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Opening on Nov. 19, local crime drama “Inside Men” topped the Korean box office with an opening score of $11.4 million between Thursday and Sunday.
Locally distributed by Showbox, the opening exceeded that of all major R-rated releases of all time, including “Tazza: The High Rollers,” “The Man from Nowhere,” “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time,” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
Top for the past two weeks, “The Priests” dropped to second place with a fall of 56%. The local occult thriller made $3.32 million from 488,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $30.2 million from 4.45 million admissions after three weekends on release.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” debuted in third. The Noori Pictures release made $2.91 million from 439,000 admissions over opening five days. In spite of its Wednesday opening, its opening score is slightly lower than the franchise’s two previous instalments, “Catching Fire” ($3.45 million) and “Mockingjay – Part 1” ($3.2 million). The series’ highest »
- Sonia Kil
Korean occult thriller “The Priests” remained on top of the Korean box office in its second week, beating the new release of “Spectre.”
“Priests” earned $7.43 million from 1.09 million admissions between Friday and Sunday, accounting for 49% of the total weekend box office. It has held top spot at the box office for eleven days in a row, grossing $23.6 million from 3.5 million admissions.
“Spectre” debuted in second, making $8.02 million from 1.19 million admissions between Wednesday and Sunday. Mainly owing to its Wednesday opening, “Spectre” exceeds the opening score of “Skyfall,” the previous film in the James Bond franchise, which released on a Friday and earned $6.79 million, before achieving a cumulative of $14.9 million in 2012.
“The Martian” dropped to third. The sci-fi movie has made $33.6 million since its Oct. 8 release.
Fox’s “Bridge of Spies” slumped to fifth, »
- Sonia Kil
The annual international film and technology forum Digital Biscuit will take place in Dublin from the 2nd to the 4th of March 2016, with ticket sales for the event announced today (08.11.15). The three-day event aims to foster innovation and collaboration in film, television and screen production. In its fourth year, Digital Biscuit will bring the most creative and innovative minds in the film and technology industry together for a festival of ideas and events. This year, it will be held at Dublin’s Odeon Point Village and the event is quickly becoming a global networking hub for the world’s leading filmmakers, technologists, creatives and the wider industry. Previous speakers have included David Yates, director of the Harry Potter series, David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, and Michel Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, amongst many others. Promoting innovation in Irish and international film and technology Founder of Digital. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
“The Priests” debuted on top of the Korean box office in the first weekend of November, which is traditionally one of the weakest periods for ticket sales in the country.
The local occult thriller earned $11.4 million from 1.6 million admissions between Thursday and Sunday. It crossed the 1 million admissions mark on its third day, at the same speed as the two biggest Korean films of the year, “Assassination” and “Veteran.”
A feature expansion of director Jang Jae-hyun’s award-winning short film “12th Assistant Deacon,” “Priests” is about a priest and a deacon joining forces to exorcise evil spirits from a possessed girl.
“The Martian” made $1.11 million between Friday and Sunday, for a total of $33.8 million after a month on release. Still representing a week-on-week decline of 53%, it jumped up to second spot owing to the bigger decline of “Fatal Intuition,” which slipped from last week’s second to third. The local »
- Sonia Kil
Two kids go on a journey in a vehicle made of junk in Michel Gondry’s ramshackle yet sweet-natured film
“Alcohol is the death of dignity.” This latest oddity from Diy enthusiast Michel Gondry offers a quirky Gallic antidote to a dreary diet of American teen movies. A coming-of-age yarn spun by an overage kid, writer/director Gondry’s sweet-natured adventure comes on like a benevolent version of The Selfish Giant crossed with a particularly bonkers episode of Here Come the Double Deckers!. Two misfit kids go scrapping for junk and build a house/car hybrid for a cross-country trek. It’s erratic stuff, often amusing, occasionally ill judged, but packed with off-kilter, ramshackle charm.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
This playful comedy drama, about two boys running away from home, is all you’d expect from Michel Gondry, and its geekiness makes it all the more lovable
If this film were a person, you’d want to give it a big hug, as you would a gawky teenager, and reassure it that it will be tough out there, that not everyone is going to get its idiosyncratic charms, but that’s Ok because it’s awesome just the way it is.
