Thursday, March 31, 2011
THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE
THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE
To be screened at Walter Reade Theater
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Friday, April 1, 2011 3:15 PM
THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE is best described as an experience. It is a moody, beautiful, atmospheric film that takes you into the mind of a young girl and, more importantly, into your own mind.
Some beautiful stills from the picture that hint at the film's haunting nature are posted below.
It is also usually regarded as a politically important movie, as well as one of the classic masterpieces of Spanish cinema, It has a rare showing at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center on April 1 at 3:15.
There are many strong and interesting opinions about this film. Some sample articles are listed at the end of this post.
Ana Torrent, the unforgettable star of this film, 5 years old at the time of filming, continues to work as an actress, and has been seen recently in the US as Katherine of Aragon in THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, and also in LUNA'S GAME. She has a role in Roland Joffe's THERE BE DRAGONS, which is scheduled for release here in May.
SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE
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ANA TORRENT - IMDB
THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE - IMDB
THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE - WIKIPEDIA
VICTOR ERICE, DIRECTOR - WIKIPEDIA
SOME COMMENTS ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE
JANUS FILM CLASSICS AT LINCOLN CENTER
THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
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TEST OF LINEBREAKS
There are two bugs (linebreaks disappear & pasting fails in COMPOSE mode) in the editor for Blogger posts in IE (described in the post just below this one). The bug does not exist when editing Blogger posts in Firefox: Linebreaks do persist -- as they should -- when editing Blogger posts in Firefox (and, reportedly, Chrome). It is broken (linebreaks disappear) when editing in IE. (Haven't tested Safari -- which has its own issues when editing Blogger.)
Labels: LINEBREAK BUG IN BLOGGER / IE
TEST OF LINEBREAKS
Suddenly, in the Blogger post editor, switching between COMPOSE and EDIT HTLM removes line breaks, whether inserted manually in typing or inserted with an explicit BR tag. The following should be on three lines: line 1 line2 line3. And it was, at first, but when I went to COMPOSE and then EDIT HTML and COMPOSE again it lost the line breaks.
This is a separate paragraph only because I am going to publish it now, and I am not going to go back and forth.
There is also another bug: PASTE no longer works in the IE/Blogger editor in COMPOSE mode.
This post was edited with IE.
Note: These features do work in the Blogger post editor for Firefox (and possibly Chrome). See the post just above this one.
NOTE: APR 9, 2011 -- IT'S STILL BROKEN!!! LINE BREAKS DO NOT WORK AT ALL IN THE POST EDITOR IN IE 8
Labels: BLOGGER EDITOR LINE BREAK BUG
Friday, March 25, 2011
MIRAL JULIAN SCHNABEL RULA JEBREAL
An article in the NYT Style section on Mar 24, 2011 about the screening of MIRAL, directed by artist/director Julian Schnabel from a novel by Rula Jebreal -- an article which also described their new relationship -- sparked some interest. Here are some snapshots taken at the screening of MIRAL at the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) in 2010.
At the screening of MIRAL
At HIFF 2010
Photo by Eric Roffman
At the screening of MIRAL
At HIFF 2010
Photo by Eric Roffman
Here are some more stories about HIFF and Julian Schnabel:
HIFF 2010 WITH PARTY PIX & RED CARPET SNAPSHOTS!
JULIAN SCHNABEL'S THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
Sunday, March 13, 2011
NEW DIRECTORS / NEW FILMS (ND/NF)
NEW DIRECTORS / NEW FILMS
March 23–April 3, 2011
The New Directors / New Films (ND/NF) program at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and The Film Society of Lincoln Center is always one of the most interesting film programs of the year. The films come from all over the world, and are the work of a new group of filmmakers, here caught at the beginning of their careers. This is the chance to discover the New Filmmakers who will become the Famous and Important Filmmakers of the future.
Take a moment, or more than a moment, on the way to the MOMA theater to stop and view the timeline of ND/NF over the years and meditate on the quality of this event.
Among the special features of this festival is that many of the filmmakers come to present their work, and talk about their work in a Q & A after the film.
Among the directors expected to attend are J.C. Chandor, director of MARGIN CALL, the Opening Night film about power banking, with the power cast of Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci and Jeremy Irons.
In addition... Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson and Melissa auf der Maur will join former HOLE bandmate Patty Schemel for the New York debut of the rockumentary HIT SO HARD!
