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The 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 7, 2014 3:45 PM
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20 Best 2014 Films We've Already Seen
The more OCD among us here at Playlist Towers find it a source of constant aggravation that release dates vary so much from territory to territory, and festivals often get premieres a full 18-or-so months before a film gains a proper U.S. release, that doing a cut-and-dried list of any given year’s movies becomes less science than art. And while it’s an art that has already yielded our first magnum opus of the year, the 100 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2014, (and we should probably be awarded the rest of January off as a result) there’s still a category of film we’ve left unmined: those movies that we saw and reviewed in 2013 at festivals or sneak screenings or parts foreign that won’t be in theaters until 2014.

Michel Gondry Talks Making Sense Of Noam Chomsky In New Animated Doc, Cutting ‘Mood Indigo’ & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 20, 2013 10:28 AM
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Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?, Michel Gondry
The prospect of holding ones weight conversationally with one of the world's most prominent thinkers is daunting enough, but in sitting down with cognitive scientist and activist Noam Chomsky for the animated documentary “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?,” director Michel Gondry chooses a personal path through the intellectual distance. Illustrating Chomsky’s ideas on linguistics and his childhood memories via Gondry’s hand-drawn 16mm animation, the film is at once dense and incredibly playful, packed with the “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director’s trademark visuals and Chomsky’s logical clarity whether explaining the emergence of language or simply what makes him happy. We sat down recently with Gondry to discuss the film, his decision to cut down his latest effort “Mood Indigo,” and why Roman Polanski shoots Paris better than any French director—but first Gondry described how his path crossed that of Chomsky in the first place.

Michel Gondry Worked With A New Editor On The Shorter International Cut Of 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 5:49 PM
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While even the mere suggestion that a film will be re-edited, cut or tweaked for theaters sends up a reactive, pearl-clutching shock from cinephiles, it's not uncommon. David Lowery snipped 10 minutes of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" from his Sundance cut before it opened in theaters last week, and even the forthcoming "Una Noche" has gone through some slight revisions before its impending arrival this weekend. Granted, those are not quite as potentially altering as the rumored changes requested of Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer," nor the 36 minutes of footage removed from "Mood Indigo." But it's a good reminder that sometimes, even directors know their films need a second look.

International Version Of Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Is 36 Minutes Shorter Than The Original Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 8:59 AM
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"You ain't been blue, till you've had that mood indigo," goes the classic jazz standard "Mood Indigo," and fans of Michel Gondry will indeed be feeling that way upon this morning's news. The director's latest is still without a U.S. distributor, while it continues to open in various international territories, and has played a couple of festivals too (Karlovy Vary and New Zealand). However, it appears those folks outside of France, are getting a very different movie than the one Gondry released in his home country this spring.

Karlovy Vary Review: Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 6, 2013 8:59 AM
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So if we were to CHROME CARROTS attempt to replicate the PERSPEX LIMO omnipresent inventiveness of TINY MOUSE IN A TINY HOUSE Michel Gondry’s latest film throughout the PIANO THAT MAKES COCKTAILS course of this review, it would SUNLIGHT IS STRING get pretty old, pretty damn RUBIK’S CUBE ORGANISER quick. So we’ll stop while we still have you, which is what we deeply wish Gondry had done. But in “Mood Indigo,” which opened the Karlovy Vary Film Festival last week, the French filmmaker's gonzo homemade aesthetic is off the leash entirely, and he shows no mercy in how much gimcrackery he thinks we can handle.

Watch: 5 Romantic & Inventive Clips From Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 9:41 AM
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One movie that is most certainly on list of movies to see in 2013 is still without a U.S. distributor despite boasting the name of Michel Gondry in the director's chair, and a cast that includes familiar arthouse faces Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Omar Sy. So far, we've certainly been piqued by what we've seen -- a good serving of Gondry whimsy, combined with an adaptation of a beloved novel by Boris Vian -- and these five new clips certainly raise the stakes a bit more.

2-Disc Soundtrack For Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Features Duke Ellington, The Lumineers, Mia Doi Todd & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 9:58 AM
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Well, here's something nice. In an era where the music landscape is unpredictable at best, and soundtracks are increasingly pushed to digital-only release, the tunes for Michel Gondry's upcoming "Mood Indigo" are getting a nice spread on two discs. Not too shabby.

Lots Of New Wonderful & Weird Images From Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2013 9:17 AM
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With a release date in France just weeks away, and with "Mood Indigo" looking like a return to form for Michel Gondry, we're still patiently awaiting word of any kind of stateside release. The film still needs a U.S. distributor to step up and bring it to theaters, and hopefully there will be some news soon, but until then we'll just have to look from afar at what we're missing.

Paul McCartney Contributing To Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2013 12:23 PM
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Back in 2007, Michel Gondry directed the video for Paul McCartney’s “Dance Tonight,” and it appears that the two have now collaborated again with the McCartney having reportedly done some work as a guest musician on the score for the director's upcoming “Mood Indigo.”

Watch: A New, Charming Trailer For Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 8:04 AM
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To put it quite simply, Michel Gondry's upcoming "Mood Indigo" looks like the return to form many fans have been waiting for. While the director has been off pursuing various other cinematic challenges, it's been a while since we've dropped into the sort of cinematic funhouse he's put up on screen in "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," "The Science Of Sleep" or even "Be Kind Rewind" (underrated in this writer's opinion). But "Mood Indigo" looks like an utterly charming, whimsical romance and after a gorgeous first trailer in January, a brand new, equally lovely spot has emerged.

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