4 items from 2016
“No one does it to you like Roman Polanski” – a tagline that would take on some rather unfortunate new contexts only a few years after its unveiling, or the rare bit of marketing to properly sell an artist? Answer: both. But we’ll only focus on the second point, our impetus being a new, Cristina Álvarez López– and Adrian Martin-helmed video essay on some of the director’s close-quarter thrillers as a “cinema of invasion.”
Even this well-learned Polanski admirer, one who could fire off more than a few examples of how the assorted films — Knife in the Water, Repulsion, Cul-de-sac, Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant, Frantic, Bitter Moon, and The Ghost Writer — overlap, was impressed and, more importantly, surprised by the connections drawn here. Taking full advantage of both the material at hand and ways of bringing them closer together (disassociated sound, split-screen), Álvarez López and Martin’s »
- Nick Newman
Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and Emmanuelle Seigner (Venus in Fur) have signed on to appear in Roman Polanski’s new film Based on a True Story, which Polanski is co-writing with Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper).
Based on Delphine de Vigan’s 2015 novel, Based on a True Story follows a writer (Seigner) whose life and mind are endangered by an obsessive woman (Green). It will mark Polanski’s first film since 2014’s Venus in Fur, and also his fifth collaboration with Seigner, who has also appeared in Frantic, Bitter Moon and The Ninth Gate.
Filming on Based on a True Story is set to get underway in Paris in November.
- Gary Collinson
This week, Paramount bows “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the true story of a very nice woman who happened to be a very bad singer. Many will talk about the fact that it’s likely to land star Meryl Streep her 20th Oscar nomination, which is staggering. But perhaps even more surprising is that her co-star in the film, Hugh Grant, has never even been nominated.
Maybe it’s not that shocking, considering Grant doesn’t usually make movies that compete in the Oscar race; with the exception of “Sense and Sensibility” in 1995, his work tends to be more populist than “prestige.” But “Florence Foster Jenkins,” directed by Stephen Frears, is the perfect combination of both. It’s a big crowd-pleaser, a period piece, and a true story. It also helps that the central characters are artists – something the Academy loves. The film itself is the first entry of the year that »
- Jenelle Riley
It's that time again. If you missed it in theaters or merely want to revisit here are some newish options from the past couple of weeks or just now.
New to DVD & BluRay
• Joy - Decide for yourself if JLaw deserved a fourth Oscar nomination for this drama about a female entrepeneur
• Son of Saul - This drama about a »
- NATHANIEL R
4 items from 2016
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