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Is there a more commanding screen presence than Isabelle Huppert? From the spiralling American madness of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate to the diverse demands of Claire Denis’s African-set colonial parable White Material and Brillante Mendoza’s Philippines hostage drama Captive, Huppert has proved ready to rise to any challenge. Claude Chabrol famously cast her as a teenage murderer in 1978’s Violette Nozière and a covert poisoner in 2000’s Merci pour le chocolat, while Chris Honoré called upon her to tackle the taboo subject of incest in Ma mère. Most famously, in Michael Haneke’s unflinching The Piano Teacher, she took cinemagoers to the very edge of a masochistic abyss, with harrowing results.
Hansen-Løve serves up unapologetic discussions of Rousseau, radicalism and revolution
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
The modern movie landscape can make some people feel like the best days of film are behind us. With remakes, reboots and adaptations very abundant, and original movies seemingly not raking it in at the box office, that is an understandable sentiment. But the BBC felt like there are a lot of recent movies worth celebrating, and that is why they set out to make a list of the 100 greatest movies of the 21st century. The list they came up with is nothing if not interesting, and it is definitely a reminder that there are a lot of great movies that have been made in the last 16 years.
BBC published the list on Tuesday morning, after taking months to put it all together. In order to come up with this list, they used nearly 200 critics from both print and online publications, as well as academics and curators. The contributors that were used spanned the globe, »
Last year, the BBC polled a bunch of critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time and only six films released after 2000 placed at all. This year, the BBC decided to determine the “new classics,” films from the past 16 years that will likely stand the test of time, so they polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” tops the list, Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” places second, and Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers both have 2 films in the top 25. See the full results below.
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Though the list itself is fascinating, what’s also compelling are the statistics about the actual list. According to the the BBC, they polled 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica. »
- Vikram Murthi
Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016
A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?
Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.
BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily.
What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »
Although we’re only about 16% into the 21st century thus far, the thousands of films that have been released have provided a worthy selection to reflect on the cinematic offerings as they stand. We’ve chimed in with our favorite animations, comedies, sci-fi films, and have more to come, and now a new critics’ poll that we’ve taken part in has tallied up the 21st century’s 100 greatest films overall.
The BBC has polled 177 critics from around the world, resulting in a variety of selections, led by David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive. Also in the top 10 was Wong Kar-wai‘s In the Mood For Love and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which made my personal ballot (seen at the bottom of the page).
- Jordan Raup
Ira Sach’s “Little Men” follows Jake Jardine (Theo Taplitz), a 13-year-old who lives with his parents (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle) in Manhattan. When Jake’s grandfather dies, the family moves into his Brooklyn apartment where they find dressmaker Leonor (Paulina Garcia) who owns a shop in the building with her son Tony (Michael Barbieri). Jake and Tony become quick friends but when Jake’s parents try to raise the rent on Leonor, tensions run high and the kids are brought into uncomfortable adult conflicts faster than they anticipated.
The film has garnered widespread positive reviews for its humanistic approach, powerful performances, and emotionally resonant writing, but one of “Little Men’s” most striking elements is its score. Composed by Dickon Hinchliffe, a founding member of the English band the Tindersticks, the score’s »
- Vikram Murthi
Isabelle Huppert might as well be crowned queen of the 2016 festival circuit. Her first film of the year, Mia Hansen-Løve‘s Things to Come, premiered at Berlin, followed by Paul Verhoeven‘s Elle at Cannes; then, at Tiff, she’ll have those two films, as well as the premiere of Bravo Defurne‘s Souvenir. But before that, she’s starring alongside Louis Garrel in Luc Bondy‘s The False Secrets, which will screen at the Locarno Film Festival this weekend.
Today we have a pair of new trailers for two of the films — first from Things to Come, which is one of our favorites of the year. As we said in our review, “While Hansen-Løve certainly deserves credit for writing such a compelling character, it’s difficult to imagine anyone realizing Nathalie as consummately as Huppert, who, even by her exceptionally high standards, pulls off a superlative performance.”
Following that, »
- Jordan Raup
Director: Claire Denis
French auteur Claire Denis is back with sci-fi tale High Life, co-written by novelists Zadie Smith and Nick Laird. Notably, this is Denis’ twelfth feature and her English language debut, which concerns ‘a galactic journey beyond our solar system.’ Intriguingly, French philosopher and physicist Aurelien Barrau was consulted on the project while Danish-Icelandic sculptor Olafur Eliasson is involved. Most headlines about the project concern Robert Pattinson and Patricia Arquette among the main cast members, which will certainly heighten Denis’ reputation abroad.
Production Co.: Alcatraz Films, Apocalypse, Pandora
U.S. Distributor: Rights available. Tbd (domestic) Wild Bunch (international).
Release Date: Denis’ has played twice at Cannes, in the main competition with her stellar 1988 debut Chocolat and in Ucr with 2013’s Bastards. She’s won Locarno’s top prize for Nenette et »
- Nicholas Bell
8 items from 2016