Crime

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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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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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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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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TRAINSPOTTING (1996)

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A film Danny Boyle

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

The movie, based on a popular novel by Irvine Welsh, is about a crowd of heroin addicts who run together in Edinburgh, England. The story is narrated by Renton (Ewan McGregor) who introduce us to his friends Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) who’s never seen a movie of Sean Connery sober, Tommy (Kevin McKidd), who returns to drugs too many times , and Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who brags about not using drugs but is a psychotic and throws bottles of  beers at the patrons. There a nice little bunch that you would mind your daughter be dating.

Those guys are trying to score drugs get high, bed girls, drinks, swear, gets drunks, they are not settled in any way and home is no where. It is a bingeing fiesta at its best.Former alcoholics and drug abusers often report that they don’t miss the substances nearly as much as the conditions under which they were used. How funny is that. But a promising drug deal comes along and may the disturbing imaging begin. When one of them test the drugs the word wonderful comes out of his mouth. Drugs makes you feel good but you are going to crash big time and you are going to fell like shit. They film feels like what it is to be a junkie and it is dark as hell at times. Violence in their life is there. The thing about drugs (I never done them) as one told me makes you feel to want more. What is this baby doing in this film? Yeah! Whatever!!!!

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017)

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A film by Chad Stahelski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane

John Wick: Chapter 2 comes two years after the first one that resurrected Keanu Reeves career and embrace the role perfectly well. So this sequel thank god is as good if not better than the first one. It has beautifully constructed action scenes, not an easy thing to do.

We start off where we left off here comes John Wick reclaim his car that was stolen from him. It took a little doing. Now he is comfortable at home and finally retired. Only to be drawn back into the criminal underworld when he’s forced to repay a debt owed to Italian mobster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). The story takes us to Rome where Wicks is going to carry out the hit but will put himself in danger in the process. The scenes are streaming into this gorgeous cinematography. Chad Stahelski a clear pro who’s been influenced by Asian cinema and it shows. There madness and well choreograph shooting scene after an other . Also I would say the same with the fist fighting and knife fight. There are too much dialogue but the action speaks for itself. until the next one comes out.

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TISZTA SZIVVEL (2017)

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A film by Attila Till

Cast: Szabolcs Thuróczy, Zoltán Fenyvesi, Ádám Fekete

Tiszta szívvel in english means Pure heart. But the english title is Kills on Wheels 

Ruspaszov, a former firefighter, has been in a wheelchair for three years following an accident at work. Cynicism and alcohol help him less and less to endure his condition. Zolika, just 20 years old and a comic book enthusiast, has always been in his wheelchair. Their improbable encounter will give them  a taste for life. Especially when Rupaszov, after getting out of jail is putting himself at the service of the head of the local mafia, decides to use their handicap as cover …

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Here is a brilliant funny film done a la Quentin Tarantino do I have your attention now and yes it is a Hungarian film. A film about handicapped on a wheel chair in the heart of the mafia why not? It has not been done before and could her funny at times.Rados, and become drug traffickers. A simple  story, but which conceals under its plot much more complex theories.

Rupaszov is an ex-fireman who despite his accident turns to alcohol because it is the only thing to do so I thinks. He is like into a deep sleep where no one is able to help him. Zolika, on the other hand, is disabled by birth ( Zoltán Fenyvesi) dreaming of becoming a recognized cartoonist. But to whom inspiration is lacking, because too many  examinations and medical treatments that he has under go. Those two are going to meet and in a funny way is going to need one an other in order live  life to the fullest. This tale tells the story of freedom beyond disability. There as they get to know each other they will be in tune with each other giving them some kind of balance. It is funny at times. Here is the third film by Till but it is the first time that is distributed  in France. This one kick ass.

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