which was no less effective at drawing crowds. One example is Abdullah the Butcher, who would always be searched for foreign objects before a match because every »
There is something disarming about stories that deal with childhood friendships, especially ones that are filmed close to where you live. The Selfish Giant was filmed around the city of Bradford, so there is a familiarity to the landscapes that I see in the movie as I live there. What is more effective is the natural acting of two boys plucked out of obscurity showing a friendship that is all too real and all too painful at the end.
The Selfish Giant is based on an Oscar Wilde short story, and after watching the film you’ll find yourself wanting to read the tale to compare the two. For the film though it tells the story of Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Brought together as »
- Paul Metcalf
The Selfish Giant has been a hit with the critics for its grim and gritty portrayal of two boys growing up hard in Bradford. But the film from upcoming British director Clio Barnard - available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox - is as much a tale of hope as one of hardship.
Here are five reasons to stop whatever you're doing and watch The Selfish Giant right away:
1. It was inspired by an Oscar Wilde story
Oscar Wilde is best known for his witty plays and cutting one-liners, but he also wrote unforgettable original fairy tales like The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant. The similarities between Wilde's parable and the film are subtle but significant, and it's great to see a classic story influencing a future big screen classic.
Watch a trailer for The Selfish Giant below:
Screen Time: Zac Efron, Filth, The »
★★★★☆After making a distinguished filmmaking debut with the widely acclaimed The Arbor (2010) - a documentary hybrid portraying the late, Bradford-born playwright Andrea Dunbar, British director Clio Barnard returns with her sophomore feature The Selfish Giant (2013), a fictional work inspired by the Oscar Wilde tale of the same name. Encapsulating the themes and morality lessons of Wilde's original text, Barnard repackages the children-oriented parable and gives it a gritty social realist edge in the mould of Ken Loach, focusing on two unruly boys on the precipices of a dangerously premature adulthood.
- CineVue UK
It wouldn't be film awards season without a critical chorus of complaint following every major announcement – none louder than the one that greeted the best British film Bafta nod for Gravity, that quintessentially English ode to keeping calm and carrying on.
Two of its rivals in the category, as it happens, hit DVD shelves tomorrow; one deserves a lot more than puny secondary prizes. That'd be The Selfish Giant (Artificial Eye, 15), Clio Barnard's astonishing northern morality tale of unguarded children in the industrial wilds of Bradford. A somewhat oblique evocation of the Oscar Wilde fable, it stars ferocious 13-year-old newcomer Conner Chapman as a young terror whose aptitude for scrap metal collection takes him into dangerous adult realms of corruption, compromising his friendship with sweet-natured pal Swifty »
- Guy Lodge
Last week we launched the inaugural Guardian Film Awards. Now, we're taking a closer look at the longlist in each category. Today: best director
• Vote here
As longlists go, this one is probably our most conventional, yet also the one that has least overlap with traditional awards' shortlists. The nominees for best director at this year's Oscars, for instance, are David O Russell for American Hustle, Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity, Alexander Payne for Nebraska, Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave and Martin Scorsese for Wolf of Wall Street; while the Globes were identical other than swapping Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) for Scorsese. The only two of those who feature on our list are Payne and McQueen.
Here's more info on who we picked, plus some key names not on the list. Do chip in with your thoughts below.
It's a touch too long, but Jonze's computer romance »
- Catherine Shoard
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