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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. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
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. »
- Anthony Nicholas
★☆☆☆☆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
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 facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
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.
Prediction: Premieres category.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic). Tbd (international)
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- Eric Lavallee
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 »
- The Playlist Staff
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 »
- Jen Yamato
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
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
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
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"
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 »
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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
French director Sylvain Chomet has an incredible four Academy Award nominations to his name, renowned for his distinguishable, ingenious animations such as The Triplets of Belleville, and The Illusionist. He now returns with his very first live action feature with Attila Marcel, remaining faithful to his own brand, bringing that sense of enchantment and striking, vibrant visual experience to the viewer, as you feel that every single object, or colour implemented, has been done so meticulously, for a certain, desired effect.
Another similarity comes in the form of a silent protagonist, which had served Chomet’s preceding endeavour so well. This time the character is Paul (Guillaume Gouix), a piano virtuoso, who has never once spoken a word following the untimely, mysterious death of his parents when he was just a toddler. Now, living with his two eccentric aunts, he becomes spiritually entwined with his next door neighbour Madame Proust (Anne Le Ny), who, »
- Stefan Pape
One of the pivotal figures of independent filmmaking during the fertile period of the 1990s and 2000s, Ted Hope has produced films by auteurs including Ang Lee, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz, Todd Haynes, Bart Freundlich, Todd Fields and Michel Gondry. Last year, he wrote he would no longer depend on producing to make a living, but he remains passionate about creating, and about helping the indie movie business model evolve. “I want to make films that lift the world and our culture higher — and our current way of doing things does just the opposite,” he wrote at the time. After serving for a year as director of the San Francisco Film Festival, he became CEO of San Francisco-based Fandor, an online subscription film service. “Hope for Film” grew out of his writing on his longtime blog.
Why were the 1990s such a fertile period for indies?
It was clear people »
- Pat Saperstein
Directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano reteamed with their Intouchables breakout star Omar Sy for the upcoming Samba. Their highly-anticipated follow-up to the $426M-grossing 2012 sensation (no pressure, guys) will have its world premiere in Toronto as a Gala presentation. Sy plays the eponymous character who migrated to France from Senegal 10 years prior. Ever since, he’s been plugging away at various low-paying jobs and trying to secure proper work papers. Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Alice, a burnt-out exec who’s trying to get her life back on track. Fate ultimately draws them together on a new path to happiness. Tahar Rahim also stars. Sy has been straddling Hollywood and French projects since Intouchables. He featured in X-Men: Days Of Future Past and appeared in Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo. His next studio picture will be Jurassic World. Gaumont is releasing Samba in France on October 15. There is no U.S. distributor yet, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Foo Fighters are no strangers to paying homage to classic horror films. Their music video for “Everlong” which was directed by Michel Gondry and nominated for Best Music Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, is, in part, a parody of the film The Evil Dead. Now, decades later, they’ve found a new way to once again parody a classic horror film – this time Brian De Palma’s Carrie in Dave Grohl’s ice bucket challenge.
Challenged by the Zac Brown Band, the Foo Fighters decided to spice things up by recreating the iconic prom scene from De Palma’s classic. In replacing Sissy Spacek with Grohl, and the pigs blood with ice-cold water, the FooFighter’s have elevated the simple act of dumping cold water on one’s head, into something quite memorable. Watch the video below. Enjoy!
The post Foo Fighters Win The Ice Bucket Challenge »
If one can expect anything from Michel Gondry, it is that along with the whimsy and touch of the bizarre inherent in his work is an element of truth. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind uses erasure imagery to illustrate the pain of heartbreak. Be Kind Rewind has friendly video store employees creating their own versions of Hollywood hits for their neighborhood. Gondry's latest film, love story Mood Indigo, however, is utterly drowning in whimsy and lacking any figment of truth.
Debonair and bearded Romain Duris (Populaire, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) stars as Colin, living off family money in a spacious Paris apartment. Audrey Tautou (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement) plays cute Chloe, whom Colin meets at a party. The plot goes something like this: guy meets girl, guy and girl fall in love and marry, flower grows in girl's lung.
There's also a B-plot, involving a friend (Gad Elmaleh, »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
As usual, Michel Gondry is mixing it up. After dropping the documentary "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky" and the fantastical "Mood Indigo," the filmmaker is going lo-fi again, with filming started on "Microbe et Gasoil." And embracing the age in which everything is shared all the time, he's allowed the first behind-the-scenes pics from the film to be posted via Instagram. While the movie features Audrey Tautou in a role (not pictured), the rest of the cast are new faces. The movie tells the story of two teenagers who escape everyday drudgery by building a car and traveling across the France. A road trip movie from the brain of Gondry? Sounds good to us. And if these pics are anything to go by, it looks like a pretty modest production all around. No release dates. Pics below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival announced the first four titles of this year's lineup for our festival. Formerly the Dark Bridges Film Festival, we announced these four titles the other night during a screening of Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer at our home during the festival, The Broadway Theatre. We are very pleased to bring these festival favorites to Saskatoon and its growing genre scene. Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo and Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem will be our opening films. We also announced the addition of Jim Mickle's awesome adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's Cold In July -- as a Lansdale fan first and Mickle fan second I am totally biased on this one -- and zombie flick Life After Beth. I am using all inclusive language because I am a programmer...
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