Genres: Science Fiction

Poster for the movie "Blade Runner 2049"

Blade Runner 2049

Faithful in style and tone to the original and a good exploration of the unanswered questions of the first film. Although you might think you’ve worked it out in the first 45 minutes, the film still throws a nice twist at you in the end. Beautifully shot and realised, but it still felt a little hollow as the action moved from location to location and it didn’t seem like the backstory for each made much sense.

The orphanage was in a derelict wasteland, the memory-maker’s complex was in a remote, frozen location, the opening farm was somewhere remote, and Deckard’s home was in what was ‘ground zero’. The timeline was outlined in the film but I felt it could have been more central to the exposition as it felt like we were on a slow-reveal mystery to visit these locations which seemed to be more puppeteered than as a result of true investigative work. Maybe that’s the point of the story since we’re working with replicants here, but it just felt a little empty.

Blade Runner 2049

There's still a page left.

20172 h 43 min
Overview

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Director Denis Villeneuve
Runtime 2 h 43 min
Release Date 4 October 2017
Budget $150,000,000
Revenue $259,239,658
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis, Jared Leto, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Barkhad Abdi, Hiam Abbass, Wood Harris, Edward James Olmos, Tómas Lemarquis, Sallie Harmsen, Sean Young, Loren Peta, Mark Arnold, Krista Kosonen, Elarica Johnson, Kingston Taylor, David Benson, Ben Thompson, Suzie Kennedy, Stephen Triffitt, Ellie Wright, Vilma Szécsi, Kincsö Sánta, André Lukács Molnár, István Göz, Pál Nyári, Joshua Tersoo Allagh, Zoltán Béres, Konstantin Pál, Ferenc Györgyi, Samuel Brown
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The first half started out like a rollercoaster action sequence. Suspend belief and go along for the ride – it’s a good one. But we needed to look at the plot which sees the fairly usual corruption within the benevolent organisation which began it all and tries to tie things back to the founders of the original Jurassic Park. In general, the action is good but some of the threads linking the pieces together, not so much. And you have Dr Malcolm’s monologue bookending the whole proceedings earning us of the dangers of opening Pandora’s box of the ‘genetic age’. This felt a little like reworking some of the earlier messages of Crighton’s work, as well as the dialogue, and didn’t really do anything aside from setting up the next instalment where a few dinos are on the loose on the mainland (sorry, spoiler). But the mainland has significantly more resources than the characters do in their sandbox environments on the island or in the house, so I can’t see them posing a real threat – more like Bigfoot tales.

My main gripe was the handling of the Indo-raptor hybrid when it decided to go outside, climb up on the roof, then climb down the front of the building and in through the little girl’s window, shadows from lightning and all showing clawed hands and teeth. It felt like we were drawing too much from the days of Nosferatu and shadow play for easy scares. And the now-famous T-Rex was seen periodically doing its posing roar that, in an earlier instalment set it up as an A-list carnivore, but now looks like it’s simply posing for the camera like a celebrity does (see Alex in the original Madagascar movie).

Other than that, a good popcorn movie.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The park is gone

20182 h 09 min
Overview

Three years after the demise of Jurassic World, a volcanic eruption threatens the remaining dinosaurs on the isla Nublar, so Claire Dearing, the former park manager, recruits Owen Grady to help prevent the extinction of the dinosaurs once again.

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Director J. A. Bayona
Runtime 2 h 09 min
Release Date 6 June 2018
Budget $170,000,000
Revenue $1,303,459,585
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabella Sermon, Peter Jason, Charlie Rawes, Kevin Layne, Robert Emms, John Schwab, Sam Redford, Patrick Crowley, Alex Dower, Honey Holmes, Neil Bishop, Philippa Thomas, Ronan Summers, Cory Peterson, Jeremy Gilbert, Victor Gardener, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Ben Peel, Gil Kolirin, Mitchell L. Johnson, Paul Sockett, Daryl Kwan, Michael Papajohn, Daniel Stisen
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Ant Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Real heroes. Not actual size.

20181 h 59 min
Overview

Just when his time under house arrest is about to end, Scott Lang once again puts his freedom at risk to help Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym dive into the quantum realm and try to accomplish, against time and any chance of success, a very dangerous rescue mission.

