THE MUSTANG (2019)

A film by  Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern

Incarcerated in a prison in Nevada, Roman has no contact with the outside world or with his daughter … In an attempt to get him out of his silence and violence, he is offered to integrate a social rehabilitation program through training wild horses. Alongside these mustangs as unpredictable as him, Roman will gradually learn to control himself and overcome his past.

Nevada prison, convict Roman Coleman is unable to keep his temper in check. Matthias Schoenaert doesn’t hesitate to declare that he isn’t good with people after years of confinement. He gets rehabilitation help from a prison therapist (Connie Britton). Here is a man who killed someone who feel remorseful, who is broken and even angrier than ever. Roman even has outburst of anger from time to time but by enrolling into the social rehabilitation program he is going to find a little bit of peace with himself. The inmates here have a chance to get rehabilitated and when they get out to be able to reintegrated into society and have a regular job. Two totally opposite worlds, one of a prisoner and a horse, who will nevertheless learn to understand each other and learn from each other. It seems horses are the solution for roman to get on the right path. Matthias incarnate the role of this emotional man who has a temper but wants to get better. In a way the horse that he named Marquis who also has a temper are going to heal each other in the weeks to come. Here Roman wants to take control of his life and have a normal life. The are unanswered question towards the end but I like it this way.

Advertisements

PARASITE (2019)

A film by  Joon-ho Bong 

Cast:  Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

Ki-taek’s entire family is unemployed, and is very interested in the lifestyle of the wealthy Park family. One day, their son managed to be recommended to give private lessons of English at the Park. This is the beginning of an uncontrollable gear, which nobody will come out really unscathed …

Ki-taek and his family: are poor they are down on the bottom , they are folding pizza boxes for peanuts, freeloading off any wifi signal from their neighbor upstairs also trying to stop a drunk passersby from urinating by their basement apartment. They are unemployed.  his son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) gets a chance of posing as a university-educated English tutor for the teenage daughter of a wealthy family. His son has an idea. He is going to put it in place. But a twist is going to come along where is is going to escalate to hell and back.

Here is a film with a different take on a home invasion. The visual of the film is excellent especially the screenplay. The basement is this filthy concrete where anything could happen, however the house and garden are beautiful . There are two world here the world from above and the world from below. Where some live in this beautiful house with countless staff and some others live in a basement home where when it rain the sewers flood up. Our protagonists have the intelligence to take step where they will invade the life of this bourgeois family , closing little by little a trap on them which they do not will be able to extricate themselves more. Bong Joon Ho established a humorous atmosphere. The film start with comedy and then in the middle of the film is is going to get darker. The question is does having a lot of money makes you happy? The ensemble cast who has great chemistry are outstanding. I think this film is going to do well at the box office. The movie theater was packed at 4PM yesterday. The first Korean film that won the Palme D’or for best film.

PIRANHAS (2019)

A film by  Claudio Giovannesi

Cast:  Francesco Di Napoli, Viviana Aprea, Mattia Piano Del Balzo 

Nicola and her friends are between ten and fifteen years old. They travel by scooter, they are armed and fascinated by crime. They fear neither prison nor death, only to lead an ordinary life like their parents. Their models: the godfathers of the Camorra. Their values: money and power. Their rules: to frequent the good people, to frequent the world of luxury , and to occupy the place left vacant by the old mafia to conquer the districts of Naples, whatever the price.

Nicola, a 15-year-old with little or no prospects of a proper job, but who wants access to the life of luxury enjoyed by his role models: designer clothes and watches, nights of drinking and doing drugs at the city’s clubs together with good-looking girls likewise impressed by those signs of status. Nicola wants to find a way to stop his mother to pay protection money. He needs money. So in  Sanità his own town he meets the local drug lord who put him to work. Soon after they party, get new clothes, and even new scooter. Nicola has charisma and rapidly moves up the latter. An adaptation novel by Roberto Saviano, the Neapolitan who made a name for himself as an authority on the organised crime. Nicola, a 15-year-old with little or no prospects of a regular job, but who wants access to the life of luxury enjoyed by his role models: designer clothes and watches, nights of drinking and doing drugs at the city’s clubs together with good-looking girls likewise impressed by those signs of status. Nicola wants to find a way to stop his mother to pay protection money. He needs money. So in  Sanità his own town he meets the local drug lord who put him to work. Soon after they party, get new clothes, and even new scooter. Nicola has charisma and rapidly moves up the latter. Saviano known this world well it looks like and Giovannesi cast non professional actor to have this feel of authenticity plus the research and it pay off well. Giovannesi avoid the glamour and the sensationalism plus the camera movement is fluid never flashy . Here are teenagers who sees no way out and thinks that being a gangster is the coolest thing but reality is far more than an other monster.

THE CELEBRATION (1998)

A film by  Thomas Vinterberg

Cast:  Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen 

Patriarch Helge Klingenfelt has a big party ready for his 60th birthday. Among the guests, Christian, the eldest son, is instructed by Helge to say a few words over dinner about his twin sister Linda, who died a year earlier. No one doubts that Christian will take advantage of this little speech to reveal terrible secrets …

A dogme-film is the sweep of the hand-held video camera was to endure no lighting except natural lighting, no sound intrusions except the hum and thump of natural sound. The actors wear their own clothes, and the only props they may use are “natural” to the set. Finally, the director may not even credit his own name to the picture – as if the paw prints of a presiding genius would further sully the purity of the film. And that is what Vinterberg has done on his first film. Famously known as the first movie of the Dogme 95 movement.