Wednesday, March 23
7:00pm OPENING NIGHT GALA - MARGIN CALL (109min)
7:30pm OPENING NIGHT GALA - MARGIN CALL (109min)
Thursday, March 24
6:00pm AT ELLEN’S AGE (95 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
6:00pm BELLE EPINE (80 min) (WRT)
8:30pm MARGIN CALL (109 min) (WRT)
9:00pm OUTBOUND (87 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
Friday, March 25
6:00pm INCENDIES (130 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
6:00pm HAPPY HAPPY (85 min) (WRT)
8:30pm MEMORY LANE (98 min) (WRT)
9:15pm MAJORITY (111 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
Saturday, March 26
1:00pm BELLE EPINE (80 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
3:00pm AT ELLEN’S AGE (95 min) (WRT)
3:30pm 6,7,8 (100 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
5:30pm OUTBOUND (87 min) (WRT)
6:15pm CURLING (96 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
8:00pm PARIAH (86 min) (WRT)
9:00pm THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967-1975 (100 min)
Sunday, March 27
12:30pm MAJORITY (111 min) (WRT)
1:30pm MEMORY LANE (98 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
3:30pm CURLING (96 min) (WRT)
4:30pm HAPPY HAPPY (85 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
6:00pm ONE + WINTER VACATION (10 min + 91 min) (WRT)
7:00pm MILA CAOS + EL VELADOR (18min + 72 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
8:30pm INCENDIES (130 min) (WRT)
Monday, March 28
6:00pm HIT SO HARD (101 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
6:00pm THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967-1975 (100 min) (WRT)
9:00pm PARIAH (86 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
9:00pm 6,7,8 (100 min) (WRT)
Tuesday, March 29
6:00pm ONE + WINTER VACATION (10 min + 91 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
6:00pm SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS (93 min) (WRT)
8:30pm MICROPHONE (120 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
8:30pm MILA CAOS + EL VELADOR (18min + 72 min) (WRT)
Wednesday, March 30
6:00pm TYRANNOSAUR (91 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
6:00pm BUKOWSKI + COPACABANA (10min + 107 min) (WRT)
8:30pm SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS (93 min)
9:00pm HIT SO HARD (101 min) (WRT)
Thursday, March 31
6:00pm MATCH + ATTENBERG (11min + 95 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
6:00pm MICROPHONE (120 min) (WRT)
9:00pm BUKOWSKI + COPACABANA (10min + 107 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
9:00pm TYRANNOSAUR (91 min) (WRT)
Friday, April 1
6:00pm GROMOZEKA (104 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
6:00pm MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE (83 min) (WRT)
8:30pm NIGHT HUNTER + SUMMER OF GOLIATH (16min + 76 min) (WRT)
9:00pm THE DESTINY OF LESSER ANIMALS (87 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
Saturday, April 2
1:00pm MATCH + ATTENBERG (11min + 95 min) (WRT)
2:30pm NIGHT HUNTER + SUMMER OF GOLIATH (16min + 76 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
3:45pm GROMOZEKA (104 min) (WRT)
5:15pm MIYUKI + HOSPITALITÉ (9min + 96 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
6:30pm THE DESTINY OF LESSER ANIMALS (87 min) (WRT)
8:00pm FWD: UPDATE ON MY LIFE + SHUT UP LITTLE MAN!
(28min + 85min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
9:00pm OCTUBRE (93 min) (WRT)
Sunday, April 3
1:00pm MIYUKI + HOSPITALITÉ (9min + 96 min) (WRT)
1:30pm MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE (83 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
3:30pm FWD: UPDATE ON MY LIFE + SHUT UP LITTLE MAN!
(28min + 85min) (WRT)
4:00pm OCTUBRE (93 min) (MoMA-Titus 1)
7:00pm CLOSING NIGHT GALA - CIRCUMSTANCE (107 min)
7:30pm CLOSING NIGHT GALA - CIRCUMSTANCE (107 min)
Feature Film Descriptions
6,7,8 (2010, 100min)
Director: Mohamed Diab
Diab's "6,7,8" intersects the stories of three women of very different social and economic status in Cairo as they converge in their collective desire to combat sexual harassment. A wealthy, secular young woman who is molested at football match is revealed to be just as vulnerable as the devout Muslim wife of limited means who must ride the bus with marauding men. Given the cultural and religious implications of family life and gender division, the women look to collective action, the media and even violence as routes to freedom.
AT ELLEN’S AGE (IM ALTER VON ELLEN) (2010, 95min)
Director: Pia Marais
Marais’ AT ELLEN’S AGE catches a woman at a crossroads following her husband’s confession of having an affair and the loss of her job due to a subsequent panic attack. The film follows the woman’s awakening after she joins forces with a group of animal activists.
ATTENBERG (2010, 95min)
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Tsangari’s ATTENBERG is a fun melding of (new) Nouvelle Vague, musical, melodrama, and nature documentary, symbolically visualizing a change of generation and perspective as a father and daughter gently negotiate their individual rites of passage. The film follows a visionary architect who has come home to die in the vanishing industrial town that is his legacy to his daughter. Meanwhile, his daughter (played by Ariane Labed, in a performance that garnered her the Best Actress award at The Venice Film Festival) is exploring the mysteries of kissing with her girlfriend and the beyond with a visiting engineer.
BELLE EPINE (2010, 80min)
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Zlotowski’s BELLE EPINE is a coming of age story about a teenage girl dealing with the death of her mother and absentee father. The girl loses herself in antisocial behavior, turning away from her Jewish heritage personified by her supportive aunt and uncle, and drawn into the orbit of a wrong-side-of-the-tracks classmate and her biker friends, who gather for chaotic, sometimes lethal night-time motorcycle meets on the edge of town.
THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967-1975 (2011, 100min)
Director: Göran Hugo Olsson
Olsson’s documentary utilizes never before seen interviews (with Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis among others) filmed by a group of Swedish filmmakers from the late sixties to mid-seventies to chronicle the growth of the black power movement. Thirty years later this lush collection of 16mm footage was found in a basement - and combined with additional commentary by artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle – from Harry Belafonte to Erykah Badu - becomes a powerful chronicle of the birth and life of a movement. THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967-1975 is a Sundance Selects release.
CIRCUMSTANCE (2011, 107min)
Director: Maryam Keshavarz
Keshavarz’s searing feature debut CIRCUMSTANCE follows two young Iranian women as they live life in the shadow of the regime, going to parties and listening to forbidden music while starting to explore their true feelings for each other. CIRCUMSTANCE recently won the Audience Award at the Sundance film festival. CIRCUMSTANCE is a Participant Media and Roadside Attractions release.
COPACABANA (2010, 107min)
Director: Marc Fitoussi
Fitoussi’s second film, COPACABANA is a gentle French comedy about the relationship between a daughter and her single mother, starring real-life mother and daughter Isabelle Huppert and Lotlia Chammah. Embarrassed by her mother, the daughter wants a ‘settled’ life, something she believes her mother is not capable (nor desiring) of achieving. So her mother sets out to prove her daughter wrong, and win her respect by selling time-shares in a seaside resort town.
CURLING (2010, 96min)
Director: Denis Côté
Set in the dead of winter, Côté’s CURLING is a tense and darkly comic portrait of a family in a rural Quebec village. The film follows a single father as he seeks to isolate his adolescent daughter from the outside world for fear that it will scar her as much as it has him. CURLING earned Côté the Silver Leopard for Best Director and Emmanuel Bilodeau the Leopard for Best Actor at the 2010 Locarno Film Festival.
