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

HHhH (2017)

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A film by Cédric Jimenez

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Stephen Graham, Mia Wasikowska, Céline Salette

The explosive rise of Reinhard Heydrich, a fallen soldier, trained towards Nazi ideology by his wife Lina. Himmler’s right arm and leader of the Gestapo, Heydrich became one of the most dangerous men in the regime. Hitler appointed him to Prague to take over the command of Bohemia-Moravia and entrusted him with the task of devising a definitive plan of extermination. Two young soldiers, Jan Kubis and Jozef Gabcik. One is Czech, the other Slovak. They both joined the Resistance to free their country from the German occupation. They trained in London and volunteered to accomplish one of the most important secret missions, and one with the most risky: eliminate Heydrich. For the Resistance their comes first above all. On May 27, 1942, the fates of Heydrich, Jan and Jozef rocked  the course of history.

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Adapted from the homonymous novel by Laurent Binet, Goncourt Prize in 2010, HHhH (Himmler Hirn heisst Heydrich, or The Brain of Himmler is called Heydrich) returns to a little known but essential episode of the Second World War. The operation Anthropoid whose mission is to send two young Czechoslovak paratroopers trained in London to prepare the assassination of Reinhart Heydrich, one of the worst leaders of the Nazi regime. Vice-protector of Bohemia-Moravia played a major role in the organization of the Holocaust and was in charge of the control of the Einsatzgruppen (mobile extermination units entrusted with the task of eliminating real or imaginary opponents in the Third Reich) . Cédric Jimenez turns to a radical and uncompromising historical thriller. Opposing the frightening rise of a being without faith or law to the heroic bravery of young people ready to do anything to save their country. They even connected with a couple of girls there and had a moment of passionate love before they went into battle. However they knew there was a small chance that they were going to get out  alive. Courageous yes. Heroes most definitely those are the heroes of our times. Actually they had the balls to go through with it, in doing so they rocked history forever. Here is a shocking film with a brilliant performances by the actors especially Jason Clark. To all those who fought in WWI And WWII My hats goes to you and Thank you.

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Posted in U.S. Film

WONDER WOMAN (2017)

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A film byPatty Jenkins

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

I have watched the wonder woman series with Lynda Carter back in the 70’s and I thought to myself cool not too bad for a series back then. When the special effect got better,  finally it got done, it took its time to get there. Perfect casting and as far as the story line goes Patty Jenkins has created an emotional line. 

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The story goes back when she was a kid the picturesque shores of Themyscira, the utopian paradise, where she later trained to be a warrior. one day she rescued a pilot (Chris Pine), decides to leave her home to fight the war (World War I) raging in the outside world. Besides its theme on humanity’s sinful nature and the subtle Christian  Wonder Woman has  toned-down on the action sequences. The chemistry is there among the cast and so is the acting. A lot of fighting up close plus a final battle at the end are done with the CGI. The cinematography is dazing where Themyscira into a gorgeous Utopia. Jenkins has used the colour of gold, blue and green , which turn later to Brown, black and a dark univers devastated by the war. Ok the  film is directed by a woman about a woman who kick ass smart move. It is nice for a change to see a woman kick ass. When are they going to do Cat woman? If anyone knows let me know.

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Posted in U.S. Film

THE WALL (2017)

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A film by Doug Liman

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli

Bitter, subversive, and violently fierce and armed with a super 8mn camera running about 90 minutes here is a film by Doug Liman which operates as both a genre exercise like  Phone Booth and Buried, while angrily commenting on American foreign military involvement. And yes Doug Liman can deliver a smart gut punchy war film that is a little gem. Of course some of you might have trouble with the ending. A film by distributor Amazon Studios.

Centering on two American soldiers, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, who become trapped by an Iraqi sniper near a small compound and partially destroyed cement wall. Everything in this film is not explain wand you will have questions but that is one thing that I like in this film. Taylor-Johnson is very outstanding  as the panic-stricken soldier who is also dealing with a potentially life-threatening bullet wound. While his follow soldier is hit spends most of film with his face down in the dirt but is still kicking and a live but you do not know how severe are his injuries. The cinematography is exceptional here due to the fact it is film in the desert where the sun is scorching hot . Although it is shot outside it is going to feel claustrophobic due to the fact that one soldier is behind the wall and can’t get out and leave. Here (France)  the film is in 18 theatres but the response so far is good.

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Posted in U.S. Film

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS (1971)

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A film by Richard C. 

Cast: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon

1820. A trapper, left for dead after having been wounded by a grizzly bear, tries to survive in a hostile nature with only one idea in mind: revenge his former companions, led by a visionary captain whose ship is dragged By 28 mules through a territory  infested with Indians …

The film focuses on an 1820 trapping expedition to the Northwest territory led by Captain Henry (John Huston), a former naval commander. The opening of the film where Henry and his crew are hauling a loads of furs on a boats on wheels pulled by 20 mules and what a raw site that is in this raw nature, they are trying to get to the Mississippi river before the Indians gets them. When two trapper goes hunting one get hurt by a bear and his left on the side of the road to die.

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The thing is is that here is a man who is left on the side on the road to die. But this man named Bass (Richard Harris) has this incredible will to survive. With broken ribs and a broken leg is trying to get to the convoy back to his friends to seeks revenge. Richard C. Sarafian has been able to capture the essence of nature where back in the day men was hunting to get food and fur. There is flashback when he was an orphan and so on. The dialogue is minimal. Sarafian relies on facial expressions and the ever-changing landscape to evoke a sense of wonder and mystery. It is the law of the jungle here one must feed himself and in order to do that has to kill. Kill to eat or die and get eaten. Which it is clear in Bass’s case. It is as realistic as it gets here. The formula is simple no heroes, no bastard here, and no clichés. Well done Mr.Sarafian. 

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Posted in U.S. Film

THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (2017)

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A film by André Øvredal

Cast: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond

When the police brings them the immaculate body of a Jane Doe , Tommy Tilden (Brian Cox) and his son, forensics believe that the autopsy will be a mere formality. As the night progresses, they continually discover strange and disturbing things inside the body of the deceased.

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe immediately intrigued with its opening crime scene then deepened your interest when the film moved into a family ran morgue. On their way out the sheriff gets him a body of a Jane Doe that he found in the basement where a crime was committed. But the son instead going on a date with his girl friend he decides to stay with his father to help him with the autopsy, well he is intrigued and wants to discover more about the body. As they cut in the body they very quickly find that it is going to be a strange night. The Autopsy of Jane Doe has a positive yet complicated father / son relationship. They get along fine and both love their jobs. However their relationship is going to be tested as the night goes on. During these moments, science, reason, logic, and investigation combated growing uneasiness things start to happen, things that are unexplainable. A bit predictable but it is going to be a feast for the horror fans out there. Yes the film stand out and was kept under wrap here is France. not the greatest either but entertaining. At least someone has used their imagination for this one.

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