While comparisons to the works of great filmmakers like David Lynch and Nicolas Winding Refn are common, some are outright harsh while others seemed to enjoy it quite a bit.
Not familiar with Foxcatcher? In the film, Steve Carell plays schizophrenic American mogul John DuPont, who enters into a deadly standoff with former Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) after DuPont murders Schultzís brother (played by Mark Ruffalo).
The film was met with harsh criticism following early press screenings ahead of the word premiere, and the buzz on the movieís once-bright awards hopes immediately went sour.
Django Unchained writer-director Quentin Tarantino has long been an outspoken fan of Spaghetti Western auteur Sergio Leone, and now he's been given one of cinema's grandest stages to sing the master filmmakers praises.
The festival will open with Olivier Dahan's Grace Of Monaco, though there's no shortage of auteirist works as well. Former Grand Prix winner Atom Egoyan returns with Ryan Reynolds-starrer The Captive while Jean-Luc Godard presents his newest late-career project, the winkingly-titled Goodbye To Language, which will be presented in 3D.
Every year, the Cannes Film Festival announces its arrival to the world of film. During this summertime event, new cinematic masterpieces (and sometimes disasters) are unveiled, as if to fire a warning shot across the bow of awards season. Itís an event of high importance, high fashion, and high hopes.
This year's Cannes Film Festival is already a bit more Hollywood than usual, with King of the Blockbusters Steven Spielberg on board to head up the jury for the prestigious festival. Now a handful of new names have made for an even glitzier lineup of people who will pick the art house favorites for the coming year
Baz Luhrmannís The Great Gatsby will open this yearís fest. But thatís just the tip of the iceberg. A quick scan of the titles screening in Un Certain Regard reveals anticipated showings of Sofia Coppolaís The Bling Ring, Ryan Cooglerís Fruitvale Station, Claire Denisí Les Salauds, James Francoís As I Lay Dying and Hany Abu-Assadís Omar.
As we coast into the start of the summer blockbuster season and start to see the release of huge films like Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6 and The Hangover Part III hit theaters, we must also remember that the season will also open with one of the biggest, most prestigious independent film events in the world.
This past May legendary director Lars von Trier made some comments at the Cannes Film Festival that didn't exactly sit well with some people. Promoting his newest film, Melancholia, during a press conference, von Trier used the opportunity to joke that he "understands Hitler," call himself a Nazi, and suggest that his next project would be The Final Solution.
The United States, as usual, isn't all that represented, with Fair Game the only American competition title, and only Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine-- which debuted at Sundance this year
the opening night film is usually a dubious distinction. Sometimes they hand it over to international auteurs and sometimes they go Hollywood, but more often than not the films are regarded as middling or, every once in a while, total failures
As has been speculated for a while now, many of the usual suspects will be appearing at the Cannes Film Festival next month (while we plebes remain in our offices, far away from the French beach, of course)