CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (2019)

A film by  Marielle Heller

Cast:  Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells 

It’s the early 1990s and Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) is already well past her sell-by date. An author specializing in biographies (she once landed on the New York Times bestseller list for one she wrote about Dorothy Kilgallen, Lee is finding it difficult to find anyone interested in her work and her latest project about Fanny Brice is getting old. She has almost no friends except her flamboyantly gay best friend, Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant), whose claim to fame is having pissed in a coat closet after mistaking it for the lavatory. Here Melissa McCarthy does an exceptional performance as Lee to my surprise because her comic role were getting a bit old.

McCarthy is give a sympathetic approach humanizing  a bit her character. A woman who was a bit desperate for money because she loves to write and does not want to do anything else . She is nice to her cat but has struggle in the social circle, she is on the defensive and struggle when on the date with a bookshop owner. Lee was good with one thing forging letters and did she make her money into it. Lee adapted her writing skills into creating fake letters from famous names and selling them for hundreds of dollars to collectors . But it attracted the FBI. Grant has done an outstanding performance as well playing Lee’s gay friend and I didn’t recognized him at first I haven’t see him in a long time. The chemistry was there between the two of them and a delight to see them drinking in a gay bar joking around. overall a terrific film with a dynamic duo. By the way remember back in the day there were type writer.

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019)

A film by Quentin Tarantino

Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

The story will focus on Rick Dalton (Leonardo Dicaprio) and his stunt sidekick Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). They have had a great time, but Holywood has changed ( Old Hollywood, becomes new Hollywood, the one we all know now), both has careers on the decline, as the new Hollywood is setting in, they are trying to revive their careers.

So we will see Rick Dalton in many of these old movies, westerns, and see him on the set of his new movie   Cliff, never far away, is does the stunts that he is suppose to do, and his driver for his friend. We find Brad is this cool role once again.  The majority of “Once Upon” takes place on a February weekend in 1969, introducing us to two characters, TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stuntman and best friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Rick was the star of a hit Western show called “Bounty Law” but he’s struggling to figure out what’s next, which he is aware that his days of fame are numbered—and he’s encouraged by a personage played by Al Pacino to go to Italy to reboot his career with spaghetti westerns. So we will see Rick Dalton in many of these old movies, westerns, and see him on the set of his new movie   Cliff, never far away. Cliff is laid back lives along tries to get stunt jobs. Of course you will see actors play Bruce Lee (Mike Moh),  Steve McQueen (Damian Lewis) to James Stacy (Timothy Olyphant) and the real-life figures living next to Rick Dalton are the most controversial ones—Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha) and Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Is a matter of fact Tate is happiness she has everything going for her in 1969, it was a great year for her until well you know. This movie was filmed with love. Great sets design as well as the streets that that brad drives on. Is the matter of fact they asked businesses that they were going to put neon signs and takes off the modern signs for the movie but the business owners weren’t crazy about it, it took a little bit of convincing and they went for it. But went it was time to put back the old sign back on the businesses owners wanted them to leave the neon signs on because they thought it looks cool. The duo Brad and Dicaprio have great chemistry they got along so well that they want to do a movie together again. This vison is more then perfect even his story telling and as usual the dialogue is perfect. You can tell that Tarantino is the director who is 5 times more passionate than any other directors. Like I said it is filmed with love. I sure going to see this film again. It is a master piece. It feels you are in a dream state. However it will sparks some interesting conversation.

READY OR NOT (2019)

A film by  Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Cast:  Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien:

Grace (Samara Weaving) loves Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) so much that she’s tolerated the bullshit  through which his family have fabricated: Alcoholic wastrel Daniel (Adam Brody) hitting on her, mother Becky (Andie MacDowell) , sister Emilie (Melanie Scrofano) not even showing up in time for the ceremony, father Tony (Henry Czerny)  voicing his dislike  at the girl’s status and aunt Helene (Nicky Guadagni) has iced dark sight on her since she arrived .Here is a bizarre family but Grace sees the light at the end of the tunnel now that they’ve all congregated at the Le Domas manor for the nuptials. With the ceremony out of the way, Grace starts to relax, but then Aunt Helene shows up in Alex’s bedroom to remind him that there’s one more ritual before the two can live happily ever after. Alex neglected to mention that every time someone enters the Le Domas family, they have to play a game. What the  hell ?

The family Domas has gotten rich from board games and card games for centuries. The game is simple just draw a card and may the game begins. Here is a movies that put comedy into it as you will see Grace going into warrior mode. Hide and seek is the worst card that Grace pulled and it is not going to be what she thinks. The movie could been funnier but it is  entertaining. Nice cast and I have not seen MacDowell for a long time she has gotten older I almost didn’t recognise her. Fun with a dark comedy where the end is such a blast to watch. 

MIDSOMMAR (2019)

A film by  Ari Aster

Cast:  Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren

Dani and Christian are about to separate when Dani’s family is affected by a tragedy. Saddened by the young woman’s mourning, Christian can not bring herself to leave her alone and takes him and his friends to a summer festival that takes place once every 90 years and takes place in a village in Sweden.
But what begins as a carefree holiday in a country where the sun does not go down will quickly take a much more sinister and disturbing turn.

Yes if you have seen the original wicker man, here Aster has rewrite it and add some elements to it to turn it around in an original idea and did he ever succeed. Shot on location in this little village in Sweden . Aster here is talented enough to to build the tension with some horrific images plus his knowledge of lingering on the uncomfortable moments for a little too long. Aster here took along those theme family tragedy, bad break up, and grief to make this old fashion horror film. Midsommar is outstanding and many things at once folks horror, adult tale, sorcery, and yes even dark comedy. We follow this couple, Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor), on the verge of a break up who travel to Sweden with a group of Jack’s grad school friends to experience a once-in-every-ninety-year Midsommar festival. The group is invited to the festival by Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren) who is part of this community as he calls it. This village off the map has this festival were they celebrate summer. Weird horrific things is going to happen soon after that. Here Aster shines by never letting go the tension and using some terrific score. This film feels like an hallucinogenic trip at times . Dani will feel uncomfortable at time but later due to some drinking some kind of potion to make you fell good will start to feel at home. It is about this girl who became an orphan and jump right in an other family to become her family but people have to pay a price. well I will travel next summer to Sweden. Ha!ha!ha!ha!

TOLKIEN (2019)

A film by  Dome Karukoski

Cast:  Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney 

The years of an author who became an orphan where he finds friendship, love and inspiration in a group of classmates at his school. But the First World War broke out and threatened to destroy this “community”. These are all experiences that will inspire Tolkien in the writing of his novels.

Going back and forth from Tolkien’s childhood to the war when he was a soldier director Dome Karukoski cast the perfect actor Nicolas Hoult for the lead. The relationship with his mother and brother, his friendship with his school mates where they formed a Book club named the Tea Club and Barrovian Society (TCBS) where he found inspiration. The love of his life  Edith Mary Bratt, who shared his passion. I was surprise that he invented a new language. He became a well known writer that later he was known for the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings and others. Not too bad for a film here because biography has been done so many times it is becoming the same but this one at least stands out a bit.

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.

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.