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Elle / Blow Up



Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

2017 / Color / 2.40:1 widescreen / Street Date March 14, 2017

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling.

Cinematography: Stéphane Fontaine

Film Editor: Job Ter Burg

Written by David Birke

Produced by Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Michèle Leblanc, glamorous entrepreneur of a successful video game company, is the calm at the center of many storms. Her son’s girlfriend has given birth to another man’s child, an employee is stalking her with anime porn and her botox-ridden mother is betrothed to a male prostitute.

In the face of all this outrageous fortune, Michèle remains cool, calm and collected, even in the aftermath of her own harrowing sexual assault.

Elle, the new film from the Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven, begins with that already infamous assault, our heroine struggling under the weight of her attacker while an unblinking cat perches nearby, watching.
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Dirty Grandpa review – Robert De Niro plumbs the comedy depths

The great man’s late career continues to baffle as he plays a widower lusting after bikini-clad young women on a road trip with grandson Zac Efron

This grossout comedy takes De Niro fans into a new emotional phase that I can only call “post-despair”. We are past being astonished and horrified. We are done with futile complaint. We are just numbly resigned to the great man continuing to do things like this, vaguely hoping that through sheer productivity he will have a “Blue Jasmine” moment and pull something out of the bag. Dirty Grandpa isn’t that something – but there are a few gags here, and though De Niro’s ability to play comedy is always debatable, he is more relaxed than we’ve seen him in a while.

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W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection

He's back and he's funnier than ever. The mischievous, cagey entertainer William Claude Dukenfield starred in some of the best comedies ever. This five-disc DVD set contains eighteen of his best, all the way from Million Dollar Legs in 1932 to Never Give a Sucker an Even Break in 1941. And we get to see all sides of W.C's talent -- he was a top-rank juggler, of just about anything. W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection DVD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 1932-1941 / B&W / 1:37 Academy 1316 minutes (21 hours, 46 min) Street Date October 13, 2015 / 99.98 Starring Larson E. Whipsnade, T. Frothinghill Bellows, Egbert Sousé, Eustace P. McGargle, Harold Bissonette, Professor Quail, Augustus Winterbottom, Mr. Stubbins, Sam Bisbee, Ambrose Wolfinger, Cuthbert J. Twillie, Humpty-Dumpty. Written by Charles Bogle, Mahatma Kane Jeeves, Otis Criblecoblis

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In the late 1960s there were these things called Head Shops, see, where various hippie consumer goods were sold.
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Sarah Leonor: The Hollywood Interview

Sarah Leonor Discovers a Great Man

By Terry Keefe

Writer/director Sarah Leonor is one of France's most exciting new cinematic exports. Her latest film, The Great Man (Le Grand Homme), is an extraordinary drama depicting the traumas of war and immigration, and how they ricochet, opens on Friday, August 14 in New York at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Theater, then platforms wider on September 4. Starring Jérémie Rénier (The Dardenne Brothers' Palme D’or Winner L’Enfant), The Great Man is a powerful story about friendship and solidarity and takes a closer look at how men try to piece their lives back together when they’ve been shattered by war.

Hamilton (Jérémie Rénier) and Markov (Surho Sugaipov) are about to finish five years of service in the Foreign Legion. During their six-month posting in Afghanistan, they wind up amidst a crossfire while out on an impromptu and unauthorized leopard hunt.
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In Good Hands: The Great Man

Sarah Leonor’s The Great Man is hardly an overt political statement. Instead, like so much of the best French cinema, it avoids writ-large issues for a seemingly casual, non-melodramatic flow of events that stay on the microcosmic level of interlocking individual lives. And like many such films, its understatement has a stealth effect that in the end feels at least as powerful and memorable as anything a more conventionally case-pleading drama might have achieved.>> - Dennis Harvey
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In Good Hands: The Great Man

Sarah Leonor’s The Great Man is hardly an overt political statement. Instead, like so much of the best French cinema, it avoids writ-large issues for a seemingly casual, non-melodramatic flow of events that stay on the microcosmic level of interlocking individual lives. And like many such films, its understatement has a stealth effect that in the end feels at least as powerful and memorable as anything a more conventionally case-pleading drama might have achieved.>> - Dennis Harvey
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Manglehorn review – hard to buy Al Pacino as oddball in tale of lost love

Pacino – with waistcoat, fob watch and greasy hair – is the pining ex-coach at the heart of David Gordon Green’s gentle small-town drama

Al Pacino: ‘What’s the point of quitting?’

So they asked Al Pacino if he wanted to play a locksmith and he said: “Sure – I’ll make it low key.” The great man indeed takes it down a few notches in this gentle, oddball character study of a Texas small-town resident moping doggedly for a lost love. It’s hard to entirely buy his Manglehorn, though. With his waistcoat, fob watch and long, greasy hair, you can’t see Pacino as an ex-Little League coach; lording it over an East Village drama workshop, possibly.

