MANIEGGS, with short: THE DETECTIVES OF NOIR TOWN
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Manieggs: Revenge of the Hard Egg
Comedy / Adult Animation
2014 / Hungary / 90 minutes / Format: DCP
Directed by: Zoltán Miklósy
Print Source: Reel Suspects
Manieggs is a strangely ingenious animated comedy from Hungary that takes on American action film convention, and places it in a world where men are eggs and cinematic formula is ripe for parody. It takes place in a generic US city, where Johnny Cupido and his friend, Harry, have just been released from a two week prison sentence for a crime they did not commit. Their mission: revenge. Together they delve into the crime-ridden underworld to track down those responsible for getting them locked up. Their journey takes them into the depths of American action film cliché, where various gangs, from the mob to Yakuza, fight for imagined territory and virtually everything and everyone explodes or can be killed at any moment. A clever homage, as well as a pointed critique of by-the-numbers Hollywood blockbusters, Manieggs is so funny and weird that you’ll wonder, “How could I have not known about this?!”
Please note: This film contains adult language.
Short: Detectives of Noir Town
Directed by: Andrew Chambers / 2015 / Australia / 7 minutes / digital file
In a town where people and puppets walk the streets, a puppet detective is on the case of his missing uncle, but he faces competition from every man, woman, and dummy wanting to be named Noir Town’s top detective.