Un-Cannes-y Valley: Introduction

Finally, and with a little delay, we arrive at the rest of 2015…

For the rest of the year, I’ll be breaking from my scrappy, impulsive habit of few-week review schedules and moment-to-moment small series, and finally get back to a lengthier, more extensive program of interest. Namely, I’ll be spending the rest of the year on a Cannes Film Festival project that I am incredibly excited for. It promises reviews of great films and, for me, the opportunity to see many great films I have managed to avoid until thus far.

For the particulars, there will be one review per year of the festival since its inauguration in 1946 (47, 48, 50, and 68 did not have festivals, so no reviews for those years). Usually. Who knows, as I’ll already be breaking my one-per-year habit with the first year (two reviews for 1946). We’ll see what happens for every year, but expect a general habit of one review for each year. The schedule with be intermittent but frequent. No “one film every blank days” or anything like that, but expect a regular pace to hope to finish the roughly 70 years of Cannes by the end of 2015). As for the reviews themselves, there will be a significant privilege given to the winners of the Palme d’Or for each year, but the only strict limitation is that the review for that year must be of a film that was in competition for the Palme d’Or  (I’ve already reviewed a handful of the Palme d’Or’s, so broadening the rules just makes it easier). Expect most of the reviews to be of Palme d’Or winners, or at least Grand Prix (second place) winners, but again, other films will appear depending on my personal preference in some cases.

I hope you enjoy it. I’m certainly excited. Hands down, the Palme d’Or list of winners tops any other yearly award’s list of winners in terms of general quality and variety of films from nations and styles all over the world. The award has misstepped in the past sure, but the overwhelming majority of the winners are at least “very good”, and a solid plurality, if not a majority, are close to masterpiece level. Lord knows it has the Oscars (where a Best Picture winner is lucky if it is merely good) beat handily…


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