The movie musical has shown sporadic signs of life over the past decade or so, with early artistic triumphs (Moulin Rouge!, Chicago) giving way to devastatingly dull adaptations of Broadway’s most turgid shows (Dreamgirls, Hairspray and the tremendous missed opportunity that was Nine).
“But I am French!” a tourist announced at the door of Alice Tully Hall Monday evening. His name was not on that most sacred Excel spreadsheet, the guest list, for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s gala tribute to Catherine Deneuve. “This actress is French! I am French!” he told the doorman. His face showed that singular Gallic disdain, exasperated that Americans should be privy to an icon as beatific as Madame Deneuve. A security guard intervened, sending the fuming Frenchman on his way.
Inside the atrium, however, a reverent group was congregating, awaiting the entrance of the filmic doyenne. In true French fashion, she kept them waiting.
The Mega Millions jackpot might be over, but we’re still waiting to hear who will take ownership of the golden tickets. There seems to be some dispute over who the winners actually are. The winning numbers were sold in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas, but so far no one has stepped forward to stake claim to their third of the $640 M. jackpot. Someone needs to step up, and soon, as we learned from this weekend’s premiere of HBO’s bloody Game of Thrones. Without a clear winner, all you have is confusion and not nearly enough screen time for Peter Dinklage.
We know who we would give the money to: Jeremy Lin, the poor guy. Linsanity lasted approximately a month, in which the Knicks point-guard was the hottest thing since the Rolling Stones showed up in America and pissed off Don Draper. But after a recent knee injury, his career is being put down faster than one of the horses in Luck. Refusing to give up, the basketball sensation is still tweeting about his recovery from the hospital. He’s not out yet!
BAM is to host a near-month-long retrospective of Catherine Deneuve’s films, from March 4 to March 31. The season will be a high-water mark in New York’s interest in French cinema–March 3 to 13 will see the “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema” series at Walter Reade, which opens with a Deneuve performance in the Read More
I finally figured out what my problem is. After all these years, I now see what I have been doing wrong. Caution: It’s pretty tragic. Simply put, I am just too folksy and available. Yes: folksy and available!
My epiphany came last week while reading A Time to Be Born, the late Dawn Powell’s searing Read More
The Girl on the Train
Running time 105 minutes
Written by Odile Barski, Jean-Marie Besset and André Téchiné
Directed by André Téchiné
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Émilie Dequenne, Michel Blanc, Nicholas Duvauchelle
The Girl on the Train, not to be confused with Girl on Train, Party Girl on Train or Lady on a Train, is the Read More
A Christmas Tale
Running Time 150 minutes
Written by Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Anne Cosigny, Mathieu Amalric
Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale, from a screenplay (in French with English subtitles) by Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu, can best be Read More
All those so-called hipsters fervently awaiting Wes Anderson’s follow-up to The Life Aquatic don’t need to obsessively check IMDb; starting next week, they just have to turn on the TV. Mr. Anderson’s latest oeuvre won’t be yet another campy comedy starring a morose Bill Murray-rather, he’s been enlisted by Coca-Cola to direct four 30-second television Read More
Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. So somebody must like it. I found the film more strange than anything else. For one thing, it is all spoken and sung in English! One critic described it as phonetic English, but that applies mostly to Björk, Read More
Valerie Breiman’s Love & Sex , from her own screenplay, is one of the happiest surprises of this horrendous movie season. Blessed with wry wit and high spirits, Love & Sex lifts Famke Janssen and Jon Favreau into a realm reserved for very few screen couples in this age of galloping alienation and dysfunction. Not Read More