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An average movie

Posted : 14 hours, 24 minutes ago on 22 September 2017 08:23 (A review of Allied)

Since I have a weak spot for Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard and since this movie was directed by Robert Zemeckis, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, even though it was a decent watch, I actually had a hard time to really care about the damned thing. I mean, I did like the 1st act in Casablanca but it was unfortunately slightly ruined by the fact that Brad Pitt wasn't convincing at all as a French native speaker. Sure, they tried to explain his poor accent with the fact that his character was Canadian but this explanation rather weak. I mean, a top spy, at this level of the game, should show up with an almost flawless accent. Then, the rest of the movie was not bad but still nothing really amazing. I mean, let's assume that Marianne Beauséjour was indeed a German spy, how the hell did she get her info? Indeed, at this point, she had become a housewife, without any direct access to some sensitive information, and it was rather unlikely that Max Vartan would bring some classified files at home or discuss the details of his missions at the dinner table. Finally, even though Brad Pitt was fine as an experienced cool top spy, he wasn't really amazing as a man falling deeply in love, ready to risk everything for the love of his life. On the other hand, Marion Cotillard was once again quite impressive and she was pretty much pitch-perfect through the whole thing. Anyway, even if the whole thing didn't really work for me, it was still rather well made and fairly entertaining and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A bad movie

Posted : 1 day, 3 hours ago on 22 September 2017 07:40 (A review of The Prince)

I wasn’t expecting much from the damned thing but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought it might as well check it out. Well, from all the lame direct-to-DVD features starring Bruce Willis I have seen recently, this must have been the worst one so far. As usual, Willis was displayed prominently on the promotional material and, as usual, he wasn’t even playing the lead character but that wasn’t even the biggest problem with this movie. Indeed, the biggest issue was that the story was just so generic and tedious. Basically, it was some kind of rip-off of such movies like ‘The Equalizer’ or ‘John Wick’ about an average guy who seems to have a dark past and happens to be an actual killing machine. Well, I have never been a huge fan of the genre and to see such a weak movie in this genre was just terribly tedious. To be honest, I’m trying to think if there was anything that really worked in this movie but, no, I can’t think of any redeeming feature. Anyway, to conclude, the whole thing was just a waste of time and you should definitely avoid it, even if you are a big fan of Bruce Willis. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 days, 3 hours ago on 21 September 2017 07:43 (A review of Grimm)

After ‘Klein Teun’, Alex van Warmerdam took his time and, 5 years later, he finally came up with a new directing effort but, unfortunately, it turned out to be his weakest movie so far, I’m afraid. At least, the DVD I watched was of much better quality than the DVDs I saw for his previous movies and it was pretty neat that half of the movie was taking place outside of the Netherlands which was a first for van Warmerdam. Unfortunately,  that was pretty much the only things I enjoyed about this movie. Eventually, what bothered me the most were the huge ellipses that they would make. For example, at some point, Maria and Jacob ends up in some town and, then, completely out of the blue, they seemed to be living in some homeless tent under a bridge without any explanation whatsoever. How the hell did they end up there?   Then, later on, they decide to go to Spain with their scooter and, within minutes, they end up in Spain. That was something that kept occurring throughout the whole thing and I thought it was just so lazy and annoying. On top of that, I never really cared about the story or the characters involved. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was the first really disappointing movie delivered by this director so far, I still though it was a decent watch and it is worth a look, especially, if you are interested in Alex van Warmerdam’s work. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 days, 23 hours ago on 20 September 2017 11:37 (A review of Okja)

To be honest, when I noticed that this movie was dealing with some kind of mythical magical beast, I had my doubts about the damned thing but since I have seen almost all the movies directed by Bong Joon Ho and since this movie was directly available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, as usual with this director, it ended up being a mix of many different things such as a family feature, some science-fiction, some social commentary, some comedy,... and, honestly, even though this mix was interesting, I can't say I was really blown away. I mean, it was well made, some scenes were even rather impressive visually speaking but I think it was just too unfocused for my taste. For example, there were many interesting characters played by a really solid cast but, in fact, none of them was really properly developed, except maybe Mija, the main character. It was also rather tricky to mix so many different elements. On one hand, I did like how they displayed that most big corporations will claim that their products are healthy, organic, and other great things when it is in fact some complete PR bullshit (McDonald's is a great example for how they managed to change their image in a few years when, in fact, they are selling exactly the same products). Later on, I also enjoyed this moment when the other Mirando sister points out that people actually don't really care about what you sell them, as long as it is really cheap, which is also really true. So, they made some interesting points but, then, every 5 minutes, you would have Mija claiming that she didn't care at all about all this, that the only thing just wanted was her pet back. I mean, if the main character doesn't care about all this, what should we? So, the movie kept going back and forth between all these interesting ideas but the end-result was never really convincing. Anyway, to conclude, even though it didn't completely work for me, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in this director. 


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A good movie

Posted : 4 days, 1 hour ago on 19 September 2017 08:54 (A review of Gambler)

I wasn’t really planning to watch this movie but since it was given as a bonus with my Pusher trilogy DVD box, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, the interesting thing about this movie was that, even though the outcome was actually really positive (Nicolas Winding Refn indeed managed to make both ’Pusher II’ and ‘Pusher III’ which turned out to be some critical and commercial success), it was still a really sad story. Indeed, for about 2 years Winding Refn and his wife had to live under a huge amount of pressure because they were so much in debts. Furthermore, even though ’Pusher II’ and ‘Pusher III’ were both some pretty cool movies, it turns out that the Danish director never really wanted to make them in the first place but he had to, otherwise, it would have been pretty much the end of his career. Finally, it shows that making a movie can be a gruelling process, even for one of the most highly regarded directors in Denmark. Eventually, it is pretty obvious that a director spends most of his time dealing with a variety of things which donn’t have much to do with actually directing a movie. Anyway, to conclude, I thought it was a decent watch and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Nicolas Winding Refn’s work. 



