17 items from 2015
Warning: This article contains explicit sexual imagery.
Love's sexually explicit poster is pictured below for those who are certain they want to see it (and believe us, it's not something you can unsee).
It was released in anticipation of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, which gets underway on May 13.
Noé's movie will be shown at the prestigious festival as part of its Midnight Screenings section.
Love tells the story of a love triangle between a boy and two girls, in the style of melodrama.
French-Argentinean filmmaker Gaspar Noe is no stranger to controversy. Having made several films that had crossed lines of decency and art such as I Stand Alone, Enter The Void, and Irreversible, Noe is a lightning rod for films that get people talking. His latest film, Love, is set to screen at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and looks to be on the verge of the same kind of buzz like Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac. Filmed in 3D, Love tells the story of a man and two women and, well, »
- Alex Maidy
Official Selection for 2015 line-up completed with extra titles for Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screening and Midnight Screening strands.Click here for the full line-up
The 68th Cannes Film Festival has completed its Official Selection. Headlining the additions are two more Competition titles, taking the number of films in the running for the Palme d’Or up to 19.
The first is Chronic by Mexican director Michel Franco, starring Tim Roth and Bitsie Tulloch (Grimm). The film marks Franco’s English-language debut and centres on a depressed nurse practitioner who assists terminally ill patients and tries to reconnect with the family he abandoned. Wild Bunch handles sales
Franco and Roth decided to work together after meeting at Cannes in 2012, where the film-maker’s previous feature After Lucia won Un Certain Regard and Roth served on the jury.
The Mexican filmmaker was also in the running for Cannes’ Golden Camera in 2009 with his debut feature, Daniel and Ana.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
It was just a week ago that Cannes honcho Thierry Fremaux said that up to eight more films could be added to the festival's prestigious lineup. And he wasn't joking around. Today, seven more films have been added to the slate, but the one that has everyone talking is Gaspar Noe's "Love," which will get a Midnight Screening. Previously described as “a sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl...that will give guys a hard-on and make girls cry" (remember, this is Gaspar Noe we're talking about), not much else has been spilled about the movie. But the filmmaker behind "Enter The Void" and "Irreversible" is known for his audacious visuals, and he's is taking it up a notch. "The film I'm finishing is going to be very unusual, because it's a love story in 3D," he recently told Marfa Journal (via Les Temps Detruit Tout »
- Kevin Jagernauth
To begin with a disclosure: I was granted free admission to this year’s True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, and the festival paid for my travel and lodging as well. I still hope that I’m able to provide insight into the films I saw there.Bitter LakeSince attending the True/False Film Festival last month, I’ve been chewing on some ideas that Adam Curtis, the gifted essay filmmaker behind The Century of the Self and All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, shared in a lecture-cum-multimedia presentation that he called “Unstoryfiable.” Over the course of an hour, Curtis identified what he considered the major philosophical problems of our time, the unifying theme being a general failure of imagination in western culture. We’ve become a civilization obsessed with data, he argued; in our determination to predict the immediate future based on patterns of past behavior, »
- Ben Sachs
David Hasselhoff's Vevo released this music video Thursday because the song, "True Survivor," is the lead track in an upcoming, retro, martial-arts movie called Kung Fury. (Also, so you could lose your marbles.) "The '80s was about fun, action, and heroes," Hoff said. "The song is perfect for me as I really am, in real life, a true survivor." No kidding: Hoff shows off in the vid by kickflipping a police car and riding a T-Rex (rad!). If you weren't alive for the '80s, this'll probably look a lot like a normal scene in Enter the Void or Captain Planet. If you were alive for the '80s, this'll probably look like any of the David Hasselhoff nightmares that you had in the '80s. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Brimming with evocative visuals and a bold storytelling style, there is no doubt that Ryan Gosling's "Lost River" is distinctly his own vision. And as flawed as the movie may be, there's no doubt his taste is impeccable, working with a great roster of talent in front of camera — Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Matt Smith — and behind it (Dp Benoit Debie, who has lensed films like "Spring Breakers" and "Enter The Void"). Perhaps the smartest choice was in the soundtrack, enlisting Johnny Jewel to score the film. And today you can hear the full soundtrack. Jewel's label, Italians Do It Better, has dropped the monstrous 37-track opus on YouTube, and the shimmering score is one you'll want to hear. Featuring some vocals by Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, and Matt Smith, Jewel delivers the synth fueled romanticism he's known for, alongside the pulsating thrum »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
One of the bigger stories out of last year's Cannes Film Festival was the less-than-positive response given to Lost River, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling. I am sure some of that was amped up in the press due to Gosling's celebrity and, therefore, clickability, but if you were visiting movie websites at the time, it was kind of a difficult story to avoid. I was still curious though. I am not a big fan of Gosling as an actor, but perhaps he would sync up better with me when he is behind the camera. Turns out, not so much. The man has talent, definitely, but I think he needs to learn the difference between being a visual stylist and visual storyteller. He has the stylization in spades, it's the story that could use some work. The title Lost River refers to the town where this story takes place, a »
- Mike Shutt
For being just a brief 4 days, True/False is a densely packed festival, and I mean that in the true celebratory sense, full of not just film screenings, but parades and parties, street bound buskers, live game shows, filmmaking workshops and what-have-you, and it’s all condensed down into a vibrant, but relatively small college town. Everything is within a 10 minute walk. And where else might you walk two blocks and in the process subsequently encounter the likes of Joshua Oppenheimer, Alex Gibney, Nick Broomfield and the Ross Brothers? Paul Sturtz and David Wilson, the founders of True/False have created something truly special here in Columbia, Mo – a glorious celebration of non-fiction filmmaking and the fascinating fault line that separates the unreal from the untruthful.
