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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (May) – Spike Lee Moves Up

As with Best Picture, the top of the list remains in tact with Steve McQueen (Widows), Adam McKay (Backseat), Damien Chazelle (First Man) keeping their 1-2-3 spots. I’ve switched Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) and Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) on the strength of Lee’s Grand Prix win at Cannes this last weekend. It’s 6-10 that sees changes (again, as ...

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Wrapping Up: Cannes Isn’t Back, It Never Left

The 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival has ended and with it came the fight with Netflix, causing them to pull out any movies for consideration (they wouldn’t budge on the festival’s rule requiring a film to play in France in a timely fashion – not the three-year hold Netflix currently has), an underwhelming opening night film in Everybody ...

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2018 Cannes Awards: Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or; Spike Lee Takes Grand Prix for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda has won the highest honor from the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or for Shoplifters. He previously won the Jury Prize for 2013’s Like Father, Like Son. Shoplifters (review here) is the story of a family, both blood and cobbled together, who scrape by with multiple jobs and supplement their survival with minor thievery that threaten to ...

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Cannes: Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Wins Top Director’s Fortnight Prize

No one was more surprised than director Gaspar Noé himself when his new film, Climax, was met was near universal raves when it debuted in the Director’s Fortnight section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. So ready to be hated and vilified, the poster for the film even says “You Despised I Stand Alone. You Hated Irreversible. You Loathed Enter ...

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The trailer for Spike Lee’s new film ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is here

BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s newest film, which was co-produced by the powerhouse duo behind the Oscar-winning Get Out (Jordan Peele and Jason Blum), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last night (here’s my review) and dropped its first trailer at the same time. Chronicling the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first black officer in the Colorado Springs ...

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Cannes Review: Alice Rohrwacher’s ‘Lazzaro Felice’ is one of the fest’s best

The first hour of Alice Rohrwacher’s third feature Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro) are as languidly paced as a film could be. The denizens of an Italian estate called Inviolata where farmers (well, sharecroppers) cultivate tobacco for their cruel baroness the Marquise Alfonsino de Luna, nicknamed the ‘Queen of Cigarettes. She sits in a penthouse while her workers toil on the plantation ...

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Cannes Review: ‘Girl,’ the deeply humane debut from Lukas Dhont

Lara is 15 going on 16 trans girl with dreams of being a professional ballerina in Lukas Dhont’s touching and humane first feature Girl. She’s far behind the other girls, having started much later than them. Her point work, turns and pliés all need improvement. She’s given an eight-week probation period to see if she can improve enough to be ...

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