Cosmonauts of Sorrow and Nostalgia: Annecy’s Postmodern Meditations on the Past

Cosmonauts of Sorrow and Nostalgia: Annecy’s Postmodern Meditations on the Past Above: The Nose or Conspiracy of MavericksThe Annecy International Animation film festival—one of the oldest and most important animation festivals in the world—took place online this year, as many ...

Charlie Chaplin movies: All 11 feature films as director ranked worst to best

Charlie Chaplin movies: All 11 feature films as director ranked worst to best Charlie Chaplin would’ve celebrated his 131st birthday on April 16, 2020. The silent movie comedian was a trailblazing writer, director, producer and performer, paving the way for the likes of Woody ...

Lockdown watch: Mark Cousins on why he's only seeing films from 1940

Lockdown watch: Mark Cousins on why he's only seeing films from 1940 In the first of a series in which film-makers reveal their self-isolation viewing habits, the documentarian on batty curios and rare gems from 80 years ago For absolutely no good reason, I’ve decide ...

‘Resistance’ Review: Jesse Eisenberg Is Marcel Marceau in Holocaust Thriller That Goes Through Motions

‘Resistance’ Review: Jesse Eisenberg Is Marcel Marceau in Holocaust Thriller That Goes Through Motions It might sound like a backhanded compliment to say that Jesse Eisenberg’s antic performance as French mime Marcel Marceau is the best thing about Jonathan Jakubowicz’s “Resistance,” but it’s not. ...

Isolated Italians Project Classic Film Clips Onto Rome Buildings To Lift Beleaguered City’s Spirits

Isolated Italians Project Classic Film Clips Onto Rome Buildings To Lift Beleaguered City’s Spirits The deadly spread of coronavirus may be taking a harsh toll on nations around the globe, but the creative outlets that people are finding to alleviate the boredom of isolation is providing some more ...

‘Epicentro’: Film Review

‘Epicentro’: Film Review A leisurely, somewhat hazy travelogue compared to the piercing political indictments of his acclaimed prior “We Come as Friends” and Oscar-nominated “Darwin’s Nightmare,” Austrian documentarian Hubert ...

Jojo Rabbit Movie review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

Director Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit", a spoof of World War II, is a bittersweet comedy that is based on the book "Caging Skies" by Christine Leunens. Set in the last days World War II Germany, the ...

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Carries on Tradition of Sounding an Alarm With Laughs

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Carries on Tradition of Sounding an Alarm With Laughs At the Jan. 3 AFI Awards, Mel Brooks interrupted his speech about the American Film Institute’s women directors program to praise Taika Waititi for Searchlight’s “Jojo Rabbit.” However, he joked, the ...

Jojo Rabbit review – down the rabbit hole with Hitler

Taika Waititi follows a distinguished tradition with this ‘strange art comedy’ about a boy growing up in Nazi Germany, but fails to cut to the dark heart of the matter Since the days of Chaplin’s The ...

Dear Oscar voters: You better consider Lupita Nyong’o in Best Actress for her Red-hot one-two punch in ‘Us’

Dear Oscar voters: You better consider Lupita Nyong’o in Best Actress for her Red-hot one-two punch in ‘Us’ No need to pull out your scissors just yet – voting for the 92nd Academy Awards is still underway, and the nominations won’t be unveiled until Jan. 13. So, don’t worry, voters can still check off ...

Why Hollywood Rarely Depicts World War I in Film

Why Hollywood Rarely Depicts World War I in Film World War II has been a favorite subject of Hollywood since 1940, before the U.S. even entered the fighting. But the industry has been less interested in World War I, aka The Great War or The War to ...

‘Jojo Rabbit’: Read Taika Waititi’s Script For Fox Searchlight’s World War II Satire

‘Jojo Rabbit’: Read Taika Waititi’s Script For Fox Searchlight’s World War II Satire Exclusive: For Taika Waititi, the birth of Jojo Rabbit goes back to mom. It was his Jewish mother who brought Christine Leunens’ novel Caging Skies to his attention, and he became immediately smitten. ...

How ‘Bombshell’ Follows Hollywood’s Hot-Button Heritage

How ‘Bombshell’ Follows Hollywood’s Hot-Button Heritage Lionsgate’s “Bombshell,” which opens Dec. 20, has been getting enthusiastic reactions at industry screenings, indicating multiple Oscar nominations are likely. If so, that would make the film a ...

Lupita Nyong’o Follows Hollywood’s Tradition of Two Roles in One Film

Lupita Nyong’o Follows Hollywood’s Tradition of Two Roles in One Film Peter Sellers played three roles in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 “Dr. Strangelove.” In December of that year, Variety reported that Columbia was mounting an Oscar campaign for lead actor, but was also ...

The Love-It-or-Hate-It Trick of ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (Column)

The Love-It-or-Hate-It Trick of ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (Column) It isn’t rare to see a love-it-or-hate-it movie; every awards season brings one or two of them. Last year we had “Green Book,” this year we have “Joker.” “Jojo Rabbit,” the movie that invites us to ...

Fox Searchlight Delivers Two Buzzworthy World War II Tales With ‘A Hidden Life’ & Surprising Black Comedy ‘Jojo Rabbit’ – The Contenders L.A.

Fox Searchlight Pictures enters the awards conversation this year with a pair of stories set during World War II that are radically different in tone. With Jojo Rabbit, director Taika Waititi manages ...

Taika Waititi (‘Jojo Rabbit’) would make Oscar history with Supporting Actor nomination

Taika Waititi (‘Jojo Rabbit’) would make Oscar history with Supporting Actor nomination As actor-director Taika Waititi continues to establish his eccentric presence in Hollywood, he might just be on the precipice of making Oscar history. Waititi’s latest film, “Jojo Rabbit,” finds him ...

‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘The Producers,’ And The Legacy Of Nazi Satires [Be Reel Podcast]

Charlie Chaplin lampooning Hitler’s bombast and fragility in “The Great Dictator” (1940) marked one of comedy’s all-time “truth to power” moments. But 80 years after WWII, what does it mean to laugh ...

Say ‘heil’ to ‘Jojo Rabbit’s’ comic Hitler predecessors, including the 3 Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks

Say ‘heil’ to ‘Jojo Rabbit’s’ comic Hitler predecessors, including the 3 Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks “Jojo Rabbit” dares to be a slice of Third Reich hipster whimsy about an awkward lad and budding 10-year-old Hitler youth (Roman Griffin Davis), whose faithful imaginary companion is none other than a ...

‘Jojo Rabbit’ and Nazi Satire: Why It’s So Hard to Mock the Bad Guys, and How to Get It Right

‘Jojo Rabbit’ and Nazi Satire: Why It’s So Hard to Mock the Bad Guys, and How to Get It Right It’s impossible to address the challenge of Nazi satire without considering “The Day the Clown Cried.” Jerry Lewis’ misbegotten 1972 production found the comedian directing himself as a Jewish ...

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