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Outstanding episode but...
Of course, this is for me the highlight of the whole show. Outstanding episode supported by awesome performances. But it is never explained how the young convict escaped from prison, from a high security jail, a penitentiary, and not only a country prison farm, after he had his penalty deleted by the governor of the state? And it is not explained what happens to him and his girl friend after they released the judge. It is a shame that those point remains in the shadow. But besides this, yes, I repeat, this is a really excellent psychological character study. A pure masterpiece. Leslie Martinson gave here one of his best, besides BATMAN TV show.
Patriots Day (2016)
Peter Berg's best piece of work so far
From this director specialized in one hundred percent patriotic features, I expected the worst. Especially with such a topic, the horrible attack which happened during Boston marathon in 2013. The most terrible attack in America since 9/11. A scheme which allowed any patriotic expose, in the most overblown way. But, curiously, Berg seemed to be exact, true, without abusing the "bad terrorists" portraits. And sure he could have done it anyway. Every one would have forgiven him. This is not a war movie taking place in Afghanistan, showing US soldiers fighting, tracking hostile natives down, rebels defending their homeland. Directing, acting, editing are flawless, perfect, tense, sharp, without any length of any kind. Mark Wahlberg has nearly the same character as the one he had in previous Berg's film, only the character's name and profession changes. But who cares?
Mob Handed (2016)
Very bad strange and interesting movie
When I realized that there was an actor in this vigilante movie named Charles Bronson, I laughed. Charles Bronson, king of the seventies and eighties vigilante movies from the USA. Remember DEATH WISH long series..No user seems to have noted it. This very feature is so bad, so cheap but son fresh to watch in the same time. I was not bored only a second in this UK crime movie. And I begin to get used to UK crap. The British, crap, grade B - I would say - Z industry seemed to begin in the late nineties, although I discovered it only a couple of years ago through UK Amazon DVDs. But I sometimes found some good gems such as GUVNORS or TOP DOG. I still have batches to see. I will keep you informed, of course. See you soon.
Not bad but...
The intentions are good for this director who wanted to describe all the ugliness of the human mind, the disgusting behaviour or people using social networks to harm other folks. And the director uses the homosexuality topic and competition sport settings to bring this message. But there are unfortunately too many clichés here to be really effective. And I don't speak of the bomb sequence - which we could feel the "entry" at the beginning of the movie, like a thriller, which this feature is not. I repeat, the film maker put too many things here, too many. And he also wanted to show that mass murderers, carrying bombs or fire arms, were not always necessarily ISIS extremists terrorists. But the film is very agreeable to watch, the directing OK for me, and the characterization good too.
Sortez des rangs (1996)
Yves Boisset could easily have made it
Yes, Yves Boisset could have made this film, not far from his own LE PANTALON, the story of a first world war, trench war soldier, shot because he refused to wear a pair of pants. Here, it is not far, as you have already read in the other comment. This is definitely an anti war, pacifist movie, like PATHS OF GLORY or even JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN. We also can think about ALLONS ENFANTS, still directed by Yves Boisset in the early eighties, an era where only him dared to make such movies. Movies against stupidity, the State, Government idiocy and hypocrisy. This little feature I am talking here was not well known but available now in France. Do not hesitate to get it. It deserves it. Largely.
True Detective: Omega Station (2015)
I really loved this series
This TV show, short TV show, actually looks more like a movie, big screen movie, than a series, I mean the new fashion series as we see everywhere. You have not bunches of characters who get in and out in every episode, the directing and filming looks really like a film. An eight hours long film. I did not see the first season, at least not yet. I guess that's the same, even if this is another story with other actors and characters; because you could have same actors for other characters, as some TV shows do sometimes. Back to this one, yes, I enjoyed it very much, a so bleak, dark, violent crime story with borderline cops who search a way to get away from the tragedy pit which they are plunged into. Olivier Marchal could have made it, it also makes me think of a French novelist, himself ex cop, Hugues Pagan. I thought about his style many times during the viewing of this series. Colin Farrell had never been better. A masterpiece for me. With a so astounding end.
Le viol (1967)
The directing is flawless and very interesting, although you always wonder where the director drives at in this scheme where a man, looking like a hired gunman - and certainly not a perverse - takes a beautiful woman as a sort of hostage. But this is not a two people movie, two people alone in a flat. That's only for the first part. The overall film could although have been a stage play, theatre. I don't understand why this feature was not widely released, at least since 1967. Bruno Cremer was not a great actor in this time, but he became since. This is not a boring film, but it could be a short film. I am also afraid that many viewers found many things unexplained in this more than weird movie. But worth watching.
Une femme libre (1971)
Very typical movie from this period
It's not a drama, but rather a comedy about the women's liberation, very typical stuff as we could see by batches in the late sixties, early seventies. The end of the old clichés, such a the house wife who could not vote, work or even hardly drive. I don't speak of miscarriage...Amusing tale of a young female who is proud of her independence, her freedom. You can easily Watch it as s sort of documentary, document for this period. But it is nonetheless bad acted and filmed, don't expect more. The film maker Claude Pierson directed mostly sex movies, as many other ones in this era: early seventies.
Undercover Hooligan (2016)
Bloody UK crime flick
The topic is not totally bad, nor the acting or the directing, but something is missing in this UK film. It is too confused and also too predictable, as usual for undercover cop, infiltrated heats stories. What is interesting is that it speaks of illegal migrants brought to England containers. Violent, brutal flick, with a horrible torture scene, and not only. The bad guys are worthwhile and the hero too. I have seen much worse than this film. Sincerely. I am surprised no one has commented it yet. Not bad but no more.
Banshee Origins: Epilogue (2016)
That's for me the true ending scene of that wonderful, terrific series which, from time to time, seemed have been made by lunatic, insane writers and producers. But so inventive too. In the good way, I mean. This sequence of Sugar leaving this part of his life is so sad, melancholic. I did not weep, but not far. This very strong association between Luke, Jo, Carrie and Sugar will never be again. Luke left Carrie for good, Sugar stays alone before quitting Bashee too. Job, we suppose he will resume his career with Luke. A bittersweet ending, but far better than the usual happy ending, for sure.