Be Kind Re Wind
August 9, 2007 3:55 PM   Subscribe

Please Be Kind, Rewind. Very cool trailer for Michel Gondry's new film. Great premise, great director and great cast.
posted by ShawnString (68 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
sorry if if its a little PepsiBlue, just thought it was a cool trailer
posted by ShawnString at 3:56 PM on August 9, 2007


Previous hilarity.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:00 PM on August 9, 2007


I was I was a cute little androgynous hipster, then everyone would understand my ironic pain.
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 4:10 PM on August 9, 2007


I must I must I must increase my bust.
posted by chunking express at 4:14 PM on August 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


Let's hope it's better than The Science Of Sleep, which fell a little flat for me.
posted by Artw at 4:17 PM on August 9, 2007


Science of Sleep was a huge disappointment.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 4:20 PM on August 9, 2007


Yeah, it was. This looks great, though. Good post, ShawnString, I loved watching the trailer.
posted by micayetoca at 4:25 PM on August 9, 2007


No spoilers! I don't want to know it's disappointing ahead of time!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 4:25 PM on August 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


This looks like the film the annoying brat from The Science Of Sleep would make.

(Although that's a Blast From The Past poster up in the shop, so there's hope)
posted by cillit bang at 4:31 PM on August 9, 2007


I think I have stumbled into some alternate dimension in which The Science of Sleep was bad and Blast From the Past was good. Please help me get back to the right dimension, please, I am frightened.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 4:43 PM on August 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


The Science of Sleep may have been disappointing, but only because it had all the right ingredients but was missing something in the production. Gondry makes beautiful, heart-breaking films and I will be excited to see this one--hopefully it will be just a little more complete.
posted by nonmerci at 4:53 PM on August 9, 2007


I showed this to a coworker earlier and we couldn't stop laughing at "Slimer" and the rest of the Ghostbusters set piece. This is practically YouTube: The Movie.
posted by Servo5678 at 5:11 PM on August 9, 2007


I was I was a cute little androgynous hipster, then everyone would understand my ironic pain.

Cute androgynous hipster? Would that be Jack Black or Mos Def?
posted by grobstein at 5:11 PM on August 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


Jack Black annoys me, but this looks like the right kind of role for his brand of annoying. I loved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, so I'll check this one out.
posted by zardoz at 5:14 PM on August 9, 2007


I really like the premise. But it's going to need to have a good explanation as to why refilming these would be easier than just bootlegging them from another video store.

I mean, it's not a deal-breaker, as I've excepted far stupider holes in order to enjoy a film. But since it's such an obvious solution requiring far less work from the characters, I hope they at least try to nod at some kind of reason.

And I'm really coming to respect Mos Def as an actor; every film I see him, I notice that in his abilities just keeps getting better and better. I also like that he is willing to take the weird rolls, the ones that are not necessarily star-makers, but are really interesting.
posted by quin at 5:16 PM on August 9, 2007


Excepted? WTF did that come from? Accepted.
posted by quin at 5:18 PM on August 9, 2007


Science of Sleep was a bit disappointing (I wouldn't go so far as to call it bad), but Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was awesome, and this looks like it might be too (but a different kind of awesome). Looking forward to it.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 5:19 PM on August 9, 2007


Do they even rent VHS tapes anymore?
posted by birdherder at 5:21 PM on August 9, 2007


Sweet! Now I have a reason too keep on living.
posted by Kattullus at 5:22 PM on August 9, 2007 [3 favorites]


quin - I was always popular on works picnics because I was willing to take the weird rolls, so I can see how that might work for Mos Def. :p
posted by Abiezer at 5:23 PM on August 9, 2007


Quin, I think the idea is that it isn't easier. In the trailer, Mos Def suggests that they "need to get new tapes." Jack Black as a BETTER IDEA-- hence the movie. It's about doing something creative instead of doing what might be easier, more cost-effective, or smarter.

So I'll probably hate it too.
posted by synaesthetichaze at 5:23 PM on August 9, 2007


Fucking shit.

