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Occupy Q&A! Purposefully Bad Acting & Post-Movie Etiquette

8 December 2011 4:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Roughly one hundred years ago on November 18th, 2011 I took questions for the next Q&A and after what was meant to be a short diversion answering the oddly abundant small screen questions I am now answering them. I am many things but I am nothing if not punctual. This is Part one of two as there is much to answer. Tomorrow's edition will actually arrive tomorrow night as it's already written. Yay me!

Just to stretch out the variety a bit I asked y'all to refrain from any questions about legendary actresses this time -- my favorite topic and apparently yours since many of you didn't listen ;) -- so  in this week's column, the men get a little time to shine. Let's go!

Annie: What was your favorite experience of seeing a movie with an audience, where the audience's reaction actually enhanced your viewing?

I've had many screenings like »


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Point Blank (Á bout portant) | Review

1 September 2011 10:20 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Fred Cavayé Writers: Fred Cavayé, Guillaume Lemans Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Claire Perot, Moussa Maaskri Point Blank is a dark, relentless, and stylishly directed new French crime thriller that drops an innocent man into a paranoid world of kidnapping, corruption, hopelessness, and betrayal. Director Fred Cavayé seems equally inspired by the unsettling, claustrophobic world of American film noir and that rich period of French crime films in the eighties and early nineties that gave us masterworks by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) and Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva). Yet for all of its momentum and sheer kinetic energy, the film loses sight of the essentials--character, emotion, and motivation--far too much of the time, resulting in a film that isn’t nearly as thrilling or as suspenseful as it should be. Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse’s aide who works in a hospital where »

- Dave Wilson

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Notebook Soundtrack Mixes: "Hyper Sleep"

29 August 2011 4:54 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Welcome to the first Notebook Soundtrack Mix—Hyper Sleep! A word about the mix: There's no thematic thread through this collection, it's a variety of intriguing music. In making soundtrack mixes, I'm drawn to the subjective qualities of association and meaning that arise from experiencing the musical narratives that result from transitions and combinations of tracks in succession. Though there are several favorite films, Seijun Suzuki's Branded to Kill, for one, individual pieces are chosen simply for the music. I haven't seen some of the films. Robert Drasnin, Vladimir Cosma and Antoine Duhamel are represented with curious French T.V. work, rather than with some of their more well known output (The Kremlin Letter, Diva and Pierrot le fou, respectively.) Maybe this is the first of a series…I have several ideas for themed mixes, but wanted to start this way, including work that reflects jazz, classical, experimental and pop influences. »

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Point Blank - review

9 June 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fred Cavayé's new thriller is just as absurd as his last, but moves more freely and enjoyably

Fred Cavayé is the French director who in 2008 made the contrived movie Anything for Her, later remade as The Next Three Days, with Russell Crowe playing the unassuming, regular guy who has to take extreme measures to free his wife from jail after she was wrongly convicted. Both the original and the Hollywood version to me looked strained and odd. Cavayé's new action-thriller À Bout Portant, here entitled Point Blank, is conceived on similar lines, with the same motif of the ordinary guy forced into acts of criminal daring to save his demure and simpering wife, and this movie is probably just as absurd – but it moves more freely and enjoyably. Gilles Lellouche plays Samuel, who, in conventional movie terms, is the antithesis of a tough guy: he is a male nurse, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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