Posted in Belgium Film

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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Posted in Spanish film

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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Posted in Danish Film, German film, Swedish film, uncategorized

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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Posted in uncategorized

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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Posted in Cult film, Great movie, U.S. Film

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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Posted in French film

ARES (2016)

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A film by Jean-Patrick Benes

Cast: Ola Rapace, Micha Lescot, Thierry Hancisse

Paris 2035, the world order has changed. With its 15 million unemployed, France is now a poor country. The population oscillates between revolt and resignation and finds an outlet in ultraviolent televised fights where the participants are doped legally and where everything is permitted.   Reda, known as Ares, is a veteran who lives on small jobs  for the police. Everything will change when his sister is arrested and he must do everything possible to save them: she and her daughters.

Inspired more precisely by the recent economic crisis in Greece and Spain, the filmmaker imagined a devastated Paris, occupied by the homeless and gangrened by misery. The  society of consumer dominates to such an extent that the man’s body itself becomes a commodity that can be sold to the pharmaceutical laboratories which are the only ones making a lot of money. Paris is here devastated in ruin almost it almost is a waste land  by its own: the inhabitants, disillusioned, live in makeshift shelters, at the foot of monuments where they are abandoned. The low-budget film here will give you the chilled that could become a possibility, look at Greece where the country is broke and people lost everything even their saving and retirement plan gone in smoke. Well Europe gave them an ultimatum and we are trying to get a solution to the problem. Thank god it didn’t happen like that but it could. If the extreme urbanization is realistic, it is mainly because the film team set up  in China: Shanghai made it possible to offer the images of skyscrapers, within a dehumanized business district . Shenzhen, the capital of buildings, also served as a backdrop to make La Défense as spectacular as possible. The filmed images were then integrated in Paris to combine this urbanization with the symbolic monuments of the city, between the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Not too bad there this is how you contain the budget from going up. It is a terrific piece of cinema film neo-noir and dark. The actor does their jobs beautifully well here. It is a film that deserved to be seen.

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Posted in Belgium Film

THE ARDENNES (2016)

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A film by Robin  Pront 

Cast: Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet, Eric Godon

This feature directorial debut by Belgian Robin Pront starts off with a crime scene. Dave (Jeroen Perceval) leaves his brother Kenny (Kevin Janssens) at the scene and drives off with Sylvie (Veerle Baetens), Kenny’s girlfriend. Four years later Kenny gets out of prison. Dave promise  to his mother (Viviane de Muynck) that he will keep his brother out of trouble.

To all fans of film Neo-Noir put this one on your list, do not miss it, seriously.  Having said that our premier week in France is  Wednesday so I rush this morning to the movie theater to see this film. It was in the morning there was only me and an other guy there. When the film was over we look at each other and said almost at the same time “dam! that was so good”. And yes it is , but I can not reveal nothing about it and that is going to be a tough one. Here it is first I can say that the film focuses on Kenny adjustment to the every day life trying to go straight and his bother to help him out. Soon tension will start to rise in this grippy Belgium film. It’s an unexpectedly exhilarating climax that will grab you by the balls and hit you in the gut. Pront film it as dark as it can go with the weather on his side rainy, cold, as grey as it can get.The film’s retro synth soundtrack adds to the nostalgia of times gone by for the story and tension meter will raise then and come down to its conclusion. The Ardennes is a forest in Belgium as far as the eye can see just in case you are wondering. The actors delivers their roles beautifully well here. You see Korean cinema has reinvented themselves with  creative story telling and great if no outstanding stunts but now Belgium, it looks like are doing the same thing they are going to be the one to watch.

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