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SOLO: A STARS WARS STORY (2018)

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A film by Ron Howard

Cast: Alden EhrenreichWoody HarrelsonEmilia Clarke 

The adventures of a young Han Solo when he meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Here is this prequel of Han Solo, but the film is not entirely bad despite the not so formidable performances with a few surprises and it does not hits its marks. Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Chewbacca meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? Those are the question that we should have been asking ourselves after the first 3 Stars wars. And those answers will be revealed as you watch the film, and the film answers all those question and more.

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Han  (Alden Ehrenreich) hot wires cars and meets Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) on planet carry like the burning rubber, gasoline and adolescent hormones like those teenagers films back in the 60’s. Han wants to get out of Corellia and take Qi’ra with him. Also he meets a bunch of criminals who wants to get at this big score.  Things are not as they seems most of the time and like someone says do not trust anyone. There are plenty of action scenes that are cool with some state of the art special effect. Some of the old characters of the first three Stars Wars are back and younger of course and yes it is cool to see them. Even the old ship is back. There are some tension here and there with humour. The film like I said is not entirely bad it is watchable and works but it is missing something. 

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DANS LA BRUME (2018)

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A film by Daniel Roby

Cast: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin

One day  where a strange deadly mist submerges Paris, survivors find refuge in the upper floors of buildings and on the roofs of the capital. Without information, without electricity, without water or food, a couple tries to survive this disaster and save their daughter … But the hours go by and one thing is clear: relief will not come and if one should survive , one hope to try his luck IN THE MIST …

English title: Just a breath away

The correct translation for title is In the mist by the way . So you have seen the Mist the American version this is the French version but rewritten differently, also from the fog by John Carpenter. As soon as I seen the daughter I knew how it is going to end and it did. The images of Paris of which the mist is setting in Paris where are hero du jour Mathieu (Romain Duris) is trying to escape running to his daughter’s apartment.The originality of Dans la Brume lies primarily in its Parisian decor, but also in its choice to take an interest in home life : separated parents and girl with an incurable disease. The advantage here to film in Paris and using CGI for the fog along with the apartment with the girl and her mom lives. The filmmaker focuses on not doing in the sensational but keeping it real; What would our real people will do in this situation. Where the writer who wrote the screenplay has decided that our hero will make errors along the way. With only 9 millions Euros for the film the director was creative in order to shoot  the  film that is entertaining.

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READY PLAYER ONE (2018)

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A film by Steven Spielberg

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

The creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies. He put an Easter egg into the program before he died. Whoever finds it takes control of the entire program, as well as controlling interest in the company that runs it.

25 years from now, the world has gone to shit. People are living in cramped spaces basically humanity lives in the dumps. No one gives a shit because there is a virtual games called the Oassis  that people are playing most of the time. OASIS’s creator (Mark Rylance) put an Easter egg into the program before he died. Whoever finds it takes control of the entire program, as well as controlling interest in the company that runs it. When a lone gamer who goes by the code name Parzival (Tye Sheridan) hits upon the first tangible clue to that egg, the race is on for claim it before the bad guys do.

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During the all film there is references to pop culture as well as music form the 80’s, 90’s. The all movie is fun to watch and the director has a gift for action scene and telling the story no surprise there. It is gear to young people a bunch of young actors playing the part it is going to feel like deja vu but in science fiction mode, the first time for the spielberg who in turn is not crazy about the technology. Moral of the story here people are getting addicted to the technology, you see it now days. The virtual world is outstanding and fun nothing we have seen before. It has a feel like the series Stranger thing I even wish it was not if one has to reinvent himself he must do so. Somehow spielberg has lost his touch to take chances and experiment with film making like in the beginning of his career. Like I said it is good entertainment for everyone, young and older. Yes a Delorean in the movie and did you know the new model as arrived in 2017.

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ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932)

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film by Erle C. Kenton

Cast: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen

An mad scientist conducts horrible  experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled of  mutated, half-human abominations.

First time watching this film and I loved it. Here is a little jewel  I think but I am pretty sure it became a cult film. Here is a young lad Parker (Richard Arlen) who is a shipwreck survivor Edward Parkeron gets a ride on a shipping boat but gets dumps on a other boat who is going to an Island, The island of Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) with his side kick Montgomery (Arthur Hohl) and panther woman (Kathleen Burke). At first Parker does know what is going on too much but soon after he start to understand this is not going to be a good place to stay, well not your 5 stars hotel. Dr. Moreau here perform some kind of experiment here where back home he could not perform, and so was born the wolf man and other creatures wondering the island. And yes there are laws to be taking in effect as Dr Moreau remind the creatures so he can control them better.  

