Cannes Reviews

Posted: July 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

With solid runs at the Cannes Film Festival, look out for these indie films within the next year! The enchanting Moonrise Kingdom is already out in theaters now and we’re holding out to see Mud and Killing Them Softly.

Moonrise Kingdom 

Set in a small island town off the coast of New England, Wes Anderson’s new film Moonrise Kingdom tells the sweet tale of two young 12 year olds who find love with each other and plot to escape away together in the woody around their community. Told in Anderson’s colorful and simplistically campy style, Moonrise utilizes all of the best Anderson has to offer through carefully thought out shots, clean lines and a color pallet of pastels and vibrant yellows; as well as several new tricks including his two lead actors new comers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Told through the eyes of a child Moonrise is upbeat, joyful, and lacking a single mean bone in its entire body.

Director: Wes Anderson

Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

Cast: Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward

 

Mud 

This year was the year of the southern fairy tale at the Cannes Film Festival and director Jeff Nichols was just the man to deliver us an outstandingly touching tale of young love and old fears. Mud takes place in rural Arkansas, when two young boys find a man hiding out on an island in the middle of the river. Trying to win his long lost love back the two boys set out to help him repair an old boat and along the way they repair pieces of themselves. This coming of age story very reminiscent of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn struck a cord with audiences at the festival with it’s blue collar charm and clean cinematography it is sure to see wide commercial success.

Director: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan and Jacobo Lofland.

 

Killing Them Softly

“Killing Them Softly” (100 mins) When an illegal card game is turned over, the mob calls in Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) to set things straight and heal the collapsing criminal economy. Working around the executives of modern day “corporate crime” and the dimwits on the streets, Jackie takes matter into his own hands to restore order to the system he has been a part of for so long. An all-star cast surrounds this outstandingly watchable story featuring old mob-flick favorites such as James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta. It’s a stylistic new take on the mobster film with stunning cinematography and direction from Andrew Dominik.

Director: Andrew Dominik

Cast: Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta

Reviews written by Alison Bridges

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