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DOGMAN (2018)

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A film by Matteo Garrone

Cast: Marcello FonteEdoardo PesceNunzia Schiano

In a deserted  suburb, Marcello, dog groomer discreet and appreciated by all, sees returning from prison his friend Simoncino, a former boxer addicted to cocaine, which quickly racketeering and brutalized the neighborhood. At first confident, Marcello lets himself be dragged into a criminal spiral . He then learns treason and abandonment, so Marcello is planning is revenge very carefully  …

Dogman opens with a large vicious pit bull barking into the face of the camera. Saliva flies, teeth flash and the urge of attacking. Marcello keeps him calm and washes the animal with  affection and the dog calms down. Here is Marcello who is a dog groomer with this unusual face who does his job well and his clients knows him well he also a loving father to his daughter Alida (Alida Baldari Calabria), with whom he enjoys scuba-diving. . It is all going to hell because his friend Simoncino (so he thought) wants some cocaine which marcello gives him but Simoncino needs money and takes Marcello on a crime spree. It is all going to hell from here. Simoncino here is this tough guy who is a pain in the ass to everybody in the neighborhood want to get rid of him. So Marcello’s  life is going to go into a spiral and he is going to plan his revenge. 

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Here Marcello wants to exist because nobody sees him for who he is and his ex-wife ignores him however the one who loves him for who he is , is his daughter who worships him. Later in the film Marcello is going to try to exist and to show everybody what he is capable of doing. Here Dogman is a powerful, deep, and brilliantly directed film. A Wonderful movie about the need to exist and to be loved, that is bitter, violent, sometimes funny with a shattering humanity. This film is a black diamond of Italian cinema as Matteo Garrone knows how to make hem. It is a sort of dark beautiful revenge tale.

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WOMAN AT WAR (2018)

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A film by Benedikt Erlingsson

Cast: Halldóra GeirharðsdóttirJóhann Sigurðarson,Juan Camillo Roman Estrada

Halla, in her fifties, declares war on the local aluminum industry, which is polluting  her country. She takes all the risks to protect the Highlands of Iceland … But the situation could change with the unexpected arrival of a little girl that she wants to adopt  could change her life…..

Ok we all know that if we don’t do something to protect the environment it is all going to hell. Here is a woman who is against the aluminum industry who is  polluting the island in Iceland. A deal is going  through with china that might go sour due to the fact Halla is sabotaging it. She is on the war path. But suddenly she has this news that she can adopt an Ukrainian orphan. Can she pursuit her work before she has to pick up this Orphan. Will she be more motivated in protecting the environment due to the fact she is going to adopt a child.

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The thing is the director  has written this absurd comedy / thriller like a fable such as having the musicians play the score on the border of the road, or at the apartment she lives in and so on. It is a little weird but you get used to it. In the mixed there is a latin American tourist riding in bicycle who keeps getting arrested as a suspect in Halla’s crimes. Too funny there. Yes there are a cousin well alleged cousin of hers that is helping her. A nice little comedy out of the ordinary a welcoming change with beautiful scenery of Iceland. What she has a twin sister? Ho! boy.

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UN COUTEAU DANS LE COEUR (2018)

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A film by Yann Gonzalez

Cast: Vanessa ParadisKate MoranNicolas Maury 

English title: Knife+heart

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of low-cost gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she tries to win back by shooting a more ambitious film with his long-time accomplice, the flamboyant Archibald. But one of their actors is found savagely murdered and Anne is dragged into a strange investigation that will turn her life upside down.

The film looks a lot like Dario Argento’s Suspiria and the other films that he did. The thing is here Gonzales rewrite the story where his characters are gay. The film opens with a woman Anne (Vanessa Paradis) who broke up with her lover Loïs, (Kate Moran) editor of her movies. Yes it is the big come back of Vanessa Paradis with a bold choice and for the director as well. Here is  Anne who is trying to repair the relationship with Lois the editor of all of her films is making a film about the murders and trying to solve them. Anne wants it bad enough and is desperate to go back to her lover but Lois won’t have it. The film is a change of scenery and pace with some bright colours to it. Erotic frisson mixed with sexual imagery and some weird score to got with it. Vanessa here delivers a great performance. Also the director here has asked the actor who play the killer to keep the mask at all the time on the set so no one would know who he is so it has a kind of killer ambiance. The violence is colourful and vivid. The film has a certain audacity and beauty to it,  enough to go see it but the ending does not have enough climax. What a switchblade  dildo, ho!!! boy.

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FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

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A film by Tom Holland

Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse

A teenager obsessed with horror films finds out that a vampire lives across from him. He tells the police, his friends but none of them will believe him. He decides to take matters into his own hands.

