6 items from 2017
Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Before We Vanish” may be a sci-fi thriller about an alien attack and brain-drain à la “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” but its ultimate message is the salvation of love. Playing frequently like an absurdist political satire with only flashes of violence, this low-tension, drawn-out work won’t gratify the chills or adrenaline rushes fanboys crave, but the ending strikes a romantic chord so pure that all but the most jaded cynics will be moved. Distributed in Europe through Wild Bunch,the film will rely heavily on Kurosawa’s reputation and longtime supporters even for moderate success.
The literal Japanese title, “Strolling Invaders,” suggests a threat so casual it’s not immediately noticeable. In light of how press freedom and human rights are being whittled away in many parts of the world, a story about aliens robbing humans of their values (family, work, rules) and »
- Maggie Lee
You can’t throw a rock without hitting a must-see movie at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and there are plenty more beyond the big name titles that are worth putting on the radar. And one that has our attention is Kiyoshi Kurosawa‘s “Before We Vanish.”
- Kevin Jagernauth
For such a highly anticipated event, the Cannes Film Festival tends to contain a fairly predictable lineup: The Official Selection focuses on established auteurs whose work lands a coveted slot at the flashy gathering on autopilot. That was certainly the case last year, when the 2016 edition opened with a Woody Allen movie and featured new work from the likes of Pedro Almodovar, Nicolas Winding Refn, the Dardennes brothers and Olivier Assayas.
But we live in unpredictable times, and judging by today’s announcement of the Official Selection for Cannes 2017, even the world’s most powerful festival isn’t impervious to change. This year’s Cannes is filled with surprises: television and virtual reality, some intriguing non-fiction selections, and a whole lot of unknown quantities that push the festival in fresh directions.
That’s not to say that there aren’t a few familiar names that stand out. Todd Haynes is »
- Eric Kohn
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.
Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place within the same »
- The Film Stage
Nick Aldwinckle Mar 2, 2017
Any regular readers (there must be a few of you; there must be) will be more than aware of this writer’s borderline obsessive love for the movies of one John Carpenter. You’ve got your Halloween, The Thing, They Live or The Fog, but everyone knows the real quality comes in the form of the later films in this cult film-maker, lord of the synth and accomplished ‘tache-wearer’s career and the classics that are Escape From L.A and his TV-movie take on Village Of The Damned. No? Ok, those are both more than a little iffy, but with the latest Blu-ray release of two other generally maligned late efforts in Carpenter’s body of work, we ask the age-old question 'Was Vampires really that bad?'
Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Tokyo Sonata, and Creepy) is back with Daguerreotype, and like the title suggests, the story follows the obsession of an aged photographer (Oliver Gourmet) as he uses his own daughter and assistant for rendering life-like images, using old photographic techniques. Recently stopping by the Toronto International Film Festival where it was met with a divisive reaction, a new trailer has now landed, albeit without English subtitles, for the film known in France as Le Secret De La Chambre Noire, which translates to The Secret of the Darkroom.
We said in our review, “Kiyoshi Kurosawa has ways of making it look easy, even unimpressive. To my knowledge, he has never made a film that’s less than a pleasure to simply observe, richly detailed in environment and carefully calibrated in composition, cutting, and gesture — masterclasses too focused on feeling (excitement, mystery, romance, and, most often, terror) to pronounce great pretensions. »
- The Film Stage
6 items from 2017
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