The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Based on: Reif Larsen‘s novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
Cast: Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie, Niamh WilsonJakob Davies, Dominique Pinon

T.S. (Kyle Catlett) is a scientist, despite his young years. And he just invented the closest thing to a perpetual motion machine that humanity ever managed to built. For that, he is supposed to be honored at the Smithsonian. Only that they don’t know that he is only 10 years old. Since T.S.’s family life is complicated – his mother and fellow scientist (Helena Bonham Carter) is completely occupied with her work, his father (Callum Keith Rennie) is a cowboy and farmer who doesn’t really know how to connect to T.S., his sister Gracie (Niamh Wilson) is an overdramatic teenager dreaming of an acting career and his twin brother Layton (Jakob Davies) just died – he decides to travel to the Smithsonian on his own to receive his award. But crossing practically an entire continent from the West to the East is not easily done.

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a wonderful film. Great characters, touching story, beautiful images, quirky aesthetic and sense of humor. I loved every second of it.

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Delicatessen (1991)

Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writer: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gilles Adrien
Cast: Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado, Anne-Marie Pisani, Edith Ker

In a post apocalyptic world with very scarce food supplies, a butcher Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) has resorted to cannibalism. He usually posts an ad for a job and whoever takes it up, soon ends up on the plates of all the tenants in the house. Former clown Stan (Dominique Pinon) is the newest hire. But he’s lucky enough that Clapet’s daughter Julie (Marie-Laure Dougnac) takes a shine to him and tries the best to save him.

Delicatessen is an extremely weird film. It’s the kind of crackpot you usually only get in Japanese films and it’s a whole lot of fun.


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Re-Watch: Alien: Resurrection (1997)

Alien: Resurrection
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writer: Joss Whedon
Sequel to: Alien, Aliens, Alien³
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, Kim Flowers, Raymond Cruz, Dan Hedaya

200  years after Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) died, a clone of her wakes up on a spaceship. But she’s not entirely human anymore. Instead the scientist have mixed her DNA with Alien DNA in an attempt to revive the Queen. And finally they have managed. As the experiments go on, a band of smugglers led by Frank Elgyn (Michael Wincott), come aboard to deliver something (or better someone). Among the smugglers is Annalee Call (Winona Ryder) who, it soon turns out, has her own agenda. And then everything quickly goes to hell.

Alien: Resurrection is not a very good film. There are moments where you get glimpses of Whedon’s sense of humor (which I probably only noticed because I knew Whedon was the writer) and moments where the themes that are explored get actually interesting, but they pass by way too quickly, leaving you with a so-standard-it’s-boring action film.


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Micmacs à tire-larigot [Micmacs] (2009)

Micmacs is the newest movie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and stars Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon and Yolande Moreau.

When Bazil (Dany Boon) is a little boy, his father is killed by a landmine. Years later, Bazil remained an underachiever, works in a videostore where he watches old movies the whole day. One day, he gets shot in the head by a stray bullet. He survives, but the bullet remains in his head and he could drop dead any second. When he gets out of the hospital, he has lost his flat and his job. For a while, he tries to get by by being a street artist until he is kind of adopted by a random bunch of outcasts. One day, he drives past the company which produced the landmine that killed his father, which happens to be right across the street from the company which produced the bullet in his head and he decides to take revenge.

Jeunet is a wonderful film maker with a great visual style. That’s also the case here. Unfortunately, it all gets a little too much, especially the whimsy factor is much too high.

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