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JOHN WICK (2014)

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A film by David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a hit man who lost everything and retired due to his wife illness. She dies , he buries her and later that evening he receive a dog gift from his wife. A few hours later John is beaten and his car is stolen by the son of the Russian mafia king pin named Iosef (Alfie Allen), the son of mafia kingpin Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), and he kills the dog named Daisy. Now John has revenge on his mind and pumping through his veins.

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If you are a die hard action fan like I am than you should go see this film it is well filmed and the action / fighting sequences are outstanding plus the film moves along just fine and you are going to have a good time. The gun fight scene are amazing without cutting away what he does with a gun is unbelievable, this took a lot of practice actually months of practice to get this right. Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who work as a team, although Leitch are both veteran stuntmen who  know what they’re doing when it comes to this kind of  action.  Here is the thing you have Korean cinema who are experimenting  with action like the raid and the raid 2 (I think that the raid 2 is reviewed in my section guilty pleasure) I think they decided to copy a little bit the action sequence but they put in play guns and it is like seeing Keanu doing a ballet of action sequence. Nothing wrong with that everybody copy on everybody. But the Korean are a like crazier in the action picture plus the story telling is great. Anyway Stahelski started 20 years ago when he served as a stunt double for Brandon Lee Matt Damon even Bratt Pitt they have been on so may sets that that is not surprising that they plan this terrific action picture for their first movie.The cinematographer Jonathan Sela has done a great job the beginning of the movie is grayish silver light even the slick silver gray mustang and as it progresses it becomes a bit dark greenish feel to it even with some red with the shirt of the Russian mafia leader which mean he is the leader and blood will be spill that is why he wears the red shirt. There is the continental hotel where you can relax but every killing has to be outside the hotel plus you pay with gold coins. I like that part I though I would be mentioning it. On the top go that Keanu turn 50 and he still in great shape and returning to action film.

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A MOST WANTED MAN (2014)

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A film by Anton Corbijn
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl

A smart, effective adaptation of John le Carré’s post-9/11 political passion play about good, evil. Gunther Bachmann,(Philip Seymour) an espionage operative in Hamburg, a country trying to overcome its reputation as hot spot of terrorist activity. The organization is so secret and so deep underground than nobody know who they report to. In an other word they do not exist. Gunther is a man who is the leader because he can make the tough decision, and he is a tough as they come. When a beating up and starving half-Chechyan, half-Russian man emerges out of nowhere seeking political asylum, it catches the attention of not only Gunther’s agency, but the CIA (  Robin Wright) and other agencies in Germany. You see they want to know if he is who he says he is and not a terrorist. But the thing is that is father who died has left a ton of money to him. His father was a bad man. That is why Gunther is suspicious among other thing. in all of this emerges a lawyer and a banker.

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Here is a great spy film for the die hard movie spy buffs. The film moves at one pace only this is not you James Bond where you are going to see explosion and car chases. This has a little bit of realism into it I would say a lot. A great cast in this film Philip Seymour Hoffman, (who is no longer with us) Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright. Hoffman truly delivers the role you can tell that Gunther has the weight on his shoulder. He also wants this badly he knows that is right and he instinct tells him to investigate more. Howerver Wright plays a smooth CIA agent who is trying to help. There is a remarkable tension throughout the film but to me it is a little bit predictable toward the end. In the spy game never trust anyone not to trust anyone not even your own people. Unfortunately this is the last film for Hoffman  past away a while back and what of great actor he was.

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PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (1967 – 2014)

Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992), which I din’t see those 2 films yet but I will soon. He also played in boogie nights (1997) Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998), Flawless (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and Séquences et conséquences (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003) and Mission: Impossible III (2006). He was a versatile actor one of the best in the business as good as Robert Deniro. Let’s not forget Pirate Radio where he deliver a great performance and so enjoyable to watch. As I watched him in the Master Damm what a brilliant performance he did in this one, it is like it is flowing out of him. He could transform his looks Transform his walk and his way of thinking. He could do it all. A gesture or rolling his eyes or having a piercing look though his eyes. He was multi talented. That is a shame that an actor talented like he is passed away so soon.