Michel Gondry’s spiky-sweet comedy drama centres on two such 14-year-old outsiders: scrawny, girlish-looking Daniel (Ange Dargent) and more confident but jagged Théo (Théophile Baquet). A pair of geeks who don’t really fit in with their own families, let alone the Versailles high school they attend, they decide to run away from home. Sure, they have adventures, but all that hiding from cops, nearly getting beaten up »
- Leslie Felperin
Screenwriter turned director Charlie Kaufman is known for many a mindbending contemporary classic —he wrote Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind,” Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation” and directed his own feature “Synecdoche, New York” starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. If there’s one overarching theme in his work, it's the surely the crushing existential weight of life itself. Read More: Review: Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson's Animated "Anomalisa," Voiced By David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Tom Noonan This certainly appears to be the thread Kaufman is picking up on with “Anomalisa,” his first venture into the world of stop-motion animation: it's a fable about a motivational speaker seeking to transcend his monotonous existence. Voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis, “Anomalis” is co-directed with Duke Johnson (“Mary Shelley's Frankenhole”) and frequent Coen »
- Edward Davis
Paul King is a remarkable talent. His work on "The Mighty Boosh" is a delightful kind of madness, and his first film "Bunny & The Bull" was fiercely inventive. It's one thing to do small and dark and culty, but making the jump to something that plays to a much broader audience isn't always possible. I love Michel Gondry, but I'm not sure I believe he's ever going to harness his whimsical side into something that connects on that giant mainstream level. He doesn't have to, of course, but I do think it's harder than people think to make a film that speaks to all audiences. The first "Paddington" was a delightful surprise, and the biggest magic trick of the movie was seeing just how well Paul King brought the character to life, dropping him into a live-action world. The film managed to be sweet and silly and big and broad »
- Drew McWeeny
Whimsy with Measure: Gondry’s Reflection on Youth and Imagination
There are certain expectations that come with a Gondry film; his trademarks have helped to define such an idiosyncratic career and vision. Casting the impossibilities to the wind and expectations of filmmaking, Michel Gondry has tackled films that have defied their own existence. And so with Microbe and Gasoline, which is not so much an autobiography but more so of a realization of an adolescent yearning, this filmmaker injects his sensitivities to a coming of age narrative that is revisited so often that its familiarity is both its strength and weakness. Serving as a reminder to Gondry’s visual strengths and sense of whimsy, Microbe and Gasoline positions itself above the usual narrative as a cheerful ode to the youthful imagination and escapism.
Known by his peers as Microbe for his flimsy stature, Daniel (Ange Dargent) is a social outcast, »
- Amanda Yam
Ronnie Scheib, Variety’s longtime New York-based freelance film critic, died Oct. 4 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She was 71.
Scheib began reviewing films for Variety in 2002, starting with an assessment of Frederick Wiseman’s “Domestic Violence.” Documentaries of every kind would become one of her many specialties as she spent the next 13 years covering the New York independent and festival scene, enthusiastically tackling dysfunctional-family comedies, mumblecore movies, French romances, Japanese dramas, avant-garde works and any other titles that came her way.
Scheib’s reviews were distinguished by their erudition and richness of language, as well as a delight in narrative and formal experimentation (Godard was a particular favorite) that never hindered her appreciation of more straightforward dramatic fare. Over the course of her 13-year Variety career, she attended the Venice, Locarno and Montreal World film festivals, though she spent most of her year covering the events in and around her own backyard, »
- Justin Chang
108 Media is launching 108 Believe as a specialty film label for socially conscious and inspirational films across traditional and new media platforms worldwide, Variety has learned exclusively.
The label launches its inaugural title with the Oct. 16 release of the documentary “The Boy From Geita,” which has been set for a special screening at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Oct. 15.
“108 Media has always championed intelligent, inspirational films that explore today’s most important social issues, including religion, politics and world affairs,” said 108 Media CEO Abhi Rastogi. “With the creation of 108 Believe, we hope to build a brand synonymous with high-quality films that can inspire audiences to action while also remaining entertaining and enjoyable.”
