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6 Reasons Why “Isle of Dogs” Will Be a Massive Hit

By David Zou

Judging from the early buzz, Wes Anderson’s latest movie Isle of Dogs, which opened the competition section of the Berlinale, is already a strong contender for the Golden Bear. Telling the story of a boy’s search for his missing dog, this allegorical tale revisits the stop-motion techniques that made Fantastic Mr. Fox such a huge success.

A topical story in today’s frayed political climate, it builds upon the humanist themes so eloquently displayed in TheGrand Budapest Hotel to create what may be Wes Anderson’s best film yet.

In a movie world dominated by massive superhero franchises, it is getting harder and harder for independent filmmakers to create works that are as popular in the mainstream as they are critically acclaimed. Somehow Wes Anderson has carved out his own little space to command large budgets and use them to create his own personal and well received movies, both critically and economically.

With Isle of Dogs earmarked to be his latest success, it should do extremely well in the box office. The question is: Just how far can Isle of Dogs go? In this piece we will evaluate its chances and give six reasons why it could easily be his most commercially successful movie. Comment below to tell us what you think!

1. It’s Wes Anderson’s Funniest Film Yet

When a film breaks out of the mainstream that isn’t based on an existing property and is either a sequel or a remake, it always helps if it is a comedy. Wes Anderson’s films, in their quirky nature, have always been humorous, but never so much as in The Isle of Dogs. Here Anderson uses his personal style to create many multilayered visual jokes.

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The 20 Most Anticipated Movies of Berlinale 2018

By Redmond Bacon

It’s nearly that time of the year again, when the whole movie world descends upon the German capital of Berlin to watch hundreds of films, cut deals and party. It may be the coldest time of the year for a festival in the grey city, but that won’t stop thousands of people from attending.

With over 400 films expected to be screened at the festival, it is hard to say which one will prove the favourite with critics — the average critic only able to see about around ten to twenty percent of films available. That’s why we have created this list to help show you what films we think are worth looking out for.

There are a great crop of auteur filmmakers showing films at the festival, with Wes Anderson, Hong Sang-soo, Lav Diaz and Steven Soderbergh all screening their latest works.

In addition, there are intriguing first-time films spanning any genre you can think of across the Competition, Forum and Panaroma categories. Read on for the essential films to watch at Berlinale, including some that may even be featuring in contention at next year’s Oscars!

1. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)

The latest film from Wes Anderson is opening the Competition and is probably the most anticipated film of the entire festival. Returning to the stop-motion animation techniques that made Fantastic Mr Fox such a success, The Isle of Dogs boasts an all-star cast of Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, and many, many more.

Set in Japan, and telling the story of a boy looking for his dog, this delightful-looking tale is going to be a tribute to the films of Akira Kurosawa. Probably the odds-on favourite to win the Golden Bear.

2. Grass (Hong Sang-soo)

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10 Great Movie Directors Who Haven’t Made a Film For a Long Time

By Vitor Guima

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There are many great directors who sometimes spend a few years without making a film and, as fans, we can only hope that they start working on a new project soon.

With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 great filmmakers who haven’t made a movie in awhile. With projects in pre-production or not having anything on the horizon, here are 10 directors who have not released any feature films in recent years.

As always, many things interfere in the choice of the names that figure on this list, but the main factors are memory and personal preferences. If you think any other directors who did not make a movie for some time should be on this list, please leave their names as a recommendation in the comments section below.

So, here are 10 great directors who haven’t made a movie in awhile:

10. Milos Forman

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Director Milos Forman is a filmmaker responsible for amazing movies such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “Hair” (1979) and “Amadeus” (1984).

Now at 85 years old, the filmmaker, who was born in Czechoslovakia on February 18, 1932, started his film career in his country, being one of the most outstanding directors of the Czechoslovak New Wave.

In the U.S., Forman directed great films in the 70s, 80s and 90s, such as the aforementioned “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Hair” and “Amadeus,” and others such as “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996), “Man on the Moon” (1999) and “Goya’s Ghosts” (2006).

Through the years, with amazing films, Forman has won Academy Awards, Golden Globes, a Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Also, Forman is one of the most important directors of both the Czechoslovak New Wave and the → continue…

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On Body And Soul – Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

By Staff

Academy Award Nominee For Best Foreign Language Film Coming To Netflix Friday, February 2, 2018 Written and directed by Ildiko Enyedi (My Twentieth Century; Simon, the Magician), the Hungarian language film premiered in February at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was awarded the Golden Bear for best film. In Berlin, the […]

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