Roddy McDowall, who plays Peter Vincent an old wash out  actor who used to star in vampire movies. “The kids today,” he complains, “don’t have the patience for vampires. They want to see some mad slasher running around and chopping off heads.” That is so true even back then. This film is fun watch and more fun to see it again some 33 years later due to the fact that the special effect then where awesome. It happens one night where Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon) while making out with his girlfriend who does not put out, sees some neighbours caring a coffin downstairs across where he lives. He gets curious and try to find out who lives there. When he finds out that it is a Vampire and tells everyone of his entourage even the police they do not believe him.

The first part of the film is funny and the second part unleashes lots of spectacular special effects and yes back then there were done well and fun to watch. Now days CGI on the computer which laid off those who was doing it in the studio. By the way Peter Vincent, is obviously supposed to remind us of  Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. McDowall’s performance is  funny, and he must have enjoyed it. Fright night is not your usual film horror film it stand out.

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THE SILENT REVOLUTION (2018)

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A film by Lars Kraume

Cast: Jonas Dassler, Judith Engel, Tom Gramenz

East Germany, 1956. Kurt, Theo and Lena are 18 years old and preparing to graduate from high school. With their comrades, they decide to do a minute of silence in class, in tribute to the Hungarian revolutionaries harshly repressed by the Soviet army. This minute of silence becomes a state affair. She will rock their lives. Faced with an East German government determined to identify and punish those responsible, the 19 students of Stalinstadt will face all threats and remain in solidarity.

Based on a true story back in 1956 a bunch of student listening to the illegal radio on the east german (4 years before the wall) about the Hungarians who wants the Russians out of their country are starting a revolution. One of the classmate decided to have a minutes of silence in class in honour of the Hungarians. And may the investigation begins, yes the school decided to see who started this.  The school is going to play dirty and secrets will surface. The film is plunging into the cold war that some people didn’t know about. It is a hard decision toward the end that the students took and thank god they took it. It is also about sacrifices and what is best for their kids. Education however is important. The costumes and the set design ere beautiful, it is like you were there. It is an ensemble cast and they are so perfect for each other. A  Brilliant successful stroke of action for this captivating evocation of East Germany where high school students discover the notion of treason, submission and rebellion.

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MARROWBONE (2018)

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A film by Sergio G. Sánchez

Cast: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton

A Spanish film , Marrowbone tells the story of the Fairbairn family, a mother and her four children on the run to the States. They are running from their father. Holing up in a secluded mansion called Marrowbone in 1969, the family takes the estate’s name as their own, pledging to bury the past forever. But…..

Here is a story of a family who are afraid of their life and trying to get away from their father as far as possible. Now in America trying to turn the page and start fresh the mother who is finally happy with her kids falls ill and die not long after they got there. The oldest Jack (George MacKay) promised to keep the rest of the clan safe until he is 21 years of age otherwise the bank will take the house and social services will separate them and put them in fosters families.. 20 old Jack (George MacKay), 19-year-old Jane (Mia Goth), 18-year-old Billy (Charlie Heaton), and five-year-old Sam (Matthew Stagg) try to keep going after Rose passes away, maintaining a low profile in their large rundown mansion , with only a close friendship with the neighboring girl, Allie (Anya Taylor-Joy) .

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Jack does his best to keep the family together until the inevitable happens. There is a twist in the dynamics of the story that will be revealed towards the end.  Jack here is worried about the entity that is in the house and keep mirrors covered to keep it put. It is a slow burner story but interesting enough to keep you interested. The talented cast delivers a terrific performance in this off beat family horror film. The only beef I have with it once the twist is revealed it is going to be predictable. Other wise not too bad at all. It is kind deja vu meaning it looks like I have already seen this film somewhere.

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REVENGE (2018)

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A film by Coralie Fargeat

Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe

Three wealthy men  in their forties’ married go to their annual hunting party in a desert area of canyons. A way for them to reconnect with their manhood and decompressed  arms in hand. But this time, one of them came with his young mistress, an ultra sexy lolita that quickly stirs up the lust of the other two … Things go wrong … the young woman left for dead ,comes back to life … And the hunting party turns into a  manhunt …

At the time that Harvey Weinstein, is accused of harassing 30 women or so here is a film that comes out a revenge film of this woman who gets rape and left for dead. A bold move from director Fargeat on her first film. It is hard to do a film like this one because of the subject matter rape and I think because the director here is a woman she gets it; She navigate thought it just right. Very few has done so. She gets into the heads of the characters and even has a few surprises along the way. Yes it is bloody in fact they run out of blood so they recycle some of it in order to finish the film. The terrain is the desert cool location for this film and brutal as well. This grindhouse tradition of the rape-revenge thriller is going where it is supposed to be going and has vivid colours. Here the director  evokes the look and spirit of classic exploitation cinema, and Quentin Tarantino should be proud. This film is not going to be for everybody due to the subject matter. After seeing the desert with the hot scorching sun and the blood flying in my face through the screen I needed a couple of beers to refresh myself from this bloody film.

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JUSQU’À LA GARDE (2018)

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A film by Xavier Legrand

Cast: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria

English: Custody 

The couple Besson divorce. To protect her son from a father whom she accuses of violence, Miriam demands sole custody. The judge in charge of the case grants shared custody to the father whom she considers to be flouted. Held hostage between his parents, Julien will do everything to prevent the worst from happening.

