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Elisha Cuthbert is a Canadian actress whose career spans the past three decades, beginning with her television debut on Are you scared of the dark? Cuthbert received a lot of recognition for his performance in the teen comedy The girl next door, which landed her more steady work as an actress. From there, Cuthbert starred in a string of comedy, romance, and horror hits.

While Cuthbert started his career as a young actor, his career hasn’t slowed down over the years. Since its conclusion the ranch in 2020, she moved on to new works like The cave (premiering at the next SXSW Festival), Bandit, and Friday afternoon in the Universe – all slated for release in 2022. With all these movies to look forward to this year, it’s only fitting that we look back at some of Cuthbert’s past work. These are Elisha Cuthbert’s best performances, ranked.

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8 wax house

wax house is a modern remake of the 1933 original Mystery of the wax museum. The film follows a group of college students who get stuck after getting a flat tire. The group seeks help and soon discovers that their only hope is in the only open building: the Wax Museum. Upon discovering that the museum is not what it seems, they realize they are being stalked by the twin brothers who run the museum. Elisha Cuthbert stars as Carly, the main character who nearly fell victim to the museum owners. While wax house received a lot of reviews, it’s an overall fun thriller worth watching.

7 Old school

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When Mitch (Luke Wilson) finds out his girlfriend has been cheating on him with a number of people, at the same time he moves to a new place where his best friends Frank (Will Ferrell) and Beanie (Vince Vaughn) start hanging out. . Thanks to the proximity of Mitch’s new pad to the local college, the trio decides to start their own fraternity. Elisha Cuthbert plays the small but unforgettable role of Darcie Goldberg, Mitch’s one-night stand who helps Mitch begin to get over his ex. Old school was well received at the box office and although a potential sequel was written by Scot Armstrong, co-writer of the original film, it was turned down by Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn.

6 The silence

This disturbing thriller follows the story of Dot, a newly orphaned deaf girl, who is brought into the Deer family. While the Deer family may seem perfect on the outside, they are the very definition of dysfunction, from matriarch Olivia’s drug abuse to Nina’s open abuse of Dot. There is one thing that Nina and Dot have in common and that is that they both carry huge secrets. Playing the role of pretentious cheerleader Nina, Elisha Cuthbert shows off her naughty side in The silence. The silence was criticized for oversimplifying the plot and for not utilizing the talents of both Camilla Belle and Cuthbert.

5 happy endings


Completing its final season in 2013, happy endings was a comedy series that follows the lives of six young adults as they navigate adulthood and their relationships with each other. Elisha Cuthbert stars as Alex, the youngest of the group, who leaves her fiancé Dave at the altar on their wedding day. Alex isn’t the brightest bulb in the tanning booth and is often confused by many of the group’s jokes. happy endings was critically acclaimed, nominated for a number of awards including the Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

4 He was a quiet man


He was a quiet man follows Bob who, tormented by his mundane work life, decides to fulfill his fantasies and go wild at his workplace only to find that his colleague Ralf has beaten him to it. In the heat of the moment, Bob shoots Ralf, saving Vanessa’s life, although she has become a quadriplegic. This wonderfully dark comedy stars Christian Slater as Bob and Elisha Cuthbert as Vanessa. The film won numerous awards, including Best Feature at the True Independent Film Festival in Seattle. Needless to say, there’s no other movie on the market quite like this and it’s definitely worth watching if you’re in the mood for some dark humor.

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3 Are you scared of the dark?

This one may surprise some, but Elisha Cuthbert was well and truly in Are you scared of the dark? as Megan, a member of the Midnight Society from 1999 to 2000. Are you scared of the dark? follows the group of young members of the Midnight Society as they take turns telling ghost stories. The show aired for 11 years and has become a fixture in the lives of many children. The show’s popularity and legacy led to a revival of the show in 2019, which received such success that it was renewed for a second season titled Are you scared of the dark ? : the curse of shadows which was created in February 2021.

2 The girl next door


Probably one of Elisha Cuthbert’s best-known roles is her role as Danielle in The girl next door, a story about 18-year-old Matthew, whose new neighbor Danielle turns out to be an ex-porn star. The two strike up an unusual friendship, and Danielle helps Matthew realize there’s more to life than getting good grades. Cuthbert’s performance earned him an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance. The film received mixed reviews, but became beloved by many, especially for Cuthbert’s raunchy performance which proves that women can be both sexy and endearing.

1 the ranch


Playing the role of Colt’s high school fling, wife and mother of his child Abby, Elisha Cuthbuert shines in her role on the ranch. the ranch follows the life of Colt who returns home after failing to become a professional NFL player and learns the ropes to work the ins and outs of his father Beau’s Ranch. As the two struggle to bond after 15 years apart, Colt reunites with his mother Maggie, brother Rooster and high school sweetheart Abby. This Netflix original series started in 2016 and ended in 2020, with four seasons divided into eight parts.


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Lewis County American Association of University Women to Hold 42nd Annual Book Sale https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/lewis-county-american-association-of-university-women-to-hold-42nd-annual-book-sale/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 00:39:24 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/lewis-county-american-association-of-university-women-to-hold-42nd-annual-book-sale/

By The Staff of The Chronicle

Marking its 42nd year of providing books to Lewis County residents, the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be selling gently used books at the Lewis County Mall beginning March 23.

The sale will last until March 26 and will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For paperbacks and hardcovers respectively, prices will start at $3 and $2 on Wednesdays, $2 and $1 on Thursdays, and $1 and 50 cents on Fridays. A bag of books starting at $2 will be available on Saturday.

Thousands of fiction, non-fiction and CD books will be on sale. Non-fiction books are separated into over fifty categories, including biography, cooking, religion, self-help, nature, and gardening. There will be a large section for children’s books.

Those wishing to donate used books can call 360-736-2147 or 360-262-3499. Masks are encouraged.

Proceeds from the popular annual book sale support AAUW’s mission of women’s education. Each year, Lewis County AAUW awards numerous scholarships to local women attending colleges and universities and to middle school and high school girls for STEM-focused summer camps. The Lewis County AAUW also co-sponsors Expanding Your Horizons, a career day for middle schoolers, and Lunafest, an independent film festival showcasing films by and about women.

Founded in 1881, the AAUW is the largest and oldest national organization working for the professional and educational advancement of women. The Lewis County branch of the AAUW has awarded hundreds of scholarships to local women since 1923. Next year the Lewis County branch will celebrate its centennial.

Best things to do in Dallas from February 9 to February 16 | Dallas Observer https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/best-things-to-do-in-dallas-from-february-9-to-february-16-dallas-observer/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 04:27:26 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/best-things-to-do-in-dallas-from-february-9-to-february-16-dallas-observer/

Wednesday February 9

Black History Month at the Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center

Did you know there is a Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (5657 Mariner Drive) located at Dallas Executive Airport? It offers a huge collection of WWII nose art, educational exhibits, and artifact collections. It is a diverse collection and among STEM workshops and other programs, it can be a source of inspiration for the public. During Black History Month, NAEC honors black aviation pioneers both through a physical exhibit and on Facebook. Visit in person to learn about the Tuskegee Airmen and others, and keep the curiosities online for historical facts and photos. Admission is $10, available online.

