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ROGUE ONE : A STARS WARS STORY (2016)

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A film by Gareth Edwards

Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker,Mads Mikkelsen, Jimmy Smits 

Yes it is an all-star cast here with some extremely talented actors.The first “Star Wars” trilogy had a fresh, insurgent energy, how ever with Rogue it is going back on the saddle and I do not want reveal too much. It seems that the  Rebel Alliance and the power struggles in the imperial ranks fasten our seat belts  and engage our emotions into a roller coaster.

The Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to work with a team including Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) to steal the design schematics of the Empire’s new super-weapon. And yes it is a spectacular return galaxy far away. Here the heroine is trying to make sense of it all and when it does click it is inevitable there is going to be a war.Technically brilliant, Rogue One delivers the spectacle and the aerial combat that are such signatures of the Star Wars character. To top it all off you have some outstanding beautiful photography. No disappointment here but there are a few surprises.What is special is the storytelling; the how we are involved and engaged by the characters, their mission and the challenges they face it is like you are living it with them.

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BLEEDER (1999)

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A film by Nicolas Winding Refn

Cast: Kim Bodnia, Mads Mikkelsen, Rikke Louise Andersson

Leo (Kim Bodnia) drift ever further out of society following the news that his girlfriend, Louise (Rikke Louise Andersson), is expecting their first child, something she is rather more enthusiastic about that he. His friends are  Lenny (Mads Mikkelsen), who works at a video store, and Louise’s brother Louis (Levino Jensen), a small-time gangster. Lenny’s friends meet to watch violent horror films and pornography, freely and knowledgeably discussing films and filmmakers.

Here is a dude who got his girlfriend pregnant and does not know what to make of it. So he goes out to clear his head and make sense of it all. Lenny however is shy and is trying for weeks now to ask this girl who works in this restaurant. The thing is that Leo is going to set a chain of event that will sets off in a bad way. This film just got here in France but was released  in 1999. The scene that you will see in the video store influenced Tarantino in Pulp fiction big time. Seriously , Bleeder is a straightforward enough story, opening in  with four of the main characters strolling through downtown Copenhagen. Refn develops four strong leads with only the use of music and the mannerisms of each actor to highlight the drama that is about to unfold before your eyes. You see how the 4 characters interacts with each other and how leo is still thinking if it is a good idea to have a child or not, he is distracted by it when his girlfriend wants to keep it and getting pissed off which build the tension in the story. The story takes a detour it is not predictable as I thought it was going to be. The casting is terrific here, the actor capable of expressing the emotions felt by their character without the need for a significant amount of dialogue.

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THE GREEN BUTCHERS (2003)

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A film by Anders Thomas Jensen

Cast: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Line Kruse

Svend (Mads Mikkelsen) and Bjarne (Nikolai Lie Kaas) work together in a butcher’s shop. When they have had about enough of their evil boss, Svend convinces Bjarne to go into business with him and open butcher’s shop to give it a little competition to their evil boss. Bjarne has to make a big decision in order to raise his share of the stake – well a little accident happens and Bjarne takes the decision of ……

This is a black comedy at its best some of the genre of the delicateness from Jeunet and Caro that became a classic. The cinematography is delicious here, understated cutting, low angles, lingering shots, bright colors. It is snot a slasher flick here by long shot. The director had a vision of social dysfunction here a satire of sorts. You see they have this special dish that comes from a secret recipe and people start loving it a little too much however this recipe came in by accident. It is an intelligent comedy that will suit a certain audience. Int is free of all the predictable gags here, well bravo to the director. He let the story play out, he asked himself what if and then goes for it. It might be offensive for some so be careful here wi this one but it is a wonderful dark comedy with 2 great actors that delivers more than they should.

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THE SALVATION (2014)

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A film by Kristian Levring 

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

It is 1870 in America. The danish brothers Jon (Mads Mikkelsen) and Peter (Mikael Persbrandt) emigrated to America after fighting the Germans in the danish/German war of 1864. Jon brings his family to America within a few hour they are dead killed by a brother of a gang leader (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) named Delarue. Delarue unleashing all his fury toward the people of the town. As Jon leaves town he gets capture by the sherif to be delivered to Delarue. Now Jon has plans of his own.

Here is a Danish western a homage to Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, and john Ford. Th film has this sunset feel to it and the camera work is fluid. Eva green does a wonderful job playing the mute Princess trapped in her own world. You see Jon was leaving out west with his brother after his wife’s death but because he killed the brother of a gang leader who corrupt the town and had the mayor in his pocket. It was a done deal for him. Unfortunately Delarue want revenge. It is a revenge film nothing new in western , the only thing about this film it locks originality but so what it has action, gun fight. You see in the when spaghetti Western came out back in the 70’s they look alike but people loved them don’t matter what. With this film you will love it the same. Beautiful performance from the actors. Have fun with this one.

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PUSHER II (2004)

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A film by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Leif Sylvester, Anne Sørensen. 

Small-time gangster Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen) is released from prison, but quickly returns to the criminal underworld and gets hired by his father “Smeden” (Leif Sylvester): a big-time gangster highly respected in the underworld. Tommy has a hard time to get respect from his father. On the top of that he discover that charlotte (Anne Sørensen) a girl that he had one night stand had a kid from him. Tommy helps his friends to make a great deal of money on a drug deal. He buys heroin from a big time drug pusherMilo (Zlatko Buric). High on cocaine they became paranoid and dumps the heroin in the toilet as they think they saw a place officer. (Note to anyone who wants to be a drug dealer sell the drugs do not do them ).  Of course there is a huge problem they have to get 80,000 Koner (Danish money) very quickly.

What I like in this one being a drug dealer is a horrible job especially if you are on drug and paranoid. The film does not glamorize drug dealer in no way shape or form. Tommy is consider a loser to his friends. Because of this he has a strong desire to do well and to score big. But he messes up big time and he is trying to catch up and clean up his mistake. It makes you thinks being a drug dealer is not what it crack up to be. Mads Mikkelsen which I love as done a great job here. He makes his character look human, not that bright, and a loser. The rest of the cast as done a great job also some terrific actor as come in the is one . This one deliver big time.

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THE HUNT (2012)

A film by Thomas Vinterberg.
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
The Hunt is the latest unflinching drama from Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg. Co-written with Tobias Lindholm, this is an ambitious star vehicle for legendary actor Mads Mikkelsen, a star in Denmark and also a familiar face around the world as well. The film is quite dark and deals with some very difficult subject matter that can be very hard to watch at times And I do not want to give the plot away so this is going to be a little difficult. As th movie was closing to an end I knew what was going to happen I watched to many movies but it is good they went were it was suppose to go. Annika Wedderkopp’s portrayal of Klara is frighteningly brilliant. She steals every scene she’s in. Cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen shows landscape of the Danish countryside to lure the viewer into a sense of peace, but also were the hunt takes place. Hollywood could never touch this subject matter. Backed independently by Swedish and Danish production companies, director Vinterberg actually intended to set and shoot the picture in Canada but better tax incentives and financing led him back to his native country of Denmark Plus we can see how beautiful Denmark is. It is the best film of 2012.