Mystery

BRIMSTONE (2017)

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A film by Martin Koolhoven

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Carice van Houten

In the American West, at the end of the XIX century. Liz, a young woman of about twenty years, leads a peaceful life with her family. But her life will shift one day when a sinister preacher visits them. Liz will have to leave  because this man hunts her without respite since childhood …

It is going to be a narrative in 4 parts pompously titled “Apocalypse”, “Exodus”, “Genesis” and “Retribution”.  The center of the story here is around the character of Dakota Fanning named Liz. She finds the preacher who is like a satanic preacher who is driven by lust, revenge and hatred. Liz here will be followed by her aggressor who without listing go is tuning liz’s life a living hell with a few twist and turn. Each chapter are like flashback.The film stretches nearly two and a half hours, and focus of how vicious and cruel is the west back then ruling by cruel and vicious man where woman will have little right to exist let along have human right before they get beaten. Beautiful performances by the actors here.  Dakota’s character here is a strong will woman who will learn how to survive but will make a lot of sacrifices along the way. As for Guy Pearce here incarnate this preacher who has its own demons who is sadistic in may ways. He lives into his own little world of pain, pervertion and violence. This western is going to feel like diabolical in many ways and yes it stands out with the other great western.

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COMPARTIMENT TUEURS (1965)

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A film by Costa-Gavras

Cast: Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin, Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant

English tile : The sleeping car murder

Six people share a sleeping-car on a Paris-bound train. When it reaches its destination, one of them is found murdered. As the police headed by Inspector Graziani (Yves Montand) frantically search for the killer soon after an other murder happens ,no!!! this can’t happen in Paris. It is the work of a serial killer? Or not. Well….

The thing is here is an other one of Gravas film that kick ass, it is his first film feature . It is in black and white  and shot in Paris so cool. It is fun to watch those old film I get to see how Paris was back in the day plus I love the old cars. Gravas here has done a cool thriller frantic that moves quickly. But it is not your typical stylist thriller here it has been done differently , plus you will see a car chase with motorcycle throughout  Paris. Michel Piccoli plays this unusual dude who is a little pervert sweaty and talking to himself. Yves Montand who plays the inspector does it with finest bit like a French Columbo. Simone Signoret does an outstanding job here. The director uses effective camera angles that create a sense of claustrophobia during suspense scenes. The appearance go the killer has his own style trench coat, hat, and lather gloves. Once the killer  shoot ,he repeatedly does it until the victim is dead which the killer taking sufficiently long pauses in-between shots to allow for the frightened victims to struggle around and stare in terror at their assassin. Here Catherine Allégret and Jacques Perrin plays young lovers and yes their chemistry are fresh as a croissant from the oven. There a cool non stylist film noir.

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THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)

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A film by Bryan Singer

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri 

The usual suspects are five men: Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), an ex-cop-turned-crook ; Michael McManus (Stephen Baldwin), a psycho man; Todd Hockney (Kevin Pollak), a hardware specialist; Fred Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), McManus’ partner; and Verbal Klint (Kevin Spacey), a crippled con man. As the movie opens, these five are being in a lineup. A truckload of stolen guns has been hijacked and the cops, led by U.S. Customs Special Agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), will to get their man. But no one cracks, and as the criminals sit together in jail waiting to be charged or released, they hatch a plan for an elaborate emerald heist.

Yes it is cult film Thursday and here is the one that I love and seen on the big screen Twice now and once on cable and I still love this film. Christopher McQuarrie’s inspiration for the character of Keyser Soze was a real-life murderer by the name of John List, who murdered his family and then disappeared for 17 years. The story is told in two different time frames. In the present, looking back on events, Klint sits across a desk from Kujan, unfolding the tale as he remembers it. Did it really happen? Nothing seems to be as they appear. Director Bryan Singer, who debuted in 1993 has crafted this story as a film Neo-Noir Thriller. The film borrows heavily from dozens of sources — Hitchcock, Scorsese, the Coen brothers, and just about every master of the genre, past or present nothing wrong with that. Singer’s greatest strength is to collect moments from other sources and using them in his own mold like does Quentin Tarantino. The serpentine plot provides the perfect playground in which a series of deliciously devious characters can have fun.The Usual Suspects constantly raises the suspense. Slowly the audience is drawn into the story. And yes they will be deceptions, going back to present and future. Singer will keep you guessing and distracted somewhere else , he is like a magician. The Usual Suspects doesn’t take any prisoners.The cast is enigmatic.Kevin Spacey ,  throws in the best performance of the film, is completely convincing. The cast is perfect. The Usual Suspects is an accomplished film Neo-noir. Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Mystery” in June 2008. Shot on a budget of $6 million over a period of 35 days. See it now.

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BLOW UP (1966)

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A film by Michelangelo Antonioni

Cast: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles

Americans flew to “swinging London” in the 1960s; today’s Londoners pile onto the charter jets to Orlando. Yes you are going to get used to this film with the loopy psychedelic colors and no I do not recommend that you take LSD watching this film although there is smoking marijuana although out this film well it is the 60’s and back then that was in fashion sort of speak.

