11 items from 2013
Directed by Luc Besson
The famed French director Luc Besson hasn’t directed a film with a wide American release since the historic bomb The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc in 1999. In the interim, he has written and produced a number of highly successful films including The Transporter, Taken, and District B13, and he’s directed a few French films that haven’t come across the pond, but The Family is his first attempt at directing an English-language film in almost 15 years. He’s still got it to some degree, for The Family is acceptably entertaining, but it’s not even close to Besson’s biggest hits from the past.
The titular family is the Manzoni organized crime clan, who enter into witness protection and became the Blakes: father Fred (Robert de Niro), mother Maggie »
- Mark Young
Anyone holding out hope for French director Luc Besson to return to his heyday of "La Femme Nikita" and "The Professional" is in for a letdown with the wan action-comedy of "The Family." Besson's first wide release in the Us in seven years (since the woeful kid pic "Arthur and the Invisibles," which also followed the disastrous "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" by seven years) wasn't worth the wait. Gimmicky casting of Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones gives Besson's latest some punch but the film ultimately collapses into a forgettable mess that does no »
- Geoff Berkshire
After serving as a production assistant on Alien Resurrection and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Louis Leterrier served as the artistic director on The Transporter before transitioning into directing in 2005 with Unleashed and The Transporter 2. After continuing to prove himself at the helm with The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, the filmmaker took on the world of magic and illusions in the summer thriller Now You See Me, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD September 3. I recently had the chance to speak with this talented filmmaker over the phone, and you can take a look at our conversation below.
This was honestly one of my favorite movies of the summer.
Louis Leterrier: Thanks, man. It's mine too, we have that in common (Laughs). You liked it, »
Visionary director Luc Besson (Leon, The Fifth Element) brings his unique style to the big-screen adaptation of Jacques Tardi's acclaimed comic book, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. Louise Bourgoin plays the title character, and in a recent Q&A, the director and actress discussed the film.
Luc Besson Q&A
Q: Tell us about how you met Jacques Tardi.
Besson: It's a long story. I first fell in love with his heroine, Adèle, about ten years ago. I tried to contact Tardi, but unfortunately he had agreed to do Adèle with another director. At the time, I was a bit saddened, but pleased that he had chosen a "great" director and wished him the best of luck. I waited impatiently to see the movie, which never came out. After three or four years, »
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In 2002, Jovovich starred in the film adaptation of the video game "Resident Evil".
To date, four sequels have followed in which she has reprised her role of 'Alice' including "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" (2004), "Resident Evil: Extinction" (2007), "Resident Evil: Afterlife" (2010) and "Resident Evil: Retribution" (2012).
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- Michael Stevens
The Avengers‘ star Scarlett Johansson is the latest set to kick some butt for director Luc Besson’s new action flick titled Lucy. The ever-industrious Besson will both write and direct the sci-fi actioner, which centers on a woman who gains super powers after being forced to become a drug mule. When the drug goes into her system, she is transformed into an ass-kicking machine who ‘can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts.’ The French director made movies with strong heroines such as La Femme Nikita and Joan of Arc back to his 1990s...
- Nick Martin
Luc Besson, who directed "The Fifth Element" and "The Professional," as well as produced "Taken" and "Transporter," has written a script for "Lucy" action thriller with plans of directing. Now comes word that Scarlett Johansson is in final negotiations to star in the film, which centers on a woman forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, giving her superpowers. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts. "Lucy" is another film for Besson that focuses on strong female characters, like "La Femme Nikita," "Joan of Arc" and "Colombiana." It's also a continuation of action films for Johansson, who starred in "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," and is now shooting "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." »
Ah, France — good wine, great mimes, the best accordion players you could ever find. It's a bastion of culture in an uncultured world; just ask anyone from France and they'll tell you. And as the new international blockbuster "Les Misérables" (now on DVD and Blu-ray) proves, it's also a country filled with amazing history that is perfectly suited for big-screen epics.
Which got us thinking: Is there any place on Earth that has had more historical dramas than France? Sure, there have been plenty of good old-fashioned American period pieces — what with Hollywood being in America and all — but there's just something about France and its complicated history that keeps bringing filmmakers back for more.
So with that in mind, we've put together our ultimate guide to the history of France as told through through the movies. Viva la cinema!
'Henry V' (1989)
Well, this is probably a bit »
- Scott Harris
Like Night of the Hunter, Tod Browning’s Freaks or Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers, The Road to Yesterday can be ranked among the UFOs of cinema. It’s place in the heart of Cecil B. DeMille’s work proves to be in itself very distinctive. We know that, during his entire life, DeMille had virtually only one producer—Paramount (the former Famous Players Lasky)—just like Minnelli was MGM’s man and Corman American International’s. Sixty-three of his films (out of seventy) were produced at Paramount. And, oddly enough, it is among the seven outsiders, situated within a brief period from 1925 to 1931, that his best activity is to be found (I’m thinking of Madam Satan, The Godless Girl, and The Road to Yesterday)–his most audacious undertakings. To top it off, for this uncontested king of the box office, his best films were his biggest commercial failures. »
- Luc Moullet
Odd List Aliya Whiteley Feb 19, 2013
Covering 85 years of cinema, Aliya provides her pick of 25 stylish, must-see French movies...
I’m going to kick this off in best New-Wave style by pointing out that we should be praising each great director’s body of work rather than showcasing favourite movies in a list format; after all, France came up with the concept of the auteur filmmaker, stamping their personality on a film, using the camera to portray their version of the world.
Yeah, well, personality is everything. So here’s a highly personal choice, arranged in chronological order, of 25 of the most individualistic French films. They may be long or short, old or new, but they all have one thing in common – they’ve got directorial style. And by that I don’t mean their shoes match their handbags.
The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)
There are no stirring battle scenes, »
There are numerous ways in which a biopic of a statesman or a politician can be put together in cinema and the chosen approach depends, partly, on the reverence with which the person is regarded by the public likely to watch the film. When a statesman is as well-regarded as a Lincoln or a Gandhi, it is impossible to be ‘truthful’ because a biopic, not being a documentary but an enactment, will be seen as being deliberately scurrilous unless its views agree with the dominant one. Where, in a biopic of a less venerated or more distant historical figure like a Te Lawrence or a Queen Elizabeth I, the director is allowed to become intimate with the subject, this is taboo when dealing with a Gandhi or a Lincoln. We identify with people who might have been as we are but a Gandhi and a Lincoln, at least by consensus, »
- MK Raghavendra
11 items from 2013
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