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From his 2002 rape-revenge drama “Irreversible” to last year’s sexually-explicit 3D drama “Love,” director Gaspar Noé has never resisted the chance to provoke a strong reaction from his audience. That was certainly the case on Saturday at the Locarno Film Festival, when the Argentine filmmaker engaged in a lengthy public discussion about his work. The conversation, presented by The Red Bull Music Academy, was supposed to focus on psychedelia and drugs in cinema. While that topic was addressed — “the best LSD trip in the history of cinema is ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,'” he said early on — Noé eventually turned to a more heated diatribe on the challenges involved in making movies today.
“No director is independent,” he said. “They’re all sucking dicks to get some financing, [whether it’s] from Warner Bros. or some French TV company.” The director included himself in that assertion. “The truth is, when you make movies, »
- Eric Kohn
John Waters has made 16 films over the course of his nearly 50-year career, one of which has remained elusive for years: 1970’s “Multiple Maniacs.” Janus Films recently restored the cult icon’s second feature, and Waters spoke to us about the film’s re-release, the filmmakers of today he most admires and why he hasn’t directed in more than 10 years.
There’s a funny coincidence because our TV team is at the TCAs. NBC is promoting “Hairspray Live” as part of their upfronts. It’s like Must See TV for the Whole Family. Meanwhile, your “Multiple Maniacs” restoration is going to promote rosary jobs for a whole new generation. Is this your idea of a balanced life?
- Dana Harris
Gaspar Noé’s mass, passionate following doesn’t exist by accident. The filmmaker’s four features, from last year’s “Love” to perhaps his most popular film “Enter the Void,” have stunned with their visual beauty and their unique style of filmmaking. Where many filmmakers’ attentions may center on those two elements, Noé also places focus on another tool for immersing the audience: music.
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In a collaboration between Cinefamily and Red Bull Music Academy, composer Brian Reitzell sat down with Gaspar Noé for a conversation about not only the music in his films, but also his opinion on some of the great music moments and talents of all time. From his tendency to license songs instead of hiring a composer to the massive inspiration of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Noé touched on »
- Kyle Kizu
David Lynch today unveiled the full cast list for his upcoming Showtime Twin Peaks follow-up — and is it a doozy. Two hundred and seventeen actors are credited, with both newcomers and returning thespians. Previously only Kyle MacLachlan had been confirmed as FBI Agent Dale Cooper.
Will Agent Cooper use a smartphone?
Let’s check out some of the more interesting names on the list, shall we?
Michael Cera: The erstwhile Scott Pilgrim has been keeping busy since his breakout role as George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development, but he usually sticks with comedy (Year One, Superbad). It’ll be interesting to see him tackle something so dark.
Will this hair get frizzier in perpetually damp Twin Peaks?
Trent Reznor: The Oscar-winning composer and Nine Inch Nails wizard has only two credits under his belt (aside from three video shorts): a 2000 Swedish thriller called Recycled and the 1987 Michael J. Fox »
- Harker Jones
A fractious editing process led to the director taking his name off this film, but there’s little here to suggest the original cut is a long-lost masterwork
What a strange and frustrating mess this is. Writer-director Gee Malik Linton reportedly envisaged a lengthy metaphysical head-scratcher of a film with thriller elements, called Daughter of God. It was wrenched from his hands by the distributor and chopped down to make some sort of slow-moving police drama with a slow-moving lead performance from Keanu Reeves as a troubled cop. Linton disowned it, and the film now carries the Alan Smithee-type director’s credit of “Declan Dale”.
Would the original, full-length film have been a masterpiece? I guess we’ll never know. I suspect it would just be a longer version of this, in which a beautiful young woman, Isabel de La Cruz (Ana de Armas), experiences ecstatic dream-visions connected to »
- Peter Bradshaw
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