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To mark this historic occassion at 11:11 am of 11/11/11 and to continue procrastinating review writing (ugh writer's block) 11 lists of 11 things. Just because. Comment party: Please state your favorite 11 things of today in the comments!
11 Favorite Movies of the Year That Have Already Come Out On DVD (no particular order).
Beginners, Poetry, Heartbeats (Les Amours Imaginaires), Bridesmaids, Jane Eyre, Rango, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, The Tree of Life, Captain America: The First Avenger, ...and is Certified Copy on DVD yet? I mean other than in the UK?
11 Favorite Colours
11 Prettiest Male Movie Stars of All Time (no particular order off top of head)
- NATHANIEL R
The French Institute Alliance Française (Fiaf) will celebrate contemporary cinema from Quebec with their new Cinéma Tuesdays series, New Cinéma Québecois. In collaboration with the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal, the series will feature 8 films. The series begins November 1 and concludes November 29. Highlights include Xavier Dolan's "Heartbeats," winner of the Regards Jeunes Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, as well as Q&A's with the directors »
French-Canadian writer, actor and director Xavier Dolan took the festival circuit by storm back in 2009 with I Killed My Mother (also re-released on DVD today). This promising debut quickly stapled his name onto every up-and-coming director list around. Heartbeats (2010) is Dolan's sophomore effort and once again thrust this prolific young man centre stage, as once again he stars both in front and behind the camera.
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- Daniel Green
My apologies straightaway that this week's Q & A is so late. A particularly nasty bout of insomnia derailed me for over a day. I was without rail. Back on track now and the time has come to answer your questions, 10 of them at any rate.
BBats: What young director (3 or less films) are you most excited about seeing over the next decade?
Nathaniel: This is a great question but difficult because then you have to really stop and think about who made which pictures when and you have to set aside people you've been rooting for forever that will seemingly be 70 before they birth a third feature (I'm talking to you Jonathan Glazer and Kimberly Peirce). It'd be weird to say John Cameron Mitchell since he's been making great movies for a decade now but in fact he's only made three. Still it's hard to argue with that diverse, unique »
- NATHANIEL R
With the Toronto International Film Festival just around the corner, many of us are busy trying to plan our schedules and prepare ourselves mentally for the onslaught. blogTO writer Julian Carrington is one of the lucky folks out there with full press credentials, and he asked if we would be interested in publishing some of his capsule reviews from the festival. How could we say no to more Tiff coverage? Julian got things started early by catching advance screenings for a handful of this year's films. After the jump, check out his thoughts on some noteworthy flicks including Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, Lars von Trier's Melancholia, and Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz. Stay tuned for plenty more updates starting next week! Take This Waltz A Tiff sensation in 2000, it's fitting that Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love seems to have served as potent inspiration for two wunderkinds of Canadian filmmaking. »
DVD Playhouse—August 2011
By Allen Gardner
High And Low (Criterion) Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 adaptation of Ed McBain’s novel King’s Ransom is a multi-layered masterpiece of suspense and one of the best portraits ever of class warfare in post-ww II Japan. Toshiro Mifune stars as a wealthy businessman who finds himself in a moral quandary when his chauffer’s son is kidnapped by ruthless thugs who think the boy is Mifune’s. Beautifully realized on every level. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince; Documentary on film’s production; Interview with Mifune from 1984; Trailers and teaser. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 4.0 surround.
Leon Morin, Priest (Criterion) One of French maestro Jean-Pierre Melville’s rare non-crime-oriented films, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a devoted cleric who is lusted after by the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. When Fr. Morin finds himself drawn to a »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Entertainment One will release the 2010 hipster romantic comedy-drama Heartbeats on DVD on July 26 for the list price of $24.98.
Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan when he was just 20 years old (he also co-stars), the movie tells the tale of two best friends, Francis (Dolan) and Marie ((Monia Chokri, The Age of Ignorance) who both fall for the same guy, the aloof Nicolas (Niels Schneider, Everything Is Fine). The two friends vie for Nicolas’s attention, but the closer Francis and Marie get to their object of romantic desire, the more unobtainable he seems to appear—and the more frayed their own bonds become.
