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MOBILE HOMES (2018)

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A film by Vladimir de Fontenay

Cast: Imogen Poots, Callum Turner, Callum Keith Rennie

A young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son. The somewhat family scrapes by living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of this mobile homes community  where the mother sees a possible future.

A house is what you buy; a home is what you make. Poots the impressive actress plays here Ali here plays it beautifully well she is hooked on her intoxicating boyfriend and gets by hustling (illegally trafficking, and dealing animals, namely roosters for fighting) with her boyfriend Evan (Callum Turner). They are struggling day by day and Ali sees it that it is not a good thing for a kid to be around this kind of life. However she wants stability and a home they can live in, So does her boyfriend but he does not want to get out of this kind of life. He want to make the easy money. Evan is cruel to the kid that is not his son by taking him on some kind of criminal activity. Sure enough the mother get into a crisis with Evan and runs off. And may the journey of being reborn begins.

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The characters here are well develop; Ali come with emotional baggage and so is Evan. It is of sort a morbid story and you hope there is a bit of relieve for Ali who want more out of life but does not know how to go about it. It is shot in the winter and there is a glacial beauty into the cinematography. Mobile home-made sails to the theatre here in France through the Cannes film festival but the film is on its third week and that is it, I saw it just in time before it goes off into the sunset. I am wondering if the audience even liked it. I know I did, it is so intelligently written.

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DANS LA BRUME (2018)

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A film by Daniel Roby

Cast: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin

One day  where a strange deadly mist submerges Paris, survivors find refuge in the upper floors of buildings and on the roofs of the capital. Without information, without electricity, without water or food, a couple tries to survive this disaster and save their daughter … But the hours go by and one thing is clear: relief will not come and if one should survive , one hope to try his luck IN THE MIST …

English title: Just a breath away

The correct translation for title is In the mist by the way . So you have seen the Mist the American version this is the French version but rewritten differently, also from the fog by John Carpenter. As soon as I seen the daughter I knew how it is going to end and it did. The images of Paris of which the mist is setting in Paris where are hero du jour Mathieu (Romain Duris) is trying to escape running to his daughter’s apartment.The originality of Dans la Brume lies primarily in its Parisian decor, but also in its choice to take an interest in home life : separated parents and girl with an incurable disease. The advantage here to film in Paris and using CGI for the fog along with the apartment with the girl and her mom lives. The filmmaker focuses on not doing in the sensational but keeping it real; What would our real people will do in this situation. Where the writer who wrote the screenplay has decided that our hero will make errors along the way. With only 9 millions Euros for the film the director was creative in order to shoot  the  film that is entertaining.

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THE RIDER (2018)

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A film by Chloé Zhao

Cast: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau 

After suffering a serious head injury that almost killed him a cowboy is forced to rethink and search a different path for his life.

Here the Chinese director who now lives in New York  tackles the cowboy after the Indians and neither real fiction nor real documentary The Rider actually merges in the two genres to portray a cowboy who has been near death but when he comes out of it  wants to get back on the horse. Brandy Jandreau  is a real cowboy in real life victim a few years ago of an accident, but decided despite medical advice to continue the only activity that gives meaning to his  existence. The screenplay written by Chloé Zhao is therefore consistent with the experience of her non-professional actor, around which gravitate members of his entourage: Lilly, his little sister autistic, Cat Clifford, his friend, just as invested in a mission in the world of rodeo. Although it feels like a documentary the director uses traditional narrative cinema codes. Brady’s tragedy, unable to convert to a supermarket worker and endangering his own life, by wanting to still work with horses and thinks he is going to get back on the horse which brings me to the fact that the US is unable to take care of their youth to reconvert them into some other career. The cowboy has a certain mentality even if it hurts get back on the horse and do it again. Of course the joint smoking, drinking, singing in the vast land by a fire at sunset is the thing to do if you are a cowboy. You have this tough mentality but the reality of it is sometimes you are going to give up the dream like Brady who has trouble in doing so. Here you will see the tattooed or wounded bodies, and the natural panorama that the director intelligently uses at her advantages. The rider here is a real little jewel that made a splash at he Cannes Film Festival.

