CANNES 2012

Cannes 2012 Review: No Love for Michael Haneke's 'Love' ('Amour')

Michael Haneke's Amour Review

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.

 Posted May 20 in Cannes 12, Review | Comments

Cannes 2012 Review: John Hillcoat's Badass Prohibiton Film 'Lawless'

Lawless Review

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.

 Posted May 19 in Cannes 12, Review | Comments

Cannes 2012 Review: Jacques Audiard's Raw, Emotional 'Rust & Bone'

Rust & Bone Review

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.

 Posted May 17 in Cannes 12, Review | Comments

Cannes 2012 Review: Wes Anderson's Whimsical 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Moonrise Kingdom Review

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.

 Posted May 16 in Cannes 12, Review | Comments

Luscious Promo Banner for Brandon Cronenberg's 'Antiviral' in Cannes

Antiviral

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.

 Posted May 16 in Cannes 12, First Look, Indies, Posters | Comments

Watch: First Trailer for Michel Gondry's Peculiar 'The We and the I'

The We and the I

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!

 Posted May 15 in Cannes 12, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Look at Cannes Film Festival Marketing Banners Around Town

Django Unchained

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.

 Posted May 15 in Artwork, Cannes 12, Hype, Posters | Comments

Back at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival to Discover More Great Cinema

Cannes Film Festival 2012

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.

 Posted May 14 in Cannes 12, Discuss, Editorial | Comments

They're Showing Classic Bond Films on the Beach in Cannes? Heaven!

Bond on the Beach

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!

 Posted May 11 in Cannes 12, Events, James Bond | Comments

Complete 2012 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection is Announced

Cannes Film Festival 2012

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!

 Posted April 19 in Cannes 12, Feat, Movie News | Comments

'Moonrise Kingdom' First Film Set for Cannes, Opens the Fest in May

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

It was been confirmed and officially announced by the Cannes Film Festival that Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom will be opening the festival, which kicks off on May 16th in South France. They recently revealed the official Marilyn Monroe poster for the 65th festival, and we also posted the first poster for Moonrise Kingdom just yesterday. Cannes Film Fest President Gilles Jacob is glad to proclaim: "With Wes Anderson opening the 65th Festival de Cannes, young American cinema will be celebrated on the Croisette." I am returning to Cannes again for my fourth year and cannot wait to kick it off with this film.

 Posted March 9 in Cannes 12, Indies, Movie News | Comments

65th Cannes Film Festival Official Poster Features Marilyn Monroe

65th Cannes Film Festival

Happy Birthday, Mr. President! The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled their official poster and artwork for this year's 65th festival, being held from May 16th to 27th in Cannes, France. This year they will pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe, selected as the icon of the 2012 Festival. "Fifty years after her death, Marilyn is still a major figure in world cinema, an eternal icon, whose grace, mystery and power of seduction remain resolutely contemporary." The poster can be seen in full below and it's quite a doozy, but Cannes usually picks beautiful actresses, last year it was Faye Dunaway. I'll be returning again and can't wait, what a tease!

 Posted February 28 in Artwork, Cannes 12, Posters | Comments

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