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Den Of Geek films of 2014: from 20 to 11

15 December 2014 4:10 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We've been voting for our favourite films of the year. The countdown starts here, with the films that ranked from 20 to 11...

Over the past few weeks, our writing team has been voting for their choice of their favourite film of the year. It's all very democratic, with everyone getting their chance to rank films from 5 to 1, with weighing applied appropriately. We have not reinvented the wheel here.

Still, over the coming week or two, we're going to be talking about the films that made the top 20, and we're kicking off with the ones just on the outside of the top 10. Democracy, as you are about to find out, has its drawbacks, as we'd imagine that one or two of these would be breaking into the top 10 had a few more seen the movie in question. Without further ado, though...

20. Locke

Steven Knight's second film as director showed an expertise »

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‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke to Receive Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest

9 December 2014 7:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.

“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”

The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »

- Laura Prudom

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Mood Indigo DVD Review

9 December 2014 4:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »


Director: Michel Gondry

Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga, Charlotte Le Bon

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 94 minutes

Wow! I’m still scratching my head as to how I can articulate Mood Indigo in a way that neither discourages you from the experience nor encourages you enough to take the plunge into a fantastical world of stop motion animation, digital special effects and mechanical effects. In a nutshell, Mood Indigo is like The Wizard Of Oz met the Monty Python comedy group somewhere on the yellow brick road and decided to rewrite ‘Wolly Winker and the Focolate Chactory’ with Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Gondry’s adaption of Boris Vian’s cult novel ‘L’Ecume des Jours’ is an exhaustive tale filled with tant d’indulgence, that it struggles to deliver a tone and tempo that allows the viewer to find »

- Sacha Hall

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‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette & Ethan Hawke Set For Santa Barbara Honor

9 December 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said today that the pair will receive its 2015 American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Marking the first time the honor will go to multiple recipients, Boyhood stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will receive a tribute to their long careers. The awards will be presented February 5 at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th annual event up the California coast.

In addition to awards favorite Boyhood — which famously was shot over a 12-year span — Arquette’s long list of credits includes turns for such top directors as Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out The Dead), John Madden (Ethan Frome), Tony Scott (True Romance), Michel Gondry’s (Human Nature), Tim Burton (Ed Wood), David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster) and David Lynch (Lost Highway). She won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and »

- The Deadline Team

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DVD Review – Mood Indigo (2013)

8 December 2014 4:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Mood Indigo (French: L’écume des jours), 2013.

Directed by Michel Gondry.

Starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga and Charlotte Le Bon.

Synopsis : 

A Paris-set romantic comedy that slowly fades into a tragic drama.

The opening 45 minutes of Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, almost exactly half of the movie, are deliriously happy. That’s when Colin (Romain Duris) and Chloe (Audrey Tautou) meet-cute, court and eventually wed (where they must compete in a box car race around the church for the ceremony to go ahead). It’s breathless, childlike fun; all ice-skating rinks and jumping on beds. The camera’s bright, primary colours reflect that.

Diaries are read on Rubik’s Cubes. Colin, our lead, has just invented a pianocktail (a musical instrument that adds a different ingredient to a cocktail with each note played). A talking mouse lives behind his bathroom mirror. The dialogue »

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Competition: Win 'Mood Indigo' *closed*

2 December 2014 1:04 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Set in a fantasy version of the French capital Paris, Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo (2013) is the surreal and poetic tale of Colin (Romain Duris) and Chloé (Audrey Tautou), whose idyllic love story is turned on its head when Chloé falls sick. Dedicated to his beloved bride, Colin must go out to work in a series of increasingly absurd jobs to pay for the fresh flowers that Chloe needs to be surrounded with in order to feel better. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Gondry's Mood Indigo this Monday (24 November), we have Three DVD copies to give away thanks to the film's distributor StudioCanal UK. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.


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MyFrenchFilmFestival line-up unveiled

2 December 2014 7:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Unifrance has announced the titles competing in this year’s online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had limited international exposure.

Unifrance has unveiled the line-up of the fifth edition of its, its online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had little international exposure as yet.

Running January 16 to February 16 2015, the festival will showcase 10 features and 10 shorts.

This year’s jury will be presided over by Michel Gondry and also feature Belgium director Joachim Lafosse, Israeli Nadav Lapid and Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako.

The winning film will be awarded €15,000 to be divided equally between the director, producer and sales agent.

The festival will be available on 25 partner platforms worldwide.

The Line-up

Feature-length Competition

How I Came to Hate Maths (Comment j’ai détesté les maths), dir. Olivier PeyonEastern Boys, dir. Robin CampilloThe Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, dir. Hélène Cattet and Bruno ForzaniGazelles, dir Mona AchacheHippocrate »

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UniFrance Unveils MyFrenchFilmFestival Lineup

2 December 2014 4:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– UniFrance is upping the ante for the fifth edition of its online festival MyFrenchFilmFestival, showcasing A-list festival players, local commercial and critical successes.

