Posted in U.S. Film

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016)

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A film by Tom Ford

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon

Susan,(Amy Adams) a gallery owner in Los Angeles, leads a well-ordered life at the edge of monotony, abandoned by her husband Hutton Morrow. Until the day when, alone at home, she receives a book: Nocturnal Animals, signed by her ex husband Edward Sheffield,(Jake Gyllenhaal) of whom she has been without news for years.

Ok so I saw Collateral beauty and believe me when I say I feel a sleep during this film they rewrote to me anyway Miracle on 34th street in today world with a different tragedy and it was sloppy so my advice to you invest in Nocturnal Animals. 

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The opening scene of Tom Ford’s sophomore feature is a fetishistic spectacle. That is all I am going to say here. Trust me considered yourself warned. With the art exhibition, Ford forcing his audience to witness the ‘junk culture’ in front of them. The film’s thesis here for better or worse. When Susan (Amy Adams) receives a manuscript of her ex-husband Tony’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) new novel, she finds herself emotionally invested in his story. It  also trigger some memories when they were together back in the day. The story here switching between pulpy desert thriller and chilly L.A. You Susan is too cynical and Tony the writer is too naive and sensitive. Nocturnal Animals is a film about lapses in time, memory and relationships also about revenge.  It is book-like triggers memories, as I call it that is what Ford likes. It is an other way to tell the story. Ford paid attention to the details here to the design of casual luxury  and sharp tailoring, luxurious textures and rich jewel tones. The film as some kind of perverse junk culture with pulp novel effect. It is a raw film at its purest form. Micheal Shannon here is as usual outstanding. Do not miss this one.

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Posted in Great movie, U.S. Film

ARRIVAL (2016)

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A film by Denis Villeneuve

Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

This has to be the master piece of Dennis Villeneuve. Wait until his next picture which I can’t wait. For now let’s talk about this one. It looks to me as if the encounter of the third kind has been rewritten and what an intelligent screenplay to it all off.

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe a team headed by lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. To try to talk to them, to decipher their language. It is making some other countries very nervous and the team races against the clock to try to avoid the global war. Will they make it on time?

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Amy Adam has this hypnotic breaking performance in which communication, purpose and time are key.Villeneuve masterfully creates intrigue on a grand and personal scale. Based on Ted Chiang’s short story Story of Your Life, Eric Heisserer’s screenplay makes it look like you are witnessed something that is life changing. Arrival has a spiritual feeling where there is an authenticity in the story and we are seeing trough the clear blue eyes of the story’s vulnerable female protagonist.US army’s recruitment of Louise Banks (Adams), a top linguist who has previously assisted the government when a Farsi translation was required. The lead a brilliant female protagonist and puts her in a situation where she is going to try to decipher some king of language. The intellectual excitement makes the film run along just fine. However the cinematography (by Bradford Young) is breathtaking and the ending perfect.

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Posted in Based on a true story

BIG EYES (2014)

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A film by Tim Burton Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter. 

This film is based on the true story of Margaret Keane who was and still is a painter know for her painting of children’s portrait with big eyes. This is her story and Tim Burton took this project and thank god he did. The story goes something like that.

Margaret ( Amy Adams ) walks out on her husband with in those days that was never done, takes her daughter with her and takes off to San Francisco where she meets her friend who tells her that she is going to love it her. While at an art sale, Margaret meets Walter (Christoph Waltz), a fellow painter who quickly becomes smitten of her and her paintings, and he quickly begins to encourage her not to sell herself short. They soon fall for one another and get married, and tries to figure out how to sell her art and where. Walter resorts to renting the walls at Jazz club owned by Enrico Banducci (Jon Polito). It is there that the paintings start to gain notice. Walter decided that he should take credit for the work of Margaret and tells people that it is his  art work. And so began A 10 years fraud in the art world. Walter is a smooth talker and gets away with almost anything with the ladies, so he decided that since he wanted to become an artist but failed at it. Meanwhile Margaret is repulsed by it but he promised her the big house with a pool. So she goes along with it and what after that became the biggest fraud in the art history. I live in Paris the capital arts of the world and I was not aware of that story. I have never heard of Keane. My mom is a big art buff and she never heard of her either.

