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The unlikely pairing of an obsessive-compulsive chambermaid and an androgynous dominatrix proves oddly liberating for the eponymous heroine of Ingo Haeb’s intimate two-hander, “The Chambermaid Lynn.” , yet Haeb never seeks to draw viewers into his heroine’s point of view; instead, he minutely observes her strange behavior, with a remarkable lack of prurience or judgment, as the odd young woman explores the private minutiae of other people’s lives. This unique curio, which snagged the Fipresci award in Montreal, could find appreciative arthouse auds worldwide.
Cleaning is less of a job for shy, unprepossessing Lynn (Vicky Krieps) than a true vocation, an all-consuming passion, as she crawls under a bed to vacuum the bottom of a mattress, or uses a dentist’s angled mirror to check that she’s scrubbed all the dirt from the underside of a toilet rim. She rarely interacts with others, yet is endlessly curious about how others live, »
- Ronnie Scheib
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
"In the early days, people seemed to believe that we were the people in Pink Flamingos, that we lived in a trailer and ate dog shit," John Waters says. "And we really weren't, obviously. We'd be in prison if we were. But it was a good reaction. It meant the movie worked."
For the past half a century, the Baltimore-born filmmaker and his pencil mustache have gleefully stood at the vanguard of vulgarity in cinema. Movies like his 1970 freak show Multiple Maniacs and his 1972 offering Pink Flamingos nauseated audiences when »
When people talk about Blue Is The Warmest Color, they inevitably talk about its instantly infamous long-take sex scenes, pointing to the film’s literal physical rawness and body-centric honesty as being the essential hallmark of last year’s Film Most Likely to Make You Blush Awkwardly. Although Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or-winning feature certainly packed a big, sexy punch, underneath all that actual nakedness lurked emotional truths that extended far beyond its ill-fated love story. The film’s first act, a high school-set tale of tangled emotions and major metamorphoses, is chief among its greatest strengths, even if its relatively low-key charms were overlooked in favor of more full-bodied elements Melanie Laurent’s gorgeous, twisted and confident Breathe is a natural second act to the early moments of Kechiche’s time-spanning new classic, applying the same level of care and consideration to the hormonally driven closeness of yet another pair of wild teen girls. Laurent »
- Kate Erbland
Main Street during The Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on Tiff’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz. »
- Lane Scarberry
I’m one of the people who thought Skyfall was an incredible Bond film. Between that and Casino Royale (I sort of consider Quantum of Solace to be an interstitial film, almost a short) I actually feel like James Bond is almost a current, relevant character (despite some of the old-fashioned fan service). So I remain excited for Bond 24 even though it feels like something of a troubled production (the delays, the extensive reworking of the script etc…) because I think Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig really got it right last time. We last heard that Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) was in talks to join the film and now we have another bit of casting info on one of the villains of the piece that doesn’t result in a particular performer just yet, but it does indicate a certain (almost retro) direction the franchise could be headed in. »
- Evan Dickson
Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late ’30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca have sought to position themselves as viable alternatives to Sundance.
Rarely, however, have such tensions spiked quite so visibly, or with such high stakes involved, as in the case of Telluride and Toronto.
Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, the 41-year-old Telluride Film Festival is an intimate four-day affair that screens a highly selective program for Hollywood elites and deep-pocketed movie buffs. The 39-year-old Toronto Film Festival is an 11-day press and industry behemoth, Byzantine in its complexity and Canadian in its efficiency, which unspools about 300 features and attracts journalists, publicists, filmmakers and dealmakers from all over the world. Two very different events, forced by the vagaries of art, commerce »
- Justin Chang
The Screen Awards 2014 shortlist has been announced, with Fox/Fox Searchlight leading the nominations with a combined 13 nominations and Lionsgate UK following closely with 12 nods.
Starred Up, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Frank each received double nominations.
The shortlist will now be debated by an independent jury of industry experts, who select the final winners. The Awards will be given out on October 23 at The Brewery in London.
Screen International Editor Wendy Mitchell said: “We were thrilled with the calibre and diversity of entries for the Screen Awards this year. Our expert jury of industry experts now selects the winners and they »
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks — this feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s [my review] [iTunes UK]
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier: stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever [my review] [iTunes UK] Tracks: romantic in the grandest sense, a visceral and hypnotic experience of idealistic aspirations set against the desolate beauty and danger of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Even after nearly two decades of short films, documentaries and the success of his 1968 feature debut, L’enfance Nue, director Maurice Pialat’s celebrated sophomore feature, We Won’t Grow Old Together never received a theatrical release stateside, despite also winning a Best Actor award for Jean Yanne at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. Remastered for an exciting Blu-ray release from Kino Classics, it’s a title ripe for reconsideration in the cinematic canon. Pialat’s filmography has proven to be a major influence on countless emerging artists, with the likes of Ira Sachs, Alex Ross Perry and a slew of others directly citing the filmmaker as inspiration for their own output.