I swear, even Billy Crystal has greater dramatic range than Jack Black.

Why does that talentless buffoon still have work?
posted by redteam at 5:27 PM on August 9, 2007


This looked great! I love Gondry, and yes, I'm a hipster. Embrace the poseurdom, people!
posted by liquorice at 5:27 PM on August 9, 2007


Also, I wonder if this is a true story - adapted from the original Turkish.
posted by redteam at 5:28 PM on August 9, 2007 [3 favorites]


Do they even rent VHS tapes anymore?

Time to use your powers of temporary suspension of disbelief.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 5:28 PM on August 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


"Damn they're good. They can shoot any style."

LOL
posted by Poolio at 5:32 PM on August 9, 2007


Brandon Hardesty has been living the premise.

Looking forward to the new Gondry. Highly recommend the collection of his music videos. Includes Fell in Love with a Girl, Let Forever Be, Bachelorette, Sugar Water, Like A Rolling Stone, Army of Me, Lucas With The Lid Off, Human Behavior and many more. Interesting documentary about him too.
posted by McLir at 5:33 PM on August 9, 2007


I am still waiting for the day that someone, somewhere, can get A Confederacy of Dunces made into a movie, so Jack Black can be Ignatius Reilly.

Really, people. Time's a-wasting.
posted by brain cloud at 5:34 PM on August 9, 2007 [3 favorites]


While it's hardly a guarantee of a good actor, Mos Def went to NYU for experimental theater, so it's not the usual case of the musician getting the silver screen bug. With his overall talent and previous training, I'm not surprised that he's a compelling actor.
posted by invitapriore at 5:40 PM on August 9, 2007


I thought Mos Def was fantastic in Something the Lord Made... and so was Alan Rickman, obviously.
posted by Poolio at 5:42 PM on August 9, 2007


Science of Sleep has some seriously beautiful moments. Sometimes that is enough.
posted by chunking express at 5:43 PM on August 9, 2007


I didn't know that invitapriore, but it certainly explains a lot.

He really first stood out to me in the Italian Job, where he, Jason Statham and Seth Green completely stole the movie from Norton and Wahlberg. (not that there was much to steal...) That was when I decided that I was going to pay attention to what he did from that point forward.
posted by quin at 6:02 PM on August 9, 2007


I am still waiting for the day that someone, somewhere, can get A Confederacy of Dunces made into a movie, so Jack Black can be Ignatius Reilly.

Nope. You're wrong. Ignatius is the opposite of spastic. The role of Ignatius is MADE for Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but he's quickly getting too old and serious for it.
posted by ColdChef at 6:05 PM on August 9, 2007


The role of Ignatius is MADE for Phillip Seymour Hoffman...

Blasphemy. ColdChef, I challenge you to a duel.
posted by brain cloud at 6:08 PM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


Very well. DH Holmes at dawn.
posted by ColdChef at 6:17 PM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


Under the clock. Prepare to meet your maker, ColdChef.
posted by brain cloud at 6:18 PM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


Eternal Sunshine: Lose all ability to care about what happens to the two main characters as the movie wanders aimlessly through its second half.

Science of Sleep: Lose ability to care about what you saw for the entire duration of the otherwise awesome film after you realize someone forgot to write an ending.
posted by Mikey-San at 6:23 PM on August 9, 2007


This looks cool, though, and I will see it.
posted by Mikey-San at 6:26 PM on August 9, 2007


Mos Def was also excellent in The Woodsman.
posted by Bonzai at 6:27 PM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


Okay, so I just watched the trailer. I'm not that excited. Gondry has been more imaginative than this before, and I think we hoped he would be forever. This is an SNL level comedic premise, with exceptionally whimsical set design and mundane lead casting. I'll be shocked if it's as funny as its potential or as political. The music used over a trailer can say so, so much... that music says "fun for everyone", which usually means focusgrouped drivel. But, who knows? I'll see it for sure. I'm a film geek, and a VHSaphile, I have to, if just to see Geoffrey Jellineck back in action.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 6:31 PM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


As if it would be that hard to come up with authentic-looking GhostBusters props.

