Posted in French film

THE SEARCH (2014)

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A film Michel Hazanavicius

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Annette Bening, Maksim Emelyanov

The film opens with a voice saying”Welcome to a big, shitty country: Chechnya.” The screen of an amateur video camera displays the date of 16/10/99, and the voice of a Russian soldier comments live on the atrocities committed  the Great Russia  against villagers ironically classed as terrorists (and treated like dog) before they are coldly executed. From his window, Hadji (Abdul Khalim Mamatsuevi), a nine years old boy witnesses the murder of his parents. He holds in his arms his younger brother, a baby. Escaping from the soldiers and hidden from the army tank, he finds a house where they are still people living inside so he lives his brother on the chair outside rings the door bell then runs to hide to make sure that the people took his brother. This is his journey truing to get out of the country and find a place where he can find peace not knowing if his sister is still alive of course he thinks she is dead.

Terrific film from Michel Hazanavicius who directs his wife Bérénice Bejo who does a great job here. Bérénice plays a woman who gather testimonies for the European Union Human Rights Committee. Helen (Annette Benning) Plays the leader of the red cross and cross path with the boy. The orphan Hadji fears the soldier he does not trust them. For a kid who is 9 years old and seems so much devastation from the war and killing you can pretty much feels what he fells. And this young actor has just done a wonderful job at it.  We also plunge into the side of the Russian army with Kolia’s (Maxim Emelianov) initiation into the war, a character forcibly enlisted in order to avoid prison for possession of cannabis and who will brutally learn what it is to be a soldier in Russia. Grippy dark gray feel trough the film you feel that you are there. The search tells the story of war in multiple perspectives, the soldier, innocent child, civilian, Red Cross leader, and a sister looking for her brother.

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Posted in Great movie, U.S. Film

INTERSTELLAR (2014)

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A  film by Christopher Nolan

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain 

In the future earth has been devastated and the food supply is getting fierce drought are setting in and so is famine. A group of explorers must travel space into this wormhole where they think they found an other planet that can sustain life. The crew is require to think further and go further then ever before in history. Going into a wormhole one hour is the equivalent of seven years back on Earth, they are racing against time to save the people on earth. Coop the leader of the group must decide between seeing his children and the future of the human race.

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Okay remember Armagadon where the earth was going to be hit with an astroid and they sent a bunch of astronauts to save the earth from being hit. Well this film it the better one. It is like he rewrote Armagadon but instead of an astroid it is the human race who has destroy it and an pilot who is certified to fly and go into space with a group of people to find an other planet. We are at one point doing a little too much of those as I a call them green planet movies. Interstellar is well thought out and the story telling is there. The music in the background is mostly there though out the film to build excitement. Even when the rocket launched the all theater shook it was loud as hell. Matthew McConaughey’s widowed astronaut Cooper and his colleague Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) the chemistry is there and they had some of the most critical scene together. It is a great sacrifice, they are separated from their family for years. by the way the universe is vast that is a scary thing. Amelia’s father, an astrophysicist played by Michael Caine and he is still at it at his age that is awesome. Cooper who used to work for Nasa lives on a farm and grows corn. They are growing corn to feed the human race but soon that will disappear due to the drought and the sand storm that they endure. The land scape is out of this world in this film. Think about it if you are along in space for years and do not see an other face that is why us human need the companionship and the need to apes on the bloodline for a better future and Nolan and his brother has made the point when they wrote the story. There is a ghost in the story who leaves sand dust and cooper’s daughter find out that is a message behind it. They had to build the most detailed miniature spaceship and do they look good. McConaughey is perfect for playing the pilot who leads them into space is acting is flawless. Mackenzie Foy who plays her daughter was she is young did an outstanding job as well. The music goes well with the film it is perfect. Well I can’t wait to see what is next for Nolan. To top that it is going to be difficult but not impossible. A must see.

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Posted in U.S. Film

JEREMIAH JOHNSON (1972)

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A film by Sydney Pollack

Cast: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton 

Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) who is quiet a character who goes in the mountain to begin a new life like he trying ti hide something or run from someone. The first year makes it barely alive. although he meets a  a veteran mountain man (Will Geer), who teaches him the ways of the mountain man. of course he encounters Indians who are friendly or not but not portrait like savages  in other movies. There is not much dialog in this film but the cinematography speak for itself.  The story were based from the real trapper John “Liver Eater”. The movie was shot in remote areas of Utah were once mountain men roamed. We as the audience watch Jeremiah along in the wild were loneliness sets in. There is more to this story but I would reveal too much so If you didn’t see the movie i would spoil it. Will Geer is a wonderful actor in this I think he almost steal the movie from Redford. There is a great scene with a grizzly bear with Geer and Redford that is not to be missed and has humor in it. Back in the day my best friend tells me  there is going to be a great movie coming on as I watched it for the first time I thought I should see it again and again.

