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Mood Indigo Review


Very Good

After a string of projects in America (including the masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), French filmmaker Michel Gondry returns home to let his manic imagination run wild. This film is a riot of movement, as the sets themselves seem to be alive, packing every moment of the film with visual absurdity, witty gags, colourful characters and soulful music. And while the mayhem is sometimes a bit overwhelming, the story's romantic moods resonate deeply, turning a silly movie into something surprisingly moving.

It's based on Boris Vian's 1947 novel L'Ecume des Jours, which has been adapted into two previous films and a Russian opera. In Paris, Colin (Romain Duris) is an independently wealthy bachelor whose friend Nicolas (Omar Sy) cooks and cleans and keeps music echoing around his chaotic flat. But when Nicolas admits that he's falling for their friend Isis (Charlotte Le Bon), and Colin's best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh) announces that he has a new girlfriend Alise (Aissa Maiga), Colin decides maybe he should find a woman himself. Then he meets Chloe (Audrey Tautou), and the spark between them is instant. But just as they get married, Chloe becomes ill when a tiny waterlily takes root in her lung, and the only treatment is to encircle her with flowers.

As Chloe's condition deteriorates, so does the state of Colin's entire apartment, and eventually the colour begins to drain from all of Paris as well, while friendships are strained by the possibility of death. It's a startling on-screen transformation, as Gondry keeps everything in motion, using any kind of visual trickery imaginable, mainly effects that take place right on the film set, like puppetry and stop-motion. The zaniness continues in the background even after the characters' stories steal focus from them. Yes, the cast members are so strong that they manage to rise above the chaos. As always, Duris brings real charm to the whole film, generating sparky chemistry with everyone around him, and his chemistry with Tautou is seriously sweet.

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Colin (Romain Duris) is a rich inventor living in fantasy Paris who has focused his career on advancing his latest machine, the pianocktail; a piano that can also make cocktails for the thirsty instrumentalist. But his sights are soon turned away when he discovers that his best friend Chick is in love with a woman called Alise. Aggrieved by the thought of a life of loneliness, he decides to embark on a romantic adventure himself when he meets the quirky Chloe (Audrey Tautou) at a party. Initially a little awkward, Colin and Chloe fall dazzlingly in love. However, their happiness is soon compromised when Chloe falls deathly ill with a rare disease whereby a waterlily is growing inside her lung. Her only cure is to be surrounded by fresh flowers, but the question is, just how long can Colin keep up the treatment?

Originally entitled 'L'écume des jours', 'Mood Indigo' is a French fantasy romance based on the 1947 cult novel 'Froth on the Daydream' by Boris Vian. The movie has been directed by Academy Award winner Michel Gondry ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', 'The Science of Sleep') and co-written by Luc Bossi ('The Prey', 'L'empire des loups'). It won a Cesar Award at the 2014 ceremony where it was nominated for a further two awards, and it was also nominated for four prizes at the Lumiere Awards. 'Mood Indigo' is due for UK cinematic release on August 1st 2014.

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The 5 Directors That Could Rescue Marvel's 'Ant-Man'


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Why doesn’t anyone want to direct 'Ant-Man'!? Well, I’m sure someone does, but for some reason, Marvel is having a bit of a difficult time trying to keep someone attached to the project. The superhero film had its first director, Edgar Wright, take over the reins all the way back in 2006, so it was definitely a blow when he decided to leave directing duties late last month. However, soon after, Marvel was in talks to enlist someone new already: 'Anchorman' director Adam McKay...but then he left too due to time restraints with his schedule.

Edgar Wright PremiereEdgar Wright left the film after being involved for nearly a decade

So, where does 'Ant-Man' go from here? Does Marvel spend time sifting through candidates hoping to find one that's willing, or do they just give up and decide to can the film entirely? Though it’s a drastic measure, it’s safe to say that 'Ant-Man' isn’t exactly the most desirable or profitable superhero around, and there’s no telling how the movie could perform at the box office. If Marvel did scrap it, perhaps they could focus their efforts on a new flick for one of their other characters: what about She-Hulk or a Ms. Marvel movie? Chances are it’s not going to be scrapped and a new director will be announced eventually, but who’s best fit for the position?

