A film by Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm
Yeah! you heard right his name is “B-A-B-Y, Baby” (Ansel Elgort). He’s the nearly silent getaway driver for a robbery syndicate managed by Doc (Kevin Spacey), who stages the heist, hires the criminals and puts them in the hand of baby. Yes there are flashbacks of the life about baby and you come to find out why he is this way. He is an experience driver since a young age. Oh! I almost forgot his world is, his music depending of what mood he is in. Yes there are cars chases that are so cool and outragious, gun fight, and some funny moments at times. It is so cool and enjoyable as hell. There are countless action scenes scored to pop or rock songs. And yes there is a little romance going at times that where baby tries to go straight after being square with the doc. Of course a little predictable but who care you will have octane flowing in you veins from beginning to finish.
You are going to love it so much that you will see it again. That is all folks.
A film by Tarik Saleh
Cast: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher
Two days before the Egyptian Revolution, this thriller features a police officer who investigates the murder of a woman who is a popular singer but turn out she is also a call girl.
Egypt’s 2011 revolution provides the backdrop for Tarik Saleh’s political thriller. In order to do this type of penetrating film making the Danish Director has to know the Egyptian culture. The film opens with the corrupt police officer Noredin (Fares Fares) doing his round to get his money from business owners. Noredin a chain-smoking cop who is called on a scene of a murder of a singer. The atmosphere of this film is like a smoked, perfumed street with corruption of all sort where there is no justice. Plus the fact that the internal affair are investigating the precinct of Noredin. As Noredin is trying to find the only possible witness he discovers more dead bodies and possible a suspect the son of the President of Egypt. You actually try to investigate with him. The more he investigate the more corruption he finds and he puts his life in danger as well. Even though Saleh was forced to shooting in Casablanca after the production was shut down by the Egyptian state security service. I wonder why? You can smell though the screen the smoking, dust, perfume, food, and the heat that add to the Neo-Noir film. Yes there are twists and turns in this story that is tastefully told by Saleh. Do not miss this one.
A film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba
A couple moved into a new home. The husband, who had been injured a year before by a serial murderer, went from being an investigator to a serial killers professor of criminology. While being asked for advice on a new investigation into disappearances, lonely at home, his wife meets her strange neighbors …
The new Kyosho Kurosawa is certainly one of the best film noir he has ever filmed . First because the nonchalant rhythm of the staging and the humorous digressions of the beginning on the investigations done like in the US, allow a real rise of the suspense. First, because behind this title, which means “zarbi”, many characters are hiding, a fearful neighbor who does not want to talk to anyone, a neighbor with doubtful jokes, but also phobic and spiteful, a young escaping escape. But there is also a sacred scenario with multiple twists and false confusing tracks. Back with “Creepy” a film noir that made his initial success, genre film, Kurosawa adapts here a bestseller by Japanese author Yutaka Maekawa. He makes of it a horrific thriller that gradually distils doubt and anguish, exploiting both the neuroses of the husband linked to an unresolved investigation, and the solitude of the woman forced to stay at home. It is, moreover, on it that the essence of intrigue that the audience will concentrate, towards thus becoming the source of the spectator’s anxiety. It is unsettling at times especially the dark humour that he throws in. The directors supports the tension thanks to multiple twists, succeeding in astonishing the viewer until the last minute. Did I say what a beautiful cast he put together on this one. Not top be missed.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.