WIDOWS (2018)

A film by  Steve McQueen

Cast:  Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debick

Chicago, where 4 women who has lost their husbands which left them with a debt take things into their own hand to get back the counter at zero to start a new life. 

Roger Ebert a critic from chicago (RIP Roger) said his favorite film was heist movies. Well Roger here is one for you. This genre of film that Mcqueen has done here masterfully has it all the corruption, the politician who is trying to get ahead that cut throat , money, thrown in a drug dealer with a mean streak. The bullshit that goes with it, plus the rich gets richer and the poor get poorer. 

The film open with  Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) and his wife making out to get a flashback of a heist that is going to go wrong. his crew (Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Coburn Goss) are in trouble and are trying to get away without a scratch. Soon enough you begin to find out their fate and that they are going to leave four wife widows. Four women Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez),  a mother of two who is just opening her own store, Amanda (Carrie Coon), who has a 4-month-old child, Harry’s wife Veronica (Viola Davis), which they have nothing in common. A debt has to be paid and they are going to do the unthinkable. Well it takes place in Chicago where of course in the mix there will be politician battle out the election. This heist is about survival with an emotional ride. Every characters are in place here no one is out of sync. The camera angle and the edditing are so perfect it is not even funny even the flashback are a work of art. even the song in to that says ‘We have a lot of work to do today. Crying is not on the list’. One more thing politician are a bitch aren’t they? Do not miss this one. It is going to be a classic. 

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BOYS CRY (2018)

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A film by Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo

Cast: Andrea Carpenzano, Matteo Olivetti, Milena Mancini 

In the suburbs of Rome Manolo and Mirko are inseparable one night they finished delivering Pizza, Driving home they hit a pedestrian, panic, so they decided to leave the man there and take off . It is an opportunity of a lifetime. The man is wanted by the Mafia. Ho! boy may their criminal career begins.

Boy cry is an intelligent compelling morality tale. Manolo’s father sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. Mirko however wants to play hitman for the mob. He sees it as a game. Mirko and Manolo takes care of the mob business and it will come at a price. Do you think that Manolo’s mom is not going to find out. Once the money comes in Manolo’s mom finds out about it but take the money from her son’s stash. How funny is that? They are integrated fully in the mob but the question is for how long. They will be consequences that is going to come up later in the film. Here you have two kids who gets out of this crappy job but has no idea what is in store for them. Mirko here has a stable of women who are prostitute treats them like shit but to top in all off treat his girlfriend like a whore. He has this suppressed guilt about what his job and his stable of women that are prostitute. The cinematographer Paola Carnera who is known for his work with the series Gomorrah and Suburra knows how to shoot the mobsters in those wasteland, ghetto type of landscape. Here are two kids that wants to feel like big men but their maturity never gets quite there.

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HALLOWEEN (2018)

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A film by David Gordon Green

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak 

40 years later Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked man who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night.

I hate to see this but the masterpiece by John Carpenter was much better than this one. It becomes a frustrating film, first it is predictable as hell from beginning to end. It lacks of the atmosphere and the essence of Carpenter. Yes it is done old school like back in the day but the film is frustrating as I said. The first movie, you can hear the crunch of the leaves and smell Fall in the air. You feel the tension that is building up big time. The first film was a lot scarier than this one. It is not all bad the females in the film play with some interesting themes, the female empowerment story of trauma and the confrontation of the beast. But it is not scary like the original. Even the music which they did not put enough of to build the tension. What kills me is that the film pretend that the sequel did not happen. Where is the magic of the original? And Carpenter produced this one. Ho! boy!!!

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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (2018)

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A film by Lars von Trier

Cast: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman 

United States, 1970s. We follow the very brilliant Jack through five incidents and discover the murders that will mark 12 years career as a serial killer.

The story is lived from Jack’s point of view. He considers each murder as a work of art in itself. Is a matter of fact he even takes pictures of the victims. While the ultimate and inevitable intervention of the police keeps getting closer (which infuriates Jack and puts pressure on him) he decides – contrary to all logic – to take more and more risks. Throughout the film, we discover Jack’s descriptions of his personal situation, his problems and his thoughts through his conversation with a stranger, Verge. it is not going to be your usual film as Trier write this thing out of the box. The film here has graphic violence, torture, and cruelty. The serial killer played by Matt Dillon here tells us about his first time as he killed a woman with a jack. Jack also tells us he has OCD and comes back to the crime scene to see if he has clean really good the crime scene, and the more killing he was doing his OCD began to dissipate. Jacks talks with a man named verge,trying to justify his actions. Jack has no emotion, he feels nothing. it looks like to me it is the portrait of an artist throughout the serial killer eyes. The thing is what does it all mean at the end. Everybody will have a different opinion. It is well constructed and psychological, so I will tell you this you are going to like it or hate it there is no in between here.

