Posts tagged as: Alison Frank

TMA FilmCast #31 — Alison Frank reports from 67th Locarno Film Fest

TMA FilmCast #31 — Alison Frank reports from 67th Locarno Film Fest

Alison Frank reports from the 67th Locarno Film Festival, interviewing two directors from the international competition, Lucie Borleteau (“Fidélio, l’odyssée d’Alice”) and Andrea Staka (“Cure – The Life of Another”) and Jasmila Zbanic, whose film, “Love Island,” was screened on the festival’s famous Piazza Grande. LISTEN!

A Look Back at TIFF 2010

A Look Back at TIFF 2010

The selection of films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was even stronger than usual. Of the 10 films I saw, only one was frankly awful, three disappointing, while the rest were good or outstanding. Here is my overview of the must-sees and the must-avoids. Let’s start on a positive note: 1.) Cold Fish […]

‘Choker Bali’: The One That Got Away

‘Choker Bali’: The One That Got Away

As the Toronto International Film Festival approaches, it seems like a good time to reflect on the film that got away. Everyone who has been to a film festival has at least one of these, and probably even a list of them. The film that was sold out. The film that just wouldn’t fit into […]

Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost’: Haunted by the Author

Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost’: Haunted by the Author

I recently had the pleasure of seeing a Polanski film in utter innocence.  As the result of a rare set of circumstances, I found myself in the wrong cinema in front of a film which had a very restricted title sequence, so that I knew the title of the film from the beginning, but didn’t […]

Jeunet’s ‘Micmacs’: Racial Stereotypes Overshadow Innovation

Jeunet’s ‘Micmacs’: Racial Stereotypes Overshadow Innovation

At his most successful, Jean-Pierre Jeunet has managed to create films which combine a mainstream approach to storytelling with an artist’s attention to image.  Some would argue that “Delicatessen” is Jeunet’s strongest film so far—much darker than “Amélie,” and it has achieved a cult status.  But it was “Amélie” that gained the biggest audiences: whereas […]

Lars Von Trier’s ‘Dogville’ and the Dogme Legacy

Lars Von Trier’s ‘Dogville’ and the Dogme Legacy

I must confess to a prejudice: I hate films that don’t change spaces. At the theatre, it doesn’t matter to me if there are no set alterations and every scene takes place in the same location; when it comes to film, I want to move from one space to another. This may sound like an […]

Phillip Morris and the Art of the Scam

Phillip Morris and the Art of the Scam

You may have seen the trailer for the latest Jim Carrey comedy, I Love You Phillip Morris. If so, I’d advise you to quit while you’re ahead. Like most comedy trailers, it cannily includes most of the film’s funniest moments. This has always struck me as a kind of misrepresentation: the trailer is supposed to […]

Eric Rohmer: It’s Good to Talk

Eric Rohmer: It’s Good to Talk

If you read the newspaper articles that appeared following the death of Eric Rohmer early this year, you will have come across the cliché that his work is ‘talky’: the implicit criticism is that Rohmer’s films feature too much dialogue and not enough action. Personally, I see nothing wrong with characters engaging in thought-provoking debate. […]

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