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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Posted in French film

GRAND FROID (2017)

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A film by Gérard Pautonnier

Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Arthur Dupont, Féodor Atkine, Olivier Gourmet

English: Extreme cold (But the title is going to be Back in business)

In a small town in the middle of nowhere, Edmond Zweck’s business is almost going to of business.  The company now has only two employees: Georges, Zweck’s right-hand man and Eddy (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and, a young man still novice in the trade. One fine morning, however, a dead man and his family arrives. And they are back in business  . Georges and Eddy are responsible for leading the deceased to his last abode. But in search of the cemetery that can not be found, the funeral convoy goes astray and the journey turns into a fiasco.

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For his first feature film, Gérard Pautonnier makes the daring bet to amuse us with the most frightening subject for us poor mortals that is called death  and he succeeds hands down! Adapting the novel of Joël Egloff Edmond Ganglion & fils, he keeps the tone squeaky and offbeat and drags us into a deadly road-movie that is not fatal. If the rhythm is uneven, an unpredictable scenario and an upscale casting with a comedy who has a welcoming originality. In an unlikely setting in an European small city where there not too many habitants in a vast desert like a western where some colourful characters are going to surface. And that is what makes all the charm of this film. “Death is not contagious, it is hereditary” as one character said in the film, here is a film that will worm your heart sort of speak. This film is going to give you a sunburn on the glittering subject of death.

 

 

Posted in Japanese Film

CREEPY (2017)

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A film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba

A couple moved into a new home. The husband, who had been injured a year before by a serial murderer, went from being an investigator to a serial killers professor of criminology. While being asked for advice on a new investigation into disappearances, lonely at home, his wife meets her strange neighbors …

The new Kyosho Kurosawa is certainly one of the best film noir he has ever filmed . First because the nonchalant rhythm of the staging and the humorous digressions of the beginning on the investigations done like in the  US, allow a real rise of the suspense. First, because behind this title, which means “zarbi”, many characters are hiding, a fearful neighbor who does not want to talk to anyone, a neighbor with doubtful jokes, but also phobic and spiteful, a young escaping escape. But there is also a sacred scenario with multiple twists and false confusing  tracks. Back with “Creepy” a film noir  that made his initial success, genre film, Kurosawa adapts here a bestseller by Japanese author Yutaka Maekawa. He makes of it a horrific thriller that gradually distils doubt and anguish, exploiting both the neuroses of the husband linked to an unresolved investigation, and the solitude of the woman forced to stay at home. It is, moreover, on it that the essence of intrigue that the audience will concentrate, towards  thus becoming the source of the spectator’s anxiety. It is unsettling at times especially the dark humour that he throws in. The directors supports the tension thanks to multiple twists, succeeding in astonishing the viewer until the last minute. Did I say what a beautiful cast he put together on this one. Not top be missed.

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Posted in Cult film, U.S. Film

HAIR (1979)

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A film by Milos Forman

Cast: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo

Claude Bukowski, a young farmer from Oklahoma, wants to visit New York before leaving for Vietnam. At Central Park, he became friends with a group of hippies. This meeting will turn his life upside down……

Milos Forman directed adaptation of the hit Broadway show captures the essence of the drop-out hippie culture of the late 1960’s while changing the storyline and the order of the songs and in some cases which characters perform them. Berger (Treat Williams) is the leader of his little gang of hippies which includes Hud, Woof and Jeannie. They are later joined by rich girl Sheila (Beverly D’Angelo) and Hud’s (AKA Lafayette’s) baby mama and his infant son. Oh and Jeannie is pregnant by either Hud or Woof and by the way welcome to the late 1960’s. So cool the costumes where dead on and very colourful like in the 60’s. You really feel like you were there and back them that is the way it was, singing, drugs , sex and whatever. “Sodomy”, the title song and the medley of “Black Boys” and “White Boys” are all fun songs with ironic and/or sexually explicit lyrics. “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In” are uplifting pop melodies that soar, and they are going to stick with you.“Donna” and “Manchester, England” are tunes that are upbeat you even can sing along. Forman captures the essence of the sixties even the decor are dead on., you feel it right off at the opening scene of the film. A familiar face Edna Garrett in the ‘80’s sitcom The Facts of Life, is in the scene where Berger and his friends crash Sheila’s party. At the time in 1979 it was the best musical and still is it became a cult film, that will nor age. Do not miss this one.

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Posted in French film

AVA (2017)

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A film by Léa Mysius

Cast: Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano

Ava is is a really good example of an experimental film that remind to film critics why they fell in love with cinema.

