Sunday, May 25, 2008

Cannes 2008 Wrapup -- The Movies I Saw

For a complete wrapup of the Cannes Film Festival go to Advocate Insider. And here's the brief wrapup for the NY Daily News. A lot of my favorite movies won top awards -- guess Sean Penn (the jury president) and I are right in sync.

(from best to worst)

Entre Les Murs/The Class **** (out of four)
El Dorado *** 1/2
Il Divo *** 1/2
Linha De Passe *** 1/2
Waltz With Bashir ***
The Good, The Bad and The Weird ***
Of Time and the City ***
O'Horten ***
Hunger ***
Elevre Libre/Private Lessons ***
It's Hard Being Loved By Jerks -- The Trial ***
Che ** 1/2
Wendy and Lucy ** 1/2
Vicky Cristina Barcelona ** 1/2
Uc Maymum ** 1/2
Rumba ** 1/2
Synecdoche, New York ** 1/2
Tyson ** 1/2
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ** 1/2
The Changeling/The Exchange **
Un Conte de Noel/A Christmas Tale **
Two Lovers **
Acne **
The Silence of Lorna **
Tokyo Sonata **
The Chaser * 1/2
Sanguepazzo * 1/2
La Mujer Sin Cabeza/The Headless Woman * 1/2
La Frontiere De L'Aube/The Frontier of Dawn * 1/2
Tokyo! * (three shorts; stayed for two)
My Magic *
What Just Happened? *
Serbis -- no stars

Movies I Missed and Regret:
Gomorra, Leonera, 24 City/Er Shi Si Cheng Ji, Snow, Afterschool, Maradonna By Kusturica, Tony Manero, Better Things, La Sangre Brota, Summer Hours, Tulpan

Theater I Saw in London before and after Cannes:
Yazmin Reza's "The God Of Carnage" in London with Ralph Fiennes and Janet McTeer ***
"Fram" at the National * 1/2.

Books I Read:
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Hero by Jon Lee Anderson ****
Blindness by Jose Saramago ****
Reminiscenses of the Cuban Revolutionary War by Ernesto Che Guevara **
Ten Men Dead: The Story of the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike by David Beresford ***
The Bolivian Diary by Ernesto Che Guevara * 1/2
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie **


priv8pete said...

Were all of the films you saw in Cannes new releases or were there some older titles (like El Dorado, The Changeling, The Chaser, etc.)?

Michael in New York said...

Cannes did show The Matrix on the beach and some classic movies in special screenings. This year, I didn't get to any of those. All the movies listed are brand new films seen mostly for the first time at Cannes, with the notable exception of Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired which had its world premiere at Sundance.