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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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LUCKY (2017)

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A film by John Carroll Lynch

Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston

Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton) lives in Arizona is a WWII veteran who is retired, has this routine every day and does his round to see his friends and basically like all old 91 years old are waiting to die. 

Here is a film that most people won’t see but deserve  a chance here. It was shot in 18 days but the thing is Stanton died a few weeks before its release. Every day lucky gets up at the same time light up a cigarette does his yoga, drinks a glass of milk, goes to his local store buys milk or cigarette than goes at the bar and drinks his margarita talking to his friends. However my grandfather when he retired did not know what to do with himself and was doing the same thing gets up drinks his coffee has breakfast go the newsstand gets his paper then goes to the bar and talks to his friend, once in the while he will go to this village where he owned an apartment. The thing is that Lucky here does not know how long he has and is scared of his loneliness.

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Lucky is filled with frank talk about divers subjects. Tom Skerritt plays another World War II veteran. Ed Begley, Jr. plays Lucky’s physician and has the best scene with him. Plus all sorts of others characters. The film is about death, fear and the loneliness that everyone is going to dread once they reach that age. Lucky who does not open up only  to certain young people, he is the kind of man who speaks frankly and have a hard time making new friends. The film feels like a modern western with the great panorama of Arizona. The camera here tells the story, we follow Lucky everywhere. The film with people who are a bit eccentric are not easy to do but this one has an elegance to it. It is a beautiful poetic film. The ending is so perfect, it is a farewell to Stanton’s fans. This film however is the perfect one yet.

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C’EST TOUT POUR MOI! (2017)

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A film by Ludovic Colbeau-Justin, Nawell Madani

Cast: François Berléand, Nawell Madani, Victor Artus Solaro

English: It’s all her 

Nawell Madani delivers a fictionalised self-portrait of her journey since she was a girl until now , one marked by perseverance.

Lila, grows up in the high-rises of the Marolles in Brussels with her sister and father. She dreams of becoming a dancer in the world of hip-hop. The thing is we don’t all succeed in achieving our dreams but the message here is perseverance and never give up.  She is ready to go to Paris and may the struggle begin. It all going to hell as soon as she gets there. But she meets this guy her drama coach where she open up and become a stand up comedian but she has one struggle to overcome convincing her father that she loves that she has made the right choice.

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You see a heroin confronting the sexism around her despite her talent, she must prove herself again and again. That is when perseverance is going to kick in. She has to clean her act and be as creative as she can be but you will see that this business is a cut throat business because every comedian wants to be No 1. Madani here  has invested herself  in this film project, she would not trust anyone with it after all it is her life story. In the end the other message is this that you succeed or not there is family that will be there to support you , the other thing id you have fallen get back on your feet and learn from your mistakes.

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SUBURBICON (2017)

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A film by George Clooney 

Cast: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac

Welcome to Suburbicon, it is 1950 and everybody is happy, well until the black family moves in. Racism in America in the 50’s no you have got to be killing me. Next door well some kind of home invasion is occurring. Too much excitement for me I am packing to go to Paris France.

First Clooney here sent home his screenwriter the one he usually works with because  he did like the script so he went with the Coen brothers and wrote this, and when you see the film it is going to feel like a Coen bother’s film except it is directed by Clooney. I will say this the film start out good until the insurance man played by Oscar Isaac comes in and here is the third story but later it falls into the water. Why? Ok it is funny at times but if you put Issac in it and it does this wonderful acting and then poof. I think here the Coen pulled off Fargo and Burn after reading were it was well done to the fact they know how to film a movie with this kind of theme and never let it go until the end. Here Clooney tries the same thing but does not pull off. He knows very well how to frame his shot but not telling the story . After all the experience he has and all the film he has acted in he should have learn something right? Not an easy thing to pull off a crime story with humour noir. Until next time.

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LE BRIO (2017)

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A film by Yvan Attal 

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Camélia Jordana, Yasin Houicha

Neïla Salah grew up in Créteil and dreams of becoming a lawyer. Registered at the Parisian university of Assas, she is confronted  the first day by Pierre Mazard, professor known for his provocations and his prejudice conduct . To redeem himself with his conducts he is going to prepare Neïla for the prestigious contest of eloquence. At the same time cynical and demanding, Pierre could become the mentor she needs … Still, they must both overcome their prejudices.