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Michel Gondry's Stunning Surrealism Returns In 'Mood Indigo' With Audrey Tautou And Romain Duris (Trailer)


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Judging by the latest trailer from Michel Gondry for 'Mood Indigo' starring Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and Audrey Tautou (Amelie, Priceless), he's once again back to his stunningly surreal The Science of Sleep best for another French language cinematic beauty. 

Based on a 1947 novel by Boris Vian called Froth on a Daydream, the movie sees Colin (Duris), a wealthy and successful inventor of a smell-based musical instrument named a Pianocktail. Through his friend, Chick, he meets Chloe (Tautou) and falls head over heels in love. They get married in a whirlwind romance, but while on their honeymoon, Chloe falls ill and in the ensuing weeks and months her health deteriorates. As she gets worse, so the film devolves into an increasingly dark world. 

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Michel Gondry Monday 10th January 2011 Premiere of Columbia Pictures 'The Green Hornet' at Graumans Chinese Theatre - Outside Arrivals Los Angeles, California

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Michel Gondry - Director Michel Gondry Hollywood, California - Premiere Of Columbia Pictures The Green Hornet at Graumans Chinese Theatre - Arrivals Monday 10th January 2011

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The Green Hornet Trailer


The Green Hornet is the latest superhero to receive the film treatment. When Britt Reid's father dies unexpectedly Britt is left in control of a multinational news paper empire.

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Tokyo! Review


Good
Tokyo! is a curious conundrum. The movie is a triptych of short films about the titular metropolis made by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Joon-ho Bong, three non-Japanese filmmakers. Each tries to offer up personalized impressions of the Japanese capital, and that alone would suggest a worthwhile cinematic experience. But the films themselves lack the intimacy with Tokyo's cultural nuances that we crave from a piece like this, trafficking instead in stereotypes and platitudes.

For its easy charm and humor, Michel Gondry's "Interior Design" comes off best. Gondry's story follows a young couple -- Hiroko and Akira (Ayako Fujitani and Ryo Kase) -- who have just moved to Tokyo, struggling to find an apartment, jobs, and generally to start their new lives. Akira's an aspiring filmmaker-artist, hence a bit of a space case, while his girlfriend Hiroko is smart but directionless. While getting started in Tokyo, they bunk up with a friend in her absurdly tiny apartment. Gradually, Hiroko pulls away from Akira and, in a Gondry-esque bit of transmogrification, she suddenly has the ability to shift from human to chair form and back. As a chair, she becomes part of the furnishings in a stranger's home, and feels herself an object of value, something she lacked as a human being. Gondry pokes fun at Tokyo's housing crisis: The living spaces are hilariously cramped, hardly more than glorified closets. With the low-key bantering of its characters, the quotidian details of Tokyo street life, its movie-within-a-movie device, the human-chair magic trick, and the overall theme of life-as-reverie, this is a Gondry project through and through. And, though not illuminating on the subject of its city, it's still a cute, clever take on Tokyo to keep us amused.

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Be Kind Rewind Review


Extraordinary
Along with sound and color, the recordable magnetic tape has to be one of the most important technological advances in the history of cinema. It literally allowed the elitist conceits behind film fandom to become populist, even pedestrian. Beyond all the "everyone's a critic" caterwauling, VHS also made for a more communal experience when it came to creativity. It broadened the horizons of many who only knew what their local cineplex spoon-fed them. And one of the best examples of its lasting impact exists in Michel Gondry's brilliant little allegory Be Kind Rewind. While it purports to be a clever comedy, it's really the celluloid significance of the '80s as an amiable analog fairytale.

