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CANNES FESTIVAL SELECTION: thoughts

Full coverage from the Cannes Festival during 6-17 July

PARIS--The upsetting of our way of life, having a drink at the terrasse of a café with someone you love, reading, or watching people go by, to say nothing of taking in a movie at the theater (in a country where Netflix is thriving, theater attendance here remains strong), by the coronavirus pandemic, has been felt painfully. It was only this week when things began looking normal again, with ... more >

DOC PREVIEW: “Rita Moreno, a girl who just decided to go for it”

Directed by Mariem Pérez Riera

Over a long career Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time. Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was ... more >

NETFLIX: “Master of None Presents: Moments in Love” (Season 3 boldly goes in a new direction and this is a take on that)

On the messiness of domestic life and sentiment

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon Season Three of Aziz Ansari’s excellent Netflix series “Master of None” is quite the departure. Season One was a lite and funny take on the New York dating lives of Ansari’s Dev and his close friends Denise and Arnold. Season Two was a B&W love letter to sixties Italian cinema. Where creator, writer, ... more >

Our Interview with “The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness” director JOSHUA ZEMAN (series is currently showing on Netflix)

"Those are the best stories because we all get to play the game. My version can be right, your version can be right. That allows us all to win the same game"

David Berkowitz, the so-called Son of Sam, has been imprisoned for decades following a string of brutal shootings in New York in the late seventies. He initially claimed that a dog named Sam commanded him to murder, but years later walked that back, saying he had actually been part of a satanic organization known as “the Children” who conspired with him in the murders. If it sounded outlandish, ... more >

HARLEM FILM FESTIVAL 2021 : IT’S ON!

In-person opening night featured the world premiere of Tarabu Betserai Kirkland’s "100 Years from Mississippi"

Like all of 2021’s film festivals the Harlem International Film Festival will also be a hybrid event. The event kicked off Thursday, with some screenings being held in that section of New York and the rest being online—even as more and more people get vaccinated against covid-19. Unlike other festivals whose film complements can be set almost anywhere—real or fictitious—those playing at Harlem ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL announces opening film: “Annette” by Leos Carax

IT'S ALIVE! The Cannes Festival, much like the sphinx rising from the ashes, announced today that it will open its July edition with a Leos Carax movie, "Annette," starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver. Anyone who reads Screen Comment and my fourteen year-long exclusive coverage of the world's best film festival for this magazine will know that Cannes normally takes place in May but, what with ... more >

INTERVIEW: MATTHEW JENSEN, director of photography, “Wonder Woman 1984”

Growing up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., Matthew Jensen knew his destiny was to work in films. As a young man, he took the Metro into the heart of democracy to watch and study films at the Smithsonian. He also cruised the pages of the Washington Post, seeking out revivals at theaters in Georgetown and word of AFI screenings at the Kennedy Center. “In Georgetown there was ... more >