Now 60, and always more of a wry classicist than a maverick, writer-director Olivier Assayas is one of the steadiest and most reliable filmmakers in contemporary cinema. I like his latest, “Clouds of Sils Maria,” a great deal; it’s beautifully acted and has a few wise (if familiar) things to impart regarding how age and experience must make way for, or at least accommodate, the brashness of youth.
As the involving new documentary “Dior and I” demonstrates, the “high” in high fashion indicates the complete and total seriousness, the almost religious fervor, with which the creators of serious fashion go about their work.
Sebastião Salgado spent decades going to the most hellish places on earth and documenting a litany of misery through photography. And about a decade ago, he hit a wall. His soul seemed empty, he said. So he did what he could to save himself. He began what he and his wife call the Genesis project, focusing on pristine parts of the Earth and grandiose landscapes.
These efforts are documented in the new documentary “The Salt of the Earth,” co-directed by Salgado’s son, Juliano, and famed filmmaker Wim Wenders. And it’s one of the most shocking — and inspiring — documentaries of the year.
There aren’t too many obstacles more daunting for a filmmaker than colossal expectations. Joss Whedon has to deal with a whole lot of them in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
The plot threads get a bit tangled, but “Ultron” opens in midbattle, as the Avengers — Tonk Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.); Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson); Thor (Chris Hemsworth); Bruce Banner, aka the rampaging Hulk (Mark Ruffalo); Captain America (Chris Evans); and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — take down another base belonging to international terrorists HYDRA.
Blake Lively’s latest film, “Age of Adaline,” stars her as a woman who has remained 29 years old for almost eight decades. Adaline meets a young man and spends a weekend with his parents, where she makes a decision that will change her life forever.
The movie came out last weekend, but if you haven’t had a chance to see it, we have five pairs of tickets to the film that are good at any AMC theater in Austin while the film is in theaters.
To win the tickets, send an email to email@example.com with your name by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Five winners will be chosen from the entrants and notified by 5 p.m. Friday. Non-winning entrants will not be notified.
Austin360’s big summer movie preview (featuring a few famous superheroes) is coming up on Friday, AND Saturday is Free Comic Book day!
Join us for a live chat at 10 a.m. on Friday with Laura Bishop of Austin Books and Comics, who will be discussing Free Comic Book day, the blockbuster movie season and what she’s looking forward to from both.
We’re doing our big summer movie preview on Friday, and it looks like a big year. While I’m not a fan of the summer season, several movies stand out. Here are my top five (most of which I will have seen by the end of May in Cannes). And some of these might not open till later in the year. We’ll see.
Woody Allen’s latest movie, “The Irrational Man,” could be good. At least it’s playing in Cannes, and it’s supposed to be in theaters by late summer, but who knows? It deals with a philosophy professor “who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act,” or so the press notes say. Joaquin Phoenix stars, with Emma Stone. It’s scheduled for a late summer release, but no definite date inAustin.
“Carol,” by Todd Haynes, looks intriguing. It deals with a lesbian relationship, and Cate Blanchett stars. She’s fantastic. It’s an arthouse film, and may or may not, open this summer. But it’s sure to be one of the year’s most interesting.
Gus Van Sant directs “The Sea of Trees,” which stars Austin’s Matthew McConaughey. It’ll have its world premiere in Cannes this May, but it may not be in theaters for a while.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” looks awesome from the trailers, and I’ve always been a fan of the series, so I’m happy to see this reboot. With the wildly underrated Tom Hardy. May 15.
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” wowed Sundance and is expected to be released June 15 in Austin. A small, independent film with big buzz.
The Austin-based, Austin-focused movie news -n-views website Slackerwood will cease posting new material May 27, Slackerwood editor JetteKernionposted today.
“I feel like it’s time for me to move on,” Kernion said on the site.
“Why close the site?,” she wrote “Because Slackerwood doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless editor, to paraphrase Jon Stewart. Editing and publishing Slackerwood, while often delightful and rewarding, is a time-consuming job. After nine years, I’d like to spend that time doing other things, like more writing.”
Max Meehan and Lars Nilsen present yet another dope edition of Savage Gold, their carefully programmed, faintly insane series of “strange and unseen materials” from the collections of, well, VHS collectors. As their webpage puts it, “These shows are for the most adventurous viewers, offering everything from microbudget, shot on video action epics to homemade music videos and more.” Tonight, 8 p.m. $5, AFS Screening Room (1901 East 51st St) . Here is the tickets link.
Also tonight, as part of the Drafthouse’s Orson Welles extravaganza, check out a 35mm print of the strange and often misunderstood 1955 movie “Mr. Arkadin” aka “Confidential Report.” Welles plays a billionaire who contracts an American outlaw to investigate his past. Further scrambling an already complicated movie, there is no “director’s cut” or definitive version of “Arkadin.” The Drafthouse site notes that there are “at least eight different cuts of the film, three radio plays, a novel, and several long-lost sequences. ” Here is a primer.
In that, “Arkadin” is a great example of the notion of unreliable narrator (or narrative unreliability) made literal in the physical object of the movie, inadvertently anticipating remix culture, YouTube cuts, fan culture, etc. The story of “Mr. Arkadin” is never really over; this is just one version. Tickets are $10.25, show starts at 7 p.m.