Omar Sy

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Mood Indigo feels like a line in the sand. For the anti-appreciates of Michel Gondry‘s style, it could almost be taken as a dare. “You don’t like twee whimsy? HERE’S EVEN MORE OF IT.” For fans of the director, it comes across as a test. “You love this cotton candy stop-motion quirk? We will shove it down your throat for two hours (an hour and a half in the US cut).” In previous Gondry films, flights of fancy came within specific settings, like dreamworlds or sweded movies. The entire universe of Mood Indigo is a cacophony of magical doohickeys, alien practices and other phenomena that go both unexplained and uncommented-upon. Alarm bells skitter around on insect legs. People go on dates in flying cloud machines. When they dance, their bodies contort into weird, often unsettling ways. A contraption called a pianocktail mixes drinks based on what keys you hit on a piano. And so on and so forth. None of this fantasticalness is of Gondry’s invention. The film is a faithful adaptation of French writer Boris Vian‘s 1947 novel “L’Écume des Jours” (“Froth on the Daydream” or “Foam of the Daze“). All this weirdness springs from Vian’s imagination — Gondry and his crew are merely the enthusiastic translators from page to screen. If nothing else, the film made me want to check out the book and see just what kind of madness can come from the uninhibited possibilities of the written word.

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Over the past few months it’s become pretty clear that if you want to keep up with all of the latest news regarding Fox’s upcoming time travel mutant epic, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, you have to go no further than simply following its director, Bryan Singer’s, Twitter account. Every new casting announcement, every little plot detail, and every glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes has pretty much come from Singer, who seems eager to control who knows what about his movie. Earlier today he took things up another notch by utilizing Twitter’s relatively new video platform, Vine, to give fans another nugget of info regarding what they can expect from Days of Future Past. More specifically, he confirmed that this new X-Men movie will include comic characters who we’ve never seen in an X-Men movie before. Along with the caption, “Every mutant needs a place to sit,” came the following video:

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The Intouchables Movie

On the surface, The Intouchables sounds like another trite, feel-good movie about a mismatched pair of unlikely friends, who come together to inspire each other despite overwhelming odds. Or, maybe it’s a remake of The Untouchables with an unfortunate typo. But it’s not about sending anyone to the Chicago morgue, and your everyday buddy movie simply doesn’t achieve the enormous box office haul that’s been amassed by this French drama, which has reportedly earned more than $280 million before even opening stateside. So The Intouchables has clearly hit unique nerve. After all, it’s not a big, expensive blockbuster or a sequel to a mega-popular franchise. Still, the formula for success here, perfected by co-directors/writers Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, is clear: Find characters worth caring about, cast actors who are adept at making you feel for them and surround the stars with an inspirational narrative centered on meaningful, affecting human growth.

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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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