Friday, May 14, 2010

Some good flicks from The Cannes Film Festival

Well folks. The most prestigious film festival in the world is going on right now. The French Rivera is home to some of the most exciting moments on and off the red carpet. It would be great to be there, but I have not reached that level of popularity yet. So how can you tell what movies will be up for the Palm D’OR award for best movie? Past winners have included David Lynch’s “Wild at heart”, Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and Lars Von Trier’s “Dancer in the dark”. Here is a list of some movies that I think are worth mentioning.


Most of these movies I am reviewing are based on synopsis I have read or on short video clips. A lot of these movies are not in competition.

“Chat Room”.
“Kick Ass”‘s own Aaron Johnson changes gear from a lone superhero to a lone predator. He meets a depressed person online and pretends to help him out. The film was directed by Hideo Naketa who has also made the freighting “Ringu” Although many of you will remember the remake with Naomi Watts. 


Speaking of Watts. She has two movies coming to Cannes as well.

“Fair Game”
Bourne Identity’s director Doug Liman weaves the tale of C.I.A. Agent (Watts) who’s covered is suddenly revealed. Liman has a pretty good track record starting all the way back to 1996’s comedy “Swingers”. Written by Jon Favreau, who now has directed a little indie movie called “Iron Man 2”

Scene from "Fair Game"

Naomi Watts is also the star of Woody Allen’s

“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”
Allen’s movies for me have been like beer. There are some that have been terrible and some that are wonderful, but if you ask me if I like beer I will say yes. I’m hoping that the cast with Jonah Hex’s Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins will get this pushed to theaters soon.

Here is a scene with Naomi Watts and Antonio Banderas.  I can't help but think that Banderas is trying to do a Woody Allen impersonation during this scene.

Clip from "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger"

Changing gears slightly is the Korean thriller

“The Housemaid”
In this story a young woman poses as maid for a wealthy family with thoughts of revenge. I smell an American remake although this is an updated version of a 1960 title. 

The trailer is extremely beautiful  and I am transfixed by it


Oliver Stone is back with the sequel to his 1987 drama “Wall Street”

“Wall Street: Money never sleeps”
This tale has Shia Lebeouf as a young man who is engaged to Gordon Gecko’s (Michael Douglas) daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan). He also has the need for greed and wants to enlist Gordon’s help. I got to say that this story is very similar to the first one but with Stone coming back to direct this I hope I am wrong.

Official Website

Director Takeshi Kitano who made the crime classic “Brother” and has starred in one of my favorite movies “Battle Royale” is back with a new crime fable

This looks like a cool gangster story with lots of cool action but I couldn’t tell what the story was about because the trailer had no subtitles.


The movie I’m looking most forward to is Gaspar Noe’s

“Enter the Void”
This tale of a drug dealer who is killed and then watches over his sister as a ghost looks very trippy. The whole movie looks like a video game with the camera constantly behind the main character’s head. Noe’s previous movie “Irreversible” was met with controversy with its scenes of violence. Yet I still find him to be one of the most talented directors out there today, and look forward to his next movie.

View the trailer and opening credits.  The trailer has scenes of nudity, violence and drug use.  The opening credits are safe for work but not if flashing images causes an issue with you.

Opening Credits


Let's hear about some of your picks.   You can see more about The Cannes Film Festival by visiting their website.

Cannes Film Festival

Have a good weekend

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