18 items from 2010
Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet has finally returned to the darkly whimsical form that won him a place in the heart of many a cineaste with Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot), a hit at both Butt-Numb-a-Thon 2009 and SXSW 2010. The film opens today at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar and the Arbor.
Through improbable circumstances, Bazil (Dany Boon) loses everything after a bullet gets lodged in his skull. Homeless, he's taken in by a motley crew of salvaging outcasts making a living off Paris' discarded junk. When Bazil happens upon the weapons/munitions companies that cost him his old life, he and his new friends embark on a series of capers to shut both companies down and bring their chairmen to justice.
If you're unfamiliar with Jeunet's peculiar brand of cinema magic, then imagine Chaplin's Little Tramp in a contemporary ensemble caper film. Dialogue is limited, relying heavily on the gestures and expressions of »
- Jenn Brown
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurent Starring: Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon, François Berléand, Albert Dupontel The year is 1979, Bazil’s (Dany Boon) father is blown to bloody bits while dismantling a mine in the Sahara (this ain’t no Hurt Locker); his mother subsequently has a complete mental breakdown. Next, Bazil escapes from a repressive Catholic orphanage. We find him years later, now an unabashed cinephile (ala Quentin Tarantino), working as a clerk in a video store. One night while mimicking the The Big Sleep verbatim, Bazil is caught in the crossfire of a shootout. At this moment, we dissolve into the opening credits of what seems to be a film within a film. (Is Bazil dead? In which case…is everything else all a dream?) With a bullet lodged in his head, Bazil’s surgeon is left with two options: remove the bullet (reducing Bazil to a »
- Don Simpson
To simply call the new Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie ‘Micmacs’ non-stop madness, the English translation of its French title ‘Micmacs à tire-larigot,’ is an understatement. The action-slapstick comedy stars such supporting actors as Andre Dussollier, Nicolas Marie and Julie Ferrier, who Jeunet compared to the Seven Dwarfs. Lead actor Dany Boon also spontaneously added traces of Charlie Chaplin to his character Bazil in this movie about getting vengeance and revenge against those who have morally-corrupt actions. The movie starts off during Bazil’s childhood, when he was orphaned after his father was killed by a mine that exploded in the Moroccan dessert. The movie then cuts to Bazil as [...] »
Sony Pictures Classics have provided us with poster, photos and trailer from Micmacs.
Micmacs is a 2009 film by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie, The City of Lost Children, A Very Long Engagement) that premiered on 15 September 2009 at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival as a gala screening at Roy Thompson Hall. Its original French title is Micmacs à tire-larigot, (‘Non-stop madness’). The film is billed as a “satire on the world arms trade”.
First, it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain… Bazil (Dany Boon) doesn’t have much luck with weapons. The first made him an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden and instant death.
Released from the hospital, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, our inspired and gentle-natured dreamer is adopted by a motley crew of secondhand dealers »
- Allan Ford
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- Rudie Obias
There are five new clips in from Sony Pictures Classics' "Micmacs" comedy/crime flick. Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("A Very Long Engagement," "Alien Resurrection") directs from the screenplay he wrote along with Guillaume Laurant. The film stars Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Yolande Moreau, Julie Ferrier, Omar Sy, Dominique Pinon, Michel Crémadès and Marie-Julie Baup. "Micmacs à tire-larigot" opens on May 28th in limited areas. First it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain... Bazil doesn't have much luck with weapons. The first made him an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden, instant death. Released from the hospital after his accident, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, our inspired and gentle-natured dreamer is quickly taken in by a motley crew of junkyard dealers living in a veritable Ali Baba's cave. »
