14 juillet

Films and series as of July 14th

On July 14th, all your films and series.

On the bilingual Movieintheair blog, I do for you a press review every Wednesday and keep the best of national and international audiovisual news.

July 14th in Cannes, at home, in your theaters.

What are you going to watch?

NEWS

CANAL PLUS :

ON THE VERGE, the new original creation will be broadcast in September on Canal+ and also myCANAL. 

Composed of 12 episodes of 30 minutes, this series draws an original, funny and impertinent portrait of the American society through the eyes of an expatriate. 

ON THE VERGE takes us to a pre-Covid Los Angeles, where four friends in the midst of a midlife crisis try to juggle their family and professional lives. For Justine, a French chef in a trendy restaurant, Anne, a busy stylist, Ella, with her three children from three different fathers, and Yasmin, who is trying to get out of a 12-year maternity leave, everyday life is a balancing act that is often rock’n’roll. 

With JULIE DELPY, ELISABETH SHUE, SARAH JONES, ALEXIA LANDEAU, MATHIEU DEMY, GIOVANNI RIBISI…

 

  • Emmys Awards have been revealed: most nominated : The Mandalorian, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Wanda Vision, Ted Lasso.

All the nominations here.

 

Festival de Cannes 2021

  • Cannes began on July 6th.

Three good reasons to watch Irma

The Velvet Underground 

Climate change film

The 74th Cannes Film Festival presided over by Spike Lee will end on Saturday with OSS 117: Alerte Rouge en Afrique Noire by Nicolas Bedos.

 

 

 

YOUR SERIES & YOUR FILMS

ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW IN THEATERS AND AT HOME

 

July 14th

The Mauritanian, directed by Kevin McDonald

 

SYNOPSIS

This film is adapted from Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Diary, a Mauritanian man kidnapped in Mauritania and handed over to the Americans, who was held prisoner at Guantanamo for more than fourteen years without ever having been charged.

 

THE FILM

 

Kevin Macdonald is a documentary filmmaker. He is known for having directed this year Life in a Day, produced by Ridley Scott and available on Youtube. Or how millions of people filmed a few moments of a single day in 2020.

 

In The Mauritanian, what surprises, apart from the quality of the actors and actresses, Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch, is the realism of the scenes. Kevin Macdonald focused on the details and on one subject: the life of this man tortured for so many years. How to fix this?

The whole film rests on the shoulders of Tahar Rahim, who plays Mohamedou Ould Slahi. He is literally inhabited by the role.

Jodie Foster, who plays Nancy Hollander, his lawyer, is also remarkable. She has also detached herself from the private history of the character to focus on the defense of this man, the search for truth.

And if there is truth, shouldn’t there be reparation?

This film denounces the omnipotence of a state in a state of panic and asks the question of forgiveness. How is this possible?

Essential, then. To be seen today in theaters.

 

 

July 14th

Bergman Island, by Mia Hansen-Love

 

SYNOPSIS

Tony and Chris, a couple of filmmakers, settle down to write for a summer on the Swedish island of Fårö, where the immense filmmaker Ingmar Bergman lived.

Every afternoon, they isolate themselves in the house to write. On the island, they visit the places dear to the filmmaker, but Chris has trouble finding inspiration.

 

THE FILM

Seen in preview at the cinema Le Balzac, Bergman Island is currently in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Despite the beautiful landscapes, which make you want to go there, Mia Hansen-Love tells two stories, one real and the other fictional, without either one really coming to fruition.

There remains a light tone, very good actresses and actors, the question of doubts linked to writing and the difficulty of writing, and the film has a real charm because it never lapses into drama. The director keeps a distance from her characters, and you almost think she is afraid of them.

This film would be inspired by her past life with Olivier Assayas. I recommend it despite this feeling of unfinished business, which is not so unpleasant after all.

With Mia Wasikowska, Tim Roth, Vicky Krieps, Anders Danielsen Lie, Joel Spira.

Starting today in theaters

 

 

July 14th

BLACK WIDOW, by Cate Shortland

Screenplay: Eric Pearson, based on a story by Ned Benson and Jac Schaeffer and the character created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck

 

SYNOPSIS

This Marvel is a prequel. It returns to the past of Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow before she joined the Avengers.

 

THE FILM

Honestly, maybe it’s because I saw it the day after Léos Carax’s Annette (read my review last week), but Black Widow made me feel good.

Of course the movie is entertaining and the scenario not complicated. But the dialogues are funny and Black Widow denounces, through this story, the hold of a thousand-year-old patriarchy and therefore, she says, it’s high time to wake up! 

It is also a question of blended family (that’s an understatement) and of badly lived virility, an interesting point of view in a Marvel.

