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Burn after reading…..

In drama, family, feature film on October 26, 2008 at 12:43 AM

Well frankly, it was quite a deception.Especially after No Country For Old Man. No real surprise. And an end that ends in a fishtail. The memoirs of an ex-CIA agent ( John Malkovich) ends up in the ends of two employees at a gym ( Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt), who think they can money talk the original owner of the document. The Coen brothers used a different DP, which can be felt in the look of the film. Brad Pitt’s acting was quite amusing in the role of the ambiguisly gay employee, but does not sell the entire film and the film in its globality really felt like a film commanded by the studios and nothing more.

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“An Angel for Christmas”, every gift is not a good one.

In drama, family, horror, Short film on September 23, 2008 at 8:52 AM

This short horror film did its world premiere at the Regency Fairfax Theater ( former Laemmle Theater), the 18th of June 2008, here in Los Angeles California. This short thrilling horror piece features a young mother who finds an unexpected present under the Christmas tree. check out the trailer at http://fabienhameline.com/Fictions.html . Goosebumps garanteed.

The Moonlit Road in festival

In drama, family, horror, psychological, Short film, surnatural, thriller, Uncategorized on May 30, 2008 at 1:48 AM

Remember that film we reviewed few months ago entitled “the moonlit road”? Well it finally make it to its first festival!! I just received a warm letter from its director Leor Baum, asking me to spread the word. So here it is with the official poster. This fine film will be screened here in Los Angeles :

Friday, May 30th @8:00pm

Echo Park Film Center   MAP

1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)

Los Angeles, CA 90026

http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/

Doors open @ 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Drinks are free (Wine, Beer, and Dry Soda).

Q and A to follow, as well as a raffle. 

 

Hope to see you there!

 

The Indie Film Reviewer

“Taken” Jack Bauer in meaner

In drama, family, feature film, Uncategorized on February 2, 2008 at 6:15 PM

In this highly adrenalined action film, the daughter of an ex-Special Forces agent goes in a trip with her friend to France. Arrived there, they get kidnapped as the daughter, hidden under the bed describes what’s happening to her father, on the phone. He will be ready to do anything to get his daughter back, even to put Paris on fire. If the mix of American actors and French ones is a bit awkward by moment ( two different acting schools), it is well covered by spectacular scenes and a dynamic edit. The path of the film and the fighting skills of Liam Neeson, reminds of Jack Bauer in “24” but angrier. Before being a director, Pierre Morel has been a cinematographer and camera operator for several Europa Corp productions. “Taken” is his second feature, the first being “District 13”.

“Taken” directed by Pierre Morel, the last EuropaCorp ( Luc Besson) production will be released end of February.

I walk ” Into The Wild”….

In drama, family, feature film on January 13, 2008 at 11:19 AM

poster  Based on a true story, “Into The Wild” narrates the introspective journey of Christopher ( 23) in quest of happiness and what makes it reel. He back packs through the USA, meeting all kind of people, affecting their life in some ways.  Like in ” I am Legend,  “Into the Wild” deals with a character who’s by himself in a deserted environment. Thus the use of parallel editing is more than justified. It allows  to show the reasons why he left for this journey, and who he met until he arrives to his final destination: Alaska. Also, it allows to dynamize the moments of loneliness and contemplations. ” Into The Wild” invites to see what’s happening in the outside world to find who we are.

“I am Legend”, The last man on earth

In drama, family, feature film, horror, psychological on January 3, 2008 at 2:38 PM

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“I am Legend” is the second feature film of Francis Lawrence, important music videos director ( Britney Spears, Aerosmith) but also of “Constantine”. “Legend” starring Will Smith who plays the role of the last man on Earth, scientist still searching for a cure to a virus (created by the Man) that annihilated Earth. 

In this new film, Lawrence approaches the theme of the last man on earth. “legend”, coming from Latin “legenda” or ” thing to be read”, shows well the projection of the audience in the future and the not-to-far status of the man. The film is intercut between scenes of  Robert Neville’s lonely daily life in NYC, trying to find a cure, an between flashbacks showing the end of the days. The showing a NYC full of life ( flashbacks), next to a completely empty one with wilderness taking over the city, creates a very interesting contrast.

This film shows the Man should fear himself more than the end of times, or the Sun extinction.

“The Moonlit Road”, a modern tale adaptation

In drama, family, horror, psychological, Short film, surnatural, Uncategorized on October 10, 2007 at 1:17 AM

The Moonit Road official poster

When Ambrose Bierce wrote “The Moonlit Road” in 1907, he surely did not think it would have been adapted into a modern motion picture a hundred years later. Young director Leor Baum adapted and directed what is now a modern tale adaptation. Modern yet poetic, the audience is taken through several time travels. Different families inhabiting the same space at different times, but facing the same problem: the divided family. Young French cinematographer Sebastien Hameline contributed to the look of the film, giving it an atmospherical look, and at the same time dynamic. Keeping this current subject of family issue mixed with ghost stories and lyricism, Leor Baum gives us a breeze of freshness ( and spookyness), in today’s short films. Trailer at http://www.myspace.com/themoonlitroad