THE IRISHMAN (2019)
Available on Netflix. Duration: 3:29.
Told from the point of view of Frank Sheeran, a former World War II soldier who has become a con artist and hired killer, The Irishman talks about the disappearance of the legendary union leader Jimmy Hoffa. The film, which spans several decades, offers a monumental dive into the mysteries of the Mafia. With this work-river (almost 3:30 am, make your arrangements!) On organized crime, Martin Scorsese is at the top of his art. For the occasion, the American filmmaker, who has worked on this project for many years, finds his faithful Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, while indulging in the luxury of adding Al Pacino to the equation. It’s exciting, intense and moving, to be stored alongside the great mafia films of its author, which are Mean Streets, Les Affranchis and Casino.
AVENGERS: ENDGAME (2019)
Available on Disney + and MyCanal. Duration: 3h01.
A milestone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame features the superheroes who survived after the bad guy Thanos wiped out half the universe with a snap of his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War. I promise, for those (the few) who haven’t seen this 100% epic movie: we won’t spoil! But just know that the 22nd adventure of Marvel Studios, in 3 hours smoothly carried out, succeeds the bet, oh how arduous here, to be both full of action and emotion, with a final that should tear you away from some warm tears . It was a difficult challenge, but the famous Phase 3 is completed with flying colors!
PULP FICTION (1994)
Available on Netflix and Ciné + via MyCanal. Duration: 2h29.
Palme d’Or in 1994 from the President of the Jury Clint Eastwood, then Oscar for the Best Original Screenplay the following year, Pulp Fiction propelled Quentin Tarantino to the rank of international star. The feature film, which tells the bloody and burlesque odyssey of little thugs in the Hollywood jungle through three intertwined stories, is full of cult scenes, including the frenzied dance scene between Uma Thurman and John Travolta or the improbable exchange of the latter with Samuel L. Jackson to converse on the burgers. Dialogues, script, interpretation, everything sounds perfect over almost 2 hours 30 minutes with disconcerting fluidity. Impossible to get bored in the company of Vincent, Mia, Jules and the others, but to reserve all the same for an informed public.
THE GUÉPARD (1963)
Available on Ciné + via MyCanal. Duration: 3h06.
In 1860, while Sicily was submerged by the upheavals of Garibaldi and his Red Shirts, Prince Salina went with his whole family to his residence in Donnafugata. Anticipating the decline of the aristocracy, the latter accepted a misalliance and married his nephew Tancrede to the daughter of the mayor of the city, representing the rising class. Classic of the seventh signed art Luchino Visconti, Le Guépard, which won the Palme d’Or in 1963, is still breathtakingly beautiful almost sixty years after its theatrical release. What to remember from this portrait of the Italian aristocracy? An impressive reconstruction, a 50-minute magic ball scene that required forty nights of filming, a trio of international actors at the top (Lancaster, Delon, Cardinale) … Note the presence in the credits of a certain Terence Hill, who was still called Mario Girotti at the time.
KING KONG (2005)
Available on Netflix. Duration: 3h.
Between New York and Skull Island, a romantic adventure featuring a gorilla captured in the jungle, a young unemployed vaudeville actress, a New York screenwriter and her explorer-director … Reminds you of something? After completing his pharaonic trilogy of the Lord of the Rings, the New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson does not relieve the pressure: with King Kong, he signs a new remake of the classic of 1933 which frankly does not have to be ashamed of his illustrious model. The special effects are impressive, the trio of Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody and Jack Black quickly becomes obvious and, above all, the wind of adventure blows strongly during 3 hours passing at full speed. Great entertainment cinema.