Battle of the Sexes

“You do the tennis. I do the smocking”

This week Battle of the Sexes arrived to the public. With complete no expectations about the movie I went ahead. “What could Emma Stone and Steve Carell bring to the table?” I thought. Battle of the Sexes brings a true story to whole public. Full of chemistry from the cast and a passionate secret, Battle of the Sexes is a enjoyable experience.

Battle of the Sexes – Official Trailer

The historical Battle of the Sexes happened during the 1973 year, where Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) finally became the most successful woman tennis’ player. But, when King found out about the difference between man and woman payment, she decided to do something. While she battled to make woman been treated as equal in the field, she started to develop her sexuality as a secret. Also, the ex tennis player, Boddy Riggs (Steve Carell), challenged Kings to a tennis match, a battle of sexes.

*Spoilers*

Battle of the Sexes is one of the best comedies of the year all because the cast. Stone and Carell serve an unusual duo but don’t let this fact fool you. Stone takes risks I wanted to see since long time ago! Those lesbian scenes are well appreciated. Marilyn (Andra Riseborough) and Larry King (Austin Stowell) form a kind of a painful but lovely situation which I couldn’t move myself. The veteran, Steve Carell gives us another great job. Pure comedy and hilariousness as only Carell could portray. Another bright highly in the movie is Gladys Heldman (Sarah Silverman), who is just another big character as Stone and Carell.

All supporting roles helps the direction to serve a real story you need to watch to understand how the Feminism movement started in the U.S.

The direction is in charge by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who without no much efforts made this monumental comedy.

4/5

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Mother!

In the last moment of life, would you give your heart?

*Mother! is NOT a horror film*

Mother! came out weeks ago and I was not able to watch it. Yet, my expectations didn’t die by the waiting. This week I finally made it! After watch the film, Mother! got me debating with myself. About the deep message and the movie itself.

Mother! Oficial trailer

Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem on set. Image via YouTube.

Mother! portrays the story of a poet (Javiel Bardem) who is struggling to find inspiration one more time to be able to write again. Together with his wife, Veronica (Jennifer Lawrence), are living in a just for two paradise. But, everything change when Veronica is not longer a inspiration to her poet. The paradise is not more perfect and Veronica starts to see her husband needs: a poet needs inspiration, but a witness that recognizes his work.

Bardem and Lawrence serve an actuation not mediocre but well too normal. At some points on the film I found myself asking me if that was really happening. Which is a good habit for thrillers and as far as the movie is that’s what Aronofsky wants. The Go-pro close-up style gives a easy way to connect with the public. However, Mother! is not a movie for everyone because the high rawness the movie presents (this wasn’t a problem for me but I saw around myself how young adults and middle adults covered their face). Mother! plays with psychology and a deep understanding for nature. While the poet plays more with a psychology, Veronica is more careful with nature.

Image via movietrailers.com

Mother! is directed and written by Darren Aronofsky who chose one more time to play with our psychology. However, this time was not successful as Black Swan did. The problem? The random scenes fully of rawness. Also, the poor and childish efforts the cast portrayed. Mother! is just the miss landing thriller of the year.

2/5

Woodpeckers

-Finding love in the wrong place-

Woodpeckers arrives as a powerful Caribbean freeze. This week Woodpeckers make it finally appearance into showtime in the United States. As far as the director José María Cabral believes, Woodpeckers is a huge contestant as foreign movie this year at the Oscars. The film portrays true events that happens in a Dominican Rep.’s prison.

Carpinteros official trailer.

Image via YouTube.

Do you had ever listen ‘We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris? I guess you had. Well, the firm portrays the story of Julian (Jean Johnny), which is sent to prison after committed a crime, and his challenge to live another day in jail. However, the prisons isn’t a place you may want to go and specially if a prison from a poor country and highly overcrowded. In the challenge to survive Julian meets a fellow prisoner, Manaury (Ramon Emilio Candelario), knowing that Manaury has some power in the prison Julian do some favor in exchange of sending message to Manaury’s girlfriend Yanelly (Yudith Rodriguez) through “woodpecking” (a hand-sign language).

Jean Johnny and Yudith Rodriguez on set. Image via Listín Diario.

The film doesn’t have a huge production behind but is not needed because the cast delivers an amazing job. Woodpeckers have young actors doing their work with passion for what they love. Develop the kind of scene they serve throughout the whole film isn’t something that is well seen Dominican Rep. but their courage to present its just amazing.

Ramon Emilio Candelario (right) on set with Jean (left). Image via Dailymotion.com

Cabral as the director and writer could made Woodpeckers come together without lose the Dominican folklore.

4/5

Good Time – review

“Have you ever love?”

This week I decide to go and watch Good Time. A movie I didn’t knew about and I even didn’t watch any trailer. I just chose it. The movie starts really really slow. It was hard to understand what was the story behind the two brothers. And for my surprise Robert Pattison was part of the cast. This was the first movie I watched where Pattison takes part.

Link to see the official trailer

Pattinson portraying the older Nikas. Image via Lapresa.pe.

The story is about two brothers that want to escape from the city of New York to leave their past and their ghosts behind. In a failed of bank-robbery the younger brother which has metal issues is sent to jail. Now the older brother will do the impossible to take his bother back all because he loves him. However, the older Nikas will find it hard to take his brother

back.

