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FENCES (2016)

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A film byDenzel Washington

Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

The man is that he is one of the world’s great talkers. He, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington)  enters the screen as this nice dude talking  with his friend Bono (Stephen McKinley Henderson) and teasing his wife, Rose (Viola Davis). Rose and Bono have known each other for years. Troy is by turns funny, provocative, inspiring and hurtful, but sometimes is quiet as hell. There are plenty of speech here with of course the occasional profanities. It is from a play from August Wilson. Denzel revived the play by playing in it then wanted to direct it on film, and what a beautiful film it is. No couple is perfect here as you are going to find out as the story goes one . It is well paced with plenty of dialogue.

Troy, 53 years old and employed as a sanitation worker, has a physical assurance of the athlete he used to be. Well he has speeches how great he was in baseball. When in 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the major-league color line, it was too late for Troy he has a bitterness against Corey his son. He wants his son to do better than him and not the same mistake he has done. But troy here is bitter about a few things. Yes he went to jail , got out but came out bitter and cruel at times. Rose here solves problems her husband has created. The relationship will create friction a times but one event will create a monster of a friction here where Rose who is played beautifully well by Viola Davis who got an Oscar for the role is trying to solve the problem but is angry as hell at Troy. A the end of the film you will know who Troy is . It is a most painfully, beautiful and honest film.

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Pictured: Denzel Washington (Troy Maxson) & Viola Davis (Rose)

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016)

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A film by Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke

Ok I am going to say this like this not again a reboot let’s leave it along, let’s be creative about it and try to do something new. Although this reboot has a higher octane intake. Yes there is a great cast done not mean that it is going to be great and no it is not great. Just see it as for what it is entertaining.

A  greedy ruthless and heartless businessman Bartholomeuw Bogue (Peter Saarsgard) came to this small village Rose Creek, to get all the gold from the mine plus the land of the people for dirt cheap. Bogue shot to death a young man, after questioning about Bogues cruelty and morality when Bouge’s men beat a man almost to death .The death of that young man pissed off Emma Cullen (Halley Bennet) he was her husband after all. Here comes Chisolm (Denzel Washington) who is looking for a man who is wanted for rape and murder, Then Emma asked him if he could help them.

There are some cool characters in this film like Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), a sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) a traumatized war veteran, a tracker Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio) who needs to lose some weight, an assassin Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), a Mexican outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and an indian  Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) skilled with bow and arrow.. The story goes from there in high-octane with some great action scene that you would expect, Mexican stand-off, and the occasion explosion and machine gun. Nothing new there. The performance of the actors are outstanding especially the one from Halley Bennet. Yes there is your dose of comic relief. The film feel like that it is more action than it is in some western, I am not so sure that it is good to do that, it is edited rapidly that most of the time you lose track of what is going one. Not the greatest western ever made but some how it works here. And please let’s not remake or reboot like they call it those days a film ever likely not going to happen (Just a feeling).

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THE EQUALIZER (2014)

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A film by Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz

While his co-workers treat him with respect and count on him for advice, they also wonder about his past. He jokes with a couple young guys that he used to be a Pip meaning one of Gladys Knight’s backup dancers and they almost buy it as Washington pulls off some cool dancing moves. He is a loner and no one knows too much or not at all about him. He is san insomniac and goes to his favorite diner to get a cup of tea and read a book plus as a bonus a conversation with a hooker who stops by every night. she even reveals her dream to him. They walk into the night but get interrupted by 2 goons one with a gun. Of course you know that is her pimp and his bodyguard they gave him a card so he could get an other girl because this one is no good. He goes back the next day to the dinner and the owner tells him she got beating up bad she is at the hospital.

Here is an other film by Antoine Fuqua He chooses his film by subject matter as he said in an interview. It is from the series the equalizer.  So when I saw the Trailer for it in France at the theater I go man I hope he din’t turn it to an action film. Thank got it is Antoine Fuqua. Its turned out to be this cool  crime thriller. So let’s get back to the film. So you know what is going to happen we seen those movies before even western has been done like that. But for me I don’t get tired of it if it is well done and it is. You know when he goes to the pimp and get the bad guys that there will be more after all it is the Russian mafia. There will be more coming. The only thing in this film you don’t get flashback of the life of McCall and that is cool. What i live about this film is teddy who’s torso is like the satanic chapel of hell.  Of course there are bad cops on the payroll nothing new there either. What i like also the fight scene well choreographed at times with flowing water like if it is washing evil away. Denzel delivers a great performance there as always. everything was just right in the is film. It felt like a thriller/film noir. I can’t wait to see the next one from Fuqua.

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FLIGHT (2012)

A film by Robert Zemeckis.
cast: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle.
Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there’s a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he is intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems.
The beginning is the most frightening scene you will see. A airline pilot who drinks too much and has partied last night his in bed with a flight attendant gets a call from his son who wants money for his tuition hangs up drinks what is left of his beers gets dress and before he goes out of the doors snort a line of cocaine. Now you are going shit I don’t think that ever went on when I went on a plane Think again it is not far fetch from the truth. I am not saying that a airline pilot is drunks or on drugs but you do not know who is piloting the plane when you flight. His co-pilot (Brian Geraghty) eyes him suspiciously, but Whip projects poise and authority from behind his dark aviator glasses. Their flight takes off in a disturbing rainstorm and encounters the kind of turbulence that has the co-pilot crying out, “Oh, Lord!” But Whip powers them at high speed into an area of clear sky, before a mechanical malfunction sends the aircraft into an uncontrollable nosedive. Acting on instinct, seeming cool as ice, the veteran pilot inverts the plane to halt its descent, and it flies level upside-down until he rights it again to glide into a level crash-landing in an open field by a church where there is an outdoor baptist going on. Only six people do die in the crash, and Whittaker is hailed as a hero. Will this close call bring an end to his drinking and drug addiction. what I like about this film is that the director has his character struggling with his addiction one day he quits the next he drinks. He meet this women at the hospital who is a heroin addict they some how form a bond but not for long the woman realize she want a better life and wants to quit for good so she goes to AA meeting and want him to go but he refuses because he said he his fine. Denial is the first thing with addict they are in denial. great performances by the actors as well as the screenwriter. There are many scenes inviting emotional displays. Don Cheadle projects guarded motivations, Greenwood is a loyal friend, Goodman seems like a handy medic, and Brian Geraghty’s panic in the co-pilot’s seat underlines the horror. great final line for Whip Whitaker’s character (“My name is Whip, and I’m an alcoholic”). Great film.