French actor-director Xavier Beauvois' latest feature stars Jérémie Renier as a small-town gendarme whose career takes an unwanted turn. Most cop movies — and most movies in general — spend the first reel setting up a story that usually kicks off after an “inciting incident,” to quote various screenwriting manuals, which takes place within the first ten or 15 minutes. For the rest of the film, we then watch how that incident unravels and affects the lives of all those involved. In Xavier Beauvois’ low-key police drama Drift Away ( Alabtros ), the veteran French writer-director does a curious thing: He spends about an hour on exposition, introducing us to a small-town gendarme named Laurent (Jérémie Renier) as he deals with different situations on the job, after which he returns to a stable home life with his long-term girlfriend Marie (Marie-Julie Maille) and daughter Poulette (Madeleine Beauvois). The set-up takes so much time that one wonders, at some point, whether this … [Read more...] about ‘Drift Away’ (‘Albatros’): Film Review | Berlin 2021
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who died last month just 30 days shy of his 102nd birthday, lived a life of fascinating contradictions. From a Dickensian childhood — his father died before he was born, and his mother was institutionalized when he was only two years old — Ferlinghetti eventually landed with wealthy foster parents who nurtured his love of literature and art. He was a World War II naval officer who went to Normandy on D-Day and Nagasaki six weeks after the atomic blast, but was forever afterwards dedicated to anti-war writing, activism, and publishing. He was a counterculture icon whose sartorial style included button-down shirts and a bowler hat; and an Ivy League-educated intellectual who wrote poetry that was intentionally populist, in the truest sense of that word: written for the many rather than the few. Related Stories Lawrence Ferlinghetti Dead at 101 RS Recommends: John Giorno's 'Great Demon Kings' Memoir Related Stories 10 Must-Hear … [Read more...] about ‘I Never Was a Beat Poet’: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Musical Vision
When John Kerry was a kid, his mother took him for walks in the Massachusetts woods, where they often stopped and stood among the trees. “Just listen,” she told her son. Whatever he heard, it stuck with him. Kerry, who is 77, has been on the front lines of the war for a habitable planet since the first Earth Day in 1970, when he was just back from Vietnam, carrying shrapnel in his leg and a Silver Star for bravery in combat. Over the past 30 years, Kerry has been a central player in virtually every climate conference and U.N. climate meeting (he first got to know his wife, Teresa, at the Rio Summit in 1992). He has talked about the climate crisis when it would have been politically astute to keep his mouth shut. He backed cap-and-trade legislation to limit carbon pollution when other politicians were running for cover. As President Obama’s secretary of state, he spent months brokering a complex deal with China that cleared the way for the 2015 Paris climate agreement, in which … [Read more...] about Will America Finally Lead on Climate?
Whether it’s coming out of Nashville, New York, L.A., or points in between, there’s no shortage of fresh tunes, especially from artists who have yet to become household names. Rolling Stone Country selects some of the best new music releases from country and Americana artists. (Check out last week’s best songs.) Riley Downing, “Deep Breath” The singer of New Orleans soul-rockers the Deslondes gears up for his debut solo album, Start It Over , with this reminder to inhale and exhale the good stuff. With funky piano shuffling it along, “Deep Breath” finds Riley Downing tapping into his inner Leon Russell, growling about life’s doldrums and praising the relief that comes with a solid sigh. “Take a deep breath,” Downing kindly instructs, “it’s gonna be alright.” Related Stories RS Country Music Picks for Week of February 22nd RS Country Music Picks for Week of February 15th Related Stories Country's 15 Highest Drug Odes The 50 Greatest Rock … [Read more...] about RS Country Music Picks for Week of March 1st
The Psychedelic Furs have released a music video for “Wrong Train,” a track off the new wave outfit’s 2020 album, Made of Rain . The black-and-white clip was directed by photographer and filmmaker Hans Neleman, who drew inspiration from paintings made by Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler. The clip comprises a compelling collage centered around sequences in which Butler covers his face in paint. The photos and videos that Neleman and Butler made were then handed over to Peter Sebastian, who digitally manipulated them for the final cut. “‘Wrong Train’ explores the theme of a disintegrating relationship and the idea was to deliver something rooted in a more abstract realm rather than illustrating the lyrics literally,” Neleman said in a statement. “I photographed and filmed Richard while painting his face as if he were delivering an art performance.” Butler added: “‘Wrong Train’ continues the black and white textured, mysterious feel of the previous videos from Made of … [Read more...] about Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler Turns His Face Into a Canvas in ‘Wrong Train’ Video