Micmacs (Micmacs A Tire-Larigot) (2010)

Micmacs (Micmacs A Tire-Larigot) (2010)

DIRECTOR: Jean Pierre Jeunet/WRITER: Jean Pierre Jeunet) and Guillaume Laurant/BUDGET: $27 million Euros/GROSS (USA): $1,260,917

Few directors take full advantage of the medium in which they work like Jean-Pierre Jeunet. One of the premier directors around, Jeunet is one of those film makers for me, whose name on a film is reason enough to go see it. and Micmacs is yet another example of him at the top of his game.

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DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (1994)

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (1994)

DIRECTOR: ROMAN POLANSKI/WRITER: ARIEL DORFMAN (play, screenplay), RAFAEL YGLESIAS (screenplay)/BUDGET: 12 MILLION/GROSS: $3,103,716

Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist.  When people discuss Roman Polanski’s work it’s usually those films that come to mind.  However, when I think Polanski, Death And The Maiden is often first and foremost in my head.  The three aforementioned films are great - but for me, Death And The Maiden, is maybe my favorite of them all (which isn’t an easy thing to say given how good Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby are).

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DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (1982)

DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (1982)

DIRECTOR: Carl Reiner/WRITER: Carl Reiner, George Gipe & Steve Martin/BUDGET: 9 million/GROSS: $18.197,170

If when you hear the name, Steve Martin, you think Bringing Down The House, Cheaper By The Dozen 1 and 2 and The Pink Panther remake then I feel sorry for you.  Martin is one of the great comedic performers of the last few decades.  The only problem is that most of his best work was produced a few decades ago. Which brings us to Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.

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HUNGER (2008)

HUNGER (2008)

DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen/WRITER: Steve McQueen & Enda Walsh/BUDGET: ?/GROSS: $154,084

Hunger is the story of the last six weeks of Bobby Sands - an Irish republican who went on a hunger strike while in prison in 1981. What is so interesting about this film is that we don't really get introduced to bobby sands until maybe the second third of the the movie. The first third of the film is focused on one of the english guards in the prison and two other inmates. Actually, there are so many interesting things about this film, and that is but one of them.

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NARC (2002)

NARC (2002)

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Joe Carnahan/BUDGET: $7,500,000 (estimated)/GROSS: $10,460,089

If your only familiarity with director Joe Carnahan are the films Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team then I can understand how the mediocrity of those movies might have you less than excited to check out the film he made previous to those (and his second directorial effort), Narc. But it shouldn’t!

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DEFENDOR (2009)

DEFENDOR (2009)

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Peter Stebbings/BUDGET: $3.5 million (estimated)/GROSS: $44,462

The last decade has seen the the super hero/comic book movie take over Hollywood. Every year they are releasing and rebooting more super heroes and every company that can is delving into whatever comic vault they can find looking for a comic hero that they can turn into a movie (and hopefully a franchise of course).

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