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DEN OF THIEVES (2018)

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A film by Christian Gudegast

Cast: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

An elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. are after the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws who are closing on taking down  the Federal reserved which seems to be the final heist.

An armoured truck pulls up for a coffee stop and the guards are taken by surprise when a gang steals their vehicle, resulting in a battle that is both bloody and hard boil. Cops arrived and the big shoot out is about to start. They get away with the armoured truck. An Elite unit from the sheriff department is at the scene and try to figure out who did that and why they stole an armoured truck that is empty.

Thie is a heist film but not like any other with a twist in there somewhere. It is not the great film here but it is entertaining. Gerard Butler assumes the role of the sheriff which is after this gang who is going to do one more heist; Taking down the federal reserved, so they can retire at least for a while. You see how it is plan and the sheriff that is closing on them. The game of the cat and the mouse is on. The film is for the young demographic you know those who has testosterone pumping into their veins. It is not a total bust like I said it is easy to watch and a no brainer. Have fun.

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REVENGE (2018)

REVENGE (2018)

A film by Coralie Fargeat

Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe

Three wealthy men  in their forties’ married go to their annual hunting party in a desert area of canyons. A way for them to reconnect with their manhood and decompressed  arms in hand. But this time, one of them came with his young mistress, an ultra sexy lolita that quickly stirs up the lust of the other two … Things go wrong … the young woman left for dead ,comes back to life … And the hunting party turns into a  manhunt …

At the time that Harvey Weinstein, is accused of harassing 30 women or so here is a film that comes out a revenge film of this woman who gets rape and left for dead. A bold move from director Fargeat on her first film. It is hard to do a film like this one because of the subject matter rape and I think because the director here is a woman she gets it; She navigate thought it just right. Very few has done so. She gets into the heads of the characters and even has a few surprises along the way. Yes it is bloody in fact they run out of blood so they recycle some of it in order to finish the film. The terrain is the desert cool location for this film and brutal as well. This grindhouse tradition of the rape-revenge thriller is going where it is supposed to be going and has vivid colours. Here the director  evokes the look and spirit of classic exploitation cinema, and Quentin Tarantino should be proud. This film is not going to be for everybody due to the subject matter. After seeing the desert with the hot scorching sun and the blood flying in my face through the screen I needed a couple of beers to refresh myself from this bloody film.

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THE COMMUTER (2018)

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A film by Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Like every day after work, Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) takes the suburban train back home. But today, his daily journey will take a different turn. After receiving a call from a mysterious stranger, he is forced to identify a passenger hidden on the train before the last stop. As he struggles against the clock to solve this riddle, he finds himself caught in a spiral conspiracy . A conspiracy that becomes a matter of life and death, for him and for all other passengers.

If you have guessed it by now just by reading the introduction above this film is coming across Agatha Christy and Alfred Hitchcock. Michael MacCauley, is a 60-year-old ex-cop turned insurance salesman who works in midtown Manhattan. His boss tells him that he’s being let go. But he has trouble to tell his wife (Elizabeth McGovern), when he gets a call from her. After drinking with his buddy a cop from the force, Michael goes home and does on the train but gets his phone stolen by a pickpocket. Then meets a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) who tells him he has to locate a certain passenger on the commuter train before it arrives at its final stop. If he takes the money which it is located  this means that he accept. After thinking about it Michael takes the money.

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This is one of those moral equation  that really only generates suspense but there it seems that it looses it effect due to lack of imagination to me the music was the same always and it is a bit predictable. It seems to me that I already saw this film I am not saying it is not good it is entertaining with spectacular stunts. It is clear that for Collet-sierra his biggest influence is Alfred Hitchcock and in his previous films it shows, but here he almost missed it. The movie never gets close to generating the political framework it would have needed to to be taken seriously, but there are no scene more extravagant as in this film so that makes up for that well sort of. All I am saying don’t rush to the movie theatre to see this one.

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THREE BILL BOARD OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI (2017)

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A film  by Martin McDonagh

Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

A mother who has a little bit of anger to deal with because of her daughter unsolved crime puts up a Three Messages on Three bill board that got the attention of the all town and the sheriff department.

