Cannes 2013 Review: THE BLING RING Pawns Character for Coolness

It's difficult to talk much about Sofia Coppola's latest The Bling Ring without addressing this year's other cute-teens-as-criminals film Spring Breakers -- so let's just get the comparisons out of the way right off the bat. While both films... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: ON THE ROAD Hits the Right Beats

The idea of adapting a novel as precious to the American psyche as ON THE ROAD would be terribly ambitious, even without the narrative complications of Jack Kerouac's famously stream of consciousness storytelling style. Ask Francis Ford Coppola. He has... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: COSMOPOLIS is an Interesting, Uneven Requiem for the One Percent

Give David Cronenberg credit for one thing: His choice to cast Robert Pattinson was an inspired and brilliant decision. While Cosmopolis is a bit too one-note to allow any proclamations about Pattinson's range, his opaque, handsome, sometimes robot-like face compliments... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: HOLY MOTORS Shoots Past the Moon

With so many serious, dramatic and even generic (see Lawless) films in competition at Cannes, director Leos Carax's Holy Motors came as something like a 100 mph gust of fresh air. In fact, this sci-fi/comedy/I-don't-know-what-to-call-it is such a wild, weird... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: KILLING THEM SOFTLY Murders Them Stylishly

With its premier at Cannes one year on, it's hard to imagine that Andrew Dominik's KILLING THEM SOFTLY won't be compared frequently to Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 hit DRIVE. The comparison would be apt. Both films portray a stylized, raw,... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: RUST AND BONE Stays too Grounded for its Own Good

Rust and Bone's narrative reminded me of an old-school pulpy melodrama from the 50's or 60's, the type of film where most of the narrative momentum comes not so much from cause and effect, but from traumatic stuff happening every... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: LAWLESS Sets the Barn Burnin'

Guns are a-blazing in John Hillcoat's prohibition era back woods gangster flick LAWLESS. With a knockout cast lead by Tom Hardy, Shia LeBeouf, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Gary Oldman, Hillcoat delivers a true crowd pleaser. While he... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL

As a stomach-churning, jet-black satire of modern culture, Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral is a resounding success, and is directed with precision and conviction. However, for these very reasons, it's also cold, sterile and mostly void of humanity or even emotion. It's... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE: LOVE Doesn't Flinch, But You Might

Another year at Cannes, another polarizing film that splits audiences. Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Love, the first in his trilogy of "paradise" films (next up is Faith followed by Hope), is a confrontational, often ugly depiction of different forms of desperation... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: Garrone's REALITY is a Fascinating Place

In his 2008 Cannes Grand Prix winning Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone took us deep into a crime ridden community to give an initmate taste of modern Italian society. In his follow up four years on, Garrone again plays tour guide to... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: Lou Ye's MYSTERY Should be Retitled MELODRAMA

Lou Ye's Mystery begins with a forceful jolt: While making out and driving at the same time (during a torrential downpour, no less), some rich kids smash into a mysterious girl as she stumbles around in the middle of the... More »
  

Cannes 2012 Review: MOONRISE KINGDOM Eclipses High Expectations

There are only a few directors in the history of cinema that have manged to craft, even from their earliest works, a consistent, signature style.  Most fimmakers adjust in major ways project to project. Others seem content (some may claim... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: POLISSE Makes for an Atypical & Harrowing Procedural

It's been over eight hours since I left the theater; eight hours after taking in the third film from filmmaker/actress Maïwenn, largely my first experience with her work. Polisse (a clever, simple, kid-inspired misspelling) is an in-depth and very intense... More »
  

LIFF 2011: MARIANNE review

Filip Tegstedt's Marianne stretches the definition of a horror movie by quite some way; there's only one recurring supernatural element and it's left very much open to interpretation as to whether the main character is imagining the whole thing, to... More »
  

LIFF 2011: BREATHING review

A young man desperately in need of a purpose ends up taking a job dealing with the recently deceased, collecting the dead and making them look the best they can for their final journey - in the course of which... More »
  

ETRANGE 2011: DRIVE review

Drive is a confusing film: bear with me on this. The story's easy enough to follow - the taciturn anti-hero Driver (Ryan Gosling) breaks his vow of laissez-faire to help the mother and child who happen to be the first... More »
  

Cannes 2011: VOLCANO REVIEW

Back in 1974 the volcano on the small island of Vestmaneyjar of the coast of Iceland suddenly erupted in the middle of the night, devastating the community and laying to waste a large section of the area. After evacuating the island... More »
By Swarez   
  

Cannes 2011: GUILTY OF ROMANCE Review

Once again Japan's Sion Sono tackles a true crime story with Guilty Of Romance - last year's Cold Fish also had roots in real events - and once again the results are a devastating look into the dark heart of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Cannes 2011: THE ARTIST Review

When director Michel Hazanavicius turned heads with his 2006 sophomore feature OSS 117: Cairo Nest Of Spies, who would have guessed that just five years later he'd be debuting his fourth feature in competition in Cannes? But Hazanavicius had two... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Cannes 2011: MELANCHOLIA Review

Congratulations to everyone who has ever accused director Lars Von Trier of self absorption and hollow pretentiousness. You win this round. Von Trier's Melancholia is a glossy but hollow exercise with shockingly little to say and - seemingly - surprisingly... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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