Featured Film

The Cannes Diaries: Of Catching Foxes and Dodging Avalanches

Signature_CONF-PRESSEI’ve heard it being said a few times over the past few days, and I’ve felt it myself – this Cannes doesn’t feel as busy as previous years. Also, there doesn’t seem to be the same kind of buzz being generated as in years gone by. But each festival has its own character, and there are still moments of wonder and engagement that are giving this year’s one its own unique feel.

This morning’s screening of  drew high praise from critics here for Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, as well as Mark Ruffalo to a lesser extent, as his part isn’t as big or as revelatory. I hardly recognized Steve, not just because of the prosthetic added to his nose but because his speech and manner was very creepy. Loveable Gru he was not! It’s amazing to see him embody the fear and dark side of wealth and insecurity in this role. In the film, which is based on a true story, Steve plays John DuPont, a wealthy man who bankrolls the US Olympic wrestling team. Channing’s Mark Schultz is part of that team, together with his more charming and affable brother played Mark.

The dynamic that plays out between them over the course of the slow-burning film is superb, and yes, there are already whispers of Oscar nominations. I’m just impressed Carell has that in him. We got glimpses of his not-so charming side in but this take that hint and manifests it completely. At the press conference for the film, Steve said he didn’t find doing a drama that much different to a comedy: “I don’t think characters in film know that they’re in a comedy or a drama; they’re just characters in a film. I don’t approach a drama any differently to a comedy. That’s how it was for this film. It was just a story and a character within that story.” In this story, Channing too, is so great to watch – he is far more than most would give him credit for, and this film will help show that. Maybe even as far as a Best Supporting Actor nod? It might be too early for all that. I’m just trying to enjoy the films for what they are now.


David Cronenberg’s Map to the Stars had its premiere here Monday night, and the stars came out for it. Robert Pattinson is back in Cannes to support the film, after last year’s Cosmopolis, also by Cronenberg. I feel incredibly old when I start to say that I remember meeting him in Cannes before the first Twilight movie came out. He was on the cusp of his stardom and now he seems to be steering his ship in another direction, down indie waters. He also has another film here called The Rover, directed by Animal Kingdom‘s David Michod. Map, starring Julianne Moore (as you’ve honestly never seen her before), John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska, had me a little puzzled as to what it was all about and what I was meant to be left feeling when it ended, so it’s not one of my highlights this year.


A film I did feel a whole lot more rewarded for watching was the Swedish movie, Force Majeure (Tourist) by filmmaker Ruben Östlund, showing in the Un Certain Regard portion of the festival. A family on vacation in the alps misses being hit by an avalanche, but the impact of that experience and the emotion it draws out of the parents, and those around them, becomes its own emotional avalanche. It’s a somewhat quirky, insightful study into human reaction to fright and disaster. It is darkly humorous at times, the ski scenes swept me up and I connected with the story in many ways. 

In between the fox-catching and slalom-sliding, I managed to see the documentary South African filmmaker Khalo Matabane made about the country’s first democratic president. Called Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, the film is a personal, sobering look into the many ways Madiba has been canonized and it attempts to draw out the real person from the icon that’s been created through certain stories and repeated legends. It’s a brave piece of work, and that kind of filmmaking should be encouraged.


  1. Тут семнадцать самых популярных сериалов для настоящих
    фанатов криминала. Бумажный дом 5 сезон 7 серия смотреть онлайн смотреть онлайн.
    Находите по году, Сериалы жанра “Фэнтези”.
    Вдобавок тут мы готов предоставить реестр телеканалов ТНТ, HD СТБ, 4K Мир, прямой эфир Мега, трансляция Домашний.

  2. Для вас семнадцать свежих сериалов для поклонников романтических комедий.

    Смотреть сериал Полицейский с рублевки 6 сезон 2021 года все серии подряд на maNQrwXU ТВ.

    Смотрите по году выхода, Сериалы жанра “Криминал”.
    Точно также наш проект помогает каталог различных
    каналов Новый канал, HD НТВ, 4K Москва-24,
    прямой эфир 2+2, трансляция 1+1.

  3. Cмотреть serial онлайн, Озвучка – Перевод Амедиа, Jaskier, AlexFilm, Оригинал (+субтитры) Холостячка 2 сезон 7 серия смотреть онлайн Смешарики. Новый сезон, Элита, Миллиарды, Тень и Кость, Эпидемия, Миллиарды – все серии, все сезоны.

