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DOGMAN (2018)

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A film by Matteo Garrone

Cast: Marcello FonteEdoardo PesceNunzia Schiano

In a deserted  suburb, Marcello, dog groomer discreet and appreciated by all, sees returning from prison his friend Simoncino, a former boxer addicted to cocaine, which quickly racketeering and brutalized the neighborhood. At first confident, Marcello lets himself be dragged into a criminal spiral . He then learns treason and abandonment, so Marcello is planning is revenge very carefully  …

Dogman opens with a large vicious pit bull barking into the face of the camera. Saliva flies, teeth flash and the urge of attacking. Marcello keeps him calm and washes the animal with  affection and the dog calms down. Here is Marcello who is a dog groomer with this unusual face who does his job well and his clients knows him well he also a loving father to his daughter Alida (Alida Baldari Calabria), with whom he enjoys scuba-diving. . It is all going to hell because his friend Simoncino (so he thought) wants some cocaine which marcello gives him but Simoncino needs money and takes Marcello on a crime spree. It is all going to hell from here. Simoncino here is this tough guy who is a pain in the ass to everybody in the neighborhood want to get rid of him. So Marcello’s  life is going to go into a spiral and he is going to plan his revenge. 

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Here Marcello wants to exist because nobody sees him for who he is and his ex-wife ignores him however the one who loves him for who he is , is his daughter who worships him. Later in the film Marcello is going to try to exist and to show everybody what he is capable of doing. Here Dogman is a powerful, deep, and brilliantly directed film. A Wonderful movie about the need to exist and to be loved, that is bitter, violent, sometimes funny with a shattering humanity. This film is a black diamond of Italian cinema as Matteo Garrone knows how to make hem. It is a sort of dark beautiful revenge tale.

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WOMAN AT WAR (2018)

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A film by Benedikt Erlingsson

Cast: Halldóra GeirharðsdóttirJóhann Sigurðarson,Juan Camillo Roman Estrada

Halla, in her fifties, declares war on the local aluminum industry, which is polluting  her country. She takes all the risks to protect the Highlands of Iceland … But the situation could change with the unexpected arrival of a little girl that she wants to adopt  could change her life…..

Ok we all know that if we don’t do something to protect the environment it is all going to hell. Here is a woman who is against the aluminum industry who is  polluting the island in Iceland. A deal is going  through with china that might go sour due to the fact Halla is sabotaging it. She is on the war path. But suddenly she has this news that she can adopt an Ukrainian orphan. Can she pursuit her work before she has to pick up this Orphan. Will she be more motivated in protecting the environment due to the fact she is going to adopt a child.

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The thing is the director  has written this absurd comedy / thriller like a fable such as having the musicians play the score on the border of the road, or at the apartment she lives in and so on. It is a little weird but you get used to it. In the mixed there is a latin American tourist riding in bicycle who keeps getting arrested as a suspect in Halla’s crimes. Too funny there. Yes there are a cousin well alleged cousin of hers that is helping her. A nice little comedy out of the ordinary a welcoming change with beautiful scenery of Iceland. What she has a twin sister? Ho! boy.

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JOUEURS (2018)

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A film by Marie Monge 

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Stacy Martin, Bruno Wolkowitch 

English: Treat me like fire , (But in reality the correct translation is Players)

When Ella meets Abel, her life changes. In the wake of this elusive lover, the girl will discover the cosmopolitan Paris and underground gaming circles, where adrenaline and money are king. First a bet, and their story is going to be transformed into a devouring passion.

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These are two addictions that oppose and feed on each other. and it is a beautiful  raw love story. First Ella (Stacy Martin) who meets Abel (Tahar Rahim) at her father’s restaurant which the story goes from there.These are two addictions that oppose and feed on each other. The desperate love that Ella has for Abel and Abel for the love of gambling as well as for Ella. However here Monge the director as done her research in order in order to write the script. Everything is here the social decline of the phenomena of the addiction, the grips that the bad people has on the gamblers, The bouncers, to the debts collectors, the  alcohol, the parties , And then the falling down until you hit the bottom. The director takes us in the casinos in the dark rooms where it is all taking place in Paris in the hidden rooms called the circles where there is a fine line between legal and illegal gambling as Abel explain to Ella how the casino works. For her first film Monge puts her two feet in the dark world of gambling where are two stars Tahar Rahim and Stacy Martin, incarnated those two damaged characters so well. The rhythm of the music is just perfect for the film. Here is a film that  illuminates perfectly a story of a couple who collapses into dependence.

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UN COUTEAU DANS LE COEUR (2018)

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A film by Yann Gonzalez

Cast: Vanessa ParadisKate MoranNicolas Maury 

English title: Knife+heart

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of low-cost gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she tries to win back by shooting a more ambitious film with his long-time accomplice, the flamboyant Archibald. But one of their actors is found savagely murdered and Anne is dragged into a strange investigation that will turn her life upside down.

