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MON KET (2018)

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A film by François Damiens

Cast: François DamiensChristian BrahyMatteo Salamone

Dany Versavel (François Damiens) is in jail and has a son who does not want to see him. So he breaks out of jail to see him and try to be a father to the kid.

OK mon, ket is a slang term in Belgium meaning my son. François Damiens here directs, and co-wrote the sketch film. That is how he got started doing sketch on a TV show with hidden camera so it is no wonder that is first film is going to be his first love sketches with hidden cameras; pure genius how he transform himself into a character where you are not going to recognize  him right of way.  The all film is with hidden camera where the other persons has no idea they are filmed. It is hilarious as hell. Dany is a man who has no faith, does not follows the rules or does not obey the law, he does want he wants . To get under the skin of the character, Damiens went under makeup for four hours a day with a different voice as well so the people will not recognized him. Some of you are not going to comfortable watching some scenes. Best scenes is when he teaches his son to smoke it is so hilarious. Dany Versavel spares no one, and his encounters, all more far-fetched than the others, that creates some funny situations and above all, it is totally hilarious. The 90 minutes of this film is going to be a delicious feast.

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THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE (2018)

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A film by Terry Gilliam

Cast: Adam DriverJonathan PryceStellan Skarsgård

Toby (Adam Driver) who is a commercial director who shoot a vodka commercial that utilises the figure of Don Quixote . One night, he finds someone selling a bootleg DVD of his thesis film from ten years ago, itself a Quixote adaptation he shot with some friends and nonprofessional actors at a local village. To get inspired he tries to reconnect with the past by going to the village where he shot his thesis film and may the adventure begin…..

Orson Welles has tried to make this film but the director has died before he could finish it and it took 30 years by the way. Here Gillian tries to make his own film which took 30 years or so in the making, he had truly had a hard time to get the project done. I kind of love it feeling what the hell was this made a lot sooner. Here Toby embarks in the village hoping to reconnect with his youth. He finds that some of the non professional actors that was in his film some had great luck others not. But soon after that he meets the man who played Don Quixote the aging shoemaker Jonathan Pryce who thinks he is Don Quixote. Toby will embark then is this strange adventure in the wild west of Spain. Here you are going to feel lost in the film but Gillian wants you to be. The energy of Gillian here is infectious. The plot is not linear it is going to be going every which way. Not too worry you are going to have a good time. It is presented like a kaleidoscope fable. What I like about it it is going to go in a loop. You’ll know what I mean when you see the film. Here is one for you the actor Jonathan Pryce after the film was done was suppose to go to Cannes but he suddenly had a stroke. Some say it is a curse. Maybe maybe not.

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DEADPOOL 2 (2018)

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A film by David Leitch

Cast: Josh BrolinMorena BaccarinZazie Beetz, Ryan Reynolds

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), puts together a team of mutant rogue to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from a cyborg who is a time traveler who wants the boy dead.

Here it goes the first one was fun and we got to be introduced to Wade Wilson and yes it was fun to watch. But the second one even more funny than the first one. Deadpool 2 begins with a hilarious sequence that defiantly references Logan. So that is beside the point, the thing is there is a lot of references and jokes about other films; it is one joke after an other. Deadpool here has to save a kid who is using his power to kill well that is because he is being abused by the director of the facilities he is in. Then comes a cyborg time traveler who is in search of the kid. Here Josh Brolin get in the skin of his own character so well. Deadpool is going to get some help in order to do so and the X-force is born. The most funny scenes are when jump the plane in parachutes. It is so hilarious. However who casted Reynolds carries the role very well I am not sure if other actors would have done what he did. It looks like that it was custom-made for him. Here is a sequel who is not going to be boring at all and it does stand out. Seriously if you want to have a good time do not miss this one.

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MES PROVINCIALES (2018)

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A film by Jean-Paul Civeyrac

Cast: Andranic Manet, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam

English title: A  Paris education

Étienne goes to Paris to study cinema at the university. There he meets Mathias and Jean-Noel who share the same passion as him. But the passing year will shake up their illusions …