Set against the backdrop of France’s sunny Atlantic Coast, we get to be  introduces us to 13-year-old Ava (Noée Abita) as she lies on a bustling local beach one summer’s afternoon. She is on vacation , an opportunity for her to bask in a newfound freedom, but then, suddenly after going to the eye doctor, Ava learns that she will soon lose her eyesight. Her mother, Maud (Laure Calamy), into her own little world by her ongoing search to find a new boyfriend, insists on acting as if everything is fine, so as to ensure, she says, that they have the “best summer ever”. Ava, however, has other ideas.

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It is a warm film with humour but has the rebel side that is going to be flourishing soon after. The film goes through Ava’s fear of loosing her sight meets the local hood, Juan (Juan Cano), who camps out on the beach, awakens a flame in her that cannot be extinguished. They are going to be lovers and later partner in crime.The route Mysius’ narrative takes will likely be unpredictable it goes with the film vast nature decor. Ava sometimes evokes memories of Malik’s Badlands: hazy & hypnotic with a little mix of Davis lynch now and then. A beautiful captivating debut for Léa Mysius which I hope will never cease to amaze us and that she never stop experimenting.

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Posted in U.S. Film

IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)

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A film by Trey Edward Shults

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo

A man is trying to protect himself and his family by boarding his house and stay inside most of the time, but never go out without a gas mask on because it comes at night…….

Here is the cool thing first an intelligent well film horror movie. I did not even see a trailer for it nor that I wanted to see one. I went in without reading any reviews. No I will do that after. And man it was so good.

The film opens with an older gentleman, who is clearly very ill, says goodbye to his family and then gets shot in the head before his son-in-law and grandson burn his body. Pardon me I think I forgot to mention they are wearing gas mask, now you are going to say well the director has my attention and the tension is mounting from there on. Your brain is going to explode with questions. You know what the characters know no flashback here. You are on a journey with them. technically you are going along with the ride. When An intruder tries to break in the house Paul (Joel Edgerton) makes sure he protects his family when he finds out that the man is fine and has a family he brings him in to his house. Director Shults is careful not to give too much information here just bits and pieces of it. His cinematographer has done an excellent job here even the light is carefully use, like the flashlight and the lantern. Even the sound will get to you it will creep you out. The tension build up slowly but surely to the point it is going to be boil over and explode. The sound design here is perfect. The characters are dealing with a lot, the two families are going to have to trust each other although Paul is careful and is strict with his son. Not only that they do not know who has cause this or what it is. It is a question of survival and they are going to be smart about it. A well writing script here as well as well filmed. Trey Edward Shults is now the one to watch. 

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Posted in French film, uncategorized

CE QUI NOUS LIE (2017)

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A film by Cédric Klapisch

Cast: Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot

English: What links us. 

Jean left his family and his native bourgogne  ten years ago to go around the world. When he learns of the imminent death of his father, he returns to the land of his childhood. He finds his sister, Juliette, and his brother, Jeremie. Their father died just before the harvest began. In the space of a year, at the rate of the seasons that are linked, these 3 young adults will find or reinvent their fraternity, flourishing and ripening at the same time as the wine they make.

It is much more than a summer film here. and I love film about wine as I am typing this I am drinking a red wine Les Ormes de Cambras Cabernet Sauvignon Pays d’oc 2016 . It is pretty good but if I age the other bottles it is going to be awesome wine. First the director had to find a location to film and did he going it an actor Jean-Marc Roulot who happens to owned a vineyard how lucky can you get and yes he plays in it. Of course the script calls for a biologique wine. The film took one year to film because Cédric Klapisch wanted to show the season in real-time. smart move more realism there plus the actors had to be trained for the job. 

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Three human beings: two brothers with a sister who is the boss, the title of the film in What linked us, words that are stuck with  five names: those of brothers Jean (Pio Marmai) and Jérémie (François Civil) and sister Juliet (Ana Girardot) Valverde (Alicia) the sister-in-law, wife of Jérémy and Marcel (Jean-Marc Roulot) and without whom the film could not have been what it is! It is a journey of Jean back and forth between present and past , it is the evocation of a father and a grandfather, their conceptions of wine. It is a sort of rebirth to reconnect with his family and his father who is now dead. A few thing that the brother and sister are going to discover along the way and at times it is funny as hell. Also what are they are going to do keep going with the family business or sell it, and if their sister is up to the chanllenge to become the boss.  This film will get you drunk without drinking but consume it without moderation.

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