Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cannes Film Festival Day 6 and 7: Inside Out, The Chosen Ones and Sicario

On my last two days at the Cannes Film Festival, I saw 7 films, taking my total over the 7 days to 21 films.

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The films I saw on Monday and Tuesday were:

The Measure of a Man (La Lois du Marche)
Inside Out
The Chosen Ones
Marguerite and Julien

Trap (Taklub)
Office (O Piseu)

That's it from Cannes for this year.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Cannes Film Festival Day 4 and 5: My Mother, Amy and Louder Than Bombs

I saw six film over the weekend at Cannes but have only reviewed three so far. Click the titles tp check out the reviews.

My Mother

My King
The High Sun
Louder Than Bombs

The highlight of the weekend was definitely Asif Kapadia's documentary Amy, which I called 'a heart wrenching reminder of the deceased star’s enormous talent, and an early contender for Best Documentary at the Academy awards next year'.

Box Office Report on Mad Max Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2

It's not all an endless cycle of watch movie, review movie, watch next movie, review next movie at Cannes. Over at Tastic Film, I'm also keeping an eye on the box office at home, particularly because Mad Max Fury Road came out on Friday and it was a film that took Cannes by storm.

Surprisingly though, it hasn't done as big business as Pitch Perfect 2, the aca-sequel that seems to have got even more fans since the original film debuted in 2012.

Here is a snippet from my box office report at Tastic Film:

Mad Max Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 had the mother of all smackdowns at the box office this weekend, with Pitch Perfect 2 managing to crush its nearest competition with an opening weekend figure of just over $70 million. Anna Kendrick and her aca-tastic co-stars clearly managed to mobilise fans of the first film, which was a surprise success back in 2012. The lure of more energetic sing-offs than you can shake a stick at, proves once again that there is an audience for musicals, even in the age of another superhero blockbuster being released every five minutes. With a worldwide total of over $100 million, Pitch Perfect 2 will most likely end up in the top 10 biggest films of 2015.

Read more of this box office report at Tastic Film.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Cannes Film Festival Day 2 and 3: Mad Max Fury Road, Son of Saul, The Lobster

I have seen a further six films over the past couple of days after catching my first two films at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, I saw:

Mad Max: Fury Road
One Floor Below
Son of Saul
The Lobster
Irrational Man
The Fourth Direction

Click the titles for reviews that I have gotten around to writing.

I also met Jamie Graham from Total Film and he actually knew who I was from Twitter which was pretty incredible to me. Unfortunately he didn't offer me a job right then and there on the spot, funnily enough.

Come back for more updates from the festival soon or check out my Cannes page here.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Cannes Film Festival 2015 Day 1: Standing Tall and Tale of Tale Reviews

Just two films today. I saw Standing Tall and Tale of Tales. Click the titles for my reviews.

I also saw Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna Miller who are on the jury.

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Countdown to Cannes: My Ideal Film List

I’m back at the Cannes Film Festival for my second year running. I’ve been invited back to review films for Tastic Film so expect all my coverage to be up there over the next couple of weeks. The press screening schedule has been released and as usual it’s packed with potential!

Ideally, I’m going to try and see every film I possibly can. There are a few fancy parties we might be going to and there may be the odd screening I can’t get into with my blue badge but in an ideal world, this is going to be the list of films I see over the next seven days!

I’ll be settling in to the press room between screenings to try and write up as much as I can and keep these reviews flowing as quickly as possible but I’m sure the odd film may slip by the wayside eventually. 

I’m a little ashamed to admit that despite all these worthy films on display, the film I’m most looking forward to on this list is Mad Max: Fury Road. Sorry world cinema, I’m a sucker for some action!

Unfortunately, I have to leave on Wednesday so I’ll be missing the last few days of the festival but hopefully before I leave, I'll have seen these 31 films:

La Tete Haute (Standing Tall)
Il Racconto Dei Racconti (Tale of Tales)
Un Etaj Mai Jos (One Floor Below)
Saul Fia (Son of Saul)
Irrational Man
Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction)
The Sea of Trees
Mia Madre (My Mother)
Mon Roi (My King)
Zvizdan (The High Sun)
Louder Than Bombs
La Loi Du Marche
Marguerite and Julien
Las Elegidas (The Chosen Ones)