(and what do you know, they're on top of things over there already...)
posted by anazgnos at 6:49 PM on August 9, 2007


The music used in the trailer (and the editing and everything else to do with the trailer, really) is not decided by the director. They have people who only work with that stuff. So it doesn't necessarily reflect the reality of the movie. Given the quirkiness of Gondry's style in general, I think it's very likely that the trailer was deliberately made to make the movie look more mainstream and "fun for everyone".

I have high hopes.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 6:52 PM on August 9, 2007


Paul Dinello should be in every movie.
posted by inoculatedcities at 6:55 PM on August 9, 2007


My friend refused a job to be Michel Gondry's driver for this movie for a full time job with benefits.

I still think it was the biggest mistake of her life to date. Plus she ruined the chance for me to be Gondry's best friend that year.
posted by spec80 at 7:02 PM on August 9, 2007


Jack Black has always reminded me of that guy in every high school who could never get enough attention.
posted by davebush at 7:05 PM on August 9, 2007


ColdChef and brain cloud:

I CASTED IT. CAN I HAS RESIJOOLZ?
posted by rob511 at 7:15 PM on August 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


That looks fun. Thanks for sharing.
posted by fillsthepews at 7:20 PM on August 9, 2007


Mos Def was also excellent in The Woodsman.

Enthusiastically seconded. A surprising, restrained and captivating performance as the detective.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 7:23 PM on August 9, 2007


FYI: Confederacy of Dunces was almost made into a film a couple of years ago, with David Gordon Green as director.

And in the role of Ignatius Reilly... Will Ferrell. No shit.

I don't know if they're still shopping it around, or if post-Katrina New Orleans would be good or bad for production.
posted by fungible at 7:51 PM on August 9, 2007


RE: Confederacy of Dunces -- he's too old now, but Richard Griffiths (Uncle Monty in Withnail & I) would've gotten my vote for the Ignatius J. Reilly if he were 25 years younger.

I dunno -- those are big shoes to fill -- Reilly is one of the greatest protagonists of 20th century American lit, and casting the roll would be an unenviable job. I like Will Farrell somewhat, but boy am I glad that project got shitcanned. I've built an elaborate & complete set of scenery and imagery in my mind from that book, and I'd hate to see it ruined by hacks.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:10 PM on August 9, 2007


OH HAI what about John Goodman??
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:11 PM on August 9, 2007


Joining the Mos Def love-in to say that 16 Blocks - a marginally interesting noirish cop drama - is raised to the level of a must see by Mos Def's absolutely riveting performance. He's in almost every frame, and even still you can't wait for the camera to get back to him.
posted by gompa at 8:14 PM on August 9, 2007


I predict.... .... ....... poo!
posted by dobbs at 8:16 PM on August 9, 2007


This post was an ad. But I really enjoyed it! So thanks.

(and ditto on the Jack Black hate. And actually, I love Mos Def as a musician, but I have yet to love him as an actor. But still, looks like really fun movie.)
posted by serazin at 8:26 PM on August 9, 2007


Nthing the Mos Def love and the "Maybe this will make Jack Black bearable" sentiments. This looks like it could be a lot of fun!

A Confederacy of Dunces made into a movie, so Jack Black can be Ignatius Reilly... Ignatius is MADE for Phillip Seymour Hoffman...

Or they could just tape a list of the most prolific MeTaers to the wall and throw a dart.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:41 PM on August 9, 2007


Cortex must be off duty. Last time I made a post like this it was deleted for being "thin".
*sobs in pillow*
posted by spock at 10:24 PM on August 9, 2007


I swear, even Billy Crystal has greater dramatic range than Jack Black.

Jack Black is a comedian.
posted by ORthey at 12:00 AM on August 10, 2007


posted by ORthey Jack Black is a comedian.

