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The Long Week Closes: Now Less Than Ever May 27, 2017

In a year when the Cannes competition has been this badly received, it’s hard to care about whether or not the jury gets it “right” this year because there appear to be so few worthy choices. It was a deflating year to read Cannes dispatches. Let’s hope a lot of these movies are better received […]

The Long Week Closes: All’s Well That Ends Well May 20, 2017

Two notes I want to get through lightning-fast because I’m way behind schedule today: I can say with relief that David Hudson has landed a job at a website deserving of his skills, the Criterion blog. In case you weren’t aware, our Cannes 2017 index is arranged in the order of industry screenings. The Competition […]

The Long Week Closes: Six Competition Films That Will Not Win the Palme d’Or May 13, 2017

5/14/17 update: I’ve deleted this piece. My tone was too certain. I came off like a blowhard. Manifesto (Rosefeldt) New Releases Manifesto (Julian Rosefeldt, Australia/Germany, 2015, 12 reviews) The Wedding Plan (Rama Burshtein, Israel, 2016, 6 reviews) Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (John Scheinfeld, United States, 2016, 6 reviews) Jeanne Dielman (Akerman) Cinema of […]

Hire David Hudson! May 12, 2017

Bad news: Fandor is closing its Keyframe blog and David Hudson is out of a job. Someone needs to hire David ASAP. He’s invaluable. This site could not have existed without his inspiration. I suspect (or at least hope) David is returning to the Notebook (which was called “The Auteurs Daily” when he initially joined), […]

The Long Week Closes: Four Years Old May 6, 2017

I usually like to make upgrades to the website in March or April every year so that we can begin a new year of Critics Round Up with some improvements (and also so that these improvements can be applied shortly before the Cannes Film Festival begins). But because of alarming events of the past six […]

The Long Week Closes: The Juror from South Korea’s Top 50 April 29, 2017

One thing I always wonder when festival jurors are announced, particularly for the Cannes Competition jury, is what kind of movies they love. How open minded are they, filmwise? In the case of this year’s Competition, how many movies have they seen by Hong Sang-soo, Sergei Loznitsa or Ruben Östlund? A few? None? Thanks to […]

The Long Week Closes: Notes on the Cannes 2017 Lineup April 15, 2017

#1) It was less discussed this time than in previous years, wasn’t it? #2) A year ago I complained that all of the East Asian directors in Competition since 2012 have been ones that have competed in previous years. In other words, Cannes had stopped giving new East Asian directors a chance to compete for […]

The Long Week Closes: Counting the Days April 8, 2017

The Cannes Official Selection announcements are this coming Thursday and I’m dreading them slightly. I don’t know how the festival defines a “good” or “bad” year at Cannes, but since Mark Peranson once said that Uncle Boonmee winning the Palme d’Or in 2010 was (I’m paraphrasing here) “bad for business,” I don’t think it’s safe […]

The Long Week Closes: Watching Silents in Silence April 1, 2017

When I first heard about the experimental filmmaker Peter Kubelka’s recommendation to watch silent films without music (i.e., literally watching silent films in silence), I scoffed. It sounded like taking hardcore cinephilic dedication too far. Kubelka’s reasoning was that since movies from the silent era had no synchronized audio, the music that we hear is […]