Movies : Cannes 2012: Our 18 Most Anticipated Movies
Cosmopolis (dir. David Cronenberg)
David Cronenberg never really went away or lost a form to which he must return, he just got a bit polite. His Viggo Mortensen trilogy was great fun and managed to turn Aragorn’s junk into the Alfred Hitchcock of modern cameos, but it’s high time for Cronenberg to return his roots and make something real slimy, again. Enter Cosmopolis. Adapted from a twisted Don DeLillo novel of the same name, the film stars Robert Pattinson as a young billionaire whose limo ride through Manhattan en route to a haircut gets sidetracked by sex, madness, and Paul Giamatti. It looks like a Gaspar Nöe adaptation of Ulysses (translation: I can’t wait).
On the Road (dir. Walter Salles)
People sure seem to have a lot of faith in Walter Salles, but even the Brazilian director’s best films (The Motorcycle Diaries, Central Station) struggle to rise above an ecstatic competence. Salles has kinda fallen off the radar, but now he’s trying to get back on track by returning to road movies, perhaps the road movie. On the Road, his long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s monolithic Trans-American odyssey, is finally set to premiere at Cannes, with a cast headlined by Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst. The whole thing seems like a terrible idea, but what great movie didn’t?
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