Film & TV News: May 18


  • The Cannes Film Festival is well under way, and buzz is strong on a lot of the films screened thus far. Yorgos Lanthimos presented The Lobster (Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz), Woody Allen presented Irrational Man (Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone) and Stéphane Brizé presented La loi du marché (with Vincent Lindon of La mustache), all of which played favorably. On the other end of the spectrum is Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees (Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe), which was met with a sea of boos.
  • Jude Law has joined the tentatively-titled The Young Pope, a speculative HBO series about an American pope. That premise would be only vaguely interesting were it not for the presence of director Paolo Sorrentino, helmer of 2013’s The Great Beauty, as Pope‘s showrunner.
  • David Lynch does another 180° and says the Twin Peaks revival is happening after all. At this point we’ll believe it when we see it, and even then we might not care.


A new trailer for the second season of True Detective introduces us to the new characters:

A second trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak looks just as intriguing as the first:

And a first look at the Dany Boyle film Steve Jobs came out yesterday, featuring Michael Fassbender as the Apple tech giant:

We’ll look forward to anything with Fassbender, and to adding Steve Jobs to our Aaron Sorkin Writer Series.

In Cinemas

Mad Max: Fury Road is about as bonkers an action movie as you’re likely to see this year. This weekend is also the release of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland and the remake of Poltergeist, one of which we’re fairly excited for.


Mad Men came to an end last night (I’m craving a Coke) and Game of Thrones turned in another mild snoozer. Season finales of The Following, The Flash, The Voice, Modern Family, Survivor and many more air the beginning of this week as well.

On Netflix

There’s a movie called Zombeavers coming to Netflix, so we really don’t need to say anything else. Just in case undead rodents (are beavers rodents?) aren’t your thing (how could they not be?) you can head over to our Staff Picks archive.

Review of the Week

Check out our documentary reviews of this year’s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and 2010’s Restrepo.

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