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Horror is really the only genre that has entries that, while “good,” may not necessarily mean “recommended.” So, how does that affect what is “definitive?” A recent conversation brought up the nightmare of a movie A Serbian Film (great review here from Justine) which, by all accounts, is a horror film. But, while everyone in film circles knows about the film (many have even seen it), I can’t imagine anyone actually recommending it. It’s made impact, sure. But at what cost? The best horror films aren’t simply there to scare and disgust viewers. They’re there to serve as metaphors for other issues, however big or small. But the best ones are those that do it in a way that, while still may scare and disgust you, will also make you think and reevaluate your situation.
40. À l’intérieur (2007)
English Title: Inside
- Joshua Gaul
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
Wow. My head must have been buried in the sand because, aside from a few cursory glances at a poster here and there around the net, I had been more or less unfamiliar with the new Terry Gilliam film, The Zero Theorem. Not anymore. This new U.S. trailer is fantastic. It's utterly striking and unique and reminds us of what Gilliam is capable of. I'm so relieved someone gave him some money to play around with again. The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star. The film hits iTunes on August 19th and limited theaters on September 19th. Hit the jump for The Zero Theorem trailer! As you'll see below, it's pretty great, right? I like how »
- Evan Dickson
Michel Gondry is something of an enigma in the film world, and one who reportedly found himself in an uncomfortable position during and after The Green Hornet. His latest, Mood Indigo, is hitting in limited release on July 18th, and its the film to see this summer, if you get the chance.
Returning to the wonder of his beginnings (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and taking a lot of notes from the past thirty years of French cinema, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (and, borrows his favorite leading lady), Gondry’s lastest looks like it could easily be one of the year’s best.
Check out the new clip below, which expands on their meeting, which is hinted at in the trailer above.
Courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
Mood Indigo Clip – Colin meets Chloé
- Marc Eastman
The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared was first described to me as “a European Forrest Gump with lots of explosions,” and I was sold! After watching it, I’m pleased to report that this description is dead on. Adapted by director Felix Herngren from Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling book of the same name, The 100 Year Old Man is a loose-limbed, historically sprawling shaggy dog of a movie. Enjoyment is predicated on your acceptance of the ridiculous and, most importantly, of you being able to appreciate the sight of a terrified skinhead being squashed to death by an elephant’s butt.
We open with the titular 100-year-old Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) mourning the death of his beloved cat at the hands of a fox. Clutching a stick of dynamite in his withered hand, he shuffles through the snow and plants it in the ground. Boom. No more fox. »
- David James
Isabelle Huppert will add to her trophy case of lifetime achievement honors when the Munich International Film Festival presents the legendary French actress with its CineMerit Award. Huppert, whose numerous accolades include a Bafta, two acting Palm d'Ors in Cannes, a Cesar and numerous European Awards, will attend the Munich Fest to present her latest feature, Paris Follies from director Marc Fitoussi. Photos Gone Too Soon: 8 Oscar Winners and Nominees Who Met Tragic Ends The 2014 Munich festival kicks off Friday with Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet. Jeunet will attend the German premiere of
- Scott Roxborough
★★★★☆French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has demonstrated a deft ability for creating fantastical worlds, as previously seen in Delicatessen (1991), The City of Lost Children (1995) and his big crossover hit, Amélie (2001). All of these showed a gift for aesthetically-pleasing oddities, and his new work, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013), is no exception. It's also his second American feature, his last being the poorly-received Alien Resurrection (1997). It seems the source material, a beautifully illustrated tome by Reif Larsen about a cartography-obsessed boy genius, is a perfect fit, redeeming him of past sins and creating a plush, modern fairytale with strains of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.
