Made to mark the 50th anniversary of the birth of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, it fell awkwardly between two stools. O’Callaghan’s personal recollections of watching television coverage (at the tender age of eight, mind) of the turmoil in Derry, on the barricades in Paris, and on the student campuses of the United States suggested we were in for an authored documentary. That approach might at least have provided some distinctive flavour. What we were treated to instead was a bland and largely mediocre history lesson seemingly aimed at enlightening people who have never sat through a history lesson, read a history book or watched a history documentary. It might as well have been called ‘Northern Irish Civil Rights for Beginners’. The links between the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 and the ones in Derry three years later, which were patterned after Martin Luther King’s tactic of “visible peaceful protest”, … [Read more...] about 1968: The Long March review: ‘The germ of a much better documentary was hidden inside this largely tepid hour’
Selma film review
REESE Witherspoon has finally confirmed her return as sorority queen-turned-successful lawyer Elle Woods. The star took to Instagram to share a GIF of her sailing across an outdoor pool in Elle's iconic pink bikini with the caption 'It’s true... #LegallyBlonde3' and we've got all you need to know... When will Legally Blonde 3 be released? As of yet, Legally Blonde 3 has no official release date. Deadline has reported that most of the original creative team would be back on board. The last Legally Blonde film was released 15 years ago and the writers of the first film, Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith and Karen McCullah, are in talks to write the new movie. Original producer Marc Platt is expected to return alongside Platt Productions president Adam Siegel. Who's in the cast? Reese Witherspoon has confirmed her return as the bright and irrepressible law student. As well as starring, Reese will co-produce under the banner of her media company, Hello Sunshine. It's unclear … [Read more...] about When will Legally Blonde 3 be released, who’s in the cast with Reese Witherspoon and what do we know so far?
24/05/2018 By Neptune Leave a Comment 25 May 2018. So what was the culmination of the 71st edition of this grandest of all film festivals? I would say the satisfying ‘Palmares’ (awards) handed out by the high-caliber jury headed by the elegant and talented Australian actress, Cate Blanchett. It was indeed a competent jury, since four of its members were among the finest directors in the world: American Ava Duvernay who directed the award-winning ‘Selma’ about Martin Luther King; Frenchman Robert Guediguian, who makes films about the struggles of the working class in Marseille; Denis Villeneuve of Canada, whose ‘Sicario’ was a revelation; and Russia’s renowned Andrey Zvyagintsev, director of such masterpieces as ‘The Return’ and ‘Loveless’. If such directors don’t know a gem when they see it, then who would? Their jury of nine (also including Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart) managed to pick out the best in the … [Read more...] about CANNES winners – Neptune’s final report – part 3
2 Dir: Lars von Trier; Starring: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Riley Keough, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl. Cert TBC, 155 mins. Seven years ago, Lars von Trier was drummed out of Cannes for joking in a press conference that he sympathised with Hitler. Last night he came back, persona non grata status rescinded, with a film whose hero claims to sympathise with – well, have a guess. Around three quarters of the way through the Krypton Factor run of degradation that is The House That Jack Built, serial killer Jack (Matt Dillon) rejects the theory that art is a kind of emergency pressure valve for humankind – something that allows artists and audiences alike to make contact with ideas they would never dare carry out in life. Oh no, says Jack, over documentary clips of actual massacres, including footage from a concentration camp of piles of Holocaust victims’ bodies being bulldozed into pits. Anything an artist can think of, no … [Read more...] about The House That Jack Built review: Lars von Trier shocks Cannes with a portrait of the artist as serial killer
In a year rocked by the #MeToo movement, the jury of the Cannes film festival is both majority female and led by a woman. Here are the nine members: - Cate Blanchett - The two-time Oscar winner from Australia is the 12th woman to head the panel of judges. The 48-year-old has emerged as a key figure in Hollywood's fight against sexual harassment. One of the first women to call out Harvey Weinstein, Blanchett recently co-founded the "Time's Up" movement in support of abuse victims. She made her breakthrough as Britain's flame-haired monarch Elizabeth I in the 1998 biopic, earning her the first of her six Oscar nominations. Although she has never won anything at Cannes, her performance in "Carol", where she played one half of a couple of illicit lesbian lovers, earned her rave reviews in 2014. - Chang Chen - One of Taiwan's best-known actors, the 41-year-old shot to fame in the 2000 martial arts saga "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" by fellow countryman Ang Lee. Born into a family of … [Read more...] about Who’s who in the Cannes film festival jury