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Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is one actor whose career we always like to keep a track of considering his keen eye for directorial talent. He grew to prominence with roles in the films of Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Amores Perros," "Babel"); has since worked with names like Michel Gondry ("The Science Of Sleep"), Pedro Almodóvar ("Bad Education"), Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") and Jim Jarmusch ("The Limits Of Control"); and has also been loosely attached to star in Martin Scorsese's next film, "Silence." The actor is now set to team with first time director Cyril Cohen as well as French thespian Marina Fois (most recently seen in the Cannes award winning "Polisse") for a Tel Aviv-set dramedy based on Alona Kimhi's novel "Weeping Susannah." Film takes place in the aftermath of the murder of Israeli prime »
The director has been busy with films like The Green Hornet, Be Kind Rewind and the strange but unique forthcoming film The We & The I, but director Michel Gondry hasn't made a film in his native French tongue since The Science of Sleep in 2006. However, Variety has word that Gondry will return to French-language films with The Foam of the Days, an adaptation of Boris Vian's novel of the same name. Described as a surreal romance, the story sounds right up Gondry's alley as it follows a young man trying to save his wife from a terrible and strange illness caused by a water lily growing in her lungs. In addition, the film already has some great talent attached including Audry Tatou (Amélie), Lea Seydoux (Midnight in Paris), Romain Duris (Heartbreaker) and Jamel Debbouze (Outside of the Law). The story has been called "the most heartbreakingly poignant »
- Ethan Anderton
Tuesday’s speculative casting couch session for the role of Stephen Strange showed that tone will be crucial in making the Sorcerer Supreme succeed on the Silver Screen. So more important than the man in the point-collared cape is the person behind the camera making sure the Doctor Strange film is not torn apart by big egos and bigger effects.
One-time Swinger Jon Favreau nailed the tone for Iron Man slyly having previously learned his way around effects movies like Zathura and Kenneth Branagh proved an unexpectedly apt choice for Thor, with Joe Johnston far exceeding expectations with Captain America: The First Avenger.
Marvel are on a hot streak of hiring directors lately but which can keep the faithful comic fans happy and also bring magic to life without mainstream audiences looking for the hidden trap door.
Here’s our 8 top directing picks for who could bring Doctor Strange to life! »
- John Hunter
When it comes to finding the different shades involved in playing grief on the big screen, Charlotte Gainsbourg comes equipped with the big 64-crayon box of Crayolas, complete with sharpener on the back. In movies like “Antichrist” and “The Science of Sleep,” Gainsbourg brings a vocabulary of sadness that matches the Inuit’s alleged repertory of words for snow. “The Tree” gives her license to mourn up a storm as the widow of a truck driver who suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, leaving behind his wife Dawn (Gainsbourg) and four »
- Alonso Duralde
Science Fiction can have a bit of an odd identity in the mainstream publics perception of cinema. Either perceived as a cult, nerdy genre that’s synonymous with Trekkies, gamers, and cosplay Stormtroopers or on the flip-side – a viable channel for overblown, hype-glossy action films, most serious sci-fi goes overlooked by the general film-loving audience.
So below I’ve compiled a list of alternative sci-fi movies that strike a personal chord with me. These are films that many of you may have seen but not considered as an example of the breadth and depth that the genre can display as they all showcase a subtlety and unique vision that’s rare but that should be treasured.
It’s a tricky list to write for sure as there are so many grey lines in this kind of sub-genre so just look at these as 10 suggestions of science fiction in the movies »
- Al White
 We've been following Kees van Dijkhuisen's "[the films of]" since the very beginning, and with the latest video, we've now reached the halfway point of his yearlong, twelve-part project. Like the other installments before it, "[the films of] Michel Gondry" focuses on a director's body of work, showcasing his unique style through a montage of carefully selected clips from his oeuvre. Relive the whimsy and poignancy of a Gondry film in just two and a half minutes, after the jump. Films used: Human Nature, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind, The Green Hornet Songs used: "Two Weeks" by Grizzly Bear, "Killer Crane" by TV on the Radio, "Sleepyhead" by Passion Pit You have to give van Dijkhuisen credit for managing to work in The Green Hornet in a way that fits with Gondry's other, more dreamlike projects -- a feat even van Dijkhuisen admits was difficult. The compilation overall »
- Angie Han
There are so many things to like about Tom McCarthy's Win Win that it feels almost churlish to express any doubts, especially in the face of the near-unanimous praise the movie has received in the United States. It is, after all, built around another lovely, lived-in performance by Paul Giamatti as Mike Flaherty, a lawyer who coaches his high-school wrestling team and builds a relationship with a moody young wrestling prodigy whose senile grandfather is one of his clients.