- CineVue UK
Sony Pictures Classics honchos Michael Barker and Tom Bernard have been feted up one side and down the other lately. The duo celebrated 20 years of Spc in 2012 and have received awards from the Museum of the Moving Image and the Gotham Awards as of late. Tonight they will receive the Los Angeles Film Festival's Spirit of Independence Award as the love keeps pouring in. Given that we recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Fox Searchlight — another crucial entity in the indie film space — it seemed like we were over due for a similar appreciation of Sony Classics' 22 years of output. The interesting thing, though, is that unlike Searchlight, there isn't necessarily anything outwardly identifiable about Sony Classics films as, well, "Sony Classics films." They all have a strong whiff of good taste but they don't have the heavy marketing footprint of some of the studio's contemporaries. Barker and Bernard's cinephile passion is always evident, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley
Innocence and intelligence animate this visually compelling film about a child genius
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's adaptation of Reif Larsen's book The Selected Works of Ts Spivet takes gleeful visual pleasure in the tale of a young genius from Montana who runs away to Washington to receive a Smithsonian Institute award after apparently inventing a perpetual motion machine. Like Martin Scorsese's Hugo, which also featured a young boy at large in an automated world, Jeunet's poignantly playful film uses self-conscious/aware 3D as a mechanical throwback a way into a lost world of machines (and situations), the complex workings of which are always on view. Thus, while Scorsese's stereoscopic adventure explored the birth of the moving image (remember, 3D is as old as cinema itself), Jeunet harks back to his own experiments with a View-Master as an eight-year-old, cutting and rearranging frames to construct his first homemade movies, uncovering in »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Jean-Pierre Jeunet: "I think of a film as being like a toy train."
He has a small but perfectly formed body of work (seven films in total) although Jean-Pierre Jeunet is best known to most as the director of [fiilm id=8803]Amelie[/film]. There was also a sortie to Hollywood for Alien: Resurrection. More recently he offered up the satirical comedy about weapons merchants Micmacs.
Jeunet was born in Roanne in the Loire valley. He bought his first camera at the age of 17 and made short films while studying animation. He befriended Marc Caro, a designer and comic book artist who became his long-time collaborator and co-director. Their first live action film was The Bunker Of The Last Gunshots (1981), a short film about soldiers in a bleak futuristic world. He also directed numerous advertisements and music videos.
Jeunet and Caro's first feature film was Delicatessen (1991), a black comedy set in a famine-plagued post-apocalyptic world, »
- Richard Mowe
Birdman is a dark comedy about an actor, once famous for playing a superhero, who struggles to find respect in the late stages of his career, and it starts to drive him a little crazy. That's a pretty promising plot all on its own right, but cast Michael Keaton as that tortured actor, and all his Batman baggage brings a brilliant bit of meta awareness to the whole project. Though Birdman is the latest movie from Alejandro González Iñárritu, it looks nothing like his very serious previous films (21 Grams, Babel, Bitiful) and more like something Alfonso Cuaron or Jean-Pierre Jeunet might dream up. Keaton looks utterly perfect in the role, and the supporting cast around him (Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Merritt Weaver, Amy Ryan, Emma...
- Peter Hall
The Boxtrolls has a new trailer, and it’s a spectacular world you get to see. Clearly from the creators of Coraline, The Boxtrolls looks like something that might also have a bit of Jean-Pierre Jeunet thrown in as well.
With an emphasis on bravery, fun and wonder, this has all the makings of a real hit that younger audiences will love, and as we approach the September 26th release, I hope there is a hell of a run on Alan Snow’s book as well.
If Laika and Focus Features manage anything like the master work of Coraline, and just by soaking in the dizzying setting of the trailer, it looks like they have, this one is going to be a lot of fun. Plus, the book is one that sort of sneaks up on you, and I imagine the film will have the target audience talking for a long time. »
- Marc Eastman
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Upon receiving the news that he has won an award from the Smithsonian Institute, the ten-year-old Ts Spivet leaves his family home on an adventure to collect his prize.
Whenever I watch a Jean-Pierre Jeunet picture, the feelings that it invokes are always the same. There is fascination and wonder, not disimilar to the feelings of open-mouthed awe at everything from the eyes of a blind man seeing for the first time. It might not actually be that revolutionary, but dressed up just right, it is still a previously unwitnessed treat. Like the eponymous Ts Spivet, you could also liken it to the inquisitve nature of a curious and innocently optimistic child, not knowing what’s coming but anticipating the nervous excitement of its arrival, »
- Steve Leadbetter
When you watch The Boxtrolls trailer, you’ll notice a lot of connections. The most obvious are Coraline and ParaNorman because Laika has maintained a similar visual style throughout all of its young adult adventures. But it also feels slightly like Monsters, Inc. meets The Fraggles by way of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Or maybe like mutant Minions who raise a human child. You’ll also notice that this movie looks absolutely fantastic. Check out the trailer for yourself: Huzzah! Absolutely stunning. This is the first directorial gig for Graham Annable (who was a Story Artist and Storyboard Artist for ParaNorman and Coraline respectively) and the second for Anthony Stacchi (who was co-director on Open Season). They’ve obviously kept a lot of Henry Selick’s stop-motion style in place, along with a great sense of wonder. In a summer without Pixar, it’s a shame we also have to wait until September for this one. How »
- Scott Beggs
To mark the release of T.S. Spivet, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the director Jean-Pierre Jeunet – the man behind Amélie, one of the most iconic films of the 21st century, alongside the immensely talented Helena Bonham Carter, who has appeared in a few iconic films herself. The pair will now be hoping this could be another – as we discuss the filmmaker’s unique take on American culture, and whether the pair can relate to the eponymous protagonist in real life…
T.S. Spivet is released on June 13th.
