Nomadland has been one of the most anticipated titles here. The film centers on Fern (McDormand), a woman who, after the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The film also features Oscar nominee David Strathairn. … [Read more...] about ‘Nomadland’: Frances McDormand & Chloe Zhao On Being Docents For The Van-Dwelling Community – Venice
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The film is based on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, and finds McDormand acting alongside some of the real people Bruder chronicles in her book: Linda May, Charlene Swankie and Bob Wells. Actor David Strathairn also stars in the film. … [Read more...] about Frances McDormand Heads West in New ‘Nomadland’ Teaser
The women among them tend toward a polite gentleness, an acceptance of things that’s often flecked with rays of optimism and folksy humor. By contrast, a fair number of the men seem to favor little raps or self-illuminating stories they’ve likely refined over the months and years. For many, living with little money and no prospects on the road and at RV parks has become a way of life; they are, as one puts it, like “work horses out to pasture.” This is a fluid community of old Vietnam War vets with PTSD, readers of Dr. Jack Kervorkian’s book on how to do yourself in, people with no prospects, and generous souls who invite any and all to their tables. … [Read more...] about Film Review: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Starring Frances McDormand
I know at least one major buyer who is chomping at the bit to lock in the impressive, if very dark, drama Pieces of a Woman, which stars Shia LaBeouf, Vanessa Kirby, and Ellen Burstyn. It is the stark story of a pregnancy turned tragic, with the resulting trial of a midwife (Molly Parker) at the center of a devastating English language debut from Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo and a script from Kata Weber. The pair have made a deeply personal movie, set in Boston, that will knock you out. Mundruczo won the top prize at Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for his stunning White God, another remarkable movie centered on the revenge of a pack of dogs that simply blew me away when it saw it at the Fest that year. This one did the same thing, and any buyer who wins the bidding war will have certain Oscar nominations for Kirby and 88-year-old Burstyn, as good as both have ever been on screen. Kirby is a genuine contender for a prize at Venice. It plays TIFF … [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?
When I ran into him during the dinner I told him I wished that President Trump could see this work, and he said he hoped that many in Washington D. C. would be able to experience it. It’s tough because only one person at a time can do that. In order to get the BOG to vote on it each member of the Board went to the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art after hours to see Carne y Arena. Academy Governor Michael Mann was one of the biggest proponents and then a special meeting was called to vote on the award. I told Inarritu I imagined it was selling out at every show and he said it was a big problem since the museum decided to put four months worth of tickets on sale at the same time and it filled up instantly. “I can’t get anyone into it until after February, and that includes friends, top executives and everyone else, ” he lamented. It is understandable since it is definitely something worth seeing. … [Read more...] about Governors Awards Ignore Scandals, Hand Out Year’s First Oscars