movie: Micmacs

March 5, 2010

Micmacs is a nice little french film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Alien: Resurrection & Amélie) at the GFT.  The movie is a colorful, quirky and other-worldly that tells the simple story of Bazil, who is shot in the head, survives but the bullet can’t be removed – oh and his father was blown up by a landmine 30 years earlier.  Doesn’t sound much fun yet does it?

Bazil, gets by with some interesting street performance and eventually falls in with a strange group of misfits in an underground world of their own.  Then he finds the arms manufacturers who made the bullet still in his head and their competitors who made the landmine that killed his father and starts to set them against each other.  After some comical misadventures they kidnap the two heads of the rival firms and… well I can’t give that away but its a nice twist.

It is a lovely little film with lots of laughs, chain reaction situations and well shot with incredible color schemes making a larger than life fantasy world.

By The Way: this is a great story and character based movie and wouldn’t have benefit in any way from being 3D – we don’t need 3D movies!

book: Mark Kermode “It’s Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive”

March 5, 2010

It’s Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive” by Mark Kermode is an odd book which doesn’t really fit any category.  It isn’t an autobiography but does follow elements of his life story from job to job.  It isn’t a collection of movie reviews or movie geek backstage info.  And it isn’t just a collection of anecdotes, stories and interviews… ok well actually that is more or less what this is.

I have to say that if it wasn’t for the book signing event at the GFT last month I might never have gotten around to getting this book but I’m glad I did.  While I found that the book started a bit slow, there were enough interesting and funny moments to keep my going and by about half way through it was really flowing with very funny stories – the incident where a naive ambitious movie critic arranges to interview Linda Blair from The Exorcist (his favourite movie) had me literally laughing so much it hurt.

I’m a big fan of Mark Kermode because I find his review style easy to relate to and it seems to give a real insight into the movie in question and his reasons for building it up or tearing it down.  He leaves enough space for you to agree or disagree with him while still understanding his opinion.  Anyway it makes good radio.