- Stefan Pape
The Munich Film Festival, which runs June 27-July 5, will kick off with the German premiere of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” and close with “I Origins” from U.S. helmer Mike Cahill.
The festival features four sections — CineMasters, CineVision, Spotlight and International Independents — packed with German premieres.
“This year’s films hit their targets — they go straight to the heart or the solar plexus,” said festival director Diana Iljine in a statement.
Films making their Teutonic preems include Wim Wenders’ “The Salt of the Earth,” Tommy Lee Jones’ Western “The Homesman” and Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” with Scarlett Johansson. Sky Italia’s high-profile TV series “Gomorrah” will also unspool at the festival.
The CineMasters entries will compete for the Arri/Osram Award. The lineup includes Turkish director Tayfun Pirselimoglu’s “I am Not Him,” Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Jean-Luc Godard’s experimental »
- Carole Horst
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Running Time: 105 minutes
Synopsis: A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Director Jean-Pierre Jenuet paints a distinctive pallet of work from Delicatessen (1991) to A Very Long Engagement (2004), but you’d probably be most familiar with the wonderful Amelie starring Audrey Tautou. Never a stranger to taking an alternative look at a story, his beautiful visuals continue in The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet alongside a strong blood-beating heart to take hold of.
T.S. Spivet tells the story of its namesake, a ten-year boy who’s a genius and impeccably portrayed by Kyle Catlett in his feature film debut. »
- Dan Bullock
To be triumphantly whimsical is no easy task in cinema. To get that exact tone right and strike a successful balance between originality and enchantment is something few filmmakers can achieve without being accused of contrivance. One filmmaker who has mastered the art of whimsicality, is pioneering French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the man behind films such as Amélie and Micmacs. However as he heads across the Atlantic Ocean to tackle his first English speaking production with T.S. Spivet, somewhere along the way he seems to have lost that effervescent, French charm, presenting a film that, at times, is unbearably quirky.
Newcomer Kyle Catlett takes on the eponymous lead, an academically intuitive 10-year-old boy, who is an inventor in his spare time. Living on a ranch in Montana with his bug-obsessed mother (Helena Bonham Carter), his cowboy father (Callum Keith Rennie), his older, narcissistic sister (Niamh Wilson), and twin brother »
- Stefan Pape
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Screenwriters: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant; Starring: Kyle Catlett, Jakob Davies, Helena Bonham Carter, Niamh Wilson, Callum Keith Rennie, Judy Davis; Running time: 105 mins; Certificate: 12A
From the director who brought you Amelie comes another cute and whimsical, magical realist fable, this time adapted from a children's book by the American novelist Reif Larsen. It's ably fronted by button-nosed tyke Kyle Catlett, who somehow manages not to be completely upstaged by the dreamy effects that take us into his genius mind. It's the unlikeliest 3D movie of the year, but Jean-Pierre Jeunet appears to have a better grasp on the technology than your average action maestro.
Helena Bonham Carter is the closest we get to a grounding influence in this story, playing mother, a kooky entomologist who married a sullen cowboy (Callum Keith Rennie) and is raising Ts and his big sister Gracie (Niamh Wilson) in the gorgeous prairielands of Montana. »
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s beautiful T.S. Spivet is released to UK cinemas on Friday 13th June and to celebrate, we’ve got a very special package to giveaway to one lucky winner. The package includes the Director’s previous films Amelie and Micmacs on Blu-ray, a copy of the novel and a T.S. Spivet film poster signed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet himself!
T.S. Spivet lives on a remote ranch in Montana with his parents, his sister Gracie and his brother Layton. A gifted child with a passion for science, he has invented a perpetual motion machine, for which he has been awarded the prestigious Baird Prize by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
He leaves a note for his family and hops a freight train to make his way across the United States and receive his prize.
But no one there suspects that the lucky winner is a ten-year-old child with a very dark secret… »
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