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.




DENIAL (2016)


film by Mick Jackson

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall

Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), a noted historian and author, fiercely defends the memory of the Holocaust. She is confronted with an academic extremist, advocate of controversial theses on the Nazi regime, David Irving (Timothy Spall) , who challenges her to prove the existence of the Holocaust.

The thing about Mick Jackson’s film is the unexpected strategy the lawyers take to counter the claim the Holocaust never occurred. The film may be a little dry, but the topic is not. I did not know there was people who denied that the holocaust has never happened and to top it all off they have lawyer that will counter-claim that the holocaust never occurred due to lack of evidence. You have got to be kidding. David Hare’s screenplay focuses on the topic, immersing us in the protagonist’s life and beliefs. It is an intellectually interesting  film that raises not only questions about the Holocaust, but about the issues of  proving any historical event has occurred. It will take a large team of lawyer here to combat this imbecile David Irving and Deborah Lipstadt who is a fighter here can not be on the stand to testify which she struggled with it. Richard Rampton (Wilkinson) took upon this strategy never make eye contact which aggravated Irving big time. The court drama how ever has been done a la traditional a flaw here but the performances of the actors are A+ thank god for that. It is still watchable but not the great film that it should be been.



YOUTH (2015)

Youth (2015)

A film by Paolo Sorrentino

Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda

Here is a wonderful Italian film with some great dialogue, actors, and we won’t talk about the cinematography.

Fred (Michael Caine) and Nick (Harvey keitel) are two great friends for decades now, they are in the Alps in Switzerland in this beautiful hotel on vacation. Fred is a music composer who is retired and Nick is a director who is working on his last film with a bunch of young writers. Some one wants Fred to conduct one of his masterpiece , he has no intention too and Nick is trying to finish his screenplay to top it all off they look with curiosity at their children confused about their lives.

Her is the latest mediation between immortality and aging and I might say with humor. A young prostitute services old men, a married couple never speak and an obese Argentine football hero with a tattoo of Karl Marx on his back potters about trailed by a blonde who might be his wife or his nurse or more likely both plus an actor who is trying to search his character of his latest film role. There is three stories there Fred who is asked to do a last concert, Nick who is writing his last film and the marriage break up Lena who is Fred’s daughter and married to Nick’s son who is found an other woman. This film is like an orchestra the music is flowing and you do not know what is going to happen next. It has beautiful harmony to it plus the cinematography of the alps in Switzerland is out of this world. It is about relationship, youth, mortality, intelligently written and beautifully film. I might have he has an unusual way to move the camera with some off beat angles. I ma going to go see it again but this time I am going to pay attention to the images a little more carefully. The cast is superb here Keitel, Caine, Fonda veteran actors here on the top of their games. Paul Dano what can I say he is getting better and better no doubt. He is carefully choosing his film. Weisz shines here as well. Trust me as I say this it is an other masterpiece from Sorrentino. Do see this film while drinking some St. Emilion 2012.

Youth (I) (2015)




A film by Terence Davies

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Ann Mitchell

Set around 1950 Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), an attractive but inward young woman who is married to Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale), a judge twice her age or so. The story takes place in a single day when she left her husband for a young pilot that she fell madly in love with. He is Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), an RAF pilot.


The story tell has flashback from time to time to let the viewer what happen with this Three persons. First you have Collier who is a judge has a stable job, beard well-trimmed, expensive tailored suit, and chauffeur who drives a Rolls Royce.  On the other hand is Freddie who was a pilot and looking for a job. You have Hester who falls in love with Freddie who ha nothing to his name but who loves him to death. Collier brings stability and financial security but the love is not there. Collier is an unhappy man judging from the flashback his mother was the cold one and quiet unpleasant so Hester has been quiet neglected in bed therefore she found a new lover who’s that passion. The film has that brownish feel to it with the Pubs where people were singing and sipping their beers slowly. The aftermath of the war is still there.  The air is foggy and thick men wore suit of dark color, woman wore dresses with hot and a scarf. People were living in small apartment decorated with wooden furniture. This was the time back then The film here is well acted and filmed. Another British drama who was done à la classic mode.


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A fim by Tony Gilroy.
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton.
The events in this movie takes place around the same time that the events in The Bourne Ultimatum. When a British reporter was writing an expose about Black Ops operations Treadstone and Black Briar, and the ones responsible for them are concerned. And when Jason Bourne, former Treadstone operative got the file on Treadstone and Black Briar and gave it to Pamela Landy who them passed it to the media. When the men behind Treadstone and Black Briar learn of this, they’re concerned how this will affects other ops they have. They decide it’s best to shut down all ops and make sure make everyone involved disappears. They try to take out Aaron Cross who is part of another op called Outcome, but he manages to survive. He then seeks out Dr. Marta Shearing who worked on him when he began. It seems part of the program is for all subjects to take medications but he has run out, which is why he seeks her. But people from the program tries to kill her. He saves her and she tells him, he should have stopped taking the pill.
Aroon cross is an agent of The Program, a secret U.S. intelligence project that involves modifying the human genome to produce men with incredible physical and mental agility, and the skill set of an Eagle Scout with nine pounds of merit badges. He is running out of meds and tries to find more as he finds out from Dr. Marta Shearing these meds are a virus that alters genes. You can take booster pills from time to time, or with a new iteration you can be “locked in,” which is what Cross seeks. the cinematography is superb at the beginning of the movie. Nice motorcycle chase in Manila And a foot chase on the roof done before. It leaves it for a sequel will Aroon Cross Meet Jason Bourne?