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Stars: Taylor Sands, Danielle Rose, Pawel Hajnos, Magdalena Bochan-Jachimek, Joanna Mazewska, Joanna Sobocinska, Ernestyna Winnicka, Amer Riad El Muafy, Elen Moore, Frantisek Smejkal | Written by and Directed by Maxim Ford
A voyeuristic, yet sexually repressed painter commissioned by a Madam for her brothel. Two young friends exploring feelings for each other. Corrupt police officers and morally corrupt religious zealots. Arranged marriages. Appreciation for art. Beautiful girls in period dress… It’s almost like De Sade, Franco, Pasolini and Borowczyk are having a brain storm session wherever they ended up after death.
Ok. That’s taking it a bit too far, but I can safely say as a lover of erotic cinema of yesteryear – Maxim Ford’s Picture of Beauty touched me in all of the right places. I should also say that although an explicit film at times, this is not just a piece of exploitative and sordid ‘sinema’. This is an honest, »
- Mondo Squallido
With Baby Driver arriving this summer — which looks to be a propulsive and highly entertaining ride — writer-director Edgar Wright is already moving forward with this next project. His attachment was first announced years ago, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Wright has re-secured the rights (see what I did there?) to an adaptation of Grasshopper Jungle, a young adult novel that charts the coming-of-age and youthful love narrative amidst an apocalypse of unstoppable 6-foot grasshoppers hellbent on destroying humanity.
Now set up at New Regency instead of Sony Pictures, Wright is no stranger to beloved adaptations (Scott Pilgrim vs. the world), nor riotous action with a beating heart (Three Colours Trilogy, the aforementioned comic book adaptation, and seemingly, Baby Driver). What remains to be seen is if the material can be elevated above its target audience to hit cinema-goers as a whole, but let’s be honest, it’s Edgar Wright. »
- Mike Mazzanti
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
20th Century Women (Mike Mills)
That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. »
- The Film Stage
3 items from 2017
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