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A good movie

Posted : 6 hours, 59 minutes ago on 22 October 2014 08:45 (A review of Sleepy Hollow)

Aaaahhhh..... The good old days... When Johnny Depp was still considered a box-office poison and when Tim Burton was still one of the most creative directors in Hollywood. In fact, this movie is a perfect example of what I like and I don't like with Tim Burton's work. Indeed, on one hand, it looked completely gorgeous and they really managed to create a great immersive world. Furthermore, Johnny Depp gave a pretty good performance as well as a really goofy detective. However, on the other hand, I was not so sure about the story. I mean, it was entertaining but depending on my mood, I find it really fascinating or just ... entertaining but not much more than that. Still, if you watch it after all those underwhelming production involving Burton and Depp, it is probably one of their best movies after all. On top of that, Christopher Walken was a perfect choice and the guy was totally awesome as the headless horseman. Finally, it is such a shame that Christina Ricci became so skinny because she never looked more charming than back in those days. To conclude, even though it might not be a masterpiece, it remains a pretty good flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Tim Burton's work.

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A really good movie

Posted : 12 hours, 22 minutes ago on 22 October 2014 03:22 (A review of 28 Days Later...)

I remember perfectly when I watched this movie the first time. Indeed, back then, I was just living in the Netherlands and I wanted to go to the movies. I saw that there was a new movie directed by Danny Boyle so I went to watch it without a shred of information about it. Eventually, once again, he really impressed me. Indeed, even though I'm not really a huge fan of the genre, it is easily one of my favorite zombie movies, perhaps even actually the very best one. I mean, the directing was of course really solid, the acting as well with a breakthough performance by Cillian Murphy and the whole thing was just damned entertaining. I know, the die-hard fans of this genre would say that it is nothing really original but it didn't matter to me and I really enjoyed it. 5 years later, they would come up with a sequel and, surprisingly, it was actually quite solid, even though it never reached the level of Danny Boyle's first installment but I still think it was pretty good. To conclude, I really enjoyed this flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A classic

Posted : 14 hours, 35 minutes ago on 22 October 2014 01:09 (A review of The Untouchables)

Even though Brian De Palma is nowadays pretty much forgotten, I always had a weak spot for his work and I still try to check his movies whenever I get the opportunity. After ‘Scarface’, it must be the biggest movie he has made in the 80’s (you can also argue that he actually didn’t do anything else really amazing in this decade but anyway…) so I was really eager to check it out and I had some rather high expectations. Eventually, even though I thought it was indeed pretty good and quite entertainining, to be honest, I was actually expecting something more and I thought it would be much better. I mean, the cast was quite brilliant (Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro) and it is thanks to this film that Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia would eventually break through. I don’t know, I thought the whole thing was a little too generic and I would have preferred if it would have been a little bit grittier. On the other hand, it has been a while since I have watched it and I will definitely re-watch it at some point to make up my mind for good about the damned thing. To conclude, even though I thought it was slightly disappointing, it is still a pretty good flick, a classic, and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 6 hours ago on 21 October 2014 09:19 (A review of Flashbacks of a Fool)

I wasn't sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Daniel Craig, I was quite eager to check it out. I'm very glad Daniel Craig has reached worldwide fame thanks to the James Bond franchise but the guy is actually a fine actor and it was really a pleasure to see him in a small scale drama like this one. However, even though Craig did get top-billing on this picture, actually half of it was a flashback of him when he was a teenager and even though the whole thing had some potential, it didn’t work out very well, I'm afraid. Indeed, the main issue was probably the fact that there were just too many characters and most of them were rather poorly developed. I mean, for example, Boots who was apparently his best friend and the reason why he went back into the past was barely seen and their relationship was reduced to the bare minimun. On top of that, the story was just not really strong. Take the mine incident, it was just totally arbitrary and some poor sign of some kind of divine intervention (without mentionning the fact that it was rather unconvincing that no one living nearby wouldn't have noticed a gigantic mine washed up on the shore). To conclude, in spite of its flaws, I stil really enjoyed the way it was shot and the nice performance by Daniel Craig so I still think it is worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 19 hours ago on 21 October 2014 08:39 (A review of Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle)

It is once again a rather obscure French movie which not much people have seen here in Listal (I was one of the first users who have rated this movie and, right now, only 6 users have rated it so far). First of all, even though I really didn’t like ‘C'est arrivé près de chez vous’ (In my opinion, it is probably one of the most overrated classics ever), I always had a weak spot for Benoît Poelvoorde and when I heard about this flick, I thought it really sounded hilarious so I was really eager to check it out and, if I recall correctly, I even saw it in the movie theater when it was released. At the time, Poelvoorde was becoming pretty famous in France thanks to his awesome work on TV and since his star was rising, they decided to make some comedies with him in the lead. Anyway, to be honest, even though I thought it would be really funny, eventually, I thought it was just slightly amusing. It is always the issue when they make a comedy about a stupid and annoying character, it usually doesn’t work very well and this movie was not an exception, I’m afraid. To conclude, even though I thought it was slightly disappointing, I still think it was a decent comedy and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in French movies.

