Podcast Special Episode: Jack and the Cuckoo Heart Clock with Kim from Tranquil Dreams

Remmeber I told you earlier today there was something special going up tonight? Here it is! David over at That Moment In asked me to be a guest for his podcast. We chose to discuss Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart! It was really fun and an awesome experience.
A HUGE THANKS to David for inviting me on! 🙂
Hope you enjoy! And check out his other podcasts discussing movies and moments and his new segment focusing on actor spotlight! 🙂

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In this very special episode of TMI, David is joined by blogger Kim of Tranquil Dreams. They discuss the French animation film Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, a strange tale about a boy with a wind-up clock heart who mustn’t fall in love but can’t resist when he meets a lovely blind singer.

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Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Jack et la mecanique du coeur (2013)

Taking a little break from the world of horror and thrillers at the Fantasia Festival, I didn’t plan it but it just happened that animated films were predominant in my choices.  The next up is Jack et la Mecanique du Coeur also called Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart. I’ve been increasingly impressed with French animation.  I like the whole dark/gothic approach.  It can sometimes gets a bit heavy but its also what makes the movies different and unique in its own way.

Lets check this one out 🙂

Jack et la mecanique du coeurDirector: Mathias Malzieu & Stephane Berla

Cast: Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort, Rossy de Palma

On the coldest day of the year, a woman walks up to a woman in the top of the hill who will be the midwife to her child.  Miss Madeleine takes her in and delivers Jack. Except Jack is not well, the winter was so cold that he was born with a heart made of ice. Miss Madeleine also has a way of fixing broken things and he replaces Jack’s heart with a cuckoo clock.  That night, his mother leaves him with Miss Madeleine where she keeps him for the next 10 years to protect him from what could happen.  On his 10th birthday, she reminds him of the last rule of the first 2 she’s always talked about.  He cannot touch the hands of the clock, he has to control his temper and lastly and most importantly, he can never ever fall in love because these things will cause his heart to be damaged.  Except on that first trip to town, he meets a girl who has a lovely voice and doesn’t like to wear her glasses.  The girl disappears and despite what falling in love could do to him, he pursues his dreams and searches for the girl against all odds.  This takes him on a imaginative adventures of meeting all of sorts of people.

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Its hard for me to describe Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart.  I had a really good time watching it because the whole idea is so fresh.  To replace someone’s heart with the magical and mechanical heart which makes it even more fragile.  Feelings are something that us as humans can’t push away easily and sometimes it has to hurt and we have to take that leap of faith, especially in falling in love.  That is why this movie is so great.  I do have to admit that I wasn’t exactly impressed with the one thing was that there was some pretty slow moments and some of the story was a bit weird bu then the imagination and the impossible that is used during the movie makes everything seem possible again.  I don’t even know if that makes any sense.

Jack et la mecanique du coeur

The best part of this animation is the beauty of the atmosphere in the drawings.  The location and the setting and how they use the color to portray the cities.  It contrasts so well to what they are trying to say.  And then there’s the lovely characters that are here.  Jack is great on his own but everyone has some great dialogue to add a bit of dark humor.  At the same time, the songs used are perfect and the music carries the story forward.

Jack et la mecanique du coeur

On a side note, Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart is based on an illustrated novel by the director who also is the voice of the main character Jack, which is also the lead singer of the band, Dionysos who had an album for the music in this movie.  With all that connection, it makes this movie very passionate.  You can almost feel the love and how much heart is into the making of this one.  Sure, there are some parts which take maybe another viewing to truly understand with the little details and I’m going to say that children probably won’t enjoy this that much and there might even be a chance its a bit too funky for adults also but I really thought that it was unique and entertaining.

Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart is a dark, passionate, and musical love story.   Its imaginative and way out there.  Although its set in an historical version of our world, floating about in Edinburgh and Paris, and with injections of characters like Jack the Ripper and Georges Melies.  It never stops to remind us that this world is way more magical and there’s a whole lot more playing out here.  For that, its worth a viewing 🙂

Fantasia Film Festival & My Line-up!

Fantasia Film Festival starts this week in Montreal. It runs from July 17th to August 6th.

Last year, I lost track of when it started and ended up catching 2 movies.  Sad and pathetic, yeah, I know.  In my defense, I was super sick and was on antibiotics.

This year, I amended my old ways and tracked the event and waited for the schedule to go up and then chose my movies and was ready to pounce at those tickets the first moment they went online.

My plan is to see 10 movies and as this goes up, I’m still hoping that one of them will open up because I don’t quite understand what “restricted availability” is but I have a few backups, I that I can choose from. I’ll tell you which one in a little bit.

No rambling on today.  We’re going straight to business.  This is my line up in order of when I’ll see them.

1) JULY 18: OPEN WINDOWS/SPAIN/USA/2014

Open Windows is one I’m not completely sure about.  Sasha Grey isn’t all that convincing to me but then I’m guessing she’ll strip so there’s a appeal to people who like that but my reason is that Elijah Wood has been on a crazy streak of horror movies and they’ve all been received well.  I haven’t seen Maniac or Grand Piano yet but the trailers for those looked good as does this one.  I’ll try to squeeze in Maniac before I go, just to get an idea of Elijah Wood in horror movies, but no guarantees 😉

2) JULY 19: I ORIGINS/USA/2014

I Origins is probably one of the most anticipated movies in 2014 for me.  Brit Marling has been doing amazing movies with Another Earth and The East. She is unstoppable and this one is loaded with cast that I love.  This one was squeezed on a not very good day with another one that I’ll talk about in the end that I had to miss because of my friend’s wedding.  This one cuts into hers just a little but I’ll only be 20 minutes late max.  It should be okay, right? I just couldn’t give it up…what else can I say?

