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Cannes Review: Ken Loach’s Twee And Tweedy ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 22, 2014 7:29 AM
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Jimmy's Hall
It was announced here in Cannes that Ken Loach, who had long mooted this year’s Competition entry “Jimmy’s Hall” as his last film, had at least partially relented (possibly in the face of the general rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth that greeted the suggestion here: Cannes loves Ken), and is thinking of embarking on another project. Good thing too, because “Jimmy’s Hall” would be no great cap to a long, singular filmmaking career--it’s a twee and tweedy period “Footloose,” into which Loach’s trademark left wing sympathies are not so much woven as photocopied and stapled onto alternate pages of the script. The Robbie Ryan cinematography ensures everything looks tremendous, all emeralds and warm browns and autumnal Irish ochers, but it’s a richness and texture that isn’t matched by anything else in the film. Well, okay, the costuming is excellent too.

New Images From Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River,' Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy,' Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 9:24 AM
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Lost River, Ryan Gosling
The 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup is here, so now we can spend the next month trying to get as much intel on the movies as possible before they screen for critics and cinephiles on the Croisette. And of course, that means lots of images are here, so let's dive into three playing in Competition.

Watch: First Trailer, Images & 10 Minute Behind-The-Scenes Look For Ken Loach's Final Film 'Jimmy's Hall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 11:48 AM
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Jimmy's Hall
For over four decades, British auteur Ken Loach has been carving out his place in cinema history, starting with "Kes" in 1969. In 2006 he took home a Palme d'Or at Cannes for "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," a highlight in a career that has seen him loaded with honors from around the world. Last year, it was announced that the 77 year-old filmmaker was tiring of moviemaking and would be making his final feature, "Jimmy's Hall." And a taste of the results are here.

Pixar Comes To The Rescue Of Ken Loach's New Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 10:30 AM
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Last week we were given the unique opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios in Marin County, California. The sprawling studio has the airy look and feel of a college campus (while we were eating lunch an impromptu soccer game broke out on the green patch of grass in between buildings) and a similarly goofy intellectual vibe. It seems like the kind of place where anything can happen (and often does). Not that the folks at Pixar are content to just keep that magic to themselves. After veteran British director Ken Loach made a desperate appeal for some last-minute editorial supplies, the Pixar editing team saved the day. And even included a little sketch of Mike and Sulley surrounded by spools of film.

Ken Loach Likely To Retire From Feature Filmmaking After Completing Latest Film 'Jimmy's Hall'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 10:54 AM
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There are few certainties in this world for a movie fan, but there are a few things you can normally cling to. You can be sure that every year will bring a new Woody Allen, which someone somewhere will herald as a 'return to form.' You can be sure that when the cast and crew of a sequel diss a film's predecessor while plugging the second movie, the follow-up will be even worse. And you can generally be sure that, in even-numbered years, British auteur Ken Loach will have a new film doing the rounds, usually at Cannes.

David Slade, Jim Sheridan, Ken Loach & More Line Up New Projects

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 9, 2013 10:50 AM
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