1917 (2019)

A film by Sam Mendes

Cast:  Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays 

Caught in the turmoil of the First World War, Schofield and Blake, two young British soldiers, are assigned an impossible mission. Carrying a message that could prevent a devastating attack and the death of thousands of soldiers, including Blake’s brother, they embark behind the enemy line. Are they going to deliver the message on time?

Inspired by Sam Mendes’ grandfather’s experiences in WWI: “The Autobiography of Alfred H. Mendes 1897-1991.” Ok there will be some critics that is not going to like this film, well so what as long as the majority of the audience love it, the film is going to be a hit plus it has 10 nominations at the Oscars. The film was shot as one long take so it seems but as Sam said at one time I shot it and edited it to appear as a single long take that takes place in real time with almost no breaks. You are following two soldiers on this journey, it is like you are with them. The actors has rehearsed for six months in order to get it right. The Date shown at the start of the film is the date that the United States declared war on Germany. The two soldier had to go through hell in order to get there. Not much dialogue but the visual is stunning. It is difficult to shoot a film like this due to the fact what if the lighter doesn’t work. The set was build from scratch including the miles long trench. The score could be more than perfect. I definitely love this film and I might go see it again.

THE WILD GOOSE LAKE (2019)

A film by  Yi’nan Diao

Cast:  Ge Hu, Lun-Mei Kwei, Fan Liao 

A gang leader in search of redemption and a prostitute ready to do anything to regain her freedom find themselves at the heart of a manhunt. Together, they decide to play one last time with their destiny.

A man and a woman meet for the first time under the overhang of a railway station entrance, but their meeting is not an accident. The man, Zhou (Hu Ge), is on the run from police, and needs a favor. The woman, Gwei (Liu Aiai) is running away from something too, and she’s there under orders to help Zhou. The Diao’s film neo-noir, takes off from there with flashback. Most of The Wild Goose Lake takes place at night in the murky light of alleys and dimly lit passageways. With the police not far behind Zhou, the film becomes this chase from room to room, and in and out of maze-like streets. Gwei, a woman who you won’t be able to read her face , is Zhou’s accomplice, his savior, or his betrayer. There are high-octane fight scene that is worth looking at and that are never been seen before especially the one with the umbrella.  Diao is capable of never letting go the tension nor the suspense especially with a shot of two people slurping noodles. A great film not to be missed.

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019)

A film by  J.J. Abrams

Cast:  Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd 

The conclusion of the Skywalker saga. New legends will be born in this epic battle for freedom.

The Star wars Saga is coming to an end finally. I thought I will never see the day. Today is Wednesday that is when are premiere are in France and I was surprise to see at least 200 people in the movie theater at 10 AM in the morning. You should know how it is going to start and where it is going. A New world oder is going to take place. It is a fiesta of great battle and never ending action. Abrams tied up loose ends and attempts to answer fans most burning questions. It is a lot of process in the first viewing and the story have some twists and turns . Abrams tried to balance the story the best he could but to me it a bit predictable. Also I am glad it is J.J. Abrams has directed the last one. Apparently there were a lot of disappointment in the last one The last Jedi. So they had to be careful how to tell this story but there are going to have people who are going to be divided. The Rise of Skywalker is epic without a doubt, and resembles of the three original trilogy films condensed. So I will leave it to you when you watch the movie. Not too bad for an ending but……

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PROXIMA (2019)

A film by  Alice Winocour

Cast:  Eva Green, Zélie Boulant, Matt Dillon

Sarah is a French astronaut who is preparing to leave the earth for a one-year mission, Proxima. While following the rigorous training imposed on astronauts, the only woman on the crew, she trains hard and gets prepared to be separated from her 8-year-old daughter.

Proxima is an intimate and family drama that has just been released and is rather unnoticed for the moment and what a good film it is. Proxima does not deal with the subject of space as such but gets tells the story of the mother-daughter relationship. Eva who plays Sarah the only female astronaut in this all male crew must succeed and is trying to balance the relationship between her daughter and her ex husband who is going to get custody of his daughter while her mother will go on mars. Sarah here will get some hostility from her male astronaut especially from Mike played by Matt Dillon.  However there is a small role from Thomas Pesquet who is a real French astronaut who also speak english. Beautiful performance by Eva Green, she incarnate her character with passion and the emotions will flow out of her. It is an ambitious project that require good timing and great dialogue.

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (2019)

A film by  Ruben Fleischer

Cast:  Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone

Chaos reigns everywhere in the country, from the White House to the most remote small towns. Our four killers must now face new breeds of zombies that have evolved in ten years and a handful of human survivors. And may the surviving party begins.

Ok it is clear to me that the first one was excellent but the second one well there no element of surprise that is for sure. 10 years later the gang is still together but now the zombie are a little faster and new breed is born. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and her younger sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin, are still killing zombies and are now a little older. There are new characters this time like Rosario Dawson which I love and kicking ass, Luke Wilson, Zoey Deutch who play the dumb blonde, and Thomas Middleditch. You are going to have a good time but the jokes are trying to be funny and it does have some hits and misses. It is not too bad like I said you are going to have a good time. How ever the battle with involving Columbus and his gang battling against a pair of hard-to-kill zombies is awesome. Have fun.

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FÊTE DE FAMILLE (2019)

A film by  Cédric Kahn

Cast:  Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Bercot, Vincent Macaigne 

English title: Happy birthday

Today is my birthday and I would like us to talk about joyful things.” Andréa does not know yet that the arrival “surprise” of her eldest daughter, Claire, who has disappeared for 3 years and decided to come back and to take back what is due to her , but will upset the family and may the yelling begin. 

Happy birthday, a dramatic comedy less austere than Festen. But it stand out which you will have a good time. The two protagonist here are claire (Emmanuelle Bercot) and Romain (Vincent Macaigne) who are in this little fantasy world. It is their mother’s birthday and the revelation of secrets will surface all along that day. Romain here is the one who pretend to be a film director and wants to film the family on his mother’s birthday. Claire who left 3 years ago in the US comes back out of the blue. Claire’s daughter is a little pissed off at her mother for leaving. Vincent (Cédric Kahn) is trying to keep the family together also he is the one who makes the most money here. Here is a family trying to get the party started who is going to be surprise to see claire that they have not seen for 3 years and little by little the plot and the tension is going  to rise slowly to the point it is going to blow over at the end of the movie. Deneuve’s character is full of humanity and feels for her daughter and his trying to protect her. She deliver a great performance as usual as for Bercot she has said in an interview that she approach this role like a sporting event due to the emotional role she had to play. Over all not too bad here for this film but could be better and funnier.