MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (2019)

A film by  Edward Norton

Cast:  Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis

New York in the 1950s. Lionel Essrog, private detective suffering from Tourette syndrome, investigating the murder of his mentor and only friend Frank Minna. Thanks to the rare clues in his possession and his obsessive mind, he discovers secrets whose revelation could have consequences on the city of New York … From jazz clubs from Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn, to the upscale neighborhoods of Manhattan, Lionel will face the most powerful man in the city to save the honor of his missing friend. And perhaps also the woman who will assure him his salvation …

Based on the Novel from  Jonathan Lethem, Ed Norton took on the adaptation , directing , acting and producing this film. It took 20 years to be able to lift off this project. Here Lionel played by Norton is a character with Tourette syndrome where he is going to investigate the murder of his boss who was on something big. The story takes place in the 50’s. Moses Randolph, (Alec Baldwin) is a builder and will crush anyone who gets on his way. Randolph wants to displace a neighborhood mostly where black people lives, to put hospital and new houses. Here comes in the picture Laurie Rose ( Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who is political activist  helping African-Americans resist displacement. Lionel has colleagues who were in the orphanage with him. Norton here was able to play this character with skills . He also make the choice to make it a film noir like the old days. Here is a man who plans to rebuild New York his way but has a secret that he wants buried. Alec Baldwin here shines as well playing this politician who is hungry for power but is a racist, he did have to look to much further for research as he played Trump on many occasions in Saturday Night live. The film is a smart slow burner but to me is a little too long.

SEULES LES BÊTES (2019)

A film by  Dominik Moll

Cast:  Denis Ménochet, Laure Calamy, Damien Bonnard 

English Title: Only the animals

A woman disappeared. After a snowstorm, her car is discovered on a road to a small remote village. While the police have no trail, five people know they are linked to this disappearance. Each has its own secret, but no one doubts that this story has started far from this mountain swept by the winter winds, on another continent where the sun burns, and where poverty does not prevent the desire to dictate its law. .

Around the unexplained disappearance of a woman, in a snowstorm, evolve five protagonists. Alice, the social worker (Laure Calamy). She goes from village to village in the mountains to provide assistance and give advice to the isolated farmers. This is what she does with Joseph (Damien Bonnard), this goat farmer who seems a little loss and lonely due to the fact that his mother died that summer. Alice is married to Michel (Denis Ménochet) who seems not too care for her too much and is somewhere else most of the time keeping up with his accounting so it seems. Also he also has a secret like his wife. I am careful not to reveal anything. Chance will put Marion (Nadia Tereszkiewicz) on the road, a young waitress who clings desperately to her impossible love affair with Evelyne (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi). And may the adventure of those 5 protagonist begins.

Five characters, five points of view, five stories that intertwine, to finally converge to the mystery of the disappearance of Evelyne Ducat. A single plot to reveal each chapter with a new elements that will shed the lights on the investigation. The tension is never let go neither the suspense which the story is full of characters that are going united with them not knowing it. There is a beauty towards this landscape of beautiful snow in the mountains and the plains as the eyes can see that is impressive. A great casting to ad to this film and you have yourselves a terrific thriller with a great ending.

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.

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.