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DON’T WORRY HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT (2018)

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A film by Gus Van Sant

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara

John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) who has a serious drinking problem gets in a car accident and survive with serious injuries. On the rocky road of recovery discover and heals himself with controversial drawing.

John Callahan (1951-2010), an alcoholic who, following a drunk-driving accident at the age of 21, spent the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. Callahan also became a controversial cartoonist for the a newspaper in Oregon. It is hard to do a story on an alcoholic and make it interesting. This is the film that comes full circle with the addiction of alcohol and the destruction of life that don’t have easy resolutions. A great film by Gus Van Sant who thankfully put to work more than a few screenwriters to pull this off. Callahan’s repeated reference to being abandoned by his mother and  adopted has an excuse for his problems and addiction. But like he said I started to drink at age 13, I liked it!  I liked it a lot. Well he had to blame someone for that. It is just an excuse. The film show the 12 steps program with the use of flashback. Here Jonah Hill who plays Donnie a rich kid who was an alcoholic is now the master of this 12 step program. By the way he lost some serious weight and he delivered a superb performance. It was a joy to see him doing some serious acting for a change. There are some funny moments at times Callahan falling into a bush after going on a skateboard maneuver in his motorized wheelchair, A nurse sitting on his face well I will say no more you will have to see the film. What I like about Gus van Sant is he is not using the studio system. He does his films on his own terms. Callahan becomes a cartoonist the one with the dark sense of humour and not everybody liked his drawing. A terrific independent film here not to be missed. I’ll drink that, Ha!ha!ha!

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MEKOUB MY LOVE : CANTO UNO (2018)

 

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A film by Abdellatif Kechiche

Cast: Shaïn Boumedine, Ophélie Bau, Salim Kechiouche

Sète, 1994. Amin, a screenwriter based in Paris, returns a summer in his hometown, to find family and childhood friends. Accompanied by his cousin Tony and his best friend Ophélie, Amin spends his time between the Tunisian restaurant held by his parents, the neighborhood bars, and the beach frequented by girls on vacation. Fascinated by the many female figures that surround him , Amin remains in the background and contemplates these mermaids of the summer, unlike his cousin who throws himself into the intoxication of sensual bodies. But when it comes time to love, only fate – the mektoub – can decide.

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Here is the latest film of Kechiche and he lets the  sensual energy dazzle the screen and so is this new actress Ophélie Bau. It is Amin, he is good-looking and all the girls are attracted to him but he is the only one who does not sleep with them. He is in the background observing them. Unlike his cousin Tony, who taste all the pleasure of life. Amin discovers Tony and Ophélie having sex at her place and that will set the film for the viewer. Generous bodies, lightly dressed or swimsuits are magnified in the film, plus swimming at the beach having fun drinking , eating good food and plenty of sensual beautiful females having fun, talking and flirting. At least a 15 minutes to 20  minutes scenes at the club, dancing, kissing, flirting who is going to go back to their place with whom, the craziness, flirting, smoking and drinking until the morning. Who is he really, (Amin) this young man, screenwriter , passive, secretive , a little taciturn but loquacious despite everything? Well we might find out on the second film that will come out next september .

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LA PRIÈRE (2018)

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A film by Cédric Kahn

Cast: Anthony Bajon, Damien Chapelle, Alex Brendemühl

English: The prayer 

Thomas is 22 years old. To get out of the addiction, he joins an isolated community in the mountains held by former drug addicts who heal themselves by prayer and work. He will discover friendship, rules, love and faith …..

