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A Guide to This Summer’s Anti-Blockbuster Movies

A Guide to This Summer’s Anti-Blockbuster Movies

May 10, 2013

Summer at the movies has a reputation for big, loud, explosive and sometimes mind-numbing blockbuster films (rounded up for you here). But for those not into computer-generated robot apocalypses or Vin Diesel’s biceps, there are plenty of alternatives, many of them independent films that gained momentum on the festival circuit. Read the full article here:...

Cannes 2013 Lineup

Cannes 2013 Lineup

Apr 25, 2013

Cannes 2013 lineup: a programme of heavy-hitters and unexpected gems From Roman Polanski to James Franco, by way of the Coen brothers and a sneaky encore from Steven Soderbergh, there’s plenty to look forward to at this year’s festival’ Peter Bradshaw guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 April 2013 11.22 ED More than the first cuckoo, the announcement of the Cannes competition list is the first sign of spring; always an exciting moment and even more so as in recent years Cannes has consolidated its primacy among the film festivals of the world. There look to be no major or startling omissions: Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac is reportedly not ready, although I was disappointed not to see Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave. There are, in fact, no British entries in competition, but Stephen Frears’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight – an HBO project about Ali’s opposition to Vietnam – has a Special Screening slot. (A small footnote here: young British film-maker Ana Caro, from the National Film and Television School, has a short film in the Cinéfondation section.) There is the expected parade of heavy-hitters and some former Palme d’Or-winners: Roman Polanski, Nicolas Winding Refn, Paolo Sorrentino, Steven Soderbergh, Alexander Payne, Joel and Ethan Coen, François Ozon, Takashi Miike, Hirokazu Kore-eda, James Gray, Abdellatif Kechiche and Asghar Farhadi. And of course there are the competition openers, shrewdly chosen, surely, with an eye to delivering the red-carpet glitz that is so vital for international media coverage and big-ticket sponsorship. Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby features Leonardo DiCaprio as the charismatic and mysterious Gatsby himself. The trailer will feed both the hopes and the gravest fears of those who have followed Luhrmann’s career so far. Can Luhrmann respond to the quieter, gloomier notes of Fitzgerald’s book? Let’s hope so. But as one prominent producer put it to me: “If they can’t lay on a big after-party for that film, then when can they?” The opener for the Un Certain Regard sidebar section — the “alternative” selection Cannes purists whimsically insist is the soul of the festival itself — is Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring. It’s based on the true-crime story of delinquent teens who broke into celebrities’ houses to steal their stuff and generally indulge in a weird, fetishist homage – and stars Emma...

Smallest DSLR

Smallest DSLR

Mar 29, 2013

Canon has now announced the smallest DSLR in the world, and it shoots video in HD. See size comparison photos and read about it here: http://www.gizmag.com/canon-eos-100d-700d-rebel-sl1/26782/