Posted in French film, U.S. Film

VALERIAN: CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETES (2017)

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A film by Luc Besson 

Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

Ok here it is Luc Besson when he was 10 years old read Valerian a comic book in France and had to wait 6 days to get the other 4 pages because at the time it was printed 4 pages at the time. He said I had to have a lot of patience as a kid. Now He went on to make the 5th element and by a stroke of luck he made his money on it about 238 million dollars A film about 75 million dollars to make. The writers of the comic book one day tell him “why don’t you make Valerian. So Luc went on to start to make this film when suddenly Avatar came in at the movie theatre saw it and decided to wait a little more when the special effect are going to be better. The first challenge that he had  to find the financing of the film and of course he knew that the big studio in Hollywood would bite but gave him only $160 millions which he asked him “if you were me would you make it for this amount of money? “ they responded “no”. When he finally found the $232 millions  he made it at his studio in France in La cité du cinema.

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And what a beautiful Sci-fi film it is with a message behind it. It is a feast for you eyes an overwhelming vision and silliness like you never seen before even the special effect was made in France. I came about Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’s groundbreaking French comics Valerian at the dentist office and did luck besson stuck to the comic book and make it his own. The aliens are awesome in this film every colours possible,  neon-blue waters, and the druggy coolness of those pearls. Our heroes  are the interstellar federation agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), first time acting here,  who spend much of the film trying to find the missing commander of a massive, 700-year-old space station. Rihanna shows up as a shape-shifting pole dancer. And Ethan Hawke plays perfectly theJ olly the Pimp. All is well in this beautiful film that you eyes and mind will go wild.

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Posted in Finland Film

TOM OF FINDLAND (2017)

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A film by Dome Karukoski

Cast: Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn, Lauri Tilkanen

This film brings to life the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

The film starts with Touko’s life after world war II where you come to find out that this soldier and some others in his squad are gay. When Touko comes back from the war he lives with his sister.Touko’s only way of sexual satisfaction is in the woods late at night, with the risk of imprisonment to the fact homosexuality is illegal back then. However Touko’s way of manifesting is frustration to the world of being gay was his drawing and what a talented artist he became. He begins a love affair with Veli (Lauri Tilkanen), the new renter  whom his sister also has an interest in which is going to laugh his career over seas.

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Here is a gay guy in Finland where he is drawing because he is mad against the world the way gay men are treated. In Finland gay were even married to woman so they could not be found out and having gay parties in their own home even the police would find out but Touko never ever got caught. The film has a bit of everything the gay clubs, the era of the 70’s in L.A and so on, were carefully plan and filmed. Even the costumes and the decor were outstanding. Of course there is humour into it like the police crashing a gay pool party because they are in pursuit of a robber. Tom of Finland is a vibrant and touching celebration of Laaksonen’s life, his influence and his art.

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Posted in U.S. Film

DUNKERQUE (2017)

 

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A film by Christopher Nolan 

Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Hardy

English title is Dunkirk but I out it in French because it is the correct spelling for this city. 

Christopher Nolan has done the war film differently here you can tell in the cinematography which represent a lot of fear that the soldiers had at the time; fear of height fear of drowning, of getting shot, even getting hurt, fear of dying, of tight places…It is shot in 70mm IMAX format, the experience will feel even more constricting and oppressive because of the image’s unusual shape. again it is an ambitious film. At the time the german was in power and where hoping that the English would surrender, thank god no such luck. The costumes are dead on plus the ensemble cast click. You will follow different solders and the hell that they are going to over come even survive. The navy has summons every boat available got go to Dunkerque, they were pleasure boat that were taking soldiers that were in the water because their boat was sinking. They were the man with no experience who did not know what they were going to encounter. The movie is based on a campaign that began in late May 1940 in the French port city of Dunkerque, where some 400,000 Allied soldiers — including more than 200,000 British air force  were penned in by the Germans.

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Film in 70mn had to be hard to do but Nolan wanted authenticity for this film. Nolan does a visual sweep of all the soldiers and emotional intimacy with images of war. plus all those soldiers trapped on the beach waiting for boat where the fear was on their faces when a plane stated to go dive toward them. The film moves every which way here with some of the hell of different camera angle where I am guessing for not easy to shoot. Like I always said my hat goes to those soldiers who fought during the war. Do not miss this film.

