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 Belgium Film, British film, French film, uncategorized

A MESSAGE FROM THE KING (2017)

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A film by Fabrice Du Welz

Cast: Teresa Palmer, Luke Evans, Tom Felton

Jacob (Chadwick Boseman) King arrives from Cape Town in Los Angeles, in search of his missing sister. A stranger in a world of which he knows nothing. $ 600 in pocket and a return ticket to Cape Town 7 days later.

The opening of the film a man in customs where the officer asks him bunch of question , but the man in question is on vacation. He is from Cape Town Africa and drive a cab over there. They ask him if he has family his response is no. Soon after settle in this Roach motel. He goes to see his sister at her apartment. No one has seen her so he begins to investigate. What is he going to find, her is not going to like it and will put in motions a series of events that is going to take place.

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This film noir is a slow paces burner nothing that you have not seen before but has a few twist and turn especially at the end. You won’t see it coming. It is shot like a 70’s style film showing the not so good neighbourhood in L.A. An outsider who is trying to find his sister who is going to make some friends along the way or I might have help one in distress. When he finds out what happens to his sister the dark side of Jacob will surface. To me if he did end the film like he did then the all film is out in the water . A nice little ending here that makes the film worth seeing.

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Posted in Based on a true story, British film, U.S. Film

DENIAL (2016)

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film by Mick Jackson

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall

Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), a noted historian and author, fiercely defends the memory of the Holocaust. She is confronted with an academic extremist, advocate of controversial theses on the Nazi regime, David Irving (Timothy Spall) , who challenges her to prove the existence of the Holocaust.

The thing about Mick Jackson’s film is the unexpected strategy the lawyers take to counter the claim the Holocaust never occurred. The film may be a little dry, but the topic is not. I did not know there was people who denied that the holocaust has never happened and to top it all off they have lawyer that will counter-claim that the holocaust never occurred due to lack of evidence. You have got to be kidding. David Hare’s screenplay focuses on the topic, immersing us in the protagonist’s life and beliefs. It is an intellectually interesting  film that raises not only questions about the Holocaust, but about the issues of  proving any historical event has occurred. It will take a large team of lawyer here to combat this imbecile David Irving and Deborah Lipstadt who is a fighter here can not be on the stand to testify which she struggled with it. Richard Rampton (Wilkinson) took upon this strategy never make eye contact which aggravated Irving big time. The court drama how ever has been done a la traditional a flaw here but the performances of the actors are A+ thank god for that. It is still watchable but not the great film that it should be been.

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Posted in British film

LADY MACBETH (2017)

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A  film by William Oldroyd

Cast; Florence Pugh, Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis

1865, Rural England. Katherine (Florence Pugh) has a unhappy life of a loveless marriage with a Lord (Paul Hilton) who has twice her aged. One day, she falls in love with a young groom who works on her husband’s land and discovers passion.

The focus of the story is Catherine of course. Here is an adaptation of a 19th century Russian novella, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov. When her husband and father-in-law leave their estate on a business trip, Katherine is left alone with the  staff, and embarks on a steamy affair with the groomsman, Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis). Well at the beginning of the films she has trouble to just to her new life with her husband. Katherine isn’t exactly subtle about her cheating, so it does not take long for the star to find out about it.  But her personal maid Anna (Naomi Ackie), is a little scared because she knows she’ll be the one punished for her mistress’s indiscretions. Lady Macbeth has  a complex study of gender, class and racial politics, with  the difficulties of having all three intersecting. It is like she is rebelling against her husband who is unable to satisfy her and her needs.  The actress here is standing out which she is fairly new at this acting thing but delivers a role of a life time by nailing it dead on. As for the rest of the cast they have done an outstanding job as well. Not an easy thing to act with facial expression without saying a word. Light on dialogue, as the director tell his story in a cinematic fashion, with subtle gestures, wicked smiles and nervous faces and beautiful photography. Voila!!!

