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  1. Tyler

    Mood Indigo (2013)

    More pictures and story here. Also here. Mood Indigo is an adaptation of a 1947 novel by Boris Vian, the title of which translates as either Froth on the Daydream or Foam on the Daze. "Mood Indigo" is also a Duke Ellington song. Not sure if that's relevant here, though.
  2. Waking Life meets My Dinner with Andre, I guess.
  3. Michel Gondry’s ‘We & The I’ Shooting Now; Centers On A Premise With Time Travel & A Youth-Machine During SXSW 2010, French filmmaker Michel Gondry first revealed to us a new lo-fi and under-the-radar project he was working on called, “The We & The I.“It’s [about] kids on a bus…it’s about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated,” he said in somewhat convolutedly. “Because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve.” At the time we asked if the film had any genre-like bend and the “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” director said no, “It’s more like a social thing. It’s not [well-known] actors, it’s going to be kids from a school in the Bronx,” he said. “I love kids and just [regular] people too because they are not polluted by the medium [of film acting]. They come as they are and they have beautiful stories to tell, so I want to show that.” . . . It’s currently filming in the Bronx and we’ve confirmed with his reps that the film centers on a group of school kids who travel into the future by mistake and discover a machine that keeps people younger. Here’s the catch. That premise is evidently accurate… “for now.” Does that mean this story is in flux as its shooting? Are they making it up as they go? Could it change from here on out? . . . The Playlist, September 2
  4. I'll be interviewing the two of them this afternoon. I've interviewed Kaufman before, so I know what I'm getting into. But Gondry's new to me, and I'm only familiar with his new film and a handful of music videos. Any ideas for good questions?
  5. Stephen Chow is 'Hornet's' Kato, helmer Stephen Chow is flying high with "The Green Hornet." Chow is teaming up with Seth Rogen to bring the superhero to the big screen. Chow will not only star in the film as Kato but also make his American directorial debut. Chow, known for his visual work in "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Shaolin Soccer," gives momentum to the project, which has a June 25, 2010, release date. Hollywood Reporter, September 19
  6. David Poland has the first blurb review of the film I've seen, from Sundance: QUOTE ... The Science of Sleep appears to be Michel Gondry's "F--- you, Charlie" to Charlie Kaufman, who seems to have gotten far too much credit for Gondry's taste for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Again, waking sleep is a focus. But, unfortunately, this time Gondry only has himself to structure the narrative and he could have used a real screenwriter. That said, the first 30 minutes of the film are among the best I've seen in the last few years, making Garden State's attempts at a similar whimsy look like the sophomoric effort it was. Gondry's hero here is Gael Garcia Bernal, who gives one of his best performances as a young man who feels displaced, hates his day job, and is slowly falling in love with the girl next door. Bernal proves a deft comedian and a crossover performer, speaking English, Spanish, and broken French in his role. His opposite number in this one is Charlotte Gainsbourg (who didn't attend the premiere after injuring her back snowboarding). The other key player in the film is Alain Chabet, who plays a co-worker who is also a devil on one of Bernal's shoulders. Very funny. But while Bernal shines brightly, the real star of the film is Gondry, who is as hyper-stimulated as ever but, for the first 30 minutes, relentlessly enchanting. As he hits the second 30 minutes, he begins to feel as though he is repeating a bit. Too much of a good thing. Yet he always brings the audience back into the fold with this magic trick or that. Gondry is a very funny man. And like Tati, even when the pudding sometimes feels a little thick, you can't help but to sit back and smile. The Science of Sleep is one of those films you can watch over and over and over again, loaded with gags and gimmicks and spectacularly beautiful and memorable images. It is very imperfect. But damn, is it fun. Gondry is a master of what he does. And you can feel the passion in every frame of the film. It would be easy to overstate the strength of the movie. But it would be equally easy to dismiss it too easily. I don't see it as a massive hit. It is in multiple languages, will irritate most people over 50, and has no American stars in it. But it is probably a better Saturday night stoner flick that Eternal Sunshine because it is less coherent. You really could view any 5 minutes like its own stand alone art project. Thin is still the best film I've seen here so far. But The Science of Sleep is a strong second best. And you have to know which DVD will remain nearby the player for most people. It is a real landmark to come in the world of crossover international films, mixing languages freely, as only culturally accepted in Singapore-made films up until now.
  7. Crow

    Tokyo! (2008)

    Has anyone seen this? A collection of three short films from three directors inspired by the city. Michel Gondry explores interior spaces and human relationships, with a twist based on his unique style. Leos Carax gives a unique spin on the Godzilla myth. Joon-ho Bong (who directed The Host) looks at the Hikikomori culture, of lonely people who have shut themselves inside their apartments, and what happens when one man ventures outside. Having had a chance to see this in an actual theater in town, I enjoyed all three films and how their interesting explorations of Japanese culture, especially after seeing the J-POP program at Flickerings a couple of years. Besides, anything by Gondry is a treat.
  8. opus

    Be Kind Rewind (2008)

    The trailer for Michel Gondry's next film, Be Kind, Rewind, has just been posted... http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809761737/video/3631941/ And here's the synopsis: QUOTE Jack Black stars in this new comedy from the wild imagination of Academy Award winner Michel Gondry about two best friends, one electromagnetic field, and every movie you�ve ever loved. When Jerry becomes accidentally magnetized while trying to sabotage the power plant he believes is melting his brain, the magnetic field he gives off ends up erasing all of the tapes in the video store where his best friend Mike works. Now Mike may lose his job, and the only way the friends can think to save it is to keep the one regular customer they have - a little old lady with a tenuous grasp on reality - from recognizing what has happened. The way they do this? By recreating and refilming every movie that she decides to rent of course! From Driving Miss Daisy to Ghostbusters to Rush Hour, these two friends become the biggest stars in their neighbourhood by starring in the biggest movies in the world.
  9. You might want to buckle up. And watch carefully.
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