Posted in French film

MONEY (2017)

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A film by Géla Babluani

Cast: George Babluani, Vincent Rottiers, Charlotte Van Bervesseles

Three young men from the Havre in the galley decide to steal a briefcase full of money belonging to a local politician  but things does not go as planned. They find themselves quickly caught in a spiral of violence that surpasses them completely.

Danis (George Babluani) and Eric (Vincent Rottiers), two childhood friends working on the docks of Le Havre, and just getting by. One afternoon, Alex (Charlotte Van Bervesseles), Eric’s sister, accidentally attends the delivery of a suitcase full of money and decides to follow his lucky owner. All of three are going to do this stupid things robbing the dude at his house but  nothing are not going to be simple. Babaluani here made this thriller the old fashion way and to my surprise has done well here. This film Néo-Noir where the story takes places in The Havre in one night has this tension that will not let up until the end. Plus are characters are going to find out some unpleasantness after an other at which they are trying to correct the path they are one. Money drags the spectator into an intense night when three young amateur robbers are put to the test. An exercise of style distracting but when the days rises they are going to want to erase this night off their minds.

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Posted in U.S. Film

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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Posted in U.S. Film

IT (2017)

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A film by Andy Muschietti

Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

A group of bullied kids stand  together when a demon in a form of a clown are terrorising the children in this little town.

Ok first in the 90’s there was remake is a the mini-series called it. Same principle but the remake is a film now and is it going to be any good. The film the exorcist here back in the 70’s did really good at the box office no doubt but It broke that record and became at $489  wold wide and climbing the biggest draw in the horror genre.

The film moves the time frame to 1988-89 and sticks with our core group of seven kids while they’re still adolescent misfits, which grounds their story. Kind like the series Stranger things. So far so good. It feels just right here which is an adaptation of Steven King’s novel. Muschietti shows some glimmers of early Spielberg and it is going to feel like the movie stand by me a little there too. The build up could of being a little better there but it is effective. This is the period where there was internet nor cell phone and kids where playing outside all day. One by one the kids sees the clown and get scared shitless. Until they decided tho have a show down. The cast excellent here by long shot. Yes it is funny at times put a little humour here and there plus when you where kids well you always insulted each other. With all do seriousness here even if you do not like horror movies try this one.

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MAX AND THE FERRAILLEURS (1971)

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A film by Claude Sautet

Cast: Danielle Durou, Alain Belard, Michel Piccoli

English title: Max and the junkmen

Max is a Paris detective, aloof, independently wealthy, and frustrated by gangs of robbers whom he cannot catch. So Max infiltrate a gang in order to redeem himself.

Max et les Ferrailleurs is a noir in colour however it is the master piece one of many of Claude Sautet. Max (Michel Piccoli) after being frustrating not being able to catch bank robbers by accident find an old friend that he have not seen in 17 years as he find out that he is part of a gang who steal cars and takes them apart for cash. Max finds out that his friend who has a girlfriend who is a prostitute name Lily (Romy Schneider) so Max go  see her every week in order to manipulate her in doing well you are going to have to see this film. you see max is obsessed with catching criminals red-handed. 

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You get to see the relationship that he has with Lily and how he is going to wheel her in. Not an easy thing to do. But you get the sense that the two like each other a little more than they lead on. Max has to be patient without making a mistake. You watch the lives of these hoodlums who can’t make too much money but are having fun and hanging out at the favorite bistro and in their junkyard. Nice film here from Claude Sautet who write the screen play. Sautet here was first a screen writer than an assistant director, than a director I guess he move up the latter. This film remains me of Heat by Michael man who possibly rewrote the story and made it his own.

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GOOD TIME (2017)

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A film by Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Taliah Webster

After a heist that goes horribly  wrong, a bank robbers tries to get his brother out of Rikers Island all that takes place in one night.

This film has so much energy as a 70’s film. It remains me of the 1970’s films back in the day. The music however is original and feels like the 70’s. Too cool. It remains me of means street. As soon as the heist begins you will be restless although out the film. It is one unfortunate event after an other and our protagonists are trying to get out of it each time which it is not an easy task. There is a sense of anxiety and panic as you watch the film.

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The film open with sedate scene than pick up at the pace of a fast life in the fast lane. When you get to the heist at the bank you are on the edge a little as our two protagonists is trying to get away with it. But then they did not count on what happens next. I kind of knew that was going to happen, it is common sense after all. Good time is a claustrophobic energy that is hard to predict  Pattinson’s performance, the best. I did not recognise him at first but then boom it hit me. Connie makes choices as he goes along, he is for himself only in one goal in mind to get his brother out. Patterson channel the nervous energy of being essentially hunted by your own bad decisions. Patterson kind of surprise me with this near perfect performance here. I think this is the first film that I saw from the two brother here I need to see the others. Here is a great film that will trow you back in the 70’s the way the used to make films back then. Do not miss this one.

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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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WIND RIVER (2017)

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A film by Taylor Sheridan

Cast: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones

Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is a local game tracker who stumbles upon the body of a murdered teenage girl, frozen in the  wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Here is where Sheridan is submerge us in to a modern western with well crafted characters. based on real facts the story opens with a Native American girl with long black hair runs barefoot through the snow. Local hunter Cory Lambert discovers her dead body some time later, while shooting a wolf to protect local livestock. Here Renner’s shines and he perfectly embodies a man carrying the burden of grief on his shoulders. FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is  a stranger to the area and does not the indians culture or the terrain , she relies on Cory to help her understand how things work in Wind River.

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Beautiful cinematography of winter and the mountains which paint a story of survival here. Of course there is  a shoot out like at the O.K. Coral well almost. Lambert here carries the lost of the girl and more trying to figures things out and gets answers for the girl’s family as well as for himself. It is a thriller that is precise and well executed by the talented screenwriter now turned director. There are a beautiful scenes of human touch here that are extremely well acted. I do love the wilderness and the peace that is bringing me especially when I was in Michigan hunting with my buddies. So seeing this film and the waste untouched land as the  eye can see I do miss that a bit. Here is a terrific film not to be missed.

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