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This is a week of cinematic imagination. Tuesday brought the arrival of Ben Stiller’s journeying remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and this Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Joel and Clementine raced through his mind trying to hide in memories and avoid permanent erasure. While that film strove to take something from the memory, there are countless films that strive to add to it, relishing in the many ways the imagination manifests, from a little girl’s fantastical journey into strength, to one man’s struggle to break out of a dream. Sadly, Figment isn’t taking us on this journey, but the imaginative movies that follow show the possibilities of the mind – as a childish pursuit, an adult coping mechanism, and a wonderfully idiosyncratic way of life. Spirited Away »
- Monika Bartyzel
The subject of India's Kathputli colony, home to a number of performers, puppeteers and magicians, is one that has been tackled before, but never so effectively as it has by directors Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber in their documentary feature "Tomorrow We Disappear." In the inspiring film, Goldblum and Weber detail not only the lives of these artists, but their place in a future that may not hold a place for them much longer. Tell us about yourselves. Adam: I came up through a fairly traditional Hollywood route, working under the legendary editor Sally Menke ("Inglorious Basterds"). I also edited Michel Gondry's documentary on Noam Chomsky, "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?" Jimmy and I were college roommates. Jimmy: I'm a director and producer who got his start mostly in the world of interactive and transmedia storytelling. An interactive narrative I produced, "Live Hope Love," won the Emmy »
- Ziyad Saadi
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
Should we start with the music videos? Does anyone in college or younger understand why music videos were important? There was a significant portion of the ’90s spent agonizing over how cinema would be forever altered by the onrushing influx of young-turk hotshot music-video auteurs, and the quick-cut glitter-grit really-just-too-much style they brought along.
Now it’s 2014 and music videos are dead, unless you’re a bygone spiffy-clean tween star nakedly straddling a spheroid metaphor. »
- Darren Franich
While the films may not always work, the inventiveness and willingness to try new things, make us return again and again to the movies of Michel Gondry. And Gondry is particularly hard to pin down of late, delivering the lo-fi "The We And The I," the animated Noam Chomsky documentary "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?" and the wild fantasy "Mood Indigo." And for his next, it looks like Gondry again is striking into different territory. Noting he has a few projects going, Gondry told Cine Chronicle at the end of March, "I wrote the script for the next film about two teenagers on the run. The filming could start this summer." He then told La Provence this week that casting was underway. At any rate, it looks like Gondry is getting the wheels in motion on whatever he's doing next. Will it be another low budget lark, another »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Already megawatt stars in France, Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris have seen their star shine across international borders too. And together they make a pretty attractive package. While they most recently teamed for Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo," the duo are perhaps best known for their ensemble dramedies with director Cédric Klapisch, "Pot Luck" and "Russian Dolls." And they've once again teamed with the filmmaker for another tale in the saga started in those movies. "Chinese Puzzle" brings together a cast that also includes Kelly Reilly, Cecile De France, Sandrine Holt and more, for the story of a 40-year-old father of two, who splits from his wife who moves with the kids to New York City. He follows along to be closer to his children, but in order to stay in the country, he becomes the father of a child to two lesbians, marries a Chinese woman and also winds »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hong Kong – “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” the Chinese thriller that won at Berlin, is among the 25 titles unveiled in a preview of the upcoming Sydney Film Festival (June 4-15, 2014).
Other pictures include John Lithgow and Alfred Molina-starring gay drama “Love Is Strange,” Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom At The Farm,” Lukas Moodysson’s “We Are The Best,” Michel Gondry’s “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?,” Hany Abu-Asad’s “Omar” and David Gordon Green’s Nicolas Cage drama “Joe.”
Another highlight is the Mo Brothers “Killers” in which a copycat killer confronts his subject.
The festival will give space to Australian documentaries: “Redfern Now,” Darlene’ Johnson’s documentary about the birth of Australia’s first all Indigenous theater company, will get its world premiere in Sydney. The fest will also play the Australian-made documentary “Ukraine Is Not A Brothel” about the feminist movement in now war-torn Ukraine. »
- Patrick Frater
The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.
The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.
Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »
- Staff writer
Director: Michel Gondry
Writer: Jeff Vintar
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Another Philip K. Dick adaptation makes our top 10 for 2015 with this adaptation from Michel Gondry, whose last narrative feature, Mood Indigo, has yet to see release in the Us. While his last several features have received lukewarm critical and/or box office reception, we’re pumped for the talented auteur’s dip into science fiction, a classic text of Dick’s, no less. We should know more about the project once casting is announced, but for now, Gondry’s recent interviews indicates that this is one of his next projects he is working on adapting to the screen.
