Apr 192014
 

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star are a married couple who just so happen to be vampires. They’re moody, they’re cool, they’re intelligent and philosophical, but they also happen to be hungry. Whilst contemplating scientists and theorists, they tend to also include their dinner within that mix and no, they do not sparkle or pout at thin air. My review of Only Lovers Left Alive after the jump.

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Apr 192014
 

The Cannes 2014 Official Selection lineup has been announced, with a host of well-known film-makers returning with new projects, as well as a few first timers and as always, a surprise or two.

Cannes returnees such as Mike Leigh, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, the Dardenne brothers, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Tommy Lee Jones, Zavier Dolan and Michel Hazanavicius are all back with new films. Compared to last year, this line-up of directors has a more Continental feel about it. While there are still American directors in competition, last year really felt like the year of the American story. I’m happy to see a little more variety in 2014, including new films from three very interesting and very different Canadian filmmakers.

In a slight improvement from 2012 and 2013, this year’s official competition features two female directors, Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase (Still the Water) and Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher (Le Meraviglie). New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion is the president of the year’s jury. Campion is the only female to win the Palm d’Or for 1993′s The Piano.

For a good analysis of this year’s offerings, I suggest checking out Variety .
 
Here are the 5 films that I am most excited about from the lineup.

Lost River - dir. Ryan Gosling. Gosling steps behind the camera for his directorial début Lost River which is playing in Un Certain Regard. The film which has been re-titled from How to Catch a Monster  stars Eva Mendes, Christina Hendrix, Ben Mendohlson and Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith. The brief official synopsis is as follows: “A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.” Well colour me very interested!

Foxcatcher - dir. Bennett Miller.  The Moneyball director is back with a boxing film of sorts, this one an account of the murder of Olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz. The screenplay is adapted from the book written by Schultz’s brother, Olympic wrestling gold medalist Mark Schultz. Dave Schultz is played by Mark Ruffalo, while Channing Tatumn plays brother Mark.

Goodbye to Language -  dir. Jean-Luc Godard. The 83-year-old French director is back at Cannes with his 39th film, this one in 3D. Will Goddard be able to convince cinephiles that 3D is worthy of the eyeballs? I have no idea, but I am so intrigued to see this. It’s just the most unlikely combination!

Mommy - dir. Xavier Dolan. The 25 year-old (!!!!!!!!!!) is back at Cannes for the fourth time, this year for the first time in official competition. To be honest I don’t care what the film is about, I’ll watch anything that Dolan makes. We’re yet to see Tom at the Farm in Australia (it plays at the upcoming Sydney Film Festival), but that doesn’t mean I can’t get excited about his next offering. The synopsis for Mommy is as follows: “A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.”

Still in the Water - dir. Naomi Kawase. A Cannes returnee, the Japanese director has previously won the Grand Pix in 2007 and the Camera d’Or in 1997. This film centers around a couple who get caught up in a murder investigation on a small Japanese island.

Other films I’m interested in include: The Captive, La Meraviglie, The Rover, Eleanor Rigby and How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Full lineup after the jump.

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Apr 162014
 

For six years they have raised their sons. They have shared special moments, taught them life essentials and watched them grow into their own little people. After six years of sharing and shaping a child’s life, what would you do if you were told that your child was not really yours? My review of Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) after the jump.

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Apr 152014
 


 
Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary and her husband (played by Ben Affleck) soon becomes the prime suspect.

A few weeks ago I decided I would read the best-selling novel Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn before the film adaptation by director David Fincher, adapted for the screen by Flynn was released. The book was incredibly addictive, a really good ‘who done it’ with intriguing characters and an interesting construct. As I was reading the book I was imagining how Fincher might portray a particular scene or how intense certain moments would feel and I started really looking forward to this film.

The just-released trailer doesn’t give much away at all, but it does point to a dark, moody film. This case isn’t straight forward and I’m sure Fincher is going to throw some curve balls in there. I’m also really looking forward to hearing some more original work from composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor. There is no release date set in Australia at this time.

Apr 142014
 

A beautiful young woman and a distinguished writer meet and fall for each other. The writer is Charles Dickens, a married man with a high profile. Their “secret” relationship haunts the woman years after it has ended and she finds it almost impossible to reconcile with it and move on. My review of The Invisible Woman after the jump.

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Apr 092014
 

Like Father, Like Son - In Australian cinemas April 17

Thanks to Rialto Distribution we have 5 double passes to give away to Like Father, Like Son 

Synopsis: The ‘switched at birth’ urban legend and the Nature-vs.-Nurture debate provides, the globally acclaimed director of Nobody Knows, Still Walking and I Wish, Hirokazu Kore-eda with a fresh opportunity to revisit his ongoing preoccupation with family dynamics and parent-child relationships in contemporary Japan. The life of go-getting workaholic architect Ryota—one of comfort and quietly ordered affluence with his wife Midori and son Keita —is violently overturned when hospital administrators reveal the unthinkable: Keita is not his biological son. Due to a mistake made by a negligent nurse, his ‘true’ son has been raised in the dishevelled but warm-hearted home of working-class shopkeeper Yudai and his wife. The different approaches of both couples to their excruciating dilemma and the gradual emotional awakening of the all-too-rational Ryota are at the core of this sensitive drama of family feeling, which showcases Kore-eda’s rich sense of humanity.

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Check out the full terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.
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