As his wife, Amy Ryan – for my money one of the subtlest, funniest American actors working today – is goofy-stern-supportive-critical and their marriage and family feel indomitably real and recognisable. Add Jeffrey Tambor, Melanie Lynskey and a terrific Bobby Cannavale as Mike's excitable best friend, »
- John Patterson
There are few things more depressing than watching a genuinely inventive director being overpowered by the machinery of a franchise blockbuster. Take The Green Hornet (2010, Sony, 12), the long-gestating big-screen spin-off from the 30s radio serial and 60s TV show which is technically "Un Film de Michel Gondry" although frankly you wouldn't know it from watching the movie. In fact, the real driving force here is writer-and-star Seth Rogen playing slobbish Britt Reid, whose campaigning news mogul father (Tom Wilkinson) dies suddenly after a suspicious insect bite. Initially uninterested in his grand paternal legacy, Britt is stung into action by the inventive fighting skills of coffee-maker-cum-handyman Kato (likable Taiwanese pop sensation Jay Chou) and embarks upon a knockabout reign of clumsy crime-fighting vigilance, kept alive only by his super-agile sidekick.
The Green Hornet had been knocking around for a long time before the arrival of Gondry, »
- Mark Kermode
You don’t have to be Julian Assange to get the truth about Leah Meyerhoff. She’s not afraid to tell it like it is. She made a big splash on the film festival circuit with her honest Nyu short film Twitch. It was a very intimate and dark film that portrayed disability and love in a new way, her way. She let audiences see her true self at work in the docu-drama series, Film School, directed by Nanette Burstein (Going The Distance). Now Leah is at it again with her first feature Unicorns. About a teenage girl who falls in love with an older guy and finds herself in a destructive relationship, this film, like her last one, stems from Leah’s own true experiences. After a unique childhood that left her more responsible than some adults, Leah went to Brown University to study Art Semiotics and then later »
Michel Gondry, a French film, commercial, music video director and a screenwriter, is to head up the short film and Cinéfondation jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes that will be held from 11 to 22 May 2011.
With his seven feature films, several shorts and seventy-odd music videos, Michel Gondry, who is also a musician, has created an incredibly original body of work coloured with dreamscape qualities and Utopian ideals. A master craftsman, a modern day Méliès, he is a cinemagician who constantly reinvents the technical effects and enchantments of the medium of film.
In 2001, his first feature, Human Nature was selected for the Festival de Cannes.
He was back in 2008 with the Tokyo! triptych at Un Certain Regard, and presented out of competition the documentary The Thorn in the Heart »
Film director Michel Gondry is to head up the short film and Cinéfondation jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, following in the footsteps of Atom Egoyan, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman. With his seven feature films, several shorts and seventy-odd music videos, Michel Gondry, who is also a musician, has created an incredibly original body of work coloured with dreamscape qualities and Utopian ideals. A master craftsman, a modern day Méliès, he is a cinemagician who constantly reinvents the technical effects and enchantments of the medium of film. In 2001, his first feature, Human Nature was selected for the Festival de Cannes. He was back in 2008 with the Tokyo! triptych at Un Certain Regard, and presented out of competition the documentary The Thorn in the Heart in 2009. The Academy Award winning screenplay in 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was followed in 2006 by The Science of Sleep and Be Kind, »
- TIM ADLER in London
As with Dick’s other stories, expect lots of mind-bending, twists and intrigue. It should be familiar territory for Michel Gondry, who directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep before the recently disappointing Green Hornet movie.
Ubik is one of Philip K. Dick’s most popular tales, voted by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels. The story involves an anti-psy security agency (whose operatives are hired out to protect people from telepathic attacks), fragments of reality slipping into the past, and a mysterious spray called Ubik.
