Posted in Belgium Film, British film, French film, uncategorized

A MESSAGE FROM THE KING (2017)

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A film by Fabrice Du Welz

Cast: Teresa Palmer, Luke Evans, Tom Felton

Jacob (Chadwick Boseman) King arrives from Cape Town in Los Angeles, in search of his missing sister. A stranger in a world of which he knows nothing. $ 600 in pocket and a return ticket to Cape Town 7 days later.

The opening of the film a man in customs where the officer asks him bunch of question , but the man in question is on vacation. He is from Cape Town Africa and drive a cab over there. They ask him if he has family his response is no. Soon after settle in this Roach motel. He goes to see his sister at her apartment. No one has seen her so he begins to investigate. What is he going to find, her is not going to like it and will put in motions a series of events that is going to take place.

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This film noir is a slow paces burner nothing that you have not seen before but has a few twist and turn especially at the end. You won’t see it coming. It is shot like a 70’s style film showing the not so good neighbourhood in L.A. An outsider who is trying to find his sister who is going to make some friends along the way or I might have help one in distress. When he finds out what happens to his sister the dark side of Jacob will surface. To me if he did end the film like he did then the all film is out in the water . A nice little ending here that makes the film worth seeing.

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Posted in U.S. Film

GOING IN STYLE (2017)

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A film by Zach Braff

Cast: Ann-Margret, Peter Serafinowicz, Joey King 

It is a remake of the 1979 movie of the same name that starred three big names on the back-end of their careers, George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. The new version has star power with Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan Freeman, working amusingly together as retirees who find out that their pension plan is frozen until further noticed due to the fact that the company is going to move to Vietnam.

Ok you guess what they are going to do, well the film is 100% predictable even with this little twist in there. In this one you will see pot smoking,vigorous sex has been enjoyed, and the gents have done a nice job of outsmarting the detective (Matt Dillon) who is investigating the robbery. Christopher Lloyd has done a hilarious job in playing the typical senior citizen. Director, Zach Braff, has directed a well executed film here that you will enjoy but no more no less.  The cast is near perfect and Ann-Margret where it is nice to see her still acting plus she still looks good, amazing.

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Posted in Spanish film

TARTA PARA LA IRA (2017)

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A film by Raúl Arévalo

Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Luis Callejo, Ruth Díaz

English title : The Fury of a Patient Man

Spanish actor Raül Arevalo’s directorial debut The Fury of a Patient Man is a cool revenge thriller. Shot in 16mm, the film uses skillful, hand-held camera movements which the film is going to fell like a 70’s film western style. Shot  with run down vibrant spaces of working class neighborhood outside of Madrid the narrative does not follow the rules of the genre. A neo-black and crepuscular Spanish polar with a taste of western with a hint of the Coen Brothers and Sam Peckinpah.

The film opens with a staging that takes place inside a car. The get-away car driver Curro (Luis Callejo) is waiting for the masked men robbing a jewelry store. But the police get there and Carro can not pick up  masked men and leaving in the getaway car gets caught by the police. Then we are submitted by four brief chapters titled Bar, Family, Ana, and Curro. You See Jose in this bar starring at this woman Ana (Ruth Diaz) and you think that is going to turn into a love story but Jose has his reason. Juanjo (Raul Jimenez) who has a sister Ana is a good friend with Jose who in turn goes to all events birthday and family reunion etc… The romance later is going to turn a little sour and you are going to know why Jose’s intentions are. The Spanish title here is translated late for anger. Here is a man who is patient but pissed off as hell. In the tense scene that unfolds in the basement of a gym, rage that is building up with music that is tense and waiting to snap at any moment. Terrific scene here. Arévalo uses the sound real well here even to use to build the tension even with the music. A good move here when Arevalo very carefully avoided any direct shots of the murders that take place. To me that makes it even more freighting by hearing just the sound. Well I must say here is a talented director as well as a talented actor. Next one please maybe next year?

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Posted in French film

JUSTIN DE MARSEILLE (1935)

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A film by Maurice Tourneur

Antonin Berval, Pierre Larquey, Alexandre Rignault 

Justin is a bandit with a big heart: he protects the weak and it is worth it  to him to be respected and appreciated by a great majority of people of Marseille. The only shadow on Justin’s board is Esposito, a dark character with the head of a band of dangerous criminals.

