A Quiet Place

You will feel the tension.

This new movie which just arrived this week to open public is straight forward to what it really wants to make you feel when you see it. A quiet place will make just up from your seat and over fear for your life, literally!

A Quiet Place – Official Trailer

Is the year 2020, Earth has a new small creature which hunt by sound. The society has decreased by these new hunters of sound. The Abbott marriage and their 3 kids face the challenge to survive while trying to not make any noise, talk, or use shoes.

Image via Paramount Pictures.

The movie as honest as its slogan is presented, “If they hear you. They hurt you.” This is simplest slogan. However, don’t make it fools you, because the A Quiet Place is much more than a quiet movie. Let me be honest for a line… THIS MOVIE IS A MOST WATCH! Now here is where the why comes; after the major failure of Emily Blunt as The Girl on the Train as her last work, watch her come back to life (and giving life to a new person) is everything but an amazing job, which needs to be recognized! She has one more major movie coming out this year, Mary Poppins Returns, and let’s hope she keeps the same great job.

A Quiet Place is acted, directed, and also co-written by the same same, John Krasinski; which is Emily’s husband in real life too, made the movie come together. The director is one of the most challenging job, but Krasinski made it all looks so easy. He co-wrote the script and story, he directed and acted in way you could see all the pieces together shining like a pure diamond. Krasinski and Blunt made this movie looks so enjoyable and painful (on the way) to watch.

Image vía Paramount Pictures.

However, the only bad thing about this movie is the sense of reality. Many things just DON’T MAKE SENSE (which is normal in horror and thriller movies), but, A Quiet Place does never give any kind of background information about the monster… aliens? Also, a pregnancy knowing that a baby a noise machine.

The movie is still playing, so I’m encouraging you to see one of the best movies of this year so far.

4/5

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Call me by your name

By Luca Guadagnino.

“I wish everyone was as sick as you.”

Call me by your name is the story on a 17 years-old, Elio Perlman. A young teenager who is living his summer in this small town part Italy during 1983. Elio who has a formal relationship with his girlfriend, Marzia, will live the moment of his life when a young doctor arrived to his parents’ house, the bright American 24-years-old, Oliver. Oliver and Elio don’t know anything about each other. Starting with distance within each other. Elio start to hate Oliver without realize what that “hate” really means.

Call me by your name – Official Trailer

Call by your name at first start slow as a normal roller coaster. But as the time starts to pass, the characters, the story, and the chemistry take place. Each character plays a important role into the story. While Elio starts to lose his comfort zone (books, music, by the center of his parents) from Oliver. “Everyone loves Olive,” Elio complains. Elio’s parents made him to open his mind to Oliver’s magic.

“Call me your name and I’ll call you by mine.”

Image by YouTube.

The movie it is well develop on its 90 percent. There where scene that really weren’t needed at all, such as the fish’s scene. However, the powerful scenes make you forget about those scene with the fancy touch Guadagnino created. While Elio explores his beautiful small town and all it hidden spots you will fall in love with this mystical setting. The music, the setting, the light sense of humor that plays with your mind, and the cast make Call me by your name a romantic and also erotic piece which will break anybody heart. Moreover, the way the director make every song match with the which scene is just mesmerizing!

As every roller coaster has his flat, up, and down… Which is the case when summer ends. Summer ends and Elio faces his reality and how hard is to carry hard-feelings. Encouraged with his mother, his now ex-girlfriend, and wise father… Elio finds out that everyone has a secret to hide. His father does. Olive do. Now he too.

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Highlight scene: While Elio’s mother read and translate from Italian to English to Elio’s and his father, she encourage Elio to be more friendly with Oliver… Which on my understanding is to play the game. The worse thing may happens is that you my lose. Elio and Oliver won, but they keep playing till they lose. Take the risk.

“Because I wanted you to know.”

4.5/5

Shape of Water

“A man who washes his hands before and after use the bathroom shows signs of weakness.”

Shape of Water – Offical trailer

In this new magic propose by Guillermo del Toro, Shape of Water wants you to go really deep into a wet fairy tail. Sounds interesting because the movie is indeed catchy. Sometimes, I personally try to not let myself make expectations about movies. But, this time I went ahead with just a simple hope to watch this amazing and magical movie where from the beginning till the end del Toro keeps every detail on check.

“If we do nothing, neither are we.”

Shape of Water tells the story of a mute, Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), and how she risks all for love. Before this story happens, Elisa is a loner woman who only friends are her neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins), and her coworker Zelda (Octavia Spencer). Both Elisa and Zelda work in a high-security laboratory of the U.S. government, where many experiments take part. And when a mythical creature arrives, Elisa lets her curiosity go wild into the deep green water.

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer on set. Image via Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Two loners trying to save a god, but the god saved them. Being honest, Shape of Water looks like just another boring movie. However, Shape of Water is the most poetical movie of the year. The movie takes you into colorful time of the U.S. history: the 60s. To a time where the U.S. tried to keep everything calm while battling the Cold War.

*May Contain Spoilers*Image via Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Major things/highlights about Shape of Water are the nudity’s scenes from Elisa during the first 10 minutes of the movie, the music and the dances, the black and white scene (which at first made me feel uncomfortable) is the most random but lovely scene of the movie.

Shape of Water is a clean and very honest movie, where the main characters don’t need to speak to make this magical tail come to life. The cast has many powerful candidates for support role in the coming awards. Finally but no less important, the brilliant Michael Shannon makes a magnificent job as the “bad guy.”

4.5

COCO

“I give you my blessing with no restrictions.”

Coco – Official Trailer

After weeks of the official release in Mexico, Coco made its official release in the U.S. I did see how the movie was being welcomed over Latin American, which made more expectations of what I already had. This time I took my nephew with me because Coco was expecting to be a worthy movie and I wanted my nephew to watch something worthy with me; quality time.

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Coco is a magical trip to the land of the deaths. Miguel is young Mexican kid who is in love with music but at the same time is ashamed to play, because his family doesn’t allow any kind of music or activity related with music. In his battle to become a musician, Miguel will do anything, even steal, to make it to the top. But, when Miguel and his dog are sent to the land of the deaths, he will discover that family matters more than fame.

Coco is the big propose from Walt Disney and Pixar this year. The movie doesn’t start slow which a different coming from Walt Disney. Coco is full of adrenaline and nostalgia, which isn’t easy to connect sometimes. But, Coco presented a movie full of both. The animation of the whole project is well worthy and enjoyable to all age (I loved it more than my 5 years-old nephew). Also, the colors the movie present since the beginning till the very end are just amazing. Moreover, the way the movie is presented using two languages (English and Spanish) and even mixed them are a clear statement of the time we are living as country. I can go on over this but just think about it… Mexican culture and Spanglish presented in a beautiful way to a country which is dealing to make a wall.

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*May Contain Spoilers*

The story behind Coco is something we all had already watch, but the way the whole team behind this major production turned it out is something to talk about and to applaud. The story doesn’t a major climax, but two! And where the two climax were a huge surprise. Moreover, Coco at first may look like musical because the story and the main characters are musicians, but there are limited musical acts (which is great because musicals coming from animation movies may get bored the adult audience).

4.5/5

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

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.

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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