THE DESTINY OF LESSER ANIMALS (2011, 87min)
Director: Deron Albright
Albright’s drama THE DESTINY OF LESSER ANIMALS follows a Ghanian Police Inspector as he embarks on a dangerous journey through modern Ghana to retrieve his stolen counterfeit passport. Finding his own search linked to a series of violent crimes, he joins forces with a seasoned police veteran who is still optimistic about his country to solve the mystery.
GROMOZEKA (2010, 104min)
Director: Vladimir Kott
Kott’s GROMOZEKA is his follow-up to THE FLY, which was a selection at New Directors/New Films in 2009. The drama follows three men who played in a pop-music trio during their high-school days, and are now three middle-aged men in different walks of life—surgeon, police officer, taxi driver,living at different levels in Moscow’s socio-economic structure. Aside from their annual reunions, which book-end the film, their lives intersect only glancingly and unknowingly as their respective personal discontents and professional troubles reach crisis points and presents the contrasting ways in which each of them tries to cope.
HAPPY, HAPPY (SYKT LYKKELIG) (2010, 85min)
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Switsky's directorial debut, HAPPY HAPPY is a comedy about a thirty-something couple with a young son, living a rather dull life in the Norwegian countryside. Then new neighbors move in next door, and while at first glance they seem to be their mirror image and perfect friend material, the differences that do exist (the new couple's son is an adopted African, the husband is full of sexual energy, and the wife is...Danish!) manifest in increasingly disturbing ways. The film was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
HIT SO HARD (2011, 101min)
Director: P. David Ebersole
Ebersole’s rockumentary HIT SO HARD is a pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Patty Schemel, drummer for Courtney Love’s band Hole during its peak years. The result is an unprecedented inside look at the one of the Nineties most crucial and controversial groups. Notwithstanding its amazingly candid interviews (Love included), its unflinching accounts of the personal tragedies that plagued the band in its heyday, and a rare look at hardball music-industry politics gives the viewer the lowdown on the recording of Hole’s 1997 record Celebrity Skin.
HOSPITALITÉ (2010, 96min)
Director: Koji Fukada
Set in the confines of downtown Tokyo, Fukada’s comedy HOSPITALITÉ is about a man living a mundane life, running a small printing factory and living a quiet life upstairs with his wife and children. Then a man arrives claiming to be the son of a wealthy financier who once helped his business. Soon the stranger has moved in with HIS wife, is running the business, and soon invites guests of his own – a large, eclectic and exotic group – into the apartment, destroying the once orderly and comfortable life of his host.
INCENDIES (2010, 130min)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Villeneuve’s film, INCENDIES focuses on twins grieving their mother’s death who have their world shaken further when the reading of her will reveals that their father, presumed to be deceased, is actually still alive and that they also have a brother. The film follows the twins as they seek to fulfill their mother’s final wish – for them to find their father and brother and deliver to each of them a sealed letter. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
MAJORITY (ÇOGUNLUK) (2010, 111min)
Director: Seren Yüce
Yüce’s MAJORITY features Barta Küçükçaglayan as a man that manages to slide through each day working as an office assistant for his father's construction company when not gobbling burgers at the mall with his buddies. That is until he meets a shy but charming Kurdish girl, and suddenly his entire approach and outlook to life begin to change. However, he now must face a new conflict with his parents...upon whom he is completely dependent, and who won't even consider their son settling down with a Kurd.
MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE (BIDOUN MOBILE) (2010, 83min)
Director: Sameh Zoabi
Zoabi’s feature debut, MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE, is a comedy about a young Israeli construction worker with little ambition other than to have fun with his friends and meet girls which is directly at odds with his father’s ambitions to bring down a cell phone tower he is sure is poisoning their Arab neighbors with radiation.
MARGIN CALL (2010, 109min)
Director: J.C. Chandor
Chandor's timely and terrifying dramatic expose, MARGIN CALL tackles twenty-four hours on an investment bank trading floor; a day that brings layer upon layer of human and professional wrongdoing that jeopardizes the entire fabric of the banking system. An all-star ensemble cast, led by Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci and Jeremy Irons, propel this ominous day toward the abyss, preserving just enough pathos to allow us to ultimately recognize these bankers' humanity.
MEMORY LANE (2010, 98min)
Director: Mikhaël Hers
Hers’ MEMORY LANE is a film about characters caught "in between"-between city and country, friendship and love, life and death, and youthful dreams and the impending realities of growing up. Setting in motion several story lines, Hers allows action to develop and characters to emerge through subtle gestures, quick looks and offhand remarks via a splendid ensemble of actors that truly create a sense of closeness, a kind of familiarity that need not be emphasized as it's always so present.
MICROPHONE (2010, 120min)
Director: Amhad Abdalla
Abdalla’s MICROPHONE stars (and is co-produced by) Egyptian heart-throb Khaled Abol Naga as a man who returns to his hometown Alexandria unmoored and restlessly searching for purpose beyond his ex-girlfriend who’s no longer interested and his aging father from whom he feels terminally alienated. Wandering the streets he happens upon a music and art making group of younger people that he stubbornly pursues and eventually becomes part of as his self-involvement changes into a real connection with this new world.
OCTUBRE (2010, 93min)
Directors: Daniel and Diego Vega
Co-directed by brothers Daniel and Diego Vega, OCTUBRE follows a small-time money-lender living in a Lima barrio who one day discovers a baby left on his doorstep. To care for the child--the product of one of his frequent liaisons with prostitutes--the man engages a female neighbor for help, and soon a new, unexpected family is formed. The film won the Jury Prize of the "Un Certain Regard" section of Cannes 2010. OCTUBRE is a New Yorker Films release.
