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Director Jonathan Glazer: His 10 Best Commercials

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 31, 2014 2:22 PM
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Jonathan Glazer  10 Best Commercials
So it feels like a long time that we’ve been talking, (and sighing and gasping and puzzling) about “Under the Skin,” which finally arrives for your viewing (and sighing and gasping and puzzling) pleasure this weekend. Only the third feature from director Jonathan Glazer, after the feted “Sexy Beast” and the hugely underrated “Birth,” we first reviewed it (warmly) out of Telluride, and then our man in Venice was so taken with it that we listed a further 5 reasons to put it at the top of your to-see list.

Cannes Review: Worthy Medieval Parable 'Michael Kohlhaas' Nowhere Near Sum Of Impressive Parts

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 27, 2013 12:35 PM
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Mads Mikkelsen, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS BY ARNAUD DES PALLIÈRES
Itself loosely based on a true story, the 19th century novella by Heinrich von Kleist, “Michael Kohlhaas," has been adapted several times for screen, notably by Volker Schlöndorff in 1969, even spawning “The Jack Bull," a pretty good HBO restaging starring Johns Cusack and Goodman, in 1999. But with Schlöndorff himself telling us in an interview that he considered his version his "biggest failure” it would have seemed that there was still room for the definitive, high-profile, straight-up adaptation. And on paper, that’s what Arnaud de Pallières’ Cannes competition entrant “Michael Kohlhaas” was meant to be -- just check out its impeccable line-up of European stars-with-major-arthouse-appeal: Mads Mikkelsen (last year’s Cannes Best Actor for “The Hunt”), Bruno Ganz (whose sclerotic Hitler in “Downfall” spawned its own remarkably resilient meme) and Denis Lavant (coming off his chameleonic performance in the critically worshipped “Holy Motors”).

Isabelle Huppert, Denis Lavant & David Cronenberg To Star In Luca Guadagnino's Adaptation Of Don DeLillo's 'The Body Artist'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 29, 2013 10:28 AM
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Two of the most-talked about films of last year were united by one thing; both David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" and Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" were set over a single day, and starred a protagonist being driven around a city in a limousine. But what if key participants in both were united in one single project? Surely limo-loving, arthouse-inclined movie fans would be dancing in the street if that were to be the case?

For Your Consideration: 5 Lead Performances That Deserve Oscar Recognition

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 20, 2012 12:05 PM
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Oscar voting got underway this week with a January 3rd deadline that, between Christmas and New Year, will be on us before we know it. And so, with only a few weeks left to catch up in theaters and work through screeners, we wanted to pick out a few names who've been otherwise overlooked by prognosticators and experts in the conversation to date.

Watch: Kylie Minogue Sings In 2 New Clips From Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2012 2:45 PM
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This is one on the tongues of cinephiles this fall -- Leos Carax's long-awaited feature film effort, "Holy Motors." While this writer had mixed feelings on the meta movie swirl, it seems to be a minority opinion, as most have been taken by the film's ambition and playfulness. And while New York cinemagoers are already experiencing the film, it won't be expanding nationally until next week, but until then a couple of new clips should tide you over.

Watch: What Is Going On In The First Trailer For Leos Carax' 'Holy Motors'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 23, 2012 8:40 AM
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With an eclectic cast that includes, among others, regular collaborator Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes and popstar Kylie Minogue, we were always intrigued with what Leos Carax had in store for us with the odd tale "Holy Motors." And we'll be honest, we've had images, clips and now a trailer but we're just as confused as ever.

First Look At Eva Mendes & Kylie Minogue In Leos Carax's 'Holly Motors'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2012 10:19 AM
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While it's probably still slightly too early to begin talking about what films will be headed to Cannes in May, one film that almost seems a certainty at this point is Leos Carax's "Holly Motors." Carax has already presented a film in competition with "Pola X" in 1999 and won Award For The Youth in 1984 for “Boy Meets Girl.” But whether it makes the Croisette or not, this is still one of the more intriguing arthouse prospects of the year.

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