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A good movie

Posted : 9 hours, 43 minutes ago on 30 October 2014 09:13 (A review of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me)

Recently, it has been announced that David Lynch will write and direct a new season of ‘Twin Peaks’, 25 years after the serie began. Even though it might stink, it is still a huge event, not only because it would be the end of David Lynch semi-retirement but also because ‘Twin Peaks’ was one of the greatest TV shows ever conceived. Anyway, we still have to wait 2 years to watch the damned thing (I will have to wait even longer since I want to buy it on dvd…) but, in the mean time, we still can watch this prequel. To be honest, even though I have always been a huge fan of ‘Twin Peaks’, I wasn't really blown away by this prequel. I mean, I definitely enjoyed it and it was absolutely pretty neat to get back to this weird city and its demented inhabitants. However, in my opinion, I don't think there was really a need to see what exactly happened to Laura Palmer before she died. Sometimes, it is better to leave it to your imagination. Also, I was missing Lara Flynn Boyle who didn't reprise her role as Donna Hayward but that was just a small thing. Furthermore, if the TV show was incredibly disciplined, at least for a Lynch production, the film was once again a little too random for my taste. Still, I just love this fascinating world and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you loved the TV show like I did.

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An average movie

Posted : 21 hours, 15 minutes ago on 29 October 2014 09:41 (A review of The Cold Light of Day)

Obviously, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Bruce Willis, I thought I might as well check it out. Honestly, it didn't really bother me that Willis was there for only 30 minutes (obviously another pay-check role for him), what actually bothered me was the fact he was broke back just to explain the plot to his son and the audience. In my opinion, those kind of stories work better when the main character has to figure it out on his own. Of course, they had to give him a side-kick who happened to be a nice Spanish girl and, once again, it would have been more entertaining if the guy would have been all alone. The fact that she was in fact his half-sister was also terribly lame and completely unnecessary. Concerning Henry Cavill, I thought that the guy was not bad but this movie was just another flop and without 'Man of Steel', his career would remain pretty much wasted ( indeed, at some point, he was dubbed "the most unlucky man in Hollywood" after missing a part in Harry Potter, the main character in 'Twilight', James Bond and Superman a first time around). To conclude, it could have been decent but it turned out to be a rather underwhelming action flick and I don't think it is really worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 7 hours ago on 29 October 2014 11:56 (A review of Twins)

Honestly, it has been a while since I have seen this flick but when I was a kid, I thought it was pretty cool. Sure, it was nothing really amazing and the concept was actually quite moronic (like most comedies) but I thought it was still quite entertaining and it was at the time a massive box-office success. Furthermore, you have to admit that Arnold Schwarzenegger had some balls to play for the first time in a comedy and even though many other action stars followed his footsteps (Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel,...), he is actually the only one who managed to deliver a comedy which was at least watchable (I don’t count Bruce Willis because the guy was first a comic actor before turning to action stuff). Anyway, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito made an unexpected couple and most of the jokes were quite funny. 6 years, Schwarzenegger, DeVito and Reitman would work together again making ‘Junior’ but it would be a massive critical and commercial flop. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was no masterpiece whatsoever, I still think it is decent comedy and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 9 hours ago on 29 October 2014 09:27 (A review of Two Weeks Notice)

Before Sandra Bullock became an acclaimed dramatic actress with ‘The Blind Side’ (which I found rather overrated), she used to make this kind of harmless romantic-comedies. Obviously, it was nothing really amazing but I always had a weak spot for this genre and I thought it was a decent entry. I mean, sure, the whole thing was barely original and terribly predictable but I thought that Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant worked very well together (much better than Hugh Grant with Julia Roberts in ‘Notting Hill’ if you ask me) and they had some great chemistry. For the director Marc Lawrence, it was a decent directing debut and he would have a rather prolific work relationship with Hugh Grant since he was involved in all his 4 directing efforts (including the even better and underrated ‘Music and Lyrics’ and the really dreadful ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans?’). Concerning Hugh Grant, even though the guy has spent pretty much all his career playing basically the same character other and other again (except obviously with ‘Cloud Atlas’ where he plays a creepy warrior with some war paintings), I always find him hilarious and, in this movie, he nailed it once again. To conclude, even though it was nothing really mind-blowing whatsoever, I thought it was a decent romantic-comedy and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A good movie

Posted : 1 day, 20 hours ago on 28 October 2014 10:37 (A review of Holy Motors)

Since I had heard some rather interesting things about this flick, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, as I expected, it was a pretty tough watch. Indeed, after watching virtually everything directed by David Lynch, I think I had my share of weird experimental mind-f*cks so I definitely had a hard time to connect with this picture. Still, there is no denying that there was still something quite spellbinding about the whole thing. I think my interest finally started to rise with the really strange sequence with the mo-cap artists which was really far-out and easily my favorite part. Sometimes, you did get some scenes which seemed a little bit more traditional but everything was massively chaotic and you wonder how Carax came up with all this stuff. Anyway, in the center of all this, you had Denis Lavant and you have to give some credit to this guy who portrayed all these wildly different characters (according to the end-credits, they were 11) but, somehow, he still managed to give them some depth which is even more remarkable when you think that he had no plot to hang on to. To conclude, even though it didn’t really blow me away, it was still a really intriguing flick and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in experimental movies.

