“The Bad Batch” by Ana Lily Amirpour (USA, 2016)

The Bad Batch

A very original movie (renews the western genre), a great work of art! (but not recommended for sensitive people)

Cast: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi, Jim Carrey
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Writer: Ana Lily Amirpour
Cinematographer: Lyle Vincent
Editor: Alex O’Flinn

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“The Space Between Us” (Peter Chelsom, USA 2017)

The Space Between Us

The key roles given to women do not redeem the awful script and mediocre direction / The original idea deserves a better treatment

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman
Director: Peter Chelsom
Writer: Allan Loeb
Writer (story): Stewart Schill, Richard Barton Lewis, Allan Loeb
Cinematographer: Barry Peterson
Editor: David Moritz
Composer: Andrew Lockington

“Ghost In The Shell” (Rupert Sanders, USA 2017)

Ghost In The Shell

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche
Director: Rupert Sanders
Based on the comic ‘The Ghost in the Shell’ by Masamune Shirow
Writer: Jamie Moss, William Wheeler
Cinematographer: Jess Hall
Editor: Billy Rich, Neil Smith
Composer: Lorne Balfe

“The Girl With All The Gifts” (Colm McCarthy, UK 2016)

The Girl With All The Gifts

Good music score, some intelligent dialogues, original story but annoying mistakes in the script and no humor

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua, Anamaria Marinca, Fisayo Akinade, Anthony Welsh, Dominique Tipper, Eli Lane
Director: Colm McCarthy
Writer: Mike Carey
Cinematographer: Simon Dennis
Editor: Matthew Cannings
Composer: Cristobal Tapia de Veer

“Children Of Men” (Alfonso Cuaron, USA 2007)

Children Of Men

Excellent direction and images

Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Pam Ferris
Directed: Alfonso Cuaron
Written: Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton
Music: John Tavener
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Editing: Alfonso Cuarón, Alex Rodríguez

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Volker Schöndorff, USA 1990)

The Handmaid's Tale

Strong direction, images and dialogues

Cast: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern, Victoria Tennant, Robert Duvall, Blanche Baker, Traci Lind
Directed: Volker Schlondorff
Screenplay: Harold Pinter; based On The Novel by Margaret Atwood
Photographed: Igor Luther
Edited: David Ray
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto

“Evolution” (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, France 2015)

evolution

strong images and silences punctuated by sparse dialogues

The total absence of explanation allows the viewer to create his/her own story, a magnificent present, but difficult to carry out. See mine below.

Beware: spoilers ahead!

My story. An island serves as a prison for a group of women. They are all the same age and do not grow old. Each woman has a boy to fulfill her maternal desires. The boys are all the same age, but are human, thus growing old. For that reason, they must be constantly medicated and operated to prevent them from reaching puberty. The nurse who takes care of the young Nicolas bonds with him and helps him to escape.
The sea – the magnificent images sharply contrast with the colorless and lifeless prison-island – represents the living world to which Nicolas belongs.

Cast: Max Brebant, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Roxane Duran, Mathieu Goldfeld, Nissim Renard
Director: Lucile Hadžihalilovic
Writers: Lucile Hadžihalilovic, Alante Kavaite
Cinematographer: Manuel Dacosse
Editor: Nassim Gordji Tehrani
Composer: Jesús Díaz