Thriller

EL HOMBRE DE LAS MIL CARAS (2017)

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A  film by Alberto Rodríguez

Cast: José Coronado, Eduard Fernández, Miquel García Borda

English : The Man with Thousand Faces

Francisco Paesa, former Spanish secret agent, is committed to resolve a case of embezzlement of money likely to lead to a state scandal. The man sees the opportunity to enrich himself while avenging the government that betrayed him in the past. Then begins one of the most incredible political and financial intrigues of recent years: the true story of a man who deceived a whole country and knocked down a government.

God dam!! what a film. Genius I might have. Here is a smart, captivating and brilliantly  film. The film is technically remarkable. In the beginning, we get lost a bit, then the magic takes shape. Filmed in France, Singapore, Switzerland and Spain, Director Rodriguez out did himself in this film. With a budget of 4,5 millions Dollars this film has an enormous success all over Europe. Based on Manuel Cerdán’s book, that the director appreciated, back in the 90’s Rodriguez decided to adapt the book into a screenplay. It was the biggest financial scandal in Spain, back in the 90’s. Here Rodriguez set the pace from the beginning of the film with some cool rhythm music.  The film has this narration and even depict the financial jargon so you can understand better the event that took place. Here the english title is going to be “Smoke and Mirrors” it is far from the traduction. Who cares see this film that is brilliantly filmed where the 90’s was recreated beautifully well even the costumes by Rodriguez.

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LE SERPENT AUX MILLES COUPURES (2017)

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A film by Eric Valette

Cast: Tomer Sisley, Terence Yin, Pascal Greggory

What a French thriller néo-noir that works finally no pas possible. Ok back in the day there were a lot of them but now days it is the Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland who knows how to do them. Here Eric Valette has done an adaptation from the Series Noire entitled DOA is a thriller with a breath of fresh air. I have too admit Olivier Marshall knows how to make them I think he has a film coming out soon I can’t wait.

I am not going to say much about it you are going to find out when you see the film and a little warning it is not perfect but what is those days. In the mixed there are a motor cycle man played by Tomer Sisley (who is himself a director) we do not know much about him or where he comes from all we know is escape jail. But by killing a few person along the way he will set off a chain of event as follows a dude played by Terence Yin, who co-stars, he is from china, his character is a ruthless man with the effectiveness of a Terminator, affixed of a sidekick that perfectly holds the role of this lean mean machine of no emotion what so ever. Some drugs dealer ,no really! a lawyer and a godfather of sorts. Some racist farmers who does not like black people farming next to them. And you have a modern western with an explosive  ending. voila have fun.

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PRIS DE COURT (2017)

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A film by Emmanuelle Cuau

Cast: Virginie Efira, Gilbert Melki, Renan Prevot

English: Not on my watch

Nathalie is a jeweler and has just moved to Paris for a new job and a new life with her two sons. But the jeweller suddenly changes their mind and tells her  that the position will not be for her. Nathalie wants to protect her children and decides not to tell them anything. This lies will give birth to other lies on both sides. May the fiesta of lies begins.. …

First I knows for a fact not too many people will like this film. But here Cuau is a talented director in telling the story with a realism into it. The filmmaker once again demonstrates, with a very limited budget, the extent of her skill at subtly, with a few stroke making her characters’ behaviour seem real skilfully executing  the rhythm of the narration and getting the best out of her outstanding actors. Virginie Efira, who carries the film exceptionally well and may I add what a joy to see Gilbert Melki delivering an outstanding performance as usual. The film is filmed with finesse and edited with scientific cadence is a slow cooker thriller here which the director accomplished the portrayal of this family that is solid and affectionate which will bring them to the brink of fear of this cruel world until they are almost on the verge of the point of no return here Natalie thinks of a solution to get them out. The thing here Emmanuelle Cuau deserves to have more money to make the most of her potential.

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COMPARTIMENT TUEURS (1965)

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A film by Costa-Gavras

Cast: Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin, Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant

English tile : The sleeping car murder

Six people share a sleeping-car on a Paris-bound train. When it reaches its destination, one of them is found murdered. As the police headed by Inspector Graziani (Yves Montand) frantically search for the killer soon after an other murder happens ,no!!! this can’t happen in Paris. It is the work of a serial killer? Or not. Well….

