LUCKY (US – 2017)

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John Carroll Lynch’s LUCKY is a beautiful act of love. The Actor’s first feature as a director stars another (mythic) character actor, Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas, Alien, Wild at Heart), in a rare lead. The actor died on September 15, 2017 at age 91, two weeks before the film was first released on US screens.

LUCKY is all the way about the peculiar Stanton. And it works great as a homage while most of these type of films fail. Lucky is not really about its basic story line:

Stanton plays Lucky. The old US Navy veteran is at the dusk of life. When his quiet routine, walking around between home, the local diner and regular Bar (and arguing with locals) starts to fail because of declining health… (SHOULD I STOP HERE?)

What you should know instead to prepare yourself:

1) Famous film critic Roger Ebert created (and was right on) the “Stanton-Walsh Rule,” stating: Continue reading

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Fantasia 2017: A Ghost Story

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Do it simple, Do it Right. And with A Ghost Story, in which a recently deceased soul comes back to haunt the house he shared as a living, it is exactly what writer-director David Lowery does, while re-uniting again with the Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck duet (after 2013’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).

Lowery took the gamble to introduce a ghost character simply dressed with the white cloth of our childhood, from these days when we looked under the bed and in the closet. And it works because we relate.

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FANTASIA 2016: HEART ATTACK (THAI- Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit)

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A hard-working freelancer graphic designer see his life getting worse every day. He secretly falls in love with the doctor trying to help him cure his strange rash allergies.

Heart Attack is the 4th feature film by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (36, Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy) one of the most interesting independent Thai director around. More accessible than his previous and more experimental films, this singular romantic comedy  is a Continue reading