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DETROIT (2017)

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A film by Kathryn Bigelow

Cast:  John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith 

The New film from Kathryn Bigelow The Algiers Motel incident, written by  John Hersey well he wrote the book. It took place in Detroit while the riots of July 1967 was going on , where blocks of the city were on fire. It was like a war zone some will even say. I remember some people telling me what was going on over there when I first came to the US in 1977. Those people was watching on TV they used to leave in the suburb of Detroit. I even work there at a gas station on Michigan Avenue at night in the 90’s and the city now is deteriorating where people abandoned their homes to leave elsewhere.

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The film explain what went on back in 1967 and focuses on a group of young kids at the Algiers Motel who was partying and having a good time. A bunch of kids who are black with a couple of white girls. Outside there were racial tension and the looters plus the fire and the destruction of property.  When all hell breaks loose all that because a kid did something stupid that the Detroit police and the military gets over there and things are going to escalate. However the racial tension are rising and the police are getting up their necks trying to find evidence of a gun being shot. The police are trying to get them to confess but it is not working so they used other tactics.  I think here Bigelow toward the end with the trial that went on did it a little to fast with not too much details. The trial should be been brought to life. The racial tension unfortunately is still present in the US. I still like the film not to worry but like I said it looses it focus and some of you are not going to like that. However there where scenes that were a little uncomfortable to watch. Here is a director who is not afraid to hit you over the head with it or to shock you. I can’t wait until the next one.

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Posted in U.S. Film

BLADE RUNNER (2049)

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A film by Dennis Villeneuve 

Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

Here is the 2 hour and 43 minutes stylish master piece of Villeneuve with the message what it is to be human that is relating to a melodic Blade Runner (1982). It has staying power and his ground breaking like its predecessor. It remix the themes and characters of the beloved original to give viewers the comfort of familiarity to the audience. the first trailer was fine and he did not reveal two much but the second one did and that was a mistake. There is some kind of twist in the story thank god for that. The film looks grippy and has a film neo-noir feel to it and it suppose too like the first one.

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Los Angeles in 2049. K (Ryan Gosling) a young blade runner finds out a secret that is link to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) former blade runner himself who has been missing for 30 years. The visual of the film is out of their world. Villeneuve has created this dark look in 2049 L.A. where it is raining most go the time. The hologram surfaced here and yes it does exist today just not long ago they had a dead singer’ s hologram giving a concert in France they just testing it out, it is like the real thing impressive. it is a visually striking world, capturing images that work thematically. Like the one K goes to where there is minimal radiation and the gigantesque statues are mind-blowing as K walks bedside them. It is the most stunning film visually with  Luc Besson ’s Valerian. Ryan Gosling,  gives one of the great performances along with Jared Leto. What I like about this is the film is the continuation of the second one 30 years later nice move here. And yes Blade runner 2049 answers one of the most important question. 

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Posted in U.S. Film

IT (2017)

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A film by Andy Muschietti

Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

A group of bullied kids stand  together when a demon in a form of a clown are terrorising the children in this little town.

Ok first in the 90’s there was remake is a the mini-series called it. Same principle but the remake is a film now and is it going to be any good. The film the exorcist here back in the 70’s did really good at the box office no doubt but It broke that record and became at $489  wold wide and climbing the biggest draw in the horror genre.

The film moves the time frame to 1988-89 and sticks with our core group of seven kids while they’re still adolescent misfits, which grounds their story. Kind like the series Stranger things. So far so good. It feels just right here which is an adaptation of Steven King’s novel. Muschietti shows some glimmers of early Spielberg and it is going to feel like the movie stand by me a little there too. The build up could of being a little better there but it is effective. This is the period where there was internet nor cell phone and kids where playing outside all day. One by one the kids sees the clown and get scared shitless. Until they decided tho have a show down. The cast excellent here by long shot. Yes it is funny at times put a little humour here and there plus when you where kids well you always insulted each other. With all do seriousness here even if you do not like horror movies try this one.

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GIFTED (2017)

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A film by Marc Webb

Cast: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan

A man is left to raise his sister’s kid after her death, He is home-schooling her until he decided to let her go to school so she can have a life and meet new kids. But the thing is then Mary is gifted well she is a prodigy child.

The film has it own permise here. So far so good so when you start watching the film you think you saw that film already but not really and yes it is a great family film. The thing os when Mary who did not want to be enrolled in school. Against her will and she goes. But soon after her teacher finds out that Mary is in the wrong class.

