Beasts of the Southern Wild

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Review

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by Matt Singer June 28, 2012 @ 6:00 AM
Fox Searchlight
The first credit after the final scene of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' the one that typically belongs in a movie to its director, reads "A Film by Court 13," an "Independent Filmmaking Army" of artists co-founded by 'Beasts' director Benh Zeitlin (his credit comes next). It's a surprising choice, but one that makes sense in light of the film's message of brotherhood and collectivism, as well as its setting, an isolated community on the Southern edge of the Louisiana bayous called "The Bathtub."
An early montage establishes The Bathtub as a land of utopian bohemia -- everyone lives, works, and parties together in a sort of glorified shantytown recycled and repurposed from other people's junk. The rest of the film is a testament to the spirit that binds people together in the face of adversity, whether that adversity is drastic environmental upheaval or skeptics who tell your Independent Filmmaking Army that you can't produce a dynamic, inventive feature.

And the Cannes Winners Are...

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by Jacob Hall May 27, 2012 @ 2:56 PM
Sony Pictures Classics
The 2012 Cannes Film Festival has come to an end. One of the world's most famous film fests, it's a natural trendsetter, a place where many of the best films you'll see all year first gain traction. What took home the big awards this year and therefore, should immediately be on your film radar? Read on to find out!