The film looks a lot like Dario Argento’s Suspiria and the other films that he did. The thing is here Gonzales rewrite the story where his characters are gay. The film opens with a woman Anne (Vanessa Paradis) who broke up with her lover Loïs, (Kate Moran) editor of her movies. Yes it is the big come back of Vanessa Paradis with a bold choice and for the director as well. Here is  Anne who is trying to repair the relationship with Lois the editor of all of her films is making a film about the murders and trying to solve them. Anne wants it bad enough and is desperate to go back to her lover but Lois won’t have it. The film is a change of scenery and pace with some bright colours to it. Erotic frisson mixed with sexual imagery and some weird score to got with it. Vanessa here delivers a great performance. Also the director here has asked the actor who play the killer to keep the mask at all the time on the set so no one would know who he is so it has a kind of killer ambiance. The violence is colourful and vivid. The film has a certain audacity and beauty to it,  enough to go see it but the ending does not have enough climax. What a switchblade  dildo, ho!!! boy.

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A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN (2018)

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A film by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Cast: Joe ColeVithaya PansringarmPanya Yimmumphai

The true story of Billy Moore, locked in one of the toughest prisons, Klong Prem. Refusing to die there, Billy learns Muay Thai boxing and finds a fraternity that will help him redeem himself.

The director here focuses on the life in prison instead if what happened before Billy got there. By this unique prism, we are also totally lost in a poisonous world in paradise Muay Thai, a form of boxing “religion” in Thailand. The daily – rapes, fights, drugs deals, etc. that takes place daily. The film primary beauty comes from its desire to capture the huddled bodies as if each inmate had an immense texture to form one with its  community. The energy of each shot to exalt Moore’s rage that one feels ready to explode at the slightest jostling. Then comes the strange time of appeasement, when the boxer can finally reconnect with what makes him progresses in life: his fists. It is a huge boxing film that is going to feel claustrophobic due to the fact that it is in prison but has a raw beauty that emerges. So many contradictions that lead straight to build a film that emerges bloodless and the impression of having seen an instant classic.

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DISOBEDIENCE (2018)

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A film by Sebastián Lelio

Cast: Rachel WeiszRachel McAdamsAlessandro Nivola 

A woman from New York returns to her community for her father’s funeral. As son as she gets there it sparks her attraction to a childhood friend. Theirs passion ignites and they are going to question their sexuality and their faith.

Sebastián Lelio after his last film A fantastic woman directs his first english speaking film. The first scene is a Rabbi giving a sermon about free will. He speaks of angels, beasts, and Adam and Eve. He says that humans are “free to choose.”Then he drops dead. The scene is subtle and Lelio just put it out there, bang in your face. Based on Naomi Alderman’s novel is an old-fashioned drama. The rabbi who died was Rav Krushka (Anton Lesser), an important figure in the London Orthodox Jewish community. His daughter Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a New York-based photographer, who left years ago. When she returns home, she walks into the unchanged world of her childhood, looked at by relatives and former friends with curiosity and concern. She is has long free hair, smokes , and wears short leather skirts. However her father stated that he had no children. She has no idea that her best friend is married to her other best friend. Here the director does not reveal what happened in the past not all of it. You are going to figure it out by the performances of the other actors, their body language. The relationship is going to rekindle here but at what cost. Here the Orthodox Jewish community is bad guy here or is it not? The film doesn’t set out to judge or discriminate; it is an attempt to show how difficult it is to negotiate the borders between sexuality and faith in a structured society. It is not an easy thing to negotiate. That is why the cinematography is dark, sombre colours due to the theme of the film. This is a story about characters that are willing to change and evolve but also struggling with it. Here is a story where people are going to relate to it and debate after seeing the film.

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MIDNIGHT SUN (2018)

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A film by Scott Speer

Cast: Bella ThornePatrick SchwarzeneggerRob Riggle 

a 17 years old teenager is trying to live her life with XP disease (Xeroderma Pigmentosum) .

It looks like a lot like the film the boy in the bubble of John Travolta. However knowing that I knew how it was going to end and I was right. Here is a remake of the Japanese film of the same name and it is going to be appealing for teenagers big time. Second here is the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger  and Maria Shriver, Patrick who has the lead in his first film.

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Xeroderma pigmentosum—a one-in-a-million skin ailment that makes exposure to the sun’s rays potentially deadly. So you put two young actors like Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger, and you have this love story that is going to take off with a bit of naturalism in it. Katie as the film begins explain her situation  in narration off the top. Katie’s widower dad Rob Riggle, (in a rare dramatic role) has taken every precaution to protect her from sunlight, from  tinted windows in the house and minivan.  We learn in an early conversation between him and Katie’s doctor that it’s actually a miracle she’s lived this long. Second-floor bedroom window, Katie has spied on her neighbor, Charlie (Schwarzenegger) , skateboarding down the street every day for as long as she can remember and it was love at first sight. On high school graduation night Kathie’s dad lets her go to the train station to play guitar and sing when Charlie appears out of no where. Soon after they are dating which she tries to keep her disease a secret and that is understandable. Here is Charlie the most popular guy in school who is on the swimming team which has a sensitive side. Katie is sheltered and has a sweet side, little did they know they are going to need each other in oder to make their dream come true and support each other to overcome their fears. Of course here Katie has a wisecracking best friend, which her character for not fully developed. I think here is the only flaw in the film. So if you are a teenager you are going to love this film, however if you are an adult maybe, maybe not. 

