EN LIBERTÉ (2018)

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A film by Pierre Salvadori

Cast: Adèle Haenel, Pio Marmaï, Audrey Tautou 

English title: The trouble with you

Yvonne, a young police inspector, discovers that her husband, Captain Santi, a fallen local hero, was not the brave and honest cop that she believed but a true rip-off. Determined to fix this, she will cross the path of Antoine unjustly incarcerated by Santi for eight long years. An unexpected and crazy encounter that will blow their lives away.

Pierre Salvadori offers us an amazing film, explosive, dealing with serious subject matter in light mode, almost humorous or, more accurately “burlesque”. Burlesque is the situation that Yvonne (Adele Haenel) and Antoine (Pio Marmaï) are in. It is about a man sentenced to eight years in prison while he is innocent but want to make for lost time and thinks he deserve it to do whatever he wants. Yvonne who feels guilty when she who is a police officer in an office learns that her husband was on the take. Plus she told great stories about him to her kid before he goes to bed. Yvonne one night after following Antoine meets him accidently.  From there, a strange relationship will form but wait there’s  more she falls in love with someone else. There are some comic scenes here especially the one that when he robs the bank, it is an homage at the silent movies. It is the most hilarious scene in the film trust me. In reality here is that yvonne built this perfect father at the eyes of her son but when she find out that her husband was on the take she has to destroy the image of her husband in order to rebuild it at her son eyes. That is why she is doing what she is doing in the film. I hope I made that clear. Well you’ll see when you see the film. Do not miss this one. Well so far Three great  French comedy in the space of three weeks what the hell is going on?

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GALVESTON (2018)

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A film by Mélanie Laurent

Cast: Lili Reinhart, Elle Fanning, Ben Foster 

1988 and for Roy (Ben Foster) times are hard but when his boss sets him up for a job where things are not going to go well . Roy escape with a prostitute named rocky. Two humans being where they were dealt a rotten hand , on the run to Galveston with nothing to lose.

First time for Mélanie Laurent has she gets first hand to direct an American film. It is a Thriller Neo-Noir where Mélanie nails it with this violent thriller in a dark America. She immersed herself in an American production but keep her French touch, a smart move there. Roy here who think he has a disease and is going to die soon escape a bad job with a prostitute. Here is a man on his last leg trying to do some good and keep some people safe. Elle Fanning here plays a prostitute who also had a hard life. Mélanie here plunges into a dark America where desperation is going into play. This is not you typical thriller but psychological thriller. It is about the characters some of you are going to expect something else but here Mélanie likes the characters driving characters  with an emotional story that is going to build tension. The camera work is bold and intuitive. You think you know where this is going but there are a few surprises in this film. you want to two characters to succeed here and you are going along in their journey hoping it is going to end well. Not too bad for her first thriller in this urban desperado dark slow pressure cooker.

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UPGRADE (2018)

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A film by Leigh Whannell

Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen 

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. Grey (Logan Marshall-Green) is not crazy with all this tech when he has his world turned upside down when his wife is killed, Grey is only thinking one thing revenge.

Little warning some scenes are going to be as gory as it gets however for me no biggie nothing that I have seen before. Grey and his wife after returning from a friend’s house to deliver a muscle car are ambushed by some criminals which he finds himself paralysed and  his wife gets killed. Then here comes the super-scientist Eron (Harrison Gilbertson), whose futuristic man-cave’s foundation is out of this world. He wants him to integrate an microchips in Gery ‘s body so he can walk again. Apprehensive Grey does not want too but changes his mind. The thing is he can not tell anyone about it. Of course you know what is going to happen after that. You can compare it to Robot cop but Grey’s personality isn’t submerged inside his body the way that Peter Weller’s hapless ghost in the machine. I don’t want to give away too much here. But there are some cool things that is going to come up, the way they uses the technology to modify their body well , to do an upgrade. The thing is here I knew where this was going and who is responsible but Boom the ending surprised me big time. The film has a man-vs.-technology narrative with a revenge theme. The fighting scenes and the gunfight that you have not seen before works well for this kind of film. Upgrade here delivers a cool little sci-fi film.

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SHÉHÉRAZADE (2018)

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A film by Jean-Bernard Marlin

Cast: Dylan Robert, Kenza Fortas, Idir Azougli

Zachary, 17 years old, gets out of jail. Rejected by his mother, tries to go back to his old gang but they won’t have him so he hangs out in the mean streets of Marseille. This is where he meets Shéhérazade.

