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Cannes 2010 Day 4 - So what's good this year?

Monday 17 May 2010, 11:52

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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On a diet of about four films per day including Mike Leigh's Another Year, Gregg Araki's Kaboom, the cultish possessed car tyre movie Rubber, Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and Hideo Nakata's Chatroom, I can't argue that most food groups aren't being served this year, but who is looking like Chef of the Cannes kitchen at the halfway point?

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    Comment number 1.

    Good to hear the Gregg Araki film is good, one of his last films 'Mysterious Skin' was the "My Own Private Idaho' of the generation, but a better film than that and Brokeback Mountain in my opinion.

    I reckon Apichatpong Weerasethakul might be running for the Palme d'or. Mike Leigh has already won it before, Cannes seem to begrudge handing out the bestowed honours to a director more than once, well only the Dardennes have. Cannes seem to hand out the honours to directors who's previous films have done quite well....

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    Comment number 2.

    I'm looking forward to Loach's new film, Route Irish, especially as 'Looking for Eric' was a disappointment; I hope Loach can redeem himself.

    Now, Dr Kermode, do you think Loach's film could be a contender for the Palm d'or? Or do you think it, at least, would be better than Mike Leigh's 'Another Year'?

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    Comment number 3.

    Why is it Woody Allen films are now always judged against work he did 30 years ago? Surely if this was just another rom-com by a diffeent director it wouldn't be judged so harshly? Do directors have to live up to past films espically as wen making said films they didn't know how crititcally acclaimed they would be. Do you just expect too much?

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    Comment number 4.

    i always look forward to a ken loach film. 'looking for eric' was one of last year's best.

    is 'splice' being shown in cannes?

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    Comment number 5.

    I'm completely with you on your hatred of Babel, as well as your love of Amores Perros. Whether or not I see Biutiful entirely depends on you.

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    Comment number 6.

    Secrets and lies is (in my opinion) a positive movie. But without sacrificing character and cohesion. The people won't suddenly change personality. It's not hollywood "feelgood" but I felt good afterwards.

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    Comment number 7.

    Mark, I would be interested to hear how you felt about the new films from Takeshi Kitano and Abbas Kiarostami. I agree with the first poster that "Joe" W's Uncle Boonmee would be a strong contender for a top prize based on his past reception at Cannes. Also, has there been any press to raise awareness for the imprisoned director Jafar Panahi at the festival? You would think that at Cannes of all places someone would be trying to help one of the great international directors of our time.

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    You saw Rubber! I'm so jealous. Some pretty neat swag there too, Doctor.

    Agree about Araki's work feeling a bit pre-packaged; I actually like The Doom Generation a lot in the sense that it is so strange and different and actually pretty funny, but it is pretentious in places and still way too hung up on aesthetic design, as I think most of his movies are. Mysterious Skin felt like a large step into maturity so possibly he's moving away from that a bit? I always inevitably look forward to his new films regardless... call it guilty pleasure.

    Leigh's work usually struck me as more positive than negative and actually the film that feels the most off the beaten track in his list of works - I think anyway - is Naked. Which is brilliant but so nihilistic. Most of Leigh's other films are hard and realistic but still strike a strong hopeful tone.

    New Ken Loach is always exciting, Woody Allen hasn't been relevant for years anyway. REALLY looking forward to hearing your word on the new Inarritu film as the sensation of watching the great, meaningful and critically acclaimed Babel was like being repeatedly poked in the earlobe with a sewing pin for 140 minutes.

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    Comment number 9.

    Sun block! Don't forget the sun block. (Perhaps it's my PC screen that had the red turned way up).

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    Comment number 10.

    The original version of The Housemaid (http://mubi.com/films/2039) is so good, I doubt the remake can even come close.

    I agree that Babel was crap, but there's always a possibility Iñárritu will make something as good as Amores Perros.

    Rubber sounds incredibly silly, but it might be just silly enough to actually work.

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    Comment number 11.

    Why don't you cover the Sundance festival? It seems to get much more interesting movies.

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    Comment number 12.

    Looks as if Gilliam’s Don Quixote is back on with helicopter pilot/temp Pope Ewan McGregor and Bobby Duvall.
    http://www.imdb.com/news/ni2478683/
    Next year Cannes?


    Love the idea of Dr K at Sundance. He could meet up with Ebert.

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    Comment number 13.

    The daily video clips are just fantastic Mark - really enjoy your perspective on the festival.
    Hope you get to see "The Tree" an Australian film on closing night.

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    Comment number 14.

    This isn't an April Fool (even though it's a bit late for that).

    Apparently it's been revealed that Japanese studio Toei is preparing a 3D conversion of Kinji Fukasaku's cult action thriller Battle Royale.

    Fukasaku's son, Kenta Fukasaku, is supervising the 2D to 3D conversion in Tokyo through this production company Fukasaku-Gumi.

    It's getting ever so close to The Exorcist being converted or remade in to 3D

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    Comment number 15.

    Rubber sounds bizarre and interesting...a cross between Christine and Scanners.
    Poor Woody, I agree with 3. MSCL to some extent but the fact remains that his movies 'aint as good as they used to be...and I'm not just referring to the ones that Mark mentioned. You could easily include some of the later ones (that have a serious side as well as the expected comedy) as "good Woody" like Hannah and her Sisters, Husbands and Wives and Crimes and Misdemeanours, heck you could even include Bullets Over Broadway! ("Don't speak" :D)
    Good to hear your views on Draquila Dr K
    Most of Mike Leigh's movies always have strong supportive relationships at their heart. There is definitely a positive element in the way the families really care and love each other, and find some kind of hope in the end.

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    Comment number 16.

    Mark, - Mad dogs and Englishmen...you are looking much too red. Please add a jaunty panama hat to your tenue de ville. BRs David

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    Comment number 17.

    It may be unfair to judge Woody Allen against his early films. But if you saw only the films he's made in say, the last fifteen years, and the "early" films had never existed, wouldn't you be thinking, why did these films get made at all?

    Imagine history running in reverse, it would be amazing to find after a long career of uninspired duds, when Allen's ouvre finally produced Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Manhattan. Annie Hall would be his crowning achievement before slumping into the inconsequential "later funny films."

 

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