Director David Gordon Green is a frustratingly erratic talent: this is one of his more serious films, close to his recent Nicolas Cage vehicle, Joe. It drifts at its own sweet pace, but eccentric,
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Cannes: Distrib Films acquires 'In The Shadow of Women' for Us

Cannes: Distrib Films acquires 'In The Shadow of Women' for Us
Philippe Garrel’s film set to open Directors Fortnight

Distrib Films Us has announced its acquisition of Us rights to Philippe Garrel’s In the Shadow of Women ahead of its premiere as the opening film of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight this week.

The deal was negotiated between François Scippa-Kohn, president of Distrib Films Us, and Carole Baraton and Olivier Barbier of Wild Bunch.

In the Shadow of Women revolves around a low-budget documentary-maker who dumps his mistress after he discovers his long-term partner has a lover too.

Garrel is a Directors’ Fortnight habitué having screened his early film The Virgin’s Bed at the first edition of the then renegade parallel sidebar in 1969.

Distrib Films Us released Garrel’s previous film Jealousy last summer.

“We’re thrilled to continue to bring the films of Philippe Garrel to American audiences,” said Scippa Kohn.

“This is the first time we have acquired a film at script stage but the
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Remembering William Hartnell: Five Memorable Performances

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Today is the 40th anniversary of William Hartnell’s passing. The great man, who played the First Doctor regularly between 1963 and 1966, died on 23rd April 1975, aged 67. But of course he’ll forever remain in the hearts of Whovians as the one who started it all. Here are just a few of his fine...

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Manoel de Oliveira: his intriguing films are a rebuke to ageism – appreciation

Peter Bradshaw salutes the Portuguese film-maker whose death at 106 robs cinema of an auteur who never stopped pursuing ideas

The first time I laid eyes on Manoel de Oliveira would have been way back in 1999; he was just 90 years old. It was at the Cannes film festival, where he was presenting his film, The Letter, in competition. The great man was announced by name as he entered the Grand Théâtre Lumière with his équipe for the official black-tie gala — part of the festival’s auteurist tradition. I craned my neck to get a glimpse of this near-legendary director. Would he be a tiny, wizened figure, dwarfed by the tanned Eurotrashy demi-monde that always seems to collect at Cannes occasions like these? Would he walk with a stick? In a wheelchair? Prostrate on a gurney with a nurse in tow?

Not a bit of it. De Oliveira was bald, tanned, vigorous-looking
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Highlights of New Directors/New Films by Anne-Katrin Titze

Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wiig in Marielle Heller's The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Stevan Riley's Listen To Me Marlon, Simone Rapisarda Casanova's The Creation Of Meaning (La Creazione Di Significato), Lukas Valenta Rinner's Parabellum, and Goodnight Mommy directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz are films to look out for.

Bas Devos (Violet); Stéphane Lafleur (Tu Dors Nicole); Shim Sung-bo (Haemoo); Kornél Mundruczó (White God); Britni West (Tired Moonlight); Darhad Erdenibulag (K); Naji Abu Nowar (Theeb); Bill Ross and Turner Ross (Western); Yohei Suzuki (Ow); Nadav Lapid (The Kindergarten Teacher); Benjamin Crotty (Fort Buchanan); Laura Citarella and Verónica Llinás (Dog Lady); Salomé Alexi (Line Of Credit); Chaitanya Tamhane (Court); Sarah Leonor (The Great Man); Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again); Oscar Ruiz Navia (Los Hongos) are filmmakers scheduled to participate in post-screening Q&As.

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 44th
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White God among New Directors/New Films titles

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The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center have announced their initial selections ahead of the festival, set to run in New York from March 18-29.

The list includes Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again (Us); Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court (India); Rick Alverson’s Entertainment (Us); Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s Goodnight Mommy (Austria); and Sarah Leonor’s The Great Man (France).

Rounding out the first nine are: Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher (Israel-France); Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb (Jordan-Qatar-uae-uk); Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe (Ukraine); and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God (Hungary, pictured).

New Directors/New Films is designed to unearth emerging artists. The selection committee comprises Jytte Jensen, Rajendra Roy, and Joshua Siegel from the The Museum Of Modern Art and Dennis Lim, Marian Masone and Gavin Smith from the Film Society Of Lincoln Center.
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Sign Language Film ‘The Tribe’ Features In 44th New Directors/New Films Series

Sign Language Film ‘The Tribe’  Features In 44th New Directors/New Films Series
The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced the first nine films in the long-lived showcase for new work. They include Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s winner of the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes, which is set in a Ukrainian school for deaf and mute coeds and is told entirely in sign language, with no subtitles. The Tribe is one of four films that will make their way to Manhattan from Park City, Utah, where they’re also on the Sundance roster: Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again, about a heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman; Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, a follow-up to The Comedy, about a broken-down comedian doing stand-up across the Mojave Desert and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes about a dog’s journey back to its owner after being abandoned in the city.

Representing 11 countries from around the world,
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The Great Man | 2014 Tiff Review

A More Accurate Title Might Have Been The “Good” or “Serviceable” Man

Much like Kathryn Bigelow does with many of her works or like Jasmine Yuen Currucan did with the underrated Australian thriller, Cactus, French helmer Sarah Leonor has focused the attention of her sophomore feature, The Great Man, entirely on men. It’s a decision that creates subtext in itself, raising questions about motivation and perspective on the subject and the characters. Is it, as the title suggests, a fantasy projection about an idealized performance of masculinity or could it be more facetious in nature?