Thursday February 10

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It’s debatable if Russell Peters can tell you with any authority to act your age.

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Russell Peters’ Act Your Age Tour at Texas Trust CU Theater

It’s kind of weird doing an article on a Russell Peters show. Career Comedian and Star of the Last Year Clifford the big red dog is quite polarizing. Familiar among Netflix’s stand-up special artists, Peters often gets personal, venturing into race — and sometimes racist stereotypes. This has earned him haters, but also fans in the way of “call him what he sees it”. It’s interesting how his punchlines changed as he got older. When he hosted the Juno Awards, they later apologized for his jokes, and he’s also a Joe Rogan apologist (or stand-by-ist, whatever term you prefer). Peters is coming to the Texas Trust CU Theater in Grand Prairie at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10 with his Act Your Age Tour. Regardless of your take on his previous comedy, it will inspire a reaction, so be prepared and maybe buy some popcorn to watch the audience. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75, via Axs.

Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday, but ARTCRUSH don’t follow the rules. It’s 6-10 p.m. Thursday, so you can get the party started early at the CANVAS Hotel (1325 Botham Jean Blvd.). The free event, hosted by FGIII Fine Art Productions, is all about heading to this gallery rooftop lounge and feeling the vibes with art – perhaps making eyes on the other side of the roof , then walking around and asking for a commitment. Featured Dallas-Fort Worth artists include Sarah Janese, Chris Brown (not that one), Kenzi Smith, Rambo, Lolita Jackson and others. RSVP on Facebook.

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Aretha Franklin in the pages of Sepia is part of Sepia: Passed. Pride. To be able to

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Art Exhibits and Community Roundtable at the Dallas African American Museum

The African American Museum (3536 Grand Ave., in Fair Park) celebrates Black History Month with three exciting ongoing exhibits that examine the Prairie View Interscholastic League in black high school sports during the time of a Texas segregated. These feature Fort Worth’s own Sepia magazine and spotlight Dallas photographer George R. Fullers’ documentation of the struggle against police brutality and discrimination in 1980s and 1990s Dallas. All exhibits run until February 26, 11 a.m. On Thursday, February 10, the museum is organizing a roundtable entitled “From Generational Trauma to Generational Healing”. It’s free, but reservations are required (214-403-5726). To learn more about the museum and its exhibit, visit the website.

Friday February 11

Bare Book Club presents Glamorama at the Margo Jones Theater

The naked literary show you knew as Naked Girls Reading is now Bare Book Club, and that production is all Glamorama – or, in other words, stories of fame and stardom presented through a mix of of acting, literature and sex appeal by Courtney Crave, Kitty Martini, Honey Cocoa Bordeauxx and others.
Doors are 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Margo Jones Theater (1121 First Ave., in Fair Park). GA tickets are $20 and VIP tickets (with loot) are $30, available through Prekindle. Learn more about Bare Book Club on the event site.

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But is it too hot in Sommore for Grand Prairie?

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Festival of Laughs at Texas Trust CU Theater

Our favorite anecdote about the “undisputed queen of comedy” is that a Killeen, Texas radio station (MyKiss 103.1 FM) once held a poll asking “Is Sommore too hot for Killeen?” There may very well be nothing we could write that would better prepare any Texan for their stand-up. Also, if you didn’t already know, the answer is most definitely “Yasss, queen”. Queen Sommore is hosting the Festival of Laughs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Texas Trust CU Theater. She will welcome on stage Arnez J, Don DC Curry, Tony Rock, D. Elli$ and Griff to complete the line-up. Tickets start at $59, available through Axs.

Saturday February 12

Jooyoung Choi: Songs of Resilience from the Tapestry of Faith at the Crow Museum of Asian Art

If you haven’t been to the Arts District since the Nasher opened the Harry Bertoia exhibit, this Saturday, February 12 would be a great time to go. Why? To see the opening of the Crow Museum of Asian Art at the University of Texas at Dallas (2010 Flora St.) JooYoung Choi: Songs of Resilience from the Tapestry of Faith as part of an ongoing effort to showcase contemporary Texas-based Asian female artists. This multimedia, Technicolor dream world — the artist actually constructed the fictional land and named it Cosmic Womb — is beyond anything digestible in a single viewing. Comprising painting, sculpture, animation and video, all installed with musical overlay, the details of the Houston artist’s masterpiece seem endless. The themes explore titular identity, trauma, and resilience, but it’s clear that media representation plays an important role. The Crow is free and open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Visit the website for more information.

For the love of the kettle at the Kettle Art Gallery
Beloved owner of Deep Ellum’s Kettle Art Gallery (2650 Main St.), Frank Campagna, described For the love of the kettle as “essentially a competitive shopping event where the queue forms early and a mad rush happens right at 7pm when the doors open” which might be one of the most promising things to say about an artistic event and the future of art. Too much? Certainly not. We love the idea of ​​people claiming each other to get their original 9×12 artwork. With over 120 coins available at $50 each, there’s plenty to be won, but Campagna is right: get in line early on Saturday, February 12. Most coins sell out within the first hour. The benefit doesn’t just mark a work of art, it helps support a community. This one-night fundraiser keeps the Kettle Art Gallery going for the rest of the year, bringing the weird and the beautiful to Deep Ellum. Art wins. Visit Kettle online before you go.

Sunday February 13

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The Cara Mía Theater unveils something transformative with Luchadora!

Ben Torres

The Cara Mía Theater presents Luchadora! at the Latino Cultural Center

Don’t wait; go to the Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak Street) to see the Cara Mía Theater Luchadora! 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 11 (there are other times on Saturday and Sunday if you must). The story is sweet, empowering, and moving as we follow Lupita on her quest to become (you guessed it) a luchadora. But y’all, this is 1960s Texas and girls don’t do that. Or do they? It’s amazing what a pink lucha libre mask can do. Adult tickets start at $20, available online.

Monday February 14

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Junk King Dallas wants you to declutter your ex’s stuff to help your heart beat.

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Junk King’s Dump Your Ex’s Stuff Event at Well Grounded Coffee Community

Are you heartbroken or just got some of your ex’s shit that you don’t need to move again? Valentine’s Day is your day, thanks to Junk King Dallas and North Texas. Drop a few items for free and not only will you get much-needed space, but the American Heart Association will receive much-needed donations. For every magician’s hoodie or holster (just a generic example, to illustrate this process, we assure you) you throw away, Junk King donates $1 to the AHA. Join Well Grounded Coffee Community (9219 Garland Road) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, February 14 and declutter for good.

Heart-Shaped Pizzas at Greenville Avenue Pizza Company
I can’t bear this enough: Eat at home on Valentine’s Day. Now, we didn’t say don’t support local businesses; we just said eat this support from the comfort of your own home. And a particularly delicious and adorable way to do it is with a heart-shaped pizza from Greenville Avenue Pizza Company (1923 Greenville Ave. or 1145 Peavy Road in Dallas and 520 Lockwood in Richardson). GAPCo will form the dough and you can design fillings according to your desires… or better yet, those of your appointment. Or BFF. Or a cat (just kidding, don’t feed your cat pizza). Pre-orders are recommended. Visit online pizza killers.