With the city of Passaic, New Jersey threatening to condemn his tiny video rental store, old Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover) must take some drastic steps. While off on a fact-finding trip to a major chain outlet, he leaves trusted employee Mike (Mos Def) in charge. He has only one mandate -- keep the slightly crazy local mechanic Jerry (Jack Black) out of the store. Seems the crackpot conspiracy theorist has a tendency to drive away the clientele. One day, after a botched break-in at the power plant that Jerry believes is brainwashing him, Mike discovers that all the tapes in the shop have been erased - and it's all magnetized Jerry's fault. With meddling Ms. Falewicz (Mia Farrow) reporting back to Fletcher every day, the pair needs to do something to keep the business afloat. With Jerry as his star, and a dry cleaning clerk named Alma (Melonie Diaz) as his assistant, Mike decides to "swede" all the missing films by reshooting them, quick and dirty. Oddly enough, their homemade versions are a huge hit.

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The Science Of Sleep Trailer


The Science Of Sleep
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Dave Chappelle's Block Party Review


Extraordinary
Imagine you were a marginally successful comedian, one who had spent 10 years touring clubs and taking bit movie parts for a living. Suddenly, you got a big break and hit a grand slam, catapulting your name to household status with both mainstream appeal and real street cred. What would you do with this fame, fortune, and success?

If you had any sense of decency, you'd throw yourself a big party.

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The Science Of Sleep Review


OK
How exactly could such as astoundingly well-crafted and adventurous vision like The Science of Sleep end up the throwaway curiosity that it is? To be sure, there's no lack of effort from writer/director Michel Gondry, ringleader of this particular reality-blurring carnival, who brings to bear all of his singular skills at drawing dreamscapes disturbingly close to the frame of our everyday lives. His well-directed cast fling themselves right into the mix, going at their roles with enthusiastic abandon. The story is a delightful fantasia about a young man (grown-up boy, really) whose dream-life flows over into his waking hours -- in which he's smitten with his friendly but romantically distant next-door neighbor -- a problem that he doesn't seem to even to consider a problem. But the film's wild images and sense of fun are fleeting at best, and start to leak away the second the credits begin to roll.

After scoring so perfectly with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and its follow-up, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, it was maybe inevitable that Gondry was going to slip up, and this film is that slip-up. Firstly, it's hard to shake the feeling that the scraps of story that leak out around the visuals are not much more than leftover ideas from Eternal Sunshine, further notes on the fantastic. As Stephane, the neurotic star of his own dream-TV show, Stephane TV, Gael García Bernal uses that slightly blank charisma of his to singular effect. Though Gondry takes awhile to lay his cards down on this character, leaving audiences not entirely sure whether to view Stephane as an innocent dreamer or immature creep, it's hard not to warm to Bernal's enthusiasm -- even he did put it to better use in The King.

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Mood Indigo Movie Review

Mood Indigo Movie Review

After a string of projects in America (including the masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless...

Mood Indigo Trailer

Mood Indigo Trailer

Colin (Romain Duris) is a rich inventor living in fantasy Paris who has focused his...

The Green Hornet Trailer

The Green Hornet Trailer

The Green Hornet is the latest superhero to receive the film treatment. When Britt Reid's...

The Science Of Sleep Trailer

The Science Of Sleep Trailer

The Science Of Sleep Trailer From the boundlessly inventive creator of award-winning films, Michel Gondry...

Dave Chappelle's Block Party Movie Review

Dave Chappelle's Block Party Movie Review

Imagine you were a marginally successful comedian, one who had spent 10 years touring clubs...

The Science of Sleep Movie Review

The Science of Sleep Movie Review

How exactly could such as astoundingly well-crafted and adventurous vision like The Science of Sleep...

Dave Chapelle's Block Party Movie Review

Dave Chapelle's Block Party Movie Review

Imagine you were a marginally successful comedian, one who had spent 10 years touring clubs...

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