Jack Black is a comedian who isn't funny.
posted by fandango_matt at 1:13 AM on August 10, 2007


I've built an elaborate & complete set of scenery and imagery in my mind from that book, and I'd hate to see it ruined by hacks.

So have I, though I'm sure it would all be different had I ever actually been to New Orleans. Sadly, Katrina dashed all hopes for an effective adaptation, I think.

If only that were the worst thing to come out of Katrina...
posted by dgbellak at 2:03 AM on August 10, 2007


Dgbellak: How so? The parts of the city in which the book takes place--Uptown and the French Quarter--were mostly untouched by the storm.
posted by Ian A.T. at 3:56 AM on August 10, 2007


Sadly, Katrina dashed all hopes for an effective adaptation, I think.

Why? The city's still there, you know. Plenty of movies still being made here. In fact, all the areas mentioned in the book are still alive and kicking.

Actually, there is an absolutely perfect person to play Ignatius (although he's too old by fifteen years now.)

I give you John "Spud" McConnell. And it wouldn't be a stretch for him, he's been Ignatius before. He was also in a brilliant stage version of Confederacy of Dunces when I was a student back at LSU. When John Goodman was suggested for the part a few years back (a terrible idea), he said that Spud was the only man to play the role.

Will Ferrell, much as I love him, probably would have been awful, too. Other portly actors who have been mentioned for this role: John Belushi, John Candy, Chris Farley, Horatio Sanz (see a trend here?) Even Drew Barrymore was trying to put together a cast a few years ago.

Sometimes, I guess, it's better if a beloved movie never gets made.
posted by ColdChef at 3:56 AM on August 10, 2007


It would be hard to adapt Confederacy without at least referencing Katrina, much in the same way that every movie or TV show that took place in NYC in the last 6 years has mentioned 9/11. It would take a great deal of finesse to pull it off without looking forced, and it might affect the mood of the whole movie.

Unless, of course, it's made as a 60s period piece, which would be best. I just always assumed it would be updated to modern times, as studios are wont to do.
posted by dgbellak at 6:14 AM on August 10, 2007


It would be hard to adapt Confederacy without at least referencing Katrina, much in the same way that every movie or TV show that took place in NYC in the last 6 years has mentioned 9/11.

That's not true. I can think of plenty of NYC films that never mention 9/11. Sure, the hurricane is a defining event for New Orleans, but it's not the only story that the city has.
posted by ColdChef at 7:21 AM on August 10, 2007


I don't think Jack Black is necessarily a good actor or comedian.

But goddamn if he doesn't make me laugh in every movie he's in. It's inexplicable. Also he looks pretty well-cast in Margot at the Wedding.

Additionally, I love Michel Gondry. Went to a preview screening of Science of Sleep with a Q&A with him afterwards. I personally think that the film was flawed, but it won me over with charm. The first thing Gondry said was that he believes Science of Sleep is flawed and not as good as Eternal Sunshine, mainly because of the absence of Kaufman. But he also said it was his most personal film and made no apologies for the roughness of it all. He's a wonderfully self-deprecating and shy man which, in 'the biz', is a rare treat.

I don't know. His films just make me smile and his love of film itself shines through and makes me, as a film geek, like him just that much more. With films like fucking Norbit raking in the money and Uwe Boll getting project after project greenlit, one crazy French man doing his own thing isn't really worth all the bile being spewed in this threads.
posted by slimepuppy at 7:55 AM on August 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


Ignatius is MADE for John C, Riley
posted by xjudson at 9:24 AM on August 10, 2007


It took me an embarrassingly long time--like, years--to realize that "Mos Def" is short for "most definitely." I think I only figured it out when someone said it on The Wire.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:31 AM on August 10, 2007


Hmmm. Gondry wrote this. He also wrote Science of Sleep. He didn't write Eternal Sunshine, that was Charlie Kaufman.

So, we shall see.
posted by smackfu at 2:02 PM on August 10, 2007


I kinda liked The Science of Sleep. Not as much as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but for Gondry's sake, it was worth it.
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