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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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LA MÉCANIQUE DE L’OMBRE (2017)

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A film by Thomas Kruithof

Cast: François Cluzet, Denis Podalydès, Sami Bouajila

English title: The Eavesdropper

Contacted by a mysterious employer to transcribe phone surveillance , Duval ( François Cluzet)  accepts without questioning the purpose of this organization. But this simple work, if it allows him to regain a foothold in his life, will nonetheless place him very quickly in the heart of a political plot, and plunge him in spite of himself into the brutality and strangeness of the underworld of secret services.

For those who had the pleasure to see 3 days of the Condor, the conversation, and the life of others well now you have The Eavesdropper who is kicking ass the first film of 2017 and what a good way of starting the year.

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The film is very effective even if it is not without one or the other weakness. The first scene shows us our hero having a technical difficulty to find a file that is going cost  his job.  The scene is almost a gag . Is it because of that he lost his job?  Here in the story you assume that it is but you are not sure. It is left blank. The muffled and agonizing aspect of managing telephone tapping, the non-use of the Internet and computers gives a color and atmosphere essential to the film and contributes to the dramatization of the plot where an ordinary man is overtaken by the events. This man is a loner and needed a job so without asking to many questions he takes it so he can feel needed again. By the way it is not so far fetch here with the use of the typewriter because of the incident of the NSA our government as well as the Russian KGB are using typewriter as we speak when Kruithof wrote the script he had the ideas of doing an espionage film low tech. Due to the fact that our government are using typewriters again. This typewriter as well as the microcassette recorder are important in the film (there are even many images in macrophotography from inside them) adding a mechanical aspect that reflects on human beings and especially the hero Of the film brilliantly interpreted by Cluzet. But this interpretation owes much to that of the other roles, Simon Abkarian, Alba Rohrwacher, Denis Podalydès and Sami Bouajila in particular. Finally, the French audience will probably make connections specific to their country and to certain cases of espionage and international traffic! I know I did.

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016)

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A film by Tom Ford

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon

Susan,(Amy Adams) a gallery owner in Los Angeles, leads a well-ordered life at the edge of monotony, abandoned by her husband Hutton Morrow. Until the day when, alone at home, she receives a book: Nocturnal Animals, signed by her ex husband Edward Sheffield,(Jake Gyllenhaal) of whom she has been without news for years.

Ok so I saw Collateral beauty and believe me when I say I feel a sleep during this film they rewrote to me anyway Miracle on 34th street in today world with a different tragedy and it was sloppy so my advice to you invest in Nocturnal Animals. 

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The opening scene of Tom Ford’s sophomore feature is a fetishistic spectacle. That is all I am going to say here. Trust me considered yourself warned. With the art exhibition, Ford forcing his audience to witness the ‘junk culture’ in front of them. The film’s thesis here for better or worse. When Susan (Amy Adams) receives a manuscript of her ex-husband Tony’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) new novel, she finds herself emotionally invested in his story. It  also trigger some memories when they were together back in the day. The story here switching between pulpy desert thriller and chilly L.A. You Susan is too cynical and Tony the writer is too naive and sensitive. Nocturnal Animals is a film about lapses in time, memory and relationships also about revenge.  It is book-like triggers memories, as I call it that is what Ford likes. It is an other way to tell the story. Ford paid attention to the details here to the design of casual luxury  and sharp tailoring, luxurious textures and rich jewel tones. The film as some kind of perverse junk culture with pulp novel effect. It is a raw film at its purest form. Micheal Shannon here is as usual outstanding. Do not miss this one.

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PERSONAL SHOPPER (2016)

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A film by Olivier Assayas

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz

Stewart plays Maureen, someone who in reality might be working for the actress. she is the personal shopper of a famous and wealthy model, Kyra (Nora Von Waltstätten), running around Paris and selecting her dresses, jewellery and shoes, as well as doing the more stupid other tasks such as updating her iMac and standing in for her at fashion shoots. But thing are getting a little strange she is a medium and is feeling a house for a couple that wants to buy it.

Here is Maureen trying to do the task of a personal shopper and it is keeping from doing the other thing feeling this house to see if there is a spirit roaming around the house. And she does rarely a face to face with the model she is the personal shopper for. Maureen’s relationship with her computer programmer boyfriend Gary (Ty Olwin) proceeds via Skype. Maureen is confident of her taste, friendly with the fashion designers and accomplished at her job. However Maureen is troubled. a person dear to her life died plus later on she gets text from someone she does not even know. Here she plays a dangerous guessing game with him. Who is he or she? and what does he or she wants. All of this Maureen has to manage which the stress will rise a bit. Stewart, meanwhile, is wonderful. The belief in spiritualism is taken soberly and there are few sceptics. Plus there are some question that is not answer is the film. Some other are. As the film goes on you want to know how is it going to end. The ending is perfect.

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