It is from the novel of H.D. Wells and is now is the most known horror film of the 30’s and well as now. It is a bit creepy and uses like the film noir the shadows (before film noir took off) and fairly effective creature effects. even the make up artist here done a great job in made up the extras as Dr. Moreau calls them the indigenes. Laughton knows were well how to play this powerful portrayal of this cruel genius. He is so dead on. The film lacks of music and sounds to make it more creepy than it is, but the film is still good. It is a joy to see this film that many people told me about and no I am not disappointed at all.

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THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017)

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A  film by Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

It’s the 1960s  Elisa (Hawkins) is a mute  who spends her days taking care of an introverted,  artist (Richard Jenkins) — their apartments are situated directly above an old picture palace  Her best friend there, Zelda (Octavia Spencer), fills the air around the silent Elisa with her. One day a thing in a tank gets in the military facility where they work,  while those two are cleaning ,Elisa is a little curious of this thing. She tries to communicate with it and form an unlikely relationship. Oh! boy do I detect a love story here. 

The Shape of Water is a  familiar story, a hybrid of unusual romances and fantastical-creature-lost-on-Earth B rated movies. But del Toro can take old ideas and rewrite them He invests every moment here with beautiful  design and hypothetical atmosphere. Early scenes play with egg timers and time clocks and calendars and repetitive motions in Elisa’s workplace creating a sense of life ticking away. It also delivers an unforgettable fairy tale and a  piece of visceral filmmaking that plays on our emotions. Sally Hawkins never better here delivers little dialogue where she is along has two friends only and does not seems to fit in. The amazon creature here does not fit in this world and speaks no language. Elisa took a liking to him and a romance will develop. Two creatures that need each other. Jenkins is magnificent, his character bring a little life into the life of Elisa by watching old musical and movies. Michael Shannon as Strickland, the cruel agent Ex-military who likes  cheap candy and deals in intimidation and torture. Octavia Spencer always excellent in anything she does here, her character tries to protect Elisa who turns out to be her best friend. A terrific cinematic artistry here like you would see in those old b-rated movies. Nicely done here it took Three years to write the script and Del Toro said in an interview and a year to put it together. I guess it was worth the wait. 

 

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BLACK PANTHER (2018)

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A film by Ryan Coogler

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

After the events that took place in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns home to take his place on the throne of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation. But when an old enemy re-emerges, T’Challa’s courage is put to the test, both as a ruler and as a Black Panther. He finds himself drawn into a conflict that threatens not only the fate of Wakanda, but that of the entire world …

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Here is to my surprise  (I resisted a bit seeing this film) a great story telling with a positive message of Africa. So it is to my surprise that this film has a positive message and an other view of Africa which by far is a beautiful country with their own set of problems that they are dealing with. There is no shortage of talent, including Forest Whitaker as the Black Panther’s mentor, Lupita Nyong’o as a free-spirited beauty, Andy Serkis as a nasty arms dealer, Martin Freeman as a CIA agent, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright as the mother and sister. Wakanda is a Black universe, a world with a tapestry of the richest, sharpest colors and textures. Rachel Morrison’s beautiful cinematography and Ruth Carter’s costumes pop so vividly that they become almost tactile. The villain here wants to rule the world what else and the good guy, the king wants to be low-key but a women in his life thinks that Wakanda can help others and she has a plan of action. Here is a bit a change this comic super hero has women that are his body guards you will see here strong women that will actually fights. The suit of the black panther is actually cool with the gadget that his sister made and updated will keep him fighting while being safe. The film is like James bond into a Sci-fi Adventure , thriller combine with action sequences nor that they are anything wrong with that. Here is a film that will surprise you.

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017)

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A film by Rian Johnson

Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill

Rey (Daisy Ridley) tries to find luke Skywalker (Mark Hamil) to find out what is going on with her inside of her and to embark on this adventure with the gang that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

Finally it has arrived and I was going to do a review yesterday but something came up. Here are character-packed extravaganza that picks up at the end of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and guides the series into unfamiliar territory with a few surprises. And yes fans you  are going to love it. Don’t worry the mythology follows what George Lucas has built.

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The first part of stars wars deals with Lea and the resistance trying to destroy a main ship and running away from the Empire. The other part is Rey trying to convince the self-exiled Jedi master Luke Skywalker , to overcome his grief at failing a group of young Jedi trainees and rejoin the Resistance. And yes in the mix there is Darth Vader-obsessed apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Yes there are the usual suspects but I am going to be vague even not say much after that.

