- Machiko Kyo, the star of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu, and Teinosuke Kinugasa's Gate of Hell, has passed away at the age of 95.
- The 2nd trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which expands further upon the film's storytelling ambitions, comic tone, and inspired casting.
- Janus Films has released the trailer for its new restoration of Paris is Burning, Jennie Livingston's seminal 1990 documentary on New York City drag ball culture.
- Ahead of its June 21 release, the final trailer for Toy Story 4 promises road trip adventures and, as per usual, some existential mayhem regarding what it means to be a child's toy.
- Exclusive clips by way of Cannes, each depicting intimate encounters. Abel Ferrara's Tommaso follows an American artist and his young wife and daughter in Rome; Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life tells the story of an Austrian soldier who refuses to fight for Nazi Germany. Read editor Daniel Kasman's review of A Hidden Life here.
- French filmmaker Mati Diop is the first black woman filmmaker to compete at Cannes with her debut feature Atlantic. In an interview with the New York Times, Diop details the genesis of her Senegal-set project, which reckons with neocolonialism and migration as inspired by Penelope, the wife of Odysseus.
- Indiewire has compiled a survey of the cinematographers for the 54 feature films premiering at Cannes detailing the cameras and lenses they chose for their films and why.
- Sheila O'Malley examines the relationship between Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Corporal Hicks in James Cameron's Aliens, which exists among "the continuum of tough guys and tough dames, who come together against the societal odds, to meet on equal terms."
- American Cinematographer has revived an integral article from their archives: director of photography Stephen H. Burum, on the verge of shooting Brian De Palma's Body Double, reflects on the many aesthetic ambitions undertaken while shooting Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish.
- Over at Vulture Anjelica Jade boldly argues for Star Trek: Deep Space 9's place in the black TV and science fiction canon, and more largely, the mainstream inclusivity of the African-American experience.
- The dreamy soundtrack for Joji Koyama and Tujiko Noriko's Kuro, which we previously showed on MUBI in summer of 2018, is now available on various streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music.
- Ahead of a rare screening of the original Cannes premiered cut of Southland Tales, director Richard Kelly discusses his misunderstood apocalyptic epic and its differences between the films two versions.
RECENTLY ON THE NOTEBOOK
- The posthumous release of Raúl Ruiz’s The Wandering Soap Opera, made in a student workshop, reveals Ruiz's involvement in teaching and its enablement of a freer creative process.
- In an interview with Beatrice Loayza, Joanna Hogg discusses her latest The Souvenir, exclusive spaces, and the influence of stratification on human behavior.
- Our Cannes coverage carries on with the latest from Leonardo Goi, who reviews Quentin Tarantino's Hollywood elegy Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää's Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, which examines grief through the prism of BDSM.
- The American iconoclast John Cassavetes shares his truth.
john cassavetes gloriously ranting about the youth, cultural tastemakers & how he really is the best is a BIG mood. pic.twitter.com/ivNMEh9X7N— momtaza mehri (@RuffneckRefugee) May 14, 2019