The controversy continues for Jennifer Kent‘s “The Nightingale” which sparked fiery debate at the just-concluded Sydney Film Festival. The polarizing reaction was nothing new for the down-under revenge saga. What seems to be triggering people is the film’s consistent portrayal of violence, both sexual and non, towards women. There must have been around five rape scenes that I counted in this film, no joking around. I personally didn’t care for “The Nightingale” and its needless use of shock brutality, the cartoonish portrayal of relentlessly evil scumbags, the meandering and unnecessarily long narrative. I know many at Venice and Sundance liked it but it was such a slog for me.
There’s been much debate over whether or not David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return” should be considered a film or a television series, with critics being split on the debate. “Twin Peaks: The Return” recently placed #17 on World of Reel’s decade list, which surveyed over 200 film critics. However, you can count Jim Jarmusch as an adamant defender of Lynch’s masterpiece. In a new interview with Vulture the writer-director praised “Twin Peaks: The Return” as the best American cinema he’s seen over the past 10 years.Read More
This unique DC adaptation, due in theaters this October, has indeed gotten an R rating from the MPAA. Phillips isn’t known for his superhero chops, in fact, he’s more famous as the guy that did “Old School” and “The Hangover.” Regardless, he pitched a gritty, 70s-set Joker movie in the vein of Taxi Driver and got his wish granted by the WB to make the movie.Read More
71-year-old Steven Spielberg has a stacked few years ahead of him. Before he enters the world of DC comic books with "Blackhawk,” not to mention the fifth Indiana Jones movie, with a 75-year-old Harrison Ford to boot, oh, and his long-delayed, but now in pre-production, adaptation of David I. Kertzer's "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," he will release the Tony Kushner-penned remake of the classic musical “West Side Story.” Oh, boy. What a risk.Read More
After close to 5 weeks of traveling I will be winding down my Boston/Montreal/Cannes/Spain/Greece trip on Sunday. I will have to catch up with what I missed, specifically “Toy Story 4,” and “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story” There’s a lot of TV to catch up to as well (I’m thinking Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us", HBO’s ”Chernobyl” and “Big Little Lies”). The constant travelling continues for a final trek next Tuesday at NYC’s Alamo Drafthouse for a special “Midsommar” screening, courtesy of the fine folks over at A24. Then it’s back to Montreal for 3 weeks of the Fantasia Film Festival.
Director Simon Kinberg has had a rough couple of weeks, his “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” has become the talk of Hollywood, but for all the wrong reasons. The film had a box-office debut of only $33 million, on an estimated $200 million production cost (and that’s before marketing), making it, easily, the lowest-grossing opening for any X-Men movie in the franchise’s 19 year history.Read More
As if the Hollywood’s Box-Office numbers this summer couldn’t get any worse comes the news that the slumping sequels of the last few months can add two more casualties: Sony’s “MIB: International” and Warner Bros.’ “Shaft.” Both are set to open way below tracker expectations and will consequentially join other Summer box-office bombs such as “Dark Phoenix” “The Secret Life of Pets 2” “Rocketman" and “Godzilla,”Read More
I wasn't too keen on Jake Scott's "American Woman," but I did think Sienna Miller was fantastic. Ditto Christina Hendricks, but when is the latter not? She's such a bombshell. We need more Hendricks on-screen. Anyway both Miller and herself have their talents wasted in an endless barrage of cliches and trailer trash stereotypes. [Review]
Yes, this is a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is currently in the works and that McGregor will star as the adult version Danny Torrence. Torrence, if you remember, was the kid that kept uttering REDRUM and that had daddy chasing him all over the maze-like hotel with an ax (check out that on-the-nose Shining-esque poster below).Read More
It does look like Scott Z. Burns’ “The Report” will be released by Amazon on September 27th, 2019 [Source] The original date was September 20th but it seems like it may have picked up a slot at Telluride and/or Toronto. This is most definitely a little more of an Oscar-friendly release date. I was a fan when I saw it at Sundance, It started off very slow but the second half is strong. It's not worthy of any awards, but it works, for the most part. Driver is excellent. Ditto Benning as Feinstein. The villain of the whole thing is Obama's former CIA director John Brennan, as played by Ted Levine. It helps that it is very of-the-moment, but I can't see anyone going gaga over this one. It's a very distancing piece of work from Burns, he really goes for ice-cold detachment, which will alienate many.Read More
Hannah Gadsby has decided to slam Louis C.K. in a new Los Angeles Times interview [via Source] C.K. — whose career got derailed last year after it was revealed that he was a chronic public serial masturbator -- has been trying to mount a comeback by performing stand-up at NYC's legendary Comedy Cellar club.Read More
According to reliable sources, the heads of the Venice Film Festival are very close to nabbing both Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York” and Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy” as part of their upcoming lineup, set to unfold from August 28th to September 9th on the Lido. This could turn out to be a much-talked about event for the movie world, as Allen and Polanski have both been, by all accounts, blacklisted in Hollywood due to decade-old allegations of sexual misconduct resurfacing in the #MeToo era.Read More
Christopher Nolan has decided to partner with IndieWire and name his 30 favorite movies of all-time. The list isn’t half-bad at all. I’m especially approving of his Terrence Malick inclusions (“The Thin Red Line” and “The Tree of Life“). However, as it is with all lists, one must wonder why a few films appear on his list. “First Man”? Really? I loved Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and “La La Land,” but “First Man” seemed like a step back for me. Also, 1978’s “Superman” is not and never will be as good as Richard Donner’s director’s cut of “Superman II” and yet the former appears in Nolan’s picks and the latter doesn’t.Read More