13 items from 2014
2012 saw her win critical acclaim in Leos Carax's surreal fantasy-drama Holy Motors, while this year sees her reunite with Nick Cave (listen to their ballad 'Where the Wild Roses Grow' here) for 20,000 Days on Earth.
Kylie spoke to Digital Spy about her new Cave collaboration and why she feels like "Kylie with lights on" when she's performing.
And Street Fighter? We didn't dare go there!
Additional reporting by Rob Copsey »
One of the great performers in cinema in the past 30 years, the acrobatic, elastic, kinetic Denis Lavant has defined some of the best films from the world's best filmmakers. Appropriately associated with the films of Leos Carax, in which he has appeared in 4 of 5 features (as well as a short), and one of the greatest endings in movies, the dance sequence of Claire Denis' Beau travail, the stage and film actor is something of an idol of cinephiles, almost exclusively lending his talent to auteurs. Now, Lavant can add another master to his resume: Taiwanese master Tsai Ming-liang, with whom he made Journey to the West—which we've already covered in Notebook here and here—a film that again takes advantage of the actor's physicality, but in a new way.
Adam Cook: You're best known for your physical presence in your movies, but there is also a strong »
- Adam Cook
“Two Men In Town” Dir. Rachid Bouchareb, starring Forest Whitaker, Brenda Blethyn, Harvey Keitel and Luis Guzman A remake of a 1973 French film starring Alain Delon and Jean Gabin, “Two Men In Town” is a sadly missed opportunity. It's a beautifully shot film (kudos to Dp Yves Cape, who also served on “Holy Motors” and “White Material”), but one that, aside from some unusual casting decisions, brings nothing new to the ex-con-trying-to-go-straight genre. In fact it falls into its overfamiliar rhythm so quickly that you have to keep reminding yourself you haven’t seen it before. And it really is a shame, because Blethyn’s pragmatic, “Fargo”-esque parole officer is a pleasure, Whitaker’s character’s racial profile (black man with a white adoptive mother and a Latina girlfriend) is oddly but laudably rarely even mentioned, and the dusty, sun-blanched New Mexico landscape is well evoked by Cape’s »
- Jessica Kiang
It's almost like the universe is punishing me. For what I am unsure.
Greta Gerwig with a giant poster of her face this time last year
When I spoke with Greta Gerwig a few months ago she was singing the praises of Jacques Demy films and Leos Carax's Holy Motors and the movie musical; her indie cred was most definitely intact, she's actually a cinephile (unlike many actors) and her taste is impeccable. She was starring in stupendous music videos, keeping prestigious company in awards season, and coming off the high of a great run with the brilliant Frances Ha.
And now she'll follow all that with a spin-off of a formulaic old school sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" that's already many years past the season (5) where even the best shows start to falter from fatigue and stagnation?I understand that money is a powerfully motivating factor in most careers. »
- NATHANIEL R
French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb has lately alternated between sweeping historical dramas (the WWII drama "Days of Glory," the Algerian War portrait "Outside the Law") and sentimental two-handers with quieter approaches ("London River," "Just Like a Woman"). In all cases, however, Bouchareb tends to deal in similar themes of contrasting political and personal relationships. "Two Men In Town," a loose remake of José Giovanni's 1973 tale of a paroled murderer trying to get his life back together, applies this tendency to the least-ideological of Bouchareb's movies, resulting in a thinly executed tale littered with uneven performances. Nevertheless, a committed turn by Forest Whitaker in the lead role, paired with "Holy Motors" and "My Life in Pink" cinematographer Yves Cape's evocative images of the spare western landscape, lead to an intriguing contrast between the half-baked material and a handful of stronger ingredients. It's a movie at war with its deficiencies. "Two Men. »
- Eric Kohn
An ex-con trying to go straight is hounded by both sides of the law in Rachid Bouchareb’s “Two Men in Town,” a standard-issue drama set in New Mexico, where grand open spaces highlight the big open gaps in logic. Loosely based on Jose Giovanni’s 1973 pic of the same name (minus the court scenes and speechifying), with an added classic Western overlay, Bouchareb’s free adaptation benefits from Brenda Blethyn’s well-modulated performance, yet the over-signaled narrative feels like a rehash, and the leaps of faith required are wider than Dead Man’s Gulch. Stateside biz is unlikely to deliver solid returns.
