If there’s one thing I’m good at doing in life, it’s putting things off. One great example is my ability to woo members of the opposite sex: I can put dem bitches off like nothing else. The same also applies to members of the same sex, oddly enough, even though I’m not trying to get into their pants (although the occasional emo boy does catch my eye every now and again, but that’s irrelevant). But if there is one thing I excel in putting off (aside from work, of course), it’s gifts. Whether the occasion is a birthday, anniversary, wedding, funeral, or those dastardly quaint commercialized events we have since come to call “holidays,” I never remember to get anyone anything in a timely fashion.
Although it’s not always accidental; I simply don‘t know what “normal” people like. I’ve always been a movie lover, and I feel that others should share my passion for the moving pictures. Unfortunately, the biggest reason I ne’er purchase anything for any of the people that have the misfortune of knowing me in life is that I tend to prefer watching the more “off-kilter” movies. You know, things that aren’t Avatar, Twilight and don’t feature the name “Michael Bay” anywhere on them. And, so, just in case you fall into the same category as me (whether it be as a gift-giver or someone that’s just hard to shop for), I have compiled this last-minute list of recommendations for “B-Movie” movie lovers everywhere.
• Micmacs / 2009 / Sony Pictures Classics / R
French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of such classics Amélie, City Of The Lost Children, and Delicatessen, returns to thrill audiences with this engaging tale. After a gang shootout leaves him homeless, jobless and with a bullet permanently lodged in his brain, former video clerk Bazil (Dany Boon) teams up with a group of misfit artists and form a plan to take down two of France’s major arms manufactures: one company made the landmine that killed his father, the other made the bullet that he carries with him in his grey matter. Armed with their wits, street skills and a number of ingenious inventions, these outcasts start a war against the world of heavy artillery — and director Jeunet succeeds in making another fantastic fantasy flick. Sony Pictures Classics presents Micmacs on DVD and Blu-ray with a number of bonus features.