'Like Someone in Love': Abbas Kiarostami 'Stylish' Drama

Like Someone in Love: Abbas Kiarostami film is 'lovely, intriguing, and stylish' At age 73, Iranian-born director Abbas Kiarostami is among the freshest and most energetic filmmakers working today. A forerunner of the Iranian New Wave, his ideas always intrigue without wandering aimlessly; his screenwriting is sparse, yet no matter the language or setting, always rings true; his execution is stylistic, but mostly, just beautiful. […]

Cannes Movies: Alains Resnais, Woody Allen & Abbas Kiarostami + Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart?

Penélope Cruz, Alessandro Tiberi, Woody Allen's To Rome with Love Cannes movies at the 2012 festival The 2012 Cannes Film Festival buzz keeps getting stronger for a variety of movies. So far, the only confirmed screening is that of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which will open this year's festival on May 16. What else? Well, according to Premiere there are a number of strong possibilities […]

'Close-Up' Review: Abbas Kiarostami Movie in Pantheon of Quasi-Documentaries

Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up Abbas Kiarostami is one of those “name” non-American directors who is looked to as a god. The low-budget Nema-ye Nazdik / Close-Up is the second Kiarostami effort I have seen and it is an excellent film. [Note: spoilers ahead] Close-Up is a pseudo-documentary – not a mockumentary, even though it has been labeled as such. Written and directed by Kiarostami between the […]

'Uncle Boonmee,' Juliette Binoche & Best Actor Tie: Cannes Film Festival Winners

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thai drama Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (top); Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men (middle); Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man (bottom) Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a dreamlike Thai drama about a man dying of kidney failure that left many puzzling over its meaning, won the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. “I […]

Cannes: Juliette Binoche & Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

Juliette Binoche, William Shimell in Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy “The fact that a filmmaker has been imprisoned is itself intolerable. If the Iranian government continues to refuse to release Jafar, then we need explanations. Jafar Panahi was inclined to make his films under clandestine, illegal circumstances, but that's not his responsibility alone. The responsibility is that of the authorities who prevent him from carrying out […]

'Taste of Cherry' Review: Ending Nearly Ruins Abbas Kiarostami Drama

There is that old and often neglected nostrum about 'gilding the lily.' I was reminded of this while watching Abbas Kiarostami's acclaimed Ta'm e guilass / Taste of Cherry, co-winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Even though Taste of Cherry comes close to being a great film for the bulk of its 99 minutes (not the oft-claimed 95 minutes), its […]

Bollywood Controversy: Priest Sexual Affair vs. Religious Censors

Priest sex movie: 'Sins,' with Shiney Ahuja and Seema Rahmani. Catholic priest sex leads to another round of Bollywood vs. religious censorship Vinod Pande's new film, Sins (2005), which chronicles the affair between a hunky Roman Catholic priest (Shiney Ahuja) and a much younger woman (Seema Rahmani), has outraged India's Catholic radicals who refuse to allow members of the clergy to be portrayed in a […]