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Wonderstruck - Trailer and Clip


The setting is Minnesota in 1977. Ben is a young boy who is deaf in one ear, being raised by his aunt and uncle following the death of his mother. Determined to find his long lost father, he attempts to contact him using clues from his mother's old possessions. His journey takes him to New York City where he hides at the American Museum of Natural History with the help of one of the employees' son Jamie. He soon retreats to a nearby bookshop where he meets a deaf lady called Rose who believes they are connected. Simultaneously, we are told of her story beginning fifty years prior in 1927. She's living in New Jersey and escapes to New York to seek out her idol Lillian Mayhew who turns out to be her mother. Unfortunately for her, she wants nothing to do with her, but her later life reveals her relation to Ben.

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Todd Haynes at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival photocall for the new movie 'Wonderstruck' - Cannes, France - Thursday 18th May 2017

Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes

Brian Selznick, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Michelle Williams, Todd Haynes, Julianne Moore, Jaden Michael, John Sloss and Millicent Simmonds at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival photocall for the new movie 'Wonderstruck' - Cannes, France - Thursday 18th May 2017

Michelle Williams, Todd Haynes and Julianne Moore
Michelle Williams, Todd Haynes and Julianne Moore
Brian Selznick, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Michelle Williams, Todd Haynes, Julianne Moore, Jaden Michael, John Sloss and Millicent Simmonds
Michelle Williams, Todd Haynes, Julianne Moore, Jaden Michael and Millicent Simmonds
Michelle Williams, Todd Haynes, Julianne Moore, Jaden Michael and Millicent Simmonds
Michelle Williams

Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley , Elizabeth Karlsen - BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea at The Four Season Los Angeles - Arrivals at The Four Season Los Angeles at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th January 2016

Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen
Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen
Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen

Todd Haynes - BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea at The Four Season Los Angeles - Arrivals at The Four Season Los Angeles at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th January 2016

Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes

Carol Trailer


Therese Belivet is just starting out in life, bored by her simple job in a department store and even more so by her relationship with Richard. She dreams of bigger things; a career as a set designer and experiencing true love. Love has never found its way into Therese's life, that is until she meets a privileged and sophisticated older woman named Carol with whom she immediately bonds. While Carol's life is the opposite of Therese's in that she enjoys luxury on an everyday basis, she is equally dismayed by her love life; trapped in a marriage with a man she does not love, so that she may continue seeing her young daughter. As her relationship with Therese deepens, their attraction for each other becomes clear to everyone else, as well as Carol's intriguing friendship with close companion Abby, and she faces losing everything in her quest to discover herself once and for all.

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Carol - Clips


It's 1952 and 20-something Therese Belivet is struggling to contend with her humdrum life working in a New York department store, repulsed by her relationship with a man named Richard and dreaming of a career in set design. Soon she meets a customer named Carol; an older, refined and supremely elegant woman who she immediately forms a connection with. Carol herself is in a marriage that brings her no joy and is hoping desperately for a divorce, but this only seems to threaten her relationship with her daughter, whom she cannot afford to lose. Meanwhile, Therese is struggling to control her feelings for Carol; torn between admiration, deep sexual attraction and jealousy over Carol's history with her best friend Abby. It's a difficult time for both parties as they attempt to find order in their feelings in a decade not altogether supportive of their closeness.

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Guy Pearce, Kate Winslet and Todd Haynes - Guy Pearce, Kate Winslet and Todd Haynes New York City, USA - The New York Premiere of 'Mildred Pierce' - Arrivals Monday 21st March 2011

Guy Pearce, Kate Winslet and Todd Haynes
Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce, Kate Winslet and Todd Haynes
Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce, Kate Winslet and Todd Haynes
Guy Pearce, Kate Winslet and Todd Haynes

I'm Not There Review


Essential
We first meet the real Bob Dylan, lit by a spotlight and blowing into a harmonica with his eyes turned ever-downward, at the very end of Todd Haynes' I'm Not There. (The footage comes from a concert filmed in the 1960's.) Though there are six evocations of our hero's persona and dozens of references to his words and images, his actual visage is kept under lock and key until the solemn credits. To Haynes, the mystery of who the man is behind closed doors should stay that way: Behind closed doors tends to be pretty tedious if not downright boring. It's more fun to extrapolate: In the open valleys of cultural myth, a celebrity can become any number of things.

At first, he's a young, train-hopping wanderer who has taken the name Woody (Marcus Carl Franklin), from his hero Woody Guthrie. He also plays a guitar with "This Machine Kills Fascism" painted on it. Later, the man appears as an aged Billy the Kid (Richard Gere) who can't understand why the locals are being bullied out of their land by a decrepit Pat Garrett (Bruce Greenwood). Fitfully, the sequences are shot in the dusty browns of Peckinpah and the hippie westerns of the late 1960s and 1970s. Both stories, along with the others, are consistently interrupted by a press conference with poet Arthur Rimbaud (Ben Whishaw), who speaks in a particularly American sarcasm while scrutinizing everyone who questions him, half-mumbling with cigarette in hand.

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Far From Heaven Review


Excellent
Todd Haynes must have a thing for torturing poor Julianne Moore, and what'd she ever do to him?

First she was reduced to an allergic-to-everything blob of flesh in Safe. Now she's emotionally torn asunder as her husband goes gay and the only man she can turn to happens to be black.

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Velvet Goldmine Review


OK
Todd, you've done better than this. In Velvet Goldmine, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers stars as, well, Ziggy Stardust in the era of Glam Rock -- bisexual with McGregor's Curt Wild (think Kurt Cobain if he was into glitter) and wife Collette. 15 or so years after the death of glam, the drippy, mopey reporter Bale is sent to do a "whatever happened to..." story. Haynes is obviously very in love with this era to have invented this little story. Too bad the script is so dumb and lifeless (the alien origin of Oscar Wilde is even alleged) that none of that emotion comes across. Snooze.

Safe Review


Excellent
I first heard of Safe a good 12 months ago and was instantly intrigued by the film, a story about a woman who becomes sick for no medically detectable reason. Upon seeing the movie, we discover one possibility for her disorder: she is "allergic to the 20th century." Twentieth Century Disease (also known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) is a very frightening, very real disability with no cure. The disorder is brought about by some 60,000 chemicals present in our environment, many of which have devastating effects on MCS sufferers, even present in tiny amounts.

Safe tells the tale of Carol White (Julianne Moore), an otherwise healthy, high-society homemaker who gradually comes down with a number of inexplicable symptoms. It begins with headaches and a rash, and soon spirals until she develops dizziness, nausea, and has a seizure. And things continue to get worse. All the while, none of her doctors can explain a thing. Eventually, Carol discovers the reality of MCS and heads for the Wrenwood Colony, a "safe" zone which is free of pollutants. Here, she begins her inward search to find the true reason for her illness.

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Todd Haynes Movies

Wonderstruck Trailer

Wonderstruck Trailer

The setting is Minnesota in 1977. Ben is a young boy who is deaf in...

Carol Trailer

Carol Trailer

Therese Belivet is just starting out in life, bored by her simple job in a...

Carol - Clips Trailer

Carol - Clips Trailer

It's 1952 and 20-something Therese Belivet is struggling to contend with her humdrum life working...

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I'm Not There Movie Review

I'm Not There Movie Review

We first meet the real Bob Dylan, lit by a spotlight and blowing into a...

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