A film by Claude Sautet
Cast: Danielle Durou, Alain Belard, Michel Piccoli
English title: Max and the junkmen
Max is a Paris detective, aloof, independently wealthy, and frustrated by gangs of robbers whom he cannot catch. So Max infiltrate a gang in order to redeem himself.
Max et les Ferrailleurs is a noir in colour however it is the master piece one of many of Claude Sautet. Max (Michel Piccoli) after being frustrating not being able to catch bank robbers by accident find an old friend that he have not seen in 17 years as he find out that he is part of a gang who steal cars and takes them apart for cash. Max finds out that his friend who has a girlfriend who is a prostitute name Lily (Romy Schneider) so Max go see her every week in order to manipulate her in doing well you are going to have to see this film. you see max is obsessed with catching criminals red-handed.
You get to see the relationship that he has with Lily and how he is going to wheel her in. Not an easy thing to do. But you get the sense that the two like each other a little more than they lead on. Max has to be patient without making a mistake. You watch the lives of these hoodlums who can’t make too much money but are having fun and hanging out at the favorite bistro and in their junkyard. Nice film here from Claude Sautet who write the screen play. Sautet here was first a screen writer than an assistant director, than a director I guess he move up the latter. This film remains me of Heat by Michael man who possibly rewrote the story and made it his own.
A film by Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Taliah Webster
After a heist that goes horribly wrong, a bank robbers tries to get his brother out of Rikers Island all that takes place in one night.
This film has so much energy as a 70’s film. It remains me of the 1970’s films back in the day. The music however is original and feels like the 70’s. Too cool. It remains me of means street. As soon as the heist begins you will be restless although out the film. It is one unfortunate event after an other and our protagonists are trying to get out of it each time which it is not an easy task. There is a sense of anxiety and panic as you watch the film.
The film open with sedate scene than pick up at the pace of a fast life in the fast lane. When you get to the heist at the bank you are on the edge a little as our two protagonists is trying to get away with it. But then they did not count on what happens next. I kind of knew that was going to happen, it is common sense after all. Good time is a claustrophobic energy that is hard to predict Pattinson’s performance, the best. I did not recognise him at first but then boom it hit me. Connie makes choices as he goes along, he is for himself only in one goal in mind to get his brother out. Patterson channel the nervous energy of being essentially hunted by your own bad decisions. Patterson kind of surprise me with this near perfect performance here. I think this is the first film that I saw from the two brother here I need to see the others. Here is a great film that will trow you back in the 70’s the way the used to make films back then. Do not miss this one.
A film by Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones
Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is a local game tracker who stumbles upon the body of a murdered teenage girl, frozen in the wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Here is where Sheridan is submerge us in to a modern western with well crafted characters. based on real facts the story opens with a Native American girl with long black hair runs barefoot through the snow. Local hunter Cory Lambert discovers her dead body some time later, while shooting a wolf to protect local livestock. Here Renner’s shines and he perfectly embodies a man carrying the burden of grief on his shoulders. FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is a stranger to the area and does not the indians culture or the terrain , she relies on Cory to help her understand how things work in Wind River.
Beautiful cinematography of winter and the mountains which paint a story of survival here. Of course there is a shoot out like at the O.K. Coral well almost. Lambert here carries the lost of the girl and more trying to figures things out and gets answers for the girl’s family as well as for himself. It is a thriller that is precise and well executed by the talented screenwriter now turned director. There are a beautiful scenes of human touch here that are extremely well acted. I do love the wilderness and the peace that is bringing me especially when I was in Michigan hunting with my buddies. So seeing this film and the waste untouched land as the eye can see I do miss that a bit. Here is a terrific film not to be missed.
A film by Patrick Hughes
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman
The best bodyguard in the world is committed to protecting a hitman. Together, they have 24 hours to reach The Hague before being caught by an Eastern European dictator and his minions.
Ok here is just an other action film that is funny with some cruel jokes at times and a lot of profanity. Not too bad here it is funny as hell at times. The comic duo Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, works well here. It is a cross of a lot of film like Lethal weapon, 48 hours, Mr. and Ms Smith well you get the point. Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is forced to keep reckless Darius Kincaid ( Sam Jackson) safe while transporting him from London to the Hague so he can testify against a genocidal Belarusian tyrant (Gary Oldman) . It is the race against the clock as we already saw many times before. Oldman does a daily nice job here but let’s give him something with more substance. The duo however does fine here but at the end it is getting a bit old. In an other word have fun if you want to see this one it is just an other guilty pleasure film. I do love the chase scene through out Amsterdam.
A film by Ben Young
Cast : Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple.As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises that she has one thing going in order to survive is to have them against each other.
The opening of the films is awesome but creepy. Young girls playing volley ball and basket ball in slow motion plus the close up of the body parts. It sets up what kind off film it is going to be. A girl is along as she goes home. Soon enough Evelyn and John pull up in their station wagon and ask if she wants a lift. She is never to be seen again. One of the scenes after that is a woman cleaning up the room picking up dildos with blood on it and some bloody tissue, seriously a terrifying scene here. Yes you are dealing of a serial killer from event that happened in Australia in 1987 of a couple who killed a bunch of teenagers. However in the film it takes place in 1987.
Jason (Harrison Gilberston) looks like a young Heath Ledger and his girlfriend, Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings), are busy fooling around like the teenagers they are playing games and making out. You know that is going to happen but later on. It is the same thing always the parents are divorced. And Vicky is at her mother 2 times a week. But they argued and Vicky sneak out of the house. I have seen that on before. Although he gets pretty terrifying when she gets abducted. She start to think and try to get the couple against each other. Is it going to work?
you will see how messed up this couple is. However Young knew how to build up the tension here with some cool music. But the film is lacking something it is like I have seen this before but differently. It is watchable however. The actors are outstanding in their craft. You can feel the heat off the screen. Remember on thing never talk to stranger not get in their car.
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.