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Posted in U.S. Film

BABY DRIVER (2017)

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A film by Edgar Wright

Cast: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm

Yeah! you heard right his name is “B-A-B-Y, Baby” (Ansel Elgort). He’s the nearly silent getaway driver for a robbery syndicate managed by Doc (Kevin Spacey), who stages the heist, hires the criminals and puts them in the hand of baby. Yes there are flashbacks of the life about baby and you come to find out why he is this way. He is an experience driver since a young age. Oh! I almost forgot his world is, his music depending of what mood he is in. Yes there are cars chases that are so cool and outragious, gun fight, and some funny moments at times. It is so cool and enjoyable as hell. There are countless action scenes scored to pop or rock songs. And yes there is a little romance going at times that where baby tries to go straight after being square with the doc. Of course a little predictable but who care you will have octane flowing in you veins from beginning to finish.

You are going to love it so much that you will see it again. That is all folks.

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Posted in French film

LES HOMMES DU FEU (2017)

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A film by Pierre Jolivet

Cast: Roschdy Zem, Émilie Dequenne, Michael Abiteboul

English: Fireman 

Philippe, 45, runs a fire station  in the South of France. Summer is hot. Fire starts everywhere, whether criminal or not. Arriving Bénédicte, warrant officer, same rank as Xavier, there is tension between the tow of them, and tensions also within the team … Plunged into the life of these great heroes: courageous in front line  of the fire but also in the front line of their daily lives.

It the dream of little kids to become fireman as it is stated in the film. Pierre Jolivet who has a little encounters with fireman in two occasional trafic accident plus the devastation of the 2012 forest fire in Oregon where 400 hectares was burned to the ground, Pierre here decided to pay tribute to those men. You see the lives of those men who makes mistake, or not where they are in the front line fighting for their lives in a forest fire, and what they do in a traffic accident. Of course here you will see them in their daily lives where they are struggling to keep it together or not. The film however is missing something. it leaves us a little blunt about it but it is still watchable. I came to find out something that in Normandie they are making the fireman truck and that they makes ladders to export them all over the world. Now that is cool.

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Posted in Danish Film, German film, Swedish film, uncategorized

THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (2017)

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A film by Tarik Saleh

Cast: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher

Two days before the  Egyptian Revolution, this thriller features a police officer who investigates the murder of a woman who is a popular singer but turn out she is also a call girl.

Egypt’s 2011 revolution provides the backdrop for Tarik Saleh’s  political thriller. In order to do this type of penetrating film making the Danish Director has to know the Egyptian culture. The film opens with the corrupt police officer Noredin  (Fares Fares) doing his round to get his money from business owners. Noredin a chain-smoking cop who is called on a scene of a murder of a singer. The atmosphere of this film is like a smoked, perfumed street with corruption of all sort where there is no justice. Plus the fact that the internal affair are investigating the precinct of Noredin. As Noredin is trying to find the only possible witness he discovers more dead bodies and possible a suspect the son of the President of Egypt. You actually try to investigate with him. The more he investigate the more corruption he finds and he puts his life in danger as well. Even though Saleh was  forced to shooting in Casablanca after the production was shut down by the Egyptian state security service. I wonder why? You can smell though the screen the smoking, dust, perfume, food, and the heat that add to the Neo-Noir film. Yes there are twists and turns in this story that is tastefully told by Saleh. Do not miss this one. 

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Posted in British film

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (2017)

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A film by Colm McCarthy

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Dominique Tipper

Each morning, Melanie (Sennia Nanua), a smart, articulate young girl counts the seconds to the moment when her captors open the door of her cell.   By the time two fully armed British soldiers have entered she is already seated in the wheelchair in which she will be restrained for the rest of the day. From her cell, she’s wheeled to a room in which she joins a dozen or more  restrained children.   And as their teacher, the sympathetic Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton ) delivers their lesson, guards stand by.

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This film failed  at the box office in the UK. And it has been limited release in the US. I do not know why. It is an excellent film well written even. The film has a human touch toward humanity and will make you think, plus a lot of research has been done for this film it looks like.  A remarkable performance by Sennia Nanua for her first film she is almost in every scene. It is a fresh look of the genre here and to me the horror film are getting better those days finally. Without giving it away it takes place in a near future where chaos has taken place and the human are trying to get it together. Experimentation has to be done in order to get out of it and find a cure. The Girl with All the Gifts is simply a well-executed and thoughtful film, powered by a narrative that can change to dramatic, funny, tense, grotesque. Here however the girl with all the gift delivers a chilling tension as bloody as it can be for the horror fans out there. 

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