DISOBEDIENCE (2018)

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A film by Sebastián Lelio

Cast: Rachel WeiszRachel McAdamsAlessandro Nivola 

A woman from New York returns to her community for her father’s funeral. As son as she gets there it sparks her attraction to a childhood friend. Theirs passion ignites and they are going to question their sexuality and their faith.

Sebastián Lelio after his last film A fantastic woman directs his first english speaking film. The first scene is a Rabbi giving a sermon about free will. He speaks of angels, beasts, and Adam and Eve. He says that humans are “free to choose.”Then he drops dead. The scene is subtle and Lelio just put it out there, bang in your face. Based on Naomi Alderman’s novel is an old-fashioned drama. The rabbi who died was Rav Krushka (Anton Lesser), an important figure in the London Orthodox Jewish community. His daughter Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a New York-based photographer, who left years ago. When she returns home, she walks into the unchanged world of her childhood, looked at by relatives and former friends with curiosity and concern. She is has long free hair, smokes , and wears short leather skirts. However her father stated that he had no children. She has no idea that her best friend is married to her other best friend. Here the director does not reveal what happened in the past not all of it. You are going to figure it out by the performances of the other actors, their body language. The relationship is going to rekindle here but at what cost. Here the Orthodox Jewish community is bad guy here or is it not? The film doesn’t set out to judge or discriminate; it is an attempt to show how difficult it is to negotiate the borders between sexuality and faith in a structured society. It is not an easy thing to negotiate. That is why the cinematography is dark, sombre colours due to the theme of the film. This is a story about characters that are willing to change and evolve but also struggling with it. Here is a story where people are going to relate to it and debate after seeing the film.

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DOCTOR STRANGE (2016)

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A film by Scott Derrickson

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams , Tilda Swinton

After a  car accident, talented self-centered neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), must put his ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, with  a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the world.

Here are some cool mind-bending special effect that is out of the world introduce us to the new hero Dr. strange of Marvel well new not so because the comic book came out in the 60’s. And I was wondering when they where going to make the film. No disappointment here by long shot,  Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance is outstanding as the arrogant doctor Strange who is caught in a mystical war fighting for eternal life. The shocking car crash that robs Doctor Strange of his steady hands, leaving him incapable of even shaving, changes everything and without delay, he finds himself in Kathmandu looking for answers. He meets the Ancient One, an oracle with abilities to manipulate time and create dimensional gateways. Like she says to him “you have demons it is not to lose them but to live with them”. Yes there is some humor into it especially when he comes back to his ex-girlfriend’s hospital so he can get patch up. The incredible Tilda Swinton delivers beautifully well  her role as the ancient one Both Cumberbatch and Swinton teal the show . . There that is that . Basically the film will leave you with a great cinematic experience.

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SPOTLIGHT (2015)

 

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A film by Tom McCarthy

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams 

On January 6, 2002, Boston Globe subscribers picked up their local paper and saw the front page headline: “Church Allowed Abuse by Priest for Years. And yes it had an impact all over the world. Cardinal Bernard Law, the Archbishop of Boston, stepped down in disgrace, he is now in Rome to this day thanks to pope john Paul II. I was still in the US when the story broke out and did it make news not only it made news but other victims called the globe to tell the story after it broke out.

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Spotlight is about the investigation, it is wonderfully written and filmed old school a la classic mode as I call it. If remember correctly there was a film named All President’s men  but a different story this one about watergate. The Spotlight team is editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), and three reporters, Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), and Matty Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). John Slattery plays Globe managing deputy editor Ben Bradlee Jr. Keep in mind it is an all-star cast and what a beautiful job they have done here. When a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), comes on board bring the abuse from the priests and wants spotlight to make it their next story. Here are the reporters who are going to go full force and discover it is more common than they think. They soon discover that there were 90 priest who abuse children but still remain priest at their church. They tried to keep it quite for so long even they discover that 50% of the clergy had sex with adults who took an oath to god to be celibate. Why is that not surprising me at all. As the discover more atrocities McCarthy build the tension a bit. Spotlight also shows a deeper truth, the level of psychological trauma brought on by abuse, not just to the victims, but to horrified Catholics everywhere. And trust me when the news got out I knew some friends who were religious Catholic who was sick to their stomach after they read the news. They soon encounters more sources who were willing to talk. Here is a great film that show with perseverance and great work ethics mix with the passion reporters who has done an excellent job.

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SOUTHPAW (2015)

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A film by Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona LaurenceForest Whitaker

A boxer who looses his wife turnto Tick Willis a trainer at some gym to help him get back his life together as well as the custody of his daughter from child protection services.  Here is a terrific screenplay from Kurt Shutter who has written this cool series Sons of Arnachy, the Shield I have them on my series website. You put Antoine Fuqua as the director and the aver so terrific Jake GyHenhaal as the hero of the story you got yourself a terrific awesome film.

Here is a boxer who has everything and comes from a broken home as work his ass off tho be on the top when suddenly he losses everything after his wife gets killed. The wife was the decision maker in the house as well as his business manager take that away and you have a lost angry boxer who does not know how to cope with it. His empires crumble down and his kid gets taken by child protection services to top it all off. It is a story of redemption a little bit predictable but great to watch here because the performance of Jake is outstanding, he is on the top go his game. Even Forest Whitaker who plays the trainer here in some small gym with a bunch of kids that he tries to get them out of trouble by leaning boxing has done a great job and Forrest and jake deserve each other here. 50 cents to my surprise as played wonderfully well in this film. The cinematography has a shadow black on black to it. The fighting scenes are pumped with emotional punch in the gut. Best view with recommendation while of course drinking beer, Hello! it is a boxing film after all.

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A MOST WANTED MAN (2014)

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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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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Directed and written by Woody Allen. A young couple travel in Paris for business. they are forced to see that they are two different people that choose a very different path. woody begin the film with the best photography of Paris when it sunny then cloudy then raining. The music is great and his knowledge of writer, painters are dead on .Beautiful movie from woody.