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January 18, 2022

FRANCE — CANNES 2021

ColeSmithey.comRepetitive satirical poke at the Anderson Coopers of the world, comes up short.

French auteur Brunot Dumont runs out of steam in sending up media manipulation of human misery (vis a vis war) as staged by Léa Seydoux's celebrity journalist France de Meurs. 

Journalism, my ass.

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This film's saving grace may reside in putting off its audience from all manufactured (corporate) media, i.e. anything you can watch, listen to, or read.

Not Rated. 133 mins.

2 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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January 17, 2022

AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

ColeSmithey.comHere is a dirty hands biopic with bite.

Jane Campion's rigorous filmic rendition of Janet Frame's picaresque autobiography is a stunner by any measure.

New Zealand's most celebrated author/poet gets a fully voiced telling of a life punctuated by abuse, tragedy, and literary success.

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Campion's pitch perfect casting of three actresses to perform different periods of Frame's life, anchors this film in a rare sense of dynamic realism.

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"An Angel At My Table" is Jane Campion's finest cinematic achievement.

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.

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January 16, 2022

TITANE — CANNES 2021

TITANEJulia Ducournau clearly deserved the Palme d'Or she won for "Titane."

Unpredictable, and simmering with pure dynamic sexual tension, "Titane" is a visceral experience you will not soon forget.

Ducournau milks unfathomable drama and suspense with fundamental rules of dramaturgy that she effortlessly turns on their heads.

Automobile safety, people.

COLESMITHEY

Julia Ducournau is the new Cronenberg. 

All-you-can-eat French erotic social satire body horror. Yum. 

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Genius.

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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