Review: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

In the throes of childhood infatuation and the restlessness of everyday life, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) decide to run away together from being an adopted khaki scout and an unreadable problem child. With the entire island called upon to find them and return them to safety, including Sam’s scout leader (Edward Norton) and Suzy’s anxious parents (Bill Murray and Frances MacDormand), their eagerness for freedom offers up some home truths to the Continue reading “Review: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)”

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Marilyn Monroe Takes Centre Stage On 65th Cannes Film Festival Poster

The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled their poster for this year’s instalment, featuring the one and only Marilyn Monroe.

In its 65th year, the Cannes Film Festival is the world’s most renowned film festival, and is scheduled to run from May 16 – 27, 2012.

Though no films have yet been announced, there’s rumours far and wide that the line-up could include new films by Terrence Malick, Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Continue reading “Marilyn Monroe Takes Centre Stage On 65th Cannes Film Festival Poster”

Review: Ceremony (2010)

Ceremony is writer/director Max Winkler’s feature film debut, and stars Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano, Lee Pace, Jake Johnson, Rebecca Mader and Reece Thompson.

The film centers on a young guy (Angarano) who takes his best friend to crash the wedding of the thirty-something woman (Thurman) he wants back.

Traces of Wes Anderson are too frequent to note, but its clear director Max Winkler has developed his own style. He displays a much more brisk and confidently naturalistic technique, with his smooth camera movements and unobtrusive shots.

Winkler counterbalances this with a script comprised of complex, interesting and engrossing characters who speak with quick, snappy dialogue from the outset.

The trouble is, Winkler never takes the time to form believable backstories for his characters. It seems all too implausible that Zoe and Sam had a past relationship in the first place, much less one that’s worth trying to reclaim. At its heart, Ceremony is a character piece, but unfortunately one that constantly goes through the motions, as if trying to prove itself too much.

Saying that, there are some truly terrific performances to behold. Thurman forges a very real and tender Zoe, one who obviously has a deep understanding of Sam, but can’t quite justify the relationships future. Angarano is the true revelation, delivering a wholly adult performance – something with abundant personality and immeasurable depth.

The supporting performances, including turns from Thompson, Johnson, Pace and Mader provide much needed escapism from the throes of the central focus; Johnson and Mader especially throw themselves into their respective characters and make their screen-time worthwhile and a joy to watch.

Ceremony is an elegantly made, cajoling and well acted film that proves Winkler is just as capable, if not more so, than his peers – even if it isn’t the masterpiece it seems to believe it is.