Saturday, May 2, 2015

Episode 59: Clouds of Sils Maria and Centre Stage

This week Mike and Sean take a look at the latest blockbuster from Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. As well they look back at another film about acting, 1991's Centre Stage, directed by Stanley Kwan and starring Maggie Cheung. They'll also talk about the careers of Juliette Binoche and Maggie Cheung in general, the upcoming Seattle International Film Festival and the Rolling Stones.

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  1. The whole Chloƫ-Grace Moretz affair is pretty much inspired by Kristen Stewarts affair with the director of Snow White and the Huntsmen, married with two kids while she was in a relationship with Twilight co-star whatshisface that Cronenberg seems to really dig. The weird thing about that was that somehow she got most of the negative response to that, even though the director was in a position of power and the guy that cheated on his wife with whom he has two kids, including her getting fired from plans for a sequel to that movie, which he was still slated to direct, changing it from a Snow White movie to a Huntsman movie (which, WTF).

    I'm kinda confused how you guys (or mostly Sean) claim that the movie is both obvious and hard to graps. I definitely agree with the latter in that I feel the movie has has layers upon layers mirroring back at each other, heady and puzzling and yet so light at the same time. One of my favorite theater experiences of last year.

    I think Kristen Stewart is an actress who's as good as the people she works with, or especially as good as she is directed. She's good to great in The Runaways, On The Road and in Clouds of Sils Maria, while just boring in blockbusters, whether it's those Twilight movies or that Snow White movie.

    And yes, finally Gimme Shelter acknowledgment on TGGS!

    1. The silliness is in the disconnect between "Snow White director" and "novelist and artist".

      Obvious in that a lot of what it's characters say isn't especially thought provoking or ground breaking, slippery in that we're never really sure how seriously we're supposed to take it all.

  2. Also, The Stones had one of the best rock album runs of any band from '68 to '72 and Mike is totally wrong about them.

    1. It was totally your comment about Ginme Shelter I was thinking of when is thought Mike had brought it up on a previous episode.

      And yes, that Stones run is one of the best ever.

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