Possibly intended as the second installment of a stated trilogy touching on American-Muslim relations, “Two Men in Town” is slightly more successful than Bouchareb’s misfire “Just Like a Woman,” though it has more in common with “London River,” also starring Blethyn. Here she plays parole officer Emily Smith, »
- Jay Weissberg
“The return of phantoms, of impossible beings,” is how actress Eva Mendes describes Leos Carax’s work during her appearance in “Mr. X,” a reverent tribute to the French auteur that makes him out to be something of an impossible phantom himself. Tessa-Louise Salome’s handsome, appropriately spidery doc draws on interviews with a host of Carax’s collaborators and admirers in an attempt to define the soaring significance of his short filmography — but with Mr. X naturally absent from his own party, any answers remain elusive. Alluring if not especially illuminating, this presently brief pic (presented in Sundance as a work in progress) serves as a tasty primer for audiences who only got wise to Carax with his 2012 comeback feature, “Holy Motors.” Festival programmers will flock, though it’s a niche item from a distribution standpoint.
Salome, who previously directed a 45-minute making-of featurette for “Holy Motors,” was »
- Guy Lodge
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Sundance Film Festival is one of the more recognized stops on the film festival circuit, a status that often sees it as the place for movies to make their North American and World premieres. With a number of intriguing and high-quality pictures screening over the course of the event, not every film that plays at the festival ends up securing a distribution deal. Here are ten films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that ended the event without a distributor, but ones we hope will make it to a general audience at some point, be it via theatres, instant streaming, VOD, or other means. The list is in alphabetical order.
1) 52 Tuesdays
The story of transgendered and transsexual individuals is one that movies and television have yet to explore thoroughly, with some notable exceptions. Thus, any story looking at such individuals, and the impact »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Filmmaker: Why this movie? Why did you decide to do it? Salomé: The movie picked me up. As I was working on Holy Motors, I started to collect bits and pieces, archives, anything that was part of Leos Carax’s universe. When I realized how much I had gathered, it became obvious that I couldn’t stop there. I dived right into his world… and without even noticing it, I started to make the film. It was exciting to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding him. Seeing all of his movies again was an extraordinary experience: they haven’t aged a bit. They may even be more […] »
- Danielle Lurie
We reminisce below over the humble Aussie acting beginnings of other Hollywood actors and actresses - and see which soaps spawned the most successful stars:
Chris Hemsworth played Jamie Kane in Neighbours back in 2002 and was in Home and Away as Kim Hyde from 2004 to 2007. The Aussie actor has since appeared in Hollywood blockbusters like Thor and The Avengers, and most recently played the late James Hunt in Ron Howard's Rush.
Amir here, to bring you the results of the 2nd annual Team Experience Awards, a poll of the year’s best in film by the international group of writers who contribute regularly to this website. In our inaugural edition, Leos Carax’s off-kilter French fantasy, Holy Motors, won the top prize. This year, our 14 voters are more in synch with the American awards season tune. I think it’s fair to say we all like 12 Years a Slave. Like, really, really like 12 Years a Slave. If Steve McQueen’s film were Sally Field, we’d be the Academy circa 1985.
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
However, the consensus and the number of categories topped by Slave don’t quite reflect the intense competition behind the scenes. In fact, only two categories were landslides: »
- Amir S.
A co-financier and sales agent, and sometimes producer and distributor on “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “The Artist” and “Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia,” Wild Bunch has backed a significant number of the most ambitious recent films to come out of France. And that’s not to mention “Holy Motors,” “Polisse” and long-standing relationships with Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Ozon, Gaspar Noe and Arnaud Desplechin. Now, Wild Bunch is cutting down on French films for world sales.
One year ago, Wild Bunch founder-partner Vincent Maraval shook the French film industry with an article in Le Monde, arguing that French films were too expensive and that this is directly due to France’s subsidy system, above all its obligation for broadcasters to invest in French cinema.
12 months later, in the first of a series of Variety Q & As, coinciding with the Unifrance Paris Rendez-vous, Maraval announces that Wild Bunch is scaling back on French film investment, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
★★☆☆☆One of the more eyebrow-raising nominees for last year's Cannes Palme d'Or, French director Arnaud des Pallières' Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013) sees European cinema darling Mads Mikkelsen star as the vengeful equine breeder in question, spurred into armed conflict against a greedy local land baron. With Holy Motors' Denis Lavant, Bruno Ganz and rising German star David Kross perhaps the only other recognisable players for British audiences, there's little to distract one from this drab literary adaptation's ponderous pace and washed out palette - even the great Dane himself. »
- CineVue UK
13 items from 2014
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