"By any chance, are there a couple of boxes out there on stage?"
Such was comedienne Emily Maya Mills's query to a fellow performer in the dressing room at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Mills needed a nook or two to stash a slew of props -- in the Lady Gaga number range -- for her 35-minut ... More >>
*Previous "We'd Like to Help the Academy" columns
Perceived reality has a habit of becoming actual reality when it comes to the Academy Awards. It was with that in mind that we decided to funnel whatever influence we may have into "We'd Like to Help the Academy," an online column launched ... More >>
See our other Toronto Film Fest posts, including:
*Cloud Atlas, by the Wachowskis
*Threesomes at the Fest, Including James Franco Vanessa Hudgens
*Joaquin Phoenix in P.T. Anderson's The Master
As the summer of self-plagiarism comes to a close, add Terrence Malick to the list of those accused of t ... More >>
Francesco Lupica is one cosmic dude. Note the weather-beaten skin like leather, his weird hat with a silk band, and the fact that he has more rings than a fortune-teller. It's the kind of look you see on guys hawking gem stones and alien posters on the Venice Boardwalk. But Francesco is a well-spoke ... More >>
Playing host and home to the Academy Awards, this town vibrates with excitement (Editor's note: Or something, depending on your thoughts re 9/11 and Hawaiian shirts, Harvey Weinstein and whether or not you, too, wanted a refund after seeing The Artist, as did some folks in Liverpool) by the end of F ... More >>
While the rest of us waited in vain for the Rapture, Karina Longworth was busy writing about her own encounter with the end of days. She offers her thoughts on Lars Von Trier's "depression-as-apocalypse epic" Melancholia in her Cannes Film Festival Wrap-Up. Von Trier's movie hasn't made it ... 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.
After a week at the Cannes Film Festival, I left the south of France on Thursday morning fully aware that I would likely miss something major. The world's premiere showcase of top-shelf auteur cinema would go on without me for another few days, with many highly anticipated Competition title ... More >>
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 >>
Thanks to the idiosyncrasies of Air France's pricing schedule, I am departing Cannes on Thursday morning, before the premieres of some of the festival's most anticipated titles -- including the Ryan Gosling-starring Drive; This Must Be the Place, featuring Sean Penn in rock star drag; and ne ... More >>
Lars von Trier's Melancholia
The second shoe dropped -- or rather exploded -- this morning in Cannes. A combination of luck and programming genius contrived to have Lars von Trier's Melancholia screened for the press a mere 48 hours after the first showing of Terrence Malick's Tree of Life. O ... More >>
I saw Tree of Life on Monday morning when everyone else saw Tree of Life, but instead of writing about it right away, I went straight into a screening of Bruno Dumont's Hors Satan.
By the time I emerged two hours later, many of my colleagues had already posted their Tree of Life reviews, w ... More >>
Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life
CANNES, FRANCE -- Much improved since I last posted, the Cannes Film Festival celebrated its midpoint in train-wreck fashion, its wagon to hitched to The Tree of Life.
The first screening of Terrence Malick's long-awaited new movie, three years in the editing, ... 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 >>