5 items from 2015
"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 »
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. 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. Two eighth-graders strike up a fast friendship, and in order to escape their equally unhappy circumstances, they build a makeshift house-car, setting out on a road trip through the rural countryside. A charming coming-of-age saga in which Gondry channels his usual preoccupations through the prism of a Truffaut-esque tale of iconoclasts in search of themselves and their place in the world. For the acclaimed French auteur, less is usually more. Boasting a jaunty score that contributes to its ramshackle, off-the-cuff atmosphere, »
- Nick Schager
Remember the kid from 2010’s Submarine? Well in addition to growing up, Craig Roberts has now turned his hand to writing and directing, as well as acting. The result of his hard labour is this weeks release Just Jim which sees Roberts star alongside Emile Hirsch.
Roberts plays Jim, a very awkward sixth-former with an exaggeration problem; a social outcast who can’t fit in with the in-crowd no matter how hard he tries. Then he meets his new neighbour Dean, an American heavily channelling James Dean, and everything starts to change.
Through his friendship with the ever so slightly unstable Dean, Jim finds himself suddenly more confident and happier. Of course things don’t last and Jim must stop his new friend from taking over everything »
- Kat Smith
Josh Trank’s debut, Chronicle, was a surprise hit of 2012. The film fused the found-footage genre with superhero tropes to create a coming-of-age story that was both fresh and exciting. Trank’s ability to transcend these tired trends and motifs made him an ideal candidate to finally do justice to the Fantastic Four franchise, one that had an unreleased early 90s film, and two poor mid-00s flicks. However, with production problems between Trank and cast members, and no advanced press screening, many pundits were concerned this would be a mess.
The results are in, and it is not only a poor film, but has been described as the worst reviewed Marvel film to-date. That’s not good. Trank responded openly via tweet to this, noting how Fox had – ah, »
- Matthew Lee
The cast of Indepenence Day 2 is growing as THR has reported that Nymphomaniac star Charlotte Gainsbourg is in talks to join the sci-fi action flick. Gainsbourg has appeared in three of Danish director Lars von Trier’s films; Antichrist, Melancholia, and Nymphomaniac, but I’m a bit more familiar with her work in 21 Grams and The Science Of Sleep. Joining the cast of Independence Day 2 would be quite the departure from her usual roles, but everyone deserves to take some »
- Kevin Fraser
5 items from 2015
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