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Back in 2008, director Michel Gondry made the small-budget comedy Be Kind Rewind. In it, Mos Def and Jack Black have to team up to recreate a whole bunch of different movies by themselves after an accident causes all of the VHS tapes in the rental place where Mos Def works to get erased. They wind up remaking a large variety of movies, from Ghostbusters to Driving Ms. Daisy to Rush Hour 2, but perhaps the most memorable of the group was their take on Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop. Now we have a case of life imitating art, because various groups of filmmakers have come together to recreate their own micro-budget remake of RoboCop. Brought to our attention by Giant Freakin Robot, the crowd-sourced film was created by a mix of 50 amateur and professional filmmakers from Los Angeles and New York who agreed to split the 1987 action classic into parts to be remade. »
Mood indigo.. Mood Indigo… you’re saying to yourself. Where have I heard about that film before?Well it was way back in Jan 2013 when Tambay first wrote about Michel Gondry's visually fanciful romance movie, which was scheduled to open here last year. However, the film which co-stars Omar Sy (The Intouchables, X Men Days of Future Past) and Aissa Magia, along with Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou, and which deals with a “wealthy couple that endure hardship when she falls ill with the strange ailment of "water lily in the lung," never saw the light of day here.But if you’re in the Chicago area, and more than curious to finally see the film, which was nominated for three Cesar »
The 19th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films' celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, hits screens at The Film Society, the IFC Center and BAMcinématek in New York, March 6 - 16. It consists of 24 feature films making their New York, United States or North American premieres. The lineup includes new works from established masters like Bertrand Tavernier, Agnès Jaoui, François Ozon, and Jacques Doillon; critics' favorites Serge Bozon, Michel Gondry, and the Larrieu brothers. Alongside these known names are the key figures of what has been called France's next New Wave: a whole raft of emerging talents, including first- and second-time directors Ruben Alves, Sébastien Betbeder, Guillaume Brac, Thierry de Peretti,...
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The internet is a vast landscape that would take even the most hardened of explorers a thousand lifetimes to experience its true magnitude. Luckily, unlike actual exploration, even amateurs can discover a few gems and treasures in the world of cyberspace. We’re all familiar with ‘homemade’ remakes of classic films, or ‘sweded’ versions of films, made famous by the the Michel Gondry film Be Kind Rewind. But what isn’t so common is for one of the original actors to reprise their role over two decades later.
Fortunately, Dante Basco, known to you as Rufio from Steven Spielberg’s 1991 epic Hook, isn’t above doing so. In this very accurate remake of the famous end fight scene (there’s a comparison to prove it), Basco is able to recreate all the moves and deliver his famous lines almost exactly. Warning! Spoilers for the film are included.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Directed by Michel Gondry
Adapted from Boris Vian’s cult novel, commonly translated as Froth on the Daydream, Michel Gondry’s latest film is a riotous, whimsical journey with a lot more to say than initially meets the eye. The opening sequence threatens to drown you in a cavalcade of offbeat animation and special effects, including a stop motion eel, an insect-like doorbell, a TV chef who passes ingredients through the screen and a miniature man dressed up like a mouse. Gondry’s indulgence throws down the gauntlet right away – either you’re in or you’re out. Mood Indigo can be bewildering, exasperating, infuriating, but, then again, it can be utterly transportive.
- Rob Dickie
It started so well; two of Hollywood’s hottest properties making self-deprecating jokes about how they were the perfect age to snare a younger demographic of viewer for a ceremony which had been shedding ratings faster than it added minutes to its running time. For Anne Hathaway and James Franco, that would be as good as it got, the remainder of their hosting duties for the 83rd Academy Awards was made up of unintelligible ramblings and a Western’s worth of tumbleweeds.
They weren’t really to blame, well Hathaway anyway, because this had been one of the few times that the Academy had opted for a non-comedian occupying the Kodak Theatre stage. There was 2009’s soft-focus Hugh Jackman sing-along, and in 1995 David Letterman gave us the cringe-worthy “Oprah. Uma. Uma. Oprah” moment of infamy. Both examples underline that the appeal of the host, and by proxy their laugh quota, »
- Matt Rodgers
Austin Film Society's terrific Godard vs. Truffaut series closes out this weekend with a 35mm print of Love On The Run. It plays tonight and again on Sunday afternoon at the Marchesa. Also playing Sunday is an collection of The Films Of Vincent Grenier. Co-presented with Experimental Response Cinema and the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, this presentation will feature the filmmaker in person. There's more Avant Cinema scheduled for Monday night with the rarely screened Anti-Clock from 1979. On Wednesday night, Richard Linklater is bringing us a 35mm print of Warren Beatty's Reds, which he says is on his all-time personal Top 10 list. Finally, Essential Cinema has the 2012 documentary Uprising on Thursday night.