The young, Montreal-based Dolan has been compared to such world-class filmmakers as Francois Truffaut (Stolen Kisses), Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist) and Wong Kar-wai (Happy Together), while the film itself has »
The French Sales Agent, Theatrical Distribution and Production company based out of Paris comes to the fest with a pair of items (Cristian Jimenez's Bonsai and Liza Johnson's Return) but Rezo also got a pair of must sees in Julie Delpy's 2 Days in New York (which we could technically find at Tiff and will once again back a Stéphane Brize project -- his A Few Hours of Spring is currently in pre-production. Khodorkovsky by Cyril Tuschi - Completed Le Tableau by Jean-François Laguionie - Post-Production Resistance by Amit Gupta - Post-Production Return by Liza Johnson - Completed 2 Days In New York by Julie Delpy - Post-Production A Few Hours Of Spring by Stéphane BRIZÉ - Pre-Production BONSÁI by Cristian Jimenez - Completed Magic Valley by Jaffe Zinn - Completed Neon Flesh (Carne De Neon) by Paco Cabezas - Completed Prey (Proie) by Antoine Blossier - Completed Amigo by John Sayles »
He's young (22), talented, he directs, writes, produces and acts: don't you hate Xavier Dolan already? Those green with envy will find plenty to object to about the French-Canadian's second movie, not least the fact that it's rather good. It's a love triangle for our times: at its apex a charming Adonis who becomes the covert object of desire for two friends, a guy and a girl. Like its characters, it's not quite as sophisticated as it wants to be, but it's honest, accomplished and recklessly romantic.
The Hangover Part II (15)
The location is different (Bangkok – or at least the movie version) but this sequel to the hit amnesiac prenuptial buddy comedy takes no risks with formula or cast (even Mr Chow is back). The adult humour, though, »
- Steve Rose
“The only truth is love beyond reason”, says the opening quotation of Heartbeats, warning us that what follows won't always be easy viewing. We're propelled straight into the bitterness of rejection as three people speak of tales of love triangles that parallel the film's central story.
When “self-satisfied golden Adonis” Nico (Niels Schneider), attracts the attentions of best friends, Marie (Monia Chokri) and Francis (Xavier Dolan), their relationship starts to feel the strain as they both unsuccessfully compete for his affections, constantly trying to undermine each other. Spoilt Nico lives off the rent money his father gives him, and his mother's allowance, existing in his own bubble oblivious to the affections of his latest über-cool admirers: Marie resembles Audrey Hepburn in Technicolor while Dolan himself looks like an underwear model, young James Dean or Michelangelo statue (a parallel he is certainly aware of).
Heartbeats is jam-packed with excruciating scenes, such »
Twenty-two-year-old Xavier Dolan directs and stars in this talky triangle of love, set in French-speaking Quebec. He is Francis, a gay man who is best friends with Maria (Monia Chokri). She is straight, but their friendship is tested severely when they both conceive a passion for a new kid on the block: gorgeous, blond Nicolas (Niels Schneider). They are mad about the boy. But Nicolas, perhaps almost without realising it, has a genius for teasing and manipulating them. The precocious Dolan has certainly shown his talent in putting a plausible feature film together, his second. He interestingly tries for a new wave-ish feel, with hints of Bande à Part and Jules et Jim. But there is something rather flimsy about Heartbeats. That said, it certainly »
- Peter Bradshaw
Heartbeats is Xavier Dolan’s second film, and his second to be featured at Cannes. He’s also just 22 (21 when this released in Canada, and 20 when his debut I Killed My Mother came out). If that doesn’t intrigue you to watch this (as well as cause a little envy), I don’t know what will.
While I Killed My Mother was a more personal and dramatic film, Heartbeats is light-hearted, and very funny. It follows best friends Francis (Dolan) and Marie (Chokri) as they both fall in love with the new guy in town, Nicolas (Schneider). Unknowingly, they begin to compete with each other to get closer to him, while his sexual preference remains a mystery for most of the film.
Heartbeats has a quirky sense of humour, which won’t be to everyone’s taste, »
“Love Without Lies” might have made a prominent appearance in Xavier Dolan’s Les Amours Imaginaires, but “Beatnik,” another track from Comet Gain’s excellent singles collection Broken Record Prayers, is worth writing an entire movie around. A distorted retro stomp (it’s actually a cover of a tune by The Clean) with a blown-out organ sound from hipster heaven, it’s a thundering theme song for an imaginary protagonist.
Comet Gain have a guest-studded new LP, Howl of the Lonely Crowd, due out soon, but for now, here’s “Beatnik”:
- Simon Howell
HeyUGuys brings you the latest in World Cinema film trailers in association with Film Dates UK.
