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A film by James franco

Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor

Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, a friendship is formed and they decided to go to Hollywood to become actors. And a legend is born.

ok I haven’t see the room but I heard it is not that good ,pretty bad at that but like someone told me you have to see it in the movie theatres to get the full effect. Here is a guy who has money a lots of money, he can’t act worth the shit, so he decided to make the film himself with his buddy. You will go on their journey of film making.  James Franco decided not only to direct the movie but to play Wiseau and to cast his brother for the part of Sestero. In real life Wiseau here decided to make a film on his own (first time ever) funny as it sounds Tommy says he loves to play football but can’t even throw the ball correctly. When producers tell Tommy at audition you will be good as the villain, Tommy respond”I the hero”. The thing is that is a weird journey they are going to go on plus the film went over budget ; Not too worry Tommy has money how much nobody knows, how he made it, or how old is he, and where is he from to this day  no one knows. Producers actually didn’t think the film is going to make it.


Franco here is a great director so far, his style is clean using close up the only way in this film anyhow. The editing keeps the plot moving so it does not loose its momentum.  However the performance of Franco here is dead on not an easy thing to do. Wiseau’s strange accent and appearance is initially funny, Franco does not make fun of it . Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), a student who is the opposite: He’s  shy and withdrawn, unable and unwilling to put himself out there. Wiseau is a damaged individual who wants affection and he looks for it in Greg. The Disaster Artist stays away from exploring Wiseau’s past or explaining his mysterious wealth, accent, and appearance, but this is more out of respect for Wiseau. By the way not an easy thing to do to turns failure into success and trash into art. the film was based off the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. If you ever see The Room see it in the theatre like I said someone told me it is better that way then to see on DVD at your home it is better to have the live audience in this one. To this day it plays in the movie theatre in the US.




Island of Lost Souls

film by Erle C. Kenton

Cast: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen

An mad scientist conducts horrible  experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled of  mutated, half-human abominations.

First time watching this film and I loved it. Here is a little jewel  I think but I am pretty sure it became a cult film. Here is a young lad Parker (Richard Arlen) who is a shipwreck survivor Edward Parkeron gets a ride on a shipping boat but gets dumps on a other boat who is going to an Island, The island of Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) with his side kick Montgomery (Arthur Hohl) and panther woman (Kathleen Burke). At first Parker does know what is going on too much but soon after he start to understand this is not going to be a good place to stay, well not your 5 stars hotel. Dr. Moreau here perform some kind of experiment here where back home he could not perform, and so was born the wolf man and other creatures wondering the island. And yes there are laws to be taking in effect as Dr Moreau remind the creatures so he can control them better.  

It is from the novel of H.D. Wells and is now is the most known horror film of the 30’s and well as now. It is a bit creepy and uses like the film noir the shadows (before film noir took off) and fairly effective creature effects. even the make up artist here done a great job in made up the extras as Dr. Moreau calls them the indigenes. Laughton knows were well how to play this powerful portrayal of this cruel genius. He is so dead on. The film lacks of music and sounds to make it more creepy than it is, but the film is still good. It is a joy to see this film that many people told me about and no I am not disappointed at all.


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A film by : Luca Guadagnino

Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg 

Italy back in The 80’s , a romance will blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant aver the summer.

First love , the warm, sunny skies, gentle breezes and charming, tree-lined roads of northern Italy in the summer. what more do you want; Well two beautiful women massaging my body while I drink wine, I know I am dreaming but trust me it is going to happen soon. Just a feeling I got. Guadagnino takes us to they wonderful place where he is patient in telling you the story and you must be also as well. Not an easy thing to do I was wondering where this was going then he hit me. It’s the summer of 1983, and there’s nothing to do but read, play piano, learn about art and pick apricot and peaches and drink wine. Dam! life was so simple back then.


17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) visiting his family’s summer home with his parents: his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), a professor of Greco-Roman culture, and his mother (Amira Casar), a translator and hostess. Elio is growing up fast he is 17 years old who  has an intellect of an adult. An American doctoral student named Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives for the annual internship Elio’s father offers .  It seems that Oliver has everything and that Elio doesn’t ,that’s what the director want you to think. However the two are going to test even push each other though out the summer. They flirt, they try to one up each other on Literature, art and music. Elio how ever tries to romance a french girl on vacation there but thing are no going to go so well at first it is and then Olivier happens. I think Elio knew who he is but denied it to himself that is why he tried to romance this girl. The all film is shot beautifully well on location with some nice setting. There is a sweetness between the two as the story develop especially toward the end. Both actors here are well into their characters that goes double for the Franco-American actor chalamet, there is a fluidity between his languages from French, to Italian and english. A different kind of love story this time between two men. the most beautiful scene here is toward the end when Elio’s father talks to him. Even the ending  felled so perfect.



