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Marillon Cotillard for Dior

After having Sofia Coppola direct Academy-award winner Natalie Portman for their latest perfume ad, fashion house Dior hired John Cameron Mitchell to create this new promotional short film starring French actress Marion Cotillard.

Attempting a risky move by integrating humour in a fashion commercial, Cameron Mitchell managed to produce an ad with a very funny script and cast (the agent deserves a nomination) while still delivering a stylish visual. Cotillard once again shines in her role of a self-questioning actress in the middle of a chaotic photo shoot with an over-implicated team.

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Inception Review

Rarely have I seen a director set fans’ expectations so high, and live up to them. Well, up to know, Christopher Nolan has been able to do that with his incredible portfolio, consisting of Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Each and every time, Nolan has been able to outdo himself and bring something fresh to the audience.

After releasing The Dark Knight, which is still the king of Opening Week revenues and was nominated for 8 Oscars, the bar was VERY high for Nolan’s Inception, his latest movie. If that wasn’t enough, he probably brought together one of the strongest casts in recent years: DiCaprio, Cotillard, Murphy, Caine, Page… One might wonder how someone could fail with these guys !

Inception starts off strong right away, with action scenes that will get you on the edge of your seat for the first minutes. The pace never really slows down; when Nolan’s not overwhelming you with out-of-this world action sequences, he’s filling your brain with information crucial to the understanding of the somewhat complicated plot. It may seem too much to take in the first 20 minutes of the movie, but the scenario is so well constructed, the actors are so good and the cinematography is so impressive, that you quickly pick-up the rhythm, and before you know it, you’ll be immersed in the story.

As the movie goes on, you wonder how can someone come up with such a creative, intelligent story, as detailed as this one, and not get lost in his own process of creation. Well, here’s another thing that Nolan has not failed at. The scenario is pretty much flawless, and always makes you wonder about dreams, the mind, subconscious mentality… Yes, this is a sci-fi movie, but it doesn’t get too geeky and they are still morales and values transmitted throughout.

Leo, Leo, Leo… What can I say ? Probably the most underrated actor right now (with Brad Pitt not far behind). He once again delivers a mind-blowing performance, bringing an intelligent but emotionally disturbed character to life. The rest of the cast is also brilliant: the young and lovely Ellen Page shows us once again why she is one of Hollywood’s most promising actress out there right now. Academy-award winner Marion Cotillard is also wonderful in her supporting, but nonetheless important role.

One thing that scared me at first was the fact that Nolan was going to use major VFX and CGI for this movie, something he’s been known to use as little as possible in his previous movies, which gives his films an incredible organic feel (i.e. the Truck-Flip in The Dark Knight). Well, the visual effects are so beautifully integrated and they serve the story so well that you end up being used to them and process them in your brain as a normal visual aspect of the film.

I could go on with this review, but I think that by now, you understand that I thoroughly enjoyed this picture, and it exceeded my expectations by a mile. I hope this movie gets the recognition it deserves, because I feel it is destined to be a classic of modern cinema. Christopher Nolan proves again that he is one of the best writers and directors in recent years.

Heavy disapointment by Public Enemies

I rented Public Enemies on Blu-Ray today, and it was by far the biggest let down of the year. Where to start ? I’m not a big of Michael Mann, but I really liked Heat and Collateral. When I saw the all-star cast that Public Enemies had, I had high expectations. Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marillon Cotillard…is it really possible to make a bad movie with these guys ? Apparently Mann managed to do it, and did it really well.

I have to admit that I’m not one to easily notice good or bad character development. I usually make my opinion on how much I rooted for the good guy or how much I hated the bad guy for that matter. But Public Enemies is just totally off as far as character development. The characters are shallow, it’s hard to tell one gangster from another since they’re all alike and you barely know their names. You get no background on any character, and not a single character “evolves” during the story.

I also found the story totally uneven. The rhythm is so up and down all the time that it’s hard to get into the movie.

But what really, really sucks about Public Enemies is the photography. It’s a shame that a $100 million movie shot with a $150 000 Sony camera has the same quality of image I could get out of my $4000 camcorder. Some clueless people will blame this on the fact that it was shot in HD, but that is a weak argument. Many great-looking movies have been shot in HD, the best example being Slumdog Millionaire. It isn’t the case for Public Enemies. The footage has no depth, is often very grainy, as if the scene lacked lighting, or as if the camera’s settings were totally off. It feels like watching the 6 o’clock news. And speaking of lighting, it is a total failure. Some shots just don’t feel right. *Spoiler alert* When Depp’s friend is dying in the backseat of a stolen car at night, he’s almost not lit while the back of Depp’s head looks like it is in broad day light. It’s weird because Dante Spinotti was director of photography, and I think he’s been nominated twice for an Academy Award.

Mr. Mann, you’ll have to do better next time…