Posted in U.S. Film

KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

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A film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson 

Kong: Skull island is a turbo charge film with plenty of explosion and gun fire Gee I think this film is made in America. And yes if you have an action picture like that you are going to have Sam Jackson in the mix to be this hard ass soldier and bring you pop corn and sodas because you are in for a hell of a ride. Here is the thing remember those film B-rated about this giant spider, or other monsters fighting monster well it is an homage to all those films with better actors.

The story goes like this. It takes place in 1973 and the movie was primarily shot in Vietnam and yes you are going to see how beautiful Vietnam is. A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific. when they get there not long after they find an inviting beast that is going to change the course of their life. Yes the CGI came out very well here plus I hate to say it is a formulaic film with predictability but it is entertaining as hell. The film takes places in 1973 and you will see the technology of that era ho! my god yeah I know. Still, the nature of Larson’s role is one of the film’s biggest surprises, and the key manner in which Skull Island deviates from the conventional Kong. Do not compare this film with the old Kong this one is different from most. So if you find some time on your hand go see that one you might be surprise pleasantly at that.

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Posted in British film, German film

A CURE FOR WELLNESS (2017)

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A film by Gore Verbinski

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth

The film opens in a large financial services firm in New York City, a man named Morris works late when  he suffers a massive heart attack and drops dead. Well life ’s is a bitch in finance. Lockhart, an ambitious young executive takes over his position and is sent to retrieve the company’s CEO, Roland Pembroke, from a mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. Of course there is a catch to it you are going to watch the  film. The retrieval is crucial because Pembroke needs to sign papers for the merger.

Ok it is a simple retrieval but once you are in the Wellness center no one ever leaves. Why you say well because everyone love it here. Once lockhart is in they give him the run around nothing new there. They tell him to return later in the evening because visiting hours are past. This is going to be a tough review to do here because this film is not only dark, bold , beautiful but it has twist and turns with hidden  messages so I am going to see the film again to see what I missed, also the audience will interpret the film differently and for a film with a big budget my hot goes out to you to do such a bold film usually it is reserved for the independent film.The character of Lockhart is not a very likable person, yet we follow him throughout the entire film. An other character who is mysterious is Hanna played beautifully well by Mia Goth and her life is a total mystery here all we know she was raised at the center. Gore Verbinksi and Bojan Bazelli Director of Photography create  a beautiful looking film. A cure for Wellness is a rare film you won’t se that everyday. Well I am going to retreat myself in my own Cure for Wellness with cheese, bread and wine .

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Posted in French film

SEULS (2017)

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A film by David Moreau

Cast: Sofia Lesaffre, Stéphane Bak, Jean-Stan Du Pac

English: Along 

Film adapted from the Franco-Belgian comic book of the same name, Seuls is a fantastic film aimed at a teenage audience.

Leila is a young teenager of sixteen, who has her share of problems. One morning like all the others, she wakes up at home, except that this time she is alone in the house. Surprised not to find her parents there, she goes through her neighborhood, then the city without finding a living soul. Not understanding how the city was emptied in one night, she continues her search, thinking she is the only survivor of an apocalypse, until she finally finds herself on four other youngsters with whom she will team up.

Ok here it is simple those are first time actors who has done well here and the casting is top. Yes an other apocalypse teenager film but this one is done à la French / Belgium and it has a couple of twist that you will not expect. I didn’t. Convincing yes and the special effect stand out just fine. It is good for the first run however at end it leaves it open for more which I hope they even step it more. Nice one watchable no doubt. The music builds the tension and the suspense in pumping though you veins.The director succeeded in maintaining a tension and an anguishing atmosphere throughout the film. If you have read the comic book I will recommend it big time. If you didn’t and you like this kind of film you will not be disappointed.

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Posted in British film, Canadian Film, Spanish film, U.S. Film

A MONSTER CALL (2016)

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A film by J.A. Bayona

Cast: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones

A young boy, while going through the terrible experience of watching his mother fighting for her life with  cancer, calls out for help. Unexpectedly, his help comes from a tree monster, who despite his scary appearance proves to be a source of help for Conor.