We Won’t Grow Old Together basically features a string of interactions between an aging film director, Jean (Jean Yanne), and his much younger mistress, Catherine (Marlene Jobart). We assume they met when she had vague aspirations to become »
- Nicholas Bell
We have got a packed episode that not only includes reviews of The Expendables 3 and The Trip to Italy, but a lot of news stories are covered from the Edge of Tomorrow title to the Hateful Eight trailer, we answer a lot of your questions, get to two listener voice mails, play some games and even call up a listener... do they answerc Listen to find out. Finally, it's time once again to vote for our next audio commentary. On this episode we mention only five, but I thought of one more after we finished and have added it to the mix, so there are six to choose from. Vote below: poll id="359" If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, »
- Brad Brevet
Although script issues threatened to push Bond 24's release date to 2016, it appears Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have finished "punching up" the script for Sam Mendes' next Bond movie. According to several sites, the duo have turned in the script, and production should start by late November or early December. This means casting should start soon, and Schmoes Know is claiming Blue Is The Warmest Color and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol star Lea Seydoux »
- Jesse Giroux
Locarno –Designing a brace of novel industry initiatives that may well be taken on board by other major international film powers, Gallic promotion org UniFrance Films is forging ahead with new industry alliances.
Banner focuses feature novel exhibition link-ups, a play for young target groups, a presence in key and underserved markets and a constant lobby presence in Brussels, tne seat of the E.U.’s all-powerful Commission.
Delivered at the Locarno Festival by Jean-Paul Salome and Isabelle Giordano, UniFrance president and managing director, the drill-down on UniFrance policy comes as Luc Besson’s “Lucy” powers toward $100 million Stateside and France accounts for 13 of the 50 movies playing Locarno’s main three sections – a reminder of France’s central position in both mainstream and arthouse filmmaking in Europe.
“What we’re really pleased about is the diversity of the French presence, »
- John Hopewell
Now that Bond 24 is back on track, and will start shooting in December, following a short delay due to script issues, the focus has returned to casting this action-packed sequel. A new report claims that Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) is the top choice for the female lead, opposite Daniel Craig as 007.
While no specific character details have surfaced, Schmoes Know reports that the actress may be playing Miranda Frost, a character originally portrayed by Rosamund Pike in Pierce Brosnan's last James Bond adventure, 2002's Die Another Day. Here's what a casting breakdown revealed about the character.
"Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent."
This version of Miranda Frost is said to be much different than Rosamund Pike's incarnation, but it still isn't clear if this is the role that Léa Seydoux is being pursued for. In Die Another Day, »
The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script. Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.” However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement. Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film. Hit the jump for »
- Perri Nemiroff
Just last week, Baz Bamigboye over at The Daily Mail reported that John Logan, who co-wrote Skyfall back in 2012, had been moved aside from his work on Bond 24 so that franchise veterans Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (The World Is Not Enough, Casino Royale) could come in and help add some much needed “thrills” to the script.
Directed again by Sam Mendes, it is rumoured that the original version of Bond 24 wasn’t up to scratch, and that the work that the Bond veterans are currently doing on it will be “substantially different” to what has been contributed by Logan. However, whatever issues with the script there may be, the producers are still set for filming, which is set to go ahead in November or December this year.
Of course, with filming set to begin before the year is out, it also means that casting rumours are sure »
- Scott Davis
Bond 24 is in the process of gearing up for production. The last we heard was that Skyfall co-writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, were brought on to polish up the script with some humor. The latest news comes from Schmoes Know, who say that Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Blue is the Warmest Color) is the top choice to take on the female lead opposite Daniel Craig in the film.
There's no official word on who she would play in the film if this rumor turns out to be true, but the site does speculate that the character is Miranda Frost. A source close to the production revealed earlier this year that producers were looking for the following: "Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent." According to the site their source said that this was the breakdown for the Frost character, who first appeared »
- Joey Paur
Following news that the script for James Bond 24 had to be overhauled in order to add some more thrills to the proceedings, a new rumors has popped up concerning a co-star for franchise star Daniel Craig. Previous rumors have pegged Penelope Cruz and Chiwetel Ejiofor as potential new cast members for the next film in the spy franchise, and now Schmoes Knows, who has a decent track record lately, has learned that Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux is currently the studio's top choice for some sort of part in the sequel from Skyfall director Sam Mendes, though no specifics were revealed at this time. Read on! While it would be cool to see an actress of Seydoux's caliber enter the James Bond universe, the actress already played with spies in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, where she was an assassin who faced off with the Impossible »
- Ethan Anderton
Lately, there has been next to no news about Bond 24, which is currently set to arrive next November, but that may be changing in the coming weeks now that screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been recruited to punch up writer John Logan‘s script, a reversal of the situation on Skyfall, where Logan was enlisted to tweak a treatment by Purvis and Wade. Despite the massive success of Skyfall, the still untitled Bond 24, which director Sam Mendes calls a continuation of the last film, has been a long time coming. Now, we’re hearing that producers may finally be zeroing in on a new Bond Girl.
According to Schmoes Know, which has broken some big scoops and been right in the past, the producers want Lea Seydoux, who drew raves for her explicit breakout turn in the French lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Color, to »
- Isaac Feldberg
The path to James Bond 24 seems to have cleared up over the last week or two, so much so that the casting rumour mill is back in force. This time, it's the female leads for the Skyfall follow-up that are under the microscope, as it's been revealed that Lea Seydoux is apparently the top choice to star alongside Daniel Craig.
Seydoux, best known for her work in Blue Is The Warmest Colour, which remains an astonishing piece of work.
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