The film opens with a family in turmoil. The drunk and furious Michael The film opens with a family in turmoil, who blames his wife for everything. He even stop driving when he saw his brother on the road walking and told his wife and kids to get out and walk the rest of the way. At the birthday banquet, Christian raps his spoon against a glass and start to toast his father for being alive for 60 years and a shocking secret is revealed. The insults, the alcohol flowing into their veins and the drunken chef who says “I have been waiting for this for a long time”, and the party is going to go out of hand. The script is well planned, the actors are skilled at deploying their emotions. And may the insults, the alcohol and the drunken chef who says “I have been waiting for this for a long time”, and the party is going to go out of hand. The script is well planned, the actors are skilled at showing their emotions and the film is a bit like a farce at times. Funny part is the end or is it? The Dogme 95 film type died out later in the years to come because I thinks for some films it does not work out well. I so love this cult film. I saw it on the big screen not long ago again.

ROCKETMAN (2019)

A film by Dexter Fletcher

Cast:  Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden 

Rocketman recounts the extraordinary life of Elton John, from his early successes to his international consecration. The film traces the metamorphosis of Reginald Dwight, a timid prodigy pianist, into a global superstar. He is now known as Elton John.His inspirational story – based on the most beautiful songs of the star – makes us live the incredible success of a child from a small provincial town that has become an icon of the pop world culture.

Doors are thrown open. Light fills the hallway. A man in costumes appears with platform shoes. He walks a bit and opens an other set of doors, he pauses and says at the rehab group that he has just interrupted. “My name is Elton Hercules John and I’m an alcoholic.” He is also a cocaine addict, sex addict, a shopping addict. And may the flashback begins.

The problem with this Biography it is formulaic and it is getting on my nerves. Instead of doing it this way to tell the relationship with his manager in more details and the relationship with his best friend how he wrote the songs and john put the music to it that would been the better film. But no let’s go with the formulaic film. Do not get wrong Taron Egerton has done a great job acting in this film but why not let a real gay man playing the part they are some gay actors out there that could play the part. The film is entertaining and it is like a musical but that is all it does for me. One of those days someone will get it right.

SIBYL (2019)

A film by  Justine Triet

Cast:  Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Laure Calamy

The film is presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2019Sibyl is a novelist reconverted into a psychoanalyst. Caught up by the desire to write, she decides to leave most of her patients. As she searches for inspiration, Margot, a young actress in distress, begs her to receive her. Margot is in a middle of making a film , she is pregnant with the main actor … who is in a relationship with the director of the film. While she exposes her passionate dilemma, Sibyl, fascinated, record her on her cell phone secretly. The words of her patient nourishes her novel and takes her back in her past. When Margot implores Sibyl to join her in Stromboli for the end of the shoot, everything accelerates at a vertiginous pace …

Sibyl (Virginie Efira) mother, sober for years from alcohol decide to ditch her patient to write an other Novel, after all she was a successful write at one time. She goes to alcoholic anonymous weekly, has her circle of friends as well as a boyfriend. At first when Sibyl receives Margot she fells like she is the mother that has to nourish her child as well as to protect her. That is the first act. The she goes on this island now sibyl has new rules that she has to obey from the director Mika (Sandra Hüller) plus in between there are the flashback of the life of sibyl from time to time. Here is a novelist who is going to have a melt down. Terrific acting from Exarchopoulos and Efira who are plugging themselves in a waterfall of emotions not an easy thing to do. Terrific directing from Justine Triet who directed Vitoria previously.

PAIN AND GLORY (2019)

A film by  Pedro Almodóvar

Cast:  Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Leonardo Sbaraglia 

The film is presented in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. A series of reunions after several decades, of the life from a director in pain. First loves, the mother, the death, actors with whom he worked, the 60s, the 80s and the present. The impossibility of separating creation and private life. And an emptiness, the unfathomable emptiness in the face of the inability to continue to make films.

Almodovar signs his most personal work with this new film perfectly mastered that follows the depressive wanderings of a filmmaker at the time of the assessment. The pain and the health problems that he has and the inability to make an other film. It is an autobiographical story of Almodóvar . Salvador is a director who has not done anything for several years, He has too much pain in his body. When the Spanish film library has one of its greatest successes digitally remastered , Salvador decided to be there for Q&A after the showing of the film with the main actor which they have not seen each other for 30 years. Salvator as he narrates at the beginning of the film all the pain in his body that he has for years now. Banderas here does not imitated the director but ad his own brand of acting. The flashback are there when Salvator was a kid and Penelope Cruz plays his mother. A director who is tormented by the pain he has in his body, the prescribe drugs that is no longer working and the dead end that he has not being able to make an other film. There are not much films of Almodóvar that I do not like here is a director who has a great career. Hopefully he will win his first Palme d’Or.