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CHAMPIONS (2018)

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A film by Javier Fesser

Cast: Javier GutiérrezAthenea MataJuan Margallo 

Marco holds the prestigious position of assistant coach of the professional Spanish basketball team. But his bad attitude is a problem. After a series of bad luck for which he is the only one responsible, Marco gets let go and find himself doing community work forced to work with a team of mentally disabled basketball players.

Here is a film that made it in France because the comedies from Fesser does not make it in France but this one did even in Spain at the box office it exploded big time. It is the feel good movie where you are going to have a good time laughing and it is going to be easy to watch. Here is an assistant coach that is fed up with the coach on how to run the team gets let go the next day so the next thing he does is to get drunk at the bar and to finds himself at the wheel where he is going to get in trouble with the police. So a judge gives him community service for a month. He finds out he has to teach a bunch of slow people basketball. And yes somewhere in there, there is a championship to win.

Nice little comedy here where a bunch of slow players are going to get the challenge to play basketball and where Marco is going to have a serious challenge in teaching them but guess what they will learn from each other. Marco here is trying to reconciled with his wife and jungle teaching those players. You will digest this film well. It is a no brainer here just have a good time watching it.

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HEREDITARY (2018)

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A film by Ari Aster

Cast: Toni ColletteMilly ShapiroGabriel Byrne 

When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter begins to unravel terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

Annie Graham, an artist and mother who’s coping with the death of her mother while trying to finish an exhibition of dioramas that describe her own family. Annie has a  daughter who is a little strange and a son who spends his time smoking pot with his friends. Annie has a husband who is nice named Steve who just wants the family to be happy and struggles to make peace. Annie tells her husband that she’s going off to the movies when she’s really attending a grief management circle. Peter smokes marijuana with his friends or along and Charlie  draws obsessively in a small notebook….

I can’t tell you more than that here if I reveal more it is going to spoil it for you guys. There are going to be different point of view of this film because it can go more than one way. It is a film that will make you think. The film has an intense family drama that will take you on an emotional journey. It is filled with damage people which they suffer concealed torment from sitting on their rage, and something bloody bizarre will happen mixed with arguments and breakdowns that are going to follow. There is shocking  physical violence in this film. Aster and the cast make you care about these disturbed people and fear will come into play as what they might do to each other. Tragic event can do strange thing to people as the manage it differently. It is going to be a wild ride. The ending could not be better then that. They are reinventing horror film here big time and I hope it continues. A  must see.

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WHAT PEOPLE WILL SAY ? (2018)

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A film by Iram Haq

Cast: Maria MozhdahAdil HussainEkavali Khanna

Sixteen years old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) is your typical teenager in Norway, she is sneaking out of her parent’s apartment coming back from partying with her friends where her father had no idea about it, until one night he finds her in her room with a boy and her destiny will change forever.

Here is this great biographical film from Haq. Nisha is always careful to return before her father’s regular night-time checks on his children. Nisha here so her family thinks is a good girl. But Nisha  lives a double life.  We are in Norway where there are a community of Pakistanis. Her father may be more liberal than her mother, but woman in this culture are told what to do and how they should conduct themselves. When the incident happens social services step in to protect the child and to have her version of the incident. But Nisha refuses. Her family is going to take some serious measures to sent her straight and will change her life for ever. The thing is what people will say that is what the Nisha’s parent cares about. She is born in Norway, she is a free woman to do what she wants and study and work plus marry who she wants. But the community of Pakistanis does not like what Nisha is doing (rebelling against her parents). In this community people talk and Nisha’s parents wants the rumours to stop so they are going to do what ever it takes and you will not believe it. 

Here is a powerful message with an emotional roller coaster type film that will make you think of what is going on in this world and why some culture can not seems to move forward. Tradition are tradition. Pakistan (The set of Pakistan was shoot in India, the director felt it was more safe to shoot in India and the film industry was much advanced in India), here is filmed at its rawest form, in the day time it is live and the street are full of people and the night is dark sometimes darker but not too many people on the street. Even thought this family is in Norway tradition from their country should be respected. That were they are wrong. Nisha is born in a free country to which she can go out with whom she pleases even party with her friends but because her family is so stuck on tradition and what will people say in their little community of Pakistanis. So they force her to become what she does not want to become. Here is a story that needed to be told and my hats go out to the director Iram Haq for surviving it and telling it as honestly as she could.

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