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Review: The Green Hornet - Artistic Comedy

Months back I read on the interwebs that The Green Hornet was going to be a piece of crap. Thank god that rumor was as trustworthy as a Verizon iPhone rumor from the Wall Street Journal. The Green Hornet is quite possibly the most fun I’ve had in the theaters since Piranha. The action was completely different than anything we’ve seen done before, mixing styles found in comic book movies (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) along with hints of the action in The Matrix movies, and the good Jackie Chan movies. This unique combo created a film that is pure enjoyment to watch (minus the incredibly not hot Cameron Diaz).

You can tell this movie is held together by Michel Gondry who used his unique visual style to bring something new to the “action movie” The fight scenes feel fluid and create a sweet sense of power. Kickin’ ass and taking names. Seth Rogen, and kinda most of this movie, is rough around the edges in the beginning, they all seem to not understand what the fuck their doing. But if you can get through the first 10 minutes or so Seth Rogen becomes entertaining without constantly smoking pot and Christoph Waltz plays a very unique and hilarious villain.

The story, the plot, the total lack of anything referencing the original creates a fresh new look into what a comic book movie can be. I thought I was going to get more and more aggravated with all these comic book films. Green Hornet has changed my mind about that.If you like movies at all do yourself a favor and go see this. 3D or not you will leave happy. If your a Green Hornet fanboy… you’ll be upset, but what did you expect with Rogen?

9 Double Barreled Guns out of 10 

Film snob score - 7.5/10 (They need more arc to keep me believing)

Cinedork.com Podcast - Jan 11th - The Snookisode

Dan and Steve talk alone at Brave New Worlds (New comics every Tuesday) about the Snooki book that Dan is reading all over Philadelphia and how the Green Hornet is going to probably be pretty freakin’ awesome.

Michel Gondry - Green Hornet’s Rescue - Part 2 - The Films of Gondry

Earlier this week we talked about Gondry’s extensive Music video works. Now We look at his conversely different story telling techniques in film. His film career has been more recent than not but it is full of childlike wonder. His vision brings new life to even the simplest of ideas. Mocking other films is a key component to our culture today but even in Be Kind Rewind Gondry did it slightly different, so much so that there was less laughter and more emotion. Starting with The Green Hornet (In theaters Friday, January 14th) we explore this french man’s career in the film industry.

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The Green Hornet

Originally penn’ed by Kevin Smith, (but rejected like everything else he writes) this modern day adaption of The Green Hornet seems to have little left of the original. Putting the nostalgia behind for a minute this films Gondry’s first for action which when happened to Quentin Tarantino we got Kill Bill Vol. 1. Who’s excited?

Be Kind Rewind

Jack Black is always and forever will be Jack Black but his “retardedness” fits well in this comedy that could easily have some of the funniest parodies ever captured on tape. From Ghostbusters to Rush Hour 2 to 2001: A Space Odyssey there is not stopping Gondry’s eccentric mind from taking pop-culture and extracting hilarity.

The Science of Sleep

If only Gael García Bernal was in more movies. His talent is displayed here in his comedic banter that is only comparable to Steve Carrell in The Office. That’s what she said. Gondry’s visual effects with the stop motion animation were all done with actors. The tedious process resulted in an under-appreciated, beautiful film.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

What else is there to say? This movie is the mind-fuck and easily one of the best films Jim Carrey has ever done. The visual effects are big budget yet very low budget. It is pretty, pretty awesome.

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Michel Gondry - Green Hornet’s Rescue - Part 1 - Music Videos

The Green Hornet is a film written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (you know… that stoner and his writing partner….) What makes this script full of pop-culture and wit different is the director. Michel Gondry. A man who is known mainly for his Indie classic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a film that is pretty much on any hipsters top ten films of all time. The visually appealing film uses its visual effects to take reality and bend it to create something new. Michel has now jumped into 3D with The Green Hornet. Unlike Avatar though and movies like it The Green Hornet was shot in 2D and post-converted to 3D. Wait! Stay and hear what Michel has to say. I know you lost some of your childhood memories watching Clash of the Titans in 3D but Michel is proving to be different with his post conversion. His conversion supervisor Rob Engle said in a press release that….

"Shooting in 3D, what you see is what you get. But the way we did it, it actually opens up the door to using 3D in a creative way and manipulating 3D in unexpected ways. I think that’s what really excites Michel. For example, in certain places, he’s taking elements of one shot, and at the cut, he will carry over elements – bits of glass or a weapon – to the next shot. In that way, there’s a sense of continuity of 3D space that you wouldn’t have naturally with 3D photography."

With Michel don’t you think that’s a good thing?

Join us on an adventure through Michel Gondry’s work. and at the end you decide if this master of visual effects can handle Pineapple Express, 3D, and a comic book hero all at once….

Music Videos

Jesus Christ has Michel Gondry done a LOT of music videos. From the Rolling Stones to Beck to to Kanye West to The White Stripes he has done it all. The reason? His vision and understanding of the visual effect you can achieve with a camera. His stop motion with “Walkie Talkie Man” and his use of projectors with Flight of the Conchords make his style unique more so than any other director of the past 30 years.

The Rolling Stones - “Like a Rolling Stone” (1995)


Daft Punk - “Around the World” (1997)

Radiohead - “Knives Out” (1998)


Michel Andrews and Gary Jules - “Mad World” (2001)

The White Stripes - “Fell In Love With A Girl” (2002)

Steriogram - “Walkie Talkie Man” (2004)

Kanye West (Feat. Adam Levine) “Never Heard Em Say” (2006)

Beck - Cellphone’s Dead (2007)

Flight of the Conchords - Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor (2010)

Flight of the Conchords - “Carol Brown” (2010)