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Most of the blathering this year about the death of the movies has already evaporated from the mind, like so much inert gas. But one gnomic pronouncement endures: Leos Carax describing cinema as "a beautiful island with a cemetery" fol ... More >>
Long a favorite among die-hard cinephiles, Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman is as noted for her elusiveness as she is for the quality of her work. Her uncompromising (and 201-minute-long) 1975 film Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, to name the best-known example, is something of ... More >>
Since Monday, after you read our conversation with Andy Bowers, executive producer of Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast, you've probably been wondering, "Who won the Granola Off competition?"
The answer is not Gabfest host Stephen Metcalf.
How do we know this? First of all we listened to the podca ... More >>
Adam GropmanDash goes skateboardingIt's a pleasant summer day down at Venice Beach, the boardwalk
humming with activity. On the paved path pointing toward the water, near
where Windward Avenue ends at the beach, a skateboarder shows off,
kicking sturdily against the pavement, leaning into ... More >>
CANNES, FRANCE. The 64th Cannes Film Festival provided an exceptionally rich and varied slate and the jury--headed by Robert De Niro--proved both gracious and judicious in dividing their prizes among eight films.
CANNES, FRANCE -- The fun is winding down and the sad thing is, there could have been even more.
Cannes's programmers had carefully contrived a Palme d'Or celebrity death match between two wildly polarizing contenders with Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life in the white trunks an ... More >>
Lars von Trier's Melancholia
CANNES, FRANCE -- Big news day on La Croisette: First, the only outside story with any traction here became a bit more intense when reports of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's resignation fueled the conspiracy stories to which some French subscribe: Had the IMF chief been ... More >>
CANNES, FRANCE -- That faint noise wafting in mid-afternoon from across the Atlantic will not be the cacophony of bravos raising the Grand Palais roof in appreciation of the 65th Cannes Film Festival's opening attraction -- rather it will be the sound of the prolonged smooch that the fest's ... More >>