There's a trend in actor-turned-director helmed films at Cannes this year, an impeccable direction of the people on screen. One of the clearest examples of this is James Franco's new feature film, As I Lay Dying.
It was late and chilly on Wardour Street, a good three miles to the flat I was renting in St. John's Wood, yet I desperately needed that walk to get a grasp on the emotions churned up by the film I had just screened.
It's very nice that Oscars made a special tribute to movie musicals. The only problem is that not a single one of the musicals honored (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Les Miz) was ever eligible for Oscar's own category of "Best Original Musical."
Barbara Muschietti is a native-Argentinean who has traveled the globe following her dream, to make feature films. This January, her supernatural thriller Mama, starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, hits theaters.
When you see the opening moments of Mighty Fine and catch your first glimpse of newcomer Rainey Qualley playing Andie MacDowell's daughter, your first thoughts will most likely be "Wow! That's great casting."
Experimental artists are often overshadowed by their more precocious and more flamboyant conceptual counterparts. Yet Clint Eastwood's success demonstrates that dictatorship is not the only way to make great movies.