Tuesday February 15

Arts & Letters Live: Brendan Slocumb at the Dallas Museum of Art

Brendan Slocumb has many gifts. We don’t think that’s a stretch – you don’t become an accomplished violinist, educational consultant for the Kennedy Center, award-winning music teacher, and lauded novelist without great skill and talent. But it’s the combination of it all that makes us so excited for his latest achievement. Arts & Letters Live hosts Slocumb at the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 Harwood St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15 to discuss his thriller The Violin Plot. The Good Morning America Book Club’s choice proves not only a page-turner after her heirloom violin is stolen before a competition, but also an exposure of racism in classical music. In-person tickets start at $30, with virtual at $12, both available online. ]]> The Recorder – Saving Hampshire College: New film looks back at the student uprising during the 2019 college financial crisis https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/the-recorder-saving-hampshire-college-new-film-looks-back-at-the-student-uprising-during-the-2019-college-financial-crisis/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 19:59:38 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/the-recorder-saving-hampshire-college-new-film-looks-back-at-the-student-uprising-during-the-2019-college-financial-crisis/

AMHERST – It was a story that quickly left the pages and television screens of local media to attract the attention of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and other national media sources: Hampshire College, the experimental and progressive liberal arts college founded in 1970, was facing a financial crisis and may not be able to continue as an independent school – or continue at all.

The story of the Hampshire dilemma, which first surfaced in January 2019, took on even greater prominence as students, rejecting calls from college officials to cut school operations, occupied the office of then President Miriam ‘Mim’ Nelson and demanded that she fight harder to preserve Hampshire’s independence and unique educational mission.

And after students occupied his office for a record 75 days – the longest sit-in in US college history – Nelson quit, leading to new school management and a a concerted fundraising effort among alumni to put the university back on a firmer footing. .

This story of determined activism is revisited in an energetic new documentary film, “The demolition of a collegewhich was directed by Hampshire graduate Amy Goldstein and tells the story largely from the perspective of several students who joined the sit-in in Nelson’s office and led the resistance to his plans, demanding greater transparency on college decisions. .

The film, presented by Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber, two New York film distribution companies, takes its name from a late 1960s book, “The Making of a College”, which served as a model for the establishment of Hampshire College.

Fittingly for a college where students design their own curriculum, Goldstein’s film, which debuts Feb. 11 in New York and arrives at Amherst Theaters Feb. 17, makes extensive use of video shot by students, as well as images from students’ social media threads. This makes for a cinema verité approach that also includes news footage, radio shows and films that Goldstein and his team shot on location during the crisis.

Interviews with Hampshire students, faculty, staff, alumni – including the college’s most notable graduate, filmmaker Ken Burns – and some whistleblowers help flesh out a story that Goldstein, in a recent telephone interview, called it a “great example of democracy in action” but also one that seemed “just a little crazy”.

“When I first heard about what was happening (in Hampshire), I just didn’t understand it,” said Goldstein, a veteran filmmaker who lives in California and attended college in the late 1970s and early 1980s. “It was really hard to figure out what was going on.

“We heard about these terrible financial problems, but there doesn’t seem to have been any effort to raise funds,” she said. “No one (from the college) approached me.”

As reported by the Gazette and other media sources, the first public notice of Hampshire’s woes came on January 15, 2019, when Nelson, who the previous year had become the college’s seventh full-time president, announced that the school was looking for a long term. “strategic partner” to help with finances – and that Hampshire may not admit a new class in autumn 2019.

Over the next few weeks, several employees were laid off and others were told their jobs would end this summer. The Gazette revealed that Nelson had spoken since the previous fall with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst about the potential absorption of the campus by UMass, and early-admitting high school students received a letter telling them that would be welcome in Hampshire in fall 2019 – but could not live on campus or eat meals there, and other college amenities might not be available.

“It was the most bizarre letter ever issued by a higher education institution,” Margaret Cerullo, a sociology professor in Hampshire, says in the film.

Escalating issues have drawn more student protesters into the ranks. “It became more real to us that there was a lot that was hidden from us,” student Marlon Becerra told Goldstein. “And in that moment we realised, ‘This is more than a financial crisis – it’s also a political crisis. ”

An emotional rollercoaster

Goldstein studied film at New York University after leaving Hampshire and has directed and produced feature films, documentaries and music videos. She said she decided to investigate the uproar at her old college after coming to a film festival in Salem in early 2019 where some of her work was being screened.

The students had already occupied Nelson’s office for about 10 weeks when Goldstein and her team arrived on campus, and it wasn’t until days later that Nelson announced she was quitting, “so our timing was pretty lucky.” , Goldstein said.

She says she was also lucky because the first student she met was Joshua Berman, a film student who had filmed much of the action on campus since Nelson made his first announcement on Hampshire problems.

Berman “was really helpful,” Goldstein noted, making her a compilation of what he had filmed so she could keep up to date with events. Watching this also helped guide her own approach to filming the students, she said.

“I wasn’t really interested in doing on-location interviews, at least not right away,” she said. “I wanted to get a sense of what (the students) were feeling and going through, to see what they were doing.”

Goldstein would return to campus later that year for additional talks with students and staff, as well as Hampshire’s new president, Edward Wingenbach, who took office in August 2019.

Goldstein originally thought she would make a short film about Hampshire, but ‘The Unmaking of a College’ is actually around 84 minutes long – and it’s a better film for it. Interviews with students including Berman, Becerra and Rhys MacArthur help provide insight into the importance of Hampshire’s self-directed education model to them, in turn inspiring them to fight to keep the university independent.

And interviews with staff and faculty help highlight the emotional roller coaster many on campus were riding. Cheri Butler, the only remaining employee at the Hampshire Admissions and Advancement Office after nine other staff members were made redundant, looks shocked as she speaks with Goldstein: “Even though I was prepared for this. .. I feel like the ground is shifting beneath us.”

But Salman Hameed, a professor of integrated sciences and humanities, spoke to Goldstein shortly after Nelson’s resignation, and he flared up: “She picked the wrong university to play with because Hampshire is designed for protest!”

Ken Burns also speaks to this dynamic with a particularly amusing line, recalling his days as a student in Hampshire: “I remember being in the president’s office, but I can’t remember why. I mean, it’s just in our blood.

Goldstein says she had no intention of making some sort of “rah-rah movie” to celebrate Hampshire; his documentary includes interviews with a number of higher education watchers who talk about the severe financial challenges many small liberal arts colleges like Hampshire face today. And in that sense, the film delves deeper into discussions between UMass Amherst and Hampshire about a possible partnership.

No UMass takeover

John Buckley runs a Washington, D.C. communications firm that was hired by Hampshire at the time to help shape its public relations strategy. In Goldstein’s film, Buckley, a Hampshire graduate himself — he’s also a nephew of the late William F. Buckley, founder of the conservative National Review — claims that on the question of a possible merger, UMass essentially forced Nelson to empty his university so that the university would “look like the hero coming to save Hampshire”.

At one point, he told Goldstein that he witnessed a phone call between Nelson and unidentified UMass officials that “was the most disturbing and brutal conversation I have ever been involved in. . [UMass officials said] “You have to show more pain, you have to show more vulnerability. We have to take it all down and then bring it all the way back up.”

