THE LOOMING STORM (2018)

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A film by Yue Dong

Cast: Yihong DuanYiyan JiangYuan Du 

1997. A few months after the handover of Hong Kong, China will experience great changes …….. Yu Guowei, the chief of security of an old factory, in the South of the country, investigates a series of murders committed on young women. While the police stomp, this investigation will quickly become a real obsession for Yu … and his reason for living.

And yes here is an other film Neo-Noir and dark. Yu Guowei (Duan Yihong) is the head of security of a factory of  which one of the victims was found, and with the local police severely understaffed for such an investigation. Yu is has an appetite for detective work is put to use by the police chief (Du Yuan). Though an amateur detective, Yu manages to have a close encounter with the killer, But the killer manages to get away. He is more determined, despite the death of his sidekick as the result of nasty fall while they were chasing the killer in an abandoned factory, Yu meets a prostitute (Jiang Yiyan), whom he decides ti buy here a beauty shop where her dreams is to cut hair. The setting for the story has  political and social changes brought forth by modernisation affecting the lives and actions of the characters. It feels like a classic serial killer film from way back in the day. The film is dark very dark. It is filmed in the industrialize zone of this town where it must smells like burning metal all day. also there is a never ending rain that is going to drive you nuts. However for me I loved it because it is part of a good film noir. Dong here who was a cinematographer now turned director has a great visual on the story. Yes there are twist and turns in this film but you will not believe the end. Yu’s life is going to take a turn in a dark place. The cinematography is beautiful in its own way. It is a dark film very noir the way I love them. Do not miss this one.

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FLEUVE NOIR (2018)

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A film by Erick Zonca

Cast: Vincent CasselRomain DurisSandrine Kiberlain 

English title: Black Tide

The family Arnault, Dany, the eldest son, disappears. François Visconti, police commander used by his job and drown in a bottle of whiskey , is in charge of the case. The man tries to find the teenager while reluctant to take care of his own son, Denis, sixteen, who seems involved in drug trafficking. Yan Bellaile, private teacher of Dany, learns the disappearance of his former student and offers his services to the commander. He is very interested in the investigation. Too interested it seems …

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You want a film noir you got one a very Neo noir, a dark story. Vincent Cassel replaces Gérard Depardieu who was scheduled at the very beginning of the shooting he had to go to the hospital and was not available. As Vincent said in and interview that he was shown the script because Depardieu can’t make it , Vincent liked the script and told the director he wanted to meet him, he takes the plane meets him want Zonca says to him we start shooting tomorrow. Ok then. Here is a great cast and Vincent Cassel delivers the role however his character has many demons. He is used by the job and drinks a little too much. He also does not know how to love his son who is getting in trouble with drugs. In the mean time he meets the  creepy neighbour who is also the private tutor of Dany where François thinks there is more there. The story here goes into deep mode noir and will reveal secrets. The story focuses on the cat-and-mouse game between Visconti and Bellaile which it is going tot be complicated and weirder at times. Duris here delivers an outstanding performance. However it is missing something in the story to me it does not feel right but I still like this film.

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LE FIDÈLE (2017)

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A film by Michaël R. Roskam

Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke

English tile: Racer and the jailbird 

A love Story of Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young racing driver with very upper-class roots and a high-flying gangster Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts).

I am going on a limb here but it is perhaps the best movie since the beginning of the year. A story that mixes love, action, racing, gangsters , in a dark and romantic thriller, filmed at the speed of a fourth gear, with a sense of context and rhythm that has a bright, intense scenario, that gets darker and darker as the story unveil itself.

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Michaël R. Roskam is returning to his homeland in Belgium to make this Neo-Noir triller once again, will surprise the spectators who hope to find a premature plot. It begins on a classic themes, that of an irresistible romance between two characters madly in love with each others with some scene of an incredible robbery. He Gino his friends call him Gigi at first you do not know what he does for a living and she, Beatrice her friends call her Bibi, is a car racer sure of herself . Could we dream more than a beautiful couple at the movies? In addition to the sensual charm that emerges thought out the actors. the film seems to be set within a few minutes, he lives in fear but want to settle down, and she is constantly looking  for adrenaline while trying to unravel the secrets of her man. It is done in old fashion photography with images of a  film noir like back in the day. There are 3 chapters to the story Gigi, Bibi, No flowers. I think they could be very well addicted to each other due to the fact she could told him to buzz off after she found out. The director  films particular well the scenes of the robbery with an immersive fluidity that raises them among the best views on the big screen in recent years. It is not over done with excessive explosions and such, it has realism into it. the main point of the story which the director never let up is the painful destiny that each time catch up with the two damned lovers to plunge them into a misfortune that will only bring them a little closer to each other. Adèle Exarchopoulos here shines big time and delivers the role of a life time so far. Her character takes the command and Adèle embodies it completely with grace. Matthias Schoenaerts plays this man who has fears and is breaking down each time there is an obstacle or mess up.  The Fidèle is a surprising work of art in the way that it succeed in taking steps to be not predictable and preserves as a backbone the love of the two lovers. 

