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Karlovy Vary Review: Multiple Venice Winner ‘Still Life’ Starring Eddie Marsan

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 14, 2014 6:29 PM
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Still Life
Not wishing to start off on a total downer, let us say that for much of its running time, “Still Life” is just about bearable. Now that’s partly because, catching up with the four-time Venice award-winner [drops to knees, bellows “Why?” at the heavens] at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, we had started off well-disposed toward it. Not only did the Uberto Pasolini film (not to be confused with the 2006 Jia Zhang-ke film of the same name which also won at Venice) trail those laurels, but lead Eddie Marsan had just picked up Best Actor in a British Film in Edinburgh, and anyway, Marsan is one of our very favorite character actors, so the chance to see him take on such an inarguably central role was enticing. But only too soon the film wore our goodwill down to a tiny nub, with maudlin moment piling on mawkish turn, drenched in a minor-key Rachel Portman score so twee and sentimentalized that the obvious comparison would be an insult to syrup.

Watch: Robert Pattinson Woos Christina Ricci In Clip 'Bel Ami' Plus New Pics From The Film & Take A Listen To The Score

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 23, 2012 6:05 PM
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If the graphic violence, giant rats, and seizure-inducing imagery of “Cosmopolis” dissuaded you from the film's otherwise compelling look at sex and politics, then perhaps Robert Pattinson's period drama “Bel Ami” is more up your alley. A new clip and soundtrack details have hit the web, and they both certainly share some similarities, believe it or not.

Review: 'I Don't Know How She Does It' Is A Pained, Unfunny, Politically Questionable Bore

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 13, 2011 10:58 AM
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One of the "charmingly neurotic" tics of the main character of "I Don't Know How She Does It," played brittlely and with affected strain by Sarah Jessica Parker, is making to-do lists. Since the year is 2011 and editing software has come a long way, we see her visualize the list as the prepares for sleep – everything from arranging her daughter's play date to doing some Kegel exercises (yes, seriously) – with words and small images appearing tattooed on the ceiling of her bohemian chic Boston apartment (accompanied by a never-ending stream of voice-over narration). While watching "I Don't Know How She Does It," which at a swift 89 minutes still feels longer than the "Three Colors" trilogy combined, you'll be tempted to make a similar mental inventory of things that you could (and should),instead of watching this wretched claptrap, which we're fairly certain has single-handedly set the feminist cause back a good 35-40 years.

Rachel Portman Scoring Lone Scherfig's 'One Day' With Anne Hathaway & Jim Sturgess

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 6:01 AM
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Rachel Portman is name that isn't mentioned often enough when talking about great contemporary film composers. She's a three-time Academy Award nominee, winning once for "Emma," and has provided a number of memorable scores over the years but most recently, she delivered an excellent, piano-impressionistic and forlorn (as well as sadly overlooked) score to Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go" (one of the year's best, in our opinion). And while we're bummed the Academy didn't recognize, there will be plenty more to look forward to from the composer in the coming year.

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