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Film, "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?": Michel Gondry on Noam Chomsky?

"Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?": Michel Gondry on Noam Chomsky?

How odd: a film about Noam Chomsky by Michel Gondry. And how great: a lucid dream about the basic nature of human communication. Neither a hagiography nor an ad hominem attack, this refreshingly agenda-less movie is self-described as "an animated…
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Film, "Gimme the Loot": A Day in the Bronx

"Gimme the Loot": A Day in the Bronx

2013 is proving to be a good year for micro-budgeted, deeply-felt comedies about teenagers in the Bronx. Hot on the heels of Michel Gondry's The We and the I comes Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot, which looks at the same…
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Film, "We and the I": Gondry Captures Childhood in a Bus Ride

"We and the I": Gondry Captures Childhood in a Bus Ride

Oh, kids these days! They all may have smartphones and constant Internet access, and openly queer kids are accepted — but wearing your backpack straps over both shoulders still makes you a target of harassment by the mean kids, because…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tonight! Gondry Screening, John Vanderslice Plays <em>Diamond Dogs</em>

Tonight! Gondry Screening, John Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs

If there's one thing David Bowie's personas have taught us, it's that this could all be a dream. Dream-you could be real-you or vice-versa, sailing along the dreamscape with the same cast of characters reincarnated nightly as glammed out…
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Calendar, Night&Day Let Sleeping Diamond Dogs Lie

Let Sleeping Diamond Dogs Lie

If there's one thing David Bowie's personas have taught us, it's that this could all be a dream. Dream-you could be real-you or vice-versa, sailing along the dreamscape with the same cast of characters reincarnated nightly as glammed out hybrids…
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Film, "The Green Hornet": Seth Rogen's superhero can't save this movie

"The Green Hornet": Seth Rogen's superhero can't save this movie

Only inertia will bring people to Michel Gondry's 3-D spectacle, The Green Hornet. Opening amid persistent negative buzz in the mid-January dead zone, this long-germinating prospective franchise, based on a character that first saturated the nation's radio waves in 1939,…
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Music, All Shook Down Sometimes It's Gross: Michel Gondry, on the Internet

Sometimes It's Gross: Michel Gondry, on the Internet

The Internet has made us all famous to the people who like us. As Harvard fellow Danah Boyd emphasized in her keynote speech at SXSWi this week, social media has turned the notion of public and private completely on…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>A Town Called Panic</i>

A Town Called Panic

Animals and people are all jumbled up in this hyperactive Belgian puppet animation—as in A Town Called Panic's central ménage of Cowboy, Indian, and Horse. The filmmakers, Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, show little regard for scale and less for…
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Calendar, Night&Day Godardian Knot

Godardian Knot

Pop quiz: How many of you Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman fans out there have seen even one Jean-Luc Godard film? Frankly, friends, that’s plain embarrassing. You can’t go around touting the brilliance of your heroes’ fragmented narratives, surrealist alienation,…
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Film, <i>Be Kind, Rewind</i> Not Worth Renting

Be Kind, Rewind Not Worth Renting

The pleasures of Be Kind Rewind do not extend far beyond the promise of its premise: Jack Black, magnetized and manic (yawn), erases every single video tape in the rental store where he hangs out and has to reshoot the…
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Music, All Shook Down

Mos Def and Jack Black Remake Rush Hour 2 in Be Kind Rewind

Michel Gondry's upcoming film Be Kind Rewind features Mos Def and Jack Black as video store clerks who film their own versions of Hollywood blockbusters after accidentally demagnetizing all the rental tapes. This means hilarious home videos of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kartoon Korner

Kartoon Korner

News flash: Bambi's mother did not, in fact, die a painful, horrible death. She was made out of paint and celluloid, not flesh and blood. That's right, kids: cels, not cells. One of the amazing things about animation, as D.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Free Will-owz

Free Will-owz

Though the Willowz's music has appeared on the soundtracks to Michel Gondry's thoughtful tear-jerkers the Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it's Dazed and Confused that comes to mind when sampling the tracks from their new…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Hand It to Him

Hand It to Him

The Science of Sleep (Warner Bros.) Feature films are to video directors what sitcoms are to stand-up comedians, and for every David Fincher and Seinfeld, there are dozens of artists who should have stayed in the field they know best.…
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Film, Playtime

Playtime

Sweet, crazy, and tinged with sadness, Michel Gondry's new feature, The Science of Sleep, is a wondrous concoction. The tricksy romantic narrative — in which Gael Garca Bernal plays a hapless, Chaplin-esque madman — may be reminiscent of Eternal Sunshine…
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