Posted in French film, U.S. Film

VALERIAN: CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETES (2017)

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A film by Luc Besson 

Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

Ok here it is Luc Besson when he was 10 years old read Valerian a comic book in France and had to wait 6 days to get the other 4 pages because at the time it was printed 4 pages at the time. He said I had to have a lot of patience as a kid. Now He went on to make the 5th element and by a stroke of luck he made his money on it about 238 million dollars A film about 75 million dollars to make. The writers of the comic book one day tell him “why don’t you make Valerian. So Luc went on to start to make this film when suddenly Avatar came in at the movie theatre saw it and decided to wait a little more when the special effect are going to be better. The first challenge that he had  to find the financing of the film and of course he knew that the big studio in Hollywood would bite but gave him only $160 millions which he asked him “if you were me would you make it for this amount of money? “ they responded “no”. When he finally found the $232 millions  he made it at his studio in France in La cité du cinema.

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And what a beautiful Sci-fi film it is with a message behind it. It is a feast for you eyes an overwhelming vision and silliness like you never seen before even the special effect was made in France. I came about Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’s groundbreaking French comics Valerian at the dentist office and did luck besson stuck to the comic book and make it his own. The aliens are awesome in this film every colours possible,  neon-blue waters, and the druggy coolness of those pearls. Our heroes  are the interstellar federation agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), first time acting here,  who spend much of the film trying to find the missing commander of a massive, 700-year-old space station. Rihanna shows up as a shape-shifting pole dancer. And Ethan Hawke plays perfectly theJ olly the Pimp. All is well in this beautiful film that you eyes and mind will go wild.

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Posted in U.S. Film

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS (1971)

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A film by Richard C. 

Cast: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon

1820. A trapper, left for dead after having been wounded by a grizzly bear, tries to survive in a hostile nature with only one idea in mind: revenge his former companions, led by a visionary captain whose ship is dragged By 28 mules through a territory  infested with Indians …

The film focuses on an 1820 trapping expedition to the Northwest territory led by Captain Henry (John Huston), a former naval commander. The opening of the film where Henry and his crew are hauling a loads of furs on a boats on wheels pulled by 20 mules and what a raw site that is in this raw nature, they are trying to get to the Mississippi river before the Indians gets them. When two trapper goes hunting one get hurt by a bear and his left on the side of the road to die.

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The thing is is that here is a man who is left on the side on the road to die. But this man named Bass (Richard Harris) has this incredible will to survive. With broken ribs and a broken leg is trying to get to the convoy back to his friends to seeks revenge. Richard C. Sarafian has been able to capture the essence of nature where back in the day men was hunting to get food and fur. There is flashback when he was an orphan and so on. The dialogue is minimal. Sarafian relies on facial expressions and the ever-changing landscape to evoke a sense of wonder and mystery. It is the law of the jungle here one must feed himself and in order to do that has to kill. Kill to eat or die and get eaten. Which it is clear in Bass’s case. It is as realistic as it gets here. The formula is simple no heroes, no bastard here, and no clichés. Well done Mr.Sarafian. 

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Posted in U.S. Film

GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXIE VOL. 2 (2017)

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A film by James Gunn

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone

This is going to be a dazzling action-packed sci-fi extravaganza. As I am going to try to write a dazzling review. Nothing is lost here it is still fun with some great music to go with it.

After a brief scene set in 1980 Missouri with a miraculously digitally young Kurt Russell, the action  battle in the adventurous spirit and risk-taking of the central characters. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), makes a living as intergalactic bounty hunters. After a toe-tapping battle sequence featuring a giant Lovecraftian squid and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) dating to the Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr. Blue Sky, the team is forced to divide. There they Meet Ego (Kurt Russell) and will take them to his dazzling planet which Ego will provide any question that provide answers to Star-Lord’s questions. And there begins the extravaganza of beautiful scenery colourful as hell with jokes along the way with great tunes from the 80’s.Watch out for Sylvester Stallone in a cameo.

Visually stunning, the film is a blast: a joyous sci-fi fantasy filled with weird and wonderful characters, goofy humour and a plot that offers just the right blend of emotional je ne sais quoi. Someone has a lot of imagination here and that is a good thing. Vol. 3 please.

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Posted in Based on a true story, British film, Great movie

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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Posted in U.S. Film

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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Posted in British film, U.S. Film

AMERICAN HONEY (2016)

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A film by Andrea Arnold

Cast: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

Star, 17, crosses the path of Jake and his clan. Traveling  the midwest aboard a van, they live from door to door from magazines sales. Breaking from her family, she embarks on the adventure. This road trip, punctuated by encounters, parties and scams brings to it what it has always sought: freedom! Until she falls in love with Jake, as charismatic as dangerous ….

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Here is a road trip with a  naturalistic depictions of the working class, with intense sexual situation, great physical energy, while going to the most uninviting landscape of America at its rawest form. It is a coming of age road movie of sub culture who goes state to state finding business opportunities to keep their dream alive while drinking, partying, listening to some dynamics music while  sucking on a bong, and  other drugs are involved which lead to casual sex. A romance of carefree interactions will evolved with Star and Jake who is the lead salesman / recruit new girls, who is jealous of Star and what she can do with her sex appeal. including the mix the  controlling boss Krystal (Riley Keough, Elvis’s talented granddaughter). what I like about this film is that there no resolution here and even the characters you know where they are from but you do not know what is their stories or how they got there. Nice going Andrea Arnold. Beautifully film.  Here what is pissing me off when I got out of the movie theatre I went to myself what the great film I am going to see it again soon by next week to see if I missed anything, but this film is not nominated at the oscar not even for best actors nothing. What the hell are you fucking kidding me excuse my French (I always wanted to say that) . This is a beautiful experimental film that is  great. Snubbed at the Oscars what am I not surprised. A must see do not miss this one. It has won the Jury price at the Cannes Film Festival I rest my case.

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Posted in French film

SEULS (2017)

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A film by David Moreau

Cast: Sofia Lesaffre, Stéphane Bak, Jean-Stan Du Pac

English: Along 

Film adapted from the Franco-Belgian comic book of the same name, Seuls is a fantastic film aimed at a teenage audience.

Leila is a young teenager of sixteen, who has her share of problems. One morning like all the others, she wakes up at home, except that this time she is alone in the house. Surprised not to find her parents there, she goes through her neighborhood, then the city without finding a living soul. Not understanding how the city was emptied in one night, she continues her search, thinking she is the only survivor of an apocalypse, until she finally finds herself on four other youngsters with whom she will team up.

Ok here it is simple those are first time actors who has done well here and the casting is top. Yes an other apocalypse teenager film but this one is done à la French / Belgium and it has a couple of twist that you will not expect. I didn’t. Convincing yes and the special effect stand out just fine. It is good for the first run however at end it leaves it open for more which I hope they even step it more. Nice one watchable no doubt. The music builds the tension and the suspense in pumping though you veins.The director succeeded in maintaining a tension and an anguishing atmosphere throughout the film. If you have read the comic book I will recommend it big time. If you didn’t and you like this kind of film you will not be disappointed.

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