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The movie stars David Hemmings, who became a 1960s icon after this performance as Thomas, a hot young photographer with a Beatles haircut, a Rolls convertible with models wanting for him to get a chance to pose for him. Nice life right? He spends his days in tightly scheduled photo shoots the model Verushka plays herself like I said nice life. Thomas wanders into a park and sees, at a distance, a man and a woman. Are they struggling? Playing? Flirting? He snaps a lot of photos. The woman (Vanessa Redgrave) runs after him. She desperately wants the film back. He refuses her and takes off.

Why does she wants the pictures? Well Thomas decided to find out. He boos up the pictures and sees something but what is it? There are different interpretation here and you will see what I mean when you see the film. I have my own and I bet it is different from yours. Yes there is a menage à trois scene and today, the sex seems tame, and what makes the audience gasp is the hero’s contempt for women. I put this film on my category of great movie  Do not miss it.

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ARRIVAL (2016)

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A film by Denis Villeneuve

Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

This has to be the master piece of Dennis Villeneuve. Wait until his next picture which I can’t wait. For now let’s talk about this one. It looks to me as if the encounter of the third kind has been rewritten and what an intelligent screenplay to it all off.

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe a team headed by lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. To try to talk to them, to decipher their language. It is making some other countries very nervous and the team races against the clock to try to avoid the global war. Will they make it on time?

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Amy Adam has this hypnotic breaking performance in which communication, purpose and time are key.Villeneuve masterfully creates intrigue on a grand and personal scale. Based on Ted Chiang’s short story Story of Your Life, Eric Heisserer’s screenplay makes it look like you are witnessed something that is life changing. Arrival has a spiritual feeling where there is an authenticity in the story and we are seeing trough the clear blue eyes of the story’s vulnerable female protagonist.US army’s recruitment of Louise Banks (Adams), a top linguist who has previously assisted the government when a Farsi translation was required. The lead a brilliant female protagonist and puts her in a situation where she is going to try to decipher some king of language. The intellectual excitement makes the film run along just fine. However the cinematography (by Bradford Young) is breathtaking and the ending perfect.

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DANS LA MAISON (2012)

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A film by François Ozon

Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Schmitt, Ernst Umhauer

English: In the house. 

The electric director can easily pass one genre to an other  in musical ( “8 Women”) to thrillers ( “Swimming Pool”), through the period film ( “Angel”) François Ozon bring us a master piece a deliciously perverse story. The story of the obsession of this high school student who sees this family as the normal family the Rafas (the first name of father and son …). It all begins when Germain is a middle-aged and  cynical schoolteacher, (Fabrice Luchini), who one day finds that an essay handed in by handsome young loner student Claude, (Ernst Umhauer), has all the promise of a talent talented writer , it describes Claude’s infatuation with a fellow student and his family and what might go on dans la maison in which they live, and the essay ends ‘to be continued’. He shows the essay to his wife, (Kristin Scott Thomas),  and so Germain encourage Claude to continue to write about this family.

It becomes obsessive, the student obsessed about the Raffas The normal family that he never had well you assume and the obsession of the teacher who wants to know more of the family but as well wants to teach the student how to write and understand the characters, and yes there is a twist tower the end. It is a provocative somewhat romantic unconventional story here and that is what Ozon is about. He is creative and has this great imagination that works well. Ozon maintain the suspense with some capitative music. The film takes place in 4 Location: the home of Professor Conservative couple of Rafas home, the school and the art gallery. This all works, mainly through the same imagination of the viewer, which is faster than a narrative whose false rhythm thought out  enjoyable way. And yes you have before your eyes a well written script not only won for best screenplay at the San Sebastian Film Festival, but also the Golden Shell (Concha de Oro), the supreme reward. His quintet of actors does wonders. Fibrin Luchini does wonders here, Kristin Scott Thomas, brilliantly plays a woman at home unsatisfied whose gallery is in trouble.Ernst Umhauer, embodies a manipulator with naive impulses. As for Emmanuelle Seigner, it plays a sort of Madame Bovary, Version suburban homemakers. A delight full thong  for the mind as for the nerves.

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THE WAILING (2016)

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A film by Hong-jin Na

Cast: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Woo-hee Chun

In the town of Gokseong, the wife of a ginseng farmer is killed and a police officer  Jong-gu (Kwak Do-won) is called in to investigate. The woman was brutally murdered as the corpse of the farmer was found in a bag at the same location and believed to be dragged there by a man covered in boils and a mysterious rash. Jong-gu has no leads until a mysterious woman (Chun Woo-hee) points him in the direction of a Japanese man (Jun Kunimara) who is rumored to be a ghost.

May the man hunt begins. Like I said before Korean cinema is reinventing itself with some interesting and creative story telling.the film is unlike any film you’ve seen this year and one of the most unusual experiences which are a little bizarre at times. This thriller is  a ghost story wrapped inside of a crime film and packaged with a crate of horror, to top it all off this film is unpredictable from the start. Then thing is it uses a bit of humor at the beginning where police officers Jong-gu and Seong-bok are idiots who are constantly giving each other a hard time and mocking the situation. It is a captivating thriller well written and thought out and that is the reason I watch foreign film as always int is not film like you standard american film. It is a different film and a completely a different experience. Hong-jin Na has an original idea here that is masterly filmed. This film is a combination of the exorcist, invasion of the body snatchers, Angel heart  rewritten. The other film from Korea to watch it is coming next month in France is the last train of Busan.

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