Although Nelson absorbed many brickbats in Hampshire, Buckley says he feels sympathy for her. ‘I saw a woman who was trying to do the right thing and got caught, made mistakes’ but made her controversial decisions because she thought she was close to closing a deal with UMass — only for the university to hastily back down and leave its hanging when merger talks became public, Buckley says.

“I think John had things he wanted to get off his chest,” Goldstein said.

She also said that she had made several attempts to get feedback, both while on campus and over the past two years, from UMass and Nelson for her film, but that she remained empty (a graphic near the end of the film mentions this). “I really wanted to make an objective film, and I especially wanted it to have Mim’s voice. I did my best to bring his point of view.

Even so, “The Unmaking of a College,” which will begin a full Amherst cinema run from February 18, offers an often uplifting – and fun – look at a critical period in Hampshire College’s history and how ethics of the school in student engagement has played an important role in helping to right the ship.

As Goldstein says of the student protesters, “I was really impressed with what they did and how they behaved.”

The Amherst Cinema will offer a special preview screening of “The Unmaking of a College” on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., which will include a Q&A with Goldstein, Hampshire College students and faculty, and the Gazette reporter Dusty Christensen.

Steve Pfarrer can be contacted at spfarrer@gazettenet.com.

The Top 8 January Movies You Probably Didn’t Watch (But Definitely Should) https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/the-top-8-january-movies-you-probably-didnt-watch-but-definitely-should/ Sun, 06 Feb 2022 03:38:42 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/the-top-8-january-movies-you-probably-didnt-watch-but-definitely-should/ January may be “junkyard month” for American studios, but for the rest of us, it’s a time when we can watch some of the most acclaimed releases of the past year. Films that are the center of conversations of awards season are unveiled to audiences around the world in the days and weeks leading up to the nominations, which means that for moviegoers, January is always filled with options.

But while you probably won’t need any help finding your way to this year’s biggest Oscar favorites, here’s a list of some of the most underrated releases you can watch this month, ranging from a hidden gem restored to a groundbreaking animated short.

Bhoothakaalam – SonyLIV

The title card for Bhoothakaalam.

Director Rahul Sadasivan’s chilling, no-frills thriller is a masterclass in horror cinema. Lean but thematically dense narrative, Bhoothakaalam built towards one of the most memorable horror climaxes in recent memory – it’s true decluttering in a genre that’s almost constantly in need of revamping.

Boiling Point – Available to rent and buy in the US and UK

The title card for Boiling Point.

We’ve seen several “one-shot” movies, but few are able to escape the whimsical nature of the effort. Directed by Philip Barantini and starring a phenomenal Stephen Graham in the lead role of a talented chef, recently BAFTA-nominated Boiling Point unfolds in real time during a particularly harrowing dinner service in one of London’s finest restaurants. Overwhelmed on all sides by nosy health inspectors, nonchalant staff, rambunctious guests and unknown personal demons, Graham’s Andy Jones is such a fascinating character to watch you’ll almost forget the technological magic trick of the one-shot. performed before your eyes.

The Fallout – Amazon Prime Video

The title card for The Fallout.

Morgan Clark seamlessly combines two genres you wouldn’t normally expect to go together in her directorial debut. Part high school movie and part socially conscious drama, The Fallout is a quiet little film about a quintessentially American issue that needs to be spoken out loud. When a gunman targets her school, a teenage girl forms an unlikely bond with another survivor who was with her when the incident happened. Aided by a dreamy score from Finneas O’Connell (the same), The Fallout makes for a deeply moving double bill with the next film on this list.

Mass – Available to rent and buy in the US, streaming on Sky Go in the UK

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Another feature debut, Mass couldn’t be more stylistically different from The Fallout, despite the obvious thematic overlap. Written and directed by Fran Kranz, the film is essentially a bedroom play starring four actors – Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton play the parents of a teenager who was killed in a high school shooting, and Reed Birney and Ann Dowd play the abuser’s parents. . With unresolved grief and simmering anger, they sit around a table and discuss their differences. Mass is not an easy watch, but it is extremely cathartic. Kranz has a bright future ahead of him, not only as a filmmaker with a very particular style, but also as a writer with a new voice.

The Wiper – IGTV

The title card for The Windshield Wiper.

Animation maverick Alberto Mielgo’s jaw-dropping short has an ambition that defies its 15-minute runtime. You’re not afraid to tackle the big questions: “What is love?” a man asks in his first moments – the film captures the length and breadth of the human experience in less time than it would take for your Dominos order to arrive. After working on it for six years, Mielgo has made a lightly censored cut available on his IGTV, with the uncut version available to watch on the Short of the Week YouTube channel.

The Novice – Available for rental and purchase in the United States

The title card for The Novice.

Yet another meteoric start, championed by none other than Zack Snyder himself, The Novice can essentially be described as Whiplash set in the world of competitive college rowing. Lauren Hadaway (who worked on Whiplash and Justice League, by the way) is directing the whole thing as some kind of dark fantasy, and star Isabelle Fuhrman is delivering on the promise she made with Orphan all those years ago. If the Academy had been more respectful of genre films, it would easily be part of the awards season talk.

Munich – On the Edge of War – Netflix

The title card for Munich – The Edge of War.

The almost unbearably tense historical spy flick, directed by Christian Schwochow, is the definition of a dad movie. No wonder, then, that it’s based on a novel by Robert Harris. As the title suggests, the film is set in the days leading up to World War II, but don’t expect high-stakes action or a James Bond-esque spectacle here. Munich — On the brink of war subverts the genre by putting the future of the world in the hands not of executives – which it also does – but of two young idealists trapped in the bureaucracy of middle management. It’s awfully relevant and thrillingly staged, mostly because you know exactly what’s at stake. And what we collectively stand to lose.

The Hand – MUBI

The title card for The Main.

MUBI’s terrific retrospective of newly restored versions of Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai’s films has been so interesting to watch over the past few weeks. But while it’s perfectly understandable that you gravitate towards classics such as Chungking Express or In the Mood for Love, I urge you to watch The Hand, which has settled into a largely overlooked corner of Wong’s filmography, mainly because that it was part of a larger anthology called Eros, which also included segments by Steven Soderbergh and Michelangelo Antonioni. A story of unrequited love set in 1960s Hong Kong, The Hand marked Wong’s return to the lyrical visual style of In the Mood for Love; its availability on MUBI – the extended version, no less – gives Wong finalists the perfect opportunity to check it out on their watchlists.

Germany goes wild for French films at the Berlinale https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/germany-goes-wild-for-french-films-at-the-berlinale/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 16:54:15 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/germany-goes-wild-for-french-films-at-the-berlinale/

Every year in February, the German capital hosts one of the biggest international film festivals, the Berlinale. The festival turns since 1951, the dawn of the Cold War, as a “showcase of the free world” and its evolution through Berlin’s divided history made it a uniquely qualified platform for uncovering social issues through the prism of film. Considered, according to his website, for being “the most political of all major film festivals”, the Berlinale is a great place for moviegoers in this highly international city to get a taste of the most raw, cutting-edge and progressive films from around the world. moment, from all over the world. But this year, many of these films pass through France. Nine of the twenty films in competition for the Golden Bear for best film are French productions or co-productions. And that’s not counting the many other sections of the festival.

