Austin Wong joined me in chatting about 2 whimsical and thoughtful films, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Fantastic Mr Fox.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst
Fantastic Mr Fox
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe
Manic Pixie Dream Girl
According to my googling, the term was coined by film critic Nathan Rabin after observing Kirsten Dunst’s character in Elizabethtown. He defines the troupe as a female character who “exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” This definitely does describe Kate Hudson’s character in Almost Famous. But according to the Wiki, this does not include Kate Winslet’s character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind specifically for the line Austin mentioned. That seems incredibly subjective though…
A French director that has 127 directing credits to his name according to his IMDB. They are mostly shorts, music videos with artist including Lenny Kravitz, Bjork, Beck, Daft Punk, etc…, and with acclaimed films sprinkled in between. Here are a few of my fave videos from him.
Here is the video Austin specifically speaks about. Its a strange and beautiful video.
That is the name of the short I butchered, the one by Wes Anderson for Prada, starring Jason Schwartzman.
A French composer who has been composing for film since the mid 1980s. His filmography is extensive with 191 composer credits. He has scored many acclaimed films. In his career he has been nominated for 11 Oscars winning twice for original score for The Shape of Water in 2018 and for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015 where he competed against himself in the category where he was also nominated for The Imitation Game.
I’m going to be live on Twitch with Erika Donavan doing another Twitch Takeover.
Date: November 12, 2020
Time: 6:30pm EST
Movies: Fargo and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off