SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018)

A film by  Boots Riley

Cast:  Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler

After landing a job as a telemarketing salesman, Cassius Green switches to a macabre world by discovering a magical way to make a lot of money. While his career takes off, his friends and colleagues are mobilized against the exploitation of which they consider themselves victims within the company. But Cassius is fascinated by his cocaine boss who offers him a salary beyond his wildest expectations …

Here is a satire with an adrenaline-shot of a comedy about malice of corporate companies and the Americans tendency to look the other way when confronted with horror. And thrown in there that with greed one can be blindsided. The film is designed for you to pay attention. Be warn it is going to be this adventure of this man who is going to go on this funky journey that is going to be a little weird.

 Cassius Green, a young man wondering what is he going to do with his life and is trying to get a job that is going to pay well like any other man out there today. And he has a his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) who thinks that they are going to make a difference in this world. Soon after Green get his job at a telemarketing firm, he become so good at it that he might get a promotion. As he is watching TV after work the show Green watch a show called “I Got the Shit Kicked Out of Me” with commercial that is going to come on about embracing a new lifestyle called WorryFree, which is very clearly corporate slavery advertised as something good for you. How does he get to climb the corporate ladder? Well he is advised by a colleague (played by Danny Glover) to use his “white voice,” Too funny there!!!! Meanwhile his friends are on strike and demand better pay. As Green goes up the ladder greed takes over he wants the better car, the better apartment etc…..His friends now thinks he sold out. Soon his Boss later at a party gives him an offer he thinks he is not going to refuse.

The film is going to be entertaining and never lets up but also there is a message in there. This satires never hold back towards the end of the film it is going to be a little weird with good intentions. It is an insane world that Boots Riley is showing you but he even went all out over the edge. It is nice for a change that a director does not hold back and experiment with cinema.

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GLASS (2019)

A film by M. Night Shyamalan

Cast:  Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis,

Shortly after the events reported in Split, David Dunn – the unbreakable man – continues his hunt for The Beast, nickname given to Kevin Crumb since it is known to be able to endorse 23 different personalities. ON the other side, the mysterious man suffering from the glass bones syndrome Elijah Price is once again arousing the interest of the police by claiming to hold vital information about the two men …

The long awaited sequel Glass is finally here. First as you know you have Unbreakable, Split, and then Glass. David Dunn has been tracking down multi-personality serial killer Kevin Wendell Crumbs (James McAvoy). He eventually manages to locate his whereabouts and an inevitable confrontation with the police at which point landed both of the in the psychiatric hospital under the supervision of Dr Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). It happen to be that Elijah Price a.k.a. Mr Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) is heavily sedated in a vegetative state. All three of them believe that they have super power. And the doctor Staple has three days to break them down.

The story is told in three part first the super heroes goes on about their lives and then get locked up in a psychiatric hospital. The second part is what is going on in the hospital. And third the final showdown. We all know that Shyamalan shoot a slow pace thriller and the action scenes are shot from a far. He does thing differently which is a good thing. The plot, with comics heroes, good vs evil, ended in the form of “justice rendered”. And Glass returns in the third act. Plus you have the twist towards the end as usual. The director is has taken elements from the previous films, s smart move there. As you as you like the universe that the director has created with the beautiful performances from the actors, plus the films that are connected to each other it is going to be entertaining ride.

LORO 1 (2018)

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A film by  Paolo Sorrentino

Cast:  Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio

A player named Sergio (Ricardo Scarmacio) who knows political men and need them to vote either way he wants them all he has to do it to choose in his stable of beautiful women and may the sex party begins. In an other words he keeps the political grease turning.

Sergio wants to play with the big dog in Italy He wants to get the attention of Berlusconi who had a political career and he is well-known all over the world. However he is somewhat retired in his Sardignia home with his wife but the people need his him to go back to the political game. In order to get his attention Sergio rent a boat with half-naked women and a pile of cocaine. And yes he got his attention. And may the political adventure begins.

Loro has great party sequence of men in power and a cascade of naked women to go with it. Sorrentino here filmed it like a work of art. Every shot was plan carefully in such of way that the shot feels like a painting even at times it felt like a cartoon. It is about the life of Berlusconi in 2006 to 2009. Fun film to watch here where the casting is magnificent.

