Lisinopril And Hctz Dosing (Zestril/Hypertension), trandolapril vs lisinopril http://screencomment.com Movie news, reviews and interviews | Where intelligent cinema lives. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:44:52 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3 Lisinopril And Hctz Dosing (Zestril/Hypertension), trandolapril vs lisinopril’s Ali Naderzad comments not your average movie soundtracks. Lisinopril And Hctz Dosing (Zestril/Hypertension), trandolapril vs lisinopril clean Lisinopril And Hctz Dosing (Zestril/Hypertension), trandolapril vs lisinopril aureliecomboul@gmail.com aureliecomboul@gmail.com (Lisinopril And Hctz Dosing (Zestril/Hypertension), trandolapril vs lisinopril) Movie Tracks! Lisinopril And Hctz Dosing (Zestril/Hypertension), trandolapril vs lisinopril http://screencomment.com/site/sc-site-layout-uploads/MOVIETRACKS_podcast_logo_305x305.jpg http://screencomment.com TV-G NEXT-GEN RISING: Rebecca Zlotowski http://screencomment.com/2014/04/french-new-wave/ http://screencomment.com/2014/04/french-new-wave/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:42:29 +0000 Ali Naderzad http://screencomment.com/?p=18838

A great film school does not a great filmmaker make, but it helps. And in terms of academic cred Rebecca Zlotowski is a force to be reckoned with. She attended the two best schools in France, La Femis (France’s best film school) and the renowned Ecole Normale Supérieure where she was a Lit. major.

Sometimes last year Zlotowski (picture Sylvia Plath crossed with Amélie Nothomb; she’s about thirty) established herself as a director to watch with only two films under her belt. She takes a deliberate approach to filmmaking that looks nonchalant but feels cerebral. In interviews she speaks in unhurried tones about the screenwriting process, the cadence of the shots and the finer points of “Kids” or a movie by Philippe Garrel. One almost gets the impression that if her movies don’t pan out, she’d go on to do other things and make just as important a contribution to them, too. As it were, it’s unlikely that’ll happen. Zlotowski’s knowledge and commitment to filmmaking is the result of years of consistent study and practice and feeds her natural curiosity for cinema.

Zlotowski surrounded by Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim, Cannes

Zlotowski surrounded by Léa Seydoux (l.) and Tahar Rahim (r.; Cannes, 2013)

Screenwriting is the door through which she came unto the filmmaking stage. At La Femis, she took the screenwriting exam and earned her degree this way. It was there also that she met people like Céline Sciamma and Lodge Kerrigan.

After Zlotowski wrote a song called “Grand Central” for pop singer Alizée (VIDEO) a friend suggested that she call her upcoming film that as well.

“Dear Prudence” (“Belle Epine” in French) was her first collaboration with actress Léa Seydoux. It was shown at the Cannes Festival in 2010 in the Critics’ Week selection and got her noticed. She then directed “Grand Central,” which was selected at the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes last year. In “Grand Central,” which stars Seydoux and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) a three-way romance between workers at a nuclear plant peaks and then comes undone. Shooting was done in a real nuclear plant in Austria, Zlotowski shot this movie on both 35 mm and digital, for the indoors scenes, achieving a hybrid–mixing documentary-like realism with fiction–and enigmatic film.

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Zlotowski isn’t much for linear types of narration, considering it perhaps a bore when it comes to romantic films. In “Grand Central” her cameras frequently pop inside the walls of the nuclear plant and outside them, taking us in the small town where the nuclear plant workers live and love. She films in that classical auteur style, it’s deliberate and sometimes disorienting when she alternates romantic encounters between Rahim and Seydoux’s characters with scenes of a technical incident happening inside the plant. Zlotowski is everywhere at once.

Absent from “Grand Central” any attempt at the kind of inelegant issues-mongering we so often see nowadays, the director being neither in favor nor opposed to nuclear power. Instead, she uses the nuclear plant to create a contrast with a developing romance to sometimes entertainingly-awkward effect—you almost want to start believing that there’s a connection between romance and nuclear radiation. Zlotowski has the seriousness and the curiosity to become a leading filmmaker.

