Slick, glossy and radiating juicy villainy, it knows exactly what kind of movie it is and goes for it with giddy abandon.
Selections from Roger Ebert's Cannes coverage…
Flashback #5: The Festival Comes Into Focus
It was halfway into the second week of Roger's fifth year at Cannes that the critic felt he had finally got "the festival into focus." This magnificent essay written at the 1980 festival details how "unreality is the only reality" on the Riviera, epitomized by the phony press credentials issued out by Roger's beloved friend, Billy "Silver Dollar" Baxter. "Baxter’s credentials have become widely respected and observed at Cannes simply because they look good: They have no official validity at all but you wear them around your neck on a chain and you look important at a festival where appearances are everything. Baxter has figured out the rules of festival gamesmanship and has simply bypassed them. It is a stroke of simple genius."
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A review of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" revival that's now playing on Netflix.