French Film

Edgar Wright, the man who brought us the brilliant musical zombie death set to Queen in Shaun of the Dead, has confirmed that he’s written a script that’s “kind of like a musical.” According to The Moveable Fest‘s recap of Wright’s curation of films at the New Beverly called The Wright Stuff, the director explained his choice of showing the 1964 Jacques Demy musical romance The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (featuring French superstar Catherine Deneuve) thusly: “I’ve written a script which is kind of like a musical. Slightly a departure for me in some ways, but when I’ve told people about the movie and the idea, most of them have said, ‘You’ve got to see Umbrellas of Cherbourg,’ So here we are.” At this point, fans will probably eat up anything from the talent who seems potentially, endlessly flexible. The final film in the Cornetto Trilogy would be a welcome sight to see, but why not a musical-ish movie from a filmmaker who clearly has an ear for song and the way it works within the confines of the screen? It’s unclear why everyone that hears his idea instantly tosses out the Cherbourg suggestion, but if it’s any clue as to what Wright’s movie might be like, it would be a colorful dramatic comedy with its fair share of sung scenes. Just for fun, here’s the love theme from the movie. Take a look and see if you can see Wright making something like it:

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The Green Hornet was a brief interlude into the mainstream (or as far into it as he could go) for Michel Gondry. The director seems far more at home when working with the fantastical, the sweetly bizarre, and the effects that are done in-camera. Fortunately, he’s got his passport stamped and he’s ready to return to that world. According to Variety, Gondry will be adapting the Boris Vian novel “L’ecume des Jours” for the screen. According to Google Beatbox, that translates to The Foam of Days, but they’ve added another “the” in for good measure. The plot focuses on a man who invents an instrument that plays both for the ears and nose who falls in love with a woman, but after the two are married, they discover a rare medical ailment which demands that she always be surrounded by flowers. As if that weren’t Gondryesque enough, it also tells the story of another couple and their quirky issues. Plus, he’s got a hell of a cast lined up.

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We call them threesomes here, but this fancy film deserves something more high brow. Masterpiece Theater-style offerings get a bad reputation because they’re usually chock full of people being extra polite and eating finger sandwiches. The trailer for The Princess of Montpensier seems to buck that trend by trading the politeness for swordfighting, and the finger sandwiches for human nether regions. There are both kinds of passion swinging free in this trailer, and it’s all over a beautiful woman. Figures. Check it out for yourself:

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Join us each week as Rob Hunter takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. And remember, these listings and category placements are meant as informational conversation starters only. But you can still tell Hunter how wrong he is in the comment section below. There are three DVDs worth Buying this week including the dark, modern noir of the Red Riding trilogy, the very funny spy spoof, OSS 117: Lost In Rio, and the complete series run of Thriller, but there’s also several flicks worth Renting including Harry Brown, Flashforward, Tormented, and yes, The Vampire Diaries. See all of this week’s relevant DVD releases after the jump…

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The answer won’t surprise you. Especially if you’re a regular reader of this site.

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The Coroner

On the second installment of The Coroner’s Report we’re kicking off the start of our After Dark Horrorfest coverage with 8 Films to Die For by taking a look at the French “Frontiere(s).”

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