From David Hudson:
“Going by the first round of early reviews, it looks like Cosmopolis is going to severely split the critics.”
While this year might be notable as being the year young Hollywood comes to Cannes (Shia Lebouf in Lawless, along with this his own short film, Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis, and Zac Ephron in The Paperboy), it appears no one has made the leap to serious thespian and 12-year old girls can rejoice that their heartthrobs’ attempt at “serious” work has been met with a large thud.
I expect the Charlie St. Cloud sequel to be imminent.
Cronenberg has maybe become a little too clever and self aware. I liked A History of Violence and Eastern Promises a lot though, so I’m not one of those who only likes his early films.
it doesn’t seem like there have been may breakouts this year, at least the critics have been guarded in their opinions.
Yeah, I agree. Whereas last year there was all this excitement and enthusiasm for several of the films in competition, I don’t really get that sense this year. For me, last year’s competition lineup had six films that made my end of the year top ten list. This year I can’t imagine more than one or two making my list.
From Richard Corliss:
“…this (Cosmopolis) vapid, claustrophobic drama proves nothing but the emptiness of the Cannes Film Festival’s current tactic for reaping worldwide publicity: giving some of its choicest spots in the 12-day program to B-plus directors’ middling-to-awful films starring young actors with an avid teen following. On Wednesday, The Twilight Saga‘s Kristen Stewart in On the Road. Yesterday, High School Musical graduate Zac Efron in The Paperboy. And today, Robert Pattinson, Stewart’s Twilight costar (and boyfriend), trading in vampire fangs for a plutocrat’s snarl. Not one of the films is worthy of a major film festival or a reviewer’s time. They are here simply for the entertainment news value of celebrities in their 20s ascending the red-carpeted steps to the Grand Palais theater.””
Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed. lol
With Mud somewhat of a dud, all the films shown, I think Amour will win the top prize.
Just saw the trailer for Amour last night. Looks great and very much unlike Haneke, stylistically that is.
Haneke does it again!
Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director):
Carlos Reygadas, “Post Tenebras Lux”
Prix du Scenario (best screenplay):
“Beyond The Hills”
Camera d’Or (best first feature):
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Prix du Jury (jury prize):
“The Angel’s Share”
Prix d’interpretation feminine (best actress):
Cosmina Stratan and Christina Flutor, “Beyond The Hills”
Prix d’interpretation masculine (best actor):
Mads Mikkelsen, “The Hunt”
Cosmopolis is still one of my most anticipated movies of the year
I like vapid……