“On the Road” – MOVIE REVIEW

Sam Riley and Sal Paradise portray our great American liberals, the Beats

Eight years may not be that long to turn into film that most iconic of iconic novels, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the book that has launched many into sustained bouts of daydreaming. Because eight years is the time it took for the project to mature. Plus, the film was lensed by one of our better filmmakers and is based on the ultimate American myth, the road story (the open road is there for ... more >

“Holy Motors” vows the press in Cannes – REVIEW

"Holy Motors" very well received at last night's press screening

“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring” (Chuck Palahniuk). I think that Chuck Palahniuk must be a fan of Leos Carax’s films. Because the diminutive French filmmaker’s “Holy Motors,” which is competing for the Palme D’Or, is never boring as his new film shows. “Holy Motors” represents everything that’s cinema ought to be: poetic, unpracticed in ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL-“The Pirogue” (review)

Film from Senegal trains the spotlight on humanitarian crisis

A fishing boat in which Senegalese men from different ethnic backgrounds will have to huddle for two weeks during an ocean crossing. Filmmaker Moussa Touré ‘s “The Pirogue,” currently shown in the Un Certain Regard section, incites dialogue in a dramatic climate of unpredictability and lives in the balance. The stakes are very high, this narrative fiction being very much based on ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL-A community on edge in “The Hunt”

A new and gripping drama from the House of Dogme 95

A community slides into mass hysteria after accusations of child molesting surface. But instead of a full-blown witch-hunt or courtroom drama story we’re treated to a cool-headed and transfixing tale of a life coming undone by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg co-founded Dogme 95 along with Lars Von Trier and several others. He’s the brain behind “The Celebration,” having written ... more >


The fascination we hold with immortality

Opening shot: a bird’s eye view of Naples, with Mount Vesuvius in the background, as if God were gazing at his Creation. Director Matteo Garrone’s camera glides toward some unknown destination, a shot which is set to the sound of the enchanting Alexandre Desplat-composed score (in affect, at least, it’s reminiscent of the “Nutcracker Suite”). We get closer to earth when, steadily, a white ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL-“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

American filmmaker Benh Zeitlin makes grand debut

The reserve of goodwill directed at filmmaker Benh Zeitlin is considerable. He’s young (in his early twenties), he’s got a film to Cannes which he wrote and directed, and, in a gung-ho attempt at realism he chose an extremely difficult location to shoot his film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” in. “Beasts” was shown here at the Cannes Festival yesterday. The response, as far as I had time to ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL-“Paradise: Love” (directed by Ulrich Seidl)

Austria invades Kenya's beaches

There’s potential for vice in the leitmotif of Ulrich Seidl’s “Paradise: Love”: aging alone will make you do strange things. When Teresa (Margarethe Tiesel), an Austrian divorcée pushing sixty travels to Kenya, it’s to experience a duplicitous nirvana of sea, sand and the local sexual tourism. She seeks men and the carnal pleasures afforded by them on a continent she knows nothing ... more >