While the competition winner receives the Golden Bear for Best Picture, a variety of “Silver Bears” are awarded for accolades such as Best Director, Best Screenplay, or Grand Jury Prize.

In addition to the titles in competition, the titles of the festival other headings include the Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series (for the “extraordinary and glamorous”), Encounters (for the “aesthetically and structurally daring”), Panorama (for the “sexy, edgy and daring”) and Generation (for young filmmakers). Around 400 films are screened each year, ranging from feature films to documentaries and more experimental works. This year, the festival will take place from February 10 to 20. The program has just been unveiled this week and tickets will be available for purchase three days before each performance. So if you’re in town looking to see some of these hot new productions, you’d do well to keep an eye out for ticket releases to secure yours.

Here are some of the most exciting French films coming to the Berlinale this month.

Both sides of the blade (With love and relentlessness)

Category: Competition

Directed by Claire Denis and starring Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, Grégoire Colin, Issa Perica and Bulle Ogier, Both sides of the blade follows the unfolding of three lives. When a woman (Binoche) meets an old flame (Colin), the two spark their bond. Things get complicated when the woman’s husband (Lindon) resumes a professional relationship with his wife’s love interest, an old friend from her past. Dennisknown for directing films such as Good work (1999), is a fan favorite, and his new film is eagerly awaited by true connoisseurs of French cinema.

Tickets can be purchased here.


Category: Competition

Line, directed by Swiss-French director Ursula Meier and co-written by Meier and lead actress Stéphanie Blanchoud, follows the aftermath of a family dispute between a 35-year-old woman (Blanchoud) and her mother. After being served with an injunction, Blanchoud’s character makes a daily pilgrimage to the titular line that separates her from her family, 200 yards from her mother’s front door. The film also stars Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Elli Spagnolo, Dali Benssalah and India Hair, and is a Swiss, French and Belgian co-production.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Passengers of the night (Passengers of the night)

Category: Competition

This “nostalgic saga of self-invention” combines the social and political optimism of 1980s France with one woman’s very personal quest to better the world in any way possible. passengers of the night stars Charlotte Gainsbourg alongside Quito Rayon-Richter, Noée Abita, Megan Northam and Thibault Vinçon, in this touching film by director Mikhaël Hers.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Kant’s Stone

Category: Competition

Kant’s stone, loosely based on Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 film “Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant” (“The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant”), will open the Berlinale on February 10 at the Berlinale Palast. This is the sixth time that director François Ozon has competed at the festival, and will star Denis Ménochet in the lead role, alongside Isabelle Adjani, Khalil Gharbia, Hanna Schygulla and Stéfan Crépon. A satirical comedy part commentary and part meta-commentary on the themes of the original film as well as its creation, Kant’s Stone follows the rocky relationship of a successful director and the mentorship of a much younger man.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Let’s go children

Category: Recruits

Listen, there’s a reason the high school dance movie genre has lasted so long. It never fails to entertain. Let’s go children takes the trope at an elite high school in Paris, where students from different backgrounds learn hip-hop dancing as they struggle to pass the baccalaureate. Newcomers Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai.

Tickets can be purchased here.


Category: Forums

Philip Scheffner, best known as a documentary filmmaker, ventured into the world of fiction with the highly visual and enigmatic Europe. An Algerian woman (played by Rhim Ibrir) obtains a medical residence permit in a small town in southwestern France, but is turned away after recovering and forced to return home.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Unbelievable but true (Unbelievable but true)

Category: Berlinale Special Gala

Directed by the eccentric Quentin Dupieux, Incredible but true is a wacky, light-hearted comedy about a couple who discover an unusual secret in the basement of their quiet suburban home. Lasting just 74 minutes, the film makes full use of its stars, Alain Chabat, Léa Drucker, Benoît Magimel, Anaïs Demoustier and Stéphane Pezerat, despite the short timeline.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Nobody’s Hero (Come, I’ll take you)

Category: Overview

You might not expect a movie that begins with a terrorist attack to be particularly funny, but nobody’s hero is not afraid to find humor in saying it. Directed by Alain Guiraudie, this satirical but serious film features an ordinary man (Jean-Charles Clichet), the sex worker he falls in love with (Noémie Lvovsky), the young Arab he takes in (Iliès Kadri) and a crowd of other characters trying to understand what solidarity between neighbors means in a time of paranoia and prejudice.

Tickets can be purchased here.

About Joan (About Joan)

Category: Berlinale Special Gala

It’s not an international film festival without a bit of Isabelle Huppert. About Joan stars the French icon in a dreamlike tale about a woman’s journey from Ireland to France, through love and loss, motherhood and career, in this production from director Laurent Larivière.

Tickets can be purchased here.


Category: Dating

Not quite fact, not quite fiction, Coma is a pandemic commentary on the dangers and pleasures of life online. Director Bertrand Bonello takes his 18-year-old daughter (played by Louise Labeque) as the subject, in this dark, funny and fantastical journey through video conversations and daydreams. Julia Faure plays a mysterious influencer named Patricia Coma, while actors like the late Gaspard Ulliel interpret the voice in this feature film mixing live action and animation.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Interview: Darbuka Siva on first love, the power of cinema and Gautam Menon https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/interview-darbuka-siva-on-first-love-the-power-of-cinema-and-gautam-menon/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 01:00:31 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/interview-darbuka-siva-on-first-love-the-power-of-cinema-and-gautam-menon/ Tamil director Darbuka Siva, whose film ‘Mudhal Nee Mudhavam Nee’ started airing on Zee5 this weekend, in freewheeling conversation with The Federal

A scene from the Tamil movie ‘Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee’, a refreshing take on first love landed on Zee5 this weekend

We all have our stories about school, first love, and goofy pranks that evoke a smile or a grimace. Darbuka Siva, a famous music producer, actor, radio jockey and now director based in Chennai, walks this nostalgic path in his first Tamil film Mudhal Nee Mudhavam Nee.

The high school coming-of-age drama, which landed on Zee5 this weekend, is refreshing as the cast involves a cast of new young actors, who seem comfortable on celluloid even though they’re is their first film. Set in the middle-class milieu of North Madras in the 1990s, the film follows the lives of a group of teenagers studying at a Christian school.

There is a love story here between an aspiring musician Vinoth (Kishen Das) and his classmate Rekha (Meeta). The scenes between them are treated with finesse. There’s Vinoth’s friend who proposes to different girls at school, there’s a sex ed class that drives the boys wild and the school vamp, the eternal ‘ Veronica’, who has her sights set on the school’s cute little boy – Vinoth – and the sarcastic Catherine who knows everything, talks to people but has a sad story behind her bravado. The film garnered good reviews, with the exception of criticism regarding a lackluster second half.

Filmmaker Darbuka Siva

In a conversation with The Federal, te Darbuka Siva, 39, who has spent most of his professional life in the music business, talks about how “transparent” it was to change tracks and take the director’s baton. “It was not planned but a smooth move”, explains the former RJ of Radio Mirchi.


“I’ve always drifted off to various places that seemed interesting to me as an artist. I never limited myself to just being a musician or an actor. (Siva had a leading role in the 2015 Tamil thriller “Rajathandhiram”). All I need is a canvas, any creative medium would do,” he explains.