The scarred face with the lost look, a young man joins an isolated community in the mountains. There have boys from all walks of life and from all over the world, who are very religious or, on the contrary, not believers   but who all have one thing in common that they suffer from absolute loneliness and great emotional distress due to either drugs or alcohol addiction.  If this place of the plateau of Trièves, mixture of beauty and roughness is magic, the conditions of reception is like a prisoner: No smoking, drinking, no drugs, no women, and no personal belonging; he gets a hair cut short, and the days are dedicated to work and prayer. It is going to be a tough place to be but Cédric Khan has a message here the struggle of a young man who does not want to end up dead with an other overdose. He is trying hard not to reconnect with his old demons through work and prayer, they have no other choice than to work to rebuild the social bond. Thomas, (Anthony Bajon) is supervised by Pierre (Damien Chapelle), older than him and now well on the path of remission that monitors him with a father’s attention. Later on in an other village he meets Sybille (Louise Grinberg), a sensitive and balanced young woman, irreparably changes his trajectory and way of thinking.

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The camera films with discretion and neutrality shows the tensions and these painfully endured trials. The director here place the viewer at a safe distance so they can view the twist that is about to come. The thing is here it is a bit predictable for me anyway but it still hold the course where it is supposed to go. The cast is outstanding and has chemistry. As for the film here who has a religious themes which is done in a meditative  manner has  a lovely ending.

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LA FINALE (2018)

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A film by Robin Sykes

Cast: Thierry Lhermitte, Rayane Bensetti, Émilie Caen

English title: In the game

The whole family Verdi is caring for Roland, the grandfather, who loses his bearing, well he has Alzheimer.  JB, the teenager of the family, has only one goal: to go to Paris to play his basketball final. But his parents, won’t have it and  ask him to give it up to keep an eye on his grandfather. JB decides to take him with him … During this trip, nothing will happen as planned …

Here is the first film for Robin Sykes who tackles with humour Alzheimer to top in all off some of the film is going to be a road trip. The first scene of the film opens on the very busy Roland, at the head of a brewery near the Parc des Princes, and who begins to suffer the first symptoms of memory loss. Roland is “freely inspired by the former sports presenter Thierry Roland, loud month but always smiles. And it is true that we will discover throughout the film he is quite a racist and misogynistic.  But a year later, we find Roland in Lyon with his daughter Delphine (Emilie Caen) and her son-in-law Hicham (Lyes Salem), along with her grandchildren JB and Penelope. His condition has deteriorated, he does not recognize his family which we understand he was not very close. He gets lost on the way and sometimes goes to the wrong house.

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The director here takes a humorous approach to the disease by taking Roland and his grandson JB on a road trip where they are going laughter. Thierry Lhermitte is very credible, finding the right balance between the disoriented man who is not aware of his condition and the man sometimes enlivened by flashes of lucidity, whose memories come back abruptly. Thierry Lhermitte, “happy when we propose things he has not already done” had no difficulty in incarnating  the character, because “the scenario was very well written, funny and moving”. The actor, who is also a sponsor of the Foundation for Medical Research, has done a lot of research on this disease. He also spent some time with a friend’s father, who has the disease. Because Roland has the illness his family has to adapt and make sacrifices, and JB doesn’t not see him as a sick men but the one who took his room. It is the relationship that will grow stronger during the road trip between the grandfather and his grandson. But thanks to its sincerity, La finale is a drama that will not fail to both move and make the audience laugh.

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HOSTILES (2017)

HOSTILES (2017)

A film by Scott Cooper

Cast: Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper, Christian Bale

Capt. Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) one of America’s best is reluctant but agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family to his land in Montana so he can peacefully died of cancer and buried there.

The beginning of the film the directors takes you in the 1800’s where a man and his family of three kids and wife are peacefully minding their own business. But when suddenly a bunch of indians wants their horses and set fire to their ranch, so the husband defends his territory as the woman and kids runs away. no one is spared but the woman escape. That is the first part. the second part is going to collide and fits in the first part beautifully well.

Now the other part of the story is that Capt. Blocker who hates Indians because he lost so may of his friends who was killed by Indians. He wants them dead. The thing is here is that the Indians where here first so the  white man here decided to get rid of the Indians and get their land which creates their monstrous massacre . To them they are savages. Here is a man who has a lot of anger and have seen violence for seven years. Christian Bale here incarnates beautifully well his character so as his the cast: Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Scott Wilson, Q’orianka Kilcher and Timothee Chalamet. So he goes on his journey where it is going to be dangerous and a detour will come his way. Taking a bunch of his men with them, are they going to make it alive?