Image via YouTube.

Most part of the story is developed over just a night. Seeing Pattison changing from a black to platinum hair while escape from the police to almost making it out with a 16 years-old was kind of a slow process. The direction is part of brothers Ben Safdie (which also portrays the younger Nikas on the movie) and Josh Safdie.

They made the movie looks like on of those early 90s movie that are still presented on tv after midnight. The movie and the story looks cheap and a little predicable but it can also surprises you the most. However, the directors decided to let the music do the work. Which was not a smart move.

2.5/5

Beatriz at Dinner

BEATRIZ AY DINNER – review
"Destroy life is easy, but maintain it…"

The film Beatriz at Dinner is a magic trip. What the director Miguel Arteta makes is a one way trip into place where you realize life itself. Arteta previous works are not as ambitious as Beatriz at Dinner is. Starting from what is serve for dinner you will end very satisfied.

Beatriz at Dinner – Official Trailer

Beatriz is a lonely woman that loves life not matter what form. Beatriz is a message therapist based on Los Angeles. She loves her work and loves to heal people.
Beatriz works in a hospital but also has clients outside her office. This time, Beatriz goes to the house of a deal client. The client is hosting a dinner party where Beatriz will take part. However, a guest is all the opposite of what Beatriz is and believes. The dinner will make Beatriz’s feelings go wild.


Image via YouTube.

The movie is a plane and simple meal. However, the work delivered from the cast is as hilarious as breathe-taking. Salma Hayer plays the main character Beatriz. Biggest moment in the film: Salma Hayer can sing! John Lithgow is the “bad” guy. The trans-parents Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker are working together. Also, two actors part of American Horror Story, Connie Britton and Chloë Sevigny. Part of the cast already had work before, and the chemistry is a proving fact.

The dark humor in the film is deliciously serve for all. Duplass and Landecker coming from a comedy (Transparent) that touch all types of comedy make all the ingredients cook to the point where you can enjoy it even do it’s dark comedy and a little soul-taste.

Image via IMDb.

Hayer’s character fits her well, however, I want to see her taking risks.

3/5

Wind River – review

-WIND RIVER-
“Snow and Silence”

Let’s be honest the director Taylor Sheridan knows how make a savage but full of true feeling films. This time he did again! Coming from two big and powerful hits, Sicario (2015) and Hell or Hight Water (2016), where both films where claimed at the Oscar… Sheridan knows how to play right within chance to loose.

Watch Wind River – Official trailer

Wind River is an ambitious breath taking. A eighteen-year old girl is found frozen in Wyoming’s Wind River reservation by the wildlife agent Cory Lambert. Lambert ask for help to solve this scene which looks like a murder crime. Jane Banner an FBI agent is sent for help. But, the low temperatures make Banner’s work looks basic. Lambert and Banner team up to “track” the scene.
In a small cold town where everybody know everything and everything is far, old ghost are hunting feelings of the present.


Image via The Weinstein Company.

Wind River has a super duo. The main characters are portrayed by Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. Renner’s work is just brilliant. He delivers a cold but joyful interpretation. Also, Olsen plays a friendly work. See these two out of their characters of superheroes (Avengers) is a lemonade in summertime. They bring the chemistry they already have made on Avengers. Well play by Sheridan.


Olsen and Renner on set of Wind River. Image via The Weinstein Company.

Sheridan knows how create horror scenes into an amazing landscape of possibilities. The recreation of the murder scene is a landscape where you could get lost. The twist. The twist Sheridan makes is something we should consider as a great work. Also, how the director portrays the actual situation of Native Americans.

3.5/5

Atomic Blonde – review

-ATOMIC BLONDE-
A new James Bond Rises

I was not expecting to go and watch this Atomic Blonde. Atomic Blonde was my second option for the night. But, as people always say, “when you aren’t expecting nothing… life surprises you the most”. This time the director David Leitch, Charlize Theron, and an amazing soundtrack made it all the work.

To watch Atomic Blonde trailer

The movie is devised on three parts: the beginning, a present where teh British agent is narrating what happened on the begging, and the end.


The British agents on set. Image via Trailer Addicted.

While Berlin is battling the Cold War on his on land for freedom, another war is taking part on the underground, an atomic blonde is feeling Bond, James Bond. A savage blonde agent part of the British secret service is sent to Berlin to get some information that is precious for the British.

Beside you may think by the effects at the beginning of the movie… Atomic Blonde starts high: well and strong acts server with rough soundtracks. There isn’t a low nor slow acst. All the characters work together to keep the audience entertained (a thing that many directors and writers forget) the whole 140 minutes.

Theron makes an powerful work-group with James McAvoy (which early this year gave us a major performance on Split) and Sofia Boutella. Theron’s script is savage and smart. The action scene are full adrenaline and blood. Rough blood. Also, McAvoy’s work as a mean sexy Berlin lover is as important as Theron work.

Image via YouTube.

Atomic Blonde is a fancy smart move from the direction. Leitch took risks that are visible (which I thanks) on the direction. Make a combination of thriller, comedy, action, and fashionable is not a easy work. But, Leitch did it!

4/5