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The daily drudgery of being a vampire in WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Film premiered at Sundance 2014
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Ever since the “Twilight” franchise the label “vampire film” seems to invite derision or at the very least weariness, from viewers who believe that stories of vampires have long outstayed their welcome. And yet, regardless of the ambivalence towards vampire films there's no shortage of filmmakers willing to take a stab at them. The results run the gamut from the painfully mediocre to the ... more >

Deconstructing Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash”

This is based on Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet
Film got a 95% fresh rating

I received a great response to my deconstruction of the "Birdman" screenplay based on Blake Snyder’s beat sheet model. Here, I will tackle one of my favorite screenplays of last year: ‘Whiplash’ written by Damien Chazelle. Caution: Please read on only if you've already watched the movie (this article contains spoilers) Opening Image Damian Chazelle’s opening is simple, economical, bursting ... more >

The (sort of) truth behind the two versions of Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York”

Includes conversations with Abel Ferrara and Vincent Maraval [Wild Bunch]
Film will come out in one theater only in San Francisco

Today, after a six month-press war launched by filmmaker Abel Ferrara against his chief financier, Vincent Maraval (French distributor Wild Bunch's head honcho) and IFC Films, the R-rated cut of Ferrara’s originally unrated “Welcome to New York” is opening theatrically—to Ferrara’s chagrin—in the US. It is, however, only showing at one theater: The Roxie, in San Francisco. Elsewhere in this ... more >

THE RIOT CLUB

Where your reputation can be made or broken in one night
Max Irons, Douglas Booth and Sam Claflin
Directed by Lone Scherfig

The slyest aspect about Lone Scherfig’s “The Riot Club” is also its most maddening one. Structurally, the whole production is a come-on, a tease, a manipulative stunt. It begins in lusciously ribald fashion as we are treated to nineteenth-century sexual shenanigans amid the upper classes at Oxford University: white wigs, splashy capes and all. A beloved hedonist is murdered after cuckolding an ... more >

2015 Cannes Festival Poster

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OH CHARLOTTE, WHY? French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg attached to “Independence Day 2”

Gainsbourg has been married to French film producer Yvan Attal since 1991
Her parents are Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg

June 1996 -  “Independence Day” slain the monster, bringing in more than $ 300 million in sales. Its director, Roland Emmerich, has planned a sequel, called "ID2," and pre-production is to begin in the next few weeks. But that’s not really all that exciting anymore. What’s interesting, and rather weird, is the fact that French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg will have a leading role in “ID2.” Yes, ... more >

French court rules against Abdellatif Kechiche, orders “Adele” filmmaker to pay back distributor MK2

Abdellatif Kechiche is a French-Tunisian filmmaker
Marin Karmitz is a film distributor, producer and operator of a chain of movie theaters

(PARIS) Here’s guessing you’re not going to see French cinéaste Abdellatif Kechiche and producer/distributor Marin Karmitz enjoying onion soup together at Le Sélect anytime soon. A court in France ruled that Palme D’Or recipient Kechiche (“Blue is the warmest color,” a.k.a. “La vie D’Adèle” in the original French title) did not fulfill the terms of the contract that bound him to MK2, the ... more >