Every so often a film comes across my desk at ye olde Biff Bam Pop headquarters that I’m completely unaware of. Such was the case with the animated French film, The Prodigies, which hit DVD this past Tuesday. Based on a novel by French writer Bernard Lenteric, it’s the story of five brilliant and powerful teens with psychic powers who band together and seek revenge after one of their own is attacked. In the meantime, their would-be mentor who shares their skills contemplates joining with them. The film is clever and violent and definitely not something you’d see coming out of Disney.
But is it any good? Find out after the jump!
I’ll be honest with you. Part of me didn’t want to mention The Shining in our March Madness series. It felt a little too easy, do you know what I mean? The film is one of my favourites and I’ve written about it a few times on the site, most recently in a series of pieces on the work of director Stanley Kubrick.
But really, how can you talk about madness in pop culture without at least mentioning Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
Even by Charlie Kaufman’s standards, Synechdoche, New York is a weird movie.
Charlie Kaufman made his big splash writing Being John Malkovich for Spike Jonze, and followed that up with the even more bewildering meta-movie Adaptation, a movie about writing a movie based on a New Yorker article. Adaptation featured a device wherein Charlie, a character in the movie based on the writer, grapples with his (possibly imaginary) brother Donald’s much more “mainstream” sensibilities, even as the movie itself veers in the direction of Donald’s inclinations to normality.
Synechdoche shows no such compunctions.