“The Boy from Geita,” which premiered at the Hot Docs Film Festival last year, documents the experience of a 12-year-old Tanzanian boy with albinism and his unlikely friendship with Canadian businessman Peter Ash, who also has albinism. »
- Dave McNary
The sardonic spirits of Charlie Kaufman and Roy Andersson hover somewhere over The Lobster, the new film from Yorgos Lanthimos, director of demented captive-family psychodrama Dogtooth. It feels, in a sense, sanctioned or liberated by the the former’s sheer imaginative audacity and the latter’s unremittingly grim comic worldview, part of a whole new mini-genre of iconoclastically weird, narratively antic, often upsetting comedies that have come our way since the release of Being John Malkovich, from the directors named above, and from Spike Jonze (Her), Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and Ruben Ostland (Force Majeure). Lanthimos is evidently very comfortable in this company.
- John Patterson
"There’s almost no limit to the imagination of director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep), and as the incessantly precious whimsy of last year’s intolerable Mood Indigo made clear, that’s not always a good thing," begins Nick Schager at the Playlist. "It’s refreshing then, that for his latest film, Microbe & Gasoline, the director tones down his usual quirky, 'look-at-me' visual spectacle, for a low-key tale." We're collecting more reviews and we've got the trailer. » - David Hudson »
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Two of Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpieces have returned to Netflix this month: 2001: A Space Odyssey and its follow-up A Clockwork Orange. While we wouldn’t recommend the experience for first-time viewings — go find the biggest theatrical screen possible — if you’re looking to re-watch, they are now easy to stream. – Jordan R.
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- TFS Staff
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video add new movies and TV shows to their libraries. Some of these may also have previously been on Amazon, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.Watch It Again (and Again and Again): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry joined forces to make this head-trip of romantic drama about falling in and out of (and back in) love. Home to one of Jim Carrey’s best dramatic roles — and great work from Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, and Tom Wilkinson — Eternal Sunshine follows a complicated premise, in which people can choose delete their memories, far enough down the rabbit hole to end up somewhere eerie, honest, and wonderful. Available October 1. Madcap Adventures: Pee-wee’s Big »
- Jackson McHenry
Read More: Amazon Prime Announces Collaboration with Open Road Films Amazon Prime might be embroiled in a battle of original programming with its streaming nemesis Netflix, but the service continues to offer top-notch streaming selections of both recent hits and classics. Amazon has just announced its October slate of films that will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Check out all the new titles hitting Amazon Prime Video this October, including Indiewire's own picks on what to stream. Available 10/1"Astro Boy" (2009) Indiewire Pick: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" In this wonderfully twisted tale of romance, the visionary French director Michel Gondry gathers an all-star ensemble cast and plunges them into the joys and pains of relationships. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet play an estranged couple who have each undergone a procedure to erase each other from their memories. Equal parts cerebral and bizarre, "Eternal Sunshine of the. »
- Tarek Shoukri
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
Details of the company, named Periscope, were revealed during the Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht.
Other acquisitions include animation Long Way North, sold by Urban Distribution; Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue, sold by Content; and French animation Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy, from Michel Gondry and Noam Chomsky.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
In his most satisfying film since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Gondry crafts an optimistic adolescent adventure from the mess of real life
It’s hard to know what we’ll end up calling this phase of Michel Gondry’s career, but it’s certainly been unpredictable. He’s made four non-Hollywood movies since 2011’s big budget disappointment The Green Hornet, the unlikely superhero entry starring Seth Rogen. There was a guerrilla-style experiment with non-actors on a New York City bus (The We and the I), an undiluted hit of love-drenched visual whimsy (Mood Indigo) and a hand-drawn animated rap session between himself and Noam Chomsky (Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?). While each were innovative, these were peculiar and particular films. With the French-language Microbe and Gasoline, Gondry has made his most satisfying movie since his 2004 masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Consider it an anti-Superbad. »
- Jordan Hoffman
The first ever documentary film on the most secretive duo in the world. The epic story of two uncompromising artists. With the participation of their closest collaborators and friends from Pharrell Williams to Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Kanye West, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams, Peter Lindbergh, Leiji Matsumoto and Pete Tong.
Daft Punk Unchained, directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre, is the first independent film which explores an exceptional pop culture phenomenon of the last twenty years: Daft Punk. Between fiction and reality, magic and secrets, theatricality and humility, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have created a unique artistic universe. Throughout their career they have remained determined to control every link in the chain of their creative work. The film »
- Gary Collinson
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