38 posts categorized "Cannes Film Festival"

March 16, 2022

JANE BY CHARLOTTE

ColeSmitheyAlthough it vaguely gets around to the mysterious obstacle between mother (Jane Birkin) and daughter (Charlotte Gainsbourg), this lazy documentary is a waste.

This home movie isn't even glorified.

If you don't know who Jane Birkin is, much less have knowledge of her actress daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, this movie will feel like an insiders only affair.

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Boring is as boring does.

There's just nothing here.

Not Rated. 88 mins. 

ZERO STARS

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March 12, 2022

RED ROCKET — CANNES 2021

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"Red Rocket" is as good as American Independent Cinema gets.

Fantastic.

Sean Baker, don't you dare go Hollywood.

It's worth repeating, Sean Baker is our modern-day John Cassavetes.

But if Baker ever directs a Marvel movie it will be all over. 

Don't make the same mistake that Chloé Zhao ("Nomadland") made. What a sell out.

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"Red Rocket" is an emotionally intense Trump-era satirical drama that lands every punch of betrayal, selfishness, and senseless greed for ego fulfillment.

Simon Rex deals a virtuosic portrayal of an inveterate narcissist porn star taking those near him on a downhill ride to hell.  

Wow.

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American narcissism's days are numbered. 

Hallefuckinglujah. 

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Rated R. 130 mins.

5 Stars

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March 05, 2022

BENEDETTA — CANNES 2021

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ColeSmithey.comDaring, and bristling with bold artistic license, this social satire burns at the stake.

It's dizzying.

Virginie Efira is electric as Benedetta, a 17th century lesbian nun living in a convent in Renaissance Italy.

Fearless.

Catherine Deneuve's baton has successfully been passed down.

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Based on Judith C. Brown's book "Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy," "Benedetta" juggles religion, politics, and sexual identity like so many electrons in a social atom attempting to split.

Holy fucking hell.

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Paul Verhoeven's cinematic mastery just gets sharper.

This is a high-wire act that not many seasoned filmmakers would attempt, lest they fall flat on their blushing faces.

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Long live Paul Verhoeven.

No prisoners taken. Many gifts given.

Not Rated. 131 mins.

5 Stars

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