OUTBOUND (PERIFERIC) (2010, 87min)
Director: Bogdan George Apetri
Apetri’s OUTBOUND is a tense race against time as a young woman, serving a five-year prison sentence for a crime she didn’t commit, attempts to right the wrongs done to her, collect on debts and cleanse herself from her past life after she receives a day pass so that she can attend her mother’s funeral.
PARIAH (2011, 86min)
Director: Dee Rees
Executive produced by Spike Lee, Rees’ debut feature PARIAH, is a character study of a seventeen year-old New Yorker (played by Adepero Oduye) whose efforts to explore her lesbian desires are squarely at odd with her middle-class Brooklyn family – and more specifically, her church-going mother (played by Kim Wayans). The film draws an affectionate portrait of a community, one so close everyone knows everyone else’s ‘business’, and dramatizes the longings, disappointments and achievements of a teenager whose ideas of femininity are less traditional than most. A Focus Features release.
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011, 85min)
Director: Matthew Bate
Bate’s documentary SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE tells the story of two men who, upon discovering they had rented an apartment next to two men who drank and verbally abused each other every night, decided to record the nightly fights and play them back through their neighbors’ front door. It didn’t quiet the noisy roommates, but somehow the recordings became part of an underground culture that still inspire musicians, poets, graphic artists and disc jockeys.
SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS (2010, 93min)
Director: Matt McCormick
McCormick’s debut feature SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS is a poetic character-driven film that asks why the good times slip by so fast while the difficult times seem so sticky. The film follows a trio of stranded characters that seem to be competing for first prize in a Saddest Job in the World contest as McCormick insists on the reality of work, distinctly rebutting the popular image of Portland as a paradise for under-achieving hipsters and the slacker ethos of “the unemployed, blissful lifestyle.”
SUMMER OF GOLIATH (VERANO DE GOLIAT) (2010, 76min)
Director: Nicolás Pereda
Pereda’s SUMMER OF GOLIATH combines documentary and fiction as it intertwines the stories of people living in a small town in rural Mexico. Those people include: a woman who believes her husband has left her for another woman; her soldier son, who hopes that one day he and his soldier partner will be issued machine guns so that they may intimidate passing motorists; and three brothers whose father left them many years ago in the care of their mother, who can barely support them.
TYRANNOSAUR (2010, 91min)
Director: Paddy Considine
Country: United Kingdom
Actor Considine makes his directorial debut with TYRANNOSAUR, an intense drama about a lonely man with a violent temper and a knack for getting into situations, particularly at pubs, that leave him and others bloody. However, he has a soft spot for a young boy who lives across the street with his feckless mother and her punk boyfriend. Beyond that, he knows better than to seek anyone else’s company until he meets a clerk in a church thrift shop who has some problems of her own. TYRANNOSAUR is a Strand Releasing film.
EL VELADOR (2011, 72min)
Director: Natalia Almada
Almada’s documentary EL VELADOR displays the world of "El Jardin,", a cemetery in the drug heartland of Mexico. Since the war on drugs began in 2007, the cemetery has doubled in size and some of its mausoleums have been built to resemble gaudy cathedrals, creating a skyline that looks like a fantastical surrealist city more than a resting place for the deceased. The film introduces us to both the lives of the cemetery workers and families of the victims - in the shadow of an increasingly bloody conflict that has claimed nearly 35,000 lives.
WINTER VACATION (HAN JIA) (2010, 91min)
Director: Hongqi Li
Hongqi’s WINTER VACATION is a deadpan comedy about four teenagers during the last day of their winter vacation as they face the prospects of having to return to school and their studies. The kids argue, debate and fight as the clock ticks away on their holiday and they deal with their love lives and question school's value and relevance to real life. WINTER VACATION won the Golden Leopard for Best Film at the 2010 Locarno Film Festival.
BUKOWSKI (2010, 10min)
Director: Daan Bakker
BUKOWSKI will screen with COPACABANA
FWD: UPDATE ON MY LIFE (2010, 28min)
Director: Nicky Tavares
FWD: UPDATE ON MY LIFE will screen with SHUT UP LITTLE MAN!
MATCH (2010, 11min)
Director: Kate Barker-Froyland
MATCH will screen with ATTENBERG
MILA CAOS (2011, 18min)
Director: Simon Jaikiriuma Paetau
MILA CAOS will screen with EL VELADOR
MIYUKI (2010, 9min)
Director: Will McCord
MIYUKI will screen with HOSPITALITÉ
NIGHT HUNTER (2011, 16min)
Director: Stacey Steers
NIGHT HUNTER will screen with SUMMER OF GOLIATH
ONE (2010, 10min)
Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat
ONE will screen with WINTER VACATION
The Film Society of Lincoln Center – Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65 Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam (upper level)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – 11 West 53 Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues
Screening locations are noted below next to the film titles.
NEW DIRECTORS / NEW FILMS
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
SNL - ZACH GALIFIANAKIS & JESSIE J
Some instant reactions to SNL tonight (from the end to the beginning)...
How to count time: 1:57... 1:58... 1:59... 3:00... 3:01...
Over already? It was a good show. Overall, better than usual, but no real standout classic. The best sketch was the search for Galifianakis' assistant. The kids were awesome.
Galifianakis was solid with jokes and acting. Just a few minor flubs on lines.
Kristen Wiig, as usual, gets a lot of work and a lot of laughs.
CLOSING GOODBYE -
I want the Mr. T Sketch!
THESE WERE REAL -
The pro & anti Cuomo commercials are both terrible.
It sunk. Or stunk.
CORN SYRUP -
JESSIE J -
She's 2/3 leg?
SPRINT COMMERCIAL -
Was that a parody?
CELEBRITY SCOOP -
Like the sleepy guy on Weekend Update, this is a patented SNL genre: the unfunny sketch that tries to be funny by watching some unfunny clueless character be unfunny.
THE DOG -
Dog porn can be dangerous. But luck will triumph.