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A good movie

Posted : 5 days, 16 hours ago on 17 September 2017 06:11 (A review of A Fantastic Woman)

Well, even though (almost) everyone else in my film club really loved this movie, to be honest, I had actually a hard time to really get into the damned thing. I mean, I have to admit it, it was a good movie , especially thanks to a really strong performance by Daniela Vega who completely deserved the praises she has received. Still, I never really felt blown away by the whole thing. The first thing that bothered me was that the main character ended up in a situation with such extreme circumstances. Indeed, even though she could have been involved with a young boy, she was with a man at last 30 years older than her who had lived before her, as far as I could see, a very average hetero life with a wife with at least 2 kids, one older than his new lover and one around 7 years old. Then, another thing that bothered me was how the main character was presented as someone apparently flawless (in fact, she was even fantastic according to the title) while the rest of the world seemed to be ignorant, intolerant and sometimes even downright mean to her. Basically, everything was told only from her point of view which felt really limited and I think it would have been more interesting if she would have displayed some flaws. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn't really work for me, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 6 days, 5 hours ago on 17 September 2017 05:40 (A review of She's Gotta Have It)

Since I always had a weak spot for Spike Lee's work, of course, I was really eager to check his directing debut. Well, what I liked the most was the fact it was so much lighter than his usual work which was just so refreshing. Then, even though it was sometimes slightly pretentious, which was rather expected from a directing debut, I really liked the directing with some neat black-and-white photography. Still, even though Tracy Camilla Johns was quite gorgeous and seriously charismatic, it was still difficult to root for this character with some massive commitment issues. Indeed, it is interesting to point that, so far in his career, Spike Lee has made only 2 movies with a female main character, this one dealing with a woman who sleeps pretty much with everybody and 'Girl 6' who was dealing with a woman becoming a phone-sex operator. Furthermore, from her 3 lovers, even though they were all completely different, there were 2 of them (Greer Childs and Mars Blackmon) that she could have dropped wihout any hesitation and there was no real valid reason for her to keep seeing them. Still, even if the material didn't completely work, it was pretty neat how Spike Lee managed to deliver some rather complex and flawed characters. To conclude, even though it was definitely not a masterpiece, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth, especially if you are interested in this director. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 week ago on 16 September 2017 07:20 (A review of In My Father's Garden)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Ben Sombogaart, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I was amazed by how underwhelming this movie turned out to be. First of all, I have to admit it, I had actually no idea  what it was about before watching the damned thing and it took me a while to more or less understand this story. It was in fact a major issue with this movie. What did the makers try to tell us? Should we feel sorry for Hans? Should we admire him? It was never clear. It seems that they didn't want to offend neither the atheïsts and the hardcore religious people so the movie landed really awkwardly in the middle. I mostly blame the directing. Sure, it was visually rather appealing but unfortunately terribly weak and also completely tone-deaf. It was like this mysterious character, Jozef Mieras. The guy kept popping up completely randomly and it was so poorly done, at some point, I thought they might pull some kind of 'Fight Club' trick on the viewers. Anyway, even though I'm atheïst, I have always been fascinated by religion and I believe it could have been a strong story, maybe the book is actually pretty good, but the materical was handled just really poorly here. To conclude, I really didn't like this movie and I don't think it is worth a look. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 week, 1 day ago on 15 September 2017 07:55 (A review of Under the Shadow)

Since this movie was recently added to the book ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’, I was really eager to check it out. To be honest, I’m pretty sure that it will be one of these movies that they add every year but which end up being removed directly the year after or at least very soon. Anyway, I have to admit that it is not very often that you get to see a horror movie with so many layers. Indeed, there was first the fact that Iran, after the Islamic revolution, drastically changed and, if someone who speak too loud about their opinion, they could get into some real trouble, like the main character in this movie. As a result, many people would rather stay at home because they could then create their own free world with their own specific set of rules. Still, the fear that someone could show up and report you to the authority was always present. On the other hand, since the outside world was so threatening, by spending so much time inside, their home actually became some kind of a prison as well.  Another layer was also the huge impact of the Iran-Irak war which was, according to the movie, the longest conventional war taking place in the 20th century. So, there was also this neverending fear of being attacked or bombed for years. So, it was definitely an intriguing context for a horror flick and, yet, the whole thing still didn’t completely convince me though. Basically, the main problem I had was that, sure,  the horror stuff was not bad, in fact, it was even visually pretty neat, but it was also terribly generic. Seriously, from the moment the little girl tells her mother that she saw some djinn, it became just so predictable and nothing really surprising ever happened afterwards. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t completely blow me away, it was a still a really original horror flick and it is definitely worth a look. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 week, 2 days ago on 14 September 2017 07:58 (A review of Kleine Teun)

Since I really loved ‘De jurk’, I was really eager to check Alex van Warmerdam[Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see]directing effort. Well, unfortunately, even though it was a decent watch, it still turned out to be his movie which had the least impact on me so far. As usual, there was no real plot but some rather weird and absurd tale which can be rather tiresome to watch but, this time around, the whole thing was even more minimalist then usual with only one location and only 3 characters involved. To make things worse, I didn’t really care much for these characters and, while some of van Warmerdam’s movies can be quite hilarious, the whole thing was not so much fun, even if some scenes still made me chuckle. At least, it was really nice that Alex van Warmerdam and his wife, [Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see], were playing the leads for once. On top of that, Annet Malherbe was just really good in this movie and she has definitely become one of my favorite Dutch actress. To conclude, even though the whole thing didn’t really blow me away, I still enjoyed this movie and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Alex van Warmerdam’s work. 



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