Cannes Film Festival 2024: THE GIRL WITH THE NEEDLE & WILD DIAMOND
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by Wilson Kwong
1d ago
The first two films screening in competition at this year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival exemplify the harsh realities of womanhood, both past and present, in creatively vibrant narratives that are worthy of praise. Magnus von Horn‘s The Girl with the Needle and Agathe Riedinger‘s Wild Diamond are two vastly different films, but both mange to illustrate the depths of effective storytelling in a modern way. The Girl with the Needle (Magnus von Horn) The Girl with the Needle (2024) – source: Cannes Film Festival With haunting fervour and delectable narrative ambiguity, The Girl with the N ..read more
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Cannes Film Festival 2024: GHOST TRAIL & BLACK DOG
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by Wilson Kwong
1d ago
Sometimes, a quieter film can generate a louder emotional response, and that’s exactly what we get with the following two films. Jonathan Millet‘s Ghost Trail and Guan Hu‘s Black Dog both tackle serious subject matter with subdued restraint, featuring lead performances that unassumingly carry their respective narratives. Ghost Trail (Jonathan Millet) Ghost Trail (2024) – source: Cannes Film Festival Based on true events, Jonathan Millet’s Ghost Trail (Les Fantômes) is an enthralling political thriller that seethes with tension. As an opener for this year’s Cannes’ Critics’ Week sidebar, the fi ..read more
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Cannes Film Festival 2024: MEGALOPOLIS
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by Wilson Kwong
4d ago
It’s been a few days since Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis premiered at Cannes, and I’m still struggling to find the exact words to describe this monstrous opus of a film. Is it brilliant labour of chaotic love to the cinematic art form, or simply a laborious mess of boundless magnitudes? The answer is likely somewhere in the middle, but what’s abundantly clear is that Megalopolis bleeds with the artistic energy of a master who has nothing to lose. You’ll be hard pressed to find another film that’s as equally divisive and engrossing – be it good or bad – not only at this year’s edition of t ..read more
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Cannes Film Festival 2024: THE SECOND ACT & ON BECOMING A GUINEA FOWL
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by Wilson Kwong
4d ago
This year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival opened with Quentin Dupieux’s The Second Act (Le Deuxieme Acte), which aims to be thoughtful, but doesn’t necessarily impress in a significant way. The same can’t be said of Rungano Nyoni’s On Becoming a Guinea Fowl, screening as part of the Un Certain Regard section, which is a resounding effort in authoritative storytelling from a rising filmmaker. The Second Act (Quentin Dupieux) The Second Act (2024) – source: Cannes Film Festival There’s a scene in Quentin Dupieux’s The Second Act when a character politely appeases an AI-generated director ..read more
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IT ENDS WITH US TRAILER
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by Tej Narayanan
4d ago
Blake Lively is the next Hollywood superstar on the romance train, in the 1st trailer for Sony Pictures’ It Ends With Us. Based on the award-winning romance novel of the same name, It Ends With Us follows flower shop owner Lily (Lively) as she gets swept off her feet by attractive neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid (Justin Baldoni). But Lily’s fairytale life is slowly upended when Ryle’s violent side slowly emerges. It Ends With Us (2024) – source: Sony Pictures Entertainment As Ryle’s toxicity devolves into physical abuse, Lily has flashbacks to the traumatic upbringing she tried to escape as a child ..read more
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Cannes Film Festival 2024: FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA
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by Wilson Kwong
4d ago
How do you follow-up on what many consider to be one of the best action films of the past decade? If you’re George Miller, you craft a prequel that not only rivals said film’s tantalizing energy, but aims to supersede it by instilling a renewed sense of emotional fervour. In a manner that only Miller himself could have accomplished, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga hits all the right notes in what will surely be one of this summer’s most exhilarating tentpole films. Taking place before the events of Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa serves as an origin story for its titular character, who was originally ..read more
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MEGALOPOLIS TRAILER
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by Tej Narayanan
1w ago
Francis Ford Coppola’s fantastical passion project Megalopolis has finally arrived, featuring a fictionalized New York City on the verge of collapse and a doe-eyed Adam Driver determined to put it back together. Inspired by epic Roman legends, Megalopolis re-imagines New York City as a grand empire, complete with chariot races, on the verge of decay. Cesar Catilina (Driver) is a genius architect who dreams of bringing his beloved city into the utopian future. Megalopolis (2024) – source: American Zoetrope Wandering through gorgeously crumbling vistas, Catilina waxes poetically about the future ..read more
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Interview With Director Lee Thongkham For KITTY THE KILLER
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by Kristy Strouse
1w ago
Director Lee Thongkham Discusses His Latest Action Film Kitty the Killer. Interview by Jordan von Netzer. If you look at director Lee Thongkham’s resume, you will notice that all his films are very high concept. Whether they follow a sinister spirit (The Maid), or a giant monster (The Lake) Lee’s films are all attention-grabbing and contain a unique hook. His latest feature, Kitty the Killer, is no different. The film’s synopsis is as follows: A Highly trained teenage assassin, Dina, and her mentor Charlie, form an unlikely duo as they unexpectedly join forces to stop a sinister plot and save ..read more
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WICKED TRAILER
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by Tej Narayanan
1w ago
Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo lead viewers back to the merry old land of Oz, in the 1st trailer for Jon M Chu’s musical adaptation of Wicked. In the magical land of Oz, sky-green-skinned oddball Elphaba (Erivo) arrives at Shiz University, where the best and brightest witches train. Once there, Elphaba immediately clashes with the vain and popular Glinda (Grande). Wicked (2024) – source: Universal Pictures As musical shenanigans run wild, Elphaba and Glinda’s friendship (and rivalry) grows as Elphaba displays magical powers at a level far beyond anyone else, soon bringing her face-to-face wi ..read more
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I SAW THE TV GLOW: We’re All Going To The Pink Opaque
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by Lee Jutton
1w ago
Jane Schoenbrun’s first narrative feature, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, delves deep into the dark world of creepypasta to tell the tale of one teenager’s descent down an online rabbit hole where it becomes hard to tell where the zeroes and ones end and real life begins. The film filters complicated issues related to loneliness and identity, including gender dysphoria, through the screens that have molded the coming of age of nearly every millennial with Internet access. The result is an admittedly lo-fi but undeniably affecting horror flick that upon its release immediately signaled Sc ..read more
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