Maurice Tourneur is one of French cinema’s important directors who enjoyed tremendous success not only in France but in Germany and USA too where he made some major films. Studio Pathé has  released an important DVD box set which features some of his best known films Justin De Marseille is one of the earliest successful gangster film in French cinema. Tourneur here had sa lot of success in America as well he reinvented story telling. He influenced a lot of directors. “Show the people anything, but show them something,” he declared in an interview. Story telling had to be done right. As for this story it was done right, the thing is that I love the most is the landscape to how was Marseille Back then. I went back a few years ago and did it aver changed. It is about the rivalry of two gangster and how they are going to battle it out. Justin here help the one in need but keep in mind he is a gangster who deals drugs or even steals it from his rival gang. In the mix there is a girl who just got in Marseille and looking for a job but ends up in bed with one of the rival gangster. A terrific film here with one happy and confident loving by the people of Marseille Justin, who thinks this is all fun a games. Funny at times and well filmed with some beautiful scenery. If you can get the coffret I suggest it is worth it.

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Posted in French film

LE SERPENT AUX MILLES COUPURES (2017)

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A film by Eric Valette

Cast: Tomer Sisley, Terence Yin, Pascal Greggory

What a French thriller néo-noir that works finally no pas possible. Ok back in the day there were a lot of them but now days it is the Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland who knows how to do them. Here Eric Valette has done an adaptation from the Series Noire entitled DOA is a thriller with a breath of fresh air. I have too admit Olivier Marshall knows how to make them I think he has a film coming out soon I can’t wait.

I am not going to say much about it you are going to find out when you see the film and a little warning it is not perfect but what is those days. In the mixed there are a motor cycle man played by Tomer Sisley (who is himself a director) we do not know much about him or where he comes from all we know is escape jail. But by killing a few person along the way he will set off a chain of event as follows a dude played by Terence Yin, who co-stars, he is from china, his character is a ruthless man with the effectiveness of a Terminator, affixed of a sidekick that perfectly holds the role of this lean mean machine of no emotion what so ever. Some drugs dealer ,no really! a lawyer and a godfather of sorts. Some racist farmers who does not like black people farming next to them. And you have a modern western with an explosive  ending. voila have fun.

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Posted in French film, uncategorized

PRIS DE COURT (2017)

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A film by Emmanuelle Cuau

Cast: Virginie Efira, Gilbert Melki, Renan Prevot

English: Not on my watch

Nathalie is a jeweler and has just moved to Paris for a new job and a new life with her two sons. But the jeweller suddenly changes their mind and tells her  that the position will not be for her. Nathalie wants to protect her children and decides not to tell them anything. This lies will give birth to other lies on both sides. May the fiesta of lies begins.. …

First I knows for a fact not too many people will like this film. But here Cuau is a talented director in telling the story with a realism into it. The filmmaker once again demonstrates, with a very limited budget, the extent of her skill at subtly, with a few stroke making her characters’ behaviour seem real skilfully executing  the rhythm of the narration and getting the best out of her outstanding actors. Virginie Efira, who carries the film exceptionally well and may I add what a joy to see Gilbert Melki delivering an outstanding performance as usual. The film is filmed with finesse and edited with scientific cadence is a slow cooker thriller here which the director accomplished the portrayal of this family that is solid and affectionate which will bring them to the brink of fear of this cruel world until they are almost on the verge of the point of no return here Natalie thinks of a solution to get them out. The thing here Emmanuelle Cuau deserves to have more money to make the most of her potential.

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Posted in Japanese Film, U.S. Film

GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)

 

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A film by Rupert Sanders

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche

Here is an adaptation of Shirow Masume’s original manga cult comics. In the near future Major is one of the kind after a crash they were able to save her brain but gave her a synthetic body. her purpose in life is to catch criminals.

Not too bad for a science fiction film here a robot with a human brain. Can they think like a human and if so will she able to do the job that they want her to do. There is a share parallel with Ridley Scott’s  Blade Runner however the visual is stunning and colourful the story is developed like a thriller like a film Neo-noir. The Asian-inspired City is filled, tall and tightly metallic buildings peppered with bright neon holographic signboards. It feels like the 80’s but in the future like A retro 80’s futuristic. As the story moves along Major (Scarlett Johansson) gets some kind of a glitch now and then. As she is after a hacker who tried to kill some officials the glitches gets worse. The skin-tight latex suit that Johansson wear and even the other outfit are outstanding. For me how ever it feels like I already saw that film some where. I was left there could be more like a twist in the story. Maybe it is just me.

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