JUST IN: Rebecca Zlotowski named president of the Discovery and Visionary juries of Critics’ Week

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CANNES, PLAYING THE GUESSING GAME http://screencomment.com/2014/04/cannes-2014/ http://screencomment.com/2014/04/cannes-2014/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:00:53 +0000 Ali Naderzad http://screencomment.com/?p=18774

The Cannes Festival’s Thierry Frémaux and Gilles Jacob will be holding their annual press conference this Thursday here in Paris. The full list of films competing for the Palme D’Or and those in the Un Certain Regard program (the non-competitive section) will be revealed then. Already confirmed for the May 14-25 festival is opener “Grace of Monaco” starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.

Here’s a run-down of who else may join the party:

Tommy Lee Jones’ western “The Homesman” in which he also stars alongside Meryl Streep, David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, ”Two Days, One Night” with Marion Cotillard by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, ”Clouds of Sils Maria” by Olivier Assayas, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, Roy Andersson (Sweden) with “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Kristian Levring (Denmark) with “The Salvation,” Suzanne Bier with “Serena” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, André Téchiné’s “L’Homme que l’on Aimait Trop” with Catherine Deneuve (see some amateur video from the shoot).

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Other possible contenders include Abderrahmane Sissako from Mauritania (“Le Chagrin des Oiseaux”) and Fatih Akin with “The Cut.” According to the latest changes Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” will be seen at Toronto instead.

Also, we’re hoping we to see Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-Hsien with a film called “The Assassin” in Cannes this year. Other possible candidates for the Palme D’Or include China’s Zhang Yimou (“Coming Home”), and Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul (“Cemetery of Kings”).

GET TO KNOW the Cannes Festival’s Thierry Frémaux (OUR INTERVIEW)

Woody Allen’s latest film “Magic in the Moonlight” starring Emma Stone, Colin Firth and Marcia Gay Harden, which was shot in Nice, France (a forty minutes’ car ride from Cannes) could also answer the call this year. Finally, Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York”, which stars Gerard Depardieu as former IMF head honcho Dominique Strauss-Kahn could also compete for the prize (pictured: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Suzanne Bier’s “Serena”).

Lisinopril And Hctz Dosing (Zestril/Hypertension), trandolapril vs lisinopril’s Ali Naderzad will be in Cannes during 14-25 May to cover the festival. Follow his Twitter updates @screencomment #SCannes2014

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Only lovers left alive http://screencomment.com/2014/04/only-lovers-left-alive-4/ http://screencomment.com/2014/04/only-lovers-left-alive-4/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:29:01 +0000 TRAILERS http://screencomment.com/?p=18760


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Only Lovers Left Alive http://screencomment.com/2014/04/lovers-left-alive/ http://screencomment.com/2014/04/lovers-left-alive/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:24:29 +0000 Ali Naderzad http://screencomment.com/?p=18753

Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) are vampires living between Detroit and Tangiers. He is a reclusive rock star going through a personal crisis and collecting rare guitars and living in a Detroit that’s a shell of its former self. Eve, a distinguished bookworm, wanders the streets of Tangiers at night and gets accosted by shady street vendors desirous to cater to all her whims, except the one that’s most essential. Adam and Eve love one another and cannot live long without each other. In fact, they’ve gone through centuries together.

Adam is annihilated by some sort of mid-life crisis. He finds the zombies (the nickname that vampires gave to humans) exasperatingly stupid and devoid of any intellectual ambitions. As he withdraws further into himself Eve tries to save him from metaphysical suicide tendencies.

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Jim Jarmusch

Attempting to explain away a Jarmusch film is nearly impossible. The story, if indeed there is one, is almost always tenuous and is kept together by minimal dialogue–in a word, it’s the atmosphere, stupid. The film impresses us with its langorous rhythm and underground musical score instead, all of which create a rich landscape upon which actors can compose their performances. Jarmusch’s economy of style is a fact of life and it is useless to complain about it. Besides, it’s not as if anyone should be surprised by it.

Adam and Eve’s conversations span the sixteenth century and past space explorations, the off-season spawning of a fungus triggers cries of wonder from them, they can recognize the exact origin of a variety of wood by touching it, they’re able to draw inspiration and knowledge of everything that surrounds them. “Only lovers left alive” speaks to the artist’s prerogative, to the necessary isolation which must be imposed on him as he searches for beauty and truth.

Tilda Swinton, as Eve, gives a fascinating performance with just the right amounts of cool and brio. She is compelling because her character is distant. But her performance by itself isn’t the only one which makes this film a must-watch: Jeffrey Wright also makes appearances in this film, so look out for those).

Adam and Eve are vampires who have aged in the three and perhaps four digits. They’ve done it all. They’ve seen worlds get built and then collapse multiple times. When confronted by this unending cycle, the love which they feel for one another is the only tangible thing for them.

