Hustlers ( Lorene Scafaria, 2019) USA

Reviewed by Kaio Farkouh.

Who would have thought that we would be talking about Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door) and this great “Martin Scorsese” strip mob film? Directed and written by Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), she does a good job in a compelling based on a true story involving the 2008 economic crisis.

Destiny (Constance Wu) starts off the film in 2007 working as a stripper in a club in New York. She struggles to live and make money in her job. Wu gives a good performance with a character that is very relatable. She lives with her grandma and is not so confident about her future, however, things change when she meets Ramona (Jennifer Lopez). Ramona is someone who has a lot of confidence and likes to have and be in control. The movie follows Wu and Lopez as they start to make plans to profit off of rich guys from Wall Street and how to deal with the struggles of life after the 2008 crisis.

Director Scafaria brings a type of  “Adam Mckay” mixed with “Martin Scorsese” movie to follow

Posted at 8pm on 09/15/19 | no comments | Filed Under: Films read on

The Assistant (Green, 2019):USA

Reviewed by Larry Gleeson . Viewed at the 46th Telluride Film Festival at the Palm Theatre.

Written and directed by Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet, The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul), The Assistant from Cinereach and Forensic Films, tells the story of Jane, a talented young production office assistant for a powerful corporate studio head. Actress Julia Garner (Ozark) portrays the young assistant freshly out of college and new to the industry. Other cast members included stars Matthew Macfadyen, Juliana Canfield, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini, Dagmara Domińczyk, Makenzie Leigh, Noah Robbins, and Purva Bedi.

The film follows a day in the life of an office assistant as Director Green allows the camera to capture the mundane tasks undertaken from preparing the coffee maker to ensuring the correct number of designer water bottles are readied for an upcoming visit. As the day progresses, an angry wife calls in and the assistant is passed the call. Despite suggestions from her co-workers to assuage the wife with a plausible meeting occupying the executives time,

Posted at 8pm on 09/12/19 | no comments | Filed Under: Films, Telluride Film Festival read on



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