The story is simple: after attacking Neila against a backdrop of racism and xenophobia, the great professor Pierre Mazard finds himself forced by the direction to prepare Neila for the annual eloquence contest to give this contest a little new blood as well as more social and ethnic diversity. You see that later they will need our two  characters are going to need each other in order in succeeding at their project. A beautiful dialogues of words even the phrases and the script is beautifully written. Attal  (Who by the way is also an actor) will tackle different topics: racism, provocation, eloquence, argumentation, immigration without ever dwelling on any. He focuses on the coaching Neila by Pierre. The two actors here deserves each other which bring me to their outstanding job. Brio is an entertaining film that proposes a reflection on the argumentation in particular, on the communication in general and deals with complex human relations if it is.

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JALOUSE (2017)

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A film by David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos

Cast: Karin Viard, Dara Tombroff, Anne Dorval

English:  Jealous

Nathalie Pêcheux, (Karen Ward) a teacher who is divorced and has a daughter who is a dancer has an unhealthy relation with friends and daughter that is consumed by jealousy.

Nathalie feels the happiness and success of others as an aggression. The blossoming of her daughter’s beauty and youth becomes unbearable at a time when she feels that her life is declining. In addition, while they have always been very close, Mathilde now prefers to go out with her friends, Because she feels that her mother who is a dominant strong woman  abandoned her. So you think that is going to be it and stop there but no our directors do not stop there is more , Nathalie is not well  and has this middle age  crisis at age fifty which she is a  complex character with a thousand facets for which we end up getting affection for. That is the beauty of a well written script.

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Here comes Demoustier  full of life, a  young teacher determined to bring new ideas within the school  where they confront each other and butt heads , are some of the brightest and funniest moments of the film. Setting the stage for a suspenseful narrative that first depicts light crises, then increasingly unpredictable behavior that reaches a growing degree of violence.

Here Karin Ward who has this role tailored for her and is on the top of her game, she is funny and delightful to watch. The cast is tailored to the actress and actor as well it is refreshing and very rarely done in that fashion. Mathilde (Dara Tombroff) who is a former dancer at the Opera of Bordeaux has her first role to my surprise has done an outstanding job here. The film is a bit half angel / half demon with a touch of humanism. 

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THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)

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A film by Taika Waititi

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself into a little jam. Gets capture again by a woman and gets imprisoned again and Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Ok then most of the time the third one falls apart but here Chris Hemsworth does a terrific job at delivering punch line. It a is a break out comedy performance that he throws in and thank god that they cast Chris for the part of Thor because he fits perfectly the bill and with a haft way decent script he hold the Franchise together.

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Thor is trapped on the planet Sakaar, where he’s forced to fight the planet’s reigning champion. What? Ok then without further due you know what is going to happen. It is a little predictable but shit it is fun to watch. There are familiar character popping here and there. Goldblum  here plays the part so well, well like the genius that he is and nails it right on the money which it is a joy to watch. It is going to feel like a buddy movie. it seems to me that Marvel is using more and more humor in the comics film now days one started it and now the other follows and it seems to work so far. A real style, humor to spare, a thunderous soundtrack, and action will throw at least the audience to the movie theater. Do not sulk your pleasure.

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LOGAN LUCKY (2017)

 

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A film by Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig

In real life there are losers, winners, negative thinking and positive thinking. The thing is here in the new film of Soderbergh here are some unlucky bunch of people who are trying to get a little luck in doing a heist and then some and are they going to get lucky? 

It is a ridiculous entertaining film here with comedy. The gang that includes a wounded veteran, an unemployed former coal miner, a hairdresser and other motley members conspires to rob a Nascar race sponsored by Coca-Cola. The film begins by introducing the characters as you watch you beginning to think what the hell are those bunch of misfit up too. But don’t judge the book by its cover as they say. Our protagonist have one thing in mind the heist getting the money and a lots of it. In all this you will have some other characters that will pop up from time to time followed by a smoking mirror. There some inventive Ideas here too mixed with humor. Soderbergh never speeds through the twists and bumps. It lets the story in cruise control so you can enjoy the moments and the humor. Lucky Logan is a terrific film here and for the new writer Rebecca blunt, well done.

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