A film by Kim Yong-Hoon

Cast:  Jeon Do-Yeon, Woo-Sung Jung, Seong-woo Bae, Yuh-Jung Youn, Man-Sik Jeong

A body found on a beach, a sauna employee, an unscrupulous customs officer, a pawnbroker and a bar hostess who should never have met. But fate decided otherwise by placing on their route a bag full of money, which will turn their destiny upside down. Scams, betrayals and murders: everything is allowed for those who dream of new beginnings…

Here is this cool Korean film told in the non-linear way about those characters that are going to meet all because of a bag full of money.

The cream of the crop: great cast in Kim Yong-hoon’s first feature film, which perfected his art by making short films and documentaries, to be this triumphant thriller, this néo-noir comedy and one of the darkest films presented to the public in recent years. It is the South Korean adaptation of a Japanese novel written by Keisuke Sone. Here you will see some folks who are going to turn into criminal activities because they are consumed with greed and the criminal who will stop at nothing to get the bag full of money. written in several chapters the film is a big labyrinth in which eight people, who seemingly have nothing in common, will cross paths, linking their destinies with this bag of money. To avoid to be too predictable and the director followed the code of film noir adding some ludicrous situations from time to time with a touch of humor. And that is why Kim Yong-hoon surrounded himself with a four-star cast. Kim Yong-hoon had not fallen into the trap of bloody scenes that ultimately bring nothing. This tense dark comedy hopefully will find its place in this crazy world that we live in.


A film by  Guillaume Pierret

Cast:  Alban Lenoir, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Ramzy Bedia 

English Title: Lost Bullet

Lino, a mechanical genius, is recruited by the police to neutralize go fast. He finds himself accused of murder and tries to find the only proof of his innocence, a stray bullet in a missing car.

Lost Bullet follows Lino, follows this genius engineer know for boosting up car’s engine , essential for any bank robber as such. During a jewelry store robbery with his brother Quentin Lino is caught by the police and sent to jail, but Officer Charas see an opportunity  offers Lino a job to boost up his police cars to catch go fast. Several months later, Charas hands Lino a letter granted him early release for his help with his unit, though it won’t come into effect until next week. Charas is looking for Lino to help him take down the latest go fast a bunch of drug dealer ring, but something goes wrong and Lino is framed for murder. The police is after him and Lino must find a way to prove his innocence and save Quentin from the mess that he’s caught up in.

In Europe, since the early 1990’s, the practice of go fast has developed on the road. The traffickers then use two vehicles: one used to transport the goods, the other used as a decoy . The journey is made by highway, with cars with a lot of horse power, often stolen.

The tactic, however, is not to drive as fast as possible.  In fact, traffickers try to drive at the speed limit to arouse suspicion as little as possible. Speed ​​only plays a key role in the event of a problem with the police. The goal is to thwart attempts to intercept customs officials or rival traffickers: the “decoy” car, which precedes the transporting car, warns his accomplice of any roadblocks or road block. Sometimes, convoys include one or more “decoy” cars, ready to intervene in the event of a problem. 

The French drug trafficker Bernard André, known as “Le Baron”, is cited in a documentary from 2016 as being the inventor of this technique in the late 1980s, used for the trafficking of cannabis between Spain and France.

A thief and mechanical engineer Lino is caught by the police, later he has this opportunity to work for the police to boost their cars so they catch drug runners with their go fast cars. Inventive stunts in this one with great car chases but the thing is here the character did not get to develop further and in more detail. It is an action crime thriller that stand out and does a good job to entertain. I kind of liked it. Great fight sequence in the police station. Alban Lenoir is in the lead role, he has done well here particularly on a physicality level. Nicolas Duvauchelle wasgreat as usual is awesome as the the cop and second in command of the unit, and Ramzy Bedia and Stéfi Celma were also good with their performances as Charas and Julia. Well a nice casting at that. Enjoy it for what it is. You will find this one on Netflix.


We are on lockdown in France. No cinema, no boutiques to shop in no restaurants due to the coronavirus. So at this point there will be no new movies review. However I am going to review movies on Netflix o other support like E-cinema.

Here are some pictures of Paris that are deserted.