Shéhérazade does not live in the land of Arabian Nights. She is 16 years old, lives in Marseille in the ghetto and is a prostitute. But it is where Zachery this lost kid who is now along will meet her on a corner of the street. However he has a parole officer who has to watch him to make sure he gets a job. He has a place in this home for kids who just got out of jail and want to rebuild their life. Zachary here leaves to see his old friend and to see if the old gang can get him his old job back dealing drugs. They won’t have him and find himself alone and nowhere to go. Later he meets Shéhérazade who is a prostitute and an unlikely love relationship is going to flourish. Without really realizing it he will get this new job sort of speak but consequences are going to follow. Their slang language is hard to decipher but the two actors were comfortable playing their character. Cruel reality of this huge metropolis bathed in shimmering colors but also  with violence and poverty. The film has a fresh energy  despite the difficulties inherent in their way of life. Things are going to get out of control with them but one more time Zach will face his demons and will get rid of them to live like a normal person,  well maybe. a terrific film here by Jean-Bernard Marlin about adolescence in love with emotional baggages and demons.

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BLACKkKLANSMAN (2018)

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A film by Spike Lee

Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier 

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan. Based on a true story.

Here Spike manages to tell this story like a blaxploitation film with comedy into it as well. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron (John David Washington) son of Denzel Washington, the first African-American officer hired by the Colorado Springs Police Department, has infiltrated the local Klan chapter and talk on the phone with David Duke (Topher Grace). and Adam Driver’s ably plays Flip Zimmerman, a Jewish cop. Now you are going to say how did he do that a black man infiltrating the KKK. Well you will have to see the film. It is downright hilarious especially when Ron calls the KKK to join because he saw an ad in the paper.  Spike makes references to the trump regime. It is so funny at times. Here is a dude who has some strikes against him He is black police officer the first in Colorado Spring , and he is trying to infiltrate the klan, if his boss let him do it to begin with. Persistence, and perseverance will pay off and at what cost. Comic with absurdity, real tension caricatured characters, everything contributes to making the film a happy pamphlet, soaked in the music Motown. A perfect casting, great acting and story telling what more do you want this summer.

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UNDER THE SILVER LAKE (2018)

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A film by David Robert Mitchell

Cast: Sydney Sweeney, Topher Grace, Riley Keough

Los Angeles, Sam, 33, unemployed, is a dreamer. When Sarah, a young and enigmatic neighbor, suddenly vanishes, Sam goes looking for her and then begins an obsessive, surrealistic survey of the city. It will plunge him into the darkest depths of the City of Angels, where he must elucidate disappearances and mysterious murders against a backdrop of scandals and conspiracies.

It seems to me what are the directors that influenced Mitchell are Paul Thomas Anderson, David Lynch big time because the film has a film of the weird kind. The film goes into the weird atmosphere in L.A kind like film Neo-Noir which it is going to feel like the 60’s but it is not. It goes into a crime film, drama and comedy of sorts. Sam goes into the adventure of looking for this missing girl next door and goes into like the twilight zone. He meets some kind of weird characters and fall into some kind of conspiracy theory. However the sound track is dead on could have been better. the shots are very creative here and flows beautifully well. Like I said it feels like the 60’s , it is like a retro 60’s film. It is a very cool feel where you are going to lose yourself in and get out the movie theater saying damn going back to reality. Technically it is a pop culture extravaganza.

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LE MONDE EST À TOI (2018)

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A film by Romain Gavras

Cast: Karim Leklou, Isabelle Adjani, Vincent Cassel, François Damiens

English title: The world is yours

A small time drug dealer has a dream and he is unable to make it happen, so he does one last job in Spain which will get him the money to get the life he so dreams for. Two things however has to happen here, get rid of his overbearing mother and to get a girlfriend that is missing in his life.

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Here is a crime comedy that we were waiting for which Gravas has pulled off very well with a couple of screenwriters. A goofy sort off crime comedy with a perfect casting. Adjani becomes  mother who loves to spend money as well as to steal it , is the head of a gang of North African pickpockets, Philippe Katerine a business lawyer with rather amateur aspects, and Vincent Cassel a former father-in-law of the most disturbed. It has a cocktail of action and goofy characters that is going to be a delicious platter of pastries with laughter. It has the cliché  of the french suburb on fire where the drugs and the dealers takes over at night.   Le monde est â toi maintain a rhythm from hell and has a lot of surprises at every turn.  Terrific performances from the actors here and fun to watch especially Vincent Cassel who is busy those days. Here Gravas reinvent comedy in France with a bunch of gangsters who are obsessed with their power and money but also in taking the throne. And gravas has giving a boost in reinventing a perfect french comedy. Watch this one while drinking whiskey with moderation.

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