- Jordan M. Smith
Here’s a nifty behind-the-scenes featurette on the iPhone 6 shooting of Tristan Pope‘s short film, Romance in NYC. The film is shot entirely from the first-person perspective, like Lady in the Lake and Enter the Void, and the mobility of the iPhone enabled the director/camera operator to play the role of the first-person protagonist. As you’ll see in the video, Pope lets his own hands and arms enter and exit frame, aided by variety of gear — including a Gorillapod — as well as well-choreographed production assistants. »
- Scott Macaulay
Earlier this week brought the first trailer for Ryan Gosling’s much derided directorial debut “Lost River.” The striking dreamlike imagery of the trailer —photographed by “Enter The Void” and “Spring Breakers” Dp Benoit Debie— was cut to the equally gorgeous score from Johnny Jewel, and an excerpt from that soundtrack has arrived online. The Jewel and Gosling relationship stretches back to 2011’s “Drive," when Jewel scored the Nicolas Winding Refn film before the studio replaced it with a Cliff Martinez score. A pair of songs from Jewels’ bands did end up on the soundtrack to great effect —Chromatics’ ”Tick of the Clock“ and Desire’s ”Under Your Spell"— but it’s clear that he still had that itch to score a film and he’s scratched it pretty well with Gosling’s film. Our review from last year’s Cannes may have been ultimately disappointed by “the emptiness at [the] center” of Gosling’s film, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »
- Kristopher Tapley
What's in a name? Put Jean-Luc Godard on a 3D art film and you have "Goodbye to Language," one of the most overrated films I've ever seen come out of a festival (seriously, don't get me started on that one). Throw Ryan Gosling on "Lost River" and you have critics calling it a disaster before the first frame. What would have happened if the credits of these two 2014 Cannes Film Festival selections had been flipped? Or, what if each movie had been made by unknown filmmakers? Let's be frank, shall we? The reaction would have been much, much different. As someone who was sitting in the theater for the first screening of "Lost River," I can tell you the international critics on hand had their knives ready even before the lights went down. You can imagine the mentality, can't you? "Gosling? Ryan Gosling is debuting his first film at Cannes of all places? »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River was torn limb from limb by critics at Cannes, followed by the news that it would be a straight to VOD release. The latter appears to have been an overreaction, as Warner Brothers quickly confirmed it’s set to receive a day and date limited spring run, but in any event, it’s a significant demotion for someone of Gosling’s pedigree at the hands of a major studio. The first trailer is now out, and I’m getting definite shades of Malick, Lynch and Tarkovsky, with Benoît Debie’s colorful lensing recalling his work on Irreversible, Enter the Void and Spring Breakers, in particular. There’s […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
The most controversial director in our top ten list has to be Argentinean director Gaspar Noé, who has made an infamous name for himself with a trio of French titles, beginning with 1998’s I Stand Alone, which starred a grizzled Philippe Nahon (who many should recognize for an equally unsettling role in Aja’s 2003 film High Tension) as a butcher spiraling into a violent rampage. But it was Noe’s 2002 title, Irreversible, which still makes entries on many lists documenting the most shocking or disturbing films ever made, thanks mostly to a nine minute rape scene featuring Monica Bellucci. And if we thought he couldn’t outdo himself there, Noe managed to do so with controversial Enter the Void (2009), in which the soul of a drug dealer is our guide through the underbelly of Tokyo, starring Paz de la Huerta in a terribly underrated performance. »
- Nicholas Bell
While she’s mostly known for having co-written Gaspar Noe’s infamous 2009 film, Enter the Void, Lucile Hadzihalilovic is an accomplished director of her own right, having made the underappreciated 2004 film Innocence (trailer below), which is a strange, meditative, and very creepy film about a boarding school for young girls and starred Marion Cotillard. Now, she’s back over a decade later with her sophomore film, Evolution. The story revolves around 11-year-old Nicolas, who lives with his mother in a seaside housing estate. The only place that ever sees any activity is the hospital. It is there that all the boys from the village are forced to undergo strange medical trials that attempt to disrupt the phases of evolution. Hadzihalilovic cites The Island of Dr. Moreau as inspiration, and the film stars Roxane Duran (supporting player from The White Ribbon, 17 Girls, »
- Nicholas Bell
17 items from 2015
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