Jessica Chastain

THE MARTIAN (2015)

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A film by Ridley Scott 

Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig 

During a mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew, his worst nightmare. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the red planet. With some supplies that will last him at least 50 days, he ingenuity starts to kick in over drive and figures out how to survive and contact NASA to tell them he is still a live.

I just remember not long  ago that finally a robot got laugh to mars and brought back some picture from mars NASA out done themselves this time. The thing is on Mars there is no water. This was the premise for Scott’s film and Andy Weir, the author of the book did so much research on it ti’s not even funny and thank god for that. He asked himself if something goes wrong what could happen and if someone left behind could he survive. Mark Watney had main concern food, water, yes math, chemistry and botany are important here in order to survive. There is humor into it well the fertilizer’s problem was fixed right away well you know that one. The thing is Mark has to wait 4 years for the next mission therefore has to figure out to grow food and to get water on a planet where it never rains and where nothing grows. NASA’s team of  geniuses played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis and much more, are trying to figure out how to get Mark back to earth. There is a little bit of MacGyver in mark making something out of nothing.

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Here is a film that is making science cool and even you might not understand the jargon here you are going to have a great time watching this. And yes there is disco music in this film I know ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! but there is humor with it. Mark keep his cool and will never give up in order to keep his spirit up his uses humor when he log in into his video journal. The visual of they film is pure joy here. The film was shot  in Wadi Rum, Jordan, which has a red colored desert, the rest in the studio somewhere in Europe. Great performance by Matt Damon who plays the team clown / the joker. A nice cool Sci-fi film where Ridley Scoot shines. If I was stranded on Mars and I was an astronaut I would pack a lot of cases of wine it a must for a french man ’s survival.

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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (2014)

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A film by J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo 

This is the big day for Abel Morales ( Oscar Issac), owner of a fuel convoy business. He gets a leg up near the river of the Brooklyn docks and   carry  two suitcases of money for Josef ( Jerry Adler) , the owner of the dock Abel covets for 5 years. The sales agreement is signed with the 40% deposit Abel himself financed. The rest will be loan by bank  after the 30-day contract. The problem is that many things will happen during those 30 days, including robberies of  truck from his company, that might jeopardize his business .

Abel is a man of principles he is Latino and got there with nothing to get from where he is now. He comes from a modest family. After he makes the deal things started to get rough. It is the beginning of the 80’s and in New York things were corrupted. And now his trucks are getting rob but not with gun, with baseball bats and such they get the dude out of the truck beat him up and take off with the truck. But the truckers want protection some of them arm themselves with guns. the things is the district attorney is after Abel because he thinks he is a gangster which back in those days it was running by gangsters. But Abel isn’t one he is a respectable business man has he proclaim. it is a suspenseful film. And later in the movie you will know why the district Attorney is after him. Abel doe want to handle his problem on his own not with the help of his father in law which could aggravate the situation. The performance of Issac is outstanding it is very effective as well as the work of the director Chandor who wrote a masterpiece.Jessica Chastain is cold as ice plays the right arm of Abel, she has done an outstanding performance as well. In the late 70’s it was Miami who was the most dangerous town in the U.S. but in the 80’s was New York. Too much corruption across the city. Well film by Chandor it has that 80’s fell toward it. His next film is the 2010 BP oil spill. Can’t wait.

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THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

A film by Terrence Malick

Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

The summer days of a family in waco Texas in 1956. The eldest sons notices the conflict with his parent and his father’s teaching.

A great film by Malick an ambitious film. About this family in Waco Texas in the 50’s who has 3 sons and the father teaches his sons about life. The thing is it is about life, beauty of the earth, and his father and his oldest son. A father who is consume by his work, and have strict rules. Life was simpler back then and people was letting their window open even their door without worrying that someone was going to get in and rob you. Life was flowing in the summer. Malick make sure showing the that as the camera moves slowly in the direction of the wind. The boys are trying to grow and finding who they are. They are secrets going around. Like I said they never lock the doors and windows back then it was awesome, a friend of mine told me back then they never lock the windows and doors. People were nicer back then and were doing BBQ inviting each other having fun in the summer. Real nice film a great one at that By Malick about birth, life and death. Beautiful cinematography especially at the beginning of the film. You light think that Brad Pitt ‘s character who has a crew cut that was the thing back then that he was a strict disciplinarian, yes he is back then that is the way it was now days some parents does not discipline their kids or if they do, it is not strict enough. Later on his eldest kid understood why he was so strict pay attention to the dialogue, that is part of growing up. Remember one thing we have little time on this earth and in a blink of an eye it can be over.

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INTERSTELLAR (2014)

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A  film by Christopher Nolan

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain 

In the future earth has been devastated and the food supply is getting fierce drought are setting in and so is famine. A group of explorers must travel space into this wormhole where they think they found an other planet that can sustain life. The crew is require to think further and go further then ever before in history. Going into a wormhole one hour is the equivalent of seven years back on Earth, they are racing against time to save the people on earth. Coop the leader of the group must decide between seeing his children and the future of the human race.

