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Mar 13 2019

Doc Corner: Fyre Festival,Jean-Luc Godard and Eureka in First-Quarter Round-Up

ByGlenn Dunks

We sometimes get so carried away with Oscar and all things award season adjacent that we forget there are very real movies being released in those first couple of months of the year.After last week's very topicalLeaving Neverlandreview,we're going to back back into January and February and pluck out a few titles we have seen:Fyre,The Image Book,andThe Gospel According to Eureka.

It's not very often thatShoahcomes up in conversation at a party,but there we were when somebody asked me aboutFyre,the new documentary from the director ofAmerican Movie,Chris Smith.I had said I would rather watch all nine and a half hours of Holocaust testimonials than I would watch another 90 minutes ofFyre(including the adjacent Hulu documentaryFyre Fraudthat I have no endured).I may have been several margaritas down and it may come off as unnecessary flippant,and yet here I am weeks later and it is a sentiment I would stand by...

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May 22 2017

Cannes Day 5-6: "Killing of a Sacred Deer"and "Happy End"

by Nathaniel R

PreviouslyDay 1andDays 2-4

How's that hunt for our Palme d'Or and runner up prizes coming?Here are the five latest in competition films to screen.

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Jan 03 2015

National Society of Film Critics Swings French for 2014

The NSFC has announced its "Best"and we have another treat for glum Marion Cotillard.She may have been fired from her job inTwo Days One Nightbut the world's critics would love her to be gainfully employed for years to come.

The NSFC is composed of "many of the country's most distinguished movie critics"and were once the third holy in the critical trinity (with NYFCC and LAFCA) before the days when every single city in the nation was naming their best a development which has significantly dulled the power of critics awards altogether...or  at least confused what it is about critics awards that anyone pays attention to anymore.

The most interesting thing is that though this critics society has "National"in its name,the members were just not that into American films this year.They've crossed the Atlantic for their major prizes handing Jean-Luc Godard's 3D experimentGoodbye to Languagethe year's best film (in a narrow one point victory overBoyhood),Marion Cotillard wins Best Actress (by a huge margin for her Belgian feature with the Dardenne brothers as well asThe Immigrant). The other mild statement this weekend is two prizes for the British Mike Leigh filmMr Turnerwith wins in Best Actor and Cinematography.

This last burst of recognition for Timothy Spall (interviewed right here) ina very tight Best Actor raceand for Marion Cotillard who remains a longshot for Best Actress since the precursors roundly favored the exact same five women (Julianne,Reese,Felicity,Jennifer,Rosamund) keeps things exciting.At least a little bit.If AMPAS is still asking for recommendations at all,mind you.Still,we know of at least one über famous Academy member who is rooting for Marion.


Otherwise the NSFC prizes were the standard winners you've seen everywhere else: Linklater,Simmons,Arquette,Citizenfour,andBudapestfor Screenplay.All this agreement has been bizarre for such a rich film year but what can you do?(If you're interest in voting data,I've included it after the jump...and you can also visit their official sitehere.)

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Sep 25 2014

NYFF: Entering the Third Dimension with 'Goodbye to Language'

The New York Film Festivalis finally about to begin and here isGlennon one of the must-sees of the fest,Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language.

Much like the film itself,you'll have to bear with me here.If I get lost or end up on tangents then don't worry – it's not only to be expected,but probably the intent.This will probably be messy,but this is a film titledGoodbye to Languageso I feel it's a safe zone,yes?You see,there isa lotto talk about.How about the use of 3D that is perhaps the best I have ever seen.And then there's the bravura directions that director Jean-Luc Godard goes even once you think you may have his shtick down.And that's before we get into the concept of subjectivity of ideas.For all I know,the various ideas that I took fromGoodbye to Languagemight not be at all what Godard intended.But therein lies at least part of the film's brilliance and the wonder of art: you don't necessarily have to be right to be valid.

Many people won't like this movie,and even somebody like me who thinks the film is an incredible example of filmmaking has to see their point of view.It's a tough film if you're not on its wavelength,but that very instinctual desire to mess with audience expectations is part of why I loved it so much.I have not seen any of the director's recent cinematic experiments (in fact,the most recent film of his I have seen isKing Learwith Woody Allen,Molly Ringwald,Leos Carax and Julie Delpy from way back in 1987),but the title alone suggests something along the lines ofFilm Socialismewhich took a liberal stance on the use of subtitles,and audiences would be smart to know what they're getting themselves in for before sitting down rather than complaining about the film and its director.This is an experimental film by its most pure definition.Godard is experimenting with the concept of narrative and if viewed and critiqued in the same way as a more traditional film then people are doing not only themselves a disservice,but the film as well.

You can't imagine how amazing this shot is in 3D!

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Sep 16 2014

Amir Sat on a Branch Reflecting on TIFF

Amirhere,looking back at the Toronto Film Festival that recently wrapped up.

"Girlhood,"superior to Boyhood and one of the best of TIFF 14

You may have noticed that after a few years of covering the festival to various degrees for The Film Experience,亚博主页I was completely absent from this space for the past ten days,mostly because of a personal decision to enjoy the films without sweating over writing.TIFF is a big festival,maybe the most frantic and hectic in the world,with more choices than one can physically experience over ten days.Nathaniel and I shared so few films from the program's sprawling lineup,we could have each written about every single thing we saw and you'd never know we attended the same festival.It's this overwhelming scale that made me want to take a break from reporting,and yet,I feel unsure about how that affected my festival experience.

Writing about films for me is a passion born out of the necessity to articulate my thoughts on the things I watch.Maybe that process of writing makes the films more memorable?Isn't it so that writing,even about bad films,makes us appreciate good cinema all the more?Without recording my memories,details about this year's films have fled my mind quicker than ever.My feelings about some of them have been diluted a bit,too.There is something missing,even though I had the best festival experience of my life,meeting more people than ever and watching some terrific films.Maybe this pessimism is just a withdrawal symptom.Let's stay positive!

As has become something of an unplanned tradition for me – with precedents includingOslo,August 31standClosed Curtain– my favorite film of the festival came my way on the last day.


"The Look of Silence"will be in theaters next summer

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