WIDOWS (2018)

A film by  Steve McQueen

Cast:  Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debick

Chicago, where 4 women who has lost their husbands which left them with a debt take things into their own hand to get back the counter at zero to start a new life. 

Roger Ebert a critic from chicago (RIP Roger) said his favorite film was heist movies. Well Roger here is one for you. This genre of film that Mcqueen has done here masterfully has it all the corruption, the politician who is trying to get ahead that cut throat , money, thrown in a drug dealer with a mean streak. The bullshit that goes with it, plus the rich gets richer and the poor get poorer. 

The film open with  Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) and his wife making out to get a flashback of a heist that is going to go wrong. his crew (Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Coburn Goss) are in trouble and are trying to get away without a scratch. Soon enough you begin to find out their fate and that they are going to leave four wife widows. Four women Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez),  a mother of two who is just opening her own store, Amanda (Carrie Coon), who has a 4-month-old child, Harry’s wife Veronica (Viola Davis), which they have nothing in common. A debt has to be paid and they are going to do the unthinkable. Well it takes place in Chicago where of course in the mix there will be politician battle out the election. This heist is about survival with an emotional ride. Every characters are in place here no one is out of sync. The camera angle and the edditing are so perfect it is not even funny even the flashback are a work of art. even the song in to that says ‘We have a lot of work to do today. Crying is not on the list’. One more thing politician are a bitch aren’t they? Do not miss this one. It is going to be a classic. 

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS (2018)

A film by  Jon M. Chu

Cast:  Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh 

The story takes us native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Ho! boy!!!!! Good luck. 

After teaching her economics class, Rachel (Constance Wu) meets her boyfriend at a crowded Manhattan bar in New York City. But she has no idea that they are not ordinary people, well her boyfriend is the Nick (Henry Golding) is the heir to one of the wealthiest real estate companies in Singapore. He keeps it a secret until they take off first class by plane. You see they’re traveling to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. 

Here is the film that is going to be a bath of gold, diamonds, jewelry and exotic cars plus helicopters and lavishing real estates. The film becomes predictable to me nothing you have not seeing before but there is a message here. I’ll get back to it. Rachel here is going to be overwhelm with a lot of gossip and bullshit. But she is witty, intelligent, and can out smart them all. Secrets will be revealed and so on. To get accepted in the family it is not going to be easy. In the middle of the film I knew were this was going. The message is the love of a mother for her son. The mother knows what is best for her son and is that. Crazy Rich Asians may feels like luxurious 1930s MGM comedy but asian style. The is an importance here about food, culture, and relationship. Not too bad for a film here you will have a good time but for my taste a little too predictable. 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (2018)

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A film by Bryan Singer

Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee 

Bohemian Rhapsody recounts the extraordinary fate of the Queen group and their iconic singer Freddie Mercury, who challenged stereotypes, broke conventions and revolutionized music. From the dazzling success of Freddie Mercury to his excesses, risking the near-implosion of the group, to his triumphant return on stage at the Live Aid concert, while he was struck by the disease, discover the exceptional life of a man who continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and all who love music.

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Here it is I remember when we will rock you and we are the champion came out on the radio back then I was in high school in Michigan. Here is the impact of Queen back then, we were eating lunch at the cafeteria and they put on the radio and Queen came on with we will rock you and we are the champion right after it. When we will rock you all the student started banging their feet and clapping then singing to the tune. That is the impact that Queen had back then and still today. Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek)  was born Farrokh Bulsara, that I didn’t know. Here comes this genius who revolutionize music and even interacted with his fans on stage. Here is a genius who was tortured because he struggle with his own sexuality. Also his muse Mary who he had a great relationship with knew how he was and when Freddie died he left her his estate. The star here is Rami Malek who embody the essence of freddie, shines which  brings me to the casting were the actors has terrific chemistry. The problem that I have the film does not seem to know what to do with homosexual desire also his music and song are so connected to his sexuality and the film does not show that at all either. I wish they also they shown the writing process of the songs a little more in details. However the credited director, Bryan Singer was replaced by Dexter Fletcher late in the production (That’s got to hurt).  The live aid concert in 1985, yes I remember that too and what a performance it was. I saw it on TV.

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HALLOWEEN (2018)

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A film by David Gordon Green

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak 

40 years later Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked man who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night.

