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Venice Film Festival: Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D & Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D

Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D by John Landis Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller by Jerry Kramer Out of Competition by Joanna Orland Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D has made its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival. Using the original 35mm film negative, the film was neither reedited nor recut – original Thriller director John Landis […]

Venice Film Festival: Brawl in Cell Block 99

Brawl in Cell Block 99

Brawl in Cell Block 99 Out of Competition Directed by S. Craig Zahler Starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Udo Kier and Fred Melamed by Richard Hamer At first, I thought that Brawl in Cell Block 99 didn’t have enough brawls. Or if there were enough brawls – and don’t get me […]

Venice Film Festival: The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker Venezia 74 Directed by Paolo Virzì Starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland by Joanna Orland Fine performances can’t fully save The Leisure Seeker from its own mediocrity, but they certainly do try. Ella and John Spencer (Mirren and Sutherland) are an elderly couple on the run from their own children, in order […]

Venice Film Festival: Suburbicon

Suburbicon

Suburbicon Venezia 74 Written by Joel & Ethan Coen, George Clooney and Grant Heslov Directed by George Clooney Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe and Oscar Isaac by Richard Hamer My opinion of Suburbicon solidified after reading that the Coen Brothers originally wrote the script in 1986, right after their debut feature Blood Simple. […]

Venice Film Festival: Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete Venezia 74 Directed by Andrew Haigh Starring Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny and Steve Zahn by Richard Hamer Andrew Haigh’s follow up to 45 Years is a very different sort of film. Based on the novel of the same name, this Oregan-based story of a 15-year old runaway is as dark […]

Venice Film Festival: Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night Out of Competition Directed by Ritesh Batra Starring Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Bruce Dern, Matthias Schoenaerts and Judy Greer by Joanna Orland In small town Colorado, Addie Moore (Jane Fonda) nervously approaches her neighbour Louis Waters (Robert Redford) with a proposition. As the two have been mourning the loss of their […]

Venice Film Festival: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water Venezia 74 Directed by Guillermo del Toro Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer by Richard Hamer After the unintentional knockabout comedy of Crimson Peak, and the slick blandness of Pacific Rim, it’s a pleasure to see Guillermo del Toro return to form in […]

Venice Film Festival: Venice Virtual Reality

Venice Virtual Reality by Richard Hamer This year, Venice Film Festival brings us a competition exclusively for films made in Virtual Reality. Approaching it with the question ‘what can VR bring to cinema that is truly unique and inspiring?’ brings mixed answers, and begs larger questions. What’s clear is that the VR-literacy of its creators […]

Venice Film Festival: Downsizing

Downsizing

Downsizing Venezia 74 Directed by Alexander Payne Starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Udo Kier, Jason Sudeikis, Laura Dern, Neil Patrick Harris and Rolf Lassgård by Joanna Orland Downsizing is a peculiar film that seems to mesh what feels like three different movies into one sprawling piece of cinema. There are brilliant […]

74th Venice Film Festival: Photo Gallery

74th Venice Film Festival: Photo Gallery Updated Monday September 4th, 2017