The story telling goes where it is supposed to go even end it where it is suppose to go which is to be followed by the 9th one. The special effects are out standing and even beautiful at times. The surprises make sense and you will see why when you see the film. It is down perfect this film and let’s hope they can do the same for the next one. The thing is the unexpected death of Carrie Fisher, thank god they gave her more screen time on that one. R.I.P Carrie Fisher. Yes it has humour in it and I expected that but the ending of the film I knew it was the only way to go. Until next time.

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BLADE RUNNER (2049)

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A film by Dennis Villeneuve 

Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

Here is the 2 hour and 43 minutes stylish master piece of Villeneuve with the message what it is to be human that is relating to a melodic Blade Runner (1982). It has staying power and his ground breaking like its predecessor. It remix the themes and characters of the beloved original to give viewers the comfort of familiarity to the audience. the first trailer was fine and he did not reveal two much but the second one did and that was a mistake. There is some kind of twist in the story thank god for that. The film looks grippy and has a film neo-noir feel to it and it suppose too like the first one.

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Los Angeles in 2049. K (Ryan Gosling) a young blade runner finds out a secret that is link to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) former blade runner himself who has been missing for 30 years. The visual of the film is out of their world. Villeneuve has created this dark look in 2049 L.A. where it is raining most go the time. The hologram surfaced here and yes it does exist today just not long ago they had a dead singer’ s hologram giving a concert in France they just testing it out, it is like the real thing impressive. it is a visually striking world, capturing images that work thematically. Like the one K goes to where there is minimal radiation and the gigantesque statues are mind-blowing as K walks bedside them. It is the most stunning film visually with  Luc Besson ’s Valerian. Ryan Gosling,  gives one of the great performances along with Jared Leto. What I like about this is the film is the continuation of the second one 30 years later nice move here. And yes Blade runner 2049 answers one of the most important question. 

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WHAT HAPPEN TO MONDAY (2017)

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A film by Tommy Wirkola

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck

2073. The Earth is overpopulated. The government decides to introduce a one-child policy, applied by hand of the iron by the Office of Birth grant, under the aegis of Nicolette Cayman.

 I will say this there is a series called Orphan black if you have not see it do so. Tatiana Maslany who plays identical clones plays it so damn well that you want more. But the script is awesome so she has a lot to work with. Now I am not saying this film is not good but it is just entertaining, however the script needs a little work. In France the advertised it and in big letters it reads “you will never guess the end” You have got to be fucking kidding me (Pardon my French Ha!ha!) but I guessed the end. The cast is wonderful in it and Noomi Rapace does a nice job here even Glenn close who plays this cold-hearted bitch too well here but the film is entertaining. It is predictable. Original not really it had been manipulated differently from too many films and series. Not too bad the fighting was decent at that, the fact that they did it as a triller is fine here too. Like I said I don’t dismiss it because it is entertaining.
The thing is that everything has been done and redone and it is hard to surprise the audience. But the script needed some work here. I do love the swedish actress Noomi here is a matter of fact I am a fan. I am going to have to wait for the next one.
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VALERIAN: CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETES (2017)

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A film by Luc Besson 

Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

Ok here it is Luc Besson when he was 10 years old read Valerian a comic book in France and had to wait 6 days to get the other 4 pages because at the time it was printed 4 pages at the time. He said I had to have a lot of patience as a kid. Now He went on to make the 5th element and by a stroke of luck he made his money on it about 238 million dollars A film about 75 million dollars to make. The writers of the comic book one day tell him “why don’t you make Valerian. So Luc went on to start to make this film when suddenly Avatar came in at the movie theatre saw it and decided to wait a little more when the special effect are going to be better. The first challenge that he had  to find the financing of the film and of course he knew that the big studio in Hollywood would bite but gave him only $160 millions which he asked him “if you were me would you make it for this amount of money? “ they responded “no”. When he finally found the $232 millions  he made it at his studio in France in La cité du cinema.

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And what a beautiful Sci-fi film it is with a message behind it. It is a feast for you eyes an overwhelming vision and silliness like you never seen before even the special effect was made in France. I came about Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’s groundbreaking French comics Valerian at the dentist office and did luck besson stuck to the comic book and make it his own. The aliens are awesome in this film every colours possible,  neon-blue waters, and the druggy coolness of those pearls. Our heroes  are the interstellar federation agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), first time acting here,  who spend much of the film trying to find the missing commander of a massive, 700-year-old space station. Rihanna shows up as a shape-shifting pole dancer. And Ethan Hawke plays perfectly theJ olly the Pimp. All is well in this beautiful film that you eyes and mind will go wild.

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