Wes Anderson, Paul Verhoeven, Sean Baker, Leo Carax, Mia Hansen-Løve and Asghar Farhadi are just a few of the directors in competition at Cannes; Quentin Tarantino’s theater finally reopens, and discussion of his final film continues; let’s discuss M.O.D.O.K., the weirdest Marvel project by far. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.
But First: Destiny Jackson did a terrific interview with the team behind the “auditory slasher” film Sound of Violence, about a woman who commits murders in order to collect horrible sounds.
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M.O.D.O.K.: Even with the help of Patton Oswalt, Jon Hamm, Whoopi Goldberg and many more, can one of Marvel’s most ridiculous villains carry a TV series? That’s the question at the heart of our latest Low Key podcast, where we talk about the new Hulu show, and I also talk incessantly about Third Eye Blind.
Cannes Competitors: Here’s IndieWire‘s list of all of the films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, which starts July 6. The title is first, followed by the director: Ahed’s Knee, Nadav Lapid; Annette, Leos Carax; Benedetta, Paul Verhoeven; Bergman Island, Mia Hansen-Løve; Casablanca Beats, Nabil Ayouch; Compartment No. 6, Juho Kuosmanen; Drive My Car, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi; Everything Went Fine, Francois Ozon; The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson; A Hero, Asghar Farhadi; La fracture, Catherine Corsini; Lingui, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Nitram, Justin Kurzel; Paris, 13th District, Jacques Audiard; Par un Demi Clair Matin, Bruno Dumont; Petrov’s Flu, Kirill Serebrennikov; Red Rocket, Sean Baker; The Restless, Joachim Lafosse; The Story of My Wife, Ildikó Enyedi; Three Floors, Nanni Moretti; Titane, Julia Ducournau; The Worst Person in the World, Joachim Trier; Flag Day, Sean Penn.
What’s the Opening Film? Annette, by Leos Carax, starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver. Here’s the trailer:
Also: We get that the “competition” is really just a way to dramatize a celebration of great artists making great films. We’re not expecting a Roadhouse situation.
New Beverly Reopens: Ryan Parker at The Hollywood Reporter has an emotional writeup of Quentin Tarantino’s theater reopening with a showing of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Alison Martino, who runs the excellent social media account Vintage Los Angeles and is a great advocate for preserving L.A.’s history, told THR she saw Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 37 times at the New Beverly before it closed. “I love the movie so much, and seeing it here is extra special,” Martino said. “I purposely did not watch it all through quarantine because I wanted to come back and see it here.”
More Tarantino: Our tweet about this story regarding his belief that most directors’ last films are “horrible” — as he plans his own final movie — inspired a lot of discussion about what he should do for that movie. One commenter on our site urges him to “write a script that does not have one word of profanity.” Prediction: He will ignore this entire discussion. But still, @AuthorClaudette has a wise idea for how to avoid the bad-last-movie curse: “Plan it as your second to last movie. When it’s a hit, change your mind and make it your last movie.” Yes.
As Quentin Tarantino plans his final film, he confronts a forbidding fact: ‘Most directors have horrible last movies’
— MovieMaker Magazine (@moviemakermag) June 2, 2021
Eyes Wide Shut: One movie that came up a lot in the last movies conversation is Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Commenter Lee writes: “Stanley Kubrick certainly directed a terrible last movie. Did he even write a script for Tom Cruise Has Sex Fantasies for Two Hours (aka Eyes Wide Shut)?” Commenter RT’s opinion corresponds more closely to my own: “Eyes Wide Shut is a fantastic, haunting movie – a journey at midnight, the same journey in daylight. With a devastating final line by Nicole Kidman.”
Anything Else? Nope, just that we’d love to hear your thoughts on everyone above, and invite you to share them in the comments below.
Main image: Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver in Annette, the opening Cannes film by Leos Carax.