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Martin McDonagh new brilliant film as the genius idea to put Frances McDomand as the lead role to top it cast Sam Rockwell as well.  And yes it is one the best film of the year. Mildred Hayes, a recently divorced mother who lost her daughter Angela less than a year ago. Angela was raped and murdered, but the case has gone cold. There was no matching DNA And Mildred (Frances McDomand) has no update. One day, she sees three barren billboards on a road rarely-traveled ,and she rents the space to ask the local chief of police, Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), why there are no answers. And suddenly a sparks of event will developed one after an other. The thing is this beautiful script is not what you are going to except. Mildred here rents the billboard to put pressure on the sheriff department. Life has been screwed both of these people Mildred and Dixon. Although Dixon is a nice guy he plays a racist violent cop because if what happened to him when he was younger. Harrelson is awesome is even gets what is going on and why Mildred is doing what she is doing. The dialogue is near perfect here especially the dialogue when she sees the priest in her house, she delivers a punch to the stomach. If I was the director I would not have done this film if McDomant was not in. This role is tailored for her. what I like about it there is no heroes or villains. Of course the ending his the final trick in the film. What a beautiful ending, perfect I might have. Like I said do not miss this one.Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the 2018 Golden Globes, taking home four awards including Best Motion Picture. 

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BURN OUT (2017)

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A film by Yann Gozlan

Cast: François Civil, Olivier Rabourdin, Manon Azem

Hot head, addicted to thrills, Tony (François civil)  lives for one thing: become a professional motorcycle superbike biker. Until the day he discovers that his son’s mother has a problem with the gypsy underworld. The only way out of this is to put his talents at the service of mobsters. Circuit biker during the day, go-fast at night, Tony is plunged into an infernal spiral that leads him to the brink of rupture …

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Tony is a hot head and does not think much or even see the consequence that is going to developed in his life after he is going to help his girlfriend out of a jam. He thought he got the handle on it but doesn’t and soon after it is going to collapse right in the front os him. Once you go into this kind of work you get out dead. Tony does two month worth of work for the gypsies mob. A go fast is simple tony is giving a motorcycle a backpack full of drugs and he has to deliver it and fast. He can’t stop for nobody. The stunt here are done in real speed no special affect here. It ads up realism into the film. Between suburban atmosphere, go-fast motorcycle and traffic of all kinds, Yann Gozlan sweeps wide and tries to hold the road to offer his main character a descent to hell and does he ever.. Close-ups of motorcycles and drivers, slow-motion effects, sound effects, everything goes to give the spectator the feeling (and it’s successful) to follow very closely the throes of Tony. Burn out is loosely  adapted from a novel Jérémie Guez.

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SUBURBICON (2017)

SUBURBICON (2017)

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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TUEURS (2017)

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A film by Jean-François Hensgens, François Troukens

Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Lubna Azabal, Kevin Janssens

English title: Above the law. 

A criminal who escape prison who is going to plan one last heist and get out for ever. He performs his heist without a hitch but has as soon as it is started it is doom to fail.

Here the real translation is Killers. It is the first feature for the two director Jean-François Hensgens, François Troukens. The protagonist, Frank Valken (Olivier Gourmet), a robber, has just pulled off yet another masterful robbery without a hitch. At least that is what he thinks , but soon after the cops knows his every move. He gets pinched which is the ideal suspect for a bunch of murders that happens 30 years ago. Of course  Frank knows he is set up. The film includes the Belgium’s most famous criminal incidents at the heart of its narrative. The Brabant Killers, which was much talked about in the 1980s. Responsible for  some fifteen break-ins, the Brabant Killers, who had a preference for supermarkets, did not care about leaving bodies in their wake (almost thirty victims),  killing children and seniors. To this day, there are still doubts about the identity of the murderers, and some see it as more than a simple crime, but as a state affair some others thinks that the CIA as something to do with that. 

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The directors here plunge right in the old gangsters school film doing a heist where the robbers does not kill anybody just takes them hostage. Frank believe that he is not a killer a man of principle old school like I said. The film maintain its integrity and knows that along the way there is going to be one way out is killing is going to take place.

