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A good movie

Posted : 5 hours, 39 minutes ago on 1 September 2014 03:16 (A review of We're No Angels)

I know that this movie doesn’t really have a stellar reputation but, honestly, I thought it was actually fairly enjoyable. The point is that, from the start, the whole thing looked and sounded really awesome to me. Indeed, two of the greatest actors, Robert de Niro and Sean Penn, at the time at the heights of their Art, were working together so I was pretty much sold even before watching the damned thing. The fact that it was directed by Neil Jordan, a very solid director, made me think that it would be a sure winner. Eventually, I have to admit it, it was nothing great whatsoever. I mean, both de Niro and Penn were fine and it was fairly entertaining but the plot was seriously pedestrian and predictable. At the end of the day, the main issue, in my opinion, is that the characters were not developed enough and the whole thing felt like it was rather poorly written. Still, I think it was harmless and I enjoyed it for what it was. To conclude, even though it is far from being a masterpiece, I still liked the damned thing and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in those 2 actors.

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A good movie

Posted : 9 hours, 41 minutes ago on 1 September 2014 11:14 (A review of Welcome to Sarajevo)

I always had a weak spot for Michael Winterbottom so I was really eager to check this flick. Even though I have always admired this director, there was still something that always bothered me with this guy though. Indeed, like some other directors such as Woody Allen or Steven Soderbergh, the guy is pretty much a workhaolic, making at least 1 movie every year, sometimes even 2. As a result, most of his movies start with a promising concept but they usually end up being half-baked, at least, that’s my opinion and this flick is a perfect example. At the time, it was probably his most ambitious project (it was in fact the very first feature film about the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it was even shot just a few months after the war on locations in Sarajevo and Croatia) and it was definitely an interesting feature. I also enjoyed how realistic and grim the whole thing was. So, the set-up was really good but, unfortunately, I didn’t care much about the main plot. Sure, it was based on a real story but I strongly believe, with such realistic tales, that you should put the focus on the locals, not on some Western foreigner. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, it still think it is a pretty good flick and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested by this subject.

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An average movie

Posted : 3 days, 22 hours ago on 28 August 2014 10:26 (A review of Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit)

Somehow, I managed to finally watch ‘Sister Act’ only a couple of years ago but honestly, I didn’t really like it much, so I wasn’t expecting much with this sequel. Obviously, since the first installment was such a box-office success, they had to come up with a sequel which was released just a year later (considering the recent massive flop of ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill for’, it shows that it is not very wise to wait too long to come up with a sequel). Anyway, coming back to our main feature, as usual, the story was rather uninspired but it was rather impressive how lazy they were when they wrote the screenplay. Indeed, we get all the old clichés about a teacher who has to work with some tough kids, except that the woman involved is not even a non or even a teacher in fact but that’s beside the point I guess. The only redeeming features were to see a very young Lauryn Hill who was just about 18 years old but already with an amazing vocal talent and a potential acting talent and an even younger Jennifer Love Hewitt (at 14 years old!) but she barely had a speaking part here. To conclude, it was rather weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 4 days, 5 hours ago on 28 August 2014 03:31 (A review of Cecil B. DeMented)

I don’t remember why exactly but I’m pretty sure I ended up watching this flick in the movie theater when I was living in England. Anyway, I thought it sounded really cool but the whole thing was not really mind-blowing eventually. First of all, even though Melanie Griffith was a fine choice and perfectly fit John Waters style, I really had a hard time with Stephen Dorff. Indeed, I think Dorff is one of the most underwhelming actors and he pretty much ruins most of the movies he is involved with. Still, I shouldn’t blame it solely on Stephen Dorff though. Indeed, like most of the movies directed by John Waters, it starts up with a decent concept with quite some potential but the execution is far from being amazing, I’m afraid. Sure, it is intriguing but it never