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.

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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.

THE MULE (2018)

A film by Clint Eastwood

Cast:  Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Manny Montana, Andy Garcia, Alison Eastwood

At over 80 years old, Earl Stone is hard pressed. He is not only broke and alone, but his business is likely to be seized. He then accepts a job that – apparently – asks him to be the driver. Except that, without knowing it, he committed himself to be a drug smuggler for a Mexican cartel.

Based on a true story this film by Clint Eastwood which is a slow burning thriller of this 90 years old man who became an unlikely drug mule, transporting huge amounts of cocaine for a major Mexican drug cartel. It has a terrific cast and the usual theme that Clint seems to like: regret, forgiveness and the inevitability of mortality.

It is 2005 and you see Earl who sell plant and takes care of them has no sign of slowing down. Work always came first and he did not want to go to his daughter’s wedding. The next scene takes place 12 years later when Earl losses his business due to the internet and his house. Somehow he ends up to be a driver for the cartel. He delivers packages from point A to point B, and he seems to be the star mule because Earl becomes good at his job. There are comic elements in this thriller with a wonderful cast. It is a family affair here for Clint which his daughter plays his daughter in the film. There is the second story the one of the FBI agent plays by Bradley Cooper who is determined to catch the bad guys. Well here is a film that should be missed and yes Clint still got it.

The real McCoy

EL ANGEL (2019)

A film by  Luis Ortega

Cast:  Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Daniel Fanego 

Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos is a 17-year-old angel-faced teenager that no one can resist. What he wants he gets.In high school, his Path crosses with Ramon. Together they form a charming poisonous duo . They engage on a path made of flights, lies where killing soon becomes a way of expressing oneself …

Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch born 19 January 1952 also known as “The Angel of Death” or “The Black Angel”, is an Argentinian serial killer. He was convicted of 11 murders, one attempted murder, 17 robberies, one rape, one attempted rape, one count of sexual abuse, two kidnappings and two thefted. He has been in prison since 1973.

Here Luis Ortega made a film about his life but kept out the rape part out well yes Carlos did rape and shot the first girl 5 times the second girl was raped and shot 7 times. Back in the 1970’s the public was fascinated in disgust that a young heartthrob teenager so good looking could do those horrible things. Where did all go wrong that must be the question that his parents ask themselves. His Parents are hard working middle class people where they tried to educate Carlos but somehow Carlos went on his own path of destruction. Carlos starts his criminal career as a petty thief, breaking into big mansions and helping himself to jewelry, cash and a motorcycle like if it was a natural thing to do. His parents are on to his lies, but he’s just getting started. Ramón (Chino Darín, The son of Ricardo Darin, Carlos) meets his first criminal mastermind and mentor, Ramón’s father, José (Daniel Fanego).

Ortega did not show how the character went on a dark path instead he had Carlos on a light path. Was Carlos bi or gay the director made it look like he was both perhaps a crush on Ramon. Carlos plays with his charm in order to get what he wants and people will be fooled by his looks. He soon gets a taste for killing when he does it by accident. The film feels like a velour, with warm color to make it feel like the 70’s which the decoration is straightforward 1970’s. For some reason Ortega left out some stuff. However there is a resemblance with the actor and the real Carlos. The Rock-n-roll music fits into this story of love, and murder in a style rhythmic like a musical comedy. Here filmmaker offers a pleasing and sarcastic spectacle.

GLASS (2019)

A film by M. Night Shyamalan

Cast:  Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis,

Shortly after the events reported in Split, David Dunn – the unbreakable man – continues his hunt for The Beast, nickname given to Kevin Crumb since it is known to be able to endorse 23 different personalities. ON the other side, the mysterious man suffering from the glass bones syndrome Elijah Price is once again arousing the interest of the police by claiming to hold vital information about the two men …

The long awaited sequel Glass is finally here. First as you know you have Unbreakable, Split, and then Glass. David Dunn has been tracking down multi-personality serial killer Kevin Wendell Crumbs (James McAvoy). He eventually manages to locate his whereabouts and an inevitable confrontation with the police at which point landed both of the in the psychiatric hospital under the supervision of Dr Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). It happen to be that Elijah Price a.k.a. Mr Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) is heavily sedated in a vegetative state. All three of them believe that they have super power. And the doctor Staple has three days to break them down.

The story is told in three part first the super heroes goes on about their lives and then get locked up in a psychiatric hospital. The second part is what is going on in the hospital. And third the final showdown. We all know that Shyamalan shoot a slow pace thriller and the action scenes are shot from a far. He does thing differently which is a good thing. The plot, with comics heroes, good vs evil, ended in the form of “justice rendered”. And Glass returns in the third act. Plus you have the twist towards the end as usual. The director is has taken elements from the previous films, s smart move there. As you as you like the universe that the director has created with the beautiful performances from the actors, plus the films that are connected to each other it is going to be entertaining ride.