Gist: Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, »
- Nicholas Bell
I Walk With the Dead
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Producer: Nicolas Winding Refn
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Carey Mulligan
Perhaps as a way to abate those constant criticisms of his misogynistic tendencies in his films has Refn next working on an “all female horror” film. Whatever the case, this sounds like a deliberate change of pace for Refn and one that sounds mighty exciting. While Mulligan is the only castmate that keeps being confirmed, we’re curious to see who else Refn assembles as we await more on the rather scant plot details. Next: Our number 7 pick…
Gist: An all female horror film.
Release Date: Refn may bypass Cannes with this entry, but filming dates should give us a better indication.
- Nicholas Bell
Kate Winslet is back in the spotlight this month thanks to a pair of roles in very contrasting films. In Jason Reitman's Labor Day (out in the UK now) she plays a single mother who takes in an escaped convict, while Divergent sees her play an icy cool villain opposite Ya's latest heroine Shailene Woodley.
Not only that, but the Oscar-winning British star has finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With that in mind, we take a look back at our five favourite Kate Winslet screen roles...
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
This highly-charged drama was based on the notorious Parker-Hulme murder case in New Zealand, and cast Winslet as a girl firmly entrenched in a fantasy life with best friend (Melanie Lynskey). Prior to this, the actress had only worked on British TV (including the required stint on Casualty), but she was a complete big-screen natural. The »
With a track record spanning more than 80 feature films and almost 1,000 commercials, Buf Compagnie is diversifying its revenue sources and forging long-term partnerships by positioning itself as a co-producer rather than just a standard vfx shop.
The change began when Buf produced Oscar-nominated short “Even Pigeons Go to Heaven” in 2007 and launched Angele & Fine Productions, named after founder Pierre Buffin’s daughters, to line-produce international projects that are serviced by Buf under France’s Trip tax rebate scheme. Titles have included “Thor,” “The Grandmaster” and “Odd Thomas.”
The company also operates two L.A. production arms: Angele Productions for live-action projects and Fine Productions for animation.
In 2012, Buf established post houses in Montreal and Brussels to access local tax shelters.
Its first project via the Brussels unit was Nicolas Bary’s €12 million ($16 million) dark comedy, “The Scapegoat,” which bowed in France last October.
Co-productions include “Toby Alone,” with Amber Entertainment, »
- Martin Dale
“When filmmakers want a shot that’s never been seen before and don’t know how to do it, they come to us,” says Pierre Buffin, CEO of Paris-based Buf Compagnie, neatly encapsulating the service behind the growth of his company, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Buffin still owns the company he founded, one of the longest-running vfx studios in the business.
The company boasts an impressive list of repeat clients — including the Wachowski siblings, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher and Wong Kar Wai. It pioneered such proprietary vfx techniques as camera mapping on “Fight Club,” Bullet Time in Michel Gondry’s musicvideo “Like a Rolling Stone” and on “The Matrix,” Batman’s sonar vision in “The Dark Knight,” and the tiger’s deep-sea 90-second dream sequence for 2012 Academy Award winner “Life of Pi.”
“Pierre Buffin took my hand when I first stepped into the film and illusion world, »
- Martin Dale
Reach into your memory banks and try to grab hold of the first time you saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. You may have to go back further than you thought, because the mind-bending Jim Carrey/Kate Winslet romance, directed by Michel Gondry and scripted by Charlie Kaufman, was released ten years ago today. (Consider this another installment in the ongoing Vulture series You Are Old Now.)Unlike the memories scrubbed by its central company, Lacuna Inc., which crumble and depreciate into nothingness, Eternal Sunshine's reputation has only grown since its release in 2004, and the film showed up on several best-of-the-decade lists a few years back. It's hard to believe now that Eternal Sunshine was nominated for only two Oscars (one of which, Best Original Screenplay, it won), but you can feel its influence in all sorts of ways today, most especially in last December's Her, directed by Kaufman's »
- Kyle Buchanan
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
I am Joel Barish.
