BLACKkKLANSMAN (2018)

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A film by Spike Lee

Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier 

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan. Based on a true story.

Here Spike manages to tell this story like a blaxploitation film with comedy into it as well. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron (John David Washington) son of Denzel Washington, the first African-American officer hired by the Colorado Springs Police Department, has infiltrated the local Klan chapter and talk on the phone with David Duke (Topher Grace). and Adam Driver’s ably plays Flip Zimmerman, a Jewish cop. Now you are going to say how did he do that a black man infiltrating the KKK. Well you will have to see the film. It is downright hilarious especially when Ron calls the KKK to join because he saw an ad in the paper.  Spike makes references to the trump regime. It is so funny at times. Here is a dude who has some strikes against him He is black police officer the first in Colorado Spring , and he is trying to infiltrate the klan, if his boss let him do it to begin with. Persistence, and perseverance will pay off and at what cost. Comic with absurdity, real tension caricatured characters, everything contributes to making the film a happy pamphlet, soaked in the music Motown. A perfect casting, great acting and story telling what more do you want this summer.

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UNDER THE SILVER LAKE (2018)

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A film by David Robert Mitchell

Cast: Sydney Sweeney, Topher Grace, Riley Keough

Los Angeles, Sam, 33, unemployed, is a dreamer. When Sarah, a young and enigmatic neighbor, suddenly vanishes, Sam goes looking for her and then begins an obsessive, surrealistic survey of the city. It will plunge him into the darkest depths of the City of Angels, where he must elucidate disappearances and mysterious murders against a backdrop of scandals and conspiracies.

It seems to me what are the directors that influenced Mitchell are Paul Thomas Anderson, David Lynch big time because the film has a film of the weird kind. The film goes into the weird atmosphere in L.A kind like film Neo-Noir which it is going to feel like the 60’s but it is not. It goes into a crime film, drama and comedy of sorts. Sam goes into the adventure of looking for this missing girl next door and goes into like the twilight zone. He meets some kind of weird characters and fall into some kind of conspiracy theory. However the sound track is dead on could have been better. the shots are very creative here and flows beautifully well. Like I said it feels like the 60’s , it is like a retro 60’s film. It is a very cool feel where you are going to lose yourself in and get out the movie theater saying damn going back to reality. Technically it is a pop culture extravaganza.

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ADRIFT (2018)

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A film by Baltasar Kormákur

Cast: Shailene WoodleySam ClaflinGrace Palmer

In September, 1983, Tami Oldham Ashcraft and her fiance, Richard Sharp, were hired to take a 44-foot yacht on a 4,000-mile journey from Tahiti to San Diego. About half way there the encounter a hurricane which was building for a couple of weeks. Caught into it full force the yacht in 145-knot winds, the boat over turn a few time to find themselves adrift.

Here is a couple who found love a first sight while traveling on boats. They meet in Tahiti where Tami running away from her town San Diego not in the hurry to go back any time soon. Love blossomed and soon after that they fell in love, they had a big thing in common they love to travel by sea to discover the world. Everything was fine until an english couple asked them to take their yacht to San Diego and give them $10,000 plus a first class ticket back to Tahiti. Until they get caught into the hurricane. When she find herself adrift she is going to have to pull through right away in order to survive. It is based on the true story , from the book that Tami Oldham Ashcraft wrote in 2002 Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea. A terrific story of survival and will power to stay alive. Adrift has flashback between their hot romance on Tahiti and the increasingly difficult situation after the storm, as Tami struggles to keep herself and Richard alive. I love the shot of the yacht up in the hair where you see the waste ocean and this little tiny boat. It is scary no land to be seen. The shoot must have been difficult because when you see the beautiful scenery that the ocean and the sunset has to offer it is breathtaking. The question here that you have to ask yourself is would I have survive this if I was Tami. What would you have done. The thing here is that Tami has a positive attitude and said to herself I will stay alive I will survive this. What she is using duck tape to do what?

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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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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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SOLO: A STARS WARS STORY (2018)

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A film by Ron Howard

Cast: Alden EhrenreichWoody HarrelsonEmilia Clarke 

The adventures of a young Han Solo when he meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Here is this prequel of Han Solo, but the film is not entirely bad despite the not so formidable performances with a few surprises and it does not hits its marks. Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Chewbacca meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? Those are the question that we should have been asking ourselves after the first 3 Stars wars. And those answers will be revealed as you watch the film, and the film answers all those question and more.

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Han  (Alden Ehrenreich) hot wires cars and meets Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) on planet carry like the burning rubber, gasoline and adolescent hormones like those teenagers films back in the 60’s. Han wants to get out of Corellia and take Qi’ra with him. Also he meets a bunch of criminals who wants to get at this big score.  Things are not as they seems most of the time and like someone says do not trust anyone. There are plenty of action scenes that are cool with some state of the art special effect. Some of the old characters of the first three Stars Wars are back and younger of course and yes it is cool to see them. Even the old ship is back. There are some tension here and there with humour. The film like I said is not entirely bad it is watchable and works but it is missing something. 

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