9 items from 2016
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
It’s one thing to come up with a top 10 list of the best movies in any given year. The best movies of the decade is even harder. But the best movies of a century? Ok, when it comes to the new millennium, that’s just a decade and a half. Still, it’s no easy task to consider the highlights from 16 years of viewing — but that’s part of what makes it such a compelling challenge.
Recently, BBC polled a large group of critics, including IndieWire’s Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich, for their lists of the best achievements of the 21st century. (The full results will run in mid-to-late August.) The results of the poll have yet to run, but as countless participants have begun sharing their results, we felt compelled to weigh in. Of course, lists are highly subjective and almost always omit some major titles, so »
- Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich
Wild Bunch began in the late 1990s as the sales arm of Studiocanal, before spinning off in 2002. Led by founding partners Vincent Maraval, Vincent Grimond, Brahim Chioua and Alain de la Mata, the mavericks have financed, produced, co-produced or distributed such films as City Of God; March Of The Penguins; Pan's Labyrinth; Fahrenheit 9/11; Che; The Wrestler; The Artist; Spirited Away; The Orphanage; 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days; Only God Forgives; and Enter The Void. A… »
When 18-year old Bora (Sobon Nuon) leaves rural Cambodia to become a construction worker, he is reunited with missing brother Solei (Cheanick Nov) on “Diamond Island,” a glittering half-finished luxury development near Phnom Penh. The narrative feature debut of French-Cambodian helmer Davy Chou, this compassionate film is as much about its very specific Cambodian setting as it is the characters, with the film’s standout star its neon-pastel location work. Scenes showing teens working on construction of the development by day and hanging out, flirting, on the island at night are tinged with bittersweet tenderness: The new Cambodia of luxury apartments that they are paid $150 a month to build is not intended for them. Themes of inequality and longing are universal, but the dreamy, low-stakes plotting could make crossover to a mainstream audience difficult.
The narrative framework here is loose-limbed, functioning more as an excuse to get out there and »
- Catherine Bray
Ahead of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Screen looks back at the hits and misses of 2009 according to our jury of critics.
Screen’s jury of international critics has long been a strong diviner as to what will win the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival – and 2009 was no different.
The winner of the coveted Palme d’Or was Michael Haneke’s chilling pre-war drama The White Ribbon, which came a close joint second on the grid with 3.3 alongside Jane Campion’s period romance Bright Star.
While the Palme d’Or alluded Audiard in 2009, the French filmmaker returned in 2015 with Dheepan and picked up the festival’s top prize.
The 2009 line-up also featured a divisively generous portion of violence courtesy of [link »
Writer-director Lucile Hadzihalilovic (who directed Marion Cotillard in Innocence and worked with Gaspar Noé on Enter the Void) returned this fall with her new film, Evolution. Debuting at Tiff and stopping by AFI and Fantastic Fest, the film centers on Nicolas (Max Brebant), a ten-year-old boy living on a remote island that is solely inhabited by women and young boys. All of the boys are subjected to strange medical treatments and Nicolas becomes determined to find out exactly what his mother and the other women are up to. Ahead of its U.K. release — and months in advance of a U.S. fall opening — a new preview has arrived.
This sounds intriguing, but it didn’t work for us. As we said in our review, “A silly horror movie at heart, Lucile Hadžihalilovic’s Innocence follow-up seems to confuse “ideas” with “prolonged silences,” certainly pertaining to both our young protagonist »
- Nick Newman
Title sequences don’t have to be boring. They can be just as exciting, creative, or innovative as the films they introduce. These are our picks for the 10 best opening title sequences of feature films.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
The title sequence for a film is more than a bunch of letters spelling words on a screen. A title sequence is an opportunity for a filmmaker to grab the attention of his or her audience. It’s an ideal spot to introduce musical themes, set a stylistic tone, or establish a directorial style. During the opening titles a filmmaker has the opportunity to explain a backstory, show a flashback, or even dictate the setting to the audience. »
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Filmmaker Mickey Keating, an indie-horror workhorse who churns out films quicker than SyFy and their Sharknado obsession, has even more updates out of South By Southwest on his new film, the simply-titled Psychopaths.
To this point, we know who the cast is comprised of, and it’s a venerable wealth of genre riches. As announced so far, actors include Mark Kassen, James Landry Hébert, Ivana Shein, Ashley Bell, Angela Trimbur, Jeremy Gardner, Helen Rogers, Graham Skipper, Matt Mercer, Sam Zimmerman, and Larry Fessenden. This is common knowledge, but what comes next is a little taste of the film’s body and soul.
- Matt Donato
Ever since I was a kid I was enthralled with fireworks. There's something completely primal about seeing fire at the best of times, but the kinetic, colourful explosions of a firework show tickles me on a deep and fundamental level. Artist Cai Guo-Qiang comes by this love even more resolutely, having grown up in the Chinese province which has been home to pyrotechnic construction for generations. He has used these controlled blasts to feed his art, both in the skies above and on the canvas. Fire is is his tool, colour his weapon, all contributing to a unique and compelling vision. Kevin MacDonald has shown a deft touch throughout his career, from his raucous take on Marley, his epic Enter the Void to his...
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9 items from 2016
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