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
Cate Blanchett, queen of the Middle Earth elves, of the British Isles, and of Hollywood’s leading ladies, may have regal …Read More
The most interesting moment in Kenneth Branagh’s new Disney-owned remake of Cinderella occurs around the halfway mark, when Helena Bonham Carter shows up as the title character’s fairy godmother. Being Helena Bonham Carter, she has to first appear under pounds of hideous makeup, but once I realized who it was, I perked up — because she and the director have a history. They co-starred in his 1994 Frankenstein and reportedly had an affair that broke up Branagh’s marriage to Emma Thompson, and then they were together for like five years, and OMG this is the first time he’s directed her since. How interesting, I thought. Was it awkward on set? Did he cast her, or was she part of the package before he was? Did Ken’s current wife worry? The point is, I had a lot of time to think about the potentially charged atmosphere on set during this stretch of Cinderella. I had a lot of free thinking time during the movie in general, if we’re being honest, because it’s such a rote recitation of a story we’ve heard a thousand times that it’s hard to imagine why on earth they’re telling it to us again.
This week, Olive Films is releasing, for the first time on Blu-ray, The Road to Hong Kong, the last of the seven “Road” buddy comedies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Hitting theaters a full decade after the penultimate entry, Hong Kong is an occasionally funny and occasionally wheezy bit of business, with one honest-to-God great sequence: an unbilled cameo by Peter Sellers, who strolls into the picture and steals the damn thing outright. Hope and Crosby were early adopters of the kind of inside-joke comedy that yielded such cameos, which became increasingly common in the years that followed; we’ve gathered up some of the funniest in movie …Read More