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QUE DIOS NOS PERDONE (2017)

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A  film by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Roberto Álamo, Javier Pereira

English: May god saves us 

An unlikely Duo, inspectors Alfaro and Velarde are responsible for arresting a serial killer with particularly sordid crimes. But, as the investigation progresses, the two police officers under pressure discover their own shadow. A Realistic thriller of an assumed blackness, May god saves seduced us thanks to its two anti-heroes, at the same time endearing and disturbing.

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That was so good. It came out today no disappointment here. A totally great thriller not to be missed. During the summer of 2011, Madrid is confronted with the emergence of movement as they prepared to receive the pope. To add to the surrounding chaos, the city is also the scene of particularly sordid crimes: elderly women are found dead after being abused and the similarities between the cases seem to indicate the involvement of a serial killer.No you don’t say a serial killer in Madrid? The investigation about  this murderer of a particular kind is entrusted to the inspectors Alfaro (Roberto Álamo) and Velarde (Antonio de la Torre), two men with opposing characters who will have to agree to carry out their investigation in a climate Particularly tense. The race against the time engages with the killer but progressively Alfaro and Velarde meet face their own demons, are they basically so different from the monster that they persecute?

Here is a great thriller from Spain. Unlike the puritain  thrillers – notably American – who manage to sweeten the violence and hide as much as possible a nudity considered too disturbing, that of Rodrigo Sorogoyen does not bother with such artifices. Is a matter of fact he goes there full blast and does not shy away from it. It as realistic fell to it I might have. Some scene are raw and dead on. You will go Oh! my god. In this thriller, the evil is displayed brutally and naturally, in all its horror. The film here are a lot of success here because the duo cops both facing their limits. The film goes further by pointing out the flaws of the two inspectors, even if we question our perception of the two heroes. The chase is on in Madrid. More the investigation advances more of the darker aspects of their personality surface. Here is a trilling thriller that is going tot trill you to death with a perfect ending.

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THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (2017)

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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. 

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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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THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)

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A film by Bryan Singer

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri 

The usual suspects are five men: Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), an ex-cop-turned-crook ; Michael McManus (Stephen Baldwin), a psycho man; Todd Hockney (Kevin Pollak), a hardware specialist; Fred Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), McManus’ partner; and Verbal Klint (Kevin Spacey), a crippled con man. As the movie opens, these five are being in a lineup. A truckload of stolen guns has been hijacked and the cops, led by U.S. Customs Special Agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), will to get their man. But no one cracks, and as the criminals sit together in jail waiting to be charged or released, they hatch a plan for an elaborate emerald heist.

Yes it is cult film Thursday and here is the one that I love and seen on the big screen Twice now and once on cable and I still love this film. Christopher McQuarrie’s inspiration for the character of Keyser Soze was a real-life murderer by the name of John List, who murdered his family and then disappeared for 17 years. The story is told in two different time frames. In the present, looking back on events, Klint sits across a desk from Kujan, unfolding the tale as he remembers it. Did it really happen? Nothing seems to be as they appear. Director Bryan Singer, who debuted in 1993 has crafted this story as a film Neo-Noir Thriller. The film borrows heavily from dozens of sources — Hitchcock, Scorsese, the Coen brothers, and just about every master of the genre, past or present nothing wrong with that. Singer’s greatest strength is to collect moments from other sources and using them in his own mold like does Quentin Tarantino. The serpentine plot provides the perfect playground in which a series of deliciously devious characters can have fun.The Usual Suspects constantly raises the suspense. Slowly the audience is drawn into the story. And yes they will be deceptions, going back to present and future. Singer will keep you guessing and distracted somewhere else , he is like a magician. The Usual Suspects doesn’t take any prisoners.The cast is enigmatic.Kevin Spacey ,  throws in the best performance of the film, is completely convincing. The cast is perfect. The Usual Suspects is an accomplished film Neo-noir. Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Mystery” in June 2008. Shot on a budget of $6 million over a period of 35 days. See it now.

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