Posted in U.S. Film

ATOMIC BLONDE (2017)

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A film by David Leitch

Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman 

Constable Lorraine Broughton is one of the best spies of Her Majesty’s Intelligence Service; At once sensual and wild and ready to deploy all her skills to stay alive during her impossible mission …

This stylish and impressively choreographed action sequences, Atomic Blonde is surreal entertainment, although the spy narrative is a bit disorganised. And yes it does not matters here is the latest action film by Leitch is full of action and Charlize demonstrate that the action film are not just for guys anymore. Beautiful choreograph action scene and shot on location in Berlin and Budapest Charlize who can kick ass in high fashion to not and it based on the graphic novel this high kicking high octane film  is its November 89 Berlin setting, just before the wall came down. In this film so I have noticed there are al lot of smoking and drinking Vodka and kick ass. The stunt coordinator who has done many films like for John Woo demonstrate here that he is capable of some cool kick ass action. I lost count of the colourful characters, there are Eddie Marsan as Spyglass, Toby Jones as the MI head, John Goodman as the CIA chief and Sofia Boutella  as the French spy Delphine with whom Lorraine has a relationship. The violence is graphic and brutal as all forms of weapons  come into play including corkscrew, lampshade, rope and a red stiletto. Cars pirouette on land and water in a barrage of stunts, But here Charlize incarnate the character beautifully well as always a pleasure to watch. Well she can kick my ass anytime plus a little spanking at the end would be nice. Yes I know I am dreaming. C’est la vie.

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Posted in U.S. Film

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017)

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A film by Matt Reeves

Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

It is all coming to an end and what a way to end the tribologie on this beautiful note. The opening start as the soldier are in the forest trying to creep up to the enemy to surprise him in an other word they want caesar the ape. Surprise,  surprise it is not going to be that easy. Yes there is a colonel who wants the apes dead but not you usual colonel here one with an agenda. He is play wonderfully well by Woody Harrelson. Some of the sequence remains me of platoon how funny is that. There is a human touch between the apes and the humans. The film is done more like a thriller with some great story telling here finally. Apes Vs humans who will win?. The Simian flu might be killing humans and making the apes hyper-intelligent, but what’s really undone us across these three films has been our selfishness, cruelty,  to destroy that which we claim we want to save. But of course, the humans won’t stop their pursuit. They will come in small armies or in mass they are here to win and will they? Meanwhile, Caesar himself is also wrestling with his darker side, represented here by his visions of Koba (Toby Kebbell). He is consume with revenge and wants it bad.

Us humans however I think we destroy everything in our path even the thing we do not understand. Of course there will be a big spectacle in the end with the CGI done beautifully well even the apes looks a live and well on screen.

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Posted in French film, U.S. Film

VALERIAN: CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETES (2017)

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A film by Luc Besson 

Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

Ok here it is Luc Besson when he was 10 years old read Valerian a comic book in France and had to wait 6 days to get the other 4 pages because at the time it was printed 4 pages at the time. He said I had to have a lot of patience as a kid. Now He went on to make the 5th element and by a stroke of luck he made his money on it about 238 million dollars A film about 75 million dollars to make. The writers of the comic book one day tell him “why don’t you make Valerian. So Luc went on to start to make this film when suddenly Avatar came in at the movie theatre saw it and decided to wait a little more when the special effect are going to be better. The first challenge that he had  to find the financing of the film and of course he knew that the big studio in Hollywood would bite but gave him only $160 millions which he asked him “if you were me would you make it for this amount of money? “ they responded “no”. When he finally found the $232 millions  he made it at his studio in France in La cité du cinema.

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And what a beautiful Sci-fi film it is with a message behind it. It is a feast for you eyes an overwhelming vision and silliness like you never seen before even the special effect was made in France. I came about Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’s groundbreaking French comics Valerian at the dentist office and did luck besson stuck to the comic book and make it his own. The aliens are awesome in this film every colours possible,  neon-blue waters, and the druggy coolness of those pearls. Our heroes  are the interstellar federation agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), first time acting here,  who spend much of the film trying to find the missing commander of a massive, 700-year-old space station. Rihanna shows up as a shape-shifting pole dancer. And Ethan Hawke plays perfectly theJ olly the Pimp. All is well in this beautiful film that you eyes and mind will go wild.

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Posted in U.S. Film

DUNKERQUE (2017)

 

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A film by Christopher Nolan 

Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Hardy

English title is Dunkirk but I out it in French because it is the correct spelling for this city. 

