Microbe and Gasoline trailer

Microbe and Gasoline is the name of the new film from Michel Gondry, and two of those three words are also more or less the names of the main characters. Microbe is the introvert; Gasoline, the one in the red jacket, is the outgoing new kid in school. They form a fast friendship, and avoid their families over the summer by building their own car — so this is a road movie, Michel Gondry style. Check out the first Microbe and Gasoline French trailer below. Read More »


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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects

One of the best films of the new century is undoubtedly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s an innovative, beautiful, mesmerizing, heartbreaking and simultaneously uplifting romance. The Charlie Kaufman scripted, Michel Gondry directed film is one of my five favorites of all time, and I’ve explored and read about every facet of the film.

But there might be some of you out there who haven’t dug as deep. That’s why I wanted to post this featurette that dives into the unique and quaint visual effects of the film. Michel Gondry is known for using some interesting practical production methods, but this featurette looks at the seamless digital visual effects that helped complete the film. There are some effects here that you probably didn’t even notice.

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Last week, Edgar Wright suddenly departed from Marvel Studio’s big screen adaptation of Ant-Man, with an official statement citing “differences in their vision of the film” as reasons for the “amicable” split. Marvel Studios says they still plan to have Ant-Man in theaters for the announced July 17th 2015 release date, and Marvel has already begun a search for a new director. The movie will have to begin filming this Summer to make that date, so an announcement will likely come soon. So who should replace Edgar Wright to direct Ant-Man? I explore this question in the article below.

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Mood Indigo trailer

While we’ve seen footage from Michel Gondry‘s new film Mood Indigo over the past year, here’s a proper US trailer. This hits now because the film finally lands in US theaters this summer from Drafthouse Films. The movie adapts the novel by Boris Vian, with Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris starring in a love story that appears to have all the visual and emotional hallmarks of Gondry’s storytelling. Most of this trailer skips right over a big explanation of the plot, favoring instead a long montage of Gondry’s imagery.  And we wouldn’t have it any other way, frankly. Check out the new Mood Indigo trailer below. Read More »


Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we act black, reveal the deepest secrets  of our lives to complete strangers, get our minds blown up by Gondry and Chomsky, stare collectively at the male schlong, and wonder what’s in the water in Finland.
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Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry‘s Mood Indigo has hit a few locations around the globe already, including its native France and the New Zealand and Karlovy Vary film festivals. But it’s undergoing some major changes before making its way to our shores.

Australian distributor Vendetta Films has sent out a memo notifying press that Mood Indigo has been trimmed by over half an hour, and that from now on only the new, shorter version of the movie will play outside of France. Hit the jump to get more details on the shorter Mood Indigo.

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After branching out with a superhero comedy and an experimental urban drama, Michel Gondry is back to his usual whimsical tricks in Mood Indigo. And what great tricks they are.

A musical-olfactory pianocktail device, a kitchen assistant no bigger than a table spoon, a lung pierced with a water lily, and an underwater church wedding are just a few of the dreamlike images you’ll see in the new trailer. The story, based on the novel L’écume des jours by Boris Vian, centers on a newlywed couple (Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou) whose life together is threatened when the wife falls ill. Watch the video after the jump.

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Michel Gondry‘s varied resume includes several documenatires, a superhero flick, and a scrappy urban drama, but he’s still best known for his most whimsical, even dreamlike creations. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is rightly hailed as a classic, and while Be Kind Rewind and The Science of Sleep aren’t at that level, they had a sweet, oddball charm that felt uniquely Gondrian.

His newest feature, Mood Indigo, puts him squarely back into that same quirky territory. The romance follows a blissed-out young couple (Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou) whose marriage becomes complicated by her illness. If that doesn’t sound so weird, wait til you hear the details: He’s the wealthy young inventor of an olfactory-musical device called the pianocktail, her sickness is caused by a water lily in her lung, and the only treatment is to surround her constantly with fresh flowers. Mood Indigo is actually an adaptation of Boris Vian‘s 1947 novel L’Écume des Jours, but Gondry could hardly have found a more suitable premise for his sensibility if he’d come up with it himself. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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In the past few years, Michel Gondry seems to have fallen away somewhat from the playful dreaminess that characterized his earlier work like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, and Be Kind Rewind. Last year’s The Green Hornet looked more or less like the studio superhero flick that it was, and his upcoming drama The We and the I seems to have an almost documentary-ish feel to it.

But for his next feature after that, the fantasy drama Mood Indigo, Gondry’s returning to his uniquely surreal aesthetic in full force. If you thought those bizarro cars were sight to behold, wait til you get a load of Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris‘ cloud-bubble ride, or Aïssa Maïga and Gad Elmaleh racing some kind of mini-Popemobile through what appears to be a hotel.

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