  4. 269383 261556Typically I dont learn post on blogs, even so I wish to say that this write-up quite pressured me to try and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, quite excellent write-up. 154970

  5. Действие фильма «Армия воров» происходит перед печальными событиями армии мертвецов https://bit.ly/films-Army-of-Thieves “Армия воров”

  6. I have been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of area .

    Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this
    website. Reading this information So i’m satisfied to convey that I’ve a very good uncanny feeling
    I came upon just what I needed. I such a lot surely will make certain to don?t overlook this website and provides it a look on a constant basis.

  7. Вечер с Владимиром Соловьевым Вечер с Владимиром Соловьевым Вечер с Владимиром Соловьевым

    2029419465086582151744425181433647 29228648361262673727681361283309497 54554807062016930004331489346340241
    7884034 5195020 516299 7520859 9879733 7461427 2415510 5503141 487278 5332645 2749870 6008067 6854204 4773175 9906275
    1285706 9279043 16834 6309888 7236953 3708649 460131 4774681 4579118 4408195 8391178 9015028 750059 396059 5516461

  8. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto
    a coworker who had been conducting a little research on this.

    And he in fact ordered me breakfast because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But
    yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this
    topic here on your website.

  9. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward
    this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

  10. I think the admin of this web page is really working hard in favor of his website, as here
    every stuff is quality based information.

  11. Good way of telling, and pleasant paragraph to get data concerning
    my presentation focus, which i am going to convey
    in college.

  12. I know this website offers quality depending articles
    and other information, is there any other website which offers these kinds
    of information in quality?

  13. Hi there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but
    I’m having a tough time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  14. I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
    I’m quite certain I will learn a lot of new stuff right here!
    Good luck for the next!

  15. I am sure this article has touched all the internet visitors, its really really fastidious paragraph
    on building up new web site.

  16. Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is fundamental and all. But just imagine if you added some great graphics or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with pics
    and video clips, this blog could certainly be one of the very best
    in its niche. Great blog!

  17. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I
    stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always helpful to read
    through articles from other authors and use a little something from their sites.

  18. It’s appropriate time to make a few plans for
    the long run and it’s time to be happy. I have read this submit and if I may I wish to suggest
    you few interesting things or advice. Perhaps you could write subsequent articles referring to this article.

    I desire to read more things approximately it!

  19. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My website
    has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced
    but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help reduce content from being
    ripped off? I’d truly appreciate it.

  20. I delight in, result in I discovered exactly what I used to be having a look for.

    You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.

  21. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog website?
    The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  22. I don’t even know the way I finished up right here, however
    I believed this put up used to be good. I don’t recognise who you might be but certainly you
    are going to a famous blogger should you are not already.


  23. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it
    to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched
    her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this
    is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  24. Post writing is also a excitement, if you be acquainted with then you can write otherwise it is
    complicated to write.

  25. Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and
    you’re just extremely great. I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you’re
    saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable
    and you still take care of to keep it wise.

    I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is really a great web site.

  26. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed!
    Extremely helpful information particularly the last part :) I care for such information a lot.

    I was seeking this particular info for a very long time.

    Thank you and good luck.

  27. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate
    a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same
    blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  28. For newest news you have to pay a quick visit internet and on web
    I found this website as a most excellent site for most up-to-date updates.

  29. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and
    was curious what all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a
    blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web
    savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any recommendations
    or advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

  30. Hello this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if
    blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with
    HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge so
    I wanted to get advice from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  31. Can I simply just say what a comfort to find somebody that
    truly knows what they are talking about on the internet.
    You definitely realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More people ought to check this out and understand this side of the story.

    I was surprised that you’re not more popular since you most
    certainly possess the gift.

  32. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog
    and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

    In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope
    you write again soon!

  33. You should take part in a contest for one of the greatest
    blogs online. I am going to recommend this website!

  34. Hey I am so thrilled I found your blog, I really found you by accident, while I was
    searching on Yahoo for something else, Regardless I
    am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a incredible post and a all
    round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t
    have time to look over it all at the minute but I have bookmarked
    it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to
    read a lot more, Please do keep up the awesome jo.

  35. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed
    account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  36. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter
    group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Cheers

  37. Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no data
    backup. Do you have any methods to stop hackers?

  38. Hello there, There’s no doubt that your blog could possibly
    be having web browser compatibility issues. When I look at
    your web site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it’s got some overlapping issues.
    I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Aside from that, wonderful website!

  39. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the
    video to make your point. You obviously know what
    youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site
    when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  40. Excellent website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any
    discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about in this
    article? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get comments from other knowledgeable individuals that
    share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me
    know. Thanks a lot!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.