The thing is here is an other one of Gravas film that kick ass, it is his first film feature . It is in black and white  and shot in Paris so cool. It is fun to watch those old film I get to see how Paris was back in the day plus I love the old cars. Gravas here has done a cool thriller frantic that moves quickly. But it is not your typical stylist thriller here it has been done differently , plus you will see a car chase with motorcycle throughout  Paris. Michel Piccoli plays this unusual dude who is a little pervert sweaty and talking to himself. Yves Montand who plays the inspector does it with finest bit like a French Columbo. Simone Signoret does an outstanding job here. The director uses effective camera angles that create a sense of claustrophobia during suspense scenes. The appearance go the killer has his own style trench coat, hat, and lather gloves. Once the killer  shoot ,he repeatedly does it until the victim is dead which the killer taking sufficiently long pauses in-between shots to allow for the frightened victims to struggle around and stare in terror at their assassin. Here Catherine Allégret and Jacques Perrin plays young lovers and yes their chemistry are fresh as a croissant from the oven. There a cool non stylist film noir.

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SPLIT (2017)

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A film by M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson

After the visitors the come back film of Shyamalan thank god for that one, the man comes up with this film Split and let me tell you this with all due seriousness here toward three-quarter of the film I knew how he was going to end the film I even knew the scene in the diner and I was going to see that dude there. That is all I am going to say. It was the logical deduction.

Now Three girls are kidnap at a shopping mall by a man. When they wake up they are locked up in this room with a bathroom that is spotless. As they come to find out they were kidnap by a man who has 24 different personalities. Oh! boy that can’t be good. So you are going say ok I know where this is going no you don’t not at the least. We get flashback from the character Casey Cook (Anya Taylor-Joy) who is clearly living with the residue of a trauma to coincide with character motivation. Pay attention about the hesitation of leaving the car after seen a man in the driver seat. There is a reason there. McAvoy, here has been given a cold plate of personalities which he has done an outstanding job here. The story flows like blood in your veins here and Shyamalan shine as a director as well as a story-teller. His scenes are well constructed. Everything has its placed, even the little messages in the film. Of course it is human nature that the women are going to fight in order to get out. They are trying by any mean necessary to get out. In order to do that they have to find out which personalities they need to talk in oder to let them out , attached with humor behind of course. There I can’t say no more than that. Well I am glad he is back. Next film please.

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017)

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A film by Chad Stahelski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane

John Wick: Chapter 2 comes two years after the first one that resurrected Keanu Reeves career and embrace the role perfectly well. So this sequel thank god is as good if not better than the first one. It has beautifully constructed action scenes, not an easy thing to do.

We start off where we left off here comes John Wick reclaim his car that was stolen from him. It took a little doing. Now he is comfortable at home and finally retired. Only to be drawn back into the criminal underworld when he’s forced to repay a debt owed to Italian mobster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). The story takes us to Rome where Wicks is going to carry out the hit but will put himself in danger in the process. The scenes are streaming into this gorgeous cinematography. Chad Stahelski a clear pro who’s been influenced by Asian cinema and it shows. There madness and well choreograph shooting scene after an other . Also I would say the same with the fist fighting and knife fight. There are too much dialogue but the action speaks for itself. until the next one comes out.

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DANS LA FORÊT (2017)

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A film by Gilles Marchand

Cast: Jérémie Elkaïm, Timothé Vom Dorp, Théo Van de Voorde

English: Into the forest 

Tom and his older brother Benjamin go to Sweden to be with their father for the summer holidays. Tom apprehends the reunion with this strange and lonely man. The father seems convinced that Tom has the gift of seeing things that others do not see. When he proposes to go north to spend a few days in a shack on a lake, the children are delighted. But the place is very isolated, in the middle of an immense forest that exacerbates the fears of Tom. And the more days goes by , the less the father seems to consider their return …

Already undergoing psychotherapy for his anxieties, Tom feels that something bad is going to happen before they even leave Paris . Like a  painting of a dull terror, Gilles Marchand  loses his three characters in an open door in the open air, deep in a Swedish forest where the children visiting their father, And the authority of the father who lives a few thousand kilometers from home, will turn into a diabolical hunting game. But the further their estranged father tales them away from civilisation Tom must choose whether to surrender to the Devil in his mind or to embrace a barely comprehensible truth. Into the forest has an imaginary view of a child of a very adult tragedy. One that the child is struggling with. Elkaim showed an angry madness that turned against his two children, like Jack Nicholson’s tortured delusions in Shining. Here they will be question that will not be answered and it is ok in this kind of film everything will not be explained. Like I said use your imagination. The actors here delivers a terrific performances shot in Sweden the cinematography is breathing . Now I have to go to Sweden some day.

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