Tuesday, March 21, 2017

For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason is a 2012 American-British documentary film about Ralph Steadman, directed by Charlie Paul. The film was in competition for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival.
It premiered at the 2012 London Film Festival, and was released in 2014 in the United States.

Directed byCharlie Paul
Produced byLucy Paul
StarringRalph Steadman
Johnny Depp
Richard E. Grant
Terry Gilliam
Jann Wenner
Music byEd Harcourt
Sacha Skarbek
Jason Mraz
Thom Crawford
CinematographyCharlie Paul
Edited byJoby Gee
Release date
  • October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12) (London Film Festival)
  • April 25, 2014 (2014-04-25) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States


Friday, March 17, 2017

West Side Story

In the summer of 1957 in the West Side's Lincoln Square neighborhood in Manhattan, there is tension between a white American gang, the Jets, led by Riff, and a Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, led by Bernardo. After a brawl erupts, Lieutenant Schrank and Officer Krupke arrive and break it up. The Jets decide to challenge the Sharks to a rumble at an upcoming dance for neighborhood control.

Directed byRobert Wise
Jerome Robbins
Produced byRobert Wise
Screenplay byErnest Lehman
Based onWest Side Story by
Jerome Robbins
Leonard Bernstein
Stephen Sondheim
Arthur Laurents
StarringNatalie Wood
Richard Beymer
Rita Moreno
George Chakiris
Russ Tamblyn
Music byLeonard Bernstein
Irwin Kostal
CinematographyDaniel L. Fapp, A.S.C.
Edited byThomas Stanford
The Mirisch Corporation
Seven Arts Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • October 18, 1961
Running time
152 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$6 million
Box office$43.7 million



In 1924, Roxie Hart sees star Velma Kelly perform ("All That Jazz") at a Chicago theater. Wanting stardom for herself, she begins an affair with Fred Casely, who claims to know the manager. After the show, Velma is arrested for killing her husband Charlie and sister Veronica, who were in bed together. A month later, Casely admits to Roxie that he has no showbiz connections and just wanted her body. Enraged, she shoots him dead. She convinces her husband, Amos, to take the blame, telling him she killed a burglar in self-defence. As Amos confesses to the detective, Roxie fantasizes that she is singing a song devoted to her husband ("Funny Honey"). However, when the detective brings up evidence that Roxie and Casely were having an affair, Amos recants; Roxie furiously admits what really happened and is arrested. Ambitious District Attorney Harrison announces he will seek the death penalty.

Directed byRob Marshall
Produced byMartin Richards
Screenplay byBill Condon
Based onChicago
by Bob Fosse
Fred Ebb
by Maurine Dallas Watkins
StarringRenée Zellweger
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Richard Gere
Queen Latifah
John C. Reilly
Music byJohn Kander
CinematographyDion Beebe
Edited byMartin Walsh
Producer Circle Co.
Zadan/Meron Productions
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • December 10, 2002 (2002-12-10) (Samuel Goldwyn Theater)
  • December 27, 2002 (2002-12-27) (United States)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$45 million
Box office$306.8 million

Moulin Rouge!

In the year 1900, a British writer named Christian (Ewan McGregor), suffering from depression, begins writing on his typewriter ("Nature Boy"). As Christian narrates, the film flashes back to one year earlier upon Christian's move to the Montmartre district of Paris to become a writer among members of the area's Bohemian movement. He soon discovers that his neighbours are a loose troupe of performers led by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo). Toulouse-Lautrec and the others ask for Christian's help, and his writing skills allow them to finish their proposed show, "Spectacular Spectacular", that they wish to sell to the owner of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent). The group arrives at the Moulin Rouge as Zidler and his "Diamond Dog Dancers" perform for the audience ("Zidler's Rap Medley"). Toulouse arranges for Christian to see Satine (Nicole Kidman), the star courtesan, in her private quarters to present the work, unaware that Zidler is promising Satine to the wealthy and unscrupulous Duke of Monroth (Richard Roxburgh), a potential investor in the cabaret ("Sparkling Diamonds").