WEEKEND UPDATE -
One of the best. Every joke hit the mark. (Not counting sleepy guy.) Hilarious Julie Taymor.
JESSIE J -
Did she just sing a commercial?
DIGITAL SHORT -
Kids were great.
SCARED STRAIGHT -
Scared me. Good one.
CATCH PHRASES -
Not funny... but it might become one of those inexplicable classics.
THE TALK -
O well... don't care... waste of time (See Celebrity Scoop above.)
OPENING MONOLOGUE -
Funny, original, gutsy... but Dukakis? He shuda been Prez. But not 2012... 2016! (Name drop note: Met Dukakis recently. He was really nice, smart, friendly. A great supporter of the arts in Boston!)
Not surprisingly, the jokes about Hollywood celebrities were the ones that worked best. (Comedians around the world thank CS for easy material.)
Note: 2:30 AM does not exist tonight... set clocks ahead!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
HERE'S THE LIVE STREAM FROM FACEBOOK AT SXSW
This is a LIVE stream on the FACEBOOK channel via LIVESTREAM.
As of Sat (2/12) it is coming from SXSW.
Earlier today, there were very fine live, informal chats with Conan, and then with Ashton, who was joined by Demi.
When the interviews are not live, this channel may be streaming interviews that were recorded earlier. (When it's live, there will be a little red button lt the bottom left of the screen that says, LIVE. Unfortunately, they do not scroll at the bottom of the screen who is being interviewed, or mention it too often, so it may be up to you to recognize the celebrity!)
Anytime, but especially when the interview is LIVE. click the CHAT button to comment... You can suggest questions to be asked directly on the air. (Best to have only one copy of the stream playing; if CHAT spawns a new video stream, pause one of them.)
Note: Hopefully, the video and audio do not autostart (autostart=false). If they do, I apologize!
HERE'S THE STREAM:
As of 2:35 PM Sun it's Brittany Snow (96 Min, Harry's Law) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0811242/
As of 2:47 PM Sun it's Jason Ritter (The Event) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0728762/
As of 3:19 Mike Tyson.
As of 4:15 Dane Cook (Fat Pig coming to NY) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0176981/
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
TOMORROW'S HARVEST from STONE BARNS & DAN BARBER
Big news for lovers of good food! Dan Barber, student & patron of good food, executive chef & co-owner of Blue Hill (among the best restaurants in the world), is moderating a series of programs at Stone Barns on "the future of food and farming in a changing world."
Speakers include Michael Pollan, and many other experts. Anyone who has been to one of the thematic evenings at Blue Hill at Stone Barns knows how terrific these events can be. (Note: This event seems to be a lecture only. My advice, book a reservation at Blue Hill at Stone Barns when you reserve a seat at the talk!)
Here's the official announcement of the first event, direct from Stone Barns:
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For more information:
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Shooting Star / Breakthrough Performer at HIFF 2010
In the background: MOMA Curator Rajendra Roy
(He was the Breakthrough Panel Moderator at HIFF)
Coming from Paris, Anais Demoustier was one of the very special Shooting Star/ Breakthrough Performers honored at The Hampton's Film Festival (HIFF 2010) last year.
In person she is charming, sweet, pretty in a very girl-next-door-in-Paris way. In the two films I've seen (SWEET EVIL and LIVING ON LOVE ALONE) she seems to play just that sort of girl -- herself, carefree and friendly -- until you discover that she is NOT!
She has become one of the most sought-after young actresses in France. She has no less than 5 features, 2 TV movies & 2 shorts that came out in 2010 and, so far, 3 more features coming out in 2011.
She was represented at HIFF by SWEET EVIL. In the current Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, she appears in LIVING ON LOVE ALONE - D'AMOUR ET D'EAU FRAICHE
Here's a list of her recent films, with the character she plays and the director:
2011 The Last Winter (post-production) -- Julie -- John Shank
2011 Les pauvres gens (post-production) -- Robert Guédiguian
2011 Sponsoring (post-production) -- Charlotte (also starring Juliette Binoche)
-- Malgorzata Szumowska
2010 Pauline (short) -- Céline Sciamma
2010 Fracture (TV movie) -- Anna Kagan -- Alain Tasma
2010 D'amour et d'eau fraîche -- Julie Bataille -- Isabelle Czajka (at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema)
2010 Elsewhere -- Jeanne, la routarde -- Frédéric Pelle
2010 Belle Épine -- Sonia Cohen (Also starring Lea Seydoux) -- Rebecca Zlotowski
2010 George et Fanchette (TV movie) -- Fanchette -- Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe
2010 Dans la jungle des villes (short) -- Julia -- Stéphane Demoustier
2010 Monsieur l'abbé (short) -- Blandine Lenoir
2010 Sweet Evil -- Celine -- Olivier Coussemacq (at HIFF)
(Note: French use "Sentence Case" structure not "Title Case" structure to format titles.)
Anais Demoustier on IMDB:
Learning to shoot
LIVING ON LOVE ALONE - D'AMOUR ET D'EAU FRAICHE
This film, LIVING ON LOVE ALONE - D'AMOUR ET D'EAU FRAICHE, as just about everyone that saw the film remarked (and the film notes also point out), is a perfect example of Godard's famous remark: All you need to make a film is a girl and a gun.
The film seems like a blissfully simple, detailed description of a young girl's increasingly troubled attempt to succeed in social and business situations in which things just keep going a little bit wrong, and then a little bit wronger.
It could be described as: casual living, casual sex, casual cruelty, casual fun, casual relationships, more casual sex, casual misunderstandings, casual work, casual crime.
The film will be shown at RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2011
Wed. March 9, 7:50pm - IFC;
Thurs. March 10, 4pm - WRT;
Sat. March 12, 6:15pm - WRT;
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2011
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2011
This year, the RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA, more than any I can recall for years, is filled with "love;" just what we expect, I guess, from French Cinema. It comes in strange ways in Breillat's version of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale (ultimately reconciled to a modern world) , and in even more over-heated ways Deep in the Woods. Claude Lelouch, in a brilliant epic spanning generations tells many, many love stories all integrated into a history of our times, and our wars, and our music, and our movies.
