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.

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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.

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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.

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. 

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!!!

HALLOWEEN (2018)

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