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Director Peyton Reed
Runtime 1 h 59 min
Release Date 4 July 2018
Budget $140,000,000
Revenue $622,379,576
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, T.I., David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas, Divian Ladwa, Goran Kostić, Rob Archer, Sean Kleier, Benjamin Byron Davis, Michael Cerveris, Riann Steele, Dax Griffin, Hayley Lovitt, Mika Kubo, Langston Fishburne, RaeLynn Bratten, Madeleine McGraw, Tim Heidecker, Stan Lee, Charles Justo, Brian Huskey, Suehyla El-Attar, Julia Vera, Jessica Winther, Norwood J. Cheek Jr., Bryan Lugo, Darcy Shean, Torrey Vogel, Simon Potter, Jon Wurster, Tom Scharpling, Virginia Hamilton, Natasha Zouves, Joshua Mikel, Ronald Joe Vasquez, Chris Gann, Sergio Briones, Denney Pierce, Vanessa Ross, Zachary Culbertson, Steven Wiig, Timothy Carr, Sawyer Jones, Rick Richardson, Benjamin Weaver, Jamel Chambers, Jennifer Black, Sandra Dee Richardson, Tahseen Ghauri, Dale Liner, John Ozuna, Marcella Bragio, Sophia Marcs, William W. Barbour, Kevin Carscallen, Seth McCracken
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Deadpool 2

It looks like Deadpool is getting more integrated into the MCU with this instalment in the series. It kept the elements that worked in the first one and fine tuned them to feel more polished. Yes, the humour was often puerile; Yes, the violence was often graphic; Yes, the action sequences were as you’d expect. And, it gave us glimpses into mutant correction facilities we don’t hear about elsewhere (aside from maybe Agents of SHIELD on TV) which could open a new roster of villains for Phase 4, and kept a cohesive plot with developed character arcs and a grounded story of human choice which can be summarised in the old Cherokee Proverb about “The Wolf You Feed”:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

In my view, I thought this movie was better than the first and, with the post-credits scenes, we see how the events in this movie could easily tie in to Avengers 4 depending on which rumours you want to believe about how the Avengers “fix” “that” ending in Infinity War.

Deadpool 2

Prepare for the Second Coming.

20182 h 01 min
Overview

Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool battles the evil and powerful Cable and other bad guys to save a boy's life.

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Director David Leitch
Runtime 2 h 01 min
Release Date 15 May 2018
Budget $110,000,000
Revenue $734,197,230
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Eddie Marsan, Shiori Kutsuna, Stefan Kapičić, Andre Tricoteux, Randal Reeder, Nikolai Witschl, Thayr Harris, Rob Delaney, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgård, Terry Crews, Brad Pitt, Paul Wu, Robert Maillet, Alan Tudyk, Matt Damon, Michasha Armstrong, Hayley Sales, Islie Hirvonen, Joe Doserro, Jagua Arneja, Gerry South, Mike Dopud, Luke Roessler, Andy Canete, Tanis Dolman, Eleanor Walker, Hunter Dillon, Sala Baker, Sonia Sunger, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Abiola Uthman, Tony Bailey, David Leitch, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp
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Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War

An entire universe. Once and for all.

20182 h 29 min
Overview

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

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Runtime 2 h 29 min
Release Date 25 April 2018
Budget $300,000,000
Revenue $2,046,239,637
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Sean Gunn, William Hurt, Letitia Wright, Terry Notary, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Carrie Coon, Michael James Shaw, Stan Lee, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Kerry Condon, Monique Ganderton, Jacob Batalon, Tiffany Espensen, Isabella Amara, Ethan Dizon, Ariana Greenblatt, Ameenah Kaplan, Ross Marquand, Michael Anthony Rogers, Stephen McFeely, Aaron Lazar, Robert Pralgo, Olaniyan Thurmon, Blair Jasin, Matthew Zuk, Laura Miller, Kenneth Branagh, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders
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Justice League

As a movie, this sort-a worked out OK. Lots of big action sequences, a team of heroes and heroines, some comedic moments though not much emotion. The “good” guys spent all but an instant wrestling with the morality of resurrection hingeing on the old adage of “the greater good” for example.

Yet as a film, you have to wonder why two of the tribes (Atlanteans and Amazonians) went to extraordinary lengths to “seal” the unity/mother boxes in temples/tombs when the Steppenwolf just teleported into them, and then teleported out again. All seemed a little pointless other than to show off some set design and set pieces. And the box of Man was just buried so nobody could ever find it, yet somebody did (which was not explained) and, even if they hadn’t, these boxes send out a homing signal when they wake up so Steppenwolf would know where they are. Odd that.