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GALVESTON (2018)

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A film by Mélanie Laurent

Cast: Lili Reinhart, Elle Fanning, Ben Foster 

1988 and for Roy (Ben Foster) times are hard but when his boss sets him up for a job where things are not going to go well . Roy escape with a prostitute named rocky. Two humans being where they were dealt a rotten hand , on the run to Galveston with nothing to lose.

First time for Mélanie Laurent has she gets first hand to direct an American film. It is a Thriller Neo-Noir where Mélanie nails it with this violent thriller in a dark America. She immersed herself in an American production but keep her French touch, a smart move there. Roy here who think he has a disease and is going to die soon escape a bad job with a prostitute. Here is a man on his last leg trying to do some good and keep some people safe. Elle Fanning here plays a prostitute who also had a hard life. Mélanie here plunges into a dark America where desperation is going into play. This is not you typical thriller but psychological thriller. It is about the characters some of you are going to expect something else but here Mélanie likes the characters driving characters  with an emotional story that is going to build tension. The camera work is bold and intuitive. You think you know where this is going but there are a few surprises in this film. you want to two characters to succeed here and you are going along in their journey hoping it is going to end well. Not too bad for her first thriller in this urban desperado dark slow pressure cooker.

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UPGRADE (2018)

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A film by Leigh Whannell

Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen 

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. Grey (Logan Marshall-Green) is not crazy with all this tech when he has his world turned upside down when his wife is killed, Grey is only thinking one thing revenge.

Little warning some scenes are going to be as gory as it gets however for me no biggie nothing that I have seen before. Grey and his wife after returning from a friend’s house to deliver a muscle car are ambushed by some criminals which he finds himself paralysed and  his wife gets killed. Then here comes the super-scientist Eron (Harrison Gilbertson), whose futuristic man-cave’s foundation is out of this world. He wants him to integrate an microchips in Gery ‘s body so he can walk again. Apprehensive Grey does not want too but changes his mind. The thing is he can not tell anyone about it. Of course you know what is going to happen after that. You can compare it to Robot cop but Grey’s personality isn’t submerged inside his body the way that Peter Weller’s hapless ghost in the machine. I don’t want to give away too much here. But there are some cool things that is going to come up, the way they uses the technology to modify their body well , to do an upgrade. The thing is here I knew where this was going and who is responsible but Boom the ending surprised me big time. The film has a man-vs.-technology narrative with a revenge theme. The fighting scenes and the gunfight that you have not seen before works well for this kind of film. Upgrade here delivers a cool little sci-fi film.

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A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018)

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A film by Paul Feig

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

After the disappearance of her best friend, a woman seeks to uncover the truth will she succeed?

A simple Favor is not an easy film to make because it is a comedy / Thriller with sometimes slapstick comedy with a who done it attitude and if the director makes a false moves say goodbye to the film. It is suspenseful as well as hilarious. A nice job from Paul Feig. What I love about it is an American film with French songs in it. Serge Gainsbourg songs, including “Bonnie & Clyde,” his duet with Brigitte Bardot I have the CD of it , plus “Une Histoire de Plage,” “Laisse Tomber les Filles,” and Jean Paul Keller’s “Ca C’est Arrange.” The mood setting here is perfect it has it from the start.

Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) , a single mom who runs a popular vlog, where she shares recipes, parenting tips, and how to do anything else. She is over enthusiastic over-volunteering at her son’s school and so forth. She is not too popular with the other parents who makes fun of her. One day she meets Emily Nelson (Blake Lively)—whose son goes to school with Stephanie’s son. They actually drinks martini together and becomes friends. Emily is direct and swear like a sailor. Stephanie does not see the smoke screen that is in the front of her because Emily thought her off-balance. The actresses are made for each other, the awkwardness from Stephanie is so funny. Emily is warm one minutes the next she is a total bitch. One day Emily ask Stephanie one Simple Favor pick up her son from school only to find out later on  that Emily is missing. So Stephanie goes into detective mode. Yes there are twists along the way with humor and spontaneity,  well the film does not take itself seriously at all. So trust me you are going to have a good time. Enjoy the ride.

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