Posts Tagged ‘Jean-Pierre Jeunet’

The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: Headliners

March 10, 2010

Why not wait until 48 hours before the SXSW Film Festival kicks off to post our preview? That’s a question that will haunt Squally until we crawl into our premature grave. While nobler movie bloggers pack their bags for Austin–visions of Harry Knowles smeared with BBQ dancing in their heads—here’s a humble look at what’s screening over the next nine days. First up: a rattle bag of marquee fodder which includes the Duplasses’ venture into the mainstream, Robert Duvall facing off against Bill Murray, Rhys Ifans as a stoner hero and the triumphant return of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Click on the titles to watch trailers.

Read the first part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read the second part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.

Cyrus

The Duplass Brothers do a David Gordon Green, moving to a bigger budget and familiar faces, while mining a familiar seam of discomfort that doesn’t seem so radical in hindsight. Things look like they’re turning around for loser John C. Reilly when he meets the hot Marisa Tomei. The problem is she has a stay-at-home son played by Jonah Hill. That means he’s going to be plenty gross and creepy.

Four Lions

Fresh from Sundance, where it failed to raise hackles, comes British satirist Chris Morris’s terrorist comedy. A quartet of hapless Sheffield Muslims cook up a suicide bomber plot that, in the best tradition of Anglo-cringe comedy, comes undone through their own stupidity. The point is that while fundamentalism and dimwittedness go hand-in-hand, the results are no laughing matter. Feel-badness all ‘round, then.

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Trailerama: Micmacs à tire-larigot (Micmacs)

September 17, 2009

The sepia tint and wide-angle lens abuse can only mean that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is back following a nearly six year absence. Micmacs finds him teamed with Dany Boon, a French comic who headlined the big 2008 hit Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis. Boon plays a video store clerk whose life is changed by a stray bullet. Obsessed with getting revenge on a pair of arms dealers, Boon falls in with a nutty group that includes frequent Jeunet collaborator Dominique Pinon and Yolande Moreau. The trailer assures us that despite the contemporary relevance, Jeunet’s love of Gallic eccentricity and Rube Goldberg-like stunts is very much intact.