Tag: Cannes Film Festival

THE NEON DEMON [2016]

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Written by Nicolas Winding Refn (story), Mary Laws (screenplay), Polly Stenham (screenplay) Starring: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Jena Malone Expect the unexpected. This describes so many aspects of The Neon Demon,…

WINTER SLEEP [2014]

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Written by Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Anton Chekhov (short stories) Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag, Serhat Mustafa Kiliç, Nejat Isler At over three hours, I was very surprised at the speed which this passed by….

FORCE MAJEURE (Turist) [2014]

Directed by Ruben Östlund Wriiten by Ruben Östlund Starring: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli Never before has a movie left me so profoundly confused as the end credits rolled. Perhaps it is the culture (the director is Swedish and they are on a vacation…

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux jours, une nuit) [2014]

Directed and Written by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione Depression is a bitch. I should know, I was wallowing in that pool of sticky tar for many, many years. Getting a job can also be a real bitch, not…

THE IMMIGRANT [2013]

 Directed by James Gray, Written by James Gray, Richard Menello Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner I am somewhat surprised that this is screening as often as it is now. Four times a day?! Perhaps this is due to the gradual yet consistently…

WHIPLASH [2014]

Directed By Damien Chazelle, Written by Damien Chazelle (screenplay) Starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller Never have I been a part of an audience that universally applauded a film immediately after the images faded to black. Indeed, never have I seen film at the…

SON OF A GUN [2014]

Directed by Julius Avery, Written by Julius Avery. Additional contributions: John Collee (additional material) Starring: Ewan McGregor and Brendan Thwaites “A game of chess… Is like a sword-fight. You must think first… Before you move.” Chess is an endlessly intriguing game, both to play,…

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