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An average movie

Posted : 2 hours, 58 minutes ago on 4 March 2015 12:11 (A review of Romance)

Personally, maybe because I’m in fact just a little pervert, I have always been intrigued by sexuality in the movies. Indeed, it is not very often that you see this subject well handled in a movie and I always find it ridiculous that American movies have no problem to show any kind of violence but, with the most typical sex scene, you will have the woman almost always not removing her bra to have sex which is always laughable. So, from time to time, you get a mainstream picture actually daring to be more explicite and I’m always curious to see if they finally handled this subject in a satisfactory manner. With this in mind, I decided to check this flick which had gathered quite a controversial reputation since its release. Eventually, it was a decent watch but I can’t say I was blown away by the whole thing. Indeed, the sex scenes were not bad but, to be honest, there was such a heavy and gloomy mood throughout the whole thing, it made the movie a little bit depressing. On top of that, the tale and the characters involved were seriously murky so I had a hard time to connect with this flick. To conclude, even though it was flawed, I still think it was an intriguing feature and I think it is worth a look, especially if you’re looking for something more explicite without being some porn.

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An average movie

Posted : 16 hours, 6 minutes ago on 3 March 2015 11:03 (A review of Something Wild)

Since I have a weak spot for Jonathan Demme's work, I was quite eager to check this movie. Eventually, it turned out to be a really wild comedy and I almost really enjoyed it. First of all, I just loved the soundtrack, it was exactly my kind of music and it was even more unexpected from a movie from the 80's since those movies have usually the most lame and cheesy soundtracks you can possibly imagine. Coming back to the movie itself, for once, I thought that Melanie Griffith was really well cast and actually quite convincing. Concerning Jeff Daniels, he is definitely a more dependable actor than Griffith but, to be honest, I have seen him play such roles too many times before to really care. Eventually, the whole thing really had some potential but, at the end of the day, I just had the feeling that the characters were pretending to be crazy, I don't know, maybe, it was just too whimsical for my taste. Still, when you get to see the great Sister Carol singing a great tune during the end-credits, you definitely get a few extra points from me. To conclude, it was still an original comedy and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A very good movie

Posted : 1 day, 2 hours ago on 3 March 2015 12:57 (A review of The Rules of Attraction)

It has been a while since I have seen this flick and I will definitely re-watch it whenever I get the opportunity. The saddest thing about this flick is that it was Roger Avart only 2nd directing effort after a 20 long years and I hope the guy will come up some day with something new. I thought that his directing debut ‘Killing Zoe’ was really solid but this second directing effort really impressed me. Indeed, it must be the darkest but also the most compelling depiction of the college life I have ever seen. First of all, you had a very interesting cast filled up with some up-and-coming actors (James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder, Jay Baruchel, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Clifton Collins Jr.). Above all, I really loved the tone. I mean, there is truly a lot of despicable stuff going on and, yet, the whole thing was always entertaining and I thought that those really flawed and messed up characters were really fascinating to behold. Concerning James Van Der Beek, I’m pretty sure it is the only interesting flick I have seen starring this guy (ok, ‘Varsity Blues’ was not bad either…). To conclude, I think it deserves a better reputation and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A good movie

Posted : 1 day, 3 hours ago on 3 March 2015 11:33 (A review of The Running Man)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should probably re-watch it at some point. I have noticed that this movie doesn’t really have a stellar reputation but I always had a weak spot for this flick. Indeed, I must have been 12 years old when I first watched it, I hadn’t seen ‘Rollerball’ (I have still not seen it as a matter of fact) but, above all, I hadn’t see all these movies dealing with survival games like ‘The Hunger Games’ for example and, at the time, I thought it was really original and I thought that the concept was quite fascinating. Back in those days, Arnold Schwarzenegger was probably the most badass action star and even though this movie didn’t reach the level of ‘Predator’ which was released the same year, I thought it was still not far behind. Obviously, with such a wild concept, there is a fair chance that the whole thing could have been much better and you might argue that Paul Michael Glaser (indeed, good old Starsky himself!) was maybe not a great choice as a director (on the other hand, he was hired at the very last minute after 4 other directors had been fired or dropped out from this project). To conclude, even though my love for this movie might be filled of nostalgia, I still think it is a cool flick and it is definitely worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 16 hours ago on 2 March 2015 10:16 (A review of Margaret)

Since I really enjoyed Kenneth Lonergan's debut, 'You can count on me', I was really eager to check his following directing effort and I was rather surprised that it took him more than a decade to finally come up with something new. Apparently, the movie was actually done much earlier, around 2006, and it was stuck for 5 years during the editing process because Lonergan's version was about 3 hours long but he was supposed to make something much shorter. Eventually, Scorsese edited the theatrical version which was still 150 minutes long and, even though it was barely seen, it was actually heralded as a masterpiece nonetheless by many critics such as Roger Ebert. To be honest, even though I thought it was quite intriguing with some very strong performances, especially by Anna Paquin, I can’t say I thought it was really amazing. I mean, the main story was not bad but didn't it really require such a long running time? I thought the whole thing was honestly completely all over the place constantly jumping from another trivial sub-plot to the other without really finishing what they already developed. On top of that, the main character was pretty annoying and even though her behavior seemed pretty consistent for a teenager, I'm not sure that I really cared to see her going basically nowhere for almost 3 hours. To conclude, I think that there was a lot to admire here, it was definitely an ambitious drama and even though I think it was just way too flawed to be called a masterpiece, it is still worth a look.

