Tag Archives: Cannes Film Festival

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Dope (2015)

“So, why do I want to attend Harvard?  If I was white, would you even have to ask me that question?” asks Malcolm Adekanbi. The first time I saw the poster for Rick Famuyiwa’s latest film Dope, I thought it … Continue reading

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Leos Carax: An Appreciation

Acclaimed French filmmaker Leos Carax is the subject of a recently released feature-length documentary called Mr. X.  He is a writer and director as well as former film critic.  He is known for painful depictions of love in his films as … Continue reading

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Joel & Ethan Coen: An Appreciation Part One

Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the best American filmmakers ever.  I’ve enjoyed their films over the years; they’re offbeat, humorous (especially at unexpected times), and noirish.  One of Joel’s early credits was working as an assistant editor on … Continue reading

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‘A Town Called Panic’ & ‘Ernest and Celestine’

Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar are Belgian writers and directors who met at the Institute of Fine Arts Saint-Luc Liege in 1986.  They then attended the Graduate School of Visual Arts de la Cambre in Brussels, Belgium.  They worked on … Continue reading

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John Rambo (2008)

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“When you’re pushed, killing’s as easy as breathing,” says John Rambo. One of the main reasons Sylvester Stallone wanted to make 1988’s Rambo III was to raise awareness of the ongoing Soviet invasion of Afghanistan that took place during most … Continue reading

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‘Fantastic Planet’ & ‘Time Masters’

René Laloux (1929-2004) was a French animator and film director.  He studied painting when he attended art school.  After some time working in advertising, he worked at a psychiatric institution where he began experimenting in animation with the interns.  It … Continue reading

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‘The Triplets of Belleville’ & ‘The Illusionist’

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Sylvain Chomet is a French comic writer, animator, and film director who will turn 50 this November.  He studied art in high school, and a few years after graduating he moved to London to work as an animator at the … Continue reading