THE FRENCH ARE COMING, THE FRENCH ARE COMING: Lolo, Valley of Love and My Golden Days


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Warning: SPOILERS
rev 1COLCOA, the incredible film festival of new French cinema (as well as some classics), will be starting in a couple of weeks.  But while you may be waiting in baited breath for it (well, I am), you don’t have to wait that long to see Gallic cinema.  A few films from the land of Truffaut and Godard have opened in Los Angeles in the last few weeks.
They are opening now between the months of January (where the movies are mainly the leftovers from the Oscar noms and those movies the studios wish to bury) and June (or whatever month is the one where the tentpole films will be thrust upon us).  Translated, this means the time period when strong, introspective and personal films can make their appearance before they are gulped up and spit out by billion dollar movies as if they were a character in Jaws.
Lola, the new French rom com written by Eugenie Grandvil (a first feature) and the director Julie Delpy, has more than a passing resemblance to the Duplass brothers’ American comedy Cyrus, starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill (in the title role).  In both, the young son of an unattached mother tries to ruin any chance she may have of a relationship.  Continue reading

My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 3/24-4/2/16


First, a word from our sponsors: I am now offering a new service: so much emphasis has been given lately to the importance of the opening of your screenplay, I now offer coverage for the first twenty pages at the cost of $20.00.  For those who don’t want to have full coverage on their screenplay at this time, but want to know how well their script is working with the opening pages, this is perfect for you.  I’ll help you not lose the reader on page one. 
 
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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 3/24-4/2/16
ff 1ON NETFLIX:  In writer/director Jason Krawczyk’s film He Never Died, Henry Rollins plays an immortal angel stuck on earth for, well, eternity.  It’s not as great a life as it may sound.  And then his daughter shows up on his doorstep and all hell (literally) breaks lose.  One of the best independents of last year.
ff 2ON HULU:   That Man From Rio is a delightful tongue in cheek action film.  Written by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Ariane Mnouchkine, Daniel Bollenger and the director Philippe de Broca, the movie is, like Charade, one of the best Alfred Hitchcock films that Hitchcock didn’t make.  And with an Indiana Jones type ending.  Jean Paul Belmondo gets a week’s leave from the army, and ends up chasing his girlfriend, Francois Dorleac (Catherine Deneuve’s older sister who died tragically young) across Paris and all the way to Brazil due to three statues taken from the indigenous Brazilians that may or may not lead to a treasure.
ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING: Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice, Midnight Special, Lolo, Too Late, Mountains May Depart, Valley of Love, Remember, Take Me To The River, Born to Be Blue, My Golden Days Continue reading