Winter’s Tale: A mediocre adaptation of a magical tale

Akiva Goldsman is famous for brilliant screenplays such as A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man but something definitely went wrong with his directorial debut, Winter’s Tale, which he adapted from Mark Helprin’s 1983 bestselling novel of the same name. A fantasy story spanning various centuries and tackling matters of good and evil, afterlife and other … Continue reading Winter’s Tale: A mediocre adaptation of a magical tale

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Not another comic book superhero movie

The new installment of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past is nothing like its predecessors or any superhero film for that matter. In fact, no cities are destroyed or skyscrapers blown to pieces, only the White House and a stadium suffer structural damage and the large scale destruction of mankind is kept to … Continue reading X-Men: Days of Future Past: Not another comic book superhero movie

The Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2014: A new safehouse for US indie films

After the success of its first two editions, the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, which was created in 2012 by the French producer, distributor and cinema owner Sophie Dulac, returned for a third edition from June 11 to 17 2014. This year it was presided by the French director Bertrand Tavernier and the actress Jacqueline Bisset (who … Continue reading The Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2014: A new safehouse for US indie films

Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2014. Interview with Keanu Reeves: “I always had a theatrical approach to acting in Cinema”

Keanu Reeves (photo: courtesy of the Champs-Élysées Film Festival) In 1994 Speed turned you and your co-star Sandra Bullock into A-list stars. How did this new status change and shape your career? Keanu Reeves: Speed was my second action film and I think it really influenced some of the opportunities that I had in the … Continue reading Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2014. Interview with Keanu Reeves: “I always had a theatrical approach to acting in Cinema”

Champs-Élysées 2014: Kill Your Darlings: A diffuse yet interesting take on the Beat Generation

Following Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl, Walter Salles’ On the Road and Michael Polish’s Big Sur, Kill Your Darlings is another work in the long line of indie films interested in the Beat Generation writers. The last one, directed by John Krokidas, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and then screened in Venice … Continue reading Champs-Élysées 2014: Kill Your Darlings: A diffuse yet interesting take on the Beat Generation

Champs-Elysées 2014: Ping Pong Summer: “Now is the time to stop being a loser. Now’s the time to kiss the girl”

Michael Tully’s new film, Ping Pong Summer, is a coming of age comedy that blends 80s nostalgia with homage to films like The Karate Kid. Ping Pong Summer is a very endearing and amusing film. It’s the summer of 1985. The clumsy 13-year-old Radford “Rad” Miracle is going on holiday to Ocean City on the … Continue reading Champs-Elysées 2014: Ping Pong Summer: “Now is the time to stop being a loser. Now’s the time to kiss the girl”