Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Writer and director Jim Jarmusch delivers his cool take on the vampire genre with this romantic drama. Two vampire lovers reconnect when one of them suffers from existential crisis which further complicated with the arrival of unexpected visitor. Jarmusch tweaks the vampire genre to his sensibilities which has some dazzling moments of ultra cool but also some dull ones. The always amazing Tilda Swinton enhances the film to a great extent along a fine supporting cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Writer and director Scott Stewart delivers with his third feature which perfectly blends two popular genres. A family is terrorized by unexplainable events which leads them to discover its disturbing source. Stewart uses the haunted house formula and gives it an alien twist which makes for an effective horror thriller that stands above the majority of its kind. Keri Russell stars along with Josh Hamilton and J.K. Simmons in the supporting roles. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
British director Brian Percival delivered a messy drama with this adaptation of the novel by Markus Zusak. During the second World War in Germany, a young orphan girl and her adopted parents shelter a young man which proves dangerous for all involved. Whether it's the source material or the adaptation by Michael Petroni, the story has several major problems which questions its credibility. Percival fails to get the tone right as well in genre that has been explored extensively in the cinematic medium with plenty of superior films that cover similar issues. The talented cast that includes Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson can't overcome the inherent problems of the script. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
The third of the top three festivals (after Cannes & Berlin) is also the oldest festival in the world. It has serious competition from the fourth, Toronto, which right behind it in ranking and timing. However, it does not have to fear anything after all these years besides having one of the most beautiful settings.
THE CUT, FATIH AKIN, Germany
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE, ROY ANDERSSON, Sweden
99 HOMES, RAMIN BAHRANI, USA
TALES, RAKHSHAN BANIETEMAD, Iran Best Screenplay
LA RANÇON DE LA GLOIRE, XAVIER BEAUVOIS, France
HUNGRY HEARTS, SAVERIO COSTANZO, Italy Best Actress & Actor
LE DERNIER COUP DE MARTEAU, ALIX DELAPORTE, France
PASOLINI, ABEL FERRARA, France Italy
MANGLEHORN, DAVID GORDON GREEN, USA
BIRDMAN, ALEJANDRO G IÑÁRRITU, USA
3 COEURS, BENOÎT JACQUOT, France
THE POSTMAN’S WHITE NIGHTS, ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY, Russia Best Director
IL GIOVANE FAVOLOSO, MARIO MARTONE, Italy
SIVAS, KAAN MÜJDECI, Turkey Special Jury Prize
ANIME NERE, FRANCESCO MUNZI, Italy
GOOD KILL, ANDREW NICCOL, USA
LOIN DES HOMMES, DAVID OELHOFFEN, France
THE LOOK OF SILENCE, JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER, Indonesia Grand Jury Prize
FIRES ON THE PLAIN, SHINYA TSUKAMOTO, Japan
RED AMNESIA, WANG XIAOSHUAI, China
For more info: http://www.labiennale.org/