Oh, the French. Here’s another trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Micmacs”, or as it’s known in Frogland, “Micmacs à tire-larigot”. First it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain… Bazil doesn’t have much luck with weapons. The first made him an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden, instant death. Released from the hospital after his accident, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, our inspired and gentle-natured dreamer is quickly taken in by a motley crew of junkyard dealers living in a veritable Ali Baba’s cave. The group’s talents and aspirations are as surprising as they are diverse: Remington, Calculator, Buster, Slammer, Elastic Girl, Tiny Pete and Mama Chow. Then one day, walking by two huge buildings, Bazil recognizes the logos of the weapons manufacturers that caused all of his misfortune. »
Check out the trailer for Sony Pictures Classics' "Micmacs à tire-larigot" (a.k.a."Micmacs") starring Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Yolande Moreau, Julie Ferrier, Omar Sy, Dominique Pinon, Michel Crémadès and Marie-Julie Baup. Very intriguing, certainly caught my attention. The film produced by Epithète Films, Tapioca Films, France 3 Cinéma and Warner Bros. Entertainment France opens May 28th in limited areas and is R for sexuality and brief violence. »
Ah yes, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, he's definitely got his fans. Sony Pictures Classics debuted earlier this week the official Us trailer (via Yahoo) for Jeunet's new film Micmacs, or Micmacs à tire-larigot in French. It's a whimsical fairy-tale-like film about a quirky?? guy who tries to destroy two big weapons manufacturers with a team of mistfit friends. It looks so incredibly fun and I'm actually very excited to see it, probably because I'm in the mood for a fun French flick like this. It's been playing at some festivals (like SXSW recently) and getting fairly good reviews (see Fsr). It's finally hitting theaters in May, so check out the new trailer below! Watch the official Us trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs: [flv:http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/micmacs-official-us-trailer.flv http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/micmacs-official-us-trailer.jpg 596 248] You can also watch the new Micmacs trailer in High Definition on Yahoo Micmacs, aka Micmacs à tire-larigot in French, is both written and directed by beloved French filmmaker »
- Alex Billington
So far, SXSW Film has been a whirlwind of panels, red-carpet premieres, films, interviews and celebrity sightings, with barely enough time to breathe and eat before the next "can't miss" event on my schedule. What's been most amazing is how comfortable and relaxed major stars and filmmakers have been at SXSW premieres, including Jean Pierre-Jeunet (Micmacs à tire-larigot) and Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus) hamming it up for the cameras. The biggest highlight by far has been Edward Norton, who I've seen several times over the weekend. He and Tim Blake Nelson were busy with the premiere of their film Leaves of Grass on Friday night at the Alamo South Lamar -- you can see him below on the red carpet for that film.
At our interview on Saturday afternoon Edward stated that he was looking forward to catching a movie while at the festival. Therefore, it was not a »
- Debbie Cerda
Jean-Pierre Jeunet took the Paramount stage briefly Saturday to introduce his latest film, Micmacs à tire-larigot, clarifying the title (saying that it translates to ’shenanigans’ in English, a word he loves) and warned against leaving early, as he had a list of everyone in attendance and would find anyone who exited before the movie’s end.
In a nutshell: The film centers on Bazil (Dany Boon), whose solitary existence began young when his military father was killed by a landmine and his mother falls apart as a result. Flash forward a decade or two, and Bazil is still leading a basic, quiet life, working as a clerk in a video store and lip-synching along to the old movies that appear to be his only close acquaintances when a random drive-by shooting leaves him wounded, a bullet left lodged in his brain. The injury results in him becoming unemployed and homeless, »
- Heather Campbell
This year I've decided to not include titles that were introduced in 2009 and are having their theatrical release this year: they include top of the list we find A Prophet and Fish Tank, a pair of cream of the crop titles showcased in Cannes, and films such as Dogtooth, Hadewijch, Tales From the Golden Age, Father of My Children, City of Life and Death, I Killed My Mother (J'ai tue ma mere), Mother, Mother and Child, Lebanon, Micmacs à tire-larigot are all worthy titles to look out for. - Welcome to the official landing page for where the 2010's top 100 most anticipated list begins. Now in year three, I started putting the list together in an attempt to keep tabs on the projects that matter the most to the site – it acts on some occasions as an F-u to the year in film previews that fail to include important »
Though the happenstance, serendipitous cosmic conditions in the film may be on the 'quirky' side, the camraderie and visual treats on screen are genuinely uplifting.
