Joaquin Phoenix excels as paralysed cartoonist John Callaghan in Gus Van Sant’s biopic, which otherwise proves to be a patchy work by a major director
When Joaquin Phoenix starts collecting lifetime achievement awards at the end of his career, the image of him as John Callahan zooming down sidewalks in a motorized wheelchair with a Nicholson-esque smirk will surely make the highlight reel. It’s a great visual, one that director Gus Van Sant leans on it so many times that you wonder what he’s patching over.
This is indicative of the central problem with Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. There are plenty of great moments, but they jump out amid a jumble of strangely flat scenes. This doesn’t feel like the work of a great master; it’s a discordant brew that just doesn’t blend right.
Films on sexual abuse and gender equality and a star-studded rally for ‘respect’ will headline a festival instilling tighter security measures
The #MeToo movement is set to hit Park City, Utah, this week as the 2018 Sundance film festival kicks off with a planned rally for “respect” and a schedule filled with female-fronted narratives.
It’s the first major film festival to take place after the slew of allegations against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein and the ensuing culture shift in the industry will probably have an effect. One of the most-anticipated premieres is Seeing Allred, a documentary about lawyer Gloria Allred whose clients include women who have spoken out against both Weinstein and Trump.
Damien Chazelle heads for space, while Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón comes back down to Earth – and Terry Gilliam fulfils his Don Quixote fantasy after 28 years
Five years since Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine returns with an irreverent stoner comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Isla Fisher. McConaughey is a narcotically relaxed gentleman called Moondog, who cares not for society’s rules. Likely a continuation of the relative restraint (well, for him) Korine displayed in Spring Breakers, we suspect.