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Sundance Stills: The Voices, War Story, Song One

One can never be fully caught up at festivals but one does what one can. So today, three quick takes on movies I saw yesterday during a five-film day. Let's use their festival guide images as a framing device just because I always find it interesting which images movies use to promote themselves, don't you?

The Voices

This still from Marjane Satrapi's (Persepolis) horror comedy looks nondescript enough until you pair the title with a man looking at his cat. Yes, they're "talking". The cat is the Scottish brogued "Mr Whiskers" and like 99% of cats in films he is unrepentantly evil. (Can we form a Anti-Cat Defamation Cinematic League or something?) And then you notice the woman's head (Gemma Arterton's to be precise) to the left. Gross! One thing you don't get at all from this still is the film's hard working production design, which is relentlessly candy
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Watch: Teaser Trailer For François Ozon's Cannes Entry 'Jeune & Jolie'

Yes, the Cannes Film Festival train keeps rolling today. We've already had the official line up announcement, scrutinized the surprises and omissions, and have received two trailers for Nicolas Winding Refn's entry "Only God Forgives," a teaser for Johnnie To's "Blind Detective" and a newly English-subtitled version of Asghar Farhadi's "The Past." And another taste of what's to come has arrived. A one-minute and sadly not-subtitled teaser trailer has dropped for François Ozon's somewhat mysterious "Jeune & Jolie." Details on the movie have been kept very closely guarded, but all that will be allowed is that it stars Marine Vacth in the story of a 17-year-old girl that will follow her through four seasons and four songs. Hmm. It certainly seems sex is part of the equation, so is this a hybrid of "Nymphomaniac" and "Nine Songs"? We'd guess it's probably not that kinky, but it seems provocative.
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Edinburgh Film Festival Diary #6 – Sexual Chronicles of a French Family & More

‘Taboo-busting’ is a phrase that is often heard in connection with Film Festivals; I have seen several films at the Festival over the years that have tried to resolve the problem of ‘real’ sex in movies, usually to spectacular dull or unpleasant effect (the aptly-titled “Anatomy of Hell” springs to mind). The only film I’ve seen that features real sex that actually works as a movie is “Shortbus,” which had the good sense to include some humour and drop all the navel-gazing.

In most European countries films get higher certificates for violence than sex, and isn’t that fairly reasonable? That several of these movies are French may not be surprising, nor that the country that sees an orgasm as a ‘little death’ would make such glum movies. Perhaps they were so determined not to be pornographic they made sure the audience had a grim time, a trend continued
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Review: David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'Tonight You're Mine' Has A Tin Ear

Not many films are set at music festivals. D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, “Monterey Pop” is vital, we’ll grant you, and other rock docs that expose something fundamental about the artists they’re profiling (“Don’t Look Back,” “Gimme Shelter”) remain compelling portraits of some of the most important artists of the twentieth-century. But, much like stand-up comedy or running for high office, fictional recreations of what compels a human being to get up onstage in front of thousands of people and expose themselves to the public at large, are far and few between.

With this in mind we turn to “You Instead,” which is director David Mackenzie’s seventh feature film, not that you’d known it from anything on display here. It has all the manufactured, forcible ‘fun’ of a T-Mobile flash-mob advert although it attempts to weave a spontaneous star-cross’d romance out of a happenstance meeting
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The Comedy Critic - Steve McQueen's 'Lame'

Adam Hollingworth casts a satirical eye over Steve McQueen's Shame...

Guys, have you ever woken up one morning, taken a long hard look in the mirror, and thought to yourself, “You know what? I’m really having far too much sex and this isn’t very good for me.” Well, Michael Fassbender does just that in a stark, hauntingly un-erotic scene in his latest collaboration with artist-cum-filmmaker Steve McQueen, Shame. He even has the temerity to have this dawning moment of sexual realisation in the midst of a hard-core threesome with two unfeasibly attractive prostitutes. Some people are so ungrateful.

It may well be the case that he’s had sex with more women during the course of the film up to this point than I’ve had in my twenty two years of British amorous bashfulness, and has done so with a Magneto the size of a small Oompa Loompa,
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Beatles film 'Longest Cocktail Party': Michael Winterbottom to direct

Michael Winterbottom is to direct a biopic of The Beatles titled The Longest Cocktail Party. The director has previously made films centring around music scenes including 1990s Britpop in Nine Songs and Manchester in 24 Hour Party People. The Longest Cocktail Party is based on Richard Dilello's memoir of the period between 1967 and 1970. Dilello was initially an intern at Apple Records before he became director of public relations at the legendary label. Winterbottom announced the development of the project last year, to be produced with regular producing partner Andrew Eaton and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher. Peep Show's (more)
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Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me: it's not the violence, it's the misogyny

Michael Winterbottom's latest film The Killer Inside Me attempts to deglamourise violence. Shame the film is so chauvinistic

The extreme violence of Michael Winterbottom's latest film, The Killer Inside Me, has been the subject of much stir, not least a Channel 4 News report this Tuesday and an excellent piece by Rachel Cooke in the Observer.

I've seen the film too; and, like Rachel, felt pretty grim about the lengthy and brutal depictions of beatings-up and killings. But to me, the most troubling aspect of The Killer Inside Me is not the violence, it's the misogyny.