Conor’s mom is slowly losing her battle with cancer she sis at the end of the rope. During the day, he has to put up with constant bullying and ridicule from his schoolmates who have no idea what he is going through. Conor also knows that if his mom passes on, he will have to live with his grandmother but Conor does not want to after all she is this cold and bossy woman .Unknown to him, a tree monster has been listening to him cry out every night. The scary monster here is going to make understand to the boy what is going on with him with 3 stories that he is going to tell him but the 4th story the boy is going to tell the tree monster. Of course the boy does not understand and thinks that the tree monster is going to save his mom but there is more than meets the eye here. Here is a different story with this message at the end. By the way the end is perfect. Great film to go see with your kid 11 and over at least.

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Posted in Japanese Film

YOUR NAME (2016)

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A film by Makoto Shinkai

Cast: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita

Shinkai Makoto’s dreamily emotional animation romance, the highest grossing film in Japan so far this year. Your Name is about a high school girl and boy, named Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) respectively, who wake up one day realising that their bodies have been swapped and they’ve never met each other before. Their bodies are not permanently switched,  it happens 3-4 times a week on random. They reluctantly try their best to adapt to each other’s life following respective rules. After a while, Taki decides look for Mitsuha to meet her for the first time but  as  the film progresses, it starts to add  a time-travelling supernatural element and the tense challenge of a natural disaster.

Tony surprise i found this story telling beautifully well done here and it has become a master piece. The body swap stories and been around for a long time but the director put some more element into it and in the second act there is an impressive twists. The body-swapping phenomenon are kept vague. I think it makes the mystery more of a compelling drama. It is quite spectacular toward the third act. And yes there is humour in there somewhere a nice touch and of course It’s so beautifully crafted and meticulously detailed.

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Posted in U.S. Film

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016)

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A film by David Yates

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards  before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

And yes they are going to try a prequel series. In the name of love for the money. Plus it is going to put a lot of people to work. Thank god for Warner Brothers and the special effects guys ,well they are happy campers too, if this film is going to get off the ground and make money that is.

Hogwarts student’s (Eddie Redmayne) arrival with a suitcase of magical creatures. He is here to do field work for his  book that he’s writing, but no thanks to a mix- up involving a klutzy working-class ‘no-maj’ named Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), some of the beasts Newt keeps hidden in his suitcase well kind if manifested themselves. Together with two female wizards, the struggling investigator Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterson) and her mind-reading sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), Newt and Jacob set out to chase down these creatures before they wreak more of the city and ho! no the people can’t find out.

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There is a bit of adventure here although I have not seen any Harry Potter movies I do not mind this film that is gear for children. It is charming a thing is unusual about it is that the chubby dude gets the girl, well sort of, you will have to see the film. The cast is fine and the actor does the jobs here with the special effect now days you can put on-screen this sort of film a lot easier. I personally love the underground jazz club with all kind of creature roaming around. It is entertaining not boring and moves along just fine. Some the creatures did not get much exposure in the story and that is too bad unfortunately. Go at it takes your kids and have fun.

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Posted in Belgium Film, French film, uncategorized

THE RED TURTLE (2016)

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A film by Michael Dudok de Wit

The red turtle has caught the eye of the film festival of Cannes. The dialogue less animation is powered by classical music. Michael Dudok de Wit went to France at Angoulême ti make this animation. There was a lot of buzz about that one so I decided to go see it and was not disappointed. What is the most unbelievable is how simple every aspect of the film is. It is like a story book.

The story unfold You follow a man who is caught in a bad storm is in the ocean and manages to stay alive until he washed away on this island. It is like a Robinson Crusoe story here and you will see how he is trying to survive off the island. Michael Dudok de Wit who wrote the story here has use his imagination big time and made it into a little fantasy animation that works well here. You will spent one hour and twenty minutes of wonderful time with you kids. It is as well as for adult here too. The absence of dialogue here lets the audience absorb the beautiful imagery. Here you have a beautiful and lyrical journey through life – without even saying a word.

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