Melanie Laurent’s “Breathe” and “Hippocrate” (pictured above), both heading from Cannes’ Critics Week,  Robin Campillo’s “Eastern Boys,” winner of Venice’s Horizons prize, and Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears ” are among the 10 feature films set to compete at MyFrenchFilmFestival. A second competition selection comprises 10 short films, notably the animated “A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log,” “Guy Moquet” and “Shadow.”

MyFrenchFilmFestival’s lineup was unveiled today at a press conference organized at the French culture ministry. Organized by UniFrance Jean-Paul Salomé and managing director Isabelle Giordano, the presser was attended by culture minister Fleur Pellerin, Cnc president Frederique Bredin and Michel Gondry, who succeeds to Jean-Pierre Jeunet as president of the directors’ jury.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Thn Turns 11! A Look Back At Our Favourite Films – Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

27 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Every once in a while a film comes along which completely changes your mind on a certain actor, whether it be for positive or negative reasons. Either their performance was astounding, proving their ability to morph seamlessly into their role, or was so disappointing you’d rather not talk about it. Jim Carrey, known for his slapstick humour and numerous comedy stints in films such as Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty and Dumb And Dumber, features as the shy, retiring Joel Barish in the 2004 science fiction drama Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and, boy, did he exceed my expectations tenfold.

I remember exactly where I was when I was introduced to Eternal Sunshine – a media studies lesson at the end of term, circa 2008. It had previously been shown on Channel 4, but its concept and narrative chronology was too much for me to handle on a Sunday evening, so I changed the channel. »

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Watch: 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Trailer Gets Sweded

26 November 2014 11:55 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For those who don't know, Sweding — popularized by Michel Gondry's "Be Kind Rewind" — means to remake your favorite movie (or the movie trailer) with your friends on a super low budget and using homemade special effects. And the results can be a lot of fun. It was an idea ahead of its time, predating the YouTube revolution by a couple of years. Now it’s a fairly common practice, with some cities even hosting sweded film festivals. There are countless examples across YouTube — it's an easy way to kill an hour or two — and while not as en vogue as it once was, every now and then one pops up that's worth checking out. And so below is the sweded trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and it is a hoot to watch. It features plenty of clever effects, some spectacular homemade costumes, and a hilarious take on the soundtrack. »

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DVD Review: 'Mood Indigo'

24 November 2014 1:48 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★☆☆☆☆After having his expressive wings clipped in exchange for genre formula with The Green Hornet (2011) and relinquishing his creative control to a group of Bronx school kids in his collaborative teen comedy The We and the I (2012), Michel Gondry returns to the land of the fantastical with comic drama Mood Indigo (2013). Pitting together two of contemporary French cinema’s most prominent actors – Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, Gondry attempts to fashion a visual representation of the golden period that immediately follows falling in love, yet in abandoning rhyme or reason in his construction of such a vivid world Gondry has made something almost entirely incomprehensible.


- CineVue UK

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Noah Baumbach’s Untitled Public School Project

14 November 2014 11:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Akin to Michel Gondry’s low-budgeter We and I, the shot in 2013 campus comedy still doesn’t have a name, doesn’t have a release date, in fact, the project which is described “looser and wonkier” Frances Ha was leaped-frogged by While We’re Young. Mum on details, we’re guessing that this might be Noah Baumbach’s least commercial, more experimental and offbeat offering to date. Sundance is the best time to let the genie out of the bottle.

Gist: Co-written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig , this is called a mix between “The Great Gatsby” and “Something Wild”. Lola Kirke plays a Barnard undergraduate who aspires to be just like Gerwig’s character.

Production Co./Producers: Rodrigo Teixeira (Frances Ha), Lila Yacoub (Moonrise Kingdom)

Prediction: Premieres category.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic). Tbd (international)

More 2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions 2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Kirby Dick’s Untitled »

- Eric Lavallee

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Contest: Win Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' On Blu-Ray

12 November 2014 1:03 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

No one creates worlds quite like Michel Gondry, and his latest, "Mood Indigo," based on the book by Boris Vian, gave him plenty of material to play with. A fantastical romance, with invented pianos and vehicles, and featuring an all star cast (Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh, and more), the director conjured up a story and setting like few you'll see all year. And today, we have a couple copies of the film on Blu-ray—featuring both the director's cut and extended version—for a few lucky readers. A whimsical love story set in a charmingly surreal Paris, the film follows wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his "pianocktail" (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas. When Colin learns that his best friend Chick, a fellow acolyte of the philosopher JeanSol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero »

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‘Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-Ho Signs With Wme

3 November 2014 5:38 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: South Korean writer and director Bong Joon-ho has signed with Wme, hot off the success of his dystopian science fiction actioner Snowpiercer. I hear this was a competitive signing for the agency, which also recently inked Michelle Williams to its roster. Bong was previously with CAA.

Snowpiercer was a major coup for Bong, who scored unprecedented VOD returns this summer with the Chris Evans/Tilda Swinton futuristic train picture. That came after Bong fought and won a creative battle with Harvey Weinstein over releasing his version of the film, which debuted via Radius-twc and added over $11 million in combined VOD/theatrical to the critical darling’s $82 million overseas take.