And there are many more variations on stories of love, this year. Four of the films even have "Love" in the title!
In addition to love, the French excel at stories set in the woods, in rural areas, in castles, and of course at tables, picnics (and other places) set with food.
Many of the French actors and filmmakers, both young newbies and established superstars, will attend their screenings, and there are several special events with extended conversations. Catherine Deneuve, Bertrand Tavernier, Catherine Breillat and Claude Lelouche are among the expected visitors.
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
POTICHE, François Ozon, 103m
Set in 1977 in a provincial French town, POTICHE is an adaptation of the 1970s eponymous hit play. Catherine Deneuve delivers a glorious, career-crowning performance as a submissive, housebound ‘trophy housewife’ (or "potiche") who steps in to manage her wealthy and tyrannical husband’s umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. Gérard Depardieu plays a former union leader and Suzanne's ex-beau who still holds a flame for her. POTICHE is a Music Box Films release.
OPENING NIGHT -- Thurs, March 3, 7pm - Paris Theatre;
Fri. March 4,7pm - BAM;
Sat. March 5, 7pm - IFC;
*Catherine Deneuve will be in attendance for all screenings
FILMS AND DESCRIPTIONS
Eric Lartigau, 115m
THE BIG PICTURE (L’HOMME QUI VOULAIT VIVRE SA VIE),
A frustrated lawyer and family man (played by one of France’s hottest young stars, Romain Duris) makes the most out of one moment of violence, which forces him to assume a new identity. Adapted from Douglas Kennedy’s acclaimed novel, the film also stars Niels Arestrup and Catherine Deneuve.
Fri. March 4, 1pm - WRT;
Sat. March 5, 3:45pm - IFC;
Sun. March 6, 6:15pm - WRT;
*Eric Lartigau in attendance for all screenings.
DEEP IN THE WOODS (AU FOND DES BOIS), Benoît Jacquot, 102m
Jacquot’s jaw-dropping, feverish tale concerns a young villager (Isild Le Besco) who literally falls under the spell of a fierce, Svengali-like vagabond (Nahuel Perez Biscayart).
Fri. March 4, 7pm - IFC;
Sat. March 5, 6:15pm - WRT;
Mon. March 7, 3:45pm - WRT;
*Benoît Jacquot in attendance for all screenings
FREE HANDS (LES MAINS LIBRES), Brigitte Sy, 100m
Barbara is a filmmaker who is in the process of making a film about prison life. Twice a week, she visits a prison in the suburbs of Paris to interview inmates who will both write and act in the film. It is through these meetings that Barbara meets Michel, one of the prisoners who will help her prepare the film. Their love for one another will lead them to break the law...
Wed. March 9, 3:45pm - WRT;
Wed. March 9, 8:45pm - WRT;
Thurs. March 10, 9:30pm - IFC Center;
FROM ONE FILM TO ANOTHER (D’UN FILM À L’AUTRE), Claude Lelouch, 104m
On the occasion of his 50th year in cinema, Oscar-winning A MAN AND A WOMAN director Claude Lelouch turns his famously swooping, pirouetting camera on himself for this uncommonly revealing self-portrait.
A Conversation with Claude Lelouch
Where FROM ONE FILM TO ANOTHER leaves off, Lelouch will continue in person in this career-spanning dialogue with the Film Society’s Scott Foundas, featuring clips and a Q&A.
Sat. March 5, 3:30pm - WRT; Followed by a conversation with Claude Lelouch
Sun. March 6, 11:00am - IFC;
HANDS UP (LES MAINS EN L'AIR), Romain Goupil, 90m
A tender, engaging and bracingly militant drama from director Romain Goupil: a story of youth, solidarity and contemporary France, with Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and a terrific cast of children. A Chechen woman named Milana, recalls the story of her near-deportation from France at the age of ten and the plan her young classmates hatched to save her.
Tues. March 8, 6pm - IFC;
Fri. March 11, 2pm - WRT;
Sun. March 13, 6:45pm - WRT;
HAPPY FEW, Antony Cordier, 103m
Two Parisian couples agree to swap partners in Cordier’s psychologically sharp and slyly sexy take on changing the rules. The film stars Élodie Bouchez (THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS) and Marina Foïs.
Sun. March 6, 6:50pm - BAM;
Tues. March 8, 9:40pm - IFC;
Fri. March 11, 6:15pm - WRT;
Sun. March 13, 2pm - WRT;
L.627 (1992), Bernard Tavernier, 145m
This gritty police drama shows us the underbelly of the Parisian drug trade. Lulu (Didier Bezace) is a tough, streetwise narcotics cop who, like a Frank Serpico or a Dirty Harry Callahan, doesn't play by the rules. Lulu thrives in this violent world, where sheer guts can overcome his squad's deficiencies of money and equipment. Despite the ruthless environment in which he lives and works every day, he still manages somehow to maintain his humanity.
Fri. March, 4 7pm - FIAF;
*Followed by a discussion with director Bertrand Tavernier and film critic Kent Jones.
LA CAMPAGNE DE CICERON (1990), Jacques Davila, 111m
Fresh from last year’s Cannes Classics, a restored print of Avila’s quirky, Rohmerian story about a playwright staying with his friend in the provinces.
Tues. March 8, 6pm - WRT;
LA CRISE (THE CRISES), Coline Serreau (1992) 145m
High-powered businessman Victor (Vincent Lindon) loses both his wife and his job on the same day. It’s the worst day of his life, but who can he turn to? Every one of his friends is too wrapped up in his or her own personal crisis to lend him a moment’s sympathy. The only person who can empathize with Victor is Michou, a friendless but amiable down-and-out…
Sat, March 5, 7:30 PM - FIAF
*Coline Serreau will be in attendance.