This film is going to work or not for you but it does well the story is simple and soon after there will be a battle between adults for the custody of Mary and what is best for her. The cast here is fantastic Evans, Grace and Duncan are perfect for this film. Yes there is a trial and the back stabbing may begin. Nothing to new here. It is a bit predictable but you will have a good time.

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MOTHER ! (2017)

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A film by Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer 

A couple questioned  his relationship with his girlfriend by the arrival of unexpected guests, disrupting their tranquility.

Here is the bold and audacious film of Aronofsky. Did he takes some drugs in order to write this weird and unusual film. Don’t know, don’t care, You see this couple one a writer a poet and his girlfriend who is trying to finish remodelling their house in the middle of nowhere. So you think you are going to guess what kind of film it is well no you will not. Here is a couple who’s career is falling down the drain but can’t get back in gear and it is not the only thing their relationship is going down the tube. The  a knock on their door, yes scary in the middle of nowhere, the couple jump a little and answer the door where a doctor is there and trying to find a room to rent for a while, plus later the wife shows up  and the madness is just about to start.

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Here Jennifer Lawrence does an outstanding job and the film feels almost like it could be a movie like “Rosemary’s Baby” but is completely something else. There is an metaphorical intense as the film goes on to this enormous climax after an other. Aronofsky here does not play by the rules. Bardem who is a writer  proclaims that he is inspired by other people, but he’s more of a taker than anything else. However Jenifer has a connection to the house and his a giver. Do not be confused it is a horror film but not like you ever seen before. It is not even predictable at all. It is this wild ride or it is something else. Everyone will have a different interpretation of this film. This is the film that you will talk about when you get out of the movie theatre. And yes there is some people who will not understand the film. Like the on called Black swan directed by the same director. C’est la vie.

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AMERICAN MADE (2017)

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A film by Doug Liman 

Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright

Based on the true story of Barry Seal, a pilot recruited unexpectedly by the CIA to carry out one of the biggest secret operations in the history of the United States. although the operation became the embarrassment under the Reagan administration.

After the disappointment of The Mummy Tom Cruise redeem himself with American Made unbelievable story of Barry Seal who was the crazy dude who had one foot on the CIA the other with the Cartel. And yes he was making tons of money. With a surprise that his wife went along with it. It is a face paced thriller/Action film here by Liman. The role it seems was tailored for Tom Cruise. Himself a license pilot who owns 3 to 4 planes already.

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Wen we meet Barry, you see him bored working for TWA and was looking for some excitement in his life and by pure luck because he was a damn great pilot got his own company with the help of someone from the government (CIA). Barry soon got into with the Medellin cartel and played both side. Barry who known has the guy who delivers. Well being a spy and a drug runner does not mix nut Barry here could handle just fine. The scene in which Barry and the Colombian drug lords negotiate how to deliver the packages of cocaine is funny as hell  with Barry taking off from a runway that is much too short.  But later thing escalate and all good thing must come to an end. I remember reading about this when I was living in the U.S. back then in the 80’s the sure embarrassment of the U.S. government that was under the Reagan administration, it was all over the news what I didn’t know there was the guy behind all this and his name was Seal. It is mind bottling how he was doing things and the cash he was making. Here is a terrific film and do enjoy the ride.

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GOOD TIME (2017)

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A film by Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Taliah Webster

After a heist that goes horribly  wrong, a bank robbers tries to get his brother out of Rikers Island all that takes place in one night.

This film has so much energy as a 70’s film. It remains me of the 1970’s films back in the day. The music however is original and feels like the 70’s. Too cool. It remains me of means street. As soon as the heist begins you will be restless although out the film. It is one unfortunate event after an other and our protagonists are trying to get out of it each time which it is not an easy task. There is a sense of anxiety and panic as you watch the film.

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The film open with sedate scene than pick up at the pace of a fast life in the fast lane. When you get to the heist at the bank you are on the edge a little as our two protagonists is trying to get away with it. But then they did not count on what happens next. I kind of knew that was going to happen, it is common sense after all. Good time is a claustrophobic energy that is hard to predict  Pattinson’s performance, the best. I did not recognise him at first but then boom it hit me. Connie makes choices as he goes along, he is for himself only in one goal in mind to get his brother out. Patterson channel the nervous energy of being essentially hunted by your own bad decisions. Patterson kind of surprise me with this near perfect performance here. I think this is the first film that I saw from the two brother here I need to see the others. Here is a great film that will trow you back in the 70’s the way the used to make films back then. Do not miss this one.

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