Posted in U.S. Film

ALIEN CONVENANT (2017)

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A film by Ridley Scott

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

Alien: Covenant is a sequel to Prometheus (2012) and the second instalment of the Alien prequel series. The story takes place years ago  after the events in the previous film following a new group of characters who’re on an expedition to an uncharted planet carrying a large number of colonists in hibernation. However due to a signal in space they land on an other planet that seems habitable but something is off, and very quickly the crew began to regret their decision.

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Katherine Waterston stars as Daniels, one of the crew members of the Covenant ship soon to be heroin. Michael Fassbender  portraying a new android character named Walter who’s part of the Covenant crew, after all he is the keeper of the ship while the crew sleep. Billy Crudup plays Christopher Oram the captain of the crew. The performance here are fine here as well as the visual where Scoot does not disappoint. They will be answers in this one that is going to make sense. It provides  answers to the origins of Alien. It is a bit horrifying to be trap in confined spaces in space with this monster that wants to kill everything on his path. The film’s pace is slow at first to develop the characters so you get to know them and where they come from. The special effects are awesome in this one Scott here went all out as expected, other than that it is fine.

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Posted in U.S. Film

GET OUT (2017)

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A film by Jordan Peele

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

In Get Out, a smart and scary freakout about a black man in a white nightmare, the laughs come easily and then bang here comes the kill.

The film open with a black man talking on a cellphone on an empty suburban street briskly sets the tone, unsettles the mood, and you go I know what this is going to be about but you don’t. Those arms and smiles all but hug Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a photographer with a sweet pad, adorable dog and equally frisky, adoring girlfriend, Rose ( Allison Williams). The story opens with them preparing for a long weekend with her parents Ho! boy. “Do they know I’m black?” Chris gently asks, like I said Ho! boy!!! Not to worry she said my parents are not racist. Okay then. Chris and Rose pulls up her parents house which is picture perfect and you know something is off when Chris meets her parents.

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A stroke of genius here the film comes across like a zombie/The Stepford Wives film but much better manipulated differently. Get Out’s premise follows the traditional framework of an outsider discovering the horrors of a secluded local, but adds its own unique spin. The film is disturbing and at times satirical with some tension. As Chris discover more about the folks that comes to the party it gets a very strange feeling to the point he wants to get out. The film here has a genuine chills and a surprising dose of biting humour. It is refreshing that someone has used the imagination to get this one right and turn it into an original idea.

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Posted in Cult film, Films from 30’s to 60’s, U.S. Film

FREAKS (1932)

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A film by Tod Browning

Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova

Love, sex, infidelity and vengeance at the Tartellini circus. Lover of the acrobat Cleopatra, Hans, the Lilliputian, abandons his fiancee, the microscopic rider Frieda. Cleopatra does a tour de force once she learn that Hans has this fortune that he inherited. But beware some serious shit could bite her in the ass.

I went yesterday at my favourite UCG movie theatre to see the film cult Freaks finally digitized. We had that manager of the place who is going to be transfer at the end of April I was not crazy about him I hope they put an other one better and friendlier this time I told us that he wanted to buy a copy of this film so we could get to see it on the big screen before he got transfer. The dude here the cinema historian that we have here in France was there to talk about the film. He is like the one Robert Osborne on TCM. So he tells us that the film came out and that the people did not like it at all they were repulse by it. Browning who got penalised for this film got to do 4 more after that and had to retire. He is from the silent film era he later died of throat cancer and he could not talk however he never did an interview until the end where he said that he had fun to direct all those films and that he knew that Freaks was the film who got him out of the business. Funny how that is that a film director from the silent era did of throat cancer and towards the end he could no longer talk how nostalgic. Anyway for this film he hired real people who are deformed some dwarf etc…. In France however this sort of circus where Freaks were on display was not allowed however in the U.S. well it was. A terrific film here that works but back then people were not comfortable with it. Years later 30 years later some film buffs remastered this film for people to see. And thank god foe that. What a master piece.

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Posted in Belgium Film, French film

GRAVE (2017)

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A film  Julia Ducournau

Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella 

English title: Raw

In Justine’s family everyone is veterinarian and vegetarian. At 16, she is a gifted teenager about to join the vet school where her older sister is also a student. But, barely settled, the hazing begins for the first years. Justine is forced to eat raw meat. This is the first time in her life. The consequences are not long in coming. Justine discovers her true nature. And by true nature I will not be dating this woman not even her sister See the end of the film.

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Ok the name grave is the name of the vet school in Belgium it also mean serious but they translate by raw. Ok this  French  / Belgium film is awesome someone has written a totally great script here by the name of well the director herself Julia Ducournau. It is a crazy film with demented atmosphere ,a disconcerting architecture, in its deliquescent decor, an oppressive psychology, in its febrile approach of the youth … Julia Ducournau dissects the passage to the adulthood, with the frustration that goes with it with a mutation in an environment where perception and madness are going to collide with each other into a chilling atmosphere. Authentic mix of cinematography genres, and some underground  classic cinema here. The ritual goes like this you will see people dancing half-naked, consuming a large amount of alcohol and drugs, blood flying all over to welcome the newbies also you will have the usual suspect the nurse who is not concern about the newbies skin rash, and the teacher who tell them especially the smart one that he does not like the smart one to finish with a macabre orgies of some what half awake zombie, and a perfect ending. You will get out of the theatre loving it like the critics that say it is the best horror film of the year or you are going to hate it there is no in between. Cheers!

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Posted in U.S. Film

SPLIT (2017)

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A film by M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson

After the visitors the come back film of Shyamalan thank god for that one, the man comes up with this film Split and let me tell you this with all due seriousness here toward three-quarter of the film I knew how he was going to end the film I even knew the scene in the diner and I was going to see that dude there. That is all I am going to say. It was the logical deduction.

Now Three girls are kidnap at a shopping mall by a man. When they wake up they are locked up in this room with a bathroom that is spotless. As they come to find out they were kidnap by a man who has 24 different personalities. Oh! boy that can’t be good. So you are going say ok I know where this is going no you don’t not at the least. We get flashback from the character Casey Cook (Anya Taylor-Joy) who is clearly living with the residue of a trauma to coincide with character motivation. Pay attention about the hesitation of leaving the car after seen a man in the driver seat. There is a reason there. McAvoy, here has been given a cold plate of personalities which he has done an outstanding job here. The story flows like blood in your veins here and Shyamalan shine as a director as well as a story-teller. His scenes are well constructed. Everything has its placed, even the little messages in the film. Of course it is human nature that the women are going to fight in order to get out. They are trying by any mean necessary to get out. In order to do that they have to find out which personalities they need to talk in oder to let them out , attached with humor behind of course. There I can’t say no more than that. Well I am glad he is back. Next film please.

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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 U.S. Film

RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2017)

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A film by Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter

The Resident Evil film series has been around for a long time now, this is now the sixth film in the series and the last one it seems. You will see the ending. It is fun to watch it all anyway I still love the first one.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson has done well with this one, the film is entertaining, fun, action packed and fast paced and the visual with the special effects that contain the gore and the violence to go with it. The film start with the narrative of Alice played by Jovovich of what happened to her 10 years earlier and what she has to do now. Let’s go to the hive. It is a fun action film here with a stunning visual plus the fighting, gun blazing, slashing throat, cutting off fingers etc… It is a bit predictable especially at the end but I have seen about 8,000 movies in my life time so I know how Hollywood thinks. I would went the other way. It is a guilty pleasure at its best and some of you might think it is the best one yet. Maybe who knows, it is purely entertaining  just fasting you seat belts this film is going to go into high-octane. Have fun.

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