LEILA (TOI, MOI, LES AUTRES), Audrey Estrougo, 87m
With clever, color-saturated numbers, this catchy musical love story about a pampered slacker and an ambitious Arab law student is a West Side Story for the 21st century set to the songs of the 60s and 70s in France and against the backdrop of the “sans papiers” protests that end with the occupation of Saint Bernard Church in Paris.
Tues. March 8, 7:50pm - IFC;
Wed. March 9, 1:30pm - WRT;
Thurs. March 10, 6:15pm - WRT;
LIVING ON LOVE ALONE
Shooting Star at the Hamptons International Film Festival 2010
Photo by Eric Roffman
LIVING ON LOVE ALONE (D’AMOUR ET D’EAU FRAÎCHE), Isabelle Czajka, 89m
One of French cinema's vital new voices delivers an outlaw romance and social critique starring terrific newcomer, Anaïs Demoustier as a smart, bored twentysomething who finds an alternative to lackey work and high rents—running off with a guy and a gun.
Wed. March 9, 7:50pm - IFC;
Thurs. March 10, 4pm - WRT;
Sat. March 12, 6:15pm - WRT;
THE LONG FALLING (OÙ VA LA NUIT), Martin Provost, 105m
Martin Provost re-teams with SERAPHINE star Yolande Moreau for this heartfelt drama, based on Keith Ridgway’s novel. The film follows the story of a long-suffering wife who takes revenge and bonds with her gay son in this suspenseful one-of-a-kind story of sin and salvation.
Sat. March 5, 1pm - WRT;
Sun. March 6, 9pm - IFC;
Mon. March 7, 9:15pm - WRT;
*Martin Provost in attendance at all screenings
LOVE CRIME (CRIME D'AMOUR), Alain Corneau, 106m
Corneau’s final film, LOVE CRIME is a delicious thriller of rivalry, seduction and humiliation set against office politics starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier as mentor and ingénue that results in murder. LOVE CRIME is a Sundance Selects release.
Sat. March 5, 9:30pm - IFC;
Sun. March 6, 9pm - WRT;
*Ludivine Sagnier in attendance at all screenings
LOVE LIKE POISON (UN POISON VIOLENT), Katell Quillévéré, 92m
This award-winning debut from young French director, Katell Quillévéré, is a true discovery with a title taken from a Gainsbourg song. Fourteen-year-old Anna comes home from Catholic boarding school to family turmoil and becomes caught between her own religious belief and sexual stirrings, awakened by a precocious choirboy friend.
Wed. March 9, 9:40pm - IFC;
Fri. March 11, 9pm - WRT;
Sat. March 12, 2pm - WRT;
MOZART’S SISTER (NANNERL, LA SOEUR DE MOZART), René Féret, 120m
MOZART’S SISTER is a dynamic biopic centering on the other musical prodigy in the Mozart family.14-year-old Nannerl lives in the shadow of her famous younger brother as they travel throughout Europe performing for royalty. However, with the encouragement of the handsome French Dauphin, she finds her own ways of challenging the established sexual and social order. MOZART’S SISTER is a Music Box Films release.
Fri. March 4, 3:30pm - WRT;
Sat. March 5, 1pm - IFC;
Mon. March 7, 6:15pm - WRT;
*René Féret in attendance at screenings on March 4th and 5th
THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER (LA PRINCESSE DE MONTPENSIER), Bertrand Tavernier, 139m
Master director Bertrand Tavernier makes a grand return to large-scale period filmmaking with this sexy, powerful saga of unrequited love and diabolical intrigue in the French religious wars of the 16th century, based on a short story by Madame de La Fayette. PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER is a Sundance Selects release.
Fri. March 4, 6pm - WRT;
Sat. March 5, 7PM - BAM;
Sun. March 6, 6pm - IFC;
*Above screenings on March 4, 5 and 6 followed by a Q&A with Bertrand Tavernier and Gaspard Ulliel
Mon. March 7, 1pm - WRT
THE QUEEN OF HEARTS (LA REINE DES POMMES), Valérie Donzelli, 84m
Donzelli directs, writes and also stars in THE QUEEN OF HEARTS, a quintessentially French screwball romantic comedy about a freshly dumped hopeless romantic juggling three suitors (all played by Jérémie Elkaïm!). With Béatrice de Staël.
Wed. March 9, 6pm - IFC;
Fri. March 11, 4:15pm - WRT;
Sun. March 13, 4:30pm - WRT;
SÉRIE NOIRE (1979), Alain Corneau, 111m
SÉRIE NOIRE follows a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman (extraordinary, wild-eyed Patrick Dewaere) in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets a teenager, who's been made a prostitute by her own aunt. Wanting to change his life and also save the girl from her aunt, he arrives at murder as the only solution.
Sat. March 5, 10:50am - IFC;
Tues. March 8, 8:30pm - WRT;
*Ludivine Sagnier will Q&A following the March 8 screening
SERVICE ENTRANCE (LES FEMMES DU SIXIÈME ÉTAGE), Philippe Le Guay, 104m
A stockbroker (the marvelous Fabrice Luchini) lives a peaceful, boring existence in 1960s Paris with his socialite wife (Sandrine Kiberlain)—until some exuberant Spanish maids move in upstairs. With Carmen Maura and Lola Dueñas.
Tues. March 8, 3:45pm - WRT;
Wed. March 9, 6pm - WRT;
Thurs. March 10, 7pm - IFC;
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (LA BELLE ENDORMIE), Catherine Breillat, 82m
In Catherine Breillat’s continually surprising take on the classic fairy tale, three scatterbrained fairies manage to alter a curse of death placed upon a little girl. Now fated to fall asleep for 100 years after the girl’s hand is pierced in her sixteenth year, the fairies further bestow upon her the possibility of wandering far and wide in her dreams during those 100 years of sleep. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY is a Strand Releasing release.
