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Sunday
Apr 21 2019

Cannes 2019 Un Certain Regard Lineup

We already dove into theCannes Competition Lineupso it's time to look at the other most famous program,Un Certain Regard,which tends to be where a lot of the edgier titles from younger directors go.Some years people actually think this program beats the main competition for quality (since the main competition generally defaults to the "masters,"regardless of whether or not they happen to be having a strong year).

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Fernanda Montenegro in "Invisible Life"

Here is a bit about all that titles in Un Certain Regard.These films won't get quite as much buzz in May UNLESS they break out and the familiar refrain begins "Why wasn'tthisin the main competition?"You know how Cannes critics do...

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Tuesday
Jan 01 2019

Streaming Roulette: Netflix & Prime for January

Curiously Netflix and Prime have no recent movies available to start 2019 with.  In the first half of January Netflix only hasSolo: A Star Wars Story(beginning on the 9th).The situation at Prime is a bit better withLeave No Trace(3rd),Beautiful Boy(4th),andEighth Grade13th) all available soon.In other words,now is a great time to hit the actual movie theaters and catch up on Oscar hopefuls since the streaming services won't help much.Nevertheless here's a perusal of 'new'  streaming options.

As is our practice we've frozen the films at utterly random moments without cheating (whatever comes up comes up) for this quick preview.Let's go...


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Saturday
Dec 08 2018

The 2018 Animation Contenders: Tito and the Birds

Every Saturday this month,Timwill be taking a look at one of the films submitted for theAPP亚博娱乐 .

First things first: the BrazilianTito and the Birds,a newly-minted Annie Award nominee for best animated independent feature,is a preposterously beautiful motion picture.The film's style is perhaps best described as looking like a digital oil painting,with swirling smears of color defining every background and character.It is not by any stretch of the imagination looking to present a realistic vision of the world,creating spaces defined only in outlines and crude shapes,and then filled in with dramatic swatches of barely-motivated reds and yellows and blues that function expressively and emotionally rather than to build out the narrative.It is,at an absolute minimum,one of the most eccentric,distinctive animated features released in 2018,but it's notjusteccentric: the aesthetic is thoughtful,consistent,and pairs elegantly with the film's thematic concerns.

As for those thematic concerns,they're pretty overt,to the point that it almost feels like the film is a bit of a diatribe.Titofashions itself as something of a Young Person's Guide to Media Skepticism...

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Wednesday
Sep 12 2018

Six More Foreign Film Oscar Contenders

by Nathaniel R

We're now up to 36 entries for Best Foreign Language Film,so  over one-third of the way to the full list.Of the six latest announcementsThe Heiresseshas had the arguably highest profile at festivals but the Russian entry is the most "typically Oscar-like"in subject matter,though that thankfully matters less than it once did,even in the foreign category.

  • The Great Mystical CircusBrazil
    A century in the life of a family of circus owners.This is the 7th time Brazil has submitted a film by Carlos Diegues.He's their most frequently submitted director but none of his submitted films have been nominated.
  • Graves Without a NameCambodia
    Rithy Panh created Cambodia's only Oscar nominee (thebrilliantdocumentaryTheMissing Picture).This is another doc on the same topic: the Kmer Rouge and genocide
  • PolyxeniGreece
    The plot sounds intriguing.A young Greek orphan with a lust for life,is adopted and raised by a wealthy Greek-Turkish couple,unaware that people are plotting and after her large inheritance.Greece used to automatically submit the winner of the Thessaloniki Film Festivalbut those awards have since been abolished.The new big prizes for Greek films are the Hellenic Film Awards (often referred to as "the Iris"like we call the Academy Awards "Oscar").They began in 2010 withDogtoothas their first winner but winning the Iris (which Polyxeni did) doesn't automatically get you the Oscar submission since the submission is now decided by a committee.
  • SunsetHungary
    It's László Nemes' follow up to his Oscar winning debutSon of Saul.He's gone further back in time from World War II in the previous picture to just before World War I for this story of a young woman who wants to be a milliner in a hat shop previously owned by her parents.
  • The HeiressesParaguay
    Lesbian drama about a formerly wealthy woman restarting her life after her longtime partner is imprisoned.Among its several festival prizes is the promising Best Actress win at Berlinale.
  • Sobibor-Russia
    A true story of a prisoner uprising at an extermination camp in Russia during World War II.

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Saturday
May 19 2018

Cannes Wins Pt 1: Un Certain Regard,Queer Palm,Palm Dog

by Nathaniel R

Cannes closing ceremony is later today but we have the first round of winners from the sidebars,official and otherwise.So let's get right to it...

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