We’ve seen the Green Lanterns in other incarnations, so it might have been more prudent to spread the stones far and wide and take a bit longer getting to the big endgame (assimilate earth) than rush to it in a fraction of the time that Marvel did getting to Avengers: Infinity War. Though, if they had restricted it that way there is a lot of similarity between the ideas (megalomaniac seeks multiple power stones/crystals to ensure destruction).

Justice League felt like a collection of pieces that didn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts. It was still a visually good movie, and worth the runtime, but there wasn’t the payoff we have come to expect with the Marvel canon.

Justice League

20172 h 00 min
Overview

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.

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Director Zack Snyder
Runtime 2 h 00 min
Release Date 15 November 2017
Budget $500,000,000
Revenue $657,924,295
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Billy Crudup, Joe Morton, Amber Heard, Michael McElhatton, Joe Manganiello, Jesse Eisenberg, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Julian Lewis Jones, Marc McClure, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Holt McCallany, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Gemma Refoufi, Kelly Burke, Paulina Boneva, Alexandra Ford, Eleanor Matsuura, Daniel Stisen, Samantha Jo, Sergi Constance, Doutzen Kroes, Dan Mersh, Peter Vo
Poster for the movie "Black Panther"

Black Panther

This is another good move from the Marvel stable. It may be ‘groundbreaking’ in its casting, but the story felt somewhat formulaic and many characters remained two-dimensional. The story kept good pace (though felt a little long for me). Some backstory was left to voiceover over the opening titles, and didn’t really have a huge impact when it came to leveraging this during the story. But, this is Marvel and not something like the Planet of the Apes trilogy.

Black Panther

Long live the king

20182 h 14 min
Overview

King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T'Challa assumes the Black Panther mantel to join with girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan 'special forces') and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

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Director Ryan Coogler
Runtime 2 h 14 min
Release Date 13 February 2018
Budget $200,000,000
Revenue $1,343,859
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, Sterling K. Brown, Seth Carr, Denzel Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, Isaach De Bankolé, Danny Sapani, Sydelle Noel, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, Jénel Stevens, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Stan Lee, Sebastian Stan, Bambadjan Bamba, Jeremy Sample, Sope Aluko, Alexis Rhee, Tahseen Ghauri, Danny Chung, David S. Lee, Mark Ashworth, Shad Gaspard, William Cowboy Reed, Alex Hibbert, Lucy Hockings, Ashton Tyler, Atandwa Kani, Connie Chiume, Dorothy Steel, Marija Abney, Maria Hippolyte, Marie Mouroum, Zola Williams, Christine Hollingsworth, Nabiyah Be, Michael David Yuhl, Elizabeth Elkins, Raven Wynn, Amechi Okocha, Tony Sears, Francesca Faridany, Roland Kilumbu, Timothy Carr, Apollo GT, James Siderits, Travis Love, Lidya Jewett, Alona Leoine, Kinley Fleurejuste, Ofu Obekpa, Michael R. Ciminna, John Y Lee, Byron Coolie, William Walker, Joseph Akharoh Jr., Stanley Aughtry, Raenen Golez, Leo De Rivera, Tevin Beech, Tari Omoro, Andrea Antonio Canal, David Dunston, Emelita T. Gonzalez, Josue Louis-Charles, Isaac Phillips, Trevor Noah, Jamel Chambers
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I enjoyed this movie. Despite running similar themes to Episodes V and VI, it managed to diverge sufficiently to add new elements into the Star Wars universe that gave it something fresh. New tech, new characters, new creatures. All good. Storywise, it was relatively predictable in its good vs evil progression with one or two good exceptions (I will say no more).

However, as with the blockbusters, I do find that the principal characters are somehow unassailable and survive explosions that turn everything else around them to cinders without a scratch. For example, Poe gets blown back through a door from the midst of an explosion on a rebel base that trashes the entire room and the people in it, only to bounce off the wall and sit up, dazed, covered in soot then carry on with the story. And Finn and Rose survive the explosion in a First Order hanger where every machine, ship and stormtrooper around is turned to toast and they get up covered in soot. And don’t get me started on Leia’s god-like abilities which seem more like a plot device to marvel at rather than have any consistency in their application. Enough of my grumbling!

