Adamantium Bullet
4Apr/18

Review: GIRLS TRIP / VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS / ATOMIC BLONDE

Best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Homage is paid to the 1996 film SET IT OFF which starred Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith during bar scene. After Ryan's disastrous meeting with Bethany after drinking the absinthe-spiked drinks, the ladies don colorful wigs and enter the local bar. The wigs are the same color and style Latifah, Pinkett-Smith, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise wore during one of the robberies in Set It Off. And, just before they step onto the dance floor, Tiffany Haddish says "let's set it off." (IMDB)

J Bryant

AngieBee

In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.

The first two trailers for VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS use the song "Because" by The Beatles. It was the very first time a film director could obtain the rights for using a Beatles song in a movie advertisement. Permission was granted by Paul McCartney. (IMDB)

J Bryant

AngieBee

Sensual and savage, Lorraine Broughton is the most elite spy in MI6, an agent who's willing to use all of her lethal skills to stay alive during an impossible mission. With the Berlin Wall about to fall, she travels into the heart of the city to retrieve a priceless dossier and take down a ruthless espionage ring. Once there, she teams up with an embedded station chief to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

The key fight sequence that unfolds in a real Berlin building lasts for almost 10 minutes in what appears to be an unbroken take when, in fact, the sequence comprises almost 40 separate shots seamlessly stitched together. Though filmed chronologically from start to finish, nearly half the splices needed some degree of CGI assistance. Swish-pans provided the simplest solutions for smooth cuts and door frames provided vertical seams for smoothly bridging some segments. (IMDB)

J Bryant

AngieBee

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