The award-winning filmmaker has emerged as one of Korea’s strongest cinematic exports in recent years. His feature debut, the 2000 comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite, toured the film festival circuit and starred Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Cloud Atlas actress »

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Movies This Week: October 31-November 6, 2014

31 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »


The Austin Film Society's "Art Horror" series is wrapping up appropriately here over Halloween weekend with Hausu, a 1977 Japanese horror film directed by Nobuhiko Obayshi. Screening this evening and again on Sunday afternoon in 35mm at the Marchesa, I can guarantee that you've never seen anything like it before. I suspect that this will attract a lot of people who have seen the movie many times before, but catching it on the big screen for the first time is something I can highly recommend. In a much different vein, Philippe Garrel's Jealousy is on the calendar for Sunday and Monday evenings. This new black-and-white French drama stars Philippe's son Louis Garrel. The latest "Essential Cinema" series spotlighting the work of Satyajit Ray comes to a close on Thursday night with 1979's Joi Baba Felunath (The Elephant God). 

At the Alamo Drafthouse, John Carpenter's Halloween will screen late tonight at the Lakeline, »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Watch: 'Ghostbusters' Trailer Remade by Group of Middle Schoolers

31 October 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It's Halloween, so it's the perfect time for some Ghostbusters fun, especially since this year is the 30th anniversary of the 1984 classic. This time we've got a sweded version of the original trailer for the film that was made by some middle school students from Raw Art Works, a nonprofit organization set up in Lynn, Massachusetts with an aim to encourage young people to tell stories through filmmaking. It's a fun little video that would make Michel Gondry proud as they use the real audio from the original Ghostbusters trailer and shot footage using whatever props they found, from Nerf guns to toy cars. It's adorable. Watch! Here's the sweded trailer for Ghostbusters from Raw Art Works (found via THR): And for comparison, here's their sweded video side-by-side with the original trailer: University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis »

- Ethan Anderton

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Oscilloscope Makes First Streaming Agreement with Amazon (Exclusive)

30 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscilloscope has reached its first agreement with Amazon to stream 20 titles through the Prime Instant Video service.

The pact also makes Amazon the exclusive streaming subscription home for four of the indie distributor’s titles: “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” “The Human Scale” and dirt-bike documentary “12 O’Clock Boys.”

Other Oscilloscope titles that will become available through Amazon include the documentary “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” the comedy “It’s a Disaster,” the documentary “After Tiller,” the Spike Jonze-Lance Bangs documentary “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak” and Michel Gondry’s “The Thorn in the Heart.”

Oscilloscope said, “Amazon is a major force within the digital video space and is a big supporter of independent cinema and we greatly value the association with them and see this as the start to our exciting work together. »

- Dave McNary

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Jim Carrey on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Need to See

26 October 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

To commemorate the Halloween season, Saturday Night Live brought Jim Carrey — who originally swung by in 1996 and 2011 — back for his third time as host. Iggy Azalea was the musical guest, and she debuted a new joint called "Beg for It." Let's get to the three best sketches, and maybe hand out a Best Costume Award while we're at it.

"Carrey Family Reunion"

Does it matter that we're being forcefully reminded of Dumb and Dumber To's existence if that reminder comes with Jeff Daniels throwing himself all the way into a Lloyd Christmas impersonation? »

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Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman Share Iq 83

22 October 2014 6:31 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Michel Gondry and Vincenzo Natali have struggled to adapt, respectively, Ubik and Neuromancer in recent years, and now another cult sci-fi classic looks likely to beat both to the screen. Steve Carell is starring in Iq 83, based on the 1978 novel by Arthur Herzog (the political speech writer who also wrote The Swarm and Orca). Charlie Kaufman has signed on to write the screenplay.Iq 83 centres on Dr. James Healey (Carell's role), leader of a group of scientists involved in DNA research and accidentally responsible for unleashing a pandemic that reduces people's intelligence. Healey has to rush to contain the outbreak and find a cure, as the masses devolve into packs of fools. But he's quickly ceasing to be the intellectual he recently was, having been afflicted himself.Carell's presence perhaps suggests a broadly comedic take on Healey's serious novel, but the intention for the film is more along »

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Busan unveils 2014 line-up

2 September 2014 1:19 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chen-Zer Doze Niu’s Paradise In Service and Lee Bo-Cheung’s Gangster Pay Day to bookend 19th edition.

The 19th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) (Oct 2-11) today announced its line-up with the international premiere of Chen-Zer Doze Niu’s Taiwanese film Paradise In Service as the opening film.

Niu and cast members will be on hand at the opening ceremony on Oct 2, to be emceed by Moon So-ri and Ken Watanabe.

Lee Bo-Cheung’s Hong Kong-China film Gangster Pay Day will receive its world premiere as the closing film on Oct 11. The director as well as stars Anthony Wong and Charlene Choi will be on hand to present the film.

Biff will screen 314 films from 79 countries with 98 world premieres and 36 international premieres.

All the 12 New Currents competition films are world or international premieres, including Amin Dora’s Ghadi, the first Lebanese film to screen in this section, and Jalal’s Story, directed by Abu »

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