CANNES FESTIVAL: “Lingui: the sacred bonds,” directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Achouackh Abakar and Rihane Khalil Alio
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

CANNES, France - Overtly social issues-based cinema risk are boring unless you're a Ken Loach in which case it's not boring. Everyone knows, everyone is aware. As filmmaker you'll need to up the ante, a little. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, with his new film "Lingui," appears to have not done this. Amina lives with her fifteen year-old daughter Maria in a suburb of N’Djamena. Her world falls apart ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL REVIEW: “The Worst Person In The World”

Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie and Maria Grazia Di Meo  
Directed by Joachim Trier

CANNES, France - “The Worst Person In The World” (“Verdens Verste Menneske” in the original Norwegian) directed by Joachim Trier and starring the architecturally-perfect Renate Reinsve, can be a little disconcerting at times. The story of a young thirtysomething who zigs and zags between professional aspirations, motherhood and men, is as entertaining as it can feel glossy and perfect (and not a ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: the right to one’s honor writ large in Francois Ozon’s “EVERYTHING WENT FINE”

CANNES, France - To commit suicide is a weighty and personal matter, decency would have one take care of this business all on their own, without notifying anyone, let alone get several people to help you organize your sign-off party. But this is just what Monsieur Bernheim (France's eminent actor André Dussolier) asked of his two daughters, Emmanuelle (Sophie Marceau) and her sister (Geraldine ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: Has Todd Haynes directed the definitive Velvet Underground documentary? I think so.

CANNES, France - Todd Haynes has directed a thorough and entertaining film about The Velvet Underground, the sixties rock band that was managed by Andy Warhol and headlined by Lou Reed. Haynes, whose film was produced by Christine Vachon (theirs being a successful collaboration over the years, ever since she produced "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" in 1987 that Haynes directed), cuts ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: “Annette,” rhapsodic rock opera meets children’s tale, was a welcome distraction in this new darkened covid world—I’m all over it

CANNES, France - The 74th Cannes Festival opened with a very unusual film on Tuesday, one that is slated to compete for the Palme D’Or, the top prize which this year will be given out by a jury headed by Spike Lee: “Annette,” by one Alex Christophe Dupont, otherwise known as Leos Carax (full disclosure: I haven’t read any of the press material for the film, on purpose, I wanted to soak up in the ... more >

Review: Questlove’s “SUMMER OF SOUL (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

The same summer that a largely white, middle- and upper-class group of students descended upon Woodstock, N.Y. for a mammoth concert like no other the Harlem Cultural Festival was taking place in Mount Morris Park in Harlem. That little attention was paid to these equally splendid affairs is sadly understood given that it was a black audience and black artists. Thankfully, the lost footage of that ... more >

Mother Earth Is Not Happy; “GAIA”

Starring Monique Rockman, Carel Nel and Alex van Dyk
Directed by Jaco Bouwer

"Spellbinding" is not a word I throw around lightly. Where South African filmmaker Jaco Bouwer’s latest film “Gaia” is concerned it is richly deserved. While this is a film with a few issues, what works overpowers flaws. Gaia is the goddess of the Earth in Greek mythology. In the seventies, scientist, environmentalist and futurist James Lovelock developed the “Gaia hypothesis,” one that ... more >