And, Siva seemed to have found many different platforms to express his creative energies. After starting his performing career in 2002 with “Oikyotaan”, a group experimenting with Bengali Baul music, he founded “Yodhakaa” – a contemporary Indian classical music group in 2005 which worked with ancient Sanskrit texts. At Radio Mirchi in 2007, he hosted a research-based show on traditional Tamil folk music and even created a musical travelogue show for television.

In September 2013, Siva was selected as artist-in-residence for OneBeat, a US State Department project, which he describes as nothing less than “transformational”. He took part in the nearly two-month music residency program at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, along with 25 other musicians from around the world, including rapper Kemba from the Bronx and musicians from Palestine, Israel and the United States. ‘South Africa.

This residency was not only inspiring, it took him out of his comfort zone. He learned tolerance and respect for others. “This particular residency I did in 2013 gave me direction and resolved my questions about the meaning and purpose of my art. It was a place of transformation and meditation for me. From the amazing stories I heard from these musicians, I learned that even though we speak different languages ​​and our skin tones are different, what we are looking for is similar. We need enthusiasm for all the art forms we do,” says Siva.

And, he got a lot of that excitement he craved doing Mudhal Nee Mudhavum Nee (MNMN). “Although I’m relieved it’s over, I enjoyed every moment of the filmmaking process,” Siva shares.

For him, “cinema is a complete medium that has the magic power to bring together all my sensibilities – music, sound, images and bring them together in a story”, he says with poetic emphasis.

“I didn’t go to film school,” he says proudly. (Hasn’t Quentin Tarantino said, “When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them, ‘no, I went to the cinema’)

Fascinated by cinema, he learned about cinema by watching “many and many films”. Once he became a musician, he had the opportunity to travel and saw many films in foreign languages, he says. He is particularly fond of European cinema, his favorites being British directors Mike Leigh (secrets and lies, Mr Turner etc) and Ken Loach (sorry, We missed you, Me Daniel Blake etc.), Woody Allen, Fellini and Bergman.

Read also : Mangaluru Days: Why Kannada Director Raj B Shetty Is Talking About Him Nationwide

The secret is that he has always been a “watcher and learner”. “I’ve never had a teacher even for my music, I’m self-taught. I hear and I play. It’s the same with movies, for me watching movies was my film school,” he says.


There were, however, challenges that Siva had to overcome while making his first film. Luckily, he found a producer who believed in his process of hiring new faces, running acting workshops, and grooming the actor like you do in the theater. But after finishing filming for MNME in 2019, the pandemic hit.

“We had no idea how to end the film. It was a challenge and this situation made us anxious. There were times when the pictures were lying around somewhere and we couldn’t get them. Two years of work barely dragged on, and it had to be maintained with care. Even if a hard drive was corrupted, it would have become a major problem for us,” says Siva.

But his producer Sameer Bharat Ram, who encourages independent films without stars, and the OTT platform Zee5, helped him bring the film to the screen. Interestingly, Zee5, who is carving out a niche for broadcasting quirky, low-budget regional films like “Malaysia to Amnesia”, “Chithirai Sevvanam”, “Blood Money”, etc., loved his script.

“We tried other OTT platforms, but they lacked reasons as to why they didn’t want to release the film. It doesn’t fit into our schedule, they would say. I don’t mind that they give me reasons related to my creativity, but it is clear that they only want films made with stars,” says Siva.

Really, cinema is about 50% creative and the other 50%, especially for an independent film with new faces, is trying to get it out there, he adds, praising Zee5 for making films “purely content-based”.

Watch Malayalam and Telugu cinema which strikes a good balance between star films and good content films. “When they release a ‘star’ movie, they do it with a party. But they also released great content. Here, we are all obsessed with star films, but I really believe that today no star can make a film with terrible content, even if he is a big star”, he underlines.

Films rooted in a very local milieu like his MNMN are also popular because they resonate differently with people. “People love what I call ‘event’ movies, but they also watch little local movies that are close to their hearts,” he says. Yet what Siva says may be true, but critics still write tons trying to analyze why the Hindi version of Pushpa turned into a money-spinning cricket drama, 83.

Read also : ‘Pushpa’ Effect: Allu Arjun’s ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’ in Hindi to be released in theaters

Art meets life

Interestingly, Siva met her life partner while filming for MNMN. Purva Raghunath, who auditioned for and landed the role of Catherine Mersey in the film, became his wife last year. “There’s no pattern or anything logical in finding the love of your life,” says Siva when asked about the ‘high school sweetheart’ romance as the ultimate love as he calls it. did in his movie MNMN.

“It’s very random, the chances of finding someone can happen in high school or like me, it can happen when you’re 39. When I met Purva and got to know her, I knew it was the right person for me. Some of my friends who married their school sweethearts are still happy, so you can’t generalize these things. You never know where or when you might find love of your life,” he says.

Choosing his MNMN film title from the song “Maruvaarthai” which he had composed for Gautam Menon’s film, “Enai Noki Paayum Thota”, he says that this song was particularly special for him.

“The song ‘Maruvaarthai’ had received unconditional love that no other song had. Gautam Menon released it without revealing the name of the musical director calling the person Mr X and people loved the song unconditionally. There is a lot of groupism in the music scene, if people like a music director they would like a song even if it’s not good so it was a social experiment we tried and people loved the song for its merit and not for the name of the person behind it,” he reveals, adding that he loves Thamarai’s poetry.

Gautam Menon is a great source of inspiration for him. He had learned a lot creating music for himself and loves his commitment to filmmaking. Menon has also been an integral part of MNMN since the concept stage, he reveals. “I pitched the story idea to him and the first thing he asked was if he could do the movie. That was a huge compliment to me, but there was a lot of my real life that I had wanted to recreate. But at every step of the movie, he was there and he also helped me bring the movie to the public,” he shares.

When asked if MNMN is about his own high school girlfriend, Siva avoids answering this question. “If I reveal that, then the 50% fact and 50% fiction that is how I describe the movie will be torn down,” he laughs. Whether it’s an ode to his high school sweetheart or not, his classmates are clearly confused. “I put three real-life characters into one and made it hard for them to figure out who I’m referring to,” Siva signs.

Last Minute Weekend Ideas in the DC Area 1/20-1/23 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/last-minute-weekend-ideas-in-the-dc-area-1-20-1-23/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 20:06:41 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/last-minute-weekend-ideas-in-the-dc-area-1-20-1-23/ A “Roomie-bot”. Photo courtesy of Arts and Industries Building.

Have a nice week end

Hello neighbor,

A scoop for you! The National Geographic Museum has just announced that it reopen in February with two exhibitions: “Once Upon a Climb: Stories From Everest” and “The Greatest Wildlife Photographs”. The museum offers free admission throughout the month of February upon prior registration.

For our “On Our Radar” this week, we highlight upcoming film festivals.

So what should you be doing from January 20-23?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:

  • The 🛋 indicates that an event is happening in person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates that an event is happening in person outside.
  • The 💻 indicates that an event is happening virtually.
  • And finally, the 🆓 indicates that an event is free.
  • the 💉 indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

Your last minute weekend plans

1. Meet a robot. Head to the FUTURES exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building to see a demonstration and hear from the maker of RoommateBot (game, free, 🛋/💉, National Mall).

