It's Monday, so it's time to shoot the shit with A Fistful of Thoughts! I debated just discussing the barrage of trailers and teasers we got last week, but everyone else has already done that, so do we need to talk about Superman or Batman or Star Wars again? I'm thinking we're good on that for now. Instead, we've got a list of films I'm dying to see that the US will almost certainly botch the distribution of, some directors announcing new projects, a nostalgic revival of sorts and a film I'm finally interested in now that I have some back story.
Let's get down to it!
There is a lot to talk about regarding Cannes this year! I will make it there one day, hopefully, but until then I will continue to fawn all over the selections of intriguing films it'll take me years to see since American refuses to celebrate these foreign films in the way they deserve to be. So, there's been a lot of debate over the films selected (or more precisely the films NOT selected). Apparently some are crying favoritism, since Italy and France are dominating the slate, and not one Spanish language film is in contention, but as much as we all like to ruffle our own feathers and start pointing fingers, can we just bask in the diverse glory that is a list that includes names like Kurzel, Haynes, Audaird, Lanthimos, Maiwenn, Sorrentino, Trier, Villenueve, Van Sant, Allen, Schroeder and Garrone! I mean, this is a thing of beauty!
Also, I think we need to give praise to Cannes for choosing to open the film with Emmanuelle Bercot's Le Tete Haute. This is the first time that a film directed by a woman has been given the coveted opening slot since 1987 (that film was A Man in Love). We talk a lot about supporting women's movies, movies about women and movies made by women, so this is pretty awesome. It also stars the luminous Catherine Deneuve, so...
Oh, and did you hear that there are going to be NO SELFIES this year? I mean, I'm sure a few will pop up, because, you know, celebrities love themselves, but there is a selfie ban at Cannes this year. I'll admit, I have a problem with selfies. I take way too many of them. I post too many of them. My friends are always giving me shit about it. What can I say, other than I like to put myself in the action all the time, and if I were a celebrity on the red carpet at Cannes you better believe I would be walking down the carpet with phone outstretched taking one long endless selfie. FOR REAL! So, in other words, this banning is stupid, but hilarious at the same time.
So, we could have just talked about Cannes, I guess, but there's more to discuss today so we'll move on.
Have you ever wanted to know five things about Lars von Trier that you didn't already know? If so, then this interview may not give you what you want since I think we kind of knew this stuff, but I just want to call bullshit on his claim that Nymphomaniac was the first film he completed sober, because, like, you have to be on something, ANYTHING, to come up with that shit. If that's sober, I prefer my von Trier drunk as fuck. I do kind of love that he came out and said he doesn't watch new movies, and by new movies it appears he means ANYTHING MADE SINCE HE STARTED MAKING FILMS, which is, like, over twenty years...but he did make time to see The Matrix!
Oh, Celebrity Deathmatch is back!
Really, that's all there is to say. This news is AMAZING!
So, fans of Whiplash are going to be happy that Damien Chazelle is coming back swiftly with a new flick. They may be shocked to know that it's a romantic musical. Ruth over at Flixchatter is going to be sore that Miles Teller dropped out and was replaced by Ryan Gosling. But, it also stars Emma Stone, who should be in everything, so I'm super excited about this. Besides, I love me a good musical, and Chazelle's directing style is so sharp and exciting that his talents could serve a musical really well.
And lastly, look at this:
So, until a week or so ago, I wasn't really interested in this film at all. I really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but Zemeckis is not a name I generally care for. That being said, I recently watched Man on Wire...and that doc was SO GOOD and so now I'm really intrigued to see where they take this film, this story and more importantly, this personality. Like, the real life Philippe Petit is so full of life and charisma and charm and just EVERYTHING that I'm dying to see how JGL handles the portrayal of the man. I'm stumped as to why they went with an American and not one of the many charismatic Frenchmen who could have easily filled these shoes and NAILED this part, but I'm a fan of JGL, so I'm okay with this.
What do you think?
Here's What I'll Be Reading Today
Josh has posted his Top 50 Films of the decade, so far
Kevin is back to talking to us on Saturdays
David talks about Star Trek
Mario saw some shit no one else has ever heard of, again
Dan talks the new Mike Leigh film
Ruth continues to rub it in that she gets to attend Film Festivals
Bubbawheat laments over the reality of female driven Superhero films
Irene is taking a break, and I'm not happy about it
Sati reenacts The Lion King and reminds me that Game of Thrones needs to become my top priority
And lastly, as if I didn't have enough blogathons that I already need to participate in, another was brought to my attention that I want to take part in, and you can find out about it here!