We've already gotten a first look at the adaptation of Cogan's Trade from director Andrew Dominik, which is a bit of a reunion for the collaborators from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as it stars Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell. Now the film is going by the title Killing Them Softly (Dominik said "Cogan's Trade kind of sounds like a Clint Eastwood title to me from 1972."), and a slick new poster straight out of the Cannes Film Festival (see all of Alex's coverage right here) has shown up. It doesn't need any star power to help, and the minimalist poster isn't even in color. Look!
"Django… the D is silent." The best line to end the footage for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. The Weinstein Company decided to hold a private press event this evening at the Cannes Film Festival presenting a first look at never-before-seen footage from three of their highly anticipated upcoming movies. They previewed new footage from Tarantino's Django Unchained as well as Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. All of it looked great, but Django especially looks so badass, and The Master looks incredible, of course.
I have found my least favorite film of the Cannes Film Festival so far. And it's the film many critics are calling the best of the festival. But I can't stand it. I sat through all two hours of this boring, tasteless, bland film and still got nothing out of it. I was absolutely baffled hearing weeping all around me as it started to reach the end. People actually liked this? How? Maybe I'm just young, too young, to appreciate a film about growing old and dying (when I'm just starting the bigger part of my life). Maybe it's just Haneke expressing his inner concern for his nearing end (he's 70 years old). Whatever it was, I hated it. Impressive? No way.
I thought I couldn't like Tom Hardy any more than I already do (and I haven't even see The Dark Knight Rises yet), but this film takes him to even greater heights. Today was the Cannes Film Festival premiere of John Hillcoat's Lawless, an adaptation of Matt Bondurant's The Wettest County in the World, about the Bondurant brothers living in Virginia during the prohibition era in the 1930s. Bootleggers extraordinaire, the film follows the three of them and their "immortal", "invincible" ways as they fight to survive against the ATU (Alcohol Tax Unit) and police. It's bloody, it's brutal, it's badass, and the big cast all around impresses.
Jacques Audiard has quickly become one of my favorite directors. I first fell in love with his work a few years back seeing Un Prophete at Cannes (my review), which should've won the Palme d'Or. Audiard is back again this year with his follow-up called Rust & Bone (aka De rouille et d'os). This emotional drama tells of a melancholic love story between two lost souls, played by Matthias Schoenaerts (most recently seen in the Oscar nominated film Bullhead) and French actress Marion Cotillard (last in Inception, Midnight in Paris and Contagion). It's openly raw and lascivious, but doesn't quite reach the heights of Un Prophete.
Everyone knows right away if they like Wes Anderson and his films, or not. He has a very unique, original style and a story structure that he often repeats, but it almost always works in his favor. The same goes for Moonrise Kingdom, his latest film which is premiering in Cannes, a quirky and fun romantic story about two 12 year old kids falling in love for their first time. It's whimsical and amusing in only ways that Wes Anderson can truly deliver, but it doesn't really stand out amongst the rest of his work. While it certainly is fun (a word that kept coming to mind) it didn't hit all the right notes for me to fall in love with it completely.
Sex sells, especially in Europe, there's no doubt about that. As I was walking back, I couldn't help (I mean, come on) but notice this new promo banner that had just been installed. Today is officially the first day of the Cannes Film Festival and construction/installation is being completely finished. Antiviral, the first film from David Cronenberg's son Brandon Cronenberg, is premiering in the festival line-up later this week, and it's a film that seems to be on everyone's mind, for the sake of curiosity more than anything. How will it turn out? What is it really about? This banner only adds in more mystery and intrigue - check it out below.
For awhile we've heard various details about Michel Gondry's newest film The We and the I, which will be making its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month (stay tuned right here for all of Alex's coverage). Previously we heard that the film would follow a group of unknown actors as a group of school kids who travel into the future by mistake and discover a machine that keeps people younger. Sounded like a Gondry film to us, but with the first trailer just revealed, this looks like a Spike Lee movie, but a bit more uplifting and with a coming-of-age charm at the heart of it. At the very least, it seems refreshing. Watch it!
Upon arriving in Cannes, one of my first missions is to walk the Boulevard de la Croisette, the main street in Cannes where the fest takes place. Given this film festival is really about cinema above and beyond just the official selection, Hollywood (and smaller production companies) bring some of their bigger movies to the streets to advertise to the masses who flock here for the two weeks. This year is particular barren for marketing material, but there is a banner for Tarantino's Django Unchained and even Brian De Palma's Passion, plus some other good marketing we found along the way. Here are a few of the photos I've taken.
Cannes. Is it just a city? Just a film festival? To many it's just a name, a town on the French Riviera, a far away place that is hard to reach, both in terms of career and distance. Like many film festivals all over the world, the Cannes Film Festival is indeed named after the city it's in, but to me it's more than that. It's my annual summer destination, where I spend half of May every year. It's a place to become engulfed by the experience, to discover and rediscover great cinema, to fall in love with films and filmmakers, to get lost and find yourself in a dark theater. I'm returning for my 4th year in a row and it's always an exciting adventure.
Cinéma de la plage, it's called, cinema on the beach. Cannes is located on the southern edge of France on the Mediterranean, and a few years back they opened a screening venue right on the beach next to the Palais. They screen films for free, both classics and new picks, and this year they're doing some extra special for James Bond and its 50th Anniversary. The Guardian reports that, while there won't be anything from Skyfall, they are screening 5 classic Bond films on the beach during the festival. As a huge Bond fan (who just visited the set of Skyfall) this is heaven. Watching some of the best Bond films on a beach? It's heaven!
The 65th Cannes Film Festival official selection was just announced. A total of 53 films are featured in four categories: Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition plus Special Screenings (including two Midnight Screenings). The festival kicks off on May 16th next month and lasts for 12 days until May 27th. I will be attending for my fourth straight year in a row and very excited to return this year, especially with this line-up. It was previously announced that Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (watch the trailer) would be opening the fest, but there's plenty of other surprises like Mud, The Paperboy and more. Full list below!