Friday, August 31, 2007

The thing about making lists is you almost always manage to forget things which are really obvious. I was reminded yesterday that in Wednesday's post I overlooked two favorites: Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick... not to mention David Cronenberg, The Brothers Quay, and probably my all time faves Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Shame.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is currently working on a film adaptation of Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi, set for a 2009 release. (Unfortunately no trailer yet.) Since the childhood friends who defined contemporary French film with Delicatessen and City of Lost Children split, Jeunet has directed several films, including Amelie (The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain) - one of the most clever and decidedly Parisian films of alll time. Caro's first solo effort is Dante 01, a sci-fi epic to be realeased later this year or early '08. Some info can be found here.

Dante 01 is about a prison ship, which is interesting because I think Fight Club director David Fincher's Alien III (about a prison ship) was the best styled and most under-rated of the series (James Cameron's Aliens was the most popular but by far the worst... but I digress...) and Alien: Resurrection was directed by former partner Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The fourth Alien film was at times flat out horrible and at times brilliant, which I have to blame on the script. The scene in which Ripley's genetic clone confronts her origin in the laboratory is some of the best acting and directing ever put to celluloid - and the birth scene being one of the absolute worst. There's only so much you can do with the plot you're handed.

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