I can see what Winterbottom is trying to achieve: an "honest", deglamourised, portrayal of violence. I found it painful to watch, but I respect Winterbottom's experimental impulse. In a way it reminds me of the project of his 2004 film Nine Songs (Ok, not a great film). But Nine Songs was all about
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The Sadomasochist Inside

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“I hope that it has got a complexity that will cause different people to have different feelings about Lou Ford. Lou is a killer – but people in the story love him as well. He is an incredibly complex, interesting character.”

Thus says Director, Michael Winterbottom, of his latest controversial release, The Killer Inside Me. Winterbottom has directed everything from literary adaptations to science fiction, comedy, family drama, westerns and road movies, and is no stranger to controversy after critics attacked his depiction of sex in Nine Songs.

The premiere of The Killer Inside Me at this year’s Sundance Film Festival ruffled feathers for its excessive graphic violence and portrayal of women. Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s pulp novel certainly elicited strong feeling, although perhaps not in the way he had hoped after the first audience question came from an outraged woman demanding: “I don’t understand how Sundance could book this movie.
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Tribeca Film Festival: Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, & Kate Hudson Court Controversy in The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me took its place among the most debated films on Tribeca’s slate at its star-studded screening, Tuesday night. Cast members Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson defended the film’s explicit violence during a Q&A session following the NY festival premiere (it debuted at Sundance in January).

The 2nd film adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1952 novel (Stacy Keach starred in the 1976 version) follows Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford (Affleck) who spends most of his time on the other side of the law. It’s sparked controversy with two scenes of extreme violence toward women, including one where Ford repeatedly pummels a female (Alba) in the face. The provocative film has set off another exploration vs. exploitation argument over the work of director Michael Winterbottom (Nine Songs, The Road To Guantanamo). Hit the jump to hear the full discussion, including why Alba wanted the original scene
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SXSW 2010: This Movie Is Broken Review

I feel like such a musically ignorant cuss, but I'd never really heard of Broken Social Scene before watching the latest movie by Bruce McDonald (Pontypool, Hard Core Logo). And now I'm a fan, both of Broken Social Scene and of the film, which takes place in and around a free concert by the group in Toronto last summer. 

This Movie is Broken captures the warmth and vitality of a percolating musical performance in the great outdoors, topped by the champagne buzz of an affair reaching a turning point. The script by Don McKellar fabricates a longtime relationship between Bruno (Greg Calderone) and Caroline (Georgina Reilly). We meet them as they're waking up in bed together on a makeshift rooftop bed. Their friendship stretches back to childhood; for Bruno, it is the realization of a lifelong dream to have sex with Caroline. 

Looming over the next step in their relationship,
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Sturgess, Winterbottom Enter "Promised Land"

Michael Winterbottom ("Nine Songs") is next set to direct the $5 million indie "Promised Land" for Revolution Studios reports Variety.

The story details with the events that lead up to the 1948 partition of Palestine and the subsequent creation of the state of Israel.

Jim Sturgess ("Across the Universe," "21") will star as a British officer hunting down the extremist Jewish factions.

Andrew Eaton will produce and filming kicks off in the Summer.
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Tracklisting for Kanye West's 'VH1 Storytellers'

Nine songs have been listed as offerings for those purchasing Kanye West's CD/DVD "VH1 Storytellers" on January 5. "See You in My Nightmares", "Robocop", "Say You Will" and "Amazing" are some of the tracks appearing on the list.

In addition, interview with Kanye concerning stories behind each song will be featured in it. The double set was filmed in February months before he was slammed for interrupting Taylor Swift's Best Female Video acceptance speech at 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Previously, Kanye West's debut album "The College Dropout" was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 10 best albums of the decade. In response, the rapper who has avoided spotlight since the MTV VMAs incident wrote on his blog, "This is really flattering... i've had some ups and downs this year, well actually this decade. just seeing this cover takes me back to that time of my life.
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First Images from Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me

Hey, look, it’s Jessica Alba as a prostitute! A really classy looking prostitute, anyway. I was expecting truck stop dirty, but apparently Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s “The Killer Inside Me” is a period movie, with fedoras, classic cars, and movie picture shows and all that period stuff. From the guy who gave us “Nine Songs”, this is not quite what I was expecting. Aw, well, you can’t always get what you want. Some images from the movie, set for sometime in 2010, have surfaced over at Quiet Earth. Based on the novel by legendary pulp writer Jim Thompson, Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me tells the story of handsome, charming, unassuming small town sheriff’s deputy Lou Ford. Lou has a bunch of problems. Woman problems. Law enforcement problems. An ever-growing pile of murder victims in his West Texas jurisdiction. And the fact he’s a sadist,
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Review of "The Panda Candy"

Chun Sue (left) and Taki Zhang in The Panda Candy

The Panda Candy is a quirky, unconventional film from Chinese musician/painter/filmmaker Peng Lei. Shot in a pseudo-documentary style with non-professional actors, the piece is certainly different, though audiences may disagree strongly on whether this is a good or a bad thing.

The story — such as it is — follows the adventures of two young women, played by Chun Sue (who penned the story that inspired the film) and Taki Zhang.

Taki’s character is a lesbian who floats around with the rock band New Pants (of which Peng Lei is the front man), dating all of the girls she meets as the band tours across China. The other woman, Chun, is more interested in guys, dating a string of men until she meets her apparent soul mate in Taki.

Instead of presenting a traditional narrative of the beginning-middle-end sort,
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