A number of Dick’s other works have been turned into movies, including Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (which became Blade Runner), We Can Remember it For You Wholesale (Total Recall), Minority Report, »
In what seems like a collision that's been waiting to happen for some time, the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is about to meet the author of A Scanner Darkly head on: Michel Gondry is adapting and directing Dick's 1969 novel Ubik.It's a chance for Gondry to get back to the head-spinning of Eternal Sunshine and The Science of Sleep, following the relative disappointments of Green Hornet and Be Kind Rewind. Ubik provides the opportunity to play with all kinds of mad craziness, with its reality-shifting, rug-pulling story of a psychic security organisation hired by a business mogul to protect his assets from telepathic attack, with very bizarre consequences.It's as good a combination of adaptor and source we can think of, frankly. There's nobody quite like Philip K Dick, the author whose work became Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly and, most recently The Adjustment Bureau. »
Michel Gondry just revealed that, coming off The Green Hornet, he's next going to tackle something even weirder: a Philip K. Dick story. Gondry said he'll be adapting the weird and prolific writer's novel Ubik, a sci-fi comedy that could only have come from the head of Dick. In 2005, Time magazine named it one of the hundred-greatest English-language novels since 1923. And movies based on his books, like Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, even A Scanner Darkly, speak for themselves. The pairing of Gondry with the cult author seems like a no-brainer. As long as Gondry doesn't go crazy with cardboard cutouts or anything, it should be interesting. If Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is his Blue Album, than The Science of Sleep is whatever Weezer's worst album is. (Maladroit? The Red Album?) At least there weren't any papier mache Replicants or [...] »
Have you ever made a film about your Aunt Suzette? Michel Gondry has. Why should you care? Maybe you don’t like watching other people’s home movies. Maybe you don’t even have an Aunt Suzette. Watching Gondry's autobiographical documentary The Thorn in the Heart (2009) isn't likely to change either of those very much.
It’s a project about as personal as as they get - Gondry’s documentary looks back at the years his formidable Aunt Suzette spent teaching children across the country - and a stark contrast to The Science of Sleep (2006) or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), frequently cutting from 16mm to grainy Super 8 footage.
Sometimes the director recreates moments from the past; a schoolyard screening of a film at night is a touching scene that recalls Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso (1988), with Michel standing in the shadowy trees as a silent onlooker. A »
- Daniel Green
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#12 – “The Science Of Sleep” (2006)
Directed by Michel Gondry
Proving that sometimes our greatest love stories exist only in our dreams Michel Gondry’s “The Science of Sleep” caresses your consciousness with its irrepressibly inventive display of creativity, craftsmanship and visual flair.
When we first meet Stéphane (Gael Garcia Bernal) he’s busy presenting the latest edition of “Stéphane TV” from his eggbox-décored cardboard studio in which he shares with us the true recipe of our deepest dreams (random thoughts, memories, songs, friendships, relationships and “all those ships.”) whilst gleefully tossing them all into a huge cooking pot in front of him and stirring the resulting mixture. Yet it’s already clear to the audience that this particular studio exists only inside Stéphane’s head yet it’s a location we’ll inevitably return to several times throughout the film’s »
- Nick Turk
I didn't get too excited when I heard that Michel Gondry would be directing an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!  After all, how much of a personal stamp could Gondry, who's known for the visual whimsy of films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, add to a late night talk show? Actually, a lot. Sure, the whole thing is one long commercial for The Green Hornet, which just hit theaters this weekend . But this episode is freaking bananas. Time starts, stops, repeats, and goes in reverse. Kimmel receives a call from himself during the monologue. Jay Chou makes an strange appearance on the streets of Hollywood. And I haven't even gotten to the insane props that were used for this episode yet. I don't want to spoil any more; instead, you should just watch it for yourself below. The whole time I was watching this, »
- David Chen
Chicago – “The Green Hornet,” which could have been titled “The Seth Rogen Show,” is an uneven mix between a stroke of comic book genius and a self-righteous attempt at being both comedy and drama. The untidy story is wrapped inside a messy box that’s a portion of what it successfully is and what it should have been.
Despite some common comic book traps such as a son with daddy issues, the collaboration of director Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Be Kind Rewind” and “The Science of Sleep”) with Seth Rogen (the star, writer and executive producer of “Pineapple Express” and “Superbad” and the star and producer of “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Funny People”) partially pays off. Strong emphasis is placed on the partially.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Superheroes are swarming into cinemas this year.
Also on the way are the less-familiar comic book adaptations Priest and Cowboys & Aliens and there are new films this year for The Smurfs, Conan the Barbarian and Transformers, all of which have featured in comics.
A full calendar counting down the release dates is included below.
The Green Hornet aims to avoid the crowded summer with its early arrival - and it's cashing in on the latest craze by being in eye-popping 3D.
Studio executives at Sony have also given their Hornet an added sting in the form of Oscar-winning writer-director Michel Gondry. »
- David Bentley
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel Live was guest-directed by Michel Gondry, the director behind such films at Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. Sure, the whole thing was basically just a long commercial for Gondry's latest movie The Green Hornet, but there's nothing the French director can't make wacky, whimsical, and a little bit awesome (except, maybe, the movie The Green Hornet). »
- Jon Bershad
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