The actresses, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh (Dr. March’s daughters by Greta Gerwig) and Rachel Weisz have an obvious complicity on screen.

Cate Shortland has succeeded in her bet. Stay until the end of the credits, a surprise awaits you.

 

Black Widow is in theaters since one week.

 

 

July 14th

A QUIET PLACE 2,  BY JOHN KRASINSKI

 

SYNOPSIS

Alien creatures have killed a large part of the earth’s population.

For the spectators who have not seen the first one, as soon as a human being makes the slightest sound, a creature that is half spider and half alien appears and kills them.

The story follows a family including mother Evelyn, her hearing-impaired daughter Regan, her son Marcus, and her newborn baby.

Having discovered that broadcasting high-frequency audio waves made the creatures vulnerable, young Regan improvises a kit to transmit the ultrasound emitted by her cochlear implant through a microphone and speaker, so that she can more easily challenge and take down the creatures.

A light attracts his attention. What if there are other survivors?

 

THE FILM

Brilliantly acted by Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, A quiet place 2 is almost all audience. It is the perfect movie to be scared just enough and unlike other movies with a more elaborate scenario, we are surprised and startled several times.

The tension of this film is perfectly mastered by John Krasinski.

This ruthless world, where isolation is the norm and solidarity defeats the aliens, has something familiar with the one we live in today and gives us, as horror movies often do, a renewed sense of optimism.

 

In theaters now

 

 

July 14th

Atypical, season 4, by Robia Rashid

 

SYNOPSIS

There is Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an eighteen year old autistic boy, his best friend, Zahid (Nik Dodani), a funny and wild boy, his girlfriend, Paige (Jenna Boyd), his older sister Casey, a long distance runner (Brigette Lundy-Paine). And then the parents, the mother, Elsa (played and produced by Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Doug (played by Michel Rapaport).

 

THE SERIES

Watch this feel-good series if you have the chance, it’s pure pleasure. This family is ideal because they face each problem one by one and always come out on top. The dialogue is well-written and the lines flow.

Each character evolves in a coherent way. In this season, Sam becomes independent and dreams of going to Antarctica, Casey has doubts, Elsa worries and Paige questions herself.

Jessica Paré, Megan in Mad Men, has a small part. I let you find out when.

And then there’s Zahid, a character I love, played by Nik Dodani with impressive comic potential.

In short, it’s a series full of emotional moments. Season 4 is more irregular in the rhythm but when we have already watched the three seasons, they are like our family.

 

 

July 14th

THE WHITE LOTUS, BY MIKE WHITE

 

SYNOPSIS

Rich Americans arrive at a luxury hotel, the White Lotus, in Hawaii.

From the beginning, we learn that a crime has been committed.

There is a couple on their honeymoon, a family on the verge of breaking up, a lonely and sad woman and the hotel manager.

 

THE SERIES

For the moment, only one episode both cruel and funny, is online. Nothing goes as planned. Jennifer Coolidge, as an American Brigitte Bardot, radiates in this first episode.

With Connie Britton, Steve Zahn, Jennifer Coolidge…

On OCS right now. One episode per week, six episodes in all.

 

 

2.

Cinema as of July 14th

 

Today

Titane by Julia Ducournau

 

 

Space Jam : Nouvelle Ère, by Malcolm D. Lee

 

 

Animation : Ainbo princesse d’Amazonie by Richard Claus, Jose Zelada

 

https://youtu.be/-ezz2L3QNes

 

Journal de Tûoa, by Miguel Gomes & Maureen Fazendeiro

 

 

Memoria, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, with Tilda Swinton, on July 15th

 

 

NEXT WEEKS 

 

Old, by M. Night Shyamalan, on July 21st

 

 

La Loi de Téhéran, by Saeed Roustayi, on July 28th

 

 

 

Drive my car, co-written & directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi,from Haruki Murakami 2014 ‘s novel Men Without Women. On August 18th (maybe a Palm ?).

 

 

France, by Bruno Dumont, on August 25th

 

 

Le genou d’Ahed (Ha’Berech) by Nadav Lapid, on September 15th

 

 

HBO: Scene from a marriage, by Hagai Levi (Be Tipul, Our Boys, The Affair )  with Jessica Chastain &Oscar Isaac

 

 

Les Olympiades, de Jacques Audiard, on October 27th

 

 

 

Lingui, Les liens sacrésby Mahamat Saleh Haroun, on November 10th

 

 

3.