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A very good movie

Posted : 3 days, 15 hours ago on 28 February 2015 11:12 (A review of Dallas Buyers Club)

Like everyone else, I was very pleased by Matthew McConaughey's come-back but who would have expected him to win an Academy award so fast following this welcome renaissance? With this in mind, I was really eager to check this flick and I wasn't disappointed. I mean, pretty much like when Ben Affleck was called the worst actor in the world, I always believed that McConaughey had some potential, he just needed to pick up some decent material and, here, he goes all the way giving one hell of a performance. Concerning the story itself, it was definitely a strong tale, even though not everything did work. For example, I had a rather hard time to care for Jennifer Garner's character and, later on, I discovered that this woman was actually made up for the film which made this character even more superfluous. Apparently, even Jared Leto's character didn’t exist either so, even though Leto was pretty strong, I find it rather difficult to justify the addition of this transvestite. I mean, it seemed like a cheap way to get some attraction with a misfit embodying some of the most common stereotypes about HIV patients at the time. To conclude, even though it wasn’t really flawless, thanks to a really impressive McConaughey, I really enjoyed the damned thing and I think it is definitely worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 3 days, 22 hours ago on 28 February 2015 05:01 (A review of $5 a Day)

Honestly, it is quite an obscure flick and I wasn't expecting much but since I had this movie on dvd for so long, I thought it was really time to watch the damned thing. Well, eventually, it was a rather straightforward and weak road-trip and I really had a hard time to care for the whole thing. I mean, I have to admit it, Christopher Walken was actually really good, as usual, and it was very neat that he was playing the lead for once. Unfortunately, pretty much everything else in this movie was just underwhelming. For example, Alessandro Nicola has never really impressed me in this movie or even before and he was just not charismatic enough to play the lead character (apparently, Sam Rockwell was to play the lead at some point and he would have been a much better choice). Then, you had Sharon Stone, an actress who was a late bloomer but, except for the great 'Casino', hasn't done anything amazing during the rest of her career. Nowadays, just like in this movie, she usually shows up a for a couple of scenes playing (rather poorly) some rather obnoxious lady. To conclude, even with the great Christopher Walken, it was just a rather weak feature and I don't think it is really worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 5 days, 16 hours ago on 26 February 2015 11:03 (A review of Scorched)

Basically, it was yet another film that I had on dvd for ages (more than 3 and a half years as a matter of fact...) so it was definitely time to watch the damned thing. Unfortunately, right from the rather lame intro I lost pretty much faith in the whole thing and it was pretty much a waste of time. I mean, there were some decent actors like Woody Harrrelson and John Cleese but they were all stuck playing some boring nutjobs who were supposedly funny. To be honest, there were here and there some fun moments but those scenes were rather rare and were lost in a succession of rather poor jokes. I mean, if you have a running time of barely 90 minutes and you have to deal with not one but 3 bank robberies almost happening simultaneously (while writings this, I'm becoming aware that the concept did actually have some potential if done properly), there was just no room and space to develop any one of those stories or any one of these characters involved so, instead, you get a rather half-baked boring mess. To conclude, it was pretty weak and I don't think it is worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 6 days, 16 hours ago on 25 February 2015 10:51 (A review of B. Monkey)

It was yet another movie I had on dvd for ages. To be honest, I didn't really like the damned thing much. I mean, it's not that it was really awful, it's not that it didn't have any potential but I just didn’t really care much for the whole thing. The biggest mistake they made, in my opinion, is that they delivered one of the most boring main characters I have seen lately. Apparently, even the makers didn't believe in him and, on the promotional material, they displayed instead Asian Argento who was playing the title character. Indeed, it is pretty obvious that she should have been the center of this tale. Back then, she was just in her 20's but she was already terribly charismactic and the only flaw in her character was the fact that it was just really difficult to believe that she would fall for such a dull guy. I mean, I get it, he was the opposite of the thugs she was dealing with before she met him but, still, they could have made an effort to make him more interesting or entertaining. To conclude, the whole thing was just pretty weak and I don't think it is really worth a look.

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A very good movie

Posted : 6 days, 18 hours ago on 25 February 2015 08:11 (A review of Birdman)

Through the years, the Academy has made some poor choices but, lately, I have to admit that they finally got it right and this movie was definitely a worthy winner. Eventually, I still think that 'Boyhood' was in fact a better choice but this flick was really not far behind and I liked it a lot. To be honest, I thought that the actual play was in fact about Birdman so I was expecting something slightly different but that wasn't a big deal, in the contrary. What we got here was a very smart, very well directed movie with some really impressive performances. Indeed, it was filled with some very long takes and you can imagine that it must have been rather daunting for the actors involved (apparently, Inarritu was actually eager to shot the whole thing in one single take but the actual merit of this rare technic is rather questionable if you ask me). For Inarritu, it is the crowning of an already impressive and pretty much flawless career and I will definitely check his next movie starring this time Leonardo DiCaprio. For all the actors involved (Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts), it was a definitely a very high point in their career. To conclude, it really deserved all the praises it has received and it is definitely worth a look.

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