READY OR NOT (2019)

A film by  Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Cast:  Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien:

Grace (Samara Weaving) loves Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) so much that she’s tolerated the bullshit  through which his family have fabricated: Alcoholic wastrel Daniel (Adam Brody) hitting on her, mother Becky (Andie MacDowell) , sister Emilie (Melanie Scrofano) not even showing up in time for the ceremony, father Tony (Henry Czerny)  voicing his dislike  at the girl’s status and aunt Helene (Nicky Guadagni) has iced dark sight on her since she arrived .Here is a bizarre family but Grace sees the light at the end of the tunnel now that they’ve all congregated at the Le Domas manor for the nuptials. With the ceremony out of the way, Grace starts to relax, but then Aunt Helene shows up in Alex’s bedroom to remind him that there’s one more ritual before the two can live happily ever after. Alex neglected to mention that every time someone enters the Le Domas family, they have to play a game. What the  hell ?

The family Domas has gotten rich from board games and card games for centuries. The game is simple just draw a card and may the game begins. Here is a movies that put comedy into it as you will see Grace going into warrior mode. Hide and seek is the worst card that Grace pulled and it is not going to be what she thinks. The movie could been funnier but it is  entertaining. Nice cast and I have not seen MacDowell for a long time she has gotten older I almost didn’t recognise her. Fun with a dark comedy where the end is such a blast to watch. 

THELMA (2017)

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A film by Joachim Trier

Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen

A young student in Norway discovers falling in love which it is going to cause her seizures or maybe…..

The opening scene here in this film is a bit unnerving as you see a man and his young daughter hunting in the forest. When the father takes aim at a deer standing in the distance, the daughter is so taken by it when her father turns to point the rifle at the back of her head. Its effect spills over into the rest of the film, creating a hall of suspense.

The film jumps into the future a young woman now she is going to the University ti study biology. Soon after an other young woman sits by her then suddenly Thelma hand is shaking and birds are hitting the window which cause her to have a seizure. The doctor is trying to find out what she has. As the story goes along Thelma is drawn to an other human being that is going to put sin question her belief in god since she has been raised a christian. You sense that Thelma was raised in isolation and is just making friends which is a little weird to her at first. As she is trying to find out more about herself things are starting to happen.

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Joachim Trier wrote this coming of age story like a fable/ horror . As she fall in love her psychological situation deteriorates. The seizures get stronger, more violent. Trier keeps the film firmly in Thelma’s point of view. Something will not be clear for some people throughout the flashback or even the present scenes. Not too worry at the end it all comes together. Remembering the look on her father’s face when he hold the gun to her back of her head was just religious paranoia or he was scared of what she might become. 

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WIND RIVER (2017)

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A film by Taylor Sheridan

Cast: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones

Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is a local game tracker who stumbles upon the body of a murdered teenage girl, frozen in the  wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Here is where Sheridan is submerge us in to a modern western with well crafted characters. based on real facts the story opens with a Native American girl with long black hair runs barefoot through the snow. Local hunter Cory Lambert discovers her dead body some time later, while shooting a wolf to protect local livestock. Here Renner’s shines and he perfectly embodies a man carrying the burden of grief on his shoulders. FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is  a stranger to the area and does not the indians culture or the terrain , she relies on Cory to help her understand how things work in Wind River.

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Beautiful cinematography of winter and the mountains which paint a story of survival here. Of course there is  a shoot out like at the O.K. Coral well almost. Lambert here carries the lost of the girl and more trying to figures things out and gets answers for the girl’s family as well as for himself. It is a thriller that is precise and well executed by the talented screenwriter now turned director. There are a beautiful scenes of human touch here that are extremely well acted. I do love the wilderness and the peace that is bringing me especially when I was in Michigan hunting with my buddies. So seeing this film and the waste untouched land as the  eye can see I do miss that a bit. Here is a terrific film not to be missed.

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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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LES GRANGES BRÛLÉES (1973)

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A film by Jean Chapot

Cast: Simone Signoret, Alain Delon, Paul Crauchet

English: The burned barns. 