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BAD TIMES AT EL ROYALE (2018)

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A film by Drew Goddard 

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson

Circa 1968, several Strangers, which each one has a dark secret meet by, chance at Lake Tahoe’s El Royal, a hotel with a dark past. In a hell of a rainy night, everyone is going to show their true self and it is all going to hell.

Well you would think that in a hotel you would get a good time sleep but not in this particular hotel is a little strange. well there is a line that divide the hotel you are either on the Nevada side or California side. As you see it is a spot for intrigue, desperation, and bloodshed. When Nick Offerman enters the hotel room you know the year it is and it is like a stage. Just the decoration of the foyer of the hotel and the clothes that Nick wears suggest that you are in the 50’s . If feels like you are in a David lynch style of uneasiness. The hotel El Royal did at one time attracted the wealthy and the middle class but now it is a rundown hotel out of style like an abandoned film set. It feels like it is a place for shady people where blood is going to spill. Goddard in that way put you in the mood of this hard-boiled thriller. The strangers are a salesman played by jon Hamm who walk into the hotel’s foyer with a priest played by Jeff Bridges and a singer played by Cynthia, a hippie Dakota Johnson with a kidnapped Caillee Spaeny and the bad guy Chris Hemsworth who’s role it seems must have  been fun to play.

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FLEUVE NOIR (2018)

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A film by Erick Zonca

Cast: Vincent CasselRomain DurisSandrine Kiberlain 

English title: Black Tide

The family Arnault, Dany, the eldest son, disappears. François Visconti, police commander used by his job and drown in a bottle of whiskey , is in charge of the case. The man tries to find the teenager while reluctant to take care of his own son, Denis, sixteen, who seems involved in drug trafficking. Yan Bellaile, private teacher of Dany, learns the disappearance of his former student and offers his services to the commander. He is very interested in the investigation. Too interested it seems …

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You want a film noir you got one a very Neo noir, a dark story. Vincent Cassel replaces Gérard Depardieu who was scheduled at the very beginning of the shooting he had to go to the hospital and was not available. As Vincent said in and interview that he was shown the script because Depardieu can’t make it , Vincent liked the script and told the director he wanted to meet him, he takes the plane meets him want Zonca says to him we start shooting tomorrow. Ok then. Here is a great cast and Vincent Cassel delivers the role however his character has many demons. He is used by the job and drinks a little too much. He also does not know how to love his son who is getting in trouble with drugs. In the mean time he meets the  creepy neighbour who is also the private tutor of Dany where François thinks there is more there. The story here goes into deep mode noir and will reveal secrets. The story focuses on the cat-and-mouse game between Visconti and Bellaile which it is going tot be complicated and weirder at times. Duris here delivers an outstanding performance. However it is missing something in the story to me it does not feel right but I still like this film.

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DOGMAN (2018)

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A film by Matteo Garrone

Cast: Marcello FonteEdoardo PesceNunzia Schiano

In a deserted  suburb, Marcello, dog groomer discreet and appreciated by all, sees returning from prison his friend Simoncino, a former boxer addicted to cocaine, which quickly racketeering and brutalized the neighborhood. At first confident, Marcello lets himself be dragged into a criminal spiral . He then learns treason and abandonment, so Marcello is planning is revenge very carefully  …

Dogman opens with a large vicious pit bull barking into the face of the camera. Saliva flies, teeth flash and the urge of attacking. Marcello keeps him calm and washes the animal with  affection and the dog calms down. Here is Marcello who is a dog groomer with this unusual face who does his job well and his clients knows him well he also a loving father to his daughter Alida (Alida Baldari Calabria), with whom he enjoys scuba-diving. . It is all going to hell because his friend Simoncino (so he thought) wants some cocaine which marcello gives him but Simoncino needs money and takes Marcello on a crime spree. It is all going to hell from here. Simoncino here is this tough guy who is a pain in the ass to everybody in the neighborhood want to get rid of him. So Marcello’s  life is going to go into a spiral and he is going to plan his revenge. 

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Here Marcello wants to exist because nobody sees him for who he is and his ex-wife ignores him however the one who loves him for who he is , is his daughter who worships him. Later in the film Marcello is going to try to exist and to show everybody what he is capable of doing. Here Dogman is a powerful, deep, and brilliantly directed film. A Wonderful movie about the need to exist and to be loved, that is bitter, violent, sometimes funny with a shattering humanity. This film is a black diamond of Italian cinema as Matteo Garrone knows how to make hem. It is a sort of dark beautiful revenge tale.

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