In short, it doesn’t appear to be either; at least not directly. Divided into chapters, each titled with a different name, shifting character focus and reiterating the fluidity of identity consistent throughout, this socio-politically conscious drama starts amidst a trajectory defining situation. Legion soldiers Markov (Surho Sugaipov) and Hamilton (Jeremie Renier) wind up
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Richie Benaud must rescue us from the horror of KFC cricket | Russell Jackson

The great man may broadcast from home this summer, and the game has suffered through his absence

There are a couple of ways you can take Channel Nine CEO David Gyngells statement that a convalescing Richie Benaud might call this coming summers international cricket from his Coogee lounge room; either its the ultimate tribute to Benauds unimpeachable standing in the game and at his network, or its an admission from Nine that his stand-ins were so woefully short on gravitas last summer that they need a kind of remote-access babysitter.

From column A, the thought of Richie coming to us live from the lounge room conjures some evocative and very specific hypotheticals; will he be fully suited up on the settee or resplendent in suit-like beige pajamas and monogrammed slippers? Will Daphne make any guest appearances from the kitchen? Will he be forced to crunch away on a Zinger Burger
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Toronto Film Festival completes lineup

The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival.

With the added films, the festival’s entire slate is now a whopping 393 movies. Two hundred eighty-five of those movies are feature films, of which 143 are world premieres.

The Mavericks portion of the festival includes onstage discussions following the screening of each film. Do I Sound Gay? will be followed by a talk between director David Thorpe and sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Also premiering in that space is The 50 Year Argument,
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Palme d’Or Winner, Studio Ghibli Pair, “St. Vincent” & “Song of the Sea” Among Tiff’s Final Wave Items

Bill Murray is coming to Toronto folks. Actually, the film he stars in (Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent) is having its official World Premiere launch at the jaw-dropping 285 feature film 2014 Tiff line-up. In the final batch of items we finally get the confirmation that 2014′s Palme d’Or Winner Winter Sleep (which gets added along with a trio of others to the Masters Programme) will show, and Tomm Moore’s highly anticipated Song of the Sea (among the four item line-up for Tiff Kids) also lands. Worth mentioning are the sprinkling of add-ons to the various other sections (Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance preemed The Voices, Matt Shakman’s Cut Bank and the world preem of Danis Tanovic’s Tigers) with a Studio Ghibli docu item being fitted into the Tiff Docs, but it is the Discovery Programme that finally takes shape.

The “up-and-comers” include Berlin Film Fest (and future Nyff
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Tiff 2014 Adds James Franco’s The Sound And The Fury, St. Vincent Starring Bill Murray, Conversations with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall and More

The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival lineup is complete! With the event now just a little over two weeks away, the Discovery Program, the Kids Program and additional selections for other festival sections have been announced. James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury will have its North American premiere and the Bill Murray-starrer, St. Vincent, will get a world premiere in the Special Presentations section, ’71 featuring Jack O’Connell will play in the Discovery Program and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument will screen in the Mavericks Program, just to name a few. On top of that, Mavericks is now also loaded with iconic talent set to take part in discussions including Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Juliette Binoche, Robert Duvall and more. Hit the jump to check out all of the new additions to the Tiff lineup. Mavericks Program Mavericks Conversation With… Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua Mavericks Conversation With…
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Tiff 2014: 'St. Vincent', Francos 'Fury', Cannes Palme d'Or Winner and New Ghibli Added to Lineup

The 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup got a lot stronger this morning by adding several new titles to the Special Presentations, Masters, Documentaries, Vanguard and Contemporary World Cinema selection as well as announcing the Mavericks and Discovery Programme picks. Most notable selections begin with Special Presentations additions of The Weinstein's St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarty and James Franco's The Sound and the Fury. The St. Vincent screening will be a world premiere and suggest Murray will be walking the Tiff red carpet... now that's a get for the fest I'm sure brings a smile to their face. In the Masters selection we have Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya as well as the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep. The Vanguard selection has added The Voice, the lastest film from Persepolis helmer Marjane Satrapi and in the Mavericks selection
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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks

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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks
Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery.

The Discovery section includes the upcoming world premiere of Stories Of Our Lives, a portmanteau of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex testimonies by anonymous filmmakers from Kenya.

Selections include first-looks of Ross Katz’s Us comedy Adult Beginners, Sarah Leonor’s French Legion drama The Great Man, Isidora Marras’ Chile-Argentinian psychothriller I Am Not Lorena and UK drama X + Y.

Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Lynne Ramsay and David Gordon Green all presented their first features in our Discovery section,” said Tiff artistic director Cameron Bailey. “It’s a great place to spot new talent first.”

Besides St. Vincent, Festival Additions includes concert film cum road movie Roger Waters The Wall, while the world premiere of Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body takes its place among the Masters strand.

Tiff Docs arrivals
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