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Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett have a romantic meet-cute in Todd Haynes' Carol.

‘Carol’ demonstrates that neither life nor love is always fair

Todd Haynes has built one of the best, most accomplished filmographies of just about any American independent filmmaker of the past three decades. He emerged in the early ’90s alongside the likes of the Coen brothers, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, and a host of others. He always existed a little off to the side of those other mainstream filmmakers as his work has always had a more serious bite to it and regularly looks at the issue of homosexuality in the kind of dead on way that until recently would almost always limit the cultural reach of his work.  Continue reading ‘Carol’ demonstrates that neither life nor love is always fair

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Cannes sounded a little awkward this morning as ‘Dheepan’ took the Palme

I can’t speak too specifically about an event I did not attend. But my experience of the Cannes award ceremony made the thing feel like it landed with an air of uncomfortable awkwardness. I spent a solid twenty minutes this afternoon refreshing my webpages on both The Guardian and In Contention for live blogging updates of the ceremony, reading the occasional tweet about it as well. Mostly this was to see how well my predictions from yesterday fared. Continue reading Cannes sounded a little awkward this morning as ‘Dheepan’ took the Palme

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Three teenagers ride through a sketchy L. A. neighborhood on their bikes in Dope.

Musings on Cannes: Could ‘Dope’ be this year’s ‘Whiplash?’

Each of the major film festivals around the globe (and several of the minor ones as well) have a distinct flavor defined by their geographical location and time of year. Cannes is positioned interestingly on both fronts. Culturally speaking it is a very affluent, possibly pretentious, and absolutely obsessed with the red carpet. Simultaneously it feels like the kickoff to the year in movies. Continue reading Musings on Cannes: Could ‘Dope’ be this year’s ‘Whiplash?’

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