Sunday, October 30, 2016
Tinsel & Tine's Look at the 11 Days of #PFF25By Editor, Le Anne Lindsay
POST UPDATE: 10/30/2016
10/21 - (World Narrative Iceland) THE OATH starring the writer/director Baltasar Kormákur (director of US movie Everest) A doctor wants to protect his daughter from her scummy drug dealing boyfriend and goes to great lengths to making sure to break them up.You can't help rooting for the good doctor who must set aside his Hippocratic oath in order to protect his family. However, on the other hand, his daughter was old enough to make her own decisions and never seemed to feel threatened by the boyfriend, it's the doctor/father who makes the preemptive strike.
Kormákur said he'd never act in anything he was directing again after his first film 101 Reykjavik, but here's why he changed his mind: I felt this was the right time to do it. Actually, partly because it’s so much from the perspective of this character, it’s not like I’m playing something totally opposite. The whole film goes through the perspective of this man. So it is my perspective, as a director and this character. READ MORE Alex Ritman THR
10/22 Day 3 (Masters of Cinema Belgium/USA) A QUIET PASSION dir. Terence Davies 2016 Why is Emily Dickinson so popular? Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet much acclaimed worldwide for her unique poems. Known for her seclusion from outer world and introvert nature, she was one of the major figures in American literature. This prolific poet wrote over seventeen hundred poems in her lifetime.
Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon plays the beloved poet who was not so beloved in her lifetime, due to the mere fact of being a woman in a then male dominated art form. Lucky for Emily, and for those who posthumously revere her poetry, her father had no trouble with her staying up half the night writing her heart out, nor did he object when one or two of her poems were actually published. But on the whole, she lived a very small life, which became isolated as she grew older; apart from the close ties with her siblings (brother and sister) and parents. It's unclear why neither Dickinson sister married. Emily's sister was actually quite attractive and exuberant as a youngster, yet both remained at home to eventually care for their aging parents and then for each other. And so, therefore, other than some pretty, but most often pretentiously witty dialogue, the movie is a complete snore.
10/22 Day 3 (Masters of Cinema France) PERSONAL SHOPPER dir Olivier Assayas 2016
10/22 Day 3 (Feast) Documentary Filmmaker Brett A. Schwartz was in attendance.
This foodie doc INSATIABLE: THE HOMARO CANTU STORY was really good! So much more story than I would have imagined. I was just expecting to see some cool gastronomy, but it turned out to be more a moving biopic. Cantu had a rough, really rough childhood, but survived it to become one of Chicago's top Celebrity Chefs, always striving to be an innovator, and a humanitarian, working towards providing healthy sustainable food for the low income and disadvantaged. He also dreamed of bringing a truly healthy, natural sugar substitute to the public in the Miracle Berry, which taste exactly like sugar... And then your heart is broken by a tragic turn of events.
Although there’s plenty of interview footage with Cantu and an abundance of clips from his many media appearances, the documentary includes scant footage of him actually cooking his signature dishes or explaining his methods of menu development and ingredient pairing. READ MORE Review from SXSW
10/23 Day 4 (Feast) TAMPOPO filmmaker Juzo Itami 1985
Slurping 101: Savor the aroma. Poke the pork. Noodles first. Slurp three times. These are just some of the life lessons the affable Gun (Ken Watanabe) recounts to his cowboy hat-wearing co-worker Gorō (Tsutomu Yamazaki) about his legendary encounter with an ancient noodle connoisseur. When the two men happen to stop at a dilapidated roadside noodle joint, they not only get into a barroom scuffle with the locals, but befriend the widowed owner, Tampopo (Noboku Miyamoto). Their singular obsession about everything ramen blossoms into friendship and aspirations to become the best ramen noodle restaurant in the country. Click HERE for my facebook album comments on the film
10/23 Day 4 (Masters of Cinema Iran) THE SALESMAN filmmaker Asghar Farhadi
An apartment building starts to collapse and everyone must evacuate and find new places to live, including thespian husband, Emad and wife, Rana who are a part of a community theater doing Arthur Miller's "Death of a Saleman" one of the other actors in the play offers them an apartment in his building, but neglects to mention the apartment used to belong to a woman with paid gentlemen callers. One night after their performance Rana goes home without Emad who needs to stay late at the theater. An hour or so later when their apt buzzer rings, Rana assumes it's Emad, buzzes him in, leaves the front door ajar, while she jumps into the shower. Turns out it was not Emad and she lets in a stranger who assumes she's like the former tenant and assaults her.
