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Cannes Review – A Scanner Darkly

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After the letdown that was Fast Food Nation and given the risky source material (a Philip K. Dick novel) and filmmaking technique involved (rotoscoping animation), I was excited and very wary when I sat down for an afternoon screening of Richard Linklater‘s 2nd Cannes entry, A Scanner Darkly. While I haven’t yet read A Scanner Darkly, I am a fan of Dick’s wholly original style of writing and Blade Runner aside, I have not been impressed with the adaptations of his work to date. Sure, Total Recall was a bit of popcorn fun, but it was certainly a far cry from a faithful recreation of Dick’s story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. I need not have worried. Linklater’s dark and engrossing film stands on its own as a work of exceptional depth and understanding and those familiar with Dick’s dystopic vision of the world will not be disappointed.

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My Second E! Online Report

UPDATE: Apparently when E! Online redesigned their website, all archived stories, 10 years worth, were jettisoned, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
So my first piece for E! Online is up. It seems like I’ve caugh on with the lingo a bit, but there was a little editing. For example, my detestation of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette been removed, but that’s ok. It’s in my 3rd IFCtv.com piece, full tilt!
Anyway, here’s the E! piece.

Cannes #3 – IFCtv.com – “Marie Antoinette”: Let them eat fluff.

Yesterday I emailed my third Cannes post for IFCtv.com from Madrid during a layover and my ever patient editor Alison Willmore posted it quickly and even came up with a snappy title that I forgot to add!
As always, some pix now and after the break!
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(L to R): indieWIRE’s Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks with Bart Mueller, costume designer (with Kurt Swanson) of John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus at the Shortbus party in Cannes.

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Cannes Awards – Watch This Space!

logo_festival_hot_2006.gifThe awards for the 59th annual Cannes FIlm Festival will be announced starting at 7:30pm, CET/1:30pm EDT. Watch this space for updated winners as they are announced. Reload the page to see the latest from the Palais de Festival!
Andrea Arnold, director of Cannes competition entry Red Road has just arrived on the red carpet and told cameras that she was asked to return to Cannes by the festival. Clearly her film is going to win something and bets are on the Camera d’Or, the award given to a filmmaker for their debut feature film. Last year’s award was split between Miranda July for Me, You and Everyone We Know and Vimukthl Jayasundara for the French/Sri Lanka coproduction Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land).
The jury has finally arrived at the Palais, 4 minutes before the scheduled arrival time. They apparently walked down the Croisette, rather than take the chauffered limos. Wait until you see Monica Bellucci‘s dress!

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My First E! Online Report

So my first piece for E! Online is up. Suffice to say they rewrote some of it to make it more E!-like, but that’s just a style I have to learn. No worries, or as the Aussie and Kiwi crew of the Budweiser yacht here in Cannes might say, No Wockin’ Furries, mate!
UPDATE: Apparently when E! Online redesigned their website, all archived stories, 10 years worth, were jettisoned, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Anyway, here’s the E! piece.