A crime was committed in an isolated corner of Haut- Doubs in the winter. The investigating judge suspects one of the members of a family living in a large farm nearby. The head of the family, Rose, an energetic woman, stands up to him.

A woman is dead by her car in the middle of the winter in this little town. Alain Delon plays the investigating judge, Le juge Pierre Larcher, and starts to question the middle-aged married couple Rose and Pierre (Simone Signoret and Paul Crauchet) at the farm. You will see how the investigation will develop and how the judge in 5 steps head of everybody. He is putting the pressure on, he has one press dude who is breathing down his neck. Meanwhile Larcher is putting pressure on this one woman played by Signoret who keeps it together but finds out some stuff about her son.

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What I love about this film it was actually filmed in the winter when it was snowing no fake snow here. The two stars did an outstanding job here. The chemistry between Delon and Signoret is burning the screen. I have not seen this film ever and I was not disappointed. Of course there were the 70’s music back them in film it was the coolest thing. I just finish seeing this one. There is an other film were the two stars were in, I am taping it on my hard drive as we speak.

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CREEPY (2017)

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A film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba

A couple moved into a new home. The husband, who had been injured a year before by a serial murderer, went from being an investigator to a serial killers professor of criminology. While being asked for advice on a new investigation into disappearances, lonely at home, his wife meets her strange neighbors …

The new Kyosho Kurosawa is certainly one of the best film noir he has ever filmed . First because the nonchalant rhythm of the staging and the humorous digressions of the beginning on the investigations done like in the  US, allow a real rise of the suspense. First, because behind this title, which means “zarbi”, many characters are hiding, a fearful neighbor who does not want to talk to anyone, a neighbor with doubtful jokes, but also phobic and spiteful, a young escaping escape. But there is also a sacred scenario with multiple twists and false confusing  tracks. Back with “Creepy” a film noir  that made his initial success, genre film, Kurosawa adapts here a bestseller by Japanese author Yutaka Maekawa. He makes of it a horrific thriller that gradually distils doubt and anguish, exploiting both the neuroses of the husband linked to an unresolved investigation, and the solitude of the woman forced to stay at home. It is, moreover, on it that the essence of intrigue that the audience will concentrate, towards  thus becoming the source of the spectator’s anxiety. It is unsettling at times especially the dark humour that he throws in. The directors supports the tension thanks to multiple twists, succeeding in astonishing the viewer until the last minute. Did I say what a beautiful cast he put together on this one. Not top be missed.

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IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)

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A film by Trey Edward Shults

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo

A man is trying to protect himself and his family by boarding his house and stay inside most of the time, but never go out without a gas mask on because it comes at night…….

Here is the cool thing first an intelligent well film horror movie. I did not even see a trailer for it nor that I wanted to see one. I went in without reading any reviews. No I will do that after. And man it was so good.

The film opens with an older gentleman, who is clearly very ill, says goodbye to his family and then gets shot in the head before his son-in-law and grandson burn his body. Pardon me I think I forgot to mention they are wearing gas mask, now you are going to say well the director has my attention and the tension is mounting from there on. Your brain is going to explode with questions. You know what the characters know no flashback here. You are on a journey with them. technically you are going along with the ride. When An intruder tries to break in the house Paul (Joel Edgerton) makes sure he protects his family when he finds out that the man is fine and has a family he brings him in to his house. Director Shults is careful not to give too much information here just bits and pieces of it. His cinematographer has done an excellent job here even the light is carefully use, like the flashlight and the lantern. Even the sound will get to you it will creep you out. The tension build up slowly but surely to the point it is going to be boil over and explode. The sound design here is perfect. The characters are dealing with a lot, the two families are going to have to trust each other although Paul is careful and is strict with his son. Not only that they do not know who has cause this or what it is. It is a question of survival and they are going to be smart about it. A well writing script here as well as well filmed. Trey Edward Shults is now the one to watch. 

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