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A good movie

Posted : 2 hours, 50 minutes ago on 28 July 2015 12:27 (A review of My Name Is Nobody)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick but this flick has always been a childhood favorite and I will always remember it with a lot of nostalgia. Basically, when I was a kid, I would watch some Westerns with my father and we must have watched several Westerns starring Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill but this one was probably the only one that really impressed me. The point is that, as soon as Bud Spencer was involved, those movies became incredibly idiotic and rather underwhelming. Here, instead of Spencer, you get the great Henry Fonda and there is pretty much no way that Terence Hill could get a more prestigious sidekick (it would be eventually Fonda’s last Western). I remember it so well, at the time, I was fascinated by this guy called ‘Nobody’ and I thought it was just so clever. To be honest, there is a fair chance that if I would watch it nowadays, I wouldn’t be impressed as much by this gimmick but, back in those days, I thought it was pretty awesome. To conclude, even though it might not be masterpiece, I always had a weak spot for this flick and it is definitely worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 3 hours, 55 minutes ago on 28 July 2015 11:21 (A review of Swept Away)

Even though this movie has a terrible reputation, since I always had a weak spot for Guy Ritchie’s work, I was still eager to check it out. What was he thinking though?!? 10 years after, we are still wondering... I mean, after directing 2 of the most acclaimed British features ever put on the silver screen, Guy Ritchie pretty much managed to sabotage his once so promising career. Some say he has made a come-back with 'RocknRolla' but, personally, I still think he has lost his touch but who knows? He might make something amazing again in the future. To be honest, I do think that the hatred against this movie is actually a little bit exaggerated. I mean, of course, it is completely misguided, really weak, rather boring and pretty much uninteresting but I have seen way worse. From a technical point of view, the whole thing looked pretty good and I don't think Madonna is such a bad actress. I mean, you might find her annoying in this flick, but she pretty much played herself so it is not as if she needed some major acting skills to pull it off. Still, it remains a wreckage and a massive blunder career-wise, absolutely no doubt about it.

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An average movie

Posted : 7 hours ago on 28 July 2015 08:17 (A review of Moonstruck)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and maybe I should give it a 2nd chance. The point is that this movie has a really solid reputation, the late Roger Ebert really loved it for example but, personally, I failed to see what was so amazing about the damned thing. I mean, as a matter of fact, I do have a weak spot for romantic-comedies but, I don’t know, I really had a hard time to connect with this tale. Sure, I have to admit it, it was a decent watch and Cher and Nicolas Cage (when he used to be one of the most interesting actors around) both gave some fine performances but I thought the whole thing was just way over the the top. Of course, it was supposed to be over the top but, in my case, I thought it was more annoying than actually entertaining. Basically, I wanted to slap them in their face and ask them to get their act together. They are meant to be each other, we got it, no need to make such a fuss about it. To conclude, even though I didn’t see what was so great about this movie, it is still worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 17 hours, 59 minutes ago on 27 July 2015 09:18 (A review of Seventh Son)

To be honest, I wasn't really expecting much from this flick but since Nick, my step-son, was really eager to watch it, I thought we might as well give it a try. First of all, it is rather sad that many blockbusters like this one or 'Tomorrowland' or even 'John Carter' which are no sequels, prequels or reboots, are continuously flopping at the box-office because, as a result, the Hollywood producers will be even more inclined to recycle again and again the same ideas to minimize the risks taken. On the other hand, I have to admit it, this movie wasn't really good, I'm afraid. I mean, it was visually decent and there were here and there a few interesting ideas but most of it, especially the plot, was just some basic stuff that we have seen too many times before in some superior fantasy features. At least, Julianne Moore was really good as the villain but I can’t say the same for Jeff Bridges. I mean, it is nice that the guy is trying to get involved in some big productions like this one but, damned, his performance was terribly hammy and just bordeline obnoxious. I won't even mention Ben Barnes who must be one of the least inspiring young actors out there. To conclude, I might be a little bit generous with my rating here but I guess it is still worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 20 hours ago on 26 July 2015 06:28 (A review of Shaun the Sheep Movie)

I wasn't exactly dying to watch this movie but my daughter was quite eager to watch it. On the other hand, I have always been a huge fan of Nick Park's work and the TV show was actually pretty decent so I thought I might as well give it a try. The first detail that really impressed me was the fact that there was no dialogue whatsoever. I mean, if you are familiar with the TV show, which is always completely mute, it made sense but I didn’t expect that they would follow the same approach for a full length feature. It was really ballsy and interesting but they definitely needed to add some killer jokes to compensate and that was the main problem with this movie. Indeed, most of the jokes were fairly amusing but none of them were really hilarious. I mean, if you watch Wallace and Gromit, sure Gromit doesn’t say a word but, on the other hand, Wallace talks nonsense all the time and he is therefore responsible for half of the jokes. At least, the animation was pretty much flawless but I wouldn't expect less from Aardman. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A classic

Posted : 2 days ago on 26 July 2015 02:19 (A review of Finding Nemo)

