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April 18, 2019



Sadly I won't be headed to the Rivera this year — most likely I will cover Cannes next year — but from the selection, 2019 looks like an off year for the festival anyway. Critics who attend Cannes every year like to hypothesize that Cannes flip-flops annually between good and bad years.

I will, however, be filing notes on this year's festival from my NYC location. However thin this year's offerings, there are some filmmakers whose efforts are promising. Jim Jarmusch, Elia Suleiman, Arnaud Desplechin, Bong Joon-Ho, Céline Sciamma, Jessica Hausner, Karim Aïnouz, Kantemir Balagov, Ken Loach, Marco Bellocchio, Ira Sachs, Annie Silverstein, Corneliu Porumboiu, Nicolas Bedos, Asif Kapadia, Claude Lelouch, Werner Herzog, Lee Won-Tae, Bruno Dumont, Midi Z, Christophe Honoré, Danielle Lessovitz, Mati Diop, Justine Triet, Pippa Bianco, and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have movies I'd go out of my way to see at the festival. 

I typically see about 28 films during the festival, so the above list would be doable regardless of how daunting it might seem.

My skip-it list would include films from Terrence Malick, Xavier Dolan, Pedro Almodóvar, and Nicolas Winding Refn (because 10 television episodes do not a "film" make).


My guilty-pleasure pick would be Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic "Rocketman," even though another rock star biopic seems redundant. I'm just curious to see what The Strypes bandmates broke up the best touring rock band to do with their talents.

Cannes Official Selection

The Dead Don't Die

Competition Films
The Dead Don’t Die (dir: Jim Jarmusch) – opening film
Atlantique (dir: Mati Diop)
Bacarau (dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
Frankie (dir: Ira Sachs)
A Hidden Life (dir: Terrence Malick)
It Must Be Heaven (dir: Elia Suleiman)
Les Misérables (dir: Ladj Ly)
Little Joe (dir: Jessica Hausner)
Matthias and Maxime (dir: Xavier Dolan)
Oh Mercy! (dir: Arnaud Desplechin)
Parasite (dir: Bong Joon-ho)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir: Céline Sciamma)
Sibyl (dir: Justine Triet)
Sorry We Missed You (dir: Ken Loach)
Pain and Glory (dir: Pedro Almodóvar)
The Traitor (dir: Marco Bellocchio)
La Gomera (dir: Corneliu Porumboiu)
The Wild Goose Lake (dir: Diao Yinan)
The Young Ahmed (dir: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

Un Certain Regard

Adam (dir: Maryam Touzani)

Dylda (dir: Kantemir Balagov)

A Brother’s Love (dir: Monia Chokri)

Bull (dir: Annie Silverstein)

The Climb (dir: Michael Covino)

Evge (dir: Nariman Aliev)

Liberté (dir: Albert Serra)

Invisible Life (dir: Karim Aïnouz)

Jeanne (dir: Bruno Dumont)

Room 212 (dir: Christophe Honoré)

Papicha (dir: Mounia Meddour)

Port Authority (dir: Danielle Lessovitz)

Summer of Changsha (dir: Zu Feng)

The Swallows of Kabul (dir: Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec)

A Sun That Never Sets (dir: Olivier Laxe)

Zhuo Ren Mi Mi (dir: Midi Z)

Out of Competition

The Best Years of a Life (dir: Claude Lelouch)

Diego Maradona (dir: Asif Kapadia)

La Belle Époque (dir: Nicolas Bedos)

Rocketman (dir: Dexter Fletcher)

Too Old to Die Young – North of Hollywood, West of Hell (TV series – dir: Nicolas Winding Refn)

Midnight Screenings
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (dir: Lee Won-Tae)

Special Screenings
Family Romance, LLC (dir: Werner Herzog)
For Sama (dir: Waad Al Kateab, Edward Watts)
Que Sea Ley (dir: Juan Solanas)
Share (dir: Pippa Bianco)
To Be Alive and Know It (dir: Alain Cavalier)
Tommaso (dir: Abel Ferrara)

September 26, 2018


I'm especially glad to see "THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE" streaming on Netflix because it features a slew of great Carnegie Hill locations that I talk about on my walking tour. I'm looking forward to watching it again, on Netflix, in the comfort of my glorious home cinema. 

Other stand-out titles to check out are: Black Dynamite, Blazing Saddles, Mystic River, Once Upon a Time In America, The Shining, and V for Vendetta, 

October 1

Angel Eyes
Anger Management
Billy Madison
Black Dynamite
Blade II
Blazing Saddles
Empire Records
Must Love Dogs
Mystic River
New York Minute
Once Upon a Time in America
Pay It Forward
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rumble in the Bronx
She’s Out of My League
The Dead Pool
The Devil’s Advocate
The Green Mile
The Lake House
The NeverEnding Story
The Shining
V for Vendetta
Zack and Miri Make a Porno

October 2

Monty Python: The Meaning of Life
Monty Python’s Life of Brian

October 3

Truth or Dare (2017)

October 4

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

October 5

Malevolent — NETFLIX FILM
A brother-sister team who fake paranormal encounters for cash get more than they bargained for when a job at a haunted estate turns very, very real.

Private Life — NETFLIX FILM
A couple coping with infertility struggles to keep their marriage afloat as they navigate the world of assisted reproduction and adoption.

Super Monsters Save Halloween — NETFLIX FILM
It’s Halloween, and the Super Monsters are ready to celebrate — with candy, costumes and music to get you in the mood!

October 10

After a pair of shocking attacks in Norway, survivors — and the country — rally for healing and justice. Based on true events.

October 12

In this thriller, a man travels to a remote island in search of his missing sister, who was kidnapped by a murderous religious cult.

October 19

Illang: The Wolf Brigade — NETFLIX FILM
In 2029, a special unit of the South Korean police called Illang battles a terrorist group threatening to undo years of efforts to unify the two Koreas.

The Night Comes For Us — NETFLIX FILM
After sparing a girl’s life during a massacre, an elite Triad assassin is targeted by an onslaught of murderous gangsters.

October 26

A single mother in London’s Camden Town hears music when she meets a handsome stranger with a past. But she’s not sure she’s ready to open her heart.

An intimate portrait that captures six days in the life of influential Russian dissident writer Sergei Dovlatov.

The story of a boss that everyone hates: some kiss up to him; nobody tells him the truth. He’s the successful entrepreneur about to fall off the cliff.

October 31

Set in Barcelona in 1921, a double agent infiltrates the local mafia to find out who is selling weapons and explosives to anarchist groups.

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