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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.

10 Notable Filmmakers Who Work In Both Documentary & Fiction

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 7, 2013 1:31 PM
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10 Filmmakers Who Work In Documentary And Fiction
Truth may or may not be stranger than fiction, but both impulses certainly exert a powerful pull on the filmmaking instinct. With so many established narrative directors over the years turning their hand to documentaries, whether it’s “making of,” band documentaries, or passion projects that they use to create greater awareness of the issues that are closest to their hearts, it’s a well-trodden path. And while they’re treading that path, they get to wave at the men and women coming in the opposite direction: documentarians make the crossover into narrative just as frequently. This week’s release of “How I Live Now” (our review is here) from Kevin Macdonald is another example of how, for some directors, the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction is one they can criss-cross time and again throughout their careers—it’s a fiction film, but Macdonald’s been alternating between the formats evenly for the last decade or so.

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.

Ken Loach Goes With The Strong Stuff For Next Film 'The Angel's Share'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2011 3:20 AM
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In his mid-70s, with a decades-spanning career behind him, director Ken Loach continues to be a strong cinematic voice. His last few films "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," "Looking for Eric" and "Route Irish" commanded solid critical notices and found the helmer's talents still firing on all fronts. And he continues to work at a prolific pace as he's already lined up his next gig.

Watch: Trailer For Ken Loach's Iraq War Drama 'Route Irish'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 28, 2011 3:32 AM
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For one of the most explicitly political filmmakers working today, it's surprising that it's taken Ken Loach so long to directly address the conflict in Iraq. He may have discussed 9/11 in his segment of the portmanteau film "11'09''01," and there are parallels to be found in his more recent work, like "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," but it was surely only a matter of time before Loach tackled one of the great disgraces of our modern age head-on, even while he delivered more crowd pleasing fare like "Looking For Eric."

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