I remember it very well, when this movie was released, it was pretty huge. Back then, I went to see the damned thing with my father in the movie theater and I thought it was just really neat that I was with him but I'm not sure if he had the same experience. Anyway, I really loved this flick. Back in those days, it seemed that those guys from Pixar had decided to blow us away every time again and every feature they produced was better than the previous one. It's too bad they didn't manage to extend this miraculous hot streak but I guess they are human after all. Visually, after more than a decade, it remains one of their greatest achievement. I mean, the sea life was just gorgeous to look at and it was a great move to have the action take place in Australia for once. But, obviously, as always with Pixar, it went way beyond the impressive visuals and it is a strong and emotional tale about a father looking for his lost son and even though it might all sound pretty simple and predictable, they took their time to build some fully fledged characters and, at some point, you can't help caring for those damned fishes. Basically, it is a gorgeous animated feature with a great story, touching and entertaining at the same time and it is definitely worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 2 days, 5 hours ago on 26 July 2015 09:41 (A review of Last Vegas)

When I heard about this movie, I was at first pretty excited. I mean, a movie starring Rober De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, that sounded really promising. However, the plot didn't seem to be really groundbreaking and, eventually, when it was released, it was barely noticed and didn't get much love. Eventually, I thought it was a decent watch but it could have been much more. I mean, it is basically one of these movies that show some really big names on the poster and, that's it, they are pretty much done and they don't feel the need to give a story that could be actually challenging or at least a little bit more entertaining. Basically, it was just too easy, too low-brow and too predictable. Still, in this genre, I have seen much worse (the first one popping to my mind would be 'The Big Wedding' also released in 2013 and also starring Robert De Niro). Indeed, the characters were quite realistic and appealing expect maybe for Paddy whose grudge became quite irritating pretty quickly and the actors, some of the greatest thespians of our time, gave a fine job. To conclude, even though within 3 days, I will probably forget most of it, it was still a decent comedy and I think it is worth a look.

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A classic

Posted : 2 days, 20 hours ago on 25 July 2015 06:58 (A review of Monsters, Inc.)

Like most of the Pixar pictures, I have seen this one in the theater ('Cars' must be the only one that I didn't see when it was released) and it was probably the first Pixar movie I showed to my 9 years old daughter. Even though it might be overlooked and considered a mere kids flick, it is actually enjoyable for anyone. Indeed, even though it is now more than 10 years old, the animation still looks great. Especially the main characters, James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski, those guys just looked really awesome. Back in those days, they were still struggling to provide some human beings that looked fine but those monsters all looked pretty neat. Furthermore, the story was really entertaining filled with hilarious characters. As usual, Pixar tackles a concept which sounded promising but it is above all the sensitive and smart way they chose to handle this concept that makes this feature quite spellbinding to watch. More than a decade later, they would release a prequel which was decent enough but, like most of the recent sequels produced by Pixar, it was nothing really amazing. Anyway, to conclude, this movie is pretty much a classic and it is absolutely and definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 4 days, 6 hours ago on 24 July 2015 08:32 (A review of Chariots of Fire)

Since this movie had a solid reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, even though it was decent watch, I can’t say I really loved the damned thing though. I mean, it definitely has its charms and they definitely don’t make such movies anymore. Indeed, it is basically a moral tale dealing with such old fashioned elements like chivalry and piousness and, if you are into this kind of things, you will love the whole thing but, if you are not, it might rather bore you. Personally, I have always been more attracted towards dark and conflicted characters, so, I had a rather hard time to connect with such virtuous semi-gods. And, yet, it is always neat to immerse yourself in a different time period during which the norm and values were drastically different than ours. On top of that, there is no denying that the iconic soundtrack by Vangelis was really uplifting and effective. Eventually, this movie won the Best Picture Academy Award but, in my opinion, the competition was rather weak for that year (‘Atlantic City’, ‘On Golden Pond’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Reds’). To conclude, even though I’m not a huge fan, it is still a solid sport feature and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A good movie

Posted : 5 days, 7 hours ago on 23 July 2015 07:48 (A review of Muriel's Wedding)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick. Still, I remember it quite well when it was released. If I recall it correctly, my sister saw it in the movie theater when it was released and since she was really enthusiast, I was quite eager to check the damned thing. Basically, even though I wasn’t exactly blown by the whole thing, I have to admit that it was still a fairly enjoyable quirky Aussie comedy. Eventually, this movie launched the career of Toni Collette but even though I always thought she was an intriguing actress and she always had a steady career, she has never done anything really mind-blowing ever since. Concerning P.J. Hogan, this directing debut opened for him the door of Hollywood and his following directing effort would be ‘My Best Friend's Wedding’, arguably one of the most successful romantic-comedies of the 90’s (I’m not a huge fan but I have to admit that it was a hit). Eventually, almost 20 years later, Collette and Hogan would make another movie together called ‘Mental’, a feature which didn’t make much waves when it was released. To conclude, coming back to our main feature, it is a pretty good comedy and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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