I, TONYA (2017)

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A film by Craig Gillespie

Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

Ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when she married her husband Jeff Gillooly.

I was in the United States when the news broke even watch Harding stake and I though she was great but there was some off beat. After watching the film I said and even seeing it on the news at the time I said to myself there it is I was right.

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Director Gillespie film it from the interviews that that on every channels at the time plus some flashback to tell what real happened. He also affectionately mocked the sport a bit without mocking Harding herself. You see Harding had those seriously ridiculous outfit for her competition and even had Rock-N-Roll music instead of classical to do her routine. She wanted to be different from the others but that did not go well with the judges. She always said what was on her mind straight forward no bullshit. She was not loved by her mother. She thrived in the sport because she wanted to be loved by her fans. Allison Janney ( who did a great job here) absolutely tears it up as the profane, chain-smoking LaVona Harding, constantly insulting Tonya and messing with her mind so she could become a great champion. Janney has won a Bafta award for Best supporting actress and well deserved at that; I just read this not long ago.

As soon as Tonya married her first husband it went to hell from there. Sebastian Stan Who plays Jeff Gillooly plays a little goofy. The relationship that they had was not healthy either. Soon after the incident happened which Tonya said she is no guilty as the media found her guilty at the time. Her all career fell apart. The big investigation was going on at time and the news show like Hard copy,  20/20 and the others banked on it they were fighting for first place . Margot here after 5 month of training she actually performed a triple axle (Not too perfectly well with computer generated image was perfect on film) and was one of the 7 women who has performed it. Tonya was the first one to do so. Margot performance is outstanding here and even Tonya herself liked the film. If you saw the news like I did back then after seeing the film you will have a different opinion of her. I know I did. You will have a good time watching this and the casting is perfect with some superb performances. Do not miss this one.

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SUITE FRANÇAISE (2015)

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A film by Saul Dibb

Cast: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenarts, Ruth Wilson, Margot Robbie, Sam Riley In 2004, two novels were published in a single volume under the title Suite Française. It is the journal belonging to Irène Némirovsky, a French Jew who wrote about the experience of living under Nazi occupation in wartime. Unfortunately there were to be 5 books publish but Iréne was murder in Auschwitz before she published the third book. Némirovsky’s daughter finally got the nerve to read her mother journal and the rest his history in the making.

Director Saul Dibb’s movie is the second novel and tells the story of a small village in France that finds itself under the german occupation. Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams ) whose husband left to fight for France and may or may not be dead. She lives with her mother-in-law Madame Angellier (Scott-Thomas), a wealthy landowner despised by most of her poor tenants. Well she is a tough woman and wants her money don’t matter what no excuses. When the german takes over the village commander Bruno von Falk (Mattias Schoenarts) is assigned to stay at the Angellier’s home, much to the displeasure of  Madame Angellier. Bruno and Lucille found that they have a love for classical music but soon fall in love with each other.

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Thee is a great story well written and well filmed by Dibb. My mom actually sold an apartment to Kristin Scoot Thomas in Paris, she said she is a very nice woman who is also very smart. The affair is the center of the story here. Dibb shows here the tension when the german comes into the village people do not know what to expect and they are walking on egg shells. The middle class rooms over for the germans while the poor suffers a little more. The habitant of the village will do anything to save their own skin they even rat on each other. The poorer of the village struggles to fit in and starve. Some of them steal food form the rich. It is an emotional story her with a bit of romance going on but let’s not forget the atrocity of the war here. Of course there is other romances going on here. The cinematography is awesome in this film I love the village in France I have been in some of them already there are awesome and have a lot of history. Also I want to say here if you have a chance to see Un village Français the french series is about the occupation of a village. i al quiet fond of it. I think it is going to get the 7 seasons in 2016. If you get a chance to watch it do it is quiet good. Now back to the film there keep in mind it is loosely based on a true story. there is fictional element thrown in there.

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FOCUS (2015)

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A film by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santor

Nicky Spurgeon ( Will Smith ) , a Zen of the con man game who is slick as they come. Okay he is the best and has a team behind him. You see they work in group. Then comes in the mark Jess ( Margot Robbie ), a stunning woman who is looking for an easy score. She stick like glue to him and he teaches her the con game well the basics. The action takes us to New Orleans They put Jess to the test and she goes in action mode stealing purses, wallets watches, etc…Nick is the head of the business yes it is a business, they don’t do one con that is going to bring them a great deal of money and retire, no that is how you get caught they stick to the little stuff. Nick has a group of pickpocket on the pay role. Like I said it is a business. You see in this business you can’t get you emotion get the better of you. Saks fly between Nick and Jess but they go there separate ways.

Cool film about con artist that works well here but a little too slick, and predictable. But still good. The second half of the film focuses one characters development more than it focuses the con. Adrian Martinez steal the show here as Farhad, the team’s sex-obsessed oddball.The chemistry is flying off the chart with Margot and Will that is probely why this film is so likable. The cinematography is unbelievable and beautiful. The thing is the second half was fine but the con was okay the writers should come up with a better con. But the film is still fine I think they wanted the audience to focus on the relationship of Nick and jess developing. If you want a great ride in  film that I will suggest this one.

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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)

 

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A film by Martin Scorsese

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie 

Queens-raised Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Dicaprio) tried and failed to establish himself on Wall Street in a more traditional way. He got laid off in 1987 of the stock market crash. So he reinvented himself  on Long Island by taking over a penny stock boiler room and giving it an old money name, Stratton Oakmont. He gave confidence to his client the (middle class) and told him that they would get a lot of money in return. They were a total of 1000 stockbroker working there and a $1 billion of issued stock.  It is called the pump to dump technique you blowing the value of worthless stock driving it to the roof by buying and having his client buy the stock taking the profit then it would go down and be worthless again and his client would loose money.  He made money all right in excess and live in excess his appetite for pleasure seems bottom less. At first you see him married to a respectable woman who does not approve of his financial schemes and infidelities. Later he divorces and marries  Naomi LaPaglia (Margot Robbie) . He loves alcohol, drugs and sex which he does in excess. He buys 5 cars like Ferrari an Lamborghini  5 or 6 homes across the world   and to top it all off a yacht. The film is 3 hours long give or take and one things happen after an other money : stock fraud and money laundering; trips to and from Switzerland to deposit cash in banks and yes there is the Quaalude well you get the point the thing is it is entertaining as hell. There is a scene with Mathew McConaughey who has a scene in the restaurant where he  thumps a drum pattern on his chest while rumble-singing a la Bobby McFerrin and later Belford follows him. Of course you beginning to think that rich people are sick in the head and if you were rich you would not do that yeah right! . Well Belford had a good run and had it all and lost it all was it worth it?

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