Director Todd Haynes Gets The Spotlight In Upcoming Walker RetrospectiveThe focus of the Walker Art Center’s next cinematic retrospective is the work of ground-breaking director Todd Haynes, whose films (such as “I’m Not There” and “Far From Heaven”) are known for being controversial, complex and genre-breaking.
Year’s Best Ads Returning To The Walker This HolidayA 29-year tradition continues at the Walker Art Center this holiday season, as the museum once again will host the British Arrows Awards, a celebration of the year’s most innovative, moving and humorous ads.
Twin Cities Film Fest Boasts More MN-Connections, Broader Line-Up The sixth annual Twin Cities Film Festival is boasting a broader line-up this year, featuring more movies with Minnesota connections, more documentaries and more features from filmmakers around the world.
'A Brilliant Young Mind' Examines What It Means To Be Different, GiftedBesides suffering from a particularly boring U.S. release title, the English film "A Brilliant Young Mind" tells a nuanced and tender story of a mathematically gifted teenager who struggles to relate to those who love him.
'The New Girlfriend' A Complex, Unforgettable Romantic ComedyWriter/director François Ozon’s curiosity about sex, gender and relationships is again on display in "The New Girlfriend," an unpredictable and surprisingly touching film about love and identity.
Filmmaker Behind 'The Cove' Casts Much Bigger Net In 'Racing Extinction'In 2010, National Geographic photographer and filmmaker Louie Psihoyos won an Oscar for The Cove, a graphic and unforgettable exposé of dolphin hunting in Japan. In that film, Psihoyos and his team of activists sneaked into an area where dolphins are herded for harpoon slaughter and fixed hidden cameras. The bloody images captured in the process horrified Western audiences and showed that filmmaking concerned with activism and the environment doesn’t have to be preachy and boring clips of humpback whales. It can be thrilling.
French Legend Lafont A Pot-Dealing Grandma In 'Paulette'The legendary French actress Bernadette Lafont performs a massive change of character in Paulette, turning from a bitter old racist to a cuddly pot-dealing grandma.
A Look At Crop Art After 50 Years At The FairA quick look at Linda Paulsen’s works in the crop art exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair is all it takes to see that she has a sharp eye for color, texture and detail.
'Phoenix' Achieves Moments Of Brilliance, Explores Identity After The HolocaustPerhaps the best thing about Phoenix, the latest film from German director Christian Petzold, is that the ending is perfect, absolutely perfect. Not only does it neatly wrap the post-WWII story together, it hits you with a punch of emotion so strong you’ll be teary-eyed and breathless as the credits roll in dead silence.
Movie Blog: This Week’s Best BetsThe Internet Cat Video Festival has come and gone, and so has summer, it seems. The forecast this week looks like it’s straight out of October, so it’s probably a good time to catch a movie, or watch something new on Netflix.
From Mankato To The Heart Of The UniverseFor a world-class photographer who’s skied down Mount Everest and climbed the some of the most daunting peaks on the planet, Jimmy Chin was surprisingly enthusiastic to talk to WCCO earlier this week.
Movie Blog: This Week’s Best BetsIt’s a busy week for movies here in the Twin Cities. We’ve got a massive festival for the internet’s beloved cats, two compelling documentaries hitting theaters, and a screening of a French New Wave classic.