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ALA EDDINE SLIM : “In Tunisia, the army remains this hidden monster” (INTERVIEW)

Slim has won awards at the Thessaloniki and Venice Festivals

Born in Soussa, Tunisia thirty-seven years ago, a consumer mainly of ninja and Jean-Claude Van Damme VHS movies as a teenager Ala Eddine Slim came into cinema upon discovering, not without thrills, "The Sunchaser” [1996] by Michael Cimino on television, "on a Thursday evening after Special Reporter." For the last ten years he has run, along with a few close friends, a kind of collective derived ... more >

SCANDAL down in le cinéma français! The CESARS, France’s copy-and-paste version of our Oscars, in shambles after its entire board resigns

But the show must go on. The awards ceremony will take place on February 28th

"[with a view to] ... honor those involved in making cinema in 2019, to regain calm and to make the cinema festival [otherwise known as the ceremony “Les Césars”] a celebration, the board of directors of the Association for the Promotion of Cinema has made the decision to resign unanimously [...]” PARIS - So read part of the press release issued by the executive board of the César Awards last ... more >

OSCARS: Bong Joon-Ho crowned King of the World

"1917" by Sam Mendes was among the favorites. The film went home with a "Best visual effects" Oscar

Tonight in Hollywood, and across the globe, it's all about "Parasite." “Parasite” by the Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, netted four Academy Awards on Sunday, winning in the Best Film, Best Director (Bong Joon-ho), Best Foreign Film and Best Screenplay categories. What a winning streak! Joon-Ho made history, too, in the process. This is the first time that a non-English-language film won for Best ... more >

Yes WE CANNES!

Is Covid19, a.k.a. novel coronavirus, going to spell the death of the Cannes Festival this year? I say, I sure hope not. And, I really don't think it will. But the signs, they're worrisome. According to the powers-that-be, France is currently in what is known as Phase Two. That's when a virus has entered the country and efforts are underway at containing it. When and if the country enters Phase ... more >

Kirk Douglas left us, this legendary actor towered over everyone else in Hollywood

Kirk Douglas (1916-2020)

We remember him as Vincent Van Gogh in “Lust for Life” (1957). In Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” (1957), he plays an officer during WWI who fights to overturn an unjust death sentence against three soldiers by his commanding officer; in “Spartacus,” (1960), again by Stanley Kubrick, he is the legendary slave who would not be cowed (of the director, with whom he had differences, Douglas had ... more >

Once upon a time, the twisted twins Jen and Sylvia Soska – INTERVIEW

"Follow your stupid fucking dreams" (Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska)

In the last decade twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska have doggedly pursued film ventures in the horror genre. Armed with ingenuity, a DYI ethos and a pledge to frighten honest, hard-working people, the Soskas have acted in, directed, screenwritten and produced movies that would give Lloyd Kaufman and Eli Roth a run for their money. The Soskas have directed such films as “Dead Hooker in a ... more >

OPINION: What happened to chronology?

Directors resort to the flashback too indulgently, it would seem

Introducing in a narrative flashbacks, fragments of dreams, partially remembered scenes has always been part and parcel of cinema. Examples abound. Look at classic films. The childhood sled scenes in “Citizen Kane” are indispensable. As is the famous flashback explaining the Gregory Peck character’s trauma in “Spellbound." The process works, when it is used within reasonable limits. When repeated ... more >