JOKER (2019)

A film by  Todd Phillips

Cast:  Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz 

The film, which tells an original story focuses on the emblematic figure of the sworn enemy of Batman. He paints the portrait of Arthur Fleck, an uncompromising man despised by society.

Little problem this film feels a little too much like Taxi Driver and the King of Comedy combine to me. it has a lot of similarities of this man who is alienated with mental issues. Ok Nice story telling here no doubt because most people love this film which have great performance from Joaquin Phoenix and even Robert de Niro. The story takes place in the 1980 in Gotham where the garbage truck strike makes big news on TV. Arthur Fleck played by Phoenix takes care of his mother. Here is a man who is broken by the system and where the world is rejecting him and in order to channel his anger is going to take it on people who has done him wrong. He meets his idol a talk show host similar than the one on the tonight show with Johnny Carson. It is dark as it is going to get. the violence is meant to shock here and it does. And yes the film belongs to Phoenix with a terrific performance.

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019)

A film by Quentin Tarantino

Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

The story will focus on Rick Dalton (Leonardo Dicaprio) and his stunt sidekick Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). They have had a great time, but Holywood has changed ( Old Hollywood, becomes new Hollywood, the one we all know now), both has careers on the decline, as the new Hollywood is setting in, they are trying to revive their careers.

So we will see Rick Dalton in many of these old movies, westerns, and see him on the set of his new movie   Cliff, never far away, is does the stunts that he is suppose to do, and his driver for his friend. We find Brad is this cool role once again.  The majority of “Once Upon” takes place on a February weekend in 1969, introducing us to two characters, TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stuntman and best friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Rick was the star of a hit Western show called “Bounty Law” but he’s struggling to figure out what’s next, which he is aware that his days of fame are numbered—and he’s encouraged by a personage played by Al Pacino to go to Italy to reboot his career with spaghetti westerns. So we will see Rick Dalton in many of these old movies, westerns, and see him on the set of his new movie   Cliff, never far away. Cliff is laid back lives along tries to get stunt jobs. Of course you will see actors play Bruce Lee (Mike Moh),  Steve McQueen (Damian Lewis) to James Stacy (Timothy Olyphant) and the real-life figures living next to Rick Dalton are the most controversial ones—Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha) and Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Is a matter of fact Tate is happiness she has everything going for her in 1969, it was a great year for her until well you know. This movie was filmed with love. Great sets design as well as the streets that that brad drives on. Is the matter of fact they asked businesses that they were going to put neon signs and takes off the modern signs for the movie but the business owners weren’t crazy about it, it took a little bit of convincing and they went for it. But went it was time to put back the old sign back on the businesses owners wanted them to leave the neon signs on because they thought it looks cool. The duo Brad and Dicaprio have great chemistry they got along so well that they want to do a movie together again. This vison is more then perfect even his story telling and as usual the dialogue is perfect. You can tell that Tarantino is the director who is 5 times more passionate than any other directors. Like I said it is filmed with love. I sure going to see this film again. It is a master piece. It feels you are in a dream state. However it will sparks some interesting conversation.

READY OR NOT (2019)

A film by  Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Cast:  Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien:

Grace (Samara Weaving) loves Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) so much that she’s tolerated the bullshit  through which his family have fabricated: Alcoholic wastrel Daniel (Adam Brody) hitting on her, mother Becky (Andie MacDowell) , sister Emilie (Melanie Scrofano) not even showing up in time for the ceremony, father Tony (Henry Czerny)  voicing his dislike  at the girl’s status and aunt Helene (Nicky Guadagni) has iced dark sight on her since she arrived .Here is a bizarre family but Grace sees the light at the end of the tunnel now that they’ve all congregated at the Le Domas manor for the nuptials. With the ceremony out of the way, Grace starts to relax, but then Aunt Helene shows up in Alex’s bedroom to remind him that there’s one more ritual before the two can live happily ever after. Alex neglected to mention that every time someone enters the Le Domas family, they have to play a game. What the  hell ?

The family Domas has gotten rich from board games and card games for centuries. The game is simple just draw a card and may the game begins. Here is a movies that put comedy into it as you will see Grace going into warrior mode. Hide and seek is the worst card that Grace pulled and it is not going to be what she thinks. The movie could been funnier but it is  entertaining. Nice cast and I have not seen MacDowell for a long time she has gotten older I almost didn’t recognise her. Fun with a dark comedy where the end is such a blast to watch. 

PARASITE (2019)

A film by  Joon-ho Bong 

Cast:  Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

Ki-taek’s entire family is unemployed, and is very interested in the lifestyle of the wealthy Park family. One day, their son managed to be recommended to give private lessons of English at the Park. This is the beginning of an uncontrollable gear, which nobody will come out really unscathed …

Ki-taek and his family: are poor they are down on the bottom , they are folding pizza boxes for peanuts, freeloading off any wifi signal from their neighbor upstairs also trying to stop a drunk passersby from urinating by their basement apartment. They are unemployed.  his son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) gets a chance of posing as a university-educated English tutor for the teenage daughter of a wealthy family. His son has an idea. He is going to put it in place. But a twist is going to come along where is is going to escalate to hell and back.