Women In Cinema will be hosting a "Casting and Directing Actors" panel on Monday night. Kat Candler (Hellion) will be moderating the panel, which is expected to feature Casting Director Vicky Boone (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Swede: to remake a film with limited resources, cheap effects and obsolete technology, as per Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind. The idiosyncratic Frenchman put his own concept to the test with his low-budget re-imagining of Taxi Driver. Upon watching the short, screenwriter Paul Schrader had this much to say: “I always maintained Taxi Driver should never [have a] sequel or [be] remade. Michel Gondry is making me rethink this position.” With Schrader recently dismissing talk of a Lars Von Trier Taxi Driver remake, now is the time to revisit Gondry’s version. »
- Sarah Salovaara
Some 100 locations agencies attended the Ile de France Film Commission’s location expo in Paris last week.
In spite of the recent alarm bells over French film production levels for the coming year, the mood at the Ile de France Film Commission’s annual location salon last week was quietly optimistic.
Some one hundred exhibitors attended the event unfolding over two days (Feb 13-14) at the City of Fashion and Design on the banks of the River Seine in Eastern Paris.
They ranged from historic sites such as the Chateau de Neuville, backdrop to classics such as Cyrano de Bergerac and Dangerous Liaisons, to the region of the Nord Pas de Calais, which hosted the shoots of Adele; Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) and the TV series The Tunnel.
Although French productions levels are expected to fall in 2014, the impact of changes to tax incentives for local productions and improvements to the Tax Rebate for International »
A trip to the coast, and Shoshanna finally tells the others in the group exactly what she thinks of them all. But will Hannah take any notice?
Spoiler Alert: this blog is published after the Us transmission; the UK broadcasts the episodes a week later.
• Read Rebecca Nicholson's episode six blogpost
Welcome back, Girls! I know it's only been a week, but I was starting to feel like this season was treading water (though I know from the comments that some of you liked last week's episode more than I did). The first two seasons had provocations and talk-about-this moments scattered throughout, and so far, it hasn't felt so vital. However an away-episode always seems to inject new life, and that after-dinner showdown was utterly brilliant, giving the characters chance to voice a lot of what us viewers have surely been thinking. (I'm team Shoshanna after all that, by the way. »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Spike Jonze enters the world of cybersex with a curiously detached satire
As far as sci-fi cinema is concerned, there's nothing unusual about falling in love with a computer or conjuring your perfect partner from a keyboard. In the Frankenstein-inspired 80s teen comedy Weird Science, two teenagers brought dream girl Kelly LeBrock to life by wiring a Barbie doll to a computer, while Electric Dreams placed an operating system named Edgar in the middle of a love triangle with a musical twist. Harrison Ford's Deckard didn't seem to know whether he was human or robotic as he fell in love with a replicant in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. And in Andrew Niccol's S1m0ne, a film director creates a supposedly compliant virtual movie star with whom the whole world promptly becomes infatuated, forcing him into a lifelong relationship that begets digital children. Meanwhile, over in the real world, »
- Mark Kermode
The 64th Berlin Film Festival drew to a close tonight with its prestigious annual awards ceremony, rewarding the cream of this year's crop with the International Jury's highest accolades. Headed up by American producer extraordinaire James Schamus, and featuring American actress Greta Gerwig and French director Michel Gondry, the Jury presented the coveted Golden Bear (the festival's top honour) to Chinese director Diao Yinan's noir thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice, which also won Liao Fan the award for Best Actor. The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, whilst Richard Linklater won Best Director for Boyhood and Haru Kuroki Best Actress for Yoji Yamada's The Little House.
- CineVue UK
For many years I’ve been aware of this poster—a classic by René Ferracci, the appointed affichiste of the nouvelle vague—without knowing anything about Je t’aime, je t’aime, a film which has been almost impossible to see for decades. Today, as a Valentine’s Day gift to New York cinephiles, Film Desk and Bleeding Light Film Group are bringing it back to Film Forum in a new 35mm print.