Micmacs à tire-larigot is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who brought us the beautifully off-beat Amelie, A very long engagement and, strangely, Alien Resurrection. The title translates to either ‘endless big mess’ or ‘dodgy dealings by the dozens,’ both of which sum it up pretty well.
The film opens in a desert, where a man is killed by a landmine. »
- Simon Lewis
Not all of the great film festivals are outside of the U.S. Even if you can’t book a ticket to Cannes or Berlin, you should be able to afford a flight out to Austin, Texas for SXSW, which is a festival for not only movies, but music and video games as well. Like the years before, the line-up for the 2010 SXSW Film Festival is the goods. Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass will open up the fest and then there will be other great-looking films throughout including The Duplass Brothers’ Cyrus, SNL’s hard-r adaptation of MacGruber, Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, and Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways, just to name a few. If you’re going to this year’s SXSW, let me know so I can steal your identity and go in your place.
The 2010 SXSW Film Festival will run from March 12-20. Check out the »
- Matt Goldberg
Less than a week worth of recovering from the Sundance Film Festival, and we are already looking forward to our next, big film fest coverage. That would be the South by Southwest Film Festival held annually in Austin, Texas. Last year, Scott and I brought you all kinds of coverage from the Lone Star State, and this year doesn’t look to be much different.
With that, the announcement came last night of the feature films that will be playing at the SXSW Film Festival. Previous announcement were already made about films like Cold Weather, Electra Luxx, Hubble 3D, Lemmy, Saturday Night, and The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights making their debut. Kick-ass was recently announced as the opening night film, as well.
Among the other films being presented this year are some Sundance darlings, a few, highly anticipated premieres, and MacGruber.
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I was so excited at seeing the SXSW line up last night that I completely forgot to post it and started searching the interwebs for cool content to go with it. Oops. Yes, I wish I was there but alas, it wasn’t mean to be (though don’t despair. We’ll be bringing you wicked awesome coverage).
But enough rambling, you want to know what’s all playing. Well, for a start there’s the much anticipated McGruber (trailer), the Duplass’ semi-mainstream comedy Cyrus, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs (trailer, review), Daniel Stamm’s horror flick Cotton and that’s on top of the previously announced titles which include Electra Luxx (Carla Gugino as a pregnant porn star? Bring. It. On.) and Kick-Ass (trailer). That’s already a great line-up but dear me, some of the other titles are pretty awesome too.
Late yesterday the SXSW Fim Festival, which runs from March 12-20 in Austin, TX, announced the full lineup of films that will be screening at this year’s event. And baby, it’s quite a list. Mixing big name films with intimate indie gems, the sheer number of films and the vast array of talented filmmakers is sure to be a hit with attendees and critics alike.
This lineup includes premieres of studio films such as Universal’s MacGruber, Lionsgate’s teen superhero actioneer Kick-Ass and smaller films like Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs, Michel Gondry’s The Thorn in the Heart and Steven Soderbergh’s And Everything Is Going Fine. With so many films to watch, it will be very difficult to find time to seem them all during the events nine days. But hell, we’re going to try.
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- Chris Ullrich
The 2010 SXSW Film Festival and Conference has announced its initial slate of titles. The list is rife with hot world premieres (Kick-Ass), films fresh from Sundance (The Runaways, Cyrus), hot titles from the 2009 editions of Tiff and Cannes that haven't had much U.S. play (Enter the Void, Dogtooth, Trash Humpers), interesting documentaries (Lemmy, The People v. George Lucas) and much, much more. Simon Rumley's Red, White & Blue, which has received much praise on Twitch based on its Iffr screenings, will have its North American premiere.
Midnight programming courtesy of Fantastic Fest is also back with titles like Higanjima, Monsters, Serbian Film, Outcast, and a yet to be announced special film. Keep eye out for SXSW coverage at Twitch, but for now, pursue the massive list below (descriptions courtesy of SXSW).
Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film »
18 items from 2010