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THE MASTER (2012)

A film by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams.
Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.
Its title character is transparently inspired by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, but it sidesteps any firm vision of the cult religion itself — or what it grew into. It has great performances I mean by that oscar performances. Top billing goes to an alcoholic adherent of The Master named Freddie Quell — played by Joaquin Phoenix who goes through a melt down. Then you have Lancaster Dodd and played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Two great actors and like I said 2 great performances. Freddie Quell has an unnatural and dangerous taste for booze in all forms. During the film, he will also create concoctions from paint thinner, coconut water, and something from a medicine cabinet — Lysol, perhaps. This big boat belongs to Lancaster Dodd, introduced as a writer and apparently a rich one. (He later tells Quell: “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher, but above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”) He is in the process of founding a group, movement, cult, whatever, named the Cause, and the ship is en route to New York via the Panama Canal. He has been joined on board by many followers who will join Dodd and his wife, Peggy (Amy Adams), to celebrate the marriage of their daughter. When Dodd discovers Quell is on board, his response is not to send him ashore. He does not tell him to get off the boat, but he is strangely fascinated by him and his ability to make alcohol. Dodd ask him a series of questions repeatedly over and over again This is described as “processing,” similar to the “auditing” Hubbard described in his book Dianetics. In meetings with East Coast followers, especially Helen Sullivan (Laura Dern), we see that the Cause has already attracted many recruits — and doubters, including John More (Christopher Evan Welch), who stands coldly in a doorway at one meeting and fires hostile questions. Freddie Quell is quick to pick fights with those who oppose the man who has given him affection and guidance. Quell drifts in and out of reality, imagining rooms where the women have suddenly become unclothed. You might say that he should be committed to a mental institution. It is unclear what is the cause of the cult. Scientology has reportedly staged a campaign against “The Master,” the film is vague about the Cause. Anderson is a talented director but there is some stuff missing in the movie. So see this one it is still good with great actors.

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THE IDES OF MARCH (2011)

A film by George Clooney.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Stephen Meyers is an idealist who’s brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris’s presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris’s opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris’s negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns, gets Stephen’s romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What’s most important, career, victory, or virtue?

The film also raises the question of whether it is possible for any candidate to win and yet remain true to his original values. The movie stars George Clooney, well-known as a Democrat. It takes place entirely within a Democratic primary campaign, and although our feelings about who is good and bad may evolve, they’re all Democrats. Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), who as a press secretary is required to more or less lie as a living. He works for Pennsylvania Gov. Mike Morris (Clooney), an idealistic liberal. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Paul Zara, his seasoned campaign manager; Michael Mantell is Sen. Pullman, Morris’ opponent, and Paul Giamatti is Tom Duffy, Pullman’s campaign manager. Well so far we have ensemble cast hooray!!!! The screenplay is based on a play (“Farragut North” by Beau Willimon), it contains some front-of-the-stage monologues that Hoffman and Giamatti make plausible under the camera. This is the story about actual candidate that wants to run for President. THat is how it goes lying that is what politician do so they can get elected If you think that politics is pure you are wrong. lying, deceiving ,cut throat, back stabbing etc…..It is a realistic political drama. Well done.

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BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOUR DEAD (2007)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei star in director Sidney Lumet’s thriller concerning two brothers who hatch a plan to rob their parent’s jewelry store. When the job goes awry, the entire family is set on a collision course with tragedy. Andy (Hoffman) is an overextended broker in desperate need of some cash. His brother, Hank (Hawke), isn’t much better off, so when Andy hatches a plan to rob their parent’s modest jewelry store , it seems like a foolproof way to make a quick buck. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is an immensely disturbing and tragic morality tale, which focuses on the consequences and repercussions of a sinister act driven by greed. Title taken from the Irish toast: “May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head; may you be 40 years in heaven, before the devil knows you’re dead.” In the original script, Andrew and Hank Hanson were not brothers. Sidney Lumet made this change to increase the drama of the movie. He also removed the character of Andrew & Gina’s daughter. Sidney Lumet was introduced to digital film techniques through this production and reportedly loved working with digital film, primarily due to it’s convenience. This was his first and ultimately only film to be shot in the digital format. In the DVD’s Director’s commentary, Sidney Lumet stated that in the original script, the character of Bobby Lasorda was supposed to be only 19 years old. The character was made older to make the character seem more realistic and sad. In the DVD’s Director’s commentary, Sidney Lumet says the nude scene between Gina and Hank was shot, Ethan Hawke wanted to make Marisa Tomei, feel more comfortable, and insisted on being nude as well. He further insisted that every male crew member strip naked while filming the scene to accommodate Tomei. Sidney Lumet’s final film. Leonardo Cimino’s last film. Leonardo Cimino’s last film.

 

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