Posted in U.S. Film, uncategorized

JASON BOURNE (2016)

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A film by Paul Greengrass

Cast: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel 

Jason Bourne who is off the grid hurries through various European capitals — Rome, Athens, London. Well the CIA does not know where he is and some one is trying to locate him. Someone needs to tell him something about his father.

The good news and the bad news is that Jason Bourne,  directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon as everyone’s favorite amnesiac assassin, feels like old times. But there is some of the older members as well as some new ones. The thrill is still there Jason Bourne is a uniquely passive action hero, a man who runs on pure survival instinct as he tries to figure out who is after him and why. Bourne, who has been pursuing his Plan B career as a bare-knuckle boxer in the wilds of Greece, is approached by his former colleague and fellow Company renegade well you know who. after hacking in the CIA computer to get some files to get to Bourne, The CIA tracks her down, and the chase is one . Yes there is the usual suspect the team, the team leader and the ever ambitious Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) who wants to bring Bourne and yes of course there will be consequences.There are dark whispers about external threats, and invocations of the tension between security and privacy in the digital age. Damon here shines as Bourne at 45 years of age and looks in top shape here he must have the same work out that I have drinking a lots of wine. I doubt he’ll ever truly figure out who he is. But hey that’s life.

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Posted in French film

MON ROI (2015)

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A film by Maïwenn

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel

English Title: My King

Following a violent ski fall, Tony, in her 40’s, is admitted to a rehabilitation center. During the first days of her stay, a psychologist suggests that her knee injury could be indicative of pain buried in the unconscious, linked to a long history which it would be difficult to overcome. While recovering, Tony will remember the passionate and tumultuous history she lived with a man named Georgio …

The face of Tony is marque with emotional scar, one of the scenes to put us on track. We see that she is recovering from a hellish love story and she continues to bear the scars. It is through intense flashbacks that Maïwenn tells us that devouring and destructive passionate love story.

It seems to me that Maïwenn gives little motivation to the actors and let them improvised from time to time. The natural sweat of the film roll is exacerbated by the performance of the actors. Emmanuelle Bercot who won the award prix d’interprétation feminine cannons passes from happiness to malaise very easily which ad realism into her performance. Vincent Cassel could of been better here he added his charisma and charm into his character. Georgio does everything in excess and he is very dramatic plus, he owns a restaurant. He is toxic and of course I am going with the expression love is blind here. Here is Tony who is blind and believes all the bullshit that Tony tells her. She is intoxicated by him. Also Tony insist to start over on a good note which of course does not help.

Because Mon roi is the point of view of a woman who is lost into this relationship like I said love is blind. Of course there is humor into it with Louis Garrel who is trying to get her out and see reason. Here is a film with an obsessed parasite who breaks up with his wife after being away for a while want to renew the relationship. A terrific film from Maïwenn who directed Polisse in 2011. Well you know the old saying Love has its reasons which reason knows nothing.

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Posted in French film

IRRÉVERSIBLE (2002)

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A film by Gaspar Noé

Cast: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel

Irréversible is a movie so violent and cruel that most people will find it unwatchable. Is the matter of fact at the Cannes Film Festival out of 2,500 people at Cannes who saw the film 200 walked out. It is a film who starts at the end and finishes at the beginning. Basically the cruelty of the story is told backwards. Memento did the same thing and I think that there is an other film where they did the same thing if I think of it I will let you know.

Now This the story of a couple as Alex Bellucci (Monica Bellucci) which I love one of my favorite actress and Marcus Cassel (Vincent Cassel) one of my favorite actor who are in love ( They also married to each other at the time of this film was made) They make love, have fun which each other. We would see them at parties with their friends. Pierre (Albert Dupontel), who himself was once a lover of Alex. One day Alex walk in a subway tunnel and gets rape and beaten by a pimp (Jo Prestia). It is a stationary shot so the camera never cuts away. Once Marcus finds out with the help of Pierre goes to clubs, sex clubs to find the son of the bitch and kill him.

The film starts at the end which is the brutality of what happens to the pimps to the warmest part where the couple is in love. Take a look carefully at this film Alex is dress with a revealing dress and yes women should be allowed to dress the way they want it makes her look vulnerable and in danger, she is also a lover but a fierce woman who is trying to get the rapist off her by fighting him. She has survival instinct on the other hand Marcus becomes the monster tracking the rapist to get what is coming to him. Gaspar here showed the ugliness first the brutality of the story first it is going to be in you face and many people will not be able to see the entire film it will make them sick. Then it goes into the more beautiful part of the film a couple in love. So beware with this film. Some of you will like it some will hate it.

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Posted in Italian Film

TALE OF TALES (2015)

Tale of Tales (2015)

A film by Matteo Garrone

Cast: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C Reilly

The three inspiring tales are La Cerva Fatata (The Enchanted Doe), La Pulce (The Flea), La Vecchia Scorticata (The Flayed Old Lady), that have been freely adapted with elements of other tales by Giambattista Basile.