Or I was while rewatching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I hadn't seen the film in about 8 years and it rushed at me which such full force it felt like the first time again... or at least like the most vivid Déjà Vu ever. The experience is disorienting in its speed (20 minutes in and you're already portal'ed into Being Joel Barrish, without quite realizing it) moving in performance (career best work from Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey and a pitch-perfect supporting cast) and fascinating in its premise, looping structure and mirrored ideas (Charlie Kauffman's ingenious screenplay justly won the Oscar). But it's in the realm of the visuals where Michel Gondry and Dp Ellen Kuras bring it all together with imagination, verve and an entirely bold and unusual use of light and focus. »
- NATHANIEL R
In the "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" series we ask participants (all are welcome) to post a single shot that they think is the chosen movie's best and tell us why. "Best" is open to interpretation of course and often highly personal... and subject to change, just like memories. Memories are the environment and subject of this week's film, Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). The film celebrates its 10th anniversary on March 19th and feels as essential as ever.
Though we usually list the Hit Me With Your Best Shot collective choices in chronological order, memories aren't linear. Instead we're sharing the best shots in rough reverse chronological order of when we received them. Read them all for the opportunity to see the movie with new eyes: someone else's.
Meet us in Montauk... 33 images after the jump »
- NATHANIEL R
It’s 2008. April-ish. Manchester. My girlfriend of 18 months and I have just broken up. The first really serious, vaguely grown-up relationship, the one that makes you understand why people put themselves through all of that stuff. It's been on its way for a while, but the plug was finally pulled in a phone call, one that we both cry our way through. Eventually, we hang up. I could get on with this new life, or I could drink myself into warm, nauseous oblivion until I don’t feel the absence anymore. Behind me, on the wall (tatty, faded, and with the top-left corner hanging off, because I haven’t yet taken that step into the crucial and significant part of adulthood where you stop using Blu-Tack and start framing your shit), is a poster for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” “Technically, the procedure is brain damage. But it’s »
- Oliver Lyttelton
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," which opened 10 years ago this week (on March 19, 2004), was just your typical boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-has-painful-memories-of-girl-scrubbed-from-his-brain story. Of course, the movie was a lot more than that. It put director Michel Gondry on the map, offered Jim Carrey one of his most acclaimed dramatic roles, and became beloved among moviegoers who appreciated its poetic, funny, and sad take on romance.
"Eternal Sunshine" was a modest hit a decade ago; today, it's commonly regarded as one of the best films of the new millennium. Even so, though you may have seen it enough times for it to be permanently implanted in your memory, there are still things you may not know about the film, from its seemingly improvisational shooting process to how unbelievably primitive the special effects were, to how Carrey and Gondry nearly came to blows. Here, then, are 25 of the movie's secrets; come back »
- Gary Susman
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its 2014 lineup for both the Tribeca Talks and Tribeca Innovation Week's Future of Film series. For its 13th edition, the festival will feature thoughtful conversations with Kevin Spacey, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, Aaron Sorkin, Themla Schoonmaker, Skip Lievsay, Lee Daniels, Terence Winter and David Simon, among other respected actors, directors, producers and writers. The panels and events will be held at various locations in New York City between April 16th and 27th.
The end of the road. The scripts that should be studied, dissected, and taught for their quality, their timeliness, and their impact on the film industry as a whole. Some were perfect for their time and place. Some were ahead of their time. Some defined their generation. And one still rules all, forty years after it was written.
courtesy of hollywood.com
10. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
You’re just like your brother. Ignorant, uneducated hillbilly, except the only special thing about you is your peculiar ideas about love-making, which is no love-making at all.
Nothing spices up a movie theater better than a little sex and violence; Arthur Penn’s 1967 film broke new ground on that front. Fictionalizing the partnership of famous gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the film starred Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the title criminals, while »
- Joshua Gaul
After the success of True Detective, award-winning film-makers are being lured to TV with the promise of more creative control, Does this herald a new golden age for viewers?
There was a time when American movie stars and big-ticket directors wouldn't touch TV. Now, thanks to hit series such as True Detective, not only movie actors but major Hollywood directors are flocking to the small screen.
The critical and commercial success of the series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – currently on its fourth of eight episodes in Britain – heralds a potential TV revolution in which a series is created in one "block" by a single feature film director – in this case Cary Fukunaga, maker of the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, starring Michael Fassbender.
"Movie directors have flirted with TV for years, but they've typically only done the first episode," explains producer Richard Brown. "TV is made fast, but often lacks the tools of cinema. »
- Edward Helmore
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