LADY BIRD (2017)


A film by Greta Gerwig

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

The life of this teenager in 2002 to 2003 in Sacramento California.

Here is a sweet coming of age modern fable with an effortless flow of characters that will entertain you. Christine (Saoirse Roman) is her given name but Lady bird is given by me as she said. Christine here wha has a strong personalities same as her mother is trying to find where she fits in this world. Not an easy task for a 17 years old going on 18. She is a freewheeling, creative spirit eager to take on the world. She wants to go to New york to college but her mother wants here to stay in Sacramento. It is not an easy thing to let go your child especially in New York where it is a tough city after you raised her of him for so many years. I left when I was 16 years old to the U.S. Make it or break it. Came back 35 years later. Once you have a child you will never stop worrying about them.

There is a battle between the mother and the daughter here. Plus Christine is going to go thought first time sexual experiences which is going to be a memorable ride. Gerwig here avoid the clichés. The script is exceptionally well-written, full of wordplay and lively argument and the actors here are exceptional. It feels like they are real people honestly portrayed. It could feel dreadful to some people this film but really it is not. It is a joy to see a film well writing and well-played. Do not miss this one.


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A film by Peter Yates

Cast: Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman

Dortmunder  (Robert Redford) and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. Turns out that they are going to steal a bunch of times, just their luck.

The Hot Rock is a comedy caper film that has funny lovable characters a little bit quirky. The story is simple 4 guys are going to steal a diamond little did they know that the diamond is going to travel from place to place well sort of speak. It is like a Chinese box capers. Dormunter (Robert Redford)has an uneasy stomach.  Kelp (George Segal) is the world greatest pick lock, not under pressure. Greenburg  (Paul Sand) does not do anything right. Murch (Ron Liebman) can drive anything from a semi to a helicopter, well he learn to pilot an helicopter reading a manual. When you get to know the character you know what to expect. It is a bit predictable but fun to watch. I have not seen this film in 30 years it pop up on cable yesterday. It is like seen a new film. There are some funny parts here and there. Sometimes there are surprises, it is moving like a silent film. The film has this great cast I do love all of them. It did not too too good at the box office I don’t know why but it is fun to watch.






A film by Christian Gudegast

Cast: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

An elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. are after the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws who are closing on taking down  the Federal reserved which seems to be the final heist.

An armoured truck pulls up for a coffee stop and the guards are taken by surprise when a gang steals their vehicle, resulting in a battle that is both bloody and hard boil. Cops arrived and the big shoot out is about to start. They get away with the armoured truck. An Elite unit from the sheriff department is at the scene and try to figure out who did that and why they stole an armoured truck that is empty.

Thie is a heist film but not like any other with a twist in there somewhere. It is not the great film here but it is entertaining. Gerard Butler assumes the role of the sheriff which is after this gang who is going to do one more heist; Taking down the federal reserved, so they can retire at least for a while. You see how it is plan and the sheriff that is closing on them. The game of the cat and the mouse is on. The film is for the young demographic you know those who has testosterone pumping into their veins. It is not a total bust like I said it is easy to watch and a no brainer. Have fun.







A  film by Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

It’s the 1960s  Elisa (Hawkins) is a mute  who spends her days taking care of an introverted,  artist (Richard Jenkins) — their apartments are situated directly above an old picture palace  Her best friend there, Zelda (Octavia Spencer), fills the air around the silent Elisa with her. One day a thing in a tank gets in the military facility where they work,  while those two are cleaning ,Elisa is a little curious of this thing. She tries to communicate with it and form an unlikely relationship. Oh! boy do I detect a love story here. 

The Shape of Water is a  familiar story, a hybrid of unusual romances and fantastical-creature-lost-on-Earth B rated movies. But del Toro can take old ideas and rewrite them He invests every moment here with beautiful  design and hypothetical atmosphere. Early scenes play with egg timers and time clocks and calendars and repetitive motions in Elisa’s workplace creating a sense of life ticking away. It also delivers an unforgettable fairy tale and a  piece of visceral filmmaking that plays on our emotions. Sally Hawkins never better here delivers little dialogue where she is along has two friends only and does not seems to fit in. The amazon creature here does not fit in this world and speaks no language. Elisa took a liking to him and a romance will develop. Two creatures that need each other. Jenkins is magnificent, his character bring a little life into the life of Elisa by watching old musical and movies. Michael Shannon as Strickland, the cruel agent Ex-military who likes  cheap candy and deals in intimidation and torture. Octavia Spencer always excellent in anything she does here, her character tries to protect Elisa who turns out to be her best friend. A terrific cinematic artistry here like you would see in those old b-rated movies. Nicely done here it took Three years to write the script and Del Toro said in an interview and a year to put it together. I guess it was worth the wait. 






