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.



A film by Sean Baker

Cast: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe

Set over one summer Mooney plays with her ragtime friends while her mother a bit rebellious takes care of her. All that in the perimeter of Disney World.

It is a sentimental film who had greatness all over it, and it s not going to be easy to do a review with this one. It does not have the Hollywood formula but its own and Baker nailed it. This the the second film that I think is the best of the year. Original Yes!!!


The Magic Castle motel is the kind of place most people don’t even notice as they speed past it on their way to Disney World. It is a strip of cheap motel , with a tourist trap along the way. We get introduces us to his child protagonists first, best friends Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and Scooty (Christopher Rivera). They’re running to a neighboring motel so they can spit on a car from the balcony above. Yeah kids doing stupid thing, kids that are not supervised will do stupid thing. You will be taken on the adventure to follow the kids of what they do all day. You will think that the director idolise resident motel kids but he does not do such thing he has an honest approach to it. The kids here uses their imagination and plays around all day. Mooney knows the deal she wants to play all day and she has a mother who is an adult rebellious one at that who is trying to take care of her. Moonee’s mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) is sliding down from a social economical latter, she tries to make ends meet. always late for rent but pays it, just has enough food on the table. You do not know what happened that is why I like this film not everything is explained. Bobby (Willem Dafoe) who portrait the manger feels for this kids and has a hard time to detach from them. The realism is this film stands out you will see their daily routine, Mooney does the same thing every day a nice touch for the film. It is going to make you think about those people the next time you are going to the magic kingdom of the next time you will see those cheap hotel along the highway and that is the special film for the year.




A film by Tommy Wirkola

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck

2073. The Earth is overpopulated. The government decides to introduce a one-child policy, applied by hand of the iron by the Office of Birth grant, under the aegis of Nicolette Cayman.

 I will say this there is a series called Orphan black if you have not see it do so. Tatiana Maslany who plays identical clones plays it so damn well that you want more. But the script is awesome so she has a lot to work with. Now I am not saying this film is not good but it is just entertaining, however the script needs a little work. In France the advertised it and in big letters it reads “you will never guess the end” You have got to be fucking kidding me (Pardon my French Ha!ha!) but I guessed the end. The cast is wonderful in it and Noomi Rapace does a nice job here even Glenn close who plays this cold-hearted bitch too well here but the film is entertaining. It is predictable. Original not really it had been manipulated differently from too many films and series. Not too bad the fighting was decent at that, the fact that they did it as a triller is fine here too. Like I said I don’t dismiss it because it is entertaining.
The thing is that everything has been done and redone and it is hard to surprise the audience. But the script needed some work here. I do love the swedish actress Noomi here is a matter of fact I am a fan. I am going to have to wait for the next one.



A film by Lars von Trier

Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe

Vol.2 opens, Joe is now married to the drippy Jerome (Shia LaBeouf), and they have a baby son. Unfortunately, she has also lost all interest in sex, and has no more sexual sensation. He tells her to take on other lovers to get her groove back. Three years as past and so Charlotte Gainsbourg plays joe now so if like Jerome (Shia LaBeouf) looks the same and he  should say dam my wife looks totally different now the story takes a darker turn, Joe seeks dangerous man like two African American who does not speak a word of english and that is fine with her because she wants just sex not a conversation, they argue who get what hole and you see Two erected penis and the face of charlotte in the background watching them fighting it out.  Come to think about it is a funny scene. Joe then seeks out the mysterious K (Jamie Bell) with a great performance there. He services women in what looks like a deserted office building. It is film so naturally but if you go further into the building it gets ugly , tense even erotic. K sets out the rules to Joe, he will not have sex with her, and there will be no safe word here is a terrifying thing. He weeps joe with a whip to the point she is hyperventilate, he his violent but yet gentle by take of putting on her coat. And joe gets her groove back. Seligman keeps interrupting her by anecdote and such. You see joe still depend on sex and always will until her sex drive dies around when she is 50 or so. I used to know sex addict and they din’t think they had a problem they just love sex period. Joe ends up broken. She even join sex anonymous, but if that is going to work. The film delivers especially towards the end and great ending. Yes we know at the end the situation is worse and will nor get better? There is no cure for sex addiction as a psychologist told me once however there what we call time management.




to live and let die

A film by William Friedkin

Cast: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow

a couple agent secret service are on the trail of a counterfeit who eluded them for years. at one point Richard Chance (William L. Petersen),  a special agent who’s the hero of the movie, sets up a dangerous plan to steal the advance money from another crook and use it to buy the bogus paper and bust the counterfeiter. Great plan right but wait there is more a chase and it is like a ballet with great timing well done from the director it goes on the freeway the wrong way here is an expensive scene and awesome to watch. There is a strong performance in the movie is by Willem Dafoe as the counterfeiter, cool and professional as he discusses the realities of his business. It is just a film about cops and bad guys it is also about 2 systems of doing business, and the chase is awesome. I do not want to reveal to much about this film to fear for those who didn’t see the movie yet. But do not miss this great film before you die.

to live and let die in L.A

to live and let die in L.A


A film by  Christian Carion.
cast: Diane Kruger, John Wayne, Willem Dafoe.
In 1985, Sergei Gregoriev, a Soviet colonel, wants to force his nation to reform, so he leaks secret information to the West. He picks an unlikely contact, a Pierre Froment, French nebbish in the diplomatic corps. Gregoriev keeps a lot of balls in the air – a marriage, a teen son he’s trying to bond with, a mistress who’s a colleague at work; his tradecraft is equally reckless. Meanwhile, Froment keeps his spy work secret from his German wife, and Mitterrand uses Gregoriev’s information to make France indispensable to Reagan and his government. When Gregoriev leaks a list of key Soviet moles and spies, Gorbachev is left without secret intelligence. Will Gregoriev get what he wants?

Making this film about a russian traitor came with some complication: Alexander Avdeev (Russian ambassador in France who became Russian Culture Minister and who had been expelled from France in 1983 because of Farewell) blocked most Russian actors to play in this movie, including Sergey Makovetskiy and Nikita Mikhalkov, because he did not want to back a movie about a Russian traitor. He also blocked authorizations to film in Moscow, while most of the plot takes place in Moscow. Christian Carion had to pretend to film a Coca Cola advertisement for the few images of the city.
“Farewell” (that was the French intelligence service code name for the Soviet Informer ) has something you don’t see very often: an endorsement blurb from Ronald Reagan himself, who called this real-life affair “one of the most important espionage cases of the 20th century.” “Farewell” weaves together the story of their largely improvised covert operation, the emotional effects of the secrets these men keep from their wives and families. The director shows the obsessive President Reagan (Fred Ward) obsessing over the shift in perspective (from James Stewart to John Wayne) at the end of John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and Gregoriev watching 8mm family home movies projected into the corner of the ceiling.Carion has an eye for unusual, atmospheric touches like a kite spotted by a man who’s driving with his head out the side window.A face illuminated for a split second in the back seat of a parked car at night.There’s a brief scene in which Igor (Evgenie Kharlanov), listening to Queen’s “We Will Rock You” on his new Sony Walkman, stands on a picnic table surrounded by an crowd of ferns and imagines himself as Freddie Mercury onstage. It takes away the viewer on Igor’s private moment.
Over all a great film.