From here it could turn into a story that unravels a marriage that looks solid from the outside but this trauma brings up things never before discussed. Or it could turn into a revenge film. It tries to do a little of each and goes no where, very slowly, with either scenario. Not to mention, when the assailant is revealed, you feel anger at Rana for not mentioning an obvious fact, that doesn't change the reality that she's been violated, but it does change the severity and how her husband may have handled things if he'd known.
10/24 Day 5
(The Graveyard Shift) THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE Dir. André Øvredal
10/26 Day 7 (State of the Union) SOLITARY
Located 300 miles from any urban center, Red Onion is one of more than forty supermax prisons in the country. From a site that previously barred journalists and cameras, Solitary takes us into the facility in which more than two-thirds of its population are living in solitary confinement, focusing on the experiences of a number of its inmates to try and gain insight and understand the experience of prisoners who spend 23 hours a day alone, isolated in eight-by-ten-foot cells. Hearing from both inmates and correctional officers over the course of a year, the film allows us to hear about both the severe psychological and emotional harm caused by solitary confinement, and the experience of working in this environment. POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR KRISTI JACOBSON and guest Johnny Perez, Safe Reentry Advocate (Urban Justice Center).
10/28 Day 9 (Centerpiece Screening) ARRIVAL Director Dennis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) has directed a thoughtful and thought provoking science fiction Alien film, adapted from “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. It’s reminiscent of Close Encounters or Gravity, yet completely original. Arrival stars Amy Adams as a prestigious linguist, Jeremy Renner as a theoretical scientist and Forest Whitaker as an Army Colonel who are forced to the front lines when 12 UFO pods suddenly hover over the earth in 12 different locations around the world. When we eventually get to see the creatures dubbed heptapods they resemble a cross between an octopus and a very large spider, yet they evoke grace and a strange majesty. Like Her and Ex Machina, Arrival is not interested in the shoot ‘em up, destruction side of sci-fi. And as much as it deals with the tenets of communication and deciphering language, it’s when we learn the heptapods perceive time all at once, rather than a linear series of events, that we’re really brought into the focus of the movie which leaves you confused, comforted, challenged and cheering.
T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score:4.5 outta 5
POST UPDATE 10/29/2016
Documentary Feature Competition I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision PETER AND THE FARM
Narrative Feature Competition AFTER LOVE
Honorable Mention ILLEGITIMATE
Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance LAYLA M. (Nora El Koussour)
Sharon Pinkenson Award for Best Local Feature I CALLED HIM MORGAN
Honorable Mention BACKPACK FULL OF CASH
Short Film Competition CHEKHOV
Honorable Mentions DEER FLOWER
THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS
Student Choice Award JUNCTION 48
ORIGINAL POST 10/7/2016
I'm so excited that La La Land has been chosen for this year's opening night film (Thursday, October 20th Prince Theater 8pm). I've read so many good things about this musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; it's been on T&T's Can't Wait Coming Attractions page for months. Best of all, the writer/director Damien Chazelle, recipient of the Academy Award nomination for best writing and adapted screenplay for Whiplash will be in attendance opening night!
The closing night film is another one right up my alley, starring Amy Adams making Alien contact on earth in Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve (Friday, October 28th Prince Theater 8pm)
Centerpiece Screening I wanna see is Natalie Portman in Jackie Director Pablo Larraín 2016 - Jackie is a powerful, innovative biopic depicting the events leading up to and following the shocking assassination of beloved President John F. Kennedy through the eyes of his wife, first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.
Some oldies, but goodies From The Vault - actually I've never seen Night on Earth, Auteur Jarmusch exploits the peculiar intimacy between taxi drivers and their patrons to hilarious and poignant effect, depicting quirky cab rides unfolding simultaneously in disparate cities. In Los Angeles, a jaded Hollywood bigwig (Gena Rowlands) finds herself enthralled by her streetwise, chain-smoking cabby (Winona Ryder).
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