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Kid Cannabis http://screencomment.com/2014/04/kid-cannabis/ http://screencomment.com/2014/04/kid-cannabis/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:17:31 +0000 TRAILERS http://screencomment.com/?p=18738


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CANNES FEST COMES INTO FOCUS http://screencomment.com/2014/04/cannes-2014-party-girl/ http://screencomment.com/2014/04/cannes-2014-party-girl/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:46:31 +0000 Ali Naderzad http://screencomment.com/?p=18728

“Party Girl,” a first film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been chosen to open the Official Selection of Un Certain Regard. Last year, “The Bling Ring” by Sofia Coppola opened the program.

In “Party Girl” Angélique, a sixty year-old night club hostess and bon vivant feels that she has reached the end of the line. On an impulse she agrees to marry club regular Michel. The film, a portrait of a free woman who has chosen to live on the margins of society, delves deep into a France that is often underrepresented. The lead role is played with vivid realism by the real-life Angélique.

The three co-directors met at La Fémis (France’s eminent film school) where they studied screenwriting and editing and began their collaboration. They produced short films that garnered various awards on the festival circuit.

The Cannes Festival’s Un Certain Regard program often features first works by first-time filmmakers who have shown innovation in both form and subject. The choice of “Party Girl” was made by Pablo Trapero, who was recently nominated president of this program’s jury. He commented that he wishes to “present a passionate selection of established masters, young talents and new forms of cinema.”

“Party Girl” will be screened as the opening of Un Certain Regard, Thursday 15th May 2014. The full program will be announced together with the full category of Official Selection, on Thursday 17th April in Paris.

The Cannes Festival will take place during 14-25 May. Ali Naderzad will be there covering the event (@ScreenComment #SCannes2014)

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Resnais’s swan song http://screencomment.com/2014/04/resnaiss-swan-song/ http://screencomment.com/2014/04/resnaiss-swan-song/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:37 +0000 Saïdeh Pakravan http://screencomment.com/?p=18707 Alain Resnais, master of irony and, in his last decades, of whimsical comedy, would have appreciated the fact that his latest oeuvre, “Aimer, Boire, Chanter,” opened in Paris on March 26, not even a month after he himself took his final bow at age 91, on March 1st (see our OBITUARY)

The romp, set in the English countryside and based on an Alan Ayckbourn play, “Life of Riley” never introduces us to the main character, George, who, after having charmed his way through life, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Instead, we discover him through six other characters—former and would-be lovers including the wives of his best friend, said friends, and the new companion of his soon-to-be his own former wife. The six, played by Resnais stalwarts including his wife Sabine Azéma, gradually discover a past history of cheating as well as possible plans for a last getaway by George and one or the other or all of the women in his life.

Critics speculate that George is a stand-in for Resnais himself, drinking life as happily as he would the bubbly in a champagne flute, giving relations and loves the fleeting attention they deserve and perhaps in a last elegant gesture, releasing all from guilt, betrayal, and past history. The director, at the beginning of his career the almost metaphysical author of arcane films such as “Hiroshima, my Love” (1959) and “Last Year in Marienbad” (1961) that helped launch the revolutionary French New Wave gradually moved toward a more and more amused observation of life, reaching a peak with the twin films “Smoking/No Smoking,” based on another Alan Ayckbourn play.

The bright colors in “Aimer, Boire, Chanter,” the illustrations at the beginning of each scene that turn into cheerful country homes embellished by a profusion of flowers in every nook and cranny and orderly flower-bed add to the overall pleasantness. As do the comedians that show pain and anguish for the briefest moment before moving on to the next happy event or renewed declarations of love or acknowledgment of decades-long friendship. As Resnais himself said with the title of a 1997 film, “It’s the Same Old Song” anyway. No tragedy then, as long as people who loved you stand by your grave and wish you bon voyage.

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Anna Kendrick http://screencomment.com/2014/04/anna-kendrick/ http://screencomment.com/2014/04/anna-kendrick/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:04:18 +0000 Ali Naderzad http://screencomment.com/?p=18294

THE LATEST: in early 2014 Kendrick made a massive appearance at all the shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, in New York. She told Vanity Fair, “Everyone keeps asking me if I’m holding up alright, because it’s such a hectic time, but because I’m a novice, I’m finding the energy to be really exciting,” she says. “I think it’s a lot easier because it’s not something I know. If I had this many press appearances I would be jumping off a building” (FULL ARTICLE)

Portland-born Anna Kendrick is the all-American girl by definition. She first came on our radar after playing the role of Jessica in the “Twilight” saga, alongside Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Kendrick also appeared in Jeffrey Blitz’s “Rocket Science” in which she plays an ultra-competitive college student; the film was shown at Sundance in 2007. She was also seen in 2009′s “The Marc Peace Experience” with Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman, and “Elsewhere” by Nathan Hope.

