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Cannes 2021: Titane wins Palme d’or

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“Titane,” a movie whose protagonist has a titanium plate in her head, added to its hardware collection with a Palme d’Or on Saturday night at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The director, Julia Ducournau (“Raw“), is only the second woman to win the festival’s t... More »

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Cannes 2021: The Restless, Nitram, Casablanca Beats, France

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With 24 features, the 2021 Cannes competition is the largest since 1995 (recent years have hovered around 20), and Palme d’Or aspirants kept premiering right until the end. None of the last four films to debut strikes me as a serious contender for the top priz... More »

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Showtime’s The End Feels Like It Never Will

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If subject was all that mattered, Showtime’s “The End” would be worth watching merely for how it interrogates ideas about the end of life that fiction is often afraid to confront. However, as Roger once famously said, “It’s not what something is about, it’s ho... More »

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Cannes 2021: A Hero, Deception, Petrov’s Flu

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In 1983, Robert Bresson won the best-director award at Cannes for “L’Argent,” his final, Tolstoy-inspired feature. It follows the journey of a counterfeit bill that acquires a metaphysical significance. The sin that began with the printing and passing of the b... More »

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Cannes 2021: Where is Anne Frank, Stillwater, Lamb

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The human capacity to acclimate to just about any circumstance remains remarkable, and it’s almost surreal how the view of mega-yachts, beach sand, palm trees, and well coifed-cinephiles is already old-hat by the time you reach the second week of Cannes. There... More »

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Hulu’s McCartney 3,2,1 Deconstructs a Legend

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Rick Rubin is a master at getting an artist to actively deconstruct their work. Tom Petty used his expertise for his landmark, stripped-down album Wildflowers; Andrew Dice Clay created his best work (The Day the Laughter Died) when Rubin placed the raunchy com... More »

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Home Entertainment Guide: July 2021

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10 NEW TO NETFLIX “Air Force One““The American““Boogie Nights““The Game““Karate Kid”“The Queen”“Snowpiercer““Star Trek““The Strangers““Terminator 2: Judgment Day“ 10 NEW TO HBO MAX “8 Mile““American History X““Beautiful Girls““Blackhat““Let Him Go““Lucky”“Obse... More »

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Cannes 2021: Table of Contents

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The following table of contents contains Chaz Ebert‘s video dispatches from Cannes 2021, produced by herself and Scott Dummler of Mint Media Works, and written dispatches by Barbara Scharres, Ben Kenigsberg, Jason Gorber, Brian Tallerico, and Lisa Nesselson.  ... More »

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