I hate to see this but the masterpiece by John Carpenter was much better than this one. It becomes a frustrating film, first it is predictable as hell from beginning to end. It lacks of the atmosphere and the essence of Carpenter. Yes it is done old school like back in the day but the film is frustrating as I said. The first movie, you can hear the crunch of the leaves and smell Fall in the air. You feel the tension that is building up big time. The first film was a lot scarier than this one. It is not all bad the females in the film play with some interesting themes, the female empowerment story of trauma and the confrontation of the beast. But it is not scary like the original. Even the music which they did not put enough of to build the tension. What kills me is that the film pretend that the sequel did not happen. Where is the magic of the original? And Carpenter produced this one. Ho! boy!!!

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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (2018)

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A film by Lars von Trier

Cast: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman 

United States, 1970s. We follow the very brilliant Jack through five incidents and discover the murders that will mark 12 years career as a serial killer.

The story is lived from Jack’s point of view. He considers each murder as a work of art in itself. Is a matter of fact he even takes pictures of the victims. While the ultimate and inevitable intervention of the police keeps getting closer (which infuriates Jack and puts pressure on him) he decides – contrary to all logic – to take more and more risks. Throughout the film, we discover Jack’s descriptions of his personal situation, his problems and his thoughts through his conversation with a stranger, Verge. it is not going to be your usual film as Trier write this thing out of the box. The film here has graphic violence, torture, and cruelty. The serial killer played by Matt Dillon here tells us about his first time as he killed a woman with a jack. Jack also tells us he has OCD and comes back to the crime scene to see if he has clean really good the crime scene, and the more killing he was doing his OCD began to dissipate. Jacks talks with a man named verge,trying to justify his actions. Jack has no emotion, he feels nothing. it looks like to me it is the portrait of an artist throughout the serial killer eyes. The thing is what does it all mean at the end. Everybody will have a different opinion. It is well constructed and psychological, so I will tell you this you are going to like it or hate it there is no in between here.

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FIRST MAN (2018)

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A film by Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke 

Pilot “a little distracted” by his superiors in 1961, Neil Armstrong will be, on July 21, 1969, the first man to walk on the moon. For eight years, he undergoes an increasingly difficult training, bravely assuming all the risks of a journey to the total unknown. Murmured by personal hardships that leaves indelible marks, Armstrong tries to be a loving husband to a woman who had married him in the hope of a normal life.

Here is what I love about this film the first scene of the film is Neil Armstrong who is in a supersonic plane  and you get a sense what it is like to be in such of plane. Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and his fellow Apollo Program team-members put on  insulated suits  strap themselves into narrow seats, wait hours or days for clearance to take off, then spend a few minutes being shaken like a martini in a shaker. Here is the life of Neil who enlist in the program that NASA has to offer due to the fact he needs a distraction because he lost his two years old daughter to cancer. However his wife is pregnant again and hope that Neil comes home every night. The wives and the other pilots gets together on weekends and enjoy life a little because they don’t know anything can happen they might not making it back. Also the film lets you know the race to beat the Soviets to the moon. To top it all off it takes a brave man to be an astronaut plus it takes a lot of training and such. Here you see Neil going into space, it was his job, as it was easier for him to do his job then to be a father because he did not know how. I love this film more than the other film that dealt with this theme because it fell so real, it feels like you are there. I remember my parents watching this on TV in France I was a young kid back then who didn’t understand what as the big deal anyway.

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A STAR IS BORN (2018)

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A film by Bradley Cooper

Cast: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott

A fading away rockstar consumed by alcohol and drugs  , Jackson Maine discovers Ally, a promising young singer. As they fall madly in love with each other, Jack propels Ally to the front of the stage and makes her an artist adored by the audience. Soon eclipsed by the success of the young woman, he begins to see his career going down to hell.

Ok then I really didn’t want to see this film because it is a being remake so many times it is not funny. But this one is done a little differently. Jack here is an alcoholic,and drug addict and his demons seems to be winning, his demons are more space when he watches Ally sings on stage which Bradley  knew that how his should play it and what a terrific performance as well has Lady Gaga even Dave chappelle who gives him advice that he should settle down as he did but after Jack marries Ally he is still restless, he still wants to go on stage and play. He is full of excuses and his demons are more alive than ever. The problem that I have with this film is the middle of it where Ally settle down with jack and the all SNL bit etc…that is what the film is loose its touch , plus Bradley here did not avoid the cliché take a look at Ally’s manager he has cliché writing all over his face. But Bradley here regain control thank god otherwise the film would went to hell. I also love Sam Elliott who has a hell of a career and plays the jack’s older brother. The music as well as the singing, (well we all know that Lady Gaga has a great voice and knows how to sing) is terrific. It is about two characters that are going to an emotional road and shows us that to be a rockstar it is not all glamorous. Not too bad for a directorial debut from Cooper.

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A STAR IS BORN (2018)