Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan as two paramedics in the eye of the storm in “BLACK FLIES” | Cannes

Brooklyn, New York like you've never seen
Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan
Directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

In “Black Flies” the full-frontal reality of two nighttime paramedics grabs you at the throat and doesn’t let go. The new Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire film is an infernal ride of double-shifts and bullying and death into the belly of the beast, the film pops, hits hard, the image is jumpy, the screams are loud, it’s a pressure-cooker, I came out of there traumatized and a little shaken. This is not the ... more >


CANNES FESTIVAL, Joe Cole in “A Prayer Before Dawn”

[Meridian Entertainment / Senorita Films]
Joe Cole and Vithaya Pansrigarm
Directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Billy Moore is a British citizen who was caught with heroin while in Thailand and sent to jail, to later emerge a boxing champion. A white male who gets thrown in jail while sojourning in a completely foreign country and walks out of there a boxing champ makes for the sort of vivid, by-the-bootstraps survival story that movie producers love. As it were, "A Prayer Before Dawn" was adapted from a ... more >



From David Lynch to Sofia Coppola

Is social media a waste of time, as David Remnick said? Maybe so. But Twitter, Instagram and the rest make keeping up with other people's lives easy and free. Where the Cannes festivalgoer is concerned, a spur-of-the-moment video on Instagram by a filmmaker can potentially add insight into what they're experiencing. At the same time, it's important not to lose touch of the fact that social media ... more >