Brian Clark
European Editor; Los Angeles

Review: THE CANYONS Embarrasses Everyone Involved, Except Lindsay Lohan

So... did you hear about the time that author Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho) and director Paul Schrader (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Cat People, screenwriter of Taxi Driver) decided to collaborate on a crowdfunded movie... More »

Euro Beat: 7 Bernadette Lafont Movies You Should Know About

In most of the world, only dedicated cinephiles noted the passing of French actress Bernadette Lafont, but in France, citizens nation-wide are still mourning the loss of one of the country's great cinematic icons. Lafont passed away from a heart... More »

Review: Sex and Murder Become Dull Bedfellows In BREAKING THE GIRLS

Alright Alfred Hitchcock (or Patricia Highsmith) fans, see if you remember this one : Two strangers meet by chance, hit it off and soon realize that each of them has a person in their life that they'd like dead. They... More »

New Sexy, NSFW NYMPHOMANIAC Still Introduces Shia "La Buff"

First of all, I'd like to put the jokes aside for a second and applaud the fact that both the above picture and the other official still from Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac are actually quite sexy. Von Trier may be... More »

Chaos Reigns In New Trailer For Álex de la Iglesia's WITCHING AND BITCHING

Álex de la Iglesia calmed down a bit with his last film, As Luck Would Have It, but, based on this totally bonkers trailer for Witching and Bitching, he was just gathering strength to unleash a barrage of mayhem, including... More »

2013 Locarno Film Festival Lineup Includes Kurosawa, Hong, Herzog and More

The lineup for the 66th Locarno Film Festival has been announced, and once again, the program highlights a diverse slate of world cinema from both known directors and new independent talent. The international competition includes 18 world premieres, including Our Sunhi, the... More »

Euro Beat: Boys And Girls Of Larry Clark's New Paris Film, THE SMELL OF US, Get A Web Series

Larry Clark (Kids, Bully) is branching out a bit for his upcoming film, The Smell of Us, which takes place in France and is co-written by a French poet he met at an exhibition in Paris, Matthieu Landais. Emphasis... More »

Euro Beat: 7 Highlights From A Visit To The Set Of Jean-Luc Godard's 3-D FAREWELL TO LANGUAGE

"Experience has taught that we never learn anything about a film by visiting the set... We can capture an atmosphere, a way of being and acting, trying to discern intentions, but we never get a complete or tangible impression." So... More »

Review: I'M SO EXCITED! Sends Mile High Club Membership Soaring

It's a bit of a shame that the U.S. release of Pedro Almodóvar's latest, called Los Amantes Pasajeros in Spanish, is titled I'm So Excited!, and that it will presumably use the moment where the flight attendants break into a... More »

Review: MANIAC Makes No Apologies For Its Sadistic Gore

Those worried that Franck Khalfoun and Alexandre Aja's Maniac remake was going to whitewash and water down their favorite 80s sleaze classic can rest easy. This updated, Los Angeles-set story of a disturbed man cutting off the scalps of women... More »

Euro Beat: Is It Art Or Porn? France Re-Opens The Debate

For the first time in many years (at least since 2000's Baise-Moi), sex in cinema has become a point of controversy in France. That's thanks in large part to the fact that the two most critically acclaimed films to come... More »

Review: Jodorowsky's THE DANCE OF REALITY Finds Magic In Brutality

When we first meet the young-boy version of Alejandro Jodorowsky in his new "imaginary autobiography" The Dance with Reality (La Danza de la Realidad), he is wearing a long blond wig and watching in terror as his dad brawls with... More »

Paris Cinema Festival 2013 Offers Wealth of Essential Cinema, New And Old

Every summer, from June 28 to July 9, Paris steps up its cinema game in a big way. This is no small thing in a city with probably more repertory and arthouse theaters per capita than anywhere in the world,... More »

ONLY GOD FORGIVES Sparks French Film Ratings Controversy, PAINLESS Director Sheds Light On The Bigger Picture

Alright parents, show of hands. How many of you plan to take your twelve-year-old to see Nicolas Winding Refn's new ultra-violent film Only God Forgives, which includes a lengthy torture scene, as well as lovingly filmed shootings, amputations and beatings... More »

Euro Beat: Ben Wheatley's A FIELD IN ENGLAND Will Screen At Karlovy Vary Film Festival Before Release

As we reported already, Ben Wheatley's psychedelic civil-war horror story, A Field In England, is being distributed via a day-and-date theatrical VOD strategy in the UK, and will be available July 5. But it looks like some lucky folks will... More »

Cannes 2013 Review: Asghar Farhadi's THE PAST Is An Intense, Mesmerizing Excavation Of Secrets And Lies

Those who saw Asghar Farhadi's previous film A Separation already know that though the Iranian filmmaker specializes in two-plus hour family dramas, his movies are as intense and absorbing as any thriller out there. Like the aforementioned film, The Past... More »

Cannes 2013 Review: Jean-Luc Godard Does 3-D In THE THREE DISASTERS, And No, James Cameron Will Not Be Spared

"The digital medium is a dictatorship," intones Jean-Luc Godard as images flash over text, which flashes over more images, ultimately demonstrating how, ironically, 3-D is actually the perfectly-suited to Godard's recent information-overload collage-style filmmaking. But just because the enfant-terrible-turned-bitter-recluse is... More »

Cannes 2013 Review: Coming to America is Gorgeous, But Slow Business in James Gray's THE IMMIGRANT

While heralded by a dedicated group of cinephiles in the U.S. (as well as most critics in France), director James Gray has always been more talked-about for his sure hand with actors and drama than for his visual style. Not... More »

Cannes 2013 Review: The Agony, Ecstasy of Masked Wrestling Gets Film Noir Treatment In OUR HEROES ARE DEAD TONIGHT

Back in 1960's France, masked wrestling was not a kitsch, novelty sport with a cult following -- it was serious business. According to the accepted narrative, it was not only a spectacle of brutality, but a powerful assertion of good... More »

Cannes 2013 Review: Claire Denis' THE BASTARDS Throws A Bleak, Sneaky Sucker Punch

Clair Denis' The Bastards begins as a simple, slow-burn revenge thriller, and then very quietly morphs into one of the bleakest, most twisted neo-noir films of the decade. As is often the case with Denis (35 Shots of Rum, White... More »
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