Ferracci, master of the photo-collage, captures the fragmented whirlpool of Alain Resnais’ time-traveling love story in an unforgettable image that would maybe be better known, as would the film itself, if its protagonists had been bigger names. Je t’aime, je t’aime, made in 1968, was only Resnais’ fifth feature film, twenty-two years into his filmmaking career. (Just this week, at the age of 91, he premiered his latest, Life of Riley, at the Berlin Film Festival.) An »
- Adrian Curry
A self-described “expert in despondency” meets his match in “In the Courtyard,” a wry, oh-so-gentle dual character study saved from sleepiness by the unexpected star pairing of Catherine Deneuve and Gustave Kervern. Their tender, good-humored performances — as, respectively, a restless Parisian retiree and aimless caretaker who discover an unlikely kinship in differently transitional life stages — lend this slight tale more gravity than we’ve come to expect from Tunisian-born helmer Pierre Salvadori, who recently struck gold internationally with the Audrey Tautou-starring rom-coms “Priceless” and “Beautiful Lies.” More melancholy but still eminently easygoing, Salvadori’s latest doesn’t have quite the same crossover potential as those films, but the Deneuve brand should ensure widespread arthouse bookings all the same.
Now in her eighth decade, Deneuve’s late-career evolution into France’s most glamorous character actress continues apace. As in Emmanuelle Bercot’s “On My Way” last year, “In the Courtyard »
- Guy Lodge
On March 10, Metronomy will release their new album called Love Letters, and what better way to promote the new release than by releasing a video directed by one of the all-time great music video directors, Michel Gondry. Gondry has previously worked with artists such as Daft Punk, The White Stripes, Radiohead and Beck. The new video features the band performing inside and around typically Gondry-esque contraption cardboard props with Gondry’s camera circling the band through various backdrops. The song is taken from the band’s new album of the same name, which is set for release on March 10. Watch the video below. Enjoy!
- Kyle Reese
Director Michel Gondry has directed now classic music videos for Daft Punk, Beck, The White Strips, Radiohead and other major musical acts. In his latest music video, for Metronomy's boppy "Love Letters," the band performs the catchy tune inside a colorfully painted club house with cut-outs as a 360-degree camera slowly spins around them. In their matching maroon outfits, the band looks a bit like an older, more diverse Partridge Family - and the music is just as cheerfully cheesy. Some hardcore Gondry fans are disappointed in the video, calling it "Gondry for beginners" in the comments section on the band's YouTube page. Check it out for yourself below: »
- Paula Bernstein
In the video for "Love Letters," Metronomy plays from inside a perfectly Michel Gondry—esque contraption. A 360-degree camera slowly spins around the six-sided painted box with cutouts resembling ones you might pose in at a state fair: Metronomy inside your computer screen (doubly so, if you're watching the YouTube video on your laptop), performing on stage, having a road-trip sing-along, serenading the creatures in a forest. Meanwhile, is tambourine the new ukulele? Discuss. »
- Lindsey Weber
Cardboard props, bright colors, a poppy buzzy song that's practically coated in sugar? Yep, sounds like the right ingredients for a video directed by Michel Gondry. As we await the stateside release of the newly edited "Mood Indigo," the French filmmaker has gone behind the camera for UK band Metronomy, to direct the video for their (incessantly, almost obnoxiously) repetitive "Love Letters." The concept is simple but as always executed with flair, with Gondry's camera moving in 360 around the band, shooting them through various backdrops, as they play on with through their vintage gear. It's charming enough stuff, and if you're a fan of Gondry, it's right in his familiar wheelhouse. Check it out below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
French director turns his attentions back onto music videos for Love Letters, the latest single by the British lounge-poppers
• Metronomy's Joseph Mount: 'I wouldn't want to be like Coldplay'
His videos to date - such as Daft Punk's Around the World and the Chemical Brothers' Star Guitar - matched the musician's rhythm tracks with surreal visuals in total alignment, while his various creations for Bjork have visualised her liminal dreamworlds perfectly.
His latest interpretation is for Metronomy's new single Love Letters, taken from the excellent forthcoming album of the same name.
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The song is a forthright Abba-ish number, where strident disco is given a slightly stiff-limbed gait as Joseph Mount sings of desperate love. Gondry sticks »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Tucked away in the wine cellar of the legendary Borchardt restaurant, seven very different filmmakers got together to talk shop. The group included two Oscar winners: Michel Gondry, 50, a member of this year’s Berlinale jury who also has the doc Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? in the Panorama Dokumente section; and veteran German director Volker Schlondorff, 74, whose latest, Diplomatie, and his 1970 film, Baal, are both Special Screenings at the fest. They mixed it up with novices Stuart Murdoch, 45, Scottish frontman of indie band Belle & Sebastian, whose debut film, God Help the Girl,
- Scott Roxborough, Stuart Kemp
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