Fri. March 4, 9:15pm - WRT;
Sun. March 6, 1pm - IFC;
Tues. March 8, 1:30pm - WRT;
*Catherine Breillat will attend all screenings
THINK GLOBAL, ACT RURAL (SOLUTIONS LOCALES POUR UN DESORDRE GLOBAL), Coline Serreau, 113m
In what’s already been called a “radical and exhilarating” documentary manifesto, the unstoppable Serreau digs into the problem of industrialized agriculture, quizzing farmers and philosophers alike, across the globe.
Fri. March 4, 9:30pm - IFC;
Sun. March 6, 3:15pm - WRT;
*Coline Serreau in attendance for all screenings
TOP FLOOR, LEFT WING (DERNIER ÉTAGE, GAUCHE, GAUCHE), Angelo Clanci , 110m
A state prosecutor (Hippolyte Girardot) gets sucked into a hostage crisis involving a Berber neighbor in this deft balance of the comedy of mistaken identity and the politics of terror.
Mon. March 7, 9:30pm - IFC;
Thurs. March 10, 1:30pm - WRT;
Sat. March 12, 8:45pm - WRT;
WHAT LOVE MAY BRING (CES AMOURS-LÀ), Claude Lelouch, 120m
A woman reflects on her turbulent youth and all the men she has ever loved in her life in this inimitable romantic epic, which Lelouch calls “a remake of my 41 films,” spanning decades in the love life of a cinema usherette. With “cameos” from Belmondo et al.
Sat. March 5, 9pm - WRT;
Sun. March 6, 3:15pm - IFC;
*Claude Lelouch in attendance at all screenings
New French Short Films
Wonderful things can sometimes come in very small packages, as this prize-winning selection of provocative short films from France amply demonstrates. See tomorrow’s auteurs today!
Tues., March 10, 8:30pm - WRT;
French Experimental Cinema 2010-2011, Curated by Nicole Brenez
Experimental Program One: Redeploying Classical Images:
An “Oum Kalthoum”/Kama Sutra mash-up, Lech Kowalski on Robert Flaherty’s glorious Louisiana Story, Eisenstein reflecting on the beating of cineaste Joachim Gatti, and more. 81m
Sat. March 12, 4:15pm - WRT;
Experimental Program Two: The Enchanted Fiction, Nuit bleue Ange Leccia, 86m
A lovelorn young woman returns to her island home after losing a relative at sea, in Corsican artist Ange Leccia’s spectacular song-driven saga without words.
Sun. March 13, 8:45pm - WRT;
A Conversation with Bertrand Tavernier
THE CINEMA INSIDE ME: BERTRAND TAVERNIER
In an onstage conversation, Mr. Tavernier (A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY, THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER) will offer a personal guided tour of key moments in his own history of cinema.
Sun. March 6, 1pm - WRT;
Movie Night with Catherine Breillat: BABY DOLL
IFC Center gives “carte blanche” to the groundbreaking, always-provocative Breillat to screen and discuss one of her personal favorites—Elia Kazan’s BABY DOLL (1956), a steamy tale of a child bride (Carroll Baker), her middle-aged husband (Karl Malden) and their neighbor’s (Eli Wallach) plan for revenge. Shown as part of IFC Center’s ongoing “Movie Night” program.
Mon. March 7, 7pm - IFC;
WRT >> The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater’s address is 165 West 65th St. (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway).
IFC >> The IFC Center is located at 323 Sixth Ave. at West 3rd Street.
FIAF >> The French Institute Alliance Francaise, FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall address is 55 East 59th Street.
BAM >> The BAMcinématek at BAM Rose Cinemas is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.
Tickets are available online for each participating venue
WRT at http://www.filmlinc.com/
IFC at http://www.ifccenter.com/
BAM at http://www.bam.org/ and
FIAF at http://www.fiaf.org/
as well as directly from the box offices.
For more information, call
The Film Society at (212) 875-5601,
The IFC Center at (212) 924-7771, or
BAMcinématek at (718) 636-4100 x2
or please visit:
*Scheduled attendance is, of course, always subject to change.
Labels: Anaïs Demoustier, Bertrand Tavernier, Catherine Breillat, Catherine Deneuve, Claude Lelouch, Gérard Depardieu, Isild Le Besco, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, The Film Society of Lincoln Center
IPAD 2 ANNOUNCEMENT
Notes on the iPad 2 announcement --
==>Faster, thinner, lighter; Cameras; HDMI adapter cable for conectivity; Snazzy iMovie & Garageband.
Here are some notes (in inverse chronological order as they were presented)
- 11 - Garageband -- on screen instruments with touch control -- volume by force of touch (iPad2 w/Garageband is a virtual instrument & recording studio); Email AAC version of song; Compatible with MAC
10 - Note: Apple stock up a bit from iPad2 announcement with Jobs back on stage.
9 - iMovie for iPad (also works on iPhone) with audio editing; Easy uploads to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc
8 - Note: All phone & pad CAMERAS - We need info on resolution, and QUALITY OF LENS! IT'S NOT JUST RESOLUTION - LENS COUNTS! eg Leica, Nikon vs generic lenses
7 - iOS 4.3 - Performance improvements; iTunes home sharing; AirPlay improvements; PhotoBooth; FaceTime
6 - Smart cover in 5 polyurethane colors and 5 colors leather
5 - Donald Bell, CNET, on video of smart cover: "Best case commercial EVER! Seriously"
4 - Accessories: HDMI out adapter cable $39 1040p; Charge while using; Smart cover;
3 - Same price, same battery life; Shipping Mar 11
2 - Gyroscope; Much thinner, somewhat lighter; 2 colors; Same low power, ATT & Verizon
1- iPad 2 >> Jobs on stage. 2x faster cpu, 9x faster graphics; Front & rear cameras (no flash)