Overall, not a great film in terms of mental stimulation, but a good movie in terms of entertainment and taking the Star Wars universe forward.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Saga Continues

20172 h 32 min
Overview

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

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Director Rian Johnson
Runtime 2 h 32 min
Release Date 13 December 2017
Budget $200,000,000
Revenue $1,325,937,250
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Amanda Lawrence, Joonas Suotamo, Anthony Daniels, Tim Rose, Mark Lewis Jones, Gwendoline Christie, Billie Lourd, Frank Oz, Dave Chapman, Brian Herring, Ben Schwartz, Bill Hader, Benicio del Toro, Adrian Edmondson, Lupita Nyong'o, Mike Quinn, Peter Mayhew, Jimmy Vee, Veronica Ngo, Justin Theroux, Lily Cole, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Warwick Davis, Gareth Edwards, Gary Barlow, Hermione Corfield, Noah Segan, Jamie Christopher, Griffin Hamill, Nathan Hamill, Chelsea Hamill, Paul Kasey, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Tom Kane, Kiran Shah, Crystal Clarke, Liang Yang, Bern Collaço, Joe Cornish, Andy Nyman, Navin Chowdhry, Shauna Macdonald, Edgar Wright, James Corden, James Corden, Ellie Goulding, Tom Hardy
Poster for the movie "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"

Valerian

Gorgeous and colourful, though sadly relatively pedestrian, moving from set piece to set piece. It felt like it kind of assumed we had read the graphic novels, and if you hadn’t it boiled down to another trope of man’s ignorance and arrogance. Relevant, if nothing new.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

20172 h 16 min
Overview

In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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Director Luc Besson
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 20 July 2017
Budget $197,471,676
Revenue $225,164,110
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer, John Goodman, Elizabeth Debicki, Sam Spruell, Ola Rapace, Alain Chabat, Thom Findlay, Mathieu Kassovitz, Aymeline Valade, Sasha Luss, Pauline Hoarau, Jonas Bloquet, Sand Van Roy, Louis Leterrier, Olivier Megaton, Sam Douglas, Diva Cam, Eric Lampaert, Alexandre Willaume-Jantzen, Gavin Drea, Réginal Kudiwu, David Michie, Marion Roussignol, Emilie Pommelet, Roman Blomme, Emilie Livingston, Alexandre Nguyen, Aurelien Gaya, Mikael Buxton, Yun Lai, Anders Heinrichsen, Tristan Robin, Yun-Ping He, James Flynn, David Clark, Ben Mauro, Jean-François Lenogue, Peter Eberst, Peter Hudson, Xavier Giannoli, Eric Rochant, Benoît Jacquot, Gérard Krawczyk, Pierre Cachia, David Saada, Hippolyte Burkhart-Uhlen, Florian Guichard, Stéphane Mir, Thierry Barthe, Pier Ewudu, Andrew Tisba, Yannick Lorté, Charly Akakpo, Clément Beauruelle, Audrey Kamp, Anthony Hornez, Julien Bleitrach, Maxime Babara Touré, Barbare Weber Scaff, Marilhéa Peillard, Lee Delong, Judith Brunett, Marie Barrouillet, Cindy Bruna, Sija Titko, Daphnée Kbidi, Nick Marzock, Stefan Konarske, Mahamadou Coulibaly, Julien Marlin, Yvan Lucker, Tom Hygreck, Abel Jafri, Laurent Ferraro, Jean-Robert Lombard, Leonid Glushchenko, Akim Chir, Laminé Ba, Paul Lefèvre, Guillaume Maison, Jean-Christophe Brizard, Patrick Cottet-Moine, Irene Palko, Tonio Descanvelle, Velvet D'Amour, Doug Rand, Grant Moninger, Robbie Rist, Christopher Swindel, Claire Tran, Alain Etoundi, Fayet Nsumoto, Kristina Kachinskaya, Veronika Khayla, Sissi Duparc, Noam Frost, Pauline Serreau, Philippe Rigot, Étienne Ménard, Peter Lamarque, Maximilien Seweryn, Zouheir Zerhouni, Tristan Zerbib, Elliot Jenicot, Staiv Gentis, Chloe Hollings, Aguendia Fotabong, Tania Dessources, Gaëtan Cotigny, François Bredon, Cédric Chevalme