Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fifty Shades Of Grey - Film Trailer

Need I say more? Except the film is out February 2015. I hope the story on film is as good as the story on paper.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Boyhood - A Film Worth Seeing

Part of making a film now a days require extra creativety to stay competitve. Even the mega films with edgy special effects are not that impressive anymore. So, Boyhood, has to be praised for sure. The film, by Richard Linklater, was made in 39 days detailing a boy's life over a course of 12 years using the same actors to portray all the character. Finding a way to tug at our heartstrings (if I may use the cheesy term) allowing use to feel nostalgic, perhaps while reflecting on our lives.  is to be extra creative these days to stay competitive.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Mood Indigo - A French Film I Can't Wait To See

I have to admit I adore French films and I am familiar with all French actors and the work they have done over the years, so when I learned two of my favorite actors (Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris) are pairing up together to make a film I followed up and finally - 18Jul2014 - the film has been released in US theaters.

Check out the trailer so you understand my excitement. I will report to you my review the second I see the film. Just a note it is in French with English subtitles.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Overlooked Films Recommends

Sometimes the silliest movies are the best ones to see, mostly indie made, with simple film making techniques and realistic story telling. I choose each one carefully and watch the films, enjoying the story greatly. Here are some recommends:


Take Me Home: A 2011 film written, directed and starring Sam Jaeger. A story about a man who just can’t cut a break, aiming to find a job as a photographer in New York. Having no money, and no home since he’d been evicted from his apartment, he turns to driving a taxicab which he bought at an auction years back, just to survive.  One night he picks up a woman with his cab, only to discover shortly after she is very distraught about her husband cheating on her. She offers to pay him money to drive her to California so she could visit her ailing father. During the five days they go through many challenges, driving them to discover not only themselves along the way but also each other. Making watching the film a wonderful experience if you are in a place needing inspiration. The film won awards, not so famous ones, but worthy of course no doubt.

Drinking Buddies: A 2013 film starting Olive Wilde, mostly known around the world, is the story of  two co-workers Luke and Kate, who have partners. Luke and Kate are drinking buddies who on a daily basis flirt naturally, being around one another constantly at the brewery they work in. As the story unfolds, these friends decide to take their partners to a cabin one weekend for some fun and end up discovering way more than they intended to, with Kate's partner wanting to breakup and Luke's partner very confused with what she wants out of life. Meanwhile both Luke and Kate using drinking as a way to uncomplicate their lives. I love the fact, the film almost felt as if it was adlibed, using very simply story telling, easily relatable, young and fresh. Certainly well defined characteristics of today's 20 somethings. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blue Jasmine - Film Review

Being a San Francisco native and appreciating Woody Allen's work, I needed to see Blue Jasmine. I put it off, mostly because I was busy finishing up writing my second novel. I finally rented the film, pinpointing very excited the location shots, recognizing every corner, street and scenery. Of course.

But on to the story. I think Cate Blanchett was the film, entirely. She is literally the best cast - outside of Annette Benning to portray Jasmine. The story of a woman who had it all, well mostly money and not so perfect marriage. Very typical indeed. She also has problems of her own, naturally when a woman is neglected, she seeks other means to get the attention she deserves. But it becomes to much to bear and so she lashes out, with one phone call changing her destiny and ending up with nothing at all. 

Allen is notorious for great story telling, simply filmed, lots of dialogue and points well taken. He casts his films very well, I think, blandly asking each character to express their roles. In the case of Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett went above and beyond, with her portrayal actually bringing light to the normal sleepy films geared towards a specific audience.

Go see it, if it's just showing in your town, otherwise rent it for sure and if you have questions about the film location, please feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blood Ties and Three Days To Kill - French Film Reviews

Back to back I watched two films , French made, which I had trouble appreciating. Not because it's French made, but because the similarities in both film making techniques aiming to impact, but with no clarity.

Blood Ties: Set in New York in the 70's - a story about two brothers, on both sides of the law (how often is this story told). The casting was I think the problem, some not be taken seriously while others were over-qualified to be in such a low budget storytelling. The director took too long to unfold the storyline, at times causing myself and the group of critics I watched the film with to grimace, not understanding where the scene was going, not to mention what the crime and the killings were about. The sad part is the film went straight to DVD.

Three Days to Kill: A story about a dying CIA agent who buys time on the clock with an experimental drug to fight cancer, in exchange for one last assignment. A story meant to be serious, was told in a comedic style, relayed the troubles the agent faces in getting to know his daughter. Not sure why he needed to kill nor what will happen to him afterwards.

I would say pass, but since both films are on DVD - very quickly of course - rent it to see if you are a fan of Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Kevin Costner, Mila Kunis, Luc Besson, Guillaume Canet, Zoe Saldana

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lucy - Scarlett Johansson

Writer/director Luc Besson, known for La Femme Nikita and The Professional has created yet another film, this time titled simply Lucy. An action thriller about a woman who is caught up in some dark deal aiding in her turning into a merciless warrior. Of course Scarlett Johansson is Lucy and Morgan Freeman takes part naturally portraying the man with the voice of reason as always, good guy or bad.

Very excited indeed indeed. I think Johansson makes for great character for this sort of film and I can’t wait to see it. Although not sure why the film won’t be released in China or France.