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A good movie

Posted : 2 days, 13 hours ago on 20 October 2014 02:43 (A review of A Sunday in the Country)

It is once again a rather obscure French movie which not much people have seen here in Listal (I was one of the first users who have rated this movie and, right now, only 8 users have rated it so far). Even though Bertrand Tavernier is pretty much unknown here in Listal, he is actually one of the best French directors from the last 40 years and I always had a weak spot for his work so I was quite eager to check this movie. To be honest, I don’t think it belongs to his best work, it is just too light for my taste and I prefer his tougher movies, usually with a socially conscious message. Still, there is no denying that it was one really delightful picture and it was a critical success back then when it was released in France. So, like I said before, it was nothing really ground-breaking, at least, not to me, but I’m not sure if it was meant to be ground-breaking and I really enjoyed the performances and, of course, the very solid directing by Tavernier. To conclude, I thought it was pretty good and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in French movies.

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A good movie

Posted : 2 days, 14 hours ago on 20 October 2014 12:57 (A review of Family Resemblances)

Honestly, it has been ages since I have this flick but I can remember it very well. First of all, I have noticed that Cédric Klapisch is not really famous here on Listal but he is actually highly regarded in France and many of his movies were very successful there. In fact, this movie was his first (and maybe) only big box-office success in France and I remember that, at the time, there was a big buzz about the whole thing. To be honest, even though I thought it was indeed pretty good and quite entertaining, I can’t say I was really blown away by the whole thing though. I mean, I always had a weak spot for Jean-Pierre Bacri’s sarcastic black humor (this movie was an adaptation of the play with the same name written by Bacri and his girlfriend Agnès Jaoui who also played a character in this movie) but, I don’t know, I still had a hard time to care about those characters and what they were going through. Still, I think I will re-watch it at some point to make up my mind about the damned thing. To conclude, even though I’m not sure if it is really a masterpiece, it is a still a pretty good comedy and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in French movies.

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A good movie

Posted : 3 days, 5 hours ago on 19 October 2014 09:52 (A review of Trade)

Honestly, I had nog idea what to expect from this flick but the subject seemed to be interesting so I thought I might as well give it a try. Well, it turned out to be a really depressing watch. Basically, you get to see a lot of sickening stuff and, even though we are all aware of the human traffic business, the fact that someone would choose this line of work is pretty much a proof that we live in a very fucked up world. In my opinion, even though the whole thing was sometimes terribly misguided, they did manage to give a frightening and believable view on the subject. It means that 2/3 of it, when it was focusing on those poor girls was very good and, unfortunaly, the last 1/3 was really contrived and belonged more into a fairy tale (probably the reason why Roger Ebert disliked the movie so much). The issue is that, at the some point, it became some kind of completely unbelievable chase involving a young Mexican boy looking for his kidnapped sister with the help of some American played by Kevin Kline. I mean, sure, you wish that something like that would happen in real life, that someone would show up and save those poor girls but, in this cruel world, they are just lost and their life just becomes one terrible hell. To conclude, even though the whole rescue thing didn't work whatsoever, I still think it is a good drama and I think it is worth a look.

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A good movie

Posted : 4 days, 8 hours ago on 18 October 2014 07:12 (A review of Locke)

Henk had once again picked up a really nice movie. Basically, it was a movie with a concept as you follow one character driving in his car and, that 's it, you get nothing else. Of course, they had to spice up the whole thing so the guy has a cool BMW, a bluetooth phone and two dramas to deal with. Obviously, the possibilities with this set-up were rather limited, but they managed to get most of it thanks to an outstanding performance by Tom Hardy who was obviously all the time on the screen, in close-up, and he literally carried the whole thing on his shoulders. They also managed to create a realistic and intriguing character and the whole thing was definitely quite spellbinding to behold. Indeed, you get to see a man with high responsibilities who is used to handle difficult situations, to solve issues, and here, even though his whole life is pretty much falling apart, he keeps trying to make things work. So, it was all quite impressive but, I don't know, it is and remain a gimmick in my opinion. To conclude, even though I was not completely sold, it was still a really solid drama and it is definitely wort a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A good movie

Posted : 5 days, 6 hours ago on 17 October 2014 09:37 (A review of Star Trek Into Darkness)

Since I have seen every single Star Trek movie, of course, I had to see this one as well at some point. First of all, to be honest, even though I did like the reboot done by J.J. Abrams, I still think it was rather overrated. Sure, at last, they managed to make a Star Trek who finally looked awesome and the damned thing was certainly entertaining but the story was still just way too convoluted in my opinion. Well, this new installment pretty much gave me the same feeling. Indeed, the whole thing looked great, there were some really nice action scenes and it was a fun movie but I'm not sure I really cared about the plot. On top of that, even though they took an interesting turn with the previous movie, they still manage to rehash some really old stuff like Khan. I mean, sure, Khan is a really great villain and Benedict Cumberbatch delivered a really solid performance but since they have the opportunity to create a new story line with some new characters, why should you even bother going again against this enemy? To conclude, I'm still waiting for the one great Star Trek movie but this one was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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