There’s a secondary character in Carol who spends his time watching movies over and over, analyzing them, filling in the blanks and teasing out the subtext, and it’s not much of a stretch to guess director Todd Haynes sees something of himself in that character. …Read More
The first trailer for Truth, the film written and directed by Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt, was just released. Based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir about the events that led her to be scapegoated in the Rathergate scandal (or, if you prefer less juicy wording, the “Killian documents controversy”, Truth premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was praised for its accuracy by Dan Rather himself.
Three films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this past week—Trumbo, Truth, and Spotlight—examine the fragility of the First Amendment in eras past and present, but their effectiveness depends entirely on their ability to apply that lens of scrutiny to themselves. …Read More
The teaser trailer for Todd Haynes’ Carol — starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara — was true to its title, and revealed nothing more about the characters’ relationship than what could be surmised by their class-stratified garb, their stolen glances and the suggestive grazing of hands.
It’s at least worth considering that his little rant has less to do with his dislike of films about women than his dislike of quote-unquote Art Films. …Read More
Ever since Carol dazzled critics at the Cannes Film Festival (at which Rooney Mara won Best Actress) — and actually, ever since the film was announced — waiting for a first trailer has seemed like an aching eternity.
New works by Steven Spielberg, Todd Haynes, Chantal Akerman, Michael Moore, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Guy Maddin, Stéphane Brizé, and Michael Almereyda are among the 26 films that will comprise the Main Slate of the 2015 New York Film Festival.
Distaste for Cate Blanchett’s acting is a generally unheard of concept — that combination of words strikes as almost nonsensical. For her undeniable range and depth, both onscreen and onstage, she’s become one of the most universally revered working actors.
Why do reporters ask vapid gendered questions about diets and clothes and “balancing work and family” of actresses over and over again — while they ask male movie stars about preparing for their roles and other weighty topics? Well, because whether these inane queries get slapped down or answered in earnest, it probably makes for a juicy headline. But it’s also simply lazy. That’s why one of the most heartening changes in the cultural sphere in the past few years is the way so many celebrities, male and female alike (Jeremy Renner being a notable exception), have simply refused to play this game — or, even better, called questioners on their …Read More