Here is a film with a different take on a home invasion. The visual of the film is excellent especially the screenplay. The basement is this filthy concrete where anything could happen, however the house and garden are beautiful . There are two world here the world from above and the world from below. Where some live in this beautiful house with countless staff and some others live in a basement home where when it rain the sewers flood up. Our protagonists have the intelligence to take step where they will invade the life of this bourgeois family , closing little by little a trap on them which they do not will be able to extricate themselves more. Bong Joon Ho established a humorous atmosphere. The film start with comedy and then in the middle of the film is is going to get darker. The question is does having a lot of money makes you happy? The ensemble cast who has great chemistry are outstanding. I think this film is going to do well at the box office. The movie theater was packed at 4PM yesterday. The first Korean film that won the Palme D’or for best film.

PIRANHAS (2019)

A film by  Claudio Giovannesi

Cast:  Francesco Di Napoli, Viviana Aprea, Mattia Piano Del Balzo 

Nicola and her friends are between ten and fifteen years old. They travel by scooter, they are armed and fascinated by crime. They fear neither prison nor death, only to lead an ordinary life like their parents. Their models: the godfathers of the Camorra. Their values: money and power. Their rules: to frequent the good people, to frequent the world of luxury , and to occupy the place left vacant by the old mafia to conquer the districts of Naples, whatever the price.

Nicola, a 15-year-old with little or no prospects of a proper job, but who wants access to the life of luxury enjoyed by his role models: designer clothes and watches, nights of drinking and doing drugs at the city’s clubs together with good-looking girls likewise impressed by those signs of status. Nicola wants to find a way to stop his mother to pay protection money. He needs money. So in  Sanità his own town he meets the local drug lord who put him to work. Soon after they party, get new clothes, and even new scooter. Nicola has charisma and rapidly moves up the latter. An adaptation novel by Roberto Saviano, the Neapolitan who made a name for himself as an authority on the organised crime. Nicola, a 15-year-old with little or no prospects of a regular job, but who wants access to the life of luxury enjoyed by his role models: designer clothes and watches, nights of drinking and doing drugs at the city’s clubs together with good-looking girls likewise impressed by those signs of status. Nicola wants to find a way to stop his mother to pay protection money. He needs money. So in  Sanità his own town he meets the local drug lord who put him to work. Soon after they party, get new clothes, and even new scooter. Nicola has charisma and rapidly moves up the latter. Saviano known this world well it looks like and Giovannesi cast non professional actor to have this feel of authenticity plus the research and it pay off well. Giovannesi avoid the glamour and the sensationalism plus the camera movement is fluid never flashy . Here are teenagers who sees no way out and thinks that being a gangster is the coolest thing but reality is far more than an other monster.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3- PARABELLUM (2019)

A film by  Chad Stahelski

Cast:  Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane

John Wick transgressed a fundamental rule: he killed inside the Continental Hotel itself. “Excommunicated”, all the services related to the Continental are closed to him and his has a price on his head. John finds himself without support, hunted by all the most dangerous killers in the world.

There are a number of thrilling scene with a different style and vision. John Wick (Keanu Reeves), is at the New York Public Library to find a book when he’s interrupted by one of the approximately 11 million people who wants to kill him. And for the next 2 hours plus may the action begins. The work of this film is very detail, the decor is outstanding, the stunts are very detail as well and at times it is funny.  (Anjelica Huston) and Sofia (Halle Berry), one is the mentor the other is a killer based in the Continental hotel in Morocco which owes him a favor. The usual suspect are back plus the role of Asia Kate Dillon who play the Adjudicator. Keanu Reeves is on top of his game and has this cool persona that he has integrated in his character. Cinematographer Dan Laustsen, and production designer Kevin Kavanaugh, present us stunning visuals and stuntmen who perform out of this world stunts everything from knife fight, gun fight, even a chase on a horse and motorcycles . Halle Berry’s character is accompanied by a couple of dogs who go on to steal practically every scenes in this extravaganza of beautiful stunts. A very entertaining film not to be missed.

L’INTERVENTION (2019)

A film by  Fred Grivois

Cast: Alban Lenoir, Olga Kurylenko, Sébastien Lalanne

1976 in Djibouti, the last French colony. Terrorists kidnap a school bus and get stuck at a hundred meters from the border of Somalia. France sends on the spot to take care of the situation a sniper special unit of the Gendarmerie. This team, who is heterogeneous and undisciplined, will conduct a high-risk operation that will mark the birth of the GIGN.

The intention of the filmmaker is double sided. This is obviously to pay tribute to the men in the shadow of the birth of the GIGN, and then to portray a long sequence of pure suspense and action, rather than to dwell on the complex geopolitical reality of this part of Africa. where the presence of France in 1976 is questionable.

Here is a team of gendarmes that are snipers they called them the special unit team at the time, who are going to Africa to try to save the school bus full of children by the border of Somalia and the french side. Here is an elite team that is waiting the order from Paris to take assault and get back the children safe back home. But the problem of bureaucracy in France that can’t take a decision because they are scared to start a war. So this team of snipers will prove themselves to be effective. This piece of history is not know in my country until now. The film is a beautiful tribute to those snipers who are expendable but not killing machine just trying to save life in any condition and never underestimate the price of every lives they will take away from the enemy camp. Here the director has master the suspense with an interesting casting, plus some great action scenes. And that is how the GIGN ( (Groupe d’intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale)  is born. GIGN in english National Gendarmerie Intervention Group. GIGN has been involved in over 1,800 missions and rescued more than 600 hostages, making it one of the most experienced counter-terrorism units in the world.