3) JULY 20: CYBERNATURAL/USA/2014

http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2014/en/films-schedule/250/cybernatural

Somehow Youtube didn’t have a trailer for this one but they have a trailer if you follow the link the festival’s page 🙂

Cybernatural is one of the last decisions that I made when compiling this list.  I gave my boyfriend a few choices since he’s going to see some of the weekend movies with me (especially horror).  This one was the final choice.  It looks like it has a pretty intriguing setup and seems to touch on various social issues in the process.

4) JULY 26: JACK ET LA MECANIQUE DU COEUR/FRANCE/2013

In English, the title is called Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart.

Last year, I saw a few animated movies from France and the style just charmed me so much that when I saw this one and the trailer, I knew I had to see it.  I like the whole dark Gothic style and the original idea of having a boy with a cuckoo clock as his heart.  I’m really excited for this one.

5) JULY 27: HAL/JAPAN/2013

Back to back days of animation.  How can I go to Fantasia and not see something from Japan? I almost wanted to choose a Korean one but it didn’t really work for me other than the cute characters and this one seems to have a more intriguing storyline whether its love or maybe something more. Plus, its only 60 minutes and the animation looks really nice.

6) JULY 28: INTO THE STORM/USA/2014

I already had Into the Storm in my anticipated movies for 2014 but seeing as this showed up in Fantasia Film Festival, I’m guessing it might not make it to the theatre near me.  Plus, I get advance viewing from everyone else in Montreal whose not seeing this on July 28th? Who needs perks anyways? I just want to see Richard Armitage in a leading role and I love disaster movies.  This one could hit the over the top area but sometimes, it works well 🙂 I’m staying optimistic for this one!

7) AUGUST 1: DYS-/QUEBEC/2014

I’m usually not running towards Quebec productions and no, that should say Canada because as much as Quebec wants to believe its unique and not part of Canada, it is.  Just so no one bans me from the movie for saying that, I’m going to shut up about that part.  This movie is weirdly in English (take that, Quebec :P) and its shot in my friend’s condo building.  I recognized the hallways.  Plus, it has a creepy vibe to it.  Its the only horror that I will be going to see by myself, unless some friend decides to join me.

8) AUGUST 2: THE DROWNSMAN/CANADA/2014

Last year, I wanted to check out Antisocial, which looked mad gory but it had some messed up time where I was always at work.  I know a few of you of reviewed it.   The Drownsman is done by the same team, I believe I read that somewhere.  Confession time: I can’t make it through the trailer? My boyfriend watched it for me and gave it a thumbs up for scary and potentially awesome and he laughed because he doesn’t know how I’ll get through the movie if I can’t get through the trailer.  I don’t know either but I’ll figure it out when I’m sitting in the theatre…

9) AUGUST 2: TIME LAPSE/USA/2013

Thats right! August 2nd is a double feature for us.  We have back to back movies with a little time slot in the middle to eat dinner (hopefully). I wasn’t so sure about Time Lapse until I saw the trailer and then I was sold.  Time Lapse looks intense and pretty intense.  The question with these sci-fi time travel-esque movies is whether it makes sense.  I’m confident that it will but I’m also curious to see how this pans out 🙂

Thats what I’ve bought so far!

The movie I believe slipped out of my grasp is also the one I expected to also: the special screening of Guardians of the Galaxy.  I don’t really mind too much.  I’ll still end up seeing it opening weekend, I’m pretty sure.  One of my friends seem pretty hyped up about it.

BUT, that means to complete my 10 movie run, I need to choose one more.

I have to miss Suburban Gothic (and the chance to see Matthew Gray Gubler) because of my friend’s wedding but here’s the trailer:

This just looks so good.  But I had to make a choice and I have prior commitments.  Lets see other options…

There is one that made me laugh called 3D Naked Ambition, a Hong Kong movie at 11:55pm.  Red light flashing on it possibly being in the porn department since its like at midnight.  As I was trying to find the trailer, I actually found the full movie on Youtube so nope, especially since I won’t have public transport to go home either.

Honeymoon also looks pretty good, but I’m not too fond of watching too many horrors on my own.

As interesting as this is, its also a pass.

Now, I could go on because there’s a few action movies that looked decent as well but I came to the final conclusion that it doesn’t feel right to give up the chance to watch a Hong Kong movie on the big screen.  They have one, From Vegas to Macau which I actually bought when I went to Hong Kong earlier and I will review it during this festival time (if I find time for it).

The final choice goes to That Demon Within.  Its somewhat of a horror action flick, if that even exists.

Nick Cheung has been churning out hit after hit and he’s just been out of control.  Daniel Wu is also one of my favorite actors.  The more I watch this trailer, the more I’m convinced this is going to be epic.  On top of that, its a crime thriller and I just can’t resist them.

Thats it for Fantasia Film Festival for now! I’ll be back with reviews in a little bit 🙂 I’ll try to get them out as soon as possible but with the movies mostly at night, I might have a few days delay depending on my schedule.  Things will stay as normal as possible here.  For sure, the focus will be geared towards movie reviews but I still remember that I have the Hong Kong trip that I have a few posts to put up also at the very least.

What movies peak your interest? Have you been to the Fantasia Film Festival? If you are going, what are you seeing?