As seen in the image above, every day seems like Independence
Day in Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the
Southern Wild," which opens this Friday.
Until, that is, nature takes a disastrous course. And since the film is one of
the most lauded independent movies of the year, it seems appropriate to
celebrate the 4th with these interviews by our contributor Jake Mulligan with
Zeitlin and cast members Dwight Henry and Quvenzhané Wallis.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY (cited on A-Word-A-Day by Anu Garg):
"It is well to know something of the manners of various
peoples, in order more sanely to judge our own, and that we do not think that
everything against our modes is ridiculous, and against reason, as those who
have seen nothing are accustomed to think."
It's a shame that the world, according to Rapture experts, ends May 21 because that
means we'll miss some interesting end of the world movies. Not necessarily films in which the world ends with a bang, like "Armageddon" or '2012," but more the whimper
kind-- reflective and philosophical.
Like Lars Von Triers's "Melancholia,"
which just premiered at Cannes.
The Cannes Film Festival started yesterday, and our crack correspondent Lisa Nesselson is on the scene. Here's her first dispatch:
There are people who don't much care for Woody Allen, but is
that any reason for U.S. Navy SEALS to track him down and kill him?
Allen's latest romp, "Midnight in Paris" opened the 64th Cannes Film Festival on
the night of May 11th.