Kendrick landed her first screen role in “Camp” by Todd Graff, shown in 2003 at Sundance. Her performance earned her a nod at the Independent Spirit Awards.

The young actress is characterized by a kind of resilience. She’s got a backbone and determination: a theater performer, she appeared in Broadway in the musical “High Society,” in 1997 (she was 12 at the time). Kendrick said she caught the acting bug at the age of ten, when her parents would drive her from her hometown of Portland, Maine to New York so that she could attend auditions.

After her success in “Up in the Air” she turned away from typecast roles and played everything from a naive psychiatrist in “50/50″ (2010) to voicing a surly teenager in the stop-animation feature “ParaNorman” (2011).

In April 2012 Kendrick bought a one million-dollar home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Beachwood Canyon. She’s been discreet concerning her love life and frequently defends her “Twilight” co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson from the press. However, Kendrick has been linked with her “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” director Edgar Wright for the last few years. Edgar is British and Anna often goes to England in her free time, and tries to go back home to Maine to visit family and friends the rare occasions she’s not working.

THE LATEST: in early 2014 Kendrick made a massive appearance at all the shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, in New York. She told Vanity Fair, “Everyone keeps asking me if I’m holding up alright, because it’s such a hectic time, but because I’m a novice, I’m finding the energy to be really exciting,” she says. “I think it’s a lot easier because it’s not something I know. If I had this many press appearances I would be jumping off a building” (read the full article here)

VIMEO: Anna Kendrick sings “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (Live at Christmas in Washington 2013)

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Dancing in Jaffa http://screencomment.com/2014/03/dancing-in-jaffa-2/ http://screencomment.com/2014/03/dancing-in-jaffa-2/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:16:11 +0000 TRAILERS http://screencomment.com/?p=18716


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Dancing in Jaffa http://screencomment.com/2014/03/dancing-in-jaffa/ http://screencomment.com/2014/03/dancing-in-jaffa/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:21:20 +0000 Ali Naderzad http://screencomment.com/?p=18693 The name Pierre Dulaine might ring familiar to film lovers. His years spent teaching ballroom dancing inspired the screenplay for the feature film “Take the Lead,” (2006) starring Antonio Banderas and Liz Friedlander. In that film Dulaine, who is a quadruple-ballroom dancing world champion, launched several schools in New York and encouraged social diversity and bridging communities together.

“Take The Lead” on IMDB

Born in Jaffa of Palestinian parents, Dulaine had been thinking of returning to his birth city to create a dance school that would encourages Palestinian children to dance with Jewish kids. Documentary filmmaker Hilla Medalia followed this demanding experiment over a fifteen week-period with “Dancing in Jaffa” (IFC Distribution).

We quickly discover that the difficulties faced by Delaine are legion: first and foremost, bias is rampant. The youngsters who signed up are terribly prejudiced toward those they see as their natural foes, this without even knowing them. If the director highlights Israelis’ reticence towards Palestinians, who they consider of marginal relevance and living in an occupied territory, she easily reveals Palestinians’ uncommunicativeness to us, also.

Delaine is faced with a double-challenge: to overcome the reluctance of people who have been locked in a cold war for seventy years, but also their resisting the idea that a boy can dance with a girl (and therefore touch her) without necessarily having to marry her. The director shows perfectly the edgy reactions of the children, revealing how fundamental the misunderstandings are between the two communities. As she leaves the school grounds, we see the endless stream of Palestinian demonstrators demanding equal treatment, under the strict glare of an Israeli army on edge.

It is in this terrible context that Dulaine’s school, a brick-and-mortar haven of hope held together only by his sheer power of persuasion, is brought into existence. Dulaine, a warm but demanding man, struggles to win the approval of others for a project that’s got D.O.A. written all over it.  And yet, his frenzied optimism will ultimately knock down the walls that had been erected between the divided communities.

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Dancing in Jaffa (official site)

“Pierre Dulaine, Dance Instructor” (BBC interview)

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