In 1978, New York City’s Lower East Side was as unrecognizable from today as a war zone. Amid rampant urban blight, slumlords and gangland, a now-infamous community of progressive artists flourished and flamed. They must have known they were changing the world. At least one of them, an 18-year-old charismatic named Jean-Michel Basquiat, definitely knew it. Boom for Real is a bright and lively, intimate and detailed account of Basquiat’s arrival and formative years as a fearless young adult who came of age along with the city he came to fairly embody. “For forward-thinking people,” curator Diego Cortez says at one point in the film, “the age of the white male was already over.”Cultural historian of all things Lower East Side and street art, first-hand witness and willing participant, writer Carlo McCormick makes frequent appearances in the film, providing the broader context of art and what came after. At one point he keenly reminds the … [Read more...] about Boom for Real: A New Documentary Film Looks at Basquiat the Teenager
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Wow. So now that we’re all living in a post-Avengers: Infinity War world, it’s time to deal with the fallout of what was undoubtedly a world shaking entry in the MCU. Beware because from here on out there are going to be a lot of spoilers and some serious speculation about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Half of the universe is dead, let’s start off with that. It’s quite likely that Marvel won’t keep all of their biggest heroes dead, but even if they bring back the core characters and introduce new heroes like Captain Marvel, it’s likely that by the time we hit Phase Five, the MCU will really need some new blood. So let’s think about who Marvel has left to bring in as the new generation of heroes after the seeming inevitability of a Secret Invasion plot in Phase Four, not to mention the strong possibility of the retirement of Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. as Captain America and Iron Man. It might seem silly to think about this … [Read more...] about What Will Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Look Like?
After decades of delay, Terry Gilliam‘s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is ready to see the light of day. Maybe. The film is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, unless a lawsuit delays it. In the meantime, you can watch this new Man Who Killed Don Quixote trailer. Will we ever see The Man Who Killed Don Quixote? I really don’t know. The film is finally finished, but director Terry Gilliam continues to run into trouble for his notoriously troubled film. While we wait to see if the film ever hits theaters, we can at least bide our time by watching this new Man Who Killed Don Quixote trailer, which is a heck of a lot better than the first trailer that was released a few weeks ago. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Trailer Like I said, this is a big improvement over the last trailer. It has more style, more energy, more comedy. This thing might turn out okay after all. But…who knows if we’ll ever see it. Don Quixote was all … [Read more...] about ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Trailer: Terry Gilliam’s Cursed Film Looks Pretty Good
Our picks from the other European territories are HERE. AlmaDir: Kristín JóhannesdóttirAs In Heaven played at Cannes 1992, returns to filmmaking with this drama about a woman serving time for murdering her boyfriend – a crime she doesn’t remember. When she discovers the boyfriend is still alive, she decides to escape and kill him. The cast includes Snæfrídur Ingvarsdóttir as Alma and the late Emmanuelle Riva in her last feature film role. Contact: Gudrún Edda Thórhannesdóttir Becoming AstridDir: Pernille Fischer ChristensenContact: TrustNordiskThe House That Jack BuiltDir: Lars von TrierContact: TrustNordisk Read more: 10 UK and Irish films to tempt festival directors in 2018 JimmieDir: Jesper GanslandtFalkenberg Farewell) has a busy 2018 launching Beast Of Burden starring Daniel Radcliffe and this smaller passion project, which has been selected to open Rotterdam. Jimmie is a take on the refugee crisis, told … [Read more...] about 15 Nordic films to tempt festival directors in 2018
Dir Claudio Giovannesi CompetitionOn paper this tough multi-ethnic drama set in the Roman seaside resort and dormitory town of Ostia could be the most export-friendly of the three Italian titles in this year’s Competition. Returning to the ethnic-strife territory and locations of his debut Fratelli D’Italia, Giovannesi’s second feature, which takes its title but not its story from a novel by Pier Paolo Pasolini, centres on four teens, played by local non-professionals, who are involved in this down-at-heel area’s criminal underworld.Contact Fabrizio Mosca, Acaba Produzioni, [email protected] Walter Hill Out of CompetitionWith the highest commercial profile of the world premieres at Rome (not counting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which debuts just a few days before its US release) veteran director Hill’s Sylvester Stallone vehicle is another variant on the buddy dynamic of films like 48 Hrs or Red Heat. Stallone plays a hitman who … [Read more...] about Rome 2012: 15 new films