Monday, August 29, 2011

365 Movies Day #154 "City of Lost Children"

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, this is a visually stunning film in the nature of "Dark City" and (to an extent) "Blade Runner". The story is enjoyable in a way only Hiyao Miyazaki seems capable of dishing out these days. It's also one of my favorite Ron Perlman flicks. We've talked about Ron before for his brief role in "DARK COUNTRY" and many recognize him from his roles on "Hellboy" and "Sons of Anarchy" though if you're a fan of superhero cartoons like Batman and Justice League and even Star Wars:The Clone Wars, you'd be surprised to look at his voice work resume. I also hear he's an incredibly decent cat.

The film is basically about a mad scientist who steals children to rob them of their dreams. His minions are an incredible collection of cyber-punk/steam-punk misfits and a hilarious pack of clones played by Dominique Pinon. When the scientist steals the little brother of a carnival strong man, One (played by Perlman) his world begins to come undone. Like I said, the story is just beautiful and the visuals stunning. You can't go wrong with this one.

Although, Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet are no strangers to making cool flicks. Their romantic comedy "Amelie" (which also stars Pinon) has fascinated audiences around the world and their stab at the Aliens franchise with "Alien:Resurrection", to me, was enjoyable all the way up until the baby alien showed up. Coincidentally, both Perlman and Pinon show up in the mercenary company in that film, both play characters you think are doomed from the beginning, and both are a few of the only survivors.

Expect to hear more from all of the above players in blog posts to come.


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