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It becomes evident later on the journey where Blocker recovers his humanity by learning to tolerate the Indians . It is a question of redemption. The gorgeous look is by cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi. Also the film here is staying true to history where as the costumes and the design are authentic. It is a bit like a vintage western like they used to make in the old days. Here is a sincere  and intelligent, well written script where the mission is doomed from the start.

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THE DISASTER ARTIST (2017)

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A film by James franco

Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor

Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, a friendship is formed and they decided to go to Hollywood to become actors. And a legend is born.

ok I haven’t see the room but I heard it is not that good ,pretty bad at that but like someone told me you have to see it in the movie theatres to get the full effect. Here is a guy who has money a lots of money, he can’t act worth the shit, so he decided to make the film himself with his buddy. You will go on their journey of film making.  James Franco decided not only to direct the movie but to play Wiseau and to cast his brother for the part of Sestero. In real life Wiseau here decided to make a film on his own (first time ever) funny as it sounds Tommy says he loves to play football but can’t even throw the ball correctly. When producers tell Tommy at audition you will be good as the villain, Tommy respond”I the hero”. The thing is that is a weird journey they are going to go on plus the film went over budget ; Not too worry Tommy has money how much nobody knows, how he made it, or how old is he, and where is he from to this day  no one knows. Producers actually didn’t think the film is going to make it.

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Franco here is a great director so far, his style is clean using close up the only way in this film anyhow. The editing keeps the plot moving so it does not loose its momentum.  However the performance of Franco here is dead on not an easy thing to do. Wiseau’s strange accent and appearance is initially funny, Franco does not make fun of it . Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), a student who is the opposite: He’s  shy and withdrawn, unable and unwilling to put himself out there. Wiseau is a damaged individual who wants affection and he looks for it in Greg. The Disaster Artist stays away from exploring Wiseau’s past or explaining his mysterious wealth, accent, and appearance, but this is more out of respect for Wiseau. By the way not an easy thing to do to turns failure into success and trash into art. the film was based off the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. If you ever see The Room see it in the theatre like I said someone told me it is better that way then to see on DVD at your home it is better to have the live audience in this one. To this day it plays in the movie theatre in the US.

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017)

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A film by : Luca Guadagnino

Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg 

Italy back in The 80’s , a romance will blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant aver the summer.

First love , the warm, sunny skies, gentle breezes and charming, tree-lined roads of northern Italy in the summer. what more do you want; Well two beautiful women massaging my body while I drink wine, I know I am dreaming but trust me it is going to happen soon. Just a feeling I got. Guadagnino takes us to they wonderful place where he is patient in telling you the story and you must be also as well. Not an easy thing to do I was wondering where this was going then he hit me. It’s the summer of 1983, and there’s nothing to do but read, play piano, learn about art and pick apricot and peaches and drink wine. Dam! life was so simple back then.

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17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) visiting his family’s summer home with his parents: his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), a professor of Greco-Roman culture, and his mother (Amira Casar), a translator and hostess. Elio is growing up fast he is 17 years old who  has an intellect of an adult. An American doctoral student named Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives for the annual internship Elio’s father offers .  It seems that Oliver has everything and that Elio doesn’t ,that’s what the director want you to think. However the two are going to test even push each other though out the summer. They flirt, they try to one up each other on Literature, art and music. Elio how ever tries to romance a french girl on vacation there but thing are no going to go so well at first it is and then Olivier happens. I think Elio knew who he is but denied it to himself that is why he tried to romance this girl. The all film is shot beautifully well on location with some nice setting. There is a sweetness between the two as the story develop especially toward the end. Both actors here are well into their characters that goes double for the Franco-American actor chalamet, there is a fluidity between his languages from French, to Italian and english. A different kind of love story this time between two men. the most beautiful scene here is toward the end when Elio’s father talks to him. Even the ending  felled so perfect.

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