Christopher Nolan has done the war film differently here you can tell in the cinematography which represent a lot of fear that the soldiers had at the time; fear of height fear of drowning, of getting shot, even getting hurt, fear of dying, of tight places…It is shot in 70mm IMAX format, the experience will feel even more constricting and oppressive because of the image’s unusual shape. again it is an ambitious film. At the time the german was in power and where hoping that the English would surrender, thank god no such luck. The costumes are dead on plus the ensemble cast click. You will follow different solders and the hell that they are going to over come even survive. The navy has summons every boat available got go to Dunkerque, they were pleasure boat that were taking soldiers that were in the water because their boat was sinking. They were the man with no experience who did not know what they were going to encounter. The movie is based on a campaign that began in late May 1940 in the French port city of Dunkerque, where some 400,000 Allied soldiers — including more than 200,000 British air force  were penned in by the Germans.

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Film in 70mn had to be hard to do but Nolan wanted authenticity for this film. Nolan does a visual sweep of all the soldiers and emotional intimacy with images of war. plus all those soldiers trapped on the beach waiting for boat where the fear was on their faces when a plane stated to go dive toward them. The film moves every which way here with some of the hell of different camera angle where I am guessing for not easy to shoot. Like I always said my hat goes to those soldiers who fought during the war. Do not miss this film.

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Posted in U.S. Film

BABY DRIVER (2017)

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A film by Edgar Wright

Cast: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm

Yeah! you heard right his name is “B-A-B-Y, Baby” (Ansel Elgort). He’s the nearly silent getaway driver for a robbery syndicate managed by Doc (Kevin Spacey), who stages the heist, hires the criminals and puts them in the hand of baby. Yes there are flashbacks of the life about baby and you come to find out why he is this way. He is an experience driver since a young age. Oh! I almost forgot his world is, his music depending of what mood he is in. Yes there are cars chases that are so cool and outragious, gun fight, and some funny moments at times. It is so cool and enjoyable as hell. There are countless action scenes scored to pop or rock songs. And yes there is a little romance going at times that where baby tries to go straight after being square with the doc. Of course a little predictable but who care you will have octane flowing in you veins from beginning to finish.

You are going to love it so much that you will see it again. That is all folks.

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Posted in Cult film, U.S. Film

HAIR (1979)

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A film by Milos Forman

Cast: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo

Claude Bukowski, a young farmer from Oklahoma, wants to visit New York before leaving for Vietnam. At Central Park, he became friends with a group of hippies. This meeting will turn his life upside down……

Milos Forman directed adaptation of the hit Broadway show captures the essence of the drop-out hippie culture of the late 1960’s while changing the storyline and the order of the songs and in some cases which characters perform them. Berger (Treat Williams) is the leader of his little gang of hippies which includes Hud, Woof and Jeannie. They are later joined by rich girl Sheila (Beverly D’Angelo) and Hud’s (AKA Lafayette’s) baby mama and his infant son. Oh and Jeannie is pregnant by either Hud or Woof and by the way welcome to the late 1960’s. So cool the costumes where dead on and very colourful like in the 60’s. You really feel like you were there and back them that is the way it was, singing, drugs , sex and whatever. “Sodomy”, the title song and the medley of “Black Boys” and “White Boys” are all fun songs with ironic and/or sexually explicit lyrics. “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In” are uplifting pop melodies that soar, and they are going to stick with you.“Donna” and “Manchester, England” are tunes that are upbeat you even can sing along. Forman captures the essence of the sixties even the decor are dead on., you feel it right off at the opening scene of the film. A familiar face Edna Garrett in the ‘80’s sitcom The Facts of Life, is in the scene where Berger and his friends crash Sheila’s party. At the time in 1979 it was the best musical and still is it became a cult film, that will nor age. Do not miss this one.

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Posted in U.S. Film

IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)

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A film by Trey Edward Shults

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo

A man is trying to protect himself and his family by boarding his house and stay inside most of the time, but never go out without a gas mask on because it comes at night…….

Here is the cool thing first an intelligent well film horror movie. I did not even see a trailer for it nor that I wanted to see one. I went in without reading any reviews. No I will do that after. And man it was so good.

The film opens with an older gentleman, who is clearly very ill, says goodbye to his family and then gets shot in the head before his son-in-law and grandson burn his body. Pardon me I think I forgot to mention they are wearing gas mask, now you are going to say well the director has my attention and the tension is mounting from there on. Your brain is going to explode with questions. You know what the characters know no flashback here. You are on a journey with them. technically you are going along with the ride. When An intruder tries to break in the house Paul (Joel Edgerton) makes sure he protects his family when he finds out that the man is fine and has a family he brings him in to his house. Director Shults is careful not to give too much information here just bits and pieces of it. His cinematographer has done an excellent job here even the light is carefully use, like the flashlight and the lantern. Even the sound will get to you it will creep you out. The tension build up slowly but surely to the point it is going to be boil over and explode. The sound design here is perfect. The characters are dealing with a lot, the two families are going to have to trust each other although Paul is careful and is strict with his son. Not only that they do not know who has cause this or what it is. It is a question of survival and they are going to be smart about it. A well writing script here as well as well filmed. Trey Edward Shults is now the one to watch. 

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