2. Say goodbye to Thamee. H Street’s beloved Burmese restaurant has its last day of service on Sunday. This weekend the restaurant will have a garage sale offering tables, chairs, glassware and plants. If you’re looking for more plants, consider stopping by 3 star Brewing Co. exchange of plants (Sun, Free, 🛋/💉, Lamond Riggs).

3. Outdoor fun. Watch the Capitals game with Ballston offer (Thursday, free, 🛋/💉, Ballston) or sing to a hot chocolate karaoke party (Saturday, free, 🛋/💉, Edgewood).

4. Art exhibitions. Discover Artechouse’s new exhibition, “Transient: impermanent paintings(in progress, $24 for adults, 🛋/💉, The platform) featuring a motorized piano duo and hyper-realistic projections. See the Hannah Brancato exhibition »Legacy of White Silence(starts Wednesday, free, 🛋/💉, Rockville), which explores internalized racism and complicity in the white supremacist system. Stop by the opening reception for “Reign(free game, 🛋, Ballstone) by Briana Hertzog.

What’s on our radar: Film festivals

Washington hosts many film festivals and we are thrilled with these:

  • Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (1/16-1/30) In progress, this film festival presents the best of alternative cinema from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Tibet. The film festival is in its 10th year and is virtual this year.
  • The 33rd Annual Black Film Festival (2/1-2/23) The MLK library hosts this film festival, which includes in-person feature doubles of a short documentary and film every Tuesday in February. Some of the movies include “Soul”, “Candyman” and “The Murder of Fred Hampton”.
  • Mother tongue film festival (2/17- 3/4) Brought to you by the Smithsonian, this film festival highlights the role of language by showing films in endangered languages. This year, the free film festival will be available virtually and the films will be accompanied by events.
  • 26th Annual Iran Film Festival (2/4-4/27) Divided into two parts, this segment of the film festival includes in-person screenings at the AFI Silver Theater.
  • French Presidency of the European Union (2/8-3/1) Every Tuesday, the French Embassy will host film screenings celebrating the French Presidency of the European Union. One must reserve.
  • DC Independent Film Festival (3/2-3/6) Since 1999, this film festival included a variety of feature films, documentaries, animations, and even a high school competition.
  • 16th Annual Capital Irish Film Festival (3/3-3/6) That person film festival highlights films from Ireland-based filmmakers and Irish films.
  • 30th DC Environmental Film Festival (3/17-3/27) This popular movie the festival returns in a virtual format. The festival includes a large DCEFF online library, which allows audiences to access and watch past films.

Your neighbour,

jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day and an event blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, while moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.

Filmmaker Gus Van Sant first saw the Mona Lisa when he was 11 years old. Sixty years later, she is the inspiration for his paintings https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/filmmaker-gus-van-sant-first-saw-the-mona-lisa-when-he-was-11-years-old-sixty-years-later-she-is-the-inspiration-for-his-paintings/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:00:19 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/filmmaker-gus-van-sant-first-saw-the-mona-lisa-when-he-was-11-years-old-sixty-years-later-she-is-the-inspiration-for-his-paintings/

In 1963, 11-year-old Gus Van Sant traveled from Connecticut to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his painter grandmother to see the Mona Lisa during his tour of New York. They waited outside the museum in the freezing cold, then faced the rushing crowd to catch a glimpse of the famous little painting. After taking this quick look, he understood why some people say life is more about the journey than the destination.

Despite this disappointing look at the Mona Lisa, the filmmaker revisits the painting six decades later in his own work. A series of new paintings dedicated to this pillar of Western art is now on display at Vito Schnabel’s gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland (until February 19). With no crowds to obstruct his view, Van Sant deconstructed the iconic Mona Lisa silhouette into pointillist squares, like pixels in a digital image.

“I’m interested in how computers work on multi-colored pointillism instead of the four main colors typical of screen printing,” Van Sant told Artnet News. “Eradicating a widely known figure helps me play with color without worrying about the subject’s familiarity.”

The idea to use Leonardo da Vinci’s Renaissance masterpiece came to the artist via a Lego advertisement in which the painting appeared divided into 400 different colors. The image reminded Van Sant of Salvador Dalí’s photomosaic lithograph Lincoln at Dalivision from 1976, “and how the pointillist aesthetic of computerized iconography is also made up of representative colored squares”.

Gus Van Sant, Mona Lisa Gold #1 (2021). ©️Gus Van Sant; Photo by Flying Studio; Courtesy of the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery.

Van Sant limited his materials to gold, copper, and silver leaf, as well as oil and pencil. He views each of the 12 paintings in the series as “a different journey from concept to execution,” determined by the gap between his hand and his printed reference.

“Even though I tried to stick to the print, the color combination of the squares determined the procession,” he said. “My references had defined color spectra, but once I painted, say, a medium green, a yellow green followed, then came just yellow.” The results vary in reproducing the unmistakable likeness of the model, from instantly recognizable color juxtapositions with oil to rather pixelated abstractions in gold. This exercise – what he calls “sticking to the plan and not” – coincides with a transition to adopting the Technicolor aspects of cinema in painting.

Cinema, in particular the dirty and golden glamor of Tinsel Town, served as the narrative inspiration for Van Sant’s previous exhibition with Vito Schnabel, in New York in 2019. In contrast to the regimented geometry of the new works, these watercolors on linen vaguely depicted an enlarged nude man wandering down Hollywood Boulevard. The alienation of the nameless figure brought to mind some of the director’s iconic protagonists, like Bob Hughes (played by Matt Dillon) in Cowboy Pharmacy and Mike Waters (played by the late River Phoenix) in My own private Idaho.

Van Sant was drawn to what he called the “freak show” nature of the Los Angeles streets: “Stuntmen dressed as superheroes, mixed with tourists in front of the Chinese Theater, standing next to homeless people.”

Gus Van Sant, Untitled (Hollywood 16) (2018-19).  © Gus Van Sant.  Courtesy of the artist and Vito Schnabel Projects.

Gus Van Sant, Untitled (Hollywood 16) (2018-19). © Gus Van Sant. Courtesy of the artist and Vito Schnabel Projects.

While the hustling man in the face of shimmering urban chaos echoed Van Sant’s decades-long work behind the camera, his fine art trajectory dates back to his teenage years. He cites his high school art teacher, Robert LaVign – “a vibrant, assertive gay man in 1960s Connecticut” – as his first artistic role model. After winning first prize at Darien High School’s annual art show for a painting of three gold-washed police officers, he opened a gallery with a friend to sell their paintings, as well as LaVign’s. , at 16 years old.

In 1970, Van Sant enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design to take a double major in filmmaking and painting. After the founding year, however, an assistant in the film department warned him that if he wanted to succeed, he would have to “eat, dream and sleep a movie in the film department”. and he bid farewell to formal training in painting.

In the 1970s, a time when disciplines intermingled, Van Sant moved to New York, where he was exposed to both art and film at institutions like MoMA. He bought his first 8mm camera from a store under the museum’s subway station. “At the time, mediums weren’t strictly defined and visual artists like Stan Brakhage were making films,” he said. He too approached the reel as a kind of canvas, drawing or scratching the film to shoot experimental short films with friends.

