Director Chloe Zhao’s third feature, Nomadland, landed on the Lido this morning as one of the final movies to screen in competition at the Venice Film Festival. Reviews are embargoed for another several hours on the exploration of modern-day, van-dwelling life on the road, but what I can say is that there was energetic and sustained applause at the press screening I attended. … [Read more...] about ‘Nomadland’: Frances McDormand & Chloe Zhao On Being Docents For The Van-Dwelling Community – Venice
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The new teaser for Nomadland doesn’t offer much in the way of plot, but it does capture the film’s distinct vibe. It comprises a single shot of Fern walking through a campground filled with RVs and vans as the sun fades below the mountains in the distance. At one point, Linda calls over to Fern, inviting her to join a group sitting around a campfire, but Fern declines and continues to wander through the expanse. … [Read more...] about Frances McDormand Heads West in New ‘Nomadland’ Teaser
Nomadland is interested in the forlorn, the left-behinds, the no-hopers; they have always been with us, but perhaps not this conspicuously since the 1930s. While the life trajectories of the people onscreen are not delineated in much detail, the dominant impression, starting with Fern, is of once-stable, income-producing people whom American society has failed. This is sad tale, gentle rather than intent on finger-pointing or sociological analysis; it’s not a political tract but it’s hard to imagine many people watching this film and not coming out of it feeling that there’s something in the country—and perhaps the world–quite out of alignment. … [Read more...] about Film Review: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Starring Frances McDormand
One Night in Miami, which Amazon has not yet dated but which is definitely in the race this year, provides Regina King some juicy material for her directorial debut, and this three-time Emmy-winning and Oscar-winning star proves really adept in giving her actors room to deliver powerful turns in the dialogue-heavy story of a meeting of four Black icons in 1964 the night of Cassius Clay’s defeat over Sonny Liston to become Heavyweight Champion of the World. Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke, and Clay all meet in a hotel room and discuss many topics related to their responsibility in standing up for their race in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement. It is based on Kemp Powers inventive stage play and the playwright also got to adapt it, a drama that imagines the conversation between the four icons who really did meet that night in Miami. The next day Clay joined the Islamic religion so this was obviously a momentous gathering, and kudos to Kemp for discovering it and its rich … [Read more...] about Oscars: Fall Film Fest Circuit Aims To Promote Early Contenders McDormand, Winslet, Hopkins, King, And More – But Is It Just Too Damn Early?
Next weekend, China sees Warner Bros’ re-release of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, for the first time in 3D, which is performing well in pre-sales and could hit an eight-figure opening. Also coming nexrt weekend is Sony’s Bad Boys For Life as well as previews of long-delayed local war movie The Eight Hundred which officially opens on August 21; each will have an IMAX component. IMAX will also bow WB’s 10th anniversary edition of Inception across much of international, ahead of the China release on August 28. … [Read more...] about ‘1917’ Leads China Weekend; Korea Has Yet Another Hit With ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ & ‘Greenland’ Makes Hay In France – International Box Office