The film is aesthetically stunning, great  stunning decors (cliffs, caves, Châteaux …), seeing each story with a distant view of an amazing castle. It appeals to everyone’s imagination, whether collective (the skinny sorcerer dressed in  black, witches, barbaric ogre …) or intimate (the link between the twins …) while discovering incredible creatures (sea monsters that a  king hunts to remove the warm heart, the giant flea that grows before your eyes …).

Rocked by a divine music by Alexandre Desplat, the viewer discovers  a world where light and darkness is confronted by each characters in striking humanity.  Through three stories more or less moral or immoral, “Tale of Tales” addresses the question of beauty that does not last, the injustice of old age and the gifts that nature unequal to some and not to others (the ability to have a child, beauty …). It evokes symbolic power (the use of white, red and black is not inoffensive ), the emancipation of the child, the end of innocence, the power of beauty, the grip of love and the ability to give. Captivating from time to finish yes with a great ending the film offers you a beautiful ride in some one of the kind picturesque cinematography where you can enjoy with some enchanting music with visuals like Jules Verne world. A great film here by Matteo Garrone who has directed the film Gomorra.

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Posted in Australian Film

PARTISAN (2015)

Partisan (2015)

A film by Ariel Kleiman

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Nigel Barber, Jeremy Chabriel

Gregori (Vincent Cassel) has built a shut-off from the world shelter, paradise that is. Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel) who has been raised inside since birth has been curious more and more. The women that lives with Gregori has been abuse by their families or husbands so Gregori takes them in, in his so call paradise to protect them from the world. Alexander’s  behaviour threatens to unravel a life-time of work.

Kleiman is smart to keep us in the dark in this story and not milking why are he is doing what he is doing and then some. It feels like an other version of the film the Village but a better one, I think he re-wrote the story and made it his own, nothing wrong with that. It is so perfect to get Vincent Cassel who plays this obscure and menacing man. The opening scene you see Gregori at the bed side of a woman who has just giving birth and is along in this world, it also locks like she has been beating. Jumping 11 years ahead you see the child named Alexander thriving in this little community like an urban paradise at which we quickly learn that there is some strange custom and rules. A bunch of women live there as well with their kids and Gregori who is the leader trains the kid that is his regimen to do something, no I am not going to tell you but Kleiman ddi not pursuit this route too much instead he went the other way about the relation of Gregori and Alexander who is growing more curious every day. To top it all off there is an autistic child who comes in the community and starts shaking things up. Here is a triller coming of age that you should not miss.

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Posted in British film

TRANCE (2013)

Trance

A film by Danny Boyle

Cast: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel

This film does run an outstanding large twist. This Auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) at the beginning of the film explain that before robber will get into an auction an steal the painting by intimidation and leaves with the painting. Now those days are over and there are as he explains detector, alarm, security guard, even some Armenian in the back of the van outside of a van in the back of the auction building. They have drills even in case someone is trying to get steal the painting. Simon has to get the painting and drop it off downstairs down a chute to safety. The instructor points out to them don’t be a hero. One day 4 men comes in and try to steal the painting, Simon do like he learn at the drill does not panic and get to the chute to drop the painting when a man Frank (Vincent Cassel) tells him to give him the painting instead Simon tries to play the hero and use the tazer gun on Frank without success in which Frank hits Simon with his shotgun and leaves. he ends up in the hospital and does not remember a thing not even his name. It does not take long to figure out that simon was in on the robbery it does not qualify to be a spoiler. I watch to many movie to figure that one out early on. But when Frank open the case that the painting was in he founds it empty. He get tortured but can’t remember where he left the painting. So Frank tells him to got see an hypnotist to see if he get get to remember where the painting is. Simon bogus excuse he can’t find his keys that’s what he tells her. It does not take long for her that simon is not looking for keys. She confront the rest of the gang but she want tone equal partner. They go along with it. This is a Danny Boyle film and it is character driving in this fast pace crime thriller. It is a slick thriller a very colorful one at that. It moves well and the story telling is great. Some great acting there from the actors. Trance is an psychologic intellectual thriller and you should not miss it.

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Posted in French film

SUR MES LEVRE (2001)

One of my favorite french director oh! yes film by Jacques Audiard. Young secretary Carla is a long-time employee of a property development company. Loyal and hardworking, first to arrive and last to leave, Carla is beginning to chafe at the limitations of her career and is looking to move up. But as a 35-five-year-old woman with a hearing deficiency, she is not sure how to climb out of her humdrum life, though she is confident in her own abilities. Into her life comes Paul Angeli, a new trainee she decides to hire. Paul is 25 years old and completely unskilled, but Carla covers for him when the need arises because of his other qualities – he’s a thief, fresh out of jail and very good-looking. It’s a case of good meeting bad. Carla is played by Emmanuelle Devos the daughter of raumond devos who is my favorite comedian of all time. Paul is played by the talented Vincent Cassel.