WEEKLY TIPS & OPINIONS

FROM PROFESSIONALS

 WRITERS, SCREENWRITERS, DIRECTORS, COMPOSERS…

 

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”  by Scott Myers 

HORS-SERIE-1-CANNES-2021

Reader Question: How to raise the stakes in the plot?  by Scott Myers 

The Disunity State of Clarice Starling | by Scott Myers 

Three Things About Screenplay Structure | by Scott Myers

Writing Monologues. Don’t do it… unless your character… by Scott Myers 

 

4. AT HOME

Your films and series 

July 14th to July 21st

July 14th

 

Mercredi- Wednesday

Arte : Blackkklansman

TMC: Space Jam

 

Jeudi – Thursday

Arte : Jeux-d-influence-1-6

TF1 : Harry Potter et le prisonnier d’Azkaban

Canal Plus: Smother

 

Vendredi – Friday 

Arte : Volare

 

Samedi – Saturday 

Arte :Japon-aux-racines-du-soleil

Canal Plus: Samedi 17 Juillet

19H30  CÉRÉMONIE DE CLÔTURE DU 74E FESTIVAL DE CANNES  EN DIRECT, EN CLAIR ET EN EXCLUSIVITÉ incarnée par Doria Tillier.

Then,Once upon a time in Hollywood

France 4 : Jazz à la Philharmonie, Charlie Parker

 

Dimanche – Sunday 

Arte : Florence Foster Jenkins

 

Lundi – Monday 

Arte: soeur-sourire

 

Mardi – Tuesday 

Arte : Covid-19-la-course-aux-vaccins

Arte: Nike, la victoire à tout prix

 

Mercredi- Wednesday

Arte : L’insulte

France 2: L’amie prodigieuse (série)

 

5.

AT HOME

ON YOUR PLATFORMS

Your films and series as of July 14th

ARTE

July 14th

 

Series: Les séries

Cannes Film Festival : Cannes

 

FILM

Les oiseaux de passage

 

 

SERIES

Clan

 

Soon on July 16th, Hamishim, 50,  by Yaël Hedaya with Ilanit Ben-Yaakov (Les méduses, Your Honor).

 

 

DOCUMENTARY

Le monde de Xi Jinping

1968 en Super 8

Blow-up-nanni-moretti-en-10-minutes/

 

CONCERT

Bobby McFerrin

melody-gardot-au-chateau-d-herouville

 

 

La Chaîne Parlementaire

LCP offers you a lot of good documentaries: here

 

La Cinémathèque Française

 

 

Tribute to Paul Verhoeven

 

Your films and series as of July 14th

 on NETFLIX

(CLICK ON THE LINK TO WATCH THE TRAILER)

 

 

NEVER HAVE I EVER saison 2, on July 15th

 

 

PERFECT, by James Bridges, on July 15th

 

https://youtu.be/Sd7tVAIOWjI

 

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, by Steve MacQueen, on July 22nd

 

 

Hit & Run, by Lior Raz & Avi Issacharoff (Fauda), on August 6th

 

 

The Swarm, by Just Phillippot, on August 6th

 

 

Your films and series as of July 14th

on Prime Video

 

Val, by Leo Scott & Ting Pool , on July 23rd

 

 

Jolt, by Tanya Wexlerwith Kate Beckinsale, on July 23rd

 

 

Dreamland, by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, with Margot Robbie

 

 

 

Your films and series as of July 14th

on Canal+

 

INTRIGO: DEATH OF AN AUTHOR, a thrilling thriller by the director of MILLENNIUM 2 and 3, by Swedish director Daniel Alfredson

With Ben Kingsley, Benno Fürmann, Tuva Novotny.

 

Deutschland 83

The Stasi sends a spy to West Germany to infiltrate the West German army in order to discover its strategic forecasts. The young man discovers a new world.

 

Deutschland 86

In 1986, an East German secret agent goes back to work and takes part in several missions that lead him from Berlin to Angola via Paris.

 

Deutschland 89

November 1989, in East Germany, the demonstrations shake the power and Martin, a Stasi agent, feels that things will quickly change.

 

Eden by Vanessa Gazy and Bryan Elsley (co-creator of Skins)

 

Smother, by Dervla Kirwan, on July 15th

 

 

Your films and series as of July 14th

Starzplay

 

Death and Nightingales, by Allan Cubitt

 

We are who we are (review here), by Luca Guadagnino.

 

Your films and series as of July 14th

Apple TV

 

 

Schimagadoon!  By Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio with Cecily Strong (Melissa), Keegan-Michael Key (Josh), on July 16th

A parody of the 1947 Broadway musical Brigadoon.

 

 

Mr Corman, de Joseph Gordon-Levitt, on August 6th

 

 

Coda, remake from La Famille Bélier, on August 13th

 

 

 

Your films and series 

DISNEY PLUS

 

 

Monstres & Cie at work, today

 

 

Encanto, this fall

 

 

Turning Red (March 2022)

 

 

Stay safe !

 

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