Sir Michael Caine spoke to us about his friendship with Cary Grant, the time he went on a blind-date with Bette Davis and how he pulled himself up by his bootstraps to get where he is today. And that “today” is Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, his melancholic follow-up to exuberant Oscar-winner, The Great Beauty, in which Caine plays a retired classical music conductor who is being coaxed from his scenic Swiss enclave for one last gig, by order of the Queen of England. The film is funny and reflective, with Caine and his film director pal played by Harvey Keitel, musing on the nature of mortality while orbited by a number of troubled hangers-on. The cover of this issue has been created by artist Jaxon Northon as an oil on canvas portrait of the film’s star.
In this issue…
- Every Blood Thing: Michael Caine reminisces to LWLies about 50 years of industry memories and a lifetime of family values.
- The Puppet Master: Youth director, Paolo Sorrentino, is happier pulling the strings than performing. Sophie Monks Kaufman faced the mysterious maestro.
- Swan Songs: We pay tribute to 50 final films, starting with Chantal Akerman’s No Home Movie and ending with to Edward Yang’s Yi-Yi.
- Intermission: Peter Labuza offers speculative reviews of five swan songs derailed by the death of their directors.
In the back section…
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson animate Anomalisa; Hou Hsiao-Hsien trains The Assassin; Brie Larson escapes Room; Ryan Coogler and Michael B Jordan weigh in with Creed; Alejandro González Iñárritu summons The Revenant; Michael Keaton shines Spotlight; Tilda Swinton takes A Bigger Splash; Bryan Cranston is Trumbo; Pilou Asbæk survives A War; Julianne Moore and Ellen Page embrace Freeheld; and Jennifer Lawrence feels the Joy.
All that plus interviews with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Brie Larson, Bryan Cranston and Luca Guadagnino.