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THE LOST CITY OF Z (2017)

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A film by James Gray

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller

The true story of Percival Harrison Fawcett, one of the greatest explorers of the twentieth century. Percy Fawcett is a recognized British colonel and a loving husband. In 1906, when he was about to become a father, the Royal Geographical Society of England proposed to him to leave to Amazonia in order to map the borders between Brazil and Bolivia. Right a way , the man has a passion for exploration and discovers traces of what he thinks is a very old lost city. Back in England, Fawcett constantly thinks of this mysterious civilization, torn between his love for his family and his thirst for exploration and glory …

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Here is a stroke a genius where James Gray reappropriates a genre fallen into disuse to offer us the masterful portrait of an explorer carried by his thirst for adventure.Here Gray choose to do an interpretation of the novel La cité perdue de Z écrit par David Grann. It is no secret that  Gray makes the viewer follow the adventure of the military man names Fawcett that disappeared somehow into the jungle never to return to England. James Gray’s latest feature film is a beautiful  scenario built around Percy Fawcett’s (Charlie Hunnam’s) back and forth between his home and the heart of the Amazon jungle. Here Gray shot this film à la classic mode the only thing to do to me otherwise the film will fall into the water. Fawcett is not crazy to go to the amazon forest but to reclaim his tile of his name he decided to go which trigger his thirst for adventure and exploration as well as glory. Charlie Hunnam here does a superb job to incarnate his character.It is interesting to see that Fawcett also has other obligations, well he is a  husband and father which his wife makes the sacrifices here  and is beautifully interpreted by actress Sienna Miller. You see  he returns to his home, after several years of travel so it takes a toll on his wife. He has a hard time with the children. The cinematography here is near perfect. I can’t wait until his next picture.

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

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A film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson 

Kong: Skull island is a turbo charge film with plenty of explosion and gun fire Gee I think this film is made in America. And yes if you have an action picture like that you are going to have Sam Jackson in the mix to be this hard ass soldier and bring you pop corn and sodas because you are in for a hell of a ride. Here is the thing remember those film B-rated about this giant spider, or other monsters fighting monster well it is an homage to all those films with better actors.

The story goes like this. It takes place in 1973 and the movie was primarily shot in Vietnam and yes you are going to see how beautiful Vietnam is. A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific. when they get there not long after they find an inviting beast that is going to change the course of their life. Yes the CGI came out very well here plus I hate to say it is a formulaic film with predictability but it is entertaining as hell. The film takes places in 1973 and you will see the technology of that era ho! my god yeah I know. Still, the nature of Larson’s role is one of the film’s biggest surprises, and the key manner in which Skull Island deviates from the conventional Kong. Do not compare this film with the old Kong this one is different from most. So if you find some time on your hand go see that one you might be surprise pleasantly at that.

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017)

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A film by Chad Stahelski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane

John Wick: Chapter 2 comes two years after the first one that resurrected Keanu Reeves career and embrace the role perfectly well. So this sequel thank god is as good if not better than the first one. It has beautifully constructed action scenes, not an easy thing to do.

We start off where we left off here comes John Wick reclaim his car that was stolen from him. It took a little doing. Now he is comfortable at home and finally retired. Only to be drawn back into the criminal underworld when he’s forced to repay a debt owed to Italian mobster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). The story takes us to Rome where Wicks is going to carry out the hit but will put himself in danger in the process. The scenes are streaming into this gorgeous cinematography. Chad Stahelski a clear pro who’s been influenced by Asian cinema and it shows. There madness and well choreograph shooting scene after an other . Also I would say the same with the fist fighting and knife fight. There are too much dialogue but the action speaks for itself. until the next one comes out.

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RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2017)

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A film by Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter

The Resident Evil film series has been around for a long time now, this is now the sixth film in the series and the last one it seems. You will see the ending. It is fun to watch it all anyway I still love the first one.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson has done well with this one, the film is entertaining, fun, action packed and fast paced and the visual with the special effects that contain the gore and the violence to go with it. The film start with the narrative of Alice played by Jovovich of what happened to her 10 years earlier and what she has to do now. Let’s go to the hive. It is a fun action film here with a stunning visual plus the fighting, gun blazing, slashing throat, cutting off fingers etc… It is a bit predictable especially at the end but I have seen about 8,000 movies in my life time so I know how Hollywood thinks. I would went the other way. It is a guilty pleasure at its best and some of you might think it is the best one yet. Maybe who knows, it is purely entertaining  just fasting you seat belts this film is going to go into high-octane. Have fun.