Van Sant’s hands-on auteur approach to filmmaking and a string of successful films have further overshadowed his attachment to the easel until the late 2000s. With the exception of sporadic attempts, such as a series of tornado-ravaged desert landscapes that he often gives as gifts to his colleagues on film sets, the artist n made an official return to painting only in 2011. Gagosian’s Beverly Hills space offered James Franco, whom Van Sant directed in the 2008 gay political drama Milk-an exhibition of his work inspired by Van Sant’s film My own private Idaho. At Franco’s invitation, the director suggested showing his art as well, as a salable item in the exhibition.

Installation view by Gus Van Sant: Mona Lisa, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, 27 December 2021 – 19 February 2022); works © Gus Van Sant; Photo by Stefan Altenburger; Courtesy of the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery.

For this return to painting, Van Sant transforms a barn into a studio and produces eight watercolors of young male twinks. “They were an extension of what I was doing in the ’60s, with posers staring directly at the viewer in set outfits, like uniformed policemen or turn-of-the-century women in Victorian hats,” he said. declared. Van Sant showed his paintings to Vito Schnabel at the Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg Oscars party a few years ago, and, after a visit to his home studio, the dealer offered him an exhibition in his gallery.

Today, his latest work goes back even further in his story, to another figure “looking directly at the viewer”, perhaps sparked by that childhood pilgrimage to the Mona Lisa so many decades ago.

10 indie games expected in 2022 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/10-indie-games-expected-in-2022/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 21:30:00 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/10-indie-games-expected-in-2022/

It’s understandable that big Triple-A gaming experiences tend to dominate pre-release publicity and hype, but there are plenty of smaller, indie games coming out in 2022 that players should be excited about, too. These games may lack the budget of most major developer releases, but indie games no longer lag behind other titles in graphical fidelity, depth, or quality.

RELATED: 10 Most Visually Stunning Indie Games

Supporting indie games supports the growth of the gaming industry, and every major gaming platform will host a slew of indie games throughout 2022. While it can sometimes be difficult for gamers to sift through all releases in any given year, these games are among the most likely to deliver a memorable entertainment experience.


Trek to Yomi

Screenshot of Devolver Digital's Trek to Yomi

Video games are often inspired by movies, and Hike to Yomi was clearly inspired by many of the best classic samurai movies like Yojimbo and Seven Samurai. This black and white side-scroller aims to deliver a cinematic story about revenge.

The protagonist, Hiroki, swears to his dying master that he will protect his village and everyone in it from evil. After an early failure, Hiroki must battle human and supernatural enemies to return to his duty and fulfill his vow. Hike to Yomi will be released on PlayStation and Microsoft consoles and on PC in 2022.


Zelda-Like Tunic Release Date

Developed by lone creator, Andrew Shouldice, and published by Finki, Tunic is an isometric adventure game reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda franchise. Tunic puts players in control of a humanoid fox as it navigates the game world to solve puzzles and battle enemies.

RELATED: 10 Metroidvanias That Helped Define The Genre

Like other “Metroidvanias”, the game world will slowly open up as the player acquires new tools and weapons that grant the player character more abilities. Tunic is set to release on all Microsoft consoles and PCs on March 16, 2022.

Kerbal Space Program 2

Kerbal Space Program 2 Interview Footage

the original Kerbal Space Program had an unusual start. Developer Felipe Falanghe approached his boss at a marketing company to create a video game. To his surprise, he said yes and Falanghe received financial support. The IP was sold to Take-Two Interactive, and the sequel is currently in development at Intercept Games.

Kerbal Space Program 2 was guided by consultations with several established astrophysicists and aeronautical experts to keep the experience as reasonably realistic as possible. The game will be released on consoles and PC in 2022.

Weird West

Weird West features five playable characters

Westerns have seen some resurgence in gaming with the success of titles like Red Dead Redemption and its sequel, and developer WolfEye is trying to twist the genre by mixing cowboys with the supernatural.

Weird West promises unique games in a world that dynamically reacts to each player’s decision. It also features an optional permadeath mode to add heightened stakes to the experience. Weird West will be released on March 31, and it’s one of the most anticipated games from day one on Xbox Game Pass.

Hollow Knight: Silksong

Hollow Knight Silksong Nintendo Indie Direct

There can be several great games like hollow knight, but few have featured such compelling worlds with such tight controls and gameplay. song of silk was originally planned as an expansion of the original hollow knight, but the developers decided there was enough content for it to stand on its own as a separate game.

While hollow knight had Hornet trying to dig deep into the world, song of silk will reverse that by challenging the player to reach the top of a mysterious new world. Hollow Knight: Silksong is due out on an unspecified date in 2022.

Son of the Forest

Player wields a hatch in Sons of the Forest

Fans don’t yet know much about the upcoming sequel from Endnight Games, Ltd. to survival horror hit, The forest, but speculation has grown since it was announced in 2019. Son of the Forest was originally slated for release in 2022, but the developers delayed the game and moved it to a vague early to mid-2022 release window.

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The small amount of information released so far suggests that this horror sequel will take place as the protagonist thus far survives a helicopter crash far from civilization. Son of the Forest will only be released on PC.

Bowl of Blood 3

An orc in Bloodbowl

Fantasy football is a popular pastime, but Cyanide’s digital version of a tabletop classic takes the name much more literally. bowl of blood started out as a casual mod of Warhammer Fantasy, but it quickly became its own game with a legion of dedicated fans.

bowl of blood pit teams of fantasy characters like elves and orcs against each other in turn-based battles to reach the end zone. This third entry in the video game version of the franchise has gone through several betas and is due out on PC sometime in 2022.

atomic heart

Spooky Atomic Heart Tourist Robots

atomic heart seems to draw inspiration from several popular franchises like Fall and Metro. The game is set in a fictional Russian socialist utopia gone wrong and features a host of mechanical and biological entities that have spiraled out of control.

We still don’t know much about atomic heartbut players will step into the shoes of a KGB agent investigating the catastrophic failure of Installation 3826 and attempting to prevent its inhabitants from escaping to the outside world. atomic heart has yet to set a more specific release date than 2022.


A cat wearing a backpack in Stray's trailer.

Most games feature humans, but Wander will have players taking on the role of a stray cat who has been separated from his family and must unravel an ancient mystery as he traverses a futuristic cyberpunk city. Wander will avoid being a realistic pet simulation game and instead adopt sci-fi elements.

Not much is known about the plot yet, but the player will be able to befriend a hovering drone and have to carefully navigate a city inhabited by robots. Wander is currently in development by the French studio BlueTwelve Studio and will be released in 2022.

slime farmer 2

Slime Rancher 2 Biome Exploration Features

the slime breeder the franchise tasks players with collecting squishy lifeforms and combining them to create new ones. The last sequel, slime farmer 2, will also put players in control of Beatrix LeBeaux as she attempts to find and untangle various slimes.

In this entry, players will travel to a new location, Rainbow Island, to uncover the history of several tech ruins. slime farmer 2 appears to continue the franchise’s relaxing gameplay and is set to release on Microsoft consoles and PCs in 2022.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild Second Wind

Breath of the Wild Second Wind mod videos removed by Nintendo

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