Adams does a wonderful job here to portrait Margaret who was self deprive and was not that confident at all. She did know how to sell her art but she became a wonderful painter. Adams present Margaret  with flaws on the top of that it was difficult to be a women in the 50’s because it was a man’s world. Margaret opened doors with her arts and influenced a lot of people.

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Waltz portrayed Walter has a charismatic man and you can see why Margaret falls for him. you see here you do feel a little bad for Walter and you do understand his motivation for it. Well played by Waltz who portray him full of life, love to flirt withe ladies, but unfortunately he was a bad artist. Burton here does a terrific job recreating San Francisco in the 50’s even Hawaii even the decor inside the houses was outstanding along with the cinematography. It is an independent film that burton goes back to and a terrific one.

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Posted in U.S. Film

AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013)

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A film by David O. Russell

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper

This film is based on the Abscam sting operation of the late 70’s early 80’s In which a con artist helped the FBI Catch members of congress taking bribes. 2 of the characters narrate the story. Irving Rosenfeld who is a con artist meet sydney Prosser a scrappy young woman from Albuquerque with dreams of reinvention herself in style. It is her idea to fake an english accent

and develop a character named Lady Edith, a Londoner with banking connections and in doing so she kick Rosenfeld’s con in high gear. You see Rosenfeld is the owner of a small chain of dry cleaners who makes his real money through fake art and fraudulent loans, in a way she is a perfect woman for him, so they become patners in crime and in love. But hold on Irving is married and has a son. His wife Rosalyn is a force oaf nature She knows just enough to be dangerous which could mess up the all operation you see Sydney and Irving got caught by an FBI agent Richie DiMaso is a hat head under cover in order not to go to jail they have to help The FBI to catch people like them. You see American Hustle is keeping the audience on who’s coning whom. Others character comes into play like Jeremy Renner.as the crooked Camden N.J. Mayor Polito. Also let’s not forget the small role of MY favorite actor Robert De Niro who plays what else a mob hit man Victor Telligio. It is a blast to see all those characters developing. Russell moves the story along just well and keeps us interested, he reveals the flaws of those characters. Overall a wild ride into the Late 70’s Early 80’s.

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Posted in U.S. Film

THE MASTER (2012)

A film by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams.
Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.
Its title character is transparently inspired by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, but it sidesteps any firm vision of the cult religion itself — or what it grew into. It has great performances I mean by that oscar performances. Top billing goes to an alcoholic adherent of The Master named Freddie Quell — played by Joaquin Phoenix who goes through a melt down. Then you have Lancaster Dodd and played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Two great actors and like I said 2 great performances. Freddie Quell has an unnatural and dangerous taste for booze in all forms. During the film, he will also create concoctions from paint thinner, coconut water, and something from a medicine cabinet — Lysol, perhaps. This big boat belongs to Lancaster Dodd, introduced as a writer and apparently a rich one. (He later tells Quell: “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher, but above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”) He is in the process of founding a group, movement, cult, whatever, named the Cause, and the ship is en route to New York via the Panama Canal. He has been joined on board by many followers who will join Dodd and his wife, Peggy (Amy Adams), to celebrate the marriage of their daughter. When Dodd discovers Quell is on board, his response is not to send him ashore. He does not tell him to get off the boat, but he is strangely fascinated by him and his ability to make alcohol. Dodd ask him a series of questions repeatedly over and over again This is described as “processing,” similar to the “auditing” Hubbard described in his book Dianetics. In meetings with East Coast followers, especially Helen Sullivan (Laura Dern), we see that the Cause has already attracted many recruits — and doubters, including John More (Christopher Evan Welch), who stands coldly in a doorway at one meeting and fires hostile questions. Freddie Quell is quick to pick fights with those who oppose the man who has given him affection and guidance. Quell drifts in and out of reality, imagining rooms where the women have suddenly become unclothed. You might say that he should be committed to a mental institution. It is unclear what is the cause of the cult. Scientology has reportedly staged a campaign against “The Master,” the film is vague about the Cause. Anderson is a talented director but there is some stuff missing in the movie. So see this one it is still good with great actors.