Directed byBaz Luhrmann
Produced by
  • Martin Brown
  • Baz Luhrmann
  • Fred Baron
Screenplay by
  • Baz Luhrmann
  • Craig Pearce
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Ewan McGregor
  • John Leguizamo
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Richard Roxburgh
  • David Wenham
Music byCraig Armstrong
CinematographyDonald M. McAlpine
Edited byJill Bilcock
  • Bazmark Productions
  • Angel Studios
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 9 May 2001 (2001-05-09) (Cannes)
  • 24 May 2001 (2001-05-24) (Australia)
  • 1 June 2001 (2001-06-01) (United States)
Running time
128 minutes
  • Australia
  • United States
Budget$52 million
Box office$179.2 million


French Cancan

Set in 1890s Paris, Henri Danglard is the owner of a cafe, which features his mistress, Lola, as a belly dancer. Losing money, Henri finds himself in Montmartre and finds that the old-fashioned can-can is still being performed there. Inspired, Henri comes up with a new business scheme that aims to revive the can-can, featuring a new dancer, Nini, a laundress he meets by chance.

Directed byJean Renoir
Produced byLouis Wipf
Written byJean Renoir
André-Paul Antoine
StarringJean Gabin
Françoise Arnoul
María Félix
Music byGeorges Van Parys
CinematographyMichel Kelber
Edited byBorys Lewin
Distributed byGaumont Film Company
Criterion Collection
Release date
9 April 1955
Running time
104 minutes
Box office4,075,306 admissions (France)


La Vie en Rose

The film is structured as a largely non-linear series of key events from the life of Édith Piaf. The film begins with elements from her childhood, and at the end with the events prior to and surrounding her death, poignantly juxtaposed by a performance of her song, "Non, je ne regrette rien".
The film opens with Édith as a small child in 1918, crying after being teased by other children. Her mother stands across the alley singing, busking for change. Édith's mother writes to her child's father, the acrobat, who is fighting in the trenches of World War I battlefields, informing him that she is leaving Édith with her mother so she can pursue the life of the artist. Her father returns to Paris and scoops up a sick Édith, then in turn leaves the child with his own mother, who is a madam of a brothel in Normandy. Now living as a child in a brothel, surrounded by the often brutal and demeaning business of prostitution, Édith is taken under the wing of the women there, especially Titine, a young troubled redhead who becomes emotionally attached to the little girl. Titine sings to, plays with, and tenderly cares for Édith through travails including an episode of keratitis-induced blindness.

Directed byOlivier Dahan
Produced byAlain Goldman
Written byIsabelle Sobelman
Olivier Dahan
StarringMarion Cotillard
Gérard Depardieu
Sylvie Testud
Music byChristopher Gunning
CinematographyTetsuo Nagata
Edited byRichard Marizy
Légende Films
Distributed byPicturehouse (US)
Release date
  • 8 February 2007 (2007-02-08) (Berlinale)
  • 14 February 2007 (2007-02-14) (France)
  • 6 June 2007 (2007-06-06) (United States)
Running time
140 minutes
Budget$25 million
Box office$86.3 million


The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett) is a 10-year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. He lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother (Helena Bonham Carter) who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles; his father (Callum Keith Rennie), a cowboy born a hundred years too late; and his 14-year-old sister (Niamh Wilson) who dreams of becoming Miss America. His twin brother Layton (Jakob Davies) died in an accident involving a firearm in the family's barn, which no one ever speaks of. T.S. was with him, measuring the scale of the gunshots for an experiment, and he doesn't understand what happened. One day, T.S. receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian Institution, telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his invention of a perpetual motion machine and that he is invited to a reception in his honor where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a freight train across the United States to reach Washington, D.C.
During his journey, he meets a hobo in the trainyards of the midwest, outruns or outwits a number of railroad security guards, and then is picked up hitchhiking by an 18-wheeler trucker who let's him off at the Smithsonian in Washington. He ulitimately gives his speech for the Baird prize to a room full of well-dressed guests, and discusses the death of his brother.

Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet
Produced by
  • Frédéric Brillion
  • Gilles Legrand
Screenplay by
  • Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Guillaume Laurant
Based onThe Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
by Reif Larsen
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Judy Davis
  • Callum Keith Rennie
  • Kyle Catlett
Music byDenis Sanacore
CinematographyThomas Hardmeier
Edited byHervé Schneid
  • Epithète Films
  • Filmarto
  • France 2 Cinéma
  • France Télévisions
  • Orange Cinéma Séries
  • Tapioca Films
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
  • 28 September 2013 (2013-09-28) (DSSIFF)
  • 16 October 2013 (2013-10-16) (France)
  • 31 July 2015 (2015-07-31) (USA)
Running time
105 minutes
  • France
  • Canada
  • Australia
Box office$9.5 million