My favourite café
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A film by  Mathias Malzieu

Cast:  Tchéky Karyo, Rossy de Palma, Marilyn Lima 

English: A mermaid in Paris

A heartbroken crooner, Gaspard had vowed never to fall in love again. As for Lula, a pretty mermaid, she only has the song to defend herself from men, by making the heard beat faster till it is going to explode. When the water of the seine is rising here is Lula at the foot of the Flowerburger, the barge-cabaret where Gaspard sings. He, the man who suffered from having loved too much, and she, the creature who never knew love, will get to know each other. And will they make beautiful music together?

Une sirène à Paris is this magic fairy tale where we will witness this old-fashion romance in full blossom with some colorful personalities played by endearing actors who have their stuff ( Nicolas Duvauchelle, Tchéky Karyo, Romane Bohringer, Rossy de Palma), facing the solar youth of Marilyn Lima. But this mermaid has this lethal weapon she breaks the hearts of the males who meet her, to the point of killing them with her lethal song. she represent many women in today’s world but also the femme fatale that you see in films. The thing is the script needs a little work but by all mean the film is still watchable.

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A film by  Jan Komasa

Cast:  Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel 

Daniel, 20, discovers a spiritual vocation in a youth detention center but the crime he has committed prevents him from accessing seminarian studies. Sent to a small town to work in a carpentry workshop, he pretends to be a priest and takes the head of the parish. The arrival of the young and charismatic preacher shakes up this small conservative community.

The script from Mateusz Pacewicz is inspired by true events. Daniel leaves the correctional center at age 20 after serving time for crimes that he committed but the story does not tells us what kind of crime. Having experienced a spiritual awakening behind bars he would like to pursue a career in the clergy but his mentor, Father Tomasz (Lukasz Simlat), tells him is impossible because he’s been a convict. He goes to this small town in Poland but bumps into a girl while visiting a the church and the light went on when he tells the girl he is a priest. He shows her his clerical collar and soon after that the girl introduce her to parish. When when the aging priest (Zdzislaw Wardejn) becomes ill. Here you see how Daniel is going to tell all the right lies and boom just like that Daniel is in. But will he pull it off and will his past catch up with him.

 Bartosz Bielenia plays his character with charisma with this piercing blue ice he is convincing and reminds me of Christopher Walking’s blue eyes. It is fascinating to watch him. But the town has its own secrets. As Daniel comes to find out. The more he digs in the more the resident are going to resent him. Here he takes his new job seriously, his methods are unorthodox but he’s speaking plainly from the heart and connecting with people. And because he has committed crimes he has some really good advise for the people. It is a complex character who is in a dark place and want to see the light. Daniel is fully aware of the gravity of this job is and the consequences that is going to follow will possibly haunt him later. Here is a great solid story and a film not to be missed.

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A film by Olivier Assayas

Cast:  Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura

Beginning of the 90’s. A group of Cubans living in Miami set up a spy network. Their mission: to infiltrate the anti-Castro groups responsible for attacks on the island.

Rene Gonzalez (Edgar Ramirez) seems to have a perfect life. His wife Olga (Penélope Cruz) is beautiful, they have a young daughter and he flies planes. But one day he decided to take off and fly under the radar and over the short stretch of sea to Miami. In a televised press conference he tells them the frustration about the Castro regime and announces his intention to stay in the US, after all he is an American citizen who just left his wife and kids to Cuba and he is being accused of being a traitor. Juan Pablo (Wagner Moura) soon joins him too. Both René and Juan become pilots for the CANF (Cuban American National Foundation) to assist defecting Cubans and hasten the collapse of Castro’s regime. Both infiltrate CANF, rising up the ranks, with Juan Pablo graduating to a lavish lifestyle. Assayas, while filming Wasp Network, was given the rare opportunity to film in Cuba. The over shot of Cuba by plane was a rare sight on film and the most vibrant. As the story unravels the mystery behind René and Juan Pablo, other characters are introduced and historical figures, such as the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles (Tony Plano) and Gerardo Hernandez (Gael García Bernal), director of Wasp Network. As the story goes along it is going to be a little confusing at times. The story has its twist and turns. It is film in an unconventional way and it fells that it is going all over the place. It is watchable and entertaining but it is missing something unfortunately. And to think this was going on in the 90’s.

PLAY (2020)

A film by  Anthony Marciano

Cast: Max Boublil, Alice Isaaz, Malik Zidi 

In 1993, Max was 13 received his first camera as a gift. For 25 years he will not stop filming. His group of friends, the girlfriends, the successes, the failures. From the 90s to the 2010s, it is the portrait of an entire generation that takes shape through its lens.

