Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Humbly Accepts Razzie Award

therockWith all the hype surrounding the Awards season, it’s easy to forget that there has been a slew of awful films that were released over 2017. One that got a lot of the critic’s hate was the Baywatch film starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.  The summer movie which also co-starred Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra, was seen as a pointless reboot of the late 90’s franchise; as mentioned critics completely panned the film, which led Dwayne Johnson to rant about how critics had got Baywatch wrong, and that fans, in fact, loved the film!

It turns out that he may have been onto something when he said that. Baywatch recently was awarded a Razzie in its own, new category called “So Rotten You Loved It,” and the film beat out the likes of the Mummy, The Emoji Movie, and Fifty Shades Darker to the top spot.

Graciously ‘The Rock’ accepted the award, thanking both the fans and critics in his “acceptance speech” which he posted on Instagram. He even went so far as to describe the category of his film as “the shit sandwich you have been eating is so bad that you eventually started to like it.

Other winners on the night included The Emoji Movie (Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst screen combo and Worst screenplay), The Mummy (worst actor), Daddy’s Home 2 (worst supporting actor) and Fifty Shades Darker (Worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel).

For more on the awards and Dwayne Johnson’s acceptance speech, check out: http://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/celebrity-film-and-tv-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-humbly-accepts-razzie-award-for-baywatch-20180305 

 

Life as cinema NY

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Having traveled everywhere from England and Norway to Iceland and Chile, artist and photographer D. Yee sees life’s cinematic moments wherever he goes. His photos are filled with emotionally powerful scenes but it’s all done in such a way that you never feel as though someone is directing.

I got in touch with Yee to ask him more about the series which he calls Life as Cinema. Here is how he explains it. “The inspiration behind Life as Cinema is a combination of many things. From my beginning start of street photography to fine art and photo journalism of human life and society. My perpetual attraction to the human condition. Ugly, beautiful.

“While Life as Cinema is an ongoing series without an end (yet), there are chapters. The present chapter are of human life in unexpected fleeting moments in places foreign or now forgotten to me. The series takes on its own direction organically – like life – as I go on. Like life, or most of it, I have very little control over what I photograph. The only dictation in the series is how I select an image for it – like a movie director editing. I am always looking for that subtle feeling or look of a production still. What I do not control or cannot predict is how Life as Cinema will end.”

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more on: www.d-yee.com

Festival de Cannes – Winners

Yesterday the Jury in Cannes announced the winner of this years 65th Festival de Cannes. The Palm d’Or palm went to Michael Haneke for his movie AmourThe same german director has already won once for his movie Das weiße Band. As best actresses two romanians have been awarded, Cosima Stratan and Cristina Flutur and as best actor Mads Mikkelen from Denmark.

The Grand Prix went to Reality, by Matteo Garrone, Italy and the award for best director to Carlos Reygadas.

Festival de Cannes last day – Thérèse Desqueyroux

For its closing movie the Festival comittee chose to show Thérèse Desqueyroux starring Audrey Tautou and directed by Claude Miller. The movie runs out of competition. (France)

The Plot:

In the Landes region of France, near Bordeaux, marriages are arranged to merge land parcels and unite neighboring families. Thus, young Thérèse Larroque becomes Mrs. Desqueyroux. But her avant-garde ideas clash with local conventions. In order to break free from the fate imposed upon her and live a full life, she will resort to tragically extreme measures…

Festival de Cannes day 11 – Do-nui Mat

The second movie for today is Do-nui Mat (The Taste of Money), by Im Sang Soo. (South Corea)

The Plot:

Young-jak who is a private secretary of madam Baek, the center power of Korean conglomerate, deals with immoral private issues of her wealthy family.
He reports to madam Baek that her husband, Mr. Yoon is having an affair with a Filipino nanny, Eva. Madam Baek is now despaired, then greedily seducing Young-jak for her sexual desire.
On the other hand, he begins to feel conflicted by madam Baek’s daughter, the only family member who approaches him with the true heart.
Lost between his morality and shortcut to successful life, he has to make the biggest decision he’s ever made to choose whom he will hang on to, in order to survive in this harsh world.

Festival de Cannes day 11 – Mud

In compettion today is Mud starring Matthew Mcconaughey and directed by Jeff Nichols.

The Plot:

Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios – he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.

Festival de Cannes day 10 – Cosmopolis

Another most anticipated movies at the Cannes Festival is Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson and directed by David Cronenberg. (France, Canada)

The Plot:

New York is in turmoil, the age of capitalism is drawing to a close end. Eric Packer, a high finance golden boy, dives into a white limousine. While a visit from the President of the United States paralyses Manhattan, Eric Packer has one obsession: getting a haircut at his barber’s at the other end of the city. As the day goes by, chaos sets in, and he watches helplessly as his empire collapses. Also he is sure that someone is going to assassinate him. When? Where? He is about to live the most decisive 24 hours of his life.

COLD – TRAILER

for the past 26 years 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of pakistan’s 8,000 meter peaks in winter.

on february 2, 2011, simone moro, denis urubko and cory richards became the first. cory is now the only american to summit any 8,000 meter peak in winter.
the journey nearly killed them. cory carried a small camera and filmed the ordeal constantly.
this is their story, as seen from the raw, honest perspective of cory’s lens.
in festivals 2011.

buy, download and watch the film here
senderfilms.com/dvds-downloads.php#cold
cinematography: cory richards
directed and edited: anson fogel
written: kelly cordes
produced: julie kennedy, david burden, forge motion pictures
in association with: the north face, the access fund, petzl

festival de cannes day 9 – the paperboy

Today in Cannes The Paperboy is being presented starring Matthew Mcconaughey, Zac Effron, Nicole Kidman and Macy Gray. Directed  and written by Lee Daniels. (USA)

The Plot:

The story of a young man who returns to his small Florida home town to help his reporter brother uncover the truth about a man on death row, who might have been wrongly convicted. In the process, he falls for the convict’s lover. Conflict, danger, deceit, seduction and betrayal ensue.