Madfilm Meetup Reviews

By James Kreul | Film reviews for Madfilm Meetups, organized by Madison Film Forum. Check out our website for more info: madfilm.org

'Cafe Society': Cannes Review

Woody Allen's new film, which opens the Cannes Film Festival, is a bittersweet 1930s-set romance starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.<p>Woody …

Two master filmmakers make a rare misstep on day 7 of Cannes

Apologies for that wild shriek of joy you may have heard (depending on the thickness of your walls and your proximity to California) in the early morning hours of April 14th. In my defense, I’d been waiting years for the next film from German director Maren Ade (<i>The Forest For The Trees, Everyone</i> …

Woody Allen

Family Ties

“Café Society” and “Life, Animated.”<p>The new Woody Allen film, “Café Society,” is set in the nineteen-thirties—you know, that far-off land where movies were movies, cars were like boats, and a guy could wear a suit the color of peanut butter and still look good. Aside from a goggling glance at …

Autism

'Cafe Society' review: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg enliven otherwise dull nostalgia

There's not much to "Cafe Society," but for a while now Woody Allen has been getting by with not much happening at the keyboard. Thanks to the warm, glowing light lavished on the film by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, shooting digitally, the writer-director's 47th feature looks like a million …

Jesse Eisenberg

In 'Café Society,' Allen Finds a Story Worth Telling — But Mostly Tells Another One

<b>Café Society is surprisingly ambitious</b> by the standards of late-period Woody Allen — a veritable epic taking in a broad swath of a young man's life …

Cafe Society

In a summer of VFX crowdpleasers, it's a kick to find Woody Allen out there working with flesh-and-blood actors who deal with emotions that aren't …

Entertainment

Woody Allen Returns to Old Hollywood in Café Society

Woody Allen’s ’30s romantic drama <i>Café Society</i> is a surprisingly graceful work. It’s a young man’s tale of woe rendered with an old man’s aversion to …

Café Society

In both his work and his interviews, Woody Allen shows a quietly insistent cynicism (he would say “realism”) about the futility of human endeavor in …

Entertainment

American Anarchist cooks up an unsavory recipe for scolding an interview subject

When Woody Allen went to Los Angeles in <i>Annie Hall</i>, the joke was mostly on Los Angeles: Here was this lifelong New Yorker, out of his element in a much different metropolis, making cutting observations from the sidelines. There’s an element of that to <i>Café Society</i>, Allen’s newest dose of seasonal …

Woody Allen

Behind Green Eyes

Everyone's in love with Kristen Stewart. You can't blame them. This weekend, she's the romantic heroine in two indies — Woody Allen's <i>Café Society</i> and …

Nicholas Hoult

‘Café Society’ Review: Depression-Era Delights

In this Woody Allen film set in the 1930s, a Bronx native goes bicoastal, and romance beckons on both coasts<p>Most Popular Videos<p>Most Popular Articles

Entertainment

Woody Allen finds himself at ease in his lush Hollywood story 'Cafe Society'

With white on black titles on the screen and vintage jazz on the soundtrack, “Cafe Society” opens the way Woody Allen films have opened for time out of mind. But this one, this one does things a little differently.<p>Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and the protean Steve Carell, “Cafe …

The Arts

Café Society: Go West, Young Neurotic

How you feel about Woody Allen’s recent films in large part comes down to how you feel about productivity. Allen is a director so obsessed with …

Liberal POV

Cafe Society: EW review

We gave it a <b>B</b><p>You could argue that Woody Allen has been making more or less the same movie for the past 20 years with varying degrees of success. Still, there’s something a little comforting about the opening moments of each of his films, whether it’s the familiar strains of old-timey jazz on the …

Woody Allen

'The Neon Demon': Cannes Review

Elle Fanning stars as a teen model who stirs jealousy and desire in Nicolas Winding Refn's new thriller.<p>After having prepared for lift-off with his …

The Neon Demon review: Nicolas Winding Refn makes Zoolander 3, but erotic and evil

There is style and chutzpah in this vampiric story of supermodel cannibals – as well as a superb central turn from Elle Fanning – yet it lacks the focus and wallop of his earlier work<p>Nicolas Winding Refn brings the <i>cinéma du choc</i> to Cannes with a movie which is fantastically preposterous and …

Film (UK)

The Neon Demon

The simmering insinuations of Nicolas Winding Refn's <i>The Neon Demon</i> eventually flower into full-on exploitation.By: Sam C. Mac

Entertainment

The Neon Demon

We know from 'Only God Forgives' and 'Drive' that Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn likes to drench his stories in neon-soaked atmosphere and …

Cannes review of The Neon Demon

<b>THE NEON DEMON</b><b>****</b>Directed by Nicolas Winding RefnStarring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcoate, …

News (Ireland)

Two master filmmakers make a rare misstep on day 7 of Cannes

Now in its home stretch, Cannes 2016 seems determined to go out with a bang. The last two films I’ve seen have been met not just with boos but also with mocking laughter and angry curses. At the end of Nicolas Winding Refn’s <b>The Neon Demon (Grade: C+)</b>, a dedication appears: “For Liv” (Winding Refn’s …

Cannes

Cannes 2016: The Neon Demon Review

The latest film from Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, <i>The Neon Demon</i>, is perhaps his most divisive yet. After the success of his 2011 film <i>Drive</i>, …

Review: The Superslick 'Neon Demon' Seduces and Befuddles

In 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn electrified a somewhat sleepy Cannes slate with his exhilarating existential action picture <i>Drive</i>: The audience at the …

The Neon Demon: Nicolas Winding Refn’s Latest Walks the Line Between Artful Trash and Plain Grossness

Reviewing from Cannes, Richard Lawson finds the lucite heart in the ​Drive director’s fashion-world takedown.<p>A lurid grin glows at the cold lucite heart of <i>The Neon Demon</i>, Danish provocateur <b>Nicolas Winding Refn’s</b> latest nasty, beautiful oddity. His first film since 2013’s disastrous <i>Only God Forgives</i> …

Hollywood

The Neon Demon , A Film Only a Proctologist Could Relish

The Danish-born director, Nicolas Winding Refn, has helmed a few popular movies such as <i>Drive</i> (2011), <i>Bronson</i> (2008), and the <i>Pusher</i> trilogy. This success has been only slightly marred by a handful of far-less-favored works including <i>Fear X</i> (2003) and <i>Only God Forgives</i> (2013) starring Ryan …

Entertainment

The Neon Demon is so beautifully arranged you’ll want to lick the screen - review

When <i>The Neon Demon</i> is released on 8 July you’re going to hear a lot about it. You’re going to see think pieces about alleged misogyny and/or …

Film (UK)

The Neon Demon

It barely seemed possible, but Nicolas Winding Refn’s <i>The Neon Demon</i> is an even more extreme exercise in high style, ponderous pacing and …

Pet Peeves

The new Todd Solondz film, “Wiener-Dog,” really is about a dog. The animal in question is a female dachshund, with a sleek chestnut coat and a purposeful trot, plus the indefinable air that dachshunds have of being both highly perplexed by something (no breed has more expressive eyebrows) and …

Dachshunds

Film Review: The Neon Demon

Nicholas Winding Refn’s belief in man’s inherent bestiality has always aligned him with Stanley Kubrick, and with 2013’s <i>Only God Forgives</i>, so too did …

Stanley Kubrick