At 38, Max is watching the videotapes he has made for 25 years. And on his birthday , he decides to immerse himself in these films which retraces a large part of his life …Here Marciano who is not that known as a director decided to tell differently a love story with humor, with some great dialogue. The two stars of the film is the love story between them that is going to develop in the front of your eyes. As the years goes by the technology evolves as everything else as well. The friendship, the good , the bad, the laughter, etc it is all in there. Nice little film with a different format to tell a love story.


 A film by Régis Roinsard

Cast:  Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio 

Isolated in a luxurious home with no possible contact with the outside world, nine translators have gathered to translate the last volume of one of the greatest successes in world literature. But when the first ten pages of the novel are published on the internet and a hacker threatens to reveal the rest if he is not paid a ransom, one question becomes haunting: where does the leak come from?

Nothing new here it is a who done it in a closed room or closed rooms but the theme here is literature. Put great actors like Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eduardo Noriega, Frédéric Chau, Manolis Mavromatakis, Sara Giraudeau some twist in the plot and you have this cool little thriller. Eight years later with the film named populaire which the star was a type writer, Régis Roinsard returns with a thriller in which the star will be a novel, Lambert Wilson and nine actors who interpret as many translators. It is a bit difficult to say more otherwise I will spoiled it for the readers. Régis Roinsard said at on time that he “came across several articles around the translation of Dan Brown’s book, Inferno. Twelve international translators had been locked in a bunker in Italy to translate his latest novel. Here is a cultural product require that we protect it like it was precious jewelry. In today’s world with internet and the social network I can see why. So Régis ask this question what if someone leaks the translation of the book and publish it on the internet. And that is how the script is born. At the beginning it fells like a film noir / Thriller Than the first crime is going to take place in the library. But there are flashback of course that is the only way this is going to work to make it more interesting. The thing is here is that the director is building the tension and the film will take off and you think you are going to guess who did it a twist will appear. Unfortunately for me I knew who did it but the why that I never saw it some in. It is a pleasure to discover the plot along with flaws of the characters with the unexpected outcome.

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A film by  Corneliu Porumboiu

Cast:  Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar 

Cristi, a Bucharest police inspector corrupted by drug traffickers, is suspected by his superiors and tapped. Embarked by an adventure with the sulphurous Gilda on the island of La Gomera, he must quickly learn Silbo, an ancestral whistled language. Thanks to this secret language, he will be able free from prison a mobster in Romania and recover the hidden millions that this mobster stole. But love will get in the way and nothing will go as planned …

In crime films code, communication, and honor are vital. The code is knowing how to whistle this ancestral language. communication each member does speak a different language so english becomes the universal language. And yes someone is going to stab someone in the back. Cristi  (Vlad Ivanov) who is juggling the underworld and his police duties and must find a balance between the two in order to survive. Put in a beautiful femme fatale in the mix and all hell is breaking loose. Writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu here find the balance between comedy and the bit of absurdity. All the actors are on top of their games. A terrific cool little film noir who got some serious attention.

1917 (2019)

A film by Sam Mendes

Cast:  Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays 

Caught in the turmoil of the First World War, Schofield and Blake, two young British soldiers, are assigned an impossible mission. Carrying a message that could prevent a devastating attack and the death of thousands of soldiers, including Blake’s brother, they embark behind the enemy line. Are they going to deliver the message on time?

Inspired by Sam Mendes’ grandfather’s experiences in WWI: “The Autobiography of Alfred H. Mendes 1897-1991.” Ok there will be some critics that is not going to like this film, well so what as long as the majority of the audience love it, the film is going to be a hit plus it has 10 nominations at the Oscars. The film was shot as one long take so it seems but as Sam said at one time I shot it and edited it to appear as a single long take that takes place in real time with almost no breaks. You are following two soldiers on this journey, it is like you are with them. The actors has rehearsed for six months in order to get it right. The Date shown at the start of the film is the date that the United States declared war on Germany. The two soldier had to go through hell in order to get there. Not much dialogue but the visual is stunning. It is difficult to shoot a film like this due to the fact what if the lighter doesn’t work. The set was build from scratch including the miles long trench. The score could be more than perfect. I definitely love this film and I might go see it again.