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EASY MONEY (2010)

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A film by Daniel Espinosa

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic

Here is a Swedish film from the book come with a surprise that is really good here, it did well in Europe especially in Sweden and the U.K. a terrific Nordic Noir here.

A student is a taxi driver to make some extra cash with the occasional favour that pay well from the mob when ever they need him. It is to fund his luxury taste so he can hang out with his rich friends. When suddenly the mob needs him to pick up someone who escape from prison before the other gang finds him.

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Well pay attention to details where JW buys an inexpensive shirt takes off the buttons and saw other nicer button so it looks like he has an expensive shirt on. Although his rich friends are not all that any way but a girl attract his attention and sees an opportunity to go out with her. Two thing here suddenly JW gets in deep with his mob friends so he can make more money and be with this girl to keep appearances. Second, He begins to think that either side is not what it is. The thing is if you get in with the mob you get out well you know dead, or you are in for life. He finds out the violence behind it and does not have the stomach for it. And yes there is the occasional stab in the back. He finally he gets in up to his neck and see one way out a deal that is not going to refuse is going  to pay big. But is it going to be enough? and it is going to go well? The dude who wrote the book here is a lawyer where criminal are seeking his help all the time one day he thought he might write a novel fictional of course but there is fine line between real life and fictional life meaning that he could not write to many novel noir due to the fact that he was getting to close to his clients. He had advantages over the other writers here he is a criminal lawyer so he knows the life of his clients.

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ROGUE ONE : A STARS WARS STORY (2016)

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A film by Gareth Edwards

Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker,Mads Mikkelsen, Jimmy Smits 

Yes it is an all-star cast here with some extremely talented actors.The first “Star Wars” trilogy had a fresh, insurgent energy, how ever with Rogue it is going back on the saddle and I do not want reveal too much. It seems that the  Rebel Alliance and the power struggles in the imperial ranks fasten our seat belts  and engage our emotions into a roller coaster.

The Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to work with a team including Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) to steal the design schematics of the Empire’s new super-weapon. And yes it is a spectacular return galaxy far away. Here the heroine is trying to make sense of it all and when it does click it is inevitable there is going to be a war.Technically brilliant, Rogue One delivers the spectacle and the aerial combat that are such signatures of the Star Wars character. To top it all off you have some outstanding beautiful photography. No disappointment here but there are a few surprises.What is special is the storytelling; the how we are involved and engaged by the characters, their mission and the challenges they face it is like you are living it with them.

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VIRTUAL REVOLUTION (2016)

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A film by Guy-Roger Duvert

Cast: Mike Dopud, Jane Badler, Jochen Hägele

Paris 2047. Most of the population spend all their time online, connected into virtual worlds, and don’t care anymore about reality. A bounty hunter Nash is hired to find who are the terrorist who threaten the system.

Virtual Revolution is a stunning visual piece of Neo-Noir film taking place in 2047 in Paris. With VR technology finally becoming something consumers can experience with the release of Samsung Gear VR, if this technology explodes into the mainstream and evolves into something much more than a simple device to play games and watch media well the world is going to hell like the one in this great film from Guy-Roger Duvert, where people go on-line most go the time and never gets out of their home. Nash, (Mike Dopud) a shadow agent hired by one of the VR companies to get  out and kill cyber terrorists who will stop at nothing to destroy these virtual worlds and force people back into reality killing them in the process.

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The film resemble a bit like Blade Runner painting a dark picture of a depressing  future lit up only by neon signs, computer monitors and flying cars.The CG background looks awesome here considering that it is an independent film. It paints a clear picture of what is going to happen in the near future. will it happen to us in the near future no one can tell. I think people are smart enough to see that this gaming virtual world is for entertainment only and no more than a few hours a day.

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