Live from Cannes with Pete Hammond and Todd McCarthy – Deadline

Editor’s note: Deadline presents the 21st episode of two knocks, a series of videos in which Pete Hammond and Todd McCarthy discuss the art of movies. Each has reviewed and written about the craft for decades and gained remarkable insight into films past and present. What we were hoping for when we asked them to do this was a concise, mature, and thoughtful conversation comparable to what we’ve seen from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.

On Tuesday in Cannes, columnist and chief film critic Pete Hammond and film critic Todd McCarthy gathered on the waterfront of the American Pavilion in Cannes to assess what the first full week of the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival Cannes meant to them in terms of coming all the way back after the pandemic to the festival we knew and loved, but also of course to the films on display. Thus, the two give their opinion on what they saw of the most starry (Top Gun Maverick) to the best of English-language films available, to the best of what our hosts, the French, have to offer, to potential candidates for the Palme d’Or. On the waterfront, we cover the waterfront of all things Cannes 2022 halfway through the festival. What do we say is the best, and what do we say is the worse (and believe us To do)?

To watch our conversation, click on the video above.

Hammond has been Deadline’s awards columnist for the past decade, covering what now appears to be Oscar and Emmy seasons year-round. He is also Deadline’s Chief Film Critic, having reviewed films for MovieLine, Box office magazine, In the and Maximas well as Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, for which he was editor-in-chief. In addition to writing, Hammond also hosts KCET Cinema Series and the station’s weekly series Must-see movies.

McCarthy is a veteran film critic, columnist and journalist who has also written several acclaimed books and documentary films. He served two stints on the staff of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and widely covered film festivals internationally for both publications. His film Visions of light: the art of cinematography won best documentary awards from the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics, and he won an Emmy for writing the documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer. He also directed the documentaries Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient and hollywood forever.

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