Jean-Paul Civeyrac is a discreet filmmaker, author of sensitive and rather intimate films. As Civeyrac said in an interview “By imagining a story in the form of sentimental education, I wanted to talk about cinema, friendship, love and politics too, and to make a film a bit like a first film in a sense of urgency. The script is a bit autobiographical no surprise to me here.  Etienne’s (Andranic Manet) lnew Parisian life complicates his sentimental situation, and his conception of cinema is confronted with other visions. The so negative Mathias (Corentin Fila) and the friendly Jean-Noël (Gonzague Van Bervesseles) but also a flock of girls: his love interest from Lyon, from whom he slowly distances himself (Diane Rouxel), his bunch of roommates, such as fine art student Valentina (Jenna Thiam), activist Annabelle (Sophie Verbeeck), and finally the smart one Barbara (Valentine Catzeflis). He will be conflicted of which he will learn more than a few things. Here is a magnificent  black and white film, rich in a number of impressive shots that form together a plot yet simple but complicated as well. The film as an irresistible charm with a very realistic and sophisticated look. The shots are in their natural state. Not an easy thing to do coming to a fairly smaller city and going to the big city like Paris and trying to make it as a film maker. The ending could not be more perfect. A must see. 

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THE DISASTER ARTIST (2017)

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A film by James franco

Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor

Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, a friendship is formed and they decided to go to Hollywood to become actors. And a legend is born.

ok I haven’t see the room but I heard it is not that good ,pretty bad at that but like someone told me you have to see it in the movie theatres to get the full effect. Here is a guy who has money a lots of money, he can’t act worth the shit, so he decided to make the film himself with his buddy. You will go on their journey of film making.  James Franco decided not only to direct the movie but to play Wiseau and to cast his brother for the part of Sestero. In real life Wiseau here decided to make a film on his own (first time ever) funny as it sounds Tommy says he loves to play football but can’t even throw the ball correctly. When producers tell Tommy at audition you will be good as the villain, Tommy respond”I the hero”. The thing is that is a weird journey they are going to go on plus the film went over budget ; Not too worry Tommy has money how much nobody knows, how he made it, or how old is he, and where is he from to this day  no one knows. Producers actually didn’t think the film is going to make it.

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Franco here is a great director so far, his style is clean using close up the only way in this film anyhow. The editing keeps the plot moving so it does not loose its momentum.  However the performance of Franco here is dead on not an easy thing to do. Wiseau’s strange accent and appearance is initially funny, Franco does not make fun of it . Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), a student who is the opposite: He’s  shy and withdrawn, unable and unwilling to put himself out there. Wiseau is a damaged individual who wants affection and he looks for it in Greg. The Disaster Artist stays away from exploring Wiseau’s past or explaining his mysterious wealth, accent, and appearance, but this is more out of respect for Wiseau. By the way not an easy thing to do to turns failure into success and trash into art. the film was based off the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. If you ever see The Room see it in the theatre like I said someone told me it is better that way then to see on DVD at your home it is better to have the live audience in this one. To this day it plays in the movie theatre in the US.

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LADY BIRD (2017)

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A film by Greta Gerwig

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

The life of this teenager in 2002 to 2003 in Sacramento California.

Here is a sweet coming of age modern fable with an effortless flow of characters that will entertain you. Christine (Saoirse Roman) is her given name but Lady bird is given by me as she said. Christine here wha has a strong personalities same as her mother is trying to find where she fits in this world. Not an easy task for a 17 years old going on 18. She is a freewheeling, creative spirit eager to take on the world. She wants to go to New york to college but her mother wants here to stay in Sacramento. It is not an easy thing to let go your child especially in New York where it is a tough city after you raised her of him for so many years. I left when I was 16 years old to the U.S. Make it or break it. Came back 35 years later. Once you have a child you will never stop worrying about them.

There is a battle between the mother and the daughter here. Plus Christine is going to go thought first time sexual experiences which is going to be a memorable ride. Gerwig here avoid the clichés. The script is exceptionally well-written, full of wordplay and lively argument and the actors here are exceptional. It feels like they are real people honestly portrayed. It could feel dreadful to some people this film but really it is not. It is a joy to see a film well writing and well-played. Do not miss this one.

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THE HOT ROCK (1972)

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A film by Peter Yates

Cast: Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman

Dortmunder  (Robert Redford) and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. Turns out that they are going to steal a bunch of times, just their luck.

The Hot Rock is a comedy caper film that has funny lovable characters a little bit quirky. The story is simple 4 guys are going to steal a diamond little did they know that the diamond is going to travel from place to place well sort of speak. It is like a Chinese box capers. Dormunter (Robert Redford)has an uneasy stomach.  Kelp (George Segal) is the world greatest pick lock, not under pressure. Greenburg  (Paul Sand) does not do anything right. Murch (Ron Liebman) can drive anything from a semi to a helicopter, well he learn to pilot an helicopter reading a manual. When you get to know the character you know what to expect. It is a bit predictable but fun to watch. I have not seen this film in 30 years it pop up on cable yesterday. It is like seen a new film. There are some funny parts here and there. Sometimes there are surprises, it is moving like a silent film. The film has this great cast I do love all of them. It did not too too good at the box office I don’t know why but it is fun to watch.