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Okay remember Armagadon where the earth was going to be hit with an astroid and they sent a bunch of astronauts to save the earth from being hit. Well this film it the better one. It is like he rewrote Armagadon but instead of an astroid it is the human race who has destroy it and an pilot who is certified to fly and go into space with a group of people to find an other planet. We are at one point doing a little too much of those as I a call them green planet movies. Interstellar is well thought out and the story telling is there. The music in the background is mostly there though out the film to build excitement. Even when the rocket launched the all theater shook it was loud as hell. Matthew McConaughey’s widowed astronaut Cooper and his colleague Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) the chemistry is there and they had some of the most critical scene together. It is a great sacrifice, they are separated from their family for years. by the way the universe is vast that is a scary thing. Amelia’s father, an astrophysicist played by Michael Caine and he is still at it at his age that is awesome. Cooper who used to work for Nasa lives on a farm and grows corn. They are growing corn to feed the human race but soon that will disappear due to the drought and the sand storm that they endure. The land scape is out of this world in this film. Think about it if you are along in space for years and do not see an other face that is why us human need the companionship and the need to apes on the bloodline for a better future and Nolan and his brother has made the point when they wrote the story. There is a ghost in the story who leaves sand dust and cooper’s daughter find out that is a message behind it. They had to build the most detailed miniature spaceship and do they look good. McConaughey is perfect for playing the pilot who leads them into space is acting is flawless. Mackenzie Foy who plays her daughter was she is young did an outstanding job as well. The music goes well with the film it is perfect. Well I can’t wait to see what is next for Nolan. To top that it is going to be difficult but not impossible. A must see.

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TAKE SHELTER (2011)

A film by Jeff Nichols.
Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham.
Here is a film about taking shelter the earth we are seeing it everyday on the news but this time in this film something is coming. Michael Shannon (cutis) a great actor has a wife a kid who is mute and a construction job. He needs a family to be happy. When suddenly he dreams which become vivid. The family dog attacks him, for example, or storms destroy his home. To the puzzlement of his wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain), and their hearing-impaired daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart), he builds a pen in the backyard for the dog, which had been living peacefully indoors. The dreams are becoming more intense, the rain becomes motor oil, he drives his truck in the rain with his daughter swirl to avoid a man on the road hits a tree, some people break the window and take his daughter away. They live on the outskirts of town, in an area which is swept from time to time with tornadoes. His behavior begins to concern his best friend and workmate, Dewart (Shea Whigham), who helps him as much as he can. He becomes paranoid and extension on an existing shelter. His wife becomes concerns. That is all I am going to say because if you din’t see the film I will spoiled it for you. a great film written and directed by a new gifted film maker Jeff Nichols who did shotgun stories and mud. I love the ending on this one it will make you think. A must see.

ZERO DARK THIRTY (2012)

A film by Kathryn Bigelow.
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton.
Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is.
There is a story where everybody already how is going to end and how it went. in the military it is known zero dark thirty is Half past midnight.
It takes balls and guts to do a movie like that and Kathryn bigelow delivers a great film.
The person who is the subject of the manhunt at the center of this movie is referred to interchangeably as “Osama bin Laden” and “UBL” (for “Usama bin Laden”). The reason for this inconsistency is the real-life fact that there is no one, standard system for transliterating languages that use non-Latinate alphabets (such as Arabic or Hebrew) into English. Since the events of September 11, 2001, “Osama” has been the most common rendering of his first name in the American press, but “Usama” is the version that has always been more commonly used by the intelligence community. The movie was originally about the unsuccessful decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. The screenplay was completely re-written after bin Laden was killed. The climactic sequence devoted to the raid on Osama’s compound runs about 25 minutes, only a few minutes less than the real-life SEALs assault. In an unusual step, acting CIA Director Michael Morell issued a statement about the film emphasizing that while the production team had met with the CIA, the film is a dramatization and is not historically accurate. Morell specifically contradicted the film’s assertion that “enhanced interrogation techniques”, also known as “torture”, had been of significant benefit in locating Osama bin Laden. Director Morell stated, “That impression is false. We cannot allow a Hollywood film to cloud our memory.” Yeah Right I believe it uh! uh! uh !!!!!!
So when the CIA interrogate a prisoner they give him a suite so he can take a shower then he orders lunch with wine, coffee gets a blow job from a beautiful woman after she is done the CIA operative asks him could you tell me where is Osama Bin Ladin? What are you fucking kidding me.
The bizarre, four-lens night vision goggles worn by SEAL Team Six are in fact, authentic. They are cutting-edge GPNVG-18 (Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles) manufactured by L-3 Warrior Systems. The extra lenses provide more peripheral vision to the operator.
James Gandolfini, who portrays former CIA head Leon Panetta, sent a note to Panetta before the film came out: “I’m very sorry about everything. I apologize. You’re like my father, so you’ll find something to be angry about, but please let me know.” For months, silence. Then, as the film was in the middle of awards season in early January, screenwriter Mark Boal told Gandolfini, “Leon Panetta would like your phone number because he doesn’t know how to get in touch with you.” The actor was surprised. “He’s the head of the CIA! He can’t find me? Come on, really?!” And they do not torture prisoners Hello! In the film, Leon Panetta is visibly pleased when Maya uses the word “motherfucker” during an official CIA briefing. In real life, Panetta’s prolific use of profanity is well known.