The film follows Olivier Gourmet who fit the role perfectly well I do not care what film he is in but I will see all his film eventually I am trying to catch up and what a terrific actor he turned out to be, which he is trying to save his skin and his honour. The rest of the cast is on it as well which brings me that this casting is so perfect it is not even funny. First features for the directors and they did not disappoint. I can’t wait until the next film.

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LE DEUXIÈME SOUFFLE (1966)

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A film by Jean Pierre Melville 

Cast: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin

Three men escaped from Castres prison, including Gustave (Lino Ventura) , known as Gu, who had just spent eight years there. Commissioner Blot (Paul Meurisse) is on their tale while a hold-up is organized …

Yes I was watching tv and bang on Arte my favourite channel this film of 2 hours and 30 minutes comes on and for the second time I am seeing this film, and a great film it is . The title translate as the second breath. The Ricci family dominates the underworld, Headed by Paul (Raymond Pellegrin), in Marseille and Jo (Marcel Bozzufi) has his bar in Paris. Manouche (Christine Fabréga), a classy dame who is Gu’s sister. Now Gu has to hide from the cops that are on his tail. In the meantime a hole up is being set up and they need a fourth guy.

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Jean-Pierre Melville here adapted the novel of José Giovanni in this case Melville is not interested in realism however the book was it was from a real gangster but Melville here invented a character for his film named Gu. Here is Paul Meurisse who wanted to play in this film but wanted his character to be as smart and a wit because Paul was smart as a wit. I love the scene in the club after the shooting where Commissioner Blot (Paul Meurisse) tells them how it happened and who did what. It is so written for Meurisse no doubt. In every film noir there are betrayal and honor but Melville here avoid the clichés . You have everything in this film shooting, robbing an armored truck, Gangsters hiding out, betrayal more shooting, a beautiful dame, whiskey, cigarette smoking a must in film noir back then, two dancing girls number . Melville was crazy about cinema from all over the world especially American cinema. He has done only 16 films before he passed on to the next life. I hope you enjoy this one as I did.

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LE FIDÈLE (2017)

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A film by Michaël R. Roskam

Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke

English tile: Racer and the jailbird 

A love Story of Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young racing driver with very upper-class roots and a high-flying gangster Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts).

I am going on a limb here but it is perhaps the best movie since the beginning of the year. A story that mixes love, action, racing, gangsters , in a dark and romantic thriller, filmed at the speed of a fourth gear, with a sense of context and rhythm that has a bright, intense scenario, that gets darker and darker as the story unveil itself.

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Michaël R. Roskam is returning to his homeland in Belgium to make this Neo-Noir triller once again, will surprise the spectators who hope to find a premature plot. It begins on a classic themes, that of an irresistible romance between two characters madly in love with each others with some scene of an incredible robbery. He Gino his friends call him Gigi at first you do not know what he does for a living and she, Beatrice her friends call her Bibi, is a car racer sure of herself . Could we dream more than a beautiful couple at the movies? In addition to the sensual charm that emerges thought out the actors. the film seems to be set within a few minutes, he lives in fear but want to settle down, and she is constantly looking  for adrenaline while trying to unravel the secrets of her man. It is done in old fashion photography with images of a  film noir like back in the day. There are 3 chapters to the story Gigi, Bibi, No flowers. I think they could be very well addicted to each other due to the fact she could told him to buzz off after she found out. The director  films particular well the scenes of the robbery with an immersive fluidity that raises them among the best views on the big screen in recent years. It is not over done with excessive explosions and such, it has realism into it. the main point of the story which the director never let up is the painful destiny that each time catch up with the two damned lovers to plunge them into a misfortune that will only bring them a little closer to each other. Adèle Exarchopoulos here shines big time and delivers the role of a life time so far. Her character takes the command and Adèle embodies it completely with grace. Matthias Schoenaerts plays this man who has fears and is breaking down each time there is an obstacle or mess up.  The Fidèle is a surprising work of art in the way that it succeed in taking steps to be not predictable and preserves as a backbone the love of the two lovers. 

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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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