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I, TONYA (2017)

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A film by Craig Gillespie

Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

Ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when she married her husband Jeff Gillooly.

I was in the United States when the news broke even watch Harding stake and I though she was great but there was some off beat. After watching the film I said and even seeing it on the news at the time I said to myself there it is I was right.

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Director Gillespie film it from the interviews that that on every channels at the time plus some flashback to tell what real happened. He also affectionately mocked the sport a bit without mocking Harding herself. You see Harding had those seriously ridiculous outfit for her competition and even had Rock-N-Roll music instead of classical to do her routine. She wanted to be different from the others but that did not go well with the judges. She always said what was on her mind straight forward no bullshit. She was not loved by her mother. She thrived in the sport because she wanted to be loved by her fans. Allison Janney ( who did a great job here) absolutely tears it up as the profane, chain-smoking LaVona Harding, constantly insulting Tonya and messing with her mind so she could become a great champion. Janney has won a Bafta award for Best supporting actress and well deserved at that; I just read this not long ago.

As soon as Tonya married her first husband it went to hell from there. Sebastian Stan Who plays Jeff Gillooly plays a little goofy. The relationship that they had was not healthy either. Soon after the incident happened which Tonya said she is no guilty as the media found her guilty at the time. Her all career fell apart. The big investigation was going on at time and the news show like Hard copy,  20/20 and the others banked on it they were fighting for first place . Margot here after 5 month of training she actually performed a triple axle (Not too perfectly well with computer generated image was perfect on film) and was one of the 7 women who has performed it. Tonya was the first one to do so. Margot performance is outstanding here and even Tonya herself liked the film. If you saw the news like I did back then after seeing the film you will have a different opinion of her. I know I did. You will have a good time watching this and the casting is perfect with some superb performances. Do not miss this one.

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GASPARD VA AU MARRIAGE (2018)

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A film by Antony Cordier

Cast: Félix Moati, Laetitia Dosch, Christa Théret

English: Gaspard goes to the wedding

After 25 years of carefully keeping away for years, 25-year-old Gaspard is due to return to his father second wedding . Accompanied by Laura, a whimsical girl who agrees to play his girlfriend during the wedding, he finally feels ready to set foot in the zoo of his parents and find the animals that he saw growing up .. But between a father who is too much of a ladies man, a brother who is too reasonable, and a sister who is too beautiful, he is not aware that he is about to live the last days of his childhood.

Thus, the most ambivalent meanings of the film are revealed. The limit is tenuous between the crazy and degenerate comedy, the crazy characters barely masking the confusion of the family.  the zoo is the character of the story but you don’t get to see the visitors because Cordier decided to focus on the family the centre of the story. It is represented by obsolete photos and flashback.  We understand then that if Gaspard wanted to come with a girlfriend, so he does not get sucked in into his family who are linked together, he wants to get his own life away from all of that. And his sister there is something there are they both in love or not just sister love. But one of the bother is hiding something and is trying to protect his sister who seems to know already. Here is a nice little comedy with a bunch of colourful characters that has a funny ways of celebrating life with dancing bodies with love flourishing around them.

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SANTA ET CIE (2017)

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A film by Alain Chabat

Cast: Alain Chabat, Golshifteh Farahani, Pio Marmaï

A few days before Christmas, Santa Claus celebrates his silver wedding with Wanda. While opening numerous letters that he receives every second from the children of the whole world, he discusses with her what they will do to celebrate this anniversary . But now that a problem suddenly arises, the elves who prepare the gifts suddenly fall ill one after the other …

When SANTA & CIE starts,  the special effects are colorful, crazy and quite magical. And then starts a film by Alain Chabat and may the adventure begins. Here Chabat Plays Santa who needs medicine for his elf and has to go get it on earth which he will end up well if you have not guess it yet in Paris on the top of the moulin rouge at Pigalle. Nice going Santa. Trying to find the medicine is not going to be easy especially if you tell people you are Santa. Chabat here who wrote the script, act in it and directed it has a lot  his plate but luckily he play it wonderfully well with poetic charm. Here is a film for kids as well as for adult, not the big film But it is entertaining. And for the little ones, do not forget that Santa appreciates a glass of milk (with almonds  …) with some cookies specially made by you. “Ho, ho, ho,” Merry Christmas to all of you.

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