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An average movie

Posted : 2 days, 8 hours ago on 28 October 2014 10:34 (A review of U.S. Marshals)

Following the success of ‘The Fugitive’, they came up with this sequel and since Tommy Lee Jones’s character was so popular, they decided to focus on him this time which was an interesting choice. Obviously, this sequel never reached the level of the first installment. I mean, if you manage to make something exciting and entertaining the first time around, if the second time you pretty much do exactly the same thing, it is not really that interesting anymore. Still, I thought it was still a solid action flick. At least, at the time, Wesley Snipes was still a pretty badass action star and he was a decent choice, even though he was of course not as charismatic as Harrison Ford. Furthermore, one of the main asset of ‘The Fugitive’ is that the main character was just a regular guy and one of the most entertaining thing about this flick was to have a simple doctor being chased and managing many times to not get caught by the police. Here, you get instead a tough guy who was in fact a trained operative which was entertaining but sill a lesser choice than a common fellow like Richard Kimble. Anyway, to conclude, even though it wasn’t really a masterpiece, I still think it was a decent action flick and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A very good movie

Posted : 2 days, 20 hours ago on 27 October 2014 10:40 (A review of Ted)

Since I kept hearing good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out and, eventually, I wasn't disappointed. Indeed, in my opinion, it is the best comedy since 'Borat'. To be perfectly honest, most of the time, I'm really critic about comedies. I don’t know, they are usual really stupid and actually not really that funny (the best examples would be 'The Hangover' and 'Bridesmaids' which were both supposed to be great but were eventually just decent at best). Well, this one was fricking hilarious. I mean, honestly, the concept was just really stupid and it should have been a terrible movie but, somehow, it worked really well. The masterstroke was obviously Teddy himself. Basically, all his dialogs were just spot-on and really funny and I also enjoyed a lot his relationship with Mark Wahlberg (maybe it has to do with my massive past as a weed smoker but anyway...). There were some bits here and there that didn’t really work though, especially the whole kidnapping thing involving Giovanni Ribisi which belonged more in a thriller than in a comedy and, to be honest, I thought that Mila Kunnis' s character was a little bit of a bitch. Indeed, imagine you spend 28 years of your life with your best buddy but you agree at last that he has to move out so you can focus on your relationship, that’s fine, but obviously, afterwards, you would still want to hang out with him which would be quite natural but, in this case, she insists he has to drop him all together. Anyway, those were minor flaws, I had a blast watching this and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A very good movie

Posted : 3 days, 2 hours ago on 27 October 2014 04:31 (A review of 25th Hour)

Honestly, it has been a while since I have seen this flick but I will definitely re-watch it at some point when I have the opportunity. The sad thing with this flick is it was that the last real critical success for Spike Lee (you could also argue that ‘Inside Man’ was quite successful but it was a box-office success in my opinion) and, for the last 10 years, he has made some rather terrible bombs. Concerning Edward Norton, once hailed as the best actor of his generation, he has been making some rather disappointing movies the one after the other during the last decade and this movie was the last one he made which was really great (I don’t count ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ because they were ensemble pieces and Norton was definitely not the main actor). Coming back to our main feature, it is what you could call a character study, therefore, it is rather slow and nothing much really happened but it doesn't mean that the whole thing was anything short of spellbinding. Indeed, you get some really interesting characters thanks to a really impressive cast (Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Brian Cox, Rosario Dawson and Anna Paquin). To conclude, it has become since then a cult classic and I think it definitely deserves its status.

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An average movie

Posted : 3 days, 2 hours ago on 27 October 2014 04:11 (A review of Unfaithful)

I always had a weak spot for Diane Lane and she was the main reason why I wanted to check this flick. To be honest, I haven't seen the original French version, ‘La femme infidèle’, directed by Claude Chabrol and even though it must have been much better, I thought that this remake was still fairly enjoyable. Indeed, the main asset was Diane Lane and I thought that she was quite stunning and she gave also a solid performance. Olivier Martinez was also an interesting choice, obvioulsy a wink to the original French version, and, together, they had some pretty good chemistry. To round up the cast, you had Richard Gere who you wouldn’t expect to be cuckold so it was once again a nice choice. So, you had all the necessary ingredients for a steamy thriller and, for the most part, it was actually quite convincing and rather entertaining, above all thanks to the charming Diane Lane who managed to make a character likeable even though she was actually a little bit of a slut. Unfortunately, the end was seriously disappointing. Indeed, it was obvious that there would some confrontation at some point but it was so poorly done, so underwhelming, it pretty much ruined the whole thing which was too bad. Still, in spite of its flaws, I still think it is a decent flick and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 3 days, 21 hours ago on 26 October 2014 09:41 (A review of Race to Witch Mountain)

I wasn't sure what to expect from this flick but the title sounded pretty cool and I always had a weak spot for Dwayne Johnson so I thought I might as well check it out. Basically, it is a rather typical Disney production. I mean, way before Disney had some massive success with 'Pirates of the Carribean', all of those Marvel movies and soon the new Star Wars installments, they were famous for this kind of pictures. There is actually nothing wrong with them, it is some rather clean entertainment but it is so focus on their target audience, mainly kids between 8 and 13 years old, that most viewers outside this demographic group will probably be bored by the whole thing. Anyway, I thought it was pretty tedious. Indeed, they didn’t take any risks whatsoever, the whole thing was just too safe and predictable to really keep me interested. At least, Dwayne Johnson did a decent job and it was miles better than his moronic comedies like 'The Tooth Fairy' or 'The Game Plan'. I don’t know, maybe, it is really entertaining for kids but I think it is more interesting to try to provide something which the grown-ups might enjoy as well. To conclude, I have seen worse but it was still pretty average and I don't think it is really worth a look.

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