Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Delco-Based 'Foxcatcher' Wins Big at Cannes Film Festival

Bennett Miller holds up his best director scroll after Saturday's closing ceremony in Cannes. (Reuters)

An upcoming film about the relationship and subsequent murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz by millionaire John du Pont on his 400-acre Delco estate earned a top prize Saturday evening at the closing of the Cannes Film Festival.

Director Bennett Miller won the prix de la mise en scène (best director) for his film “Foxcatcher,” a new drama starring Steve Carell as du Pont set at the millionaire’s Newtown Square estate Foxcatcher Farm, where du Pont shot and killed Schultz on Jan. 26, 1996. This led to a standoff with police that lasted two days.

Miller was feted with the award by a jury headed by New Zealand writer/director Jane Campion, with Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal serving on the nine-member jury. Cannes is noted for being the premier film festival in the world.

“Foxcatcher” is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on November 14.

Monday, May 26, 2014

On Netflix: Patrick Moote Is 'Unhung Hero' In Penis Size Documentary

A penis pump is one way Patrick Moote hopes to measure up in 'Unhung Hero'

It's Memorial Day, and instead of celebrating and watching parades and whatnot, I decided to watch a documentary about penis size. Yes, a comedic, light-hearted documentary about the lengths one man goes to to measure up with more average-sized males. I didn't mean for this to happen, but it was too interesting to stop.

It all started in Dec. 2011 when actor Patrick Moote proposed to his girlfriend at a UCLA basketball game. They were front and center in the "mistletoe cam" as the live proposal was broadcast on the big screens throughout the arena. As he proposed, his girlfriend walked away and he stayed there looking completely shot down. Video of the proposal (see below) would go on to create a worldwide sensation causing people to ask why she would let him down.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

On Netflix: These Palme d'Or Winners are Streaming Now

Though few may have actually heard of this year's Palme d'Or winner, "Winter Sleep," it's quite possible you've heard of a few others like "The Pianist", "Pulp Fiction" and "Taxi Driver." With a Palme win comes a lifetime of immortality for the filmmaker and a solidified career as a true artist in the world of film.

Looking back at what the hundreds of various jury members picked as the festival's best films, the subject matters have been as varied as the persons who picked them. One year it's a war film, 1979's "Apocalypse Now," another it's about the students of a French classroom, 2009's "The Class." There might be nothing new under the sun, but Cannes always turns up something interesting and fresh, opening the world up to different characters, lives and experiences.

Here is a list of previous Palme winners that you can check out now.

Blue is the Warmest Color- 2013
Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives- 2010
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days- 2007
The Wind That Shakes the Barley- 2006
The Pianist- 2002
The Son's Room- 2001
Pulp Fiction- 1994
Farewell My Concubine- 1993
The Piano- 1993
Barton Fink- 1991
Kagemusha: Shadow Warrior- 1980
Taxi Driver- 1976
The Conversation- 1974 (Grand Prix, highest honor)
MASH- 1970 (Grand Prix, highest honor)

Cannes Jury Awards 'Winter Sleep' Top Prize

Nuri Bilge Ceylan sits at the edge of the stage holding his Palme d'Or for 'Winter Sleep'
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At over three hours long, and one of 18 films in competition, "Winter Sleep" might have been the longest film to show at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, but the jury didn't get a winter's nap watching it, showering the film with the coveted Palme d'Or.

The jury, headed by New Zealand writer/director Jane Campion and including Sofia Coppola, Gael Garcia Bernal and Willem Dafoe, awarded Turkish auteur, and Cannes staple, Nuri Bilge Ceylan with his first Palme during the closing ceremony at the Grand Théâtre Lumière Saturday night.

The 55-year-old director dedicated his Palme to those who have lost their lives in Turkey over the past year due to political conflict. "Winter Sleep" received rave reviews from its only official screening at the festival.