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Our morbid fascination with rise and fall narratives is entrenched in the culture and all-too-common tragic stories about stardom and pop figures practically beg for cross-examined relitigation. The sad tale of pop R&B icon Whitney Houston is no di…

It’s been almost a week since the 71st Festival de Cannes came to a close and the festival bubble is starting to dissipate. That means the realization of what we assumed before it all began comes into clearer focus: the 2019 Oscar season really i…

We humans have a mania for classification. We divide things into epochs and eras — Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous; Elizabethan, Victorian, Edwardian. We draw borders around regions, cutting rivers in half, like the flowing waters care, and creati…

At least it’s mostly outdoors. Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan‘s new Cannes competition title, “The Wild Pear Tree,” an extravagantly wordy, three-hour-plus rumination on masculinity and morality in modern Turkey, cannot but …

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival announced on Wednesday that Oscar-winner Barry Levinson will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the 2018 edition of the festival which begins next month. Richa…

CANNES – At the end of a relatively quiet Cannes Film Festival, competition jury president  Cate Blanchett admitted her disappointment with the lack of female driven narratives.  But that shouldn’t take away from the fact diverse voices too…

Argentine director Gasper Noé thrives on controversy. It’s an essential part of his filmmaking style. He loves to push boundaries and, for lack of a better word, torture his audiences. What he isn’t known for is having rocking soundtracks i…

After the controversial premiere of his most recent film, “The House That Jack Built,” Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier has found himself at the center of a media storm. The spotlight comes from, partially, the harsh, white-hot reaction to ‘Jack&#…

It exists. I’ve seen it. And while I cannot guarantee that every member of the audience at the first press screening of “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” is not going to die mysteriously in the next fortnight, like we’ve desecrat…

Coming into this year’s Cannes Film Festival, we were excited to see Ali Abbasi’s latest film, “Border.” Described simply as a modern take on Nordic folklore, as told through the lens of border security, the film follows a border agent with an uncanny …