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Posted in U.S. Film

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (1992)

A film by  Robert Redford.
Cast: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt
A true story about two boys, Norman and Paul, growing up in Montana. One is rebellious of his father, Rev. Maclean, while the other has his feet on the ground. The one love they both have is fly fishing. Fly-fishing stands for life in this movie. This memory of a Western childhood was first told in a book published some 20 years ago by Norman Maclean, after he retired as a professor of English at the University of Chicago. It was a story his father told him he should some day try to write. When the book was published it immediately found an audience. Redford’s film version makes the crucial decision to keep Maclean’s voice in the film. The movie stars Craig Sheffer as Norman, the older son and Brad Pitt is the younger brother, Paul, an impetuous, golden-haired free spirit who drinks too much and gets in card games, and wants nothing more than to stay in Montana all of his life, working for a newspaper. Norman has more serious aspirations; he wants to teach literature. But it is Paul who is the better fly fisherman, and who, at least one day, is perfect at what he did. Beautiful cinematography seriously and the casting is superb. Job well done by Redford. YOU will want to se it again and again. I have tried fly fishing with my best friend when I was back in the states It is not easy, trust me but fun I love fishing any way. One of my favorite movie.

Posted in U.S. Film

THE NATURAL (1984)

A film by  Barry Levinson
Cast: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close.
An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman.
This is the classic sports-Walter Mitty-fantasy movie, with an ending that may seem corny to cynical critics or those who prefer the book. In the book he does not make the home run. I say they should stick with book but Hollywood wanted a great ending as in a happy ending. The cinematography is beautiful. an all ensemble cast.

Posted in U.S. Film

THE STING (1973)

A film by George Roy Hill.

Cast :  Paul NewmanRobert RedfordRobert Shaw

When a mutual friend is killed by a mob boss, two con men, one experienced and one young try to get even by pulling off the big con on the mob boss. The story unfolds with several twists and last minute alterations. Robert Shaw injured his knee and incorporated the resulting limp into his performance. According to “You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again” by Julia Phillips, Shaw split all the ligaments in his knee after slipping on a wet handball court at the Beverly Hills Hotel a week before filming started. He had to wear a leg brace during production which was kept hidden under the wide 1930s style trousers he wore. Technical advisor John Scarne doubled for Paul Newman’s hands in the film. It was he who did all of the card manipulations and deck switching in the film. It would have taken a long time for someone to be able to master all of the card routines shown. In the film, we see Scarne’s hands disappear off screen; a clever invisible cut hides the switch; Newman’s hands return, and the camera pans up to his face. “The Big Con” by David W. Maurer, originally published in 1940 and reissued in 1999, served as the source for this picture. Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Johnny Hooker before Robert Redford changed his mind and decided to play it. The movie was filmed on the backlot of Universal studios and the diner in which Hooker meets Lonnegan is the same diner interior used in Back to the Future in which Marty McFly first meets his father and calls Doc Brown. e movie is based on the real-life exploits of grifter brothers Charley and Fred Gondorf, whose experiences culminated in a scam similar to the one shown in the film, known in 1914 as “the wire” or “the big store”. Unlike the movie, however, the actual “mark” was more than happy to testify against Charley Gondorf, the front man of the scam, and he spent time in Sing Sing, as did his younger brother a year later for running another scam. Both served a few years and were released. As late as 1924, when Charley was 65 and Fred 60, they were still active, and running new scams.

Posted in U.S. Film

THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975)

A film by Sydney Pollack

Cast: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson 

His code name is Condor. In the next 24 hours, everyone he trusts will try to kill him.” As the ads ominously announced, a low-level spook confronts the unfathomable in Sydney Pollack’s 1975 political thriller, adapted from the James Grady novel Six Days of the Condor. One of a cycle of conspiracy films from the 1970s that also included The Parallax View (1974) and Redford’s All the President’s Men (1976), Three Days of the Condor pits a working everyman (albeit a CIA everyman) against a far-reaching conspiracy, as it also criticizes the CIA during a period of increasing publicity about federal wrongdoing, from the Pentagon Papers through Watergate and other congressional investigations. Three Days of the Condor suggests that one man can still discover the truth, but whether it helps him remains to be seen. a well-made thriller, tense and involving, and the scary thing, in these months after Watergate, is that it’s all too believable. Conspiracies involving murder by federal agencies used to be found in obscure publications of the far left. Starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.