Sunday, October 20, 2019

Quick Film Review: Jojo Rabbit (A-)

Quick Film Review: The Lighthouse (B+)

I attended the Q&A for The Lighthouse at The Landmark in LA, and was in the second row. Overall, I was very intrigued by the film, it was a crazy mind trip and the black and white film gave it a more claustrophic, isolating feel to the film. Listening to director Robert Eggers, and actors Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson discuss the film making process, helped me to better understand the mystical elements that were incorporated into the story, and the great attention to detail that was given to make the set and props more authentic. The Lighthouse is a film that needs to be seen several times to truly appreciate it. I would like to see it again as it's one of those films that's like a bottle of fine wine - you need to give it space and time to "breathe" to fully enjoy it. Willem Dafoe, as usual, was brilliant, but The Lighthouse was Robert Pattinson's time to shine and showcase that he's a serious actor whose work we can enjoy well outside from his breakout role in the Twilight franchise.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Quick Film Review: Parasite (A+)

It's rare that I feel a film is so exquisite that it deserves an A+ grade, and Parasite is that film. I was apprehensive going into watching this movie because of the rabid hype since it won the Palme d'Or from Cannes Film Festival back in May. I missed it by two days at the New York Film Festival, and I finally saw it this past weekend with a Q&A from the brilliant director, Bong Joon-ho!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Quick Film Review: Joker (A)

The smear campaign against the Joker movie has failed, the film is set to earn $95 million at the US box office this weekend, and $110 million from overseas. For a film that cost $55 million to make, it has recouped double its production cost and can easily make $500 million before its theatrical run ends, making it one of the highest earning box office blockbuster for a film released in October and for violent R-rated film.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Film Review: The King (A-)

A long planned holiday to New York City for my birthday in late September turned out to be fortuitous as one of my favorite actors was having a North American premiere of his latest film, The King on October 1st. With the surprise premiere announced just a week before my holiday, my original plans were to leave NYC on October 1st, but there was just no way I could leave town and miss seeing a film I was highly excited to see. So, after confirming an invite to said premiere, I added an extra night at the hotel, and rescheduled my departing flight. I feel a sense of  "professional fan" obligation to make myself available for this unique opportunity, and demonstrate my commitment to covering public events of Timothée Chalamet that I can legitimately attend if logistics and access allow. Those are two key elements moving forward in covering Timmy at his events. With that said, I've had my fill of standing along the red carpet for Timmy, and I'm going to retire from the red carpet after Toronto and New York. I'll continue to cover public Timmy events in many other ways, but trust, I will be at events I can attend in measured doses for years to come.

Timothée Chalamet was pre-destined to portray the boy king, King Henry V 'Hal' of England. Hal is Timmy's middle name, a unique name of German origins for a young man of Jewish-French heritage. As the oldest son of a dying Henry IV, Prince Hal is reluctantly thrust onto the throne after his father dies, and angry that his younger brother died in an ill coordinated battle of hubris. Committed to not being a warmongerer like his father, King Hal wants peace, he's a pacifist. However, insidious palace politics long in the making force the hand of this young king after a failed assassination attempt from the French. Or so that's what it seems. Not knowing whom to trust, Hal relies on his devoted friendship with Sir John Falstaff, gloriously played by screenwriter Joel Edgerton. Taunted and disrespected by The Dauphin of France, played by Robert Pattinson, Hal makes way to France.

Aussie director David Michôd took some creative liberties with the Shakespearean Henriad plays to make a brilliantly coarse and tense medieval political film that modern audiences can make correlations to today's politics. The Battle of Agincourt was particularly brutal and executed with using wide and up close camera views to make it suffocatingly close for the viewer to feel the intimate horror of that battle. After all the deaths in the wet mud, Hal comes to learn through the wise words of his future wife, Catherine, played by Lily-Rose Depp, that his haste to war mirrored his own father's cruelty without thought and care, will he be just like the former King? Enlightened about a political betrayal revelation, King Hal delivers swift judgment in a brilliant finale with William, played by the outstanding Sean Harris.

Timothée Chalamet as King Henry V | Image: Netflix

Chalamet brings to life a reluctant young King who truly commands his people and army with a strong voice and presence. There are several scenes where Chalamet speaks French, and uses his voice and tone with believable righteousness to protect and defend England. The British should be proud of this American boy doing justice to a favorite old King. The film could have used an extra 20 minutes to give more development of the behind the scenes dirty politics to present the viewer with more insight because the reveal near the end begs for more background on that issue. Overall, The King is an enchantingly exciting film on medieval England and its battles with France.

Grade: A-

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Quick Film Review: Ad Astra - Grade (A)

Friday, September 6, 2019

Quick Film Review: It Chapter 2 (B-)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Timothée Chalamet Stole the Show at 76th Venice Film Festival

Timothée at Venice Film Festival Photo: Stephania D'Alessandro
Timothée Chalamet attended the Venice Film Festival for the first time on September 2nd for his his new Netflix film The King, which had an Out of Competition World Premiere there. So far, he has earned raved reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Playlist, Vanity Fair, The London Times, etc. The film will debut in theaters on October 11th and then air on Netflix on November 1st. I'm really looking forward to this freshened up Shakespeare play. While I'm not the most well versed when it comes to Shakespeare's Henriad group of plays covering Richard III, Henry IV (Parts I & II) and Henry V, which is the young King that Timothée plays. It's been noted so far in some reviews that it takes an actor of Timmy's stature to pull off playing such a young King and apparently he does it very well. I for one can't wait to see The King in theaters here in the LA area and repeat viewings on Netflix. If Timmy makes the cut to participate in his third consecutive awards season, then so be it, and I'll continue to do my job at Club Chalamet to support him!

Two other important things to note is #1, that suit!!! Timmy was the talk of town on Monday and Tuesday with his beautiful silk grey suit from the Haider Ackermann 2020 Spring Collection. With Timmy's lithe model like stature, he was the perfect celebrity body to introduce this elegant beautiful suit to the world! Read this fashion review at Paper.

Photo: Ernesto Ruscio

And #2, what I was really looking forward to was seeing Timmy and his reported girlfriend, and The King co-star as his future queen Catherine of Valois, Lily-Rose Depp, on the red carpet together. Although they did not deliberately pose together for photographers, they were close enough to be in a few shots together and making them look like the perfect young royal couple. Yeah, I know, that's cheesy, but they are cute together, periodT. I think this was dictated by PR as to not flaunt their relationship in front on Timmy's fans. Sadly, many of his fans are very sensitive about his personal relationships and his private life. Anyway, both of these kids are half-French and speak the language fluently, and get along well, so, why not just support them and be happy that they're happy? Isn't the world messed up and dark and ugly enough as it is to not be happy for your favorite actor and his private life? If you aren't, then you need to re-evaluate a few things in your own life. Timmy looked BEAUTIFUL, not handsome, he's beyond that, he's beautiful, and Lily-Rose looked gorgeous in her pink Chanel gown.

The next festival stop for The King is the BFI London Film Festival. I don't know if Lily-Rose will be there, but she should and I can't wait to see what they wear there!