The Long Week Closes: A Won and a Two (and a Three) June 3, 2017

There’s been at least one new release worth covering every week since this site launched in May 2013. This week cut it the closest. The only new release I’m covering this week, Wonder Woman, was added at 3 PM Pacific yesterday.

I also wanted to write briefly about the Cannes Film Festival. I posited three rules (which I deleted the next day in a fit of regret) about the kinds of movies that can’t win the Palme d’Or: #1) The first film to screen to the jury. #2) The shortest movies. #3) Comedies.

I was very wrong on the last count. I didn’t rule out The Square at the time, but if I’d known it was a comedy or a satire, I would have. That said, I should note that it was the second-longest film in competition. It was edged out by A Gentle Creature, which was only one minute longer than The Square.

Lastly, I’m a lot more excited about the movies from Cannes after seeing Andréa Picard and Dennis Lim’s ratings at Todas Las Criticas. (They waited until Monday to add all of their ratings.) They each found several films worth getting excited about, including some from the competition, even The Square, so it couldn’t have been a total wash.

Montparnasse Bienvenue (Serraile)

Cannes 2017
Montparnasse Bienvenue (Léonor Serraille, France, 5 reviews)
In the Fade (Fatih Akin, Germany, 4 reviews)

Wonder Woman (Jenkins)

New Releases
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, United States, 12 reviews)

Mysterious Object at Noon (Apichatpong)

Cinema of the Past
Mysterious Object at Noon (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2000, 9 reviews)
Limite (Mario Peixoto, Brazil, 1931, 4 reviews)
Beau travail (Claire Denis, France, 1999, 18 reviews)
Documenteur (Agnès Varda, US/France, 1981, 3 reviews)
Mur Murs (Agnès Varda, France, 1981, 5 reviews)
Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001, United States, 11 reviews)
Revenge (Ermek Shinarbayev, Kazakhstan, 1989, 3 reviews)

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