This first feature is a master piece and a stroke of genius . Xavier Legrand exceeds the conventions of a social issue and offers a clean film with a stifling atmosphere, which really takes guts. Xavier Legrand had been noticed by a short film, Avant de tout perdre (2014), Oscar nominated and winning the caesar. His first film here is beautiful it is like watching a ballet everything fall into place and the story is told perfectly well. It got noticed  all over Europe very quickly. Is a matter a fact LeGrand has won the Silver Lion for Best Director in Venice. The story is fluid and dark it even fells like a film neo-noir.

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The first scene takes place in a magistrate’s court, the lawyers of estranged couple Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet) debate their clients’ parental rights. Miriam is pushing for sole custody of their 12-year-old son Julien (Thomas Gioria), accusing Antoine of intimidation as well as violence against their older daughter Josephine (Mathilde Auneveux). There is a lot of dialogue in the first scene which in cinema we are not used too. Is Antoine really this jealous and possessive of his  former spouse who puts pressure on his ex and his children? Does Miriam do too much in the role of the victim, to the point of wanting to prevent a father from showing his love for his son and his daughter? And why was the medical certificate confirming the injury of the young Josephine signed by the only school nurse? Those are the questions that you are going to ask yourself. Everyone has their reasons. The director here does not let up the tension that is going to build thought out the film and who is going to blow out toward the end. You do not know where is it going, you are going to guess and be surprise of the outcome. Thomas Gioria the child actor here shines big time. The other actors are perfectly cast and do they deliver a stunning performance. Denis Ménochet here is glad to work in French because lately he has done more film in England than France. If I was not bilingual he says in an interview I don’t know where my career would be today. Here is a film that you can not afford to miss.

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THE COMMUTER (2018)

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A film by Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Like every day after work, Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) takes the suburban train back home. But today, his daily journey will take a different turn. After receiving a call from a mysterious stranger, he is forced to identify a passenger hidden on the train before the last stop. As he struggles against the clock to solve this riddle, he finds himself caught in a spiral conspiracy . A conspiracy that becomes a matter of life and death, for him and for all other passengers.

If you have guessed it by now just by reading the introduction above this film is coming across Agatha Christy and Alfred Hitchcock. Michael MacCauley, is a 60-year-old ex-cop turned insurance salesman who works in midtown Manhattan. His boss tells him that he’s being let go. But he has trouble to tell his wife (Elizabeth McGovern), when he gets a call from her. After drinking with his buddy a cop from the force, Michael goes home and does on the train but gets his phone stolen by a pickpocket. Then meets a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) who tells him he has to locate a certain passenger on the commuter train before it arrives at its final stop. If he takes the money which it is located  this means that he accept. After thinking about it Michael takes the money.

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This is one of those moral equation  that really only generates suspense but there it seems that it looses it effect due to lack of imagination to me the music was the same always and it is a bit predictable. It seems to me that I already saw this film I am not saying it is not good it is entertaining with spectacular stunts. It is clear that for Collet-sierra his biggest influence is Alfred Hitchcock and in his previous films it shows, but here he almost missed it. The movie never gets close to generating the political framework it would have needed to to be taken seriously, but there are no scene more extravagant as in this film so that makes up for that well sort of. All I am saying don’t rush to the movie theatre to see this one.

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THREE BILL BOARD OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI (2017)

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A film  by Martin McDonagh

Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

A mother who has a little bit of anger to deal with because of her daughter unsolved crime puts up a Three Messages on Three bill board that got the attention of the all town and the sheriff department.

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Martin McDonagh new brilliant film as the genius idea to put Frances McDomand as the lead role to top it cast Sam Rockwell as well.  And yes it is one the best film of the year. Mildred Hayes, a recently divorced mother who lost her daughter Angela less than a year ago. Angela was raped and murdered, but the case has gone cold. There was no matching DNA And Mildred (Frances McDomand) has no update. One day, she sees three barren billboards on a road rarely-traveled ,and she rents the space to ask the local chief of police, Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), why there are no answers. And suddenly a sparks of event will developed one after an other. The thing is this beautiful script is not what you are going to except. Mildred here rents the billboard to put pressure on the sheriff department. Life has been screwed both of these people Mildred and Dixon. Although Dixon is a nice guy he plays a racist violent cop because if what happened to him when he was younger. Harrelson is awesome is even gets what is going on and why Mildred is doing what she is doing. The dialogue is near perfect here especially the dialogue when she sees the priest in her house, she delivers a punch to the stomach. If I was the director I would not have done this film if McDomant was not in. This role is tailored for her. what I like about it there is no heroes or villains. Of course the ending his the final trick in the film. What a beautiful ending, perfect I might have. Like I said do not miss this one.Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the 2018 Golden Globes, taking home four awards including Best Motion Picture. 

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