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Colewell: A Realistic Character Study, Without Frills

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The thing about getting older is looking back,
it doesn’t matter how old you are,
life always
feels the same length.
Like both forever and not very long.

 

You’ve just seen “Uncut Gems” and you feel the nerves raging through your body after watching this ultra-nervous film? Well, I recommend you to watch the film “Colewell“. Believe me. After watching this film, you’ll feel completely relaxed again. There are no situations full of agitated behavior. No feverish activity. Everything is calm and peaceful. This cozy and pleasant film progresses at a leisurely pace. Like the gently rippling water in a quiet stream. Just about the pace of someone in old age who performs the same ritual every day and eagerly awaits his well-deserved retirement. Only Nora (Karen Allen) was not yet ready for that well-deserved rest that is now being forced upon her.

 

Colewell

 

The same routine every morning.

Nora is an older lady who runs a local post office in the small village of Colewell, somewhere in Pennsylvania. And trust me on this, when I say you can admire her morning routine several times. A morning where she will check the chicken coop for freshly laid eggs. And every time she checks the state of one of the laying hens because it’s upset because of newly added fellow hens and thus refuses to squeeze such a fragile object through her poopybutthole. Then it’s time for breakfast (with a firm omelet made with fresh eggs) and a getting dressed ritual before she opens the door of the post office (located at her place) to welcome the villagers. Everything is performed dutifully and meticulously. And I’m sure she did this from day one.

 

Colewell

 

A changing world.

Colewell” is about aging and the preservation of certain values of life. At the same time, it’s also about the fear of losing these certain values. And the rapidly changing world around us. When a decision is made to forget about certain post offices and integrate them into the larger whole, Nora sees those values disappearing like snow in the sun. The day after she’s being confronted with this terrible decision at the US Postal Service headquarters, she sinks into an emotional pit and consciously skips her daily rituals. As if it all no longer matters. The choices that were proposed to her are both not adequate solutions for her. Relocating to a larger city to work there at the post office. Or retire. Both are alternatives that Nora disregards.

 

Colewell

 

The post office has a social function.

The post office in Colewell has an additional function. It’s the meeting place for the local population. There’s gossiping, stockings are knitted, food is exchanged and life stories shared. In short, it’s the heart of a community. And the members of this community are heartbroken when they are told that their beloved assembly point is about to disappear. Initiatives are being taken to turn the tide and efforts are being made to safeguard Nora’s workplace. But as soon as they realize that this is a futile effort, everyone accepts the situation and the social contacts move to other locations. To the dismay of Nora.

 

Colewell

 

Do you want an action-rich movie? Skip this one.

Colewell” is endearing, serene and melancholic at the same time. A subdued drama about how it feels to grow older and then suddenly realize that your functional role has been played out and two arrogant younger people say this without hesitation in your face. Or you’ll be flexible or you pack it up and make room for the future generation. A realistic character study, without frills. But not entirely. The moment Ella (Hannah Gross) shows up at Nora’s place, realism turns into vagueness. It’s not really clear whether this is Nora’s free-spirited daughter or a figment of Nora’s imagination representing the younger Nora. Anyway. Do you like action-rich movies that are nervewracking exciting? Well, I suggest skipping this one. The easy-going nature of the film may well get on your nerves.

 

 

My rating 5/10
Links: IMDB

 

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Tenet | Official Trailer #2 – HD

Tenet is an upcoming action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas. It stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

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Genre:

Action, Drama, Thriller

Release Date:

July 17, 2020

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Cast:

John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine

Plot Summary:

Tenet is an upcoming action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas. It stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

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Inhuman Resources (Derapages) – Netflix Review

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From the football pitch to the small screen, from kicking a supporter to headbutting antagonists, Eric Cantona forever leaves a lasting impression, whether you’re cheering for him or not. In Inhuman Resources (Derapages in France), Cantona leads the line as Alain Delambre across six episodes, a former HR manager betrayed by the system, who fights to regain significant employment.

Having been a HR manager, with a family, purchased apartment etc. etc., Alain had it all in both his career and home life. But having been relegated to low-paid poor quality jobs for six years now, the apartment falling apart, and an almost hollow marriage, Alain is in the scrapheap. From riches to rags, a result of age discrimination. Regarded as a senior, Alain claims that employment bosses treat you as the, “Last to get hired, first to get laid-off,”. Wife Nicole (Suzanne Clement) brings forward a job opportunity, a HR role, but a depressed and broken-down Alain, despite being desperate beyond belief, has lost all faith and belief in his abilities. Having been forced to leave another inadequate job, Alain finds himself with no choice but to apply for this role.

Alain’s shot at redemption, however, entails much more than a sophisticated one-to-one interview or presentation, it instead requires a form of role-play…in the guise of pretend hostage taking. Essentially, Alain has to instruct and lead a unit, with the mission of pushing high-level employees to the limit, with the endgame being a display of who possesses the most loyalty amidst a nearby mass employee lay-off. What could possibly go wrong?

For the first few episodes of Inhuman Resources, the concept of the job and application process really drives the narrative and the tone. In fact, the research taken for the role establishes an overwhelming black comedic tone throughout, which timely coincides with viewers still getting used to Cantona as an actor. Of course, when the story and situations within the show transcend into a more serious nature, the tone and genre progresses too. The second half of the series is, essentially, a crime-thriller. When there is an attempt at being serious, it more or less hits the mark. Inhuman Resources is utterly brilliant.



As one would naturally expect, Cantona is the standout performer from the show. A clear progression from the self-service within Looking for Eric (2009) where he plays himself, Cantona’s acting chops are magnifique. A truly extraordinary performance of an extraordinary character. However, as interesting and brilliant the character of Alain may be, he is, unfortunately the only character of significance who doesn’t lack cliche, unlike the corporate suits led by Alex Lutz’ Alexandre Dofmann, with a hairstyle similar to that of Andre Rieu.

In the current climate where employment and job security are at an anxiety level higher than ever, Inhuman Resources feels like its relevance has been elevated significantly. Amid its dual nature of black comedy and crime, there is a serious social commentary at the heart of the series that goes beyond Parisian culture, therefore resulting in the establishment of a thought-provoking viewing at international level. The Ziad Doueiri directed – based-on-a-true-story – series is now available in full on Netflix.

Rating: 4/5

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Da 5 Bloods | Official Trailer – HD

From Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American Vets — Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) — who return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul’s concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature — while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.

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Drama, War

Release Date:

June 12, 2020

Director:

Spike Lee

Cast:

Chadwick Boseman, Jean Reno, Paul Walter Hauser, Delroy Lindo, Jasper Pääkkönen, Clarke Peters, Van Veronica Ngo

Plot Summary:

rom Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee comes a new joint: the story of four African American Vets – Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) – who return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul’s concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature – while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.

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