Each week we’ll be showcasing some of most anticipated foreign releases as well as highlighting a few hidden gems which may have fallen off your radar. It’s no surprise that Hollywood has turned to World Cinema for inspiration in recent years with the number of remakes getting more and more popular.
Whilst it remains to be seen how many of these remakes go on to succeed or stay true to their original story counterparts, we decided it was high-time we turned the spotlight onto the next wave of foreign films to grace our screens.
This week we have 3 new trailers for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Angels Of Evil (Vallanzasca – Gli angeli del male) UK Cinema Release Date: Friday 27th May 2011
Synopsis: A biography of Milanese mobster Renato Vallanzasca.
Iframe Embed for Youtube »
- Andy Petrou
Today’s track of the day is Heartbeats by the Swedish electronic music duo The Knife. Some of you may remember hearing the track in Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats (Les Amours Imaginaire) which I still think is the best soundtrack of 2010. Chances are most readers know of both the song and artists, but there is always someone out there who missed out.
The group which consists of siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, first received international attention after this song was released. Some of you may also know Andersson for her solo album under the name Fever Ray in 2009, while her brother released several EPs as Oni Ayhun in late 2009 and early 2010.
The Film Experience likes the ladies best -- actresses forevah -- but today's links are curious phallocentric, hence the title.
Observations on Film Art one more piece on Sidney Lumet, something to fill out the "constrained" picture of the general mass of obituaries.
Cinema Blend Katey worries that Hollywood is going to make us sick of Jeremy Renner. He's doing as many franchises as Samuel L Jackson adding The Bourne Legacy (lead role - taking over for Matt Damon) to the line-up. Ruh-roh.
Jezebel has a hilarious reel of men faking orgasm onscreen (in non-pornographic films). It's even a little bit interesting in a non-pervy way. »
- NATHANIEL R
Directed by Lars von Trier.
Lars. Von. Trier. Need I say more? Not a fan? Oh well. Then this trailer will most likely not convince you otherwise, even if I try my hardest. Apologies.
So here is a story about a family, an unusual subject for the Dane. Family always exists to a certain extent in his films (Dogville, Antichrist and The Idiots all contain families in their own way), however a traditional family structure does not. Not in this sense anyway. Indeed, a family unit is shown, yet little is given away and this makes the whole scenario less off-putting and in keeping with the director's style. The »
Incendies, Barney’s Version, and the other winners of the 2011 Prix Jutra (Jutra Awards) have been announced. The 13th Annual Jutra Awards (Prix Jutra or La Soirée des Prix Jutra) are Canadian annual cinema awards “that recognizes talent and achievement in the mainly francophone feature film industry in the province of Quebec. First introduced in 1999, the Jutra Award is named after Quebec film-maker Claude Jutra and awarded for performance, writing and technical categories such as best actor, actress, director, screenplay, et cetera. This year’s awards were handed out on March 13, 2011 at the Théâtre St-Denis in Montreal. The full listing of the 2011 Prix Jutra (Jutra Awards) winners is below.
Claude Legault - 10 ½
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Jean Lapointe - À l’origine »
Yesterday, the winners at the 13th Jutra Awards, Quebec's Oscars, were revealed. Denis Villeneuve's Incendies dominated the show with 9 awards, especially the Jutra Award for best film. The following is the full list of winners.
Best film: Incendies
Best leading actor: Claude Legault (10 1/2)
Best supporting actor: Jean Lapointe (À l’origine d’un cri)
Best documentary: Pierre Falardeau (Carmen Garcia et German Gutierrez)
Best short film: M »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Anh Khoi Do)
Unlike last year's two filmmaker/film horse race between Denis Villeneuve's Polytechnique and Xavier Dolan's J'ai tué ma mere, this year it was all "Villeneuve" and "Incendies". Repeating his wins in all the same categories it won at the Canadian Oscars (Genies) this week (this includes Editing, Screenplay, Best Cinematography by the excellent André Turpin, Best Actress in Lubna Azabal (who forced here co-star Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin to give her own thank you speech). These wins more than makes up for his loss last year when Villeneuve won the Best Director honor for Polytechnique, but lost in the Best Film category to J'ai tué ma mere. The predictable 13th edition also saw a Genie-Jutra winner from Barney's Version and in the Animated Film category, the Nfb (naturally) supported Theodore Ushev added a Jutra to his Genie for Lipsett Diaries. Best Film/meilleur film 10 1/2 - Pierre Gendron (Zoofilms) Les amours imaginaires - Xavier Dolan, »
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