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Posted in Based on a true story, British film, Great movie

THE LOST CITY OF Z (2017)

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A film by James Gray

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller

The true story of Percival Harrison Fawcett, one of the greatest explorers of the twentieth century. Percy Fawcett is a recognized British colonel and a loving husband. In 1906, when he was about to become a father, the Royal Geographical Society of England proposed to him to leave to Amazonia in order to map the borders between Brazil and Bolivia. Right a way , the man has a passion for exploration and discovers traces of what he thinks is a very old lost city. Back in England, Fawcett constantly thinks of this mysterious civilization, torn between his love for his family and his thirst for exploration and glory …

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Here is a stroke a genius where James Gray reappropriates a genre fallen into disuse to offer us the masterful portrait of an explorer carried by his thirst for adventure.Here Gray choose to do an interpretation of the novel La cité perdue de Z écrit par David Grann. It is no secret that  Gray makes the viewer follow the adventure of the military man names Fawcett that disappeared somehow into the jungle never to return to England. James Gray’s latest feature film is a beautiful  scenario built around Percy Fawcett’s (Charlie Hunnam’s) back and forth between his home and the heart of the Amazon jungle. Here Gray shot this film à la classic mode the only thing to do to me otherwise the film will fall into the water. Fawcett is not crazy to go to the amazon forest but to reclaim his tile of his name he decided to go which trigger his thirst for adventure and exploration as well as glory. Charlie Hunnam here does a superb job to incarnate his character.It is interesting to see that Fawcett also has other obligations, well he is a  husband and father which his wife makes the sacrifices here  and is beautifully interpreted by actress Sienna Miller. You see  he returns to his home, after several years of travel so it takes a toll on his wife. He has a hard time with the children. The cinematography here is near perfect. I can’t wait until his next picture.

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Posted in British film

T2 TRAINSPOTTING (2017)

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A film by Danny Boyle 

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller 

Renton (Ewan McGregor) has been living drug-free in Amsterdam for the past 20 years, but is returning to Edinburgh following his mother’s death. Spud (Ewen Bremner) has been trying and failing to stay away from heroin, losing touch with a wife and son in the process. Begbie (Robert Carlyle) has been in prison, And Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) has been snorting cocaine, running his aunt’s  pub, and blackmailing the clients of a Bulgarian prostitute (Anjela Nedyalkova) Yeah! baby.

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Well is T2 worth the wait judge for yourself. It is 20 years later and they are now 40 something so the film is not going to be crazy and wild like the first one. It is mellower no surprise there, they are older and can’t party as they are used too. The last time they saw each other someone has done a stupid thing ripping off his friends. The misadventures that follow have plenty of familiar Trainspotting elements: snapped pool cues and nightclubs, virtuoso swearing and sudden violence, freeze frames and special effects not as disturbing and the first one . T2 is inferior to T1: the cinematography is darkened with smoke the editing isn’t as frantic, the music isn’t as catchy, and the performances aren’t as sharp. But it is still enjoyable. There are some funny moments,  at times. T2 even stirs up fond memories of a beloved masterpiece T1 when Renton updates his “Choose life” monologue for instants. And what happened to the baby in this one? Yeah! whatever!!!

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Posted in British film, Cult film

TRAINSPOTTING (1996)

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A film Danny Boyle

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

The movie, based on a popular novel by Irvine Welsh, is about a crowd of heroin addicts who run together in Edinburgh, England. The story is narrated by Renton (Ewan McGregor) who introduce us to his friends Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) who’s never seen a movie of Sean Connery sober, Tommy (Kevin McKidd), who returns to drugs too many times , and Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who brags about not using drugs but is a psychotic and throws bottles of  beers at the patrons. There a nice little bunch that you would mind your daughter be dating.

Those guys are trying to score drugs get high, bed girls, drinks, swear, gets drunks, they are not settled in any way and home is no where. It is a bingeing fiesta at its best.Former alcoholics and drug abusers often report that they don’t miss the substances nearly as much as the conditions under which they were used. How funny is that. But a promising drug deal comes along and may the disturbing imaging begin. When one of them test the drugs the word wonderful comes out of his mouth. Drugs makes you feel good but you are going to crash big time and you are going to fell like shit. They film feels like what it is to be a junkie and it is dark as hell at times. Violence in their life is there. The thing about drugs (I never done them) as one told me makes you feel to want more. What is this baby doing in this film? Yeah! Whatever!!!!

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