ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (2017)

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A film by Ridley Scott

Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the will power of his mother who devoted all her energy to convince his Grandfather to pay the ransom due to the fact he was a billionaire.

Ridley Scott has said that is his last film he is going to direct, so to me he goes out with a bang. He will have a foot in the cinema by just producing. The story focuses on the trio’s awesome performances: Michelle Williams as Gail Harris, the mother of an abducted heir to the Getty fortune; Charlie Plummer as the heir, John Paul Getty III; and Christopher Plummer as the grandfather, John Paul Getty, was the richest man in the world at the time of the kidnapping. (The two Plummers are not related.) 

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The thing is here is that John Getty here is so cheap it is not even funny to the point you will see how he spent his money to avoid paying taxes. So you think at first that he does not want to negotiate with terrorists but he comes down he is cheaper than scrooge. In the mix of it all John Paul Getty III ’s parents was getting divorced due to the fact that his father discovered drugs and free love. His grandfather had his reasons not to pay. Money will do usually thing to some people it will deformed their mind. Like i said you will see a scene where J. Getty stays in a nice star hotel but washes his own clothes and sheets because he doe not want to spent more on Laundromat. His stubbornness of not willing to pay the $17 Million could of getting his grandson killed. Wahlberg here plays Fletcher Chase who plays a negotiator for Getty and his right hand man plus he is in charge of security. The mother had to endure this nightmare plus she was patient, I would kill the grandfather myself even tortured him. The film was shot in location in Italy, London, and Jordan. It is beautifully well shot. Plummer embodies the character so completely that he must had to breathe, eat and think like a Getty. to make it so believable. As Ridley Scott would say” that is all folks. “

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ALIEN CONVENANT (2017)

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A film by Ridley Scott

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

Alien: Covenant is a sequel to Prometheus (2012) and the second instalment of the Alien prequel series. The story takes place years ago  after the events in the previous film following a new group of characters who’re on an expedition to an uncharted planet carrying a large number of colonists in hibernation. However due to a signal in space they land on an other planet that seems habitable but something is off, and very quickly the crew began to regret their decision.

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Katherine Waterston stars as Daniels, one of the crew members of the Covenant ship soon to be heroin. Michael Fassbender  portraying a new android character named Walter who’s part of the Covenant crew, after all he is the keeper of the ship while the crew sleep. Billy Crudup plays Christopher Oram the captain of the crew. The performance here are fine here as well as the visual where Scoot does not disappoint. They will be answers in this one that is going to make sense. It provides  answers to the origins of Alien. It is a bit horrifying to be trap in confined spaces in space with this monster that wants to kill everything on his path. The film’s pace is slow at first to develop the characters so you get to know them and where they come from. The special effects are awesome in this one Scott here went all out as expected, other than that it is fine.

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THE MARTIAN (2015)

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A film by Ridley Scott 

Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig 

During a mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew, his worst nightmare. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the red planet. With some supplies that will last him at least 50 days, he ingenuity starts to kick in over drive and figures out how to survive and contact NASA to tell them he is still a live.

I just remember not long  ago that finally a robot got laugh to mars and brought back some picture from mars NASA out done themselves this time. The thing is on Mars there is no water. This was the premise for Scott’s film and Andy Weir, the author of the book did so much research on it ti’s not even funny and thank god for that. He asked himself if something goes wrong what could happen and if someone left behind could he survive. Mark Watney had main concern food, water, yes math, chemistry and botany are important here in order to survive. There is humor into it well the fertilizer’s problem was fixed right away well you know that one. The thing is Mark has to wait 4 years for the next mission therefore has to figure out to grow food and to get water on a planet where it never rains and where nothing grows. NASA’s team of  geniuses played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis and much more, are trying to figure out how to get Mark back to earth. There is a little bit of MacGyver in mark making something out of nothing.

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Here is a film that is making science cool and even you might not understand the jargon here you are going to have a great time watching this. And yes there is disco music in this film I know ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! but there is humor with it. Mark keep his cool and will never give up in order to keep his spirit up his uses humor when he log in into his video journal. The visual of they film is pure joy here. The film was shot  in Wadi Rum, Jordan, which has a red colored desert, the rest in the studio somewhere in Europe. Great performance by Matt Damon who plays the team clown / the joker. A nice cool Sci-fi film where Ridley Scoot shines. If I was stranded on Mars and I was an astronaut I would pack a lot of cases of wine it a must for a french man ’s survival.

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MATCHSTICK MEN (2003)

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A film by Ridley Scott Cast: Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, Sam Rockwell Yes it is a Ridley Scott film but not the type he usually directs. It has 3 stories .

  1. A story of a man who is paralyzed by neurotic obsessions
  2. A story of 2 con men who happens to have a big score, yes the last big score.
  3. The story of a man who meets the teenage daughter he never knew he had and try to make up for lost time.

The man in question is Roy (Nicholas Cage) who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder week you name it he suffers from it. his partner is Frank (Sam Rockwell) and his daughter is Angela (Alison Lohman). Brothers Ted and Nicholas Griffin adapted it from the novel by Eric Garcia. And what a great story it is. Here is roy who is a clever con artist, who saves money for a rainy day, and wants to be a father to his daughter. You see his partner wants to get the big fish as he calls it, the big con. So they can retire. Pay attention when Roy goes at the supermarket, pay attention  at he body language of the cashier and later in the film towards the end you should go okay. there is more to it to this film. So they get a con going that works well when Frank wants to get the big fish some dude from out-of-town, when suddenly Roy’s daughter comes put of nowhere and tells him he is the father. Great performance from Cage here and the cast fit perfectly here after all it is key to have a great cast who has chemistry this one is perfect. Lohman  is effective and her acting is flawless. It is fun to watch this well made film and I do love this one. It is perfect in many ways.

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BLADE RUNNER (1982)

 

A film by Ridley scott.
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young.
In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specializes in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when four replicants escape from an off-world colony to Earth. <it is predictable because you should guess that he is going to fall in love with one of the replicant. Basically It is a detective story in space, a film noir science-fiction. It asks us to imagine its own future, in “the year 2020”. The movie takes place in a Los Angeles that looks like a futuristic Tokyo, with gigantic billboards showing smiling Japanese girls drinking Coca-Cola. I would have predicted L.A. would be Hispanic, but never mind. It looks sensational. So enjoy this one and let yourself go in the future.

 

ALIEN (1979)

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed. Originally to be directed by Walter Hill, but he pulled out and gave the job to Ridley Scott. The front (face) part of the alien costume’s head is made from a cast of a real human skull. During production an attempt was made to make the alien character transparent or at least translucent. 130 alien eggs were made for the egg chamber inside the downed spacecraft. Many of the interior features of the Nostromo came from airplane graveyards. he chestbursting scene was filmed in one take with four cameras. Dallas’ pursuit of the alien down the ventilator shafts, and the intercut scenes of the rest of the crew urging him on, was shot in one day. The screen test that bagged Sigourney Weaver the role of Ripley was her speech from her final scene. The blue laser lights that were used in the alien ship’s egg chamber were borrowed from The Who. The band was testing out the lasers for their stage show in the soundstage next door. Dan O’Bannon requested that Ridley Scott and producer Walter Hill, both of whom had little knowledge of horror or science-fiction cinema, screen The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to prepare for shooting the more intense scenes. Scott and Hill were stunned by the horror film and admitted it motivated them to ratchet up the intensity of their own film. Walter Hill’s re-write included to make two of the characters female (and to add a romantic subplot that was deleted) and to alter much of the dialogue written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett. The original dialogue has been described as poetic but Hill assessed it as pretentious and obscure.