I, TONYA (2017)

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A film by Craig Gillespie

Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

Ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when she married her husband Jeff Gillooly.

I was in the United States when the news broke even watch Harding stake and I though she was great but there was some off beat. After watching the film I said and even seeing it on the news at the time I said to myself there it is I was right.

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Director Gillespie film it from the interviews that that on every channels at the time plus some flashback to tell what real happened. He also affectionately mocked the sport a bit without mocking Harding herself. You see Harding had those seriously ridiculous outfit for her competition and even had Rock-N-Roll music instead of classical to do her routine. She wanted to be different from the others but that did not go well with the judges. She always said what was on her mind straight forward no bullshit. She was not loved by her mother. She thrived in the sport because she wanted to be loved by her fans. Allison Janney ( who did a great job here) absolutely tears it up as the profane, chain-smoking LaVona Harding, constantly insulting Tonya and messing with her mind so she could become a great champion. Janney has won a Bafta award for Best supporting actress and well deserved at that; I just read this not long ago.

As soon as Tonya married her first husband it went to hell from there. Sebastian Stan Who plays Jeff Gillooly plays a little goofy. The relationship that they had was not healthy either. Soon after the incident happened which Tonya said she is no guilty as the media found her guilty at the time. Her all career fell apart. The big investigation was going on at time and the news show like Hard copy,  20/20 and the others banked on it they were fighting for first place . Margot here after 5 month of training she actually performed a triple axle (Not too perfectly well with computer generated image was perfect on film) and was one of the 7 women who has performed it. Tonya was the first one to do so. Margot performance is outstanding here and even Tonya herself liked the film. If you saw the news like I did back then after seeing the film you will have a different opinion of her. I know I did. You will have a good time watching this and the casting is perfect with some superb performances. Do not miss this one.





A film by Ryan Coogler

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

After the events that took place in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns home to take his place on the throne of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation. But when an old enemy re-emerges, T’Challa’s courage is put to the test, both as a ruler and as a Black Panther. He finds himself drawn into a conflict that threatens not only the fate of Wakanda, but that of the entire world …


Here is to my surprise  (I resisted a bit seeing this film) a great story telling with a positive message of Africa. So it is to my surprise that this film has a positive message and an other view of Africa which by far is a beautiful country with their own set of problems that they are dealing with. There is no shortage of talent, including Forest Whitaker as the Black Panther’s mentor, Lupita Nyong’o as a free-spirited beauty, Andy Serkis as a nasty arms dealer, Martin Freeman as a CIA agent, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright as the mother and sister. Wakanda is a Black universe, a world with a tapestry of the richest, sharpest colors and textures. Rachel Morrison’s beautiful cinematography and Ruth Carter’s costumes pop so vividly that they become almost tactile. The villain here wants to rule the world what else and the good guy, the king wants to be low-key but a women in his life thinks that Wakanda can help others and she has a plan of action. Here is a bit a change this comic super hero has women that are his body guards you will see here strong women that will actually fights. The suit of the black panther is actually cool with the gadget that his sister made and updated will keep him fighting while being safe. The film is like James bond into a Sci-fi Adventure , thriller combine with action sequences nor that they are anything wrong with that. Here is a film that will surprise you.





A film by Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

In 1950s London, right after the war, the renowned fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril reign over the world of English fashion. They dress royal families as well as movie stars, rich heiresses or high society tops with the inimitable style of Woodcock. Women came and went in Woodstock’s life  as this precise routine can not be disrupted. One day he meets a strong willed woman who will become his muse and more but will disrupt his routine.


Welcome to the life of Reynolds Woodcock, a couturier and a man of meticulous routine, where everything has its place, he shave the same way at the same time, takes breakfast where it has to be quiet as he is drawing his next dress, well you get the point. One day as he is driving he stops at this restaurant and meets this waitress of which he is quiet taken by her. He orders a huge breakfast, she gets it right so he asks her to dinner. Here is the game of the seduction who is going to take place. Woodcock is well-known he is meticulous, and can not be disturbed he is in a zen mode when he works. He loves his job which he is passionate about, the colours , the fabrics etc…He is straight to the point and does not mess around ; work is his life. The movie is film so beautifully well that you are taken by it. Here Woodstock did think he was going to fall in love with this woman who is strong will, and the one to disrupt his life style so carefully planned. Somewhere in there she found out that he has a sweet spot. You will see what she does for it to come out.  I don’t think I could live like that, I must have change in my life. Love sometime is strange and people do strange things. Love to him was just a game. Do not miss this one.



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