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Netflix is releasing a new series that you can’t binge watch. WTF?!
Saudi girls can now participate in sports at school! Yes you read that right! Yes I know it’s 2015 and that seems like it shouldn’t be a headline. But it’s true! Yay! Sports for everyone!
This is just incredibly sad. 10 people were killed in a helicopter crash while filming for a reality TV show.
Apparently giving eviction notices to homeless folks won’t solve homelessness?
Circus Swing: Zoltan Orkestar at Zinc
Comte de Lautréamont’s Les Chants de Maldoror
The Blue Room
Tightlipped French crime drama drops few clues
Emotional French drama explores the secrets and lies of one very troubled family
Blue Is the Warmest Color
I was a teenage lesbian, and all I got was this heartbreaking movie
The Rabbi’s Cat
Arabesque animated fable offers a feline’s take on Middle Eastern religion
From the very first frames, viewers can tell the adult-oriented French cartoon The Rabbi’s Cat is going to feature some lovely, bright animation and an exotic setting. That’s almost but not quite enough to leaven a muddled story that requires a bit too much contemplation. The film is based on the work of French comic book artist Joann Sfar, who wrote and directed the lavishly animated, mostly successful biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. Sfar co-writes and co-directs The Rabbi’s Cat, ensuring the artist’s vision is, for better or worse, fully preserved.
Rust and Bone
A whale bit my legs off and all I got was sex with a musclebound Belgian
It’s possible the ailments afflicting the French drama Rust and Bone are not the result of anything culturally specific. They could simply be the the sole artistic bias of writer-director Jacques Audiard, with no reflection on his fellow, Sorbonne-educated countrymen. But damned if—in their dark, existential, ennui-riddled self-importance—they don’t feel oh-so-French.
Declaration of War
Visually quirky French drama finds love, humor and drama in a child’s battle for life
A young mother holds her son’s hand as he’s fed into an MRI machine. The camera zooms in on her eye. As the mournful orb begins to fill the screen, the image is intercut with shots of a loud house party. The mother, even younger, hangs out in a crowded living room—a beer in her hand, raucous punk rock blaring around her. You wouldn’t think a despondent drama about a terminally ill child would be an excuse to make with the visual razzle-dazzle. But writer-director-actress Valérie Donzelli takes a number of unexpected paths with her involving feature, Declaration of War.
I Like to Watch (Instantly): Heartbreaker, Welcome
Notable romantic French titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world
Directed by Pascal Chaumeil
Cast: Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier, François Damiens, Helena Noguerra, Andrew Lincoln, Jacques Frantz, Amandine Dewasmes
I Like to Watch (Instantly): Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
Notable French thriller titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world
Mesrine: Killer Instinct (2008)
Directed by Jean-François Richet
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Cécile De France, Gérard Depardieu, Gilles Lellouche, Roy Dupuis, Elena Anaya, Florence Thomassin, Michel Duchaussoy, Myriam Boyer, Ludivine Sagnier
Daily Word 5.15.11: death of the arcade; Eurotras... er vision; Tim Horton expansion
Dolores Fuller, once Ed Wood's wife, died.
British woman beheaded in supermarket.
Eurovision contest winner AND links to all the other countries' performances. Woah, what's that smell?
George W.Bush was eating souffle when he got the call about Bin Laden's death.
Lady Gaga's penis shoes.
Penis-related Cannes update.
Switzerland seeks to stopper suicide tourism.
Bin Laden compound porn stash.
Army Corps of Engineers opened a spillway to ease swollen Mississippi river.
Review of awesomely bad film "Priest," with trailer.
Death of the arcade.
I Like to Watch (Instantly): The Girl on the Bridge, The Widow of Saint-Pierre
Notable Patrice Leconte titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world
The Girl on the Bridge (1999)
Directed by Patrice Leconte
Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Frederic Pfluger, Demetre Georgalas, Catherine Lascault, Isabelle Petit-Jacques, Mireille Mosse, Didier Lemoine, Bertie Cortez, Nicola Donato
One chilly Parisian night, a young girl (Frenchy pop star Vanessa Paradis) contemplates suicide on a dark bridge. Out of the night comes a stranger (Daniel Auteuil) who offers her a second chance. He is a once great, now-faded circus performer, a knife-thrower in need of a partner. Together these two lost souls form a deep, telepathic bond. This hypnotic modern fairy tale comes from director Patrice Leconte (Ridicule, Monsieur Hire). Bring a date!
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French Kiss of Death
The true story of a guy who liked rabbit-fur hats and killing people
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science
The French seem to possess a uniquely close relationship with death—probably because they eat unpasteurized cheeses. A serial killer from their ranks would be armed with a vast foreknowledge of la grande mort. It would probably make him, or her, a better murderer than some lazy American. And yet we seem to produce the largest amount of them.