Don’t get a chance to get out much, so when things slow down a bit like they always do this time of year, I get a chance to watch some of the films that I’ve run across, or that I’ve had on my list for awhile.

Most entertaining by far was Micmacs, the 2009 film by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.  Haven’t had so much fun watching a film in a long time.  Then again, I don’t watch much on a regular basis.

The original French title is Micmacs à tire-larigot, (‘Non-stop shenanigans’), and it was billed as a satire revolving around the “world arms trade”.  Synopsis here.

Love the way Juenet populates his films’ universe with such incredibly vivid, and lovable characters by extremely talented performers. Truly, I don’t think I’ve seen a Jeunet film with a bad cast.  This one will be an annual recurring holiday fare I think, for just its proper mixture of fun and subversive anti-schmatlz. I love it!  Favorite Line: “Ok, leave it in.  He’ll drive airport security wild.”

Oh yea, The other films I got around to seeing were [no order]:

  • Latter Days (2003 – C. Jay Cox),
  • Broken Embraces (2009 – Pedro Almodóvar),
  • A Single Man (2009 – Tom Ford),
  • Do Começo ao Fim (2009 – Aluizio Abranches),
  • A Very Long Engaement (2004 – Jean-Pierre Jeunet),
  • Centurion (2010 – Neil Marshall),
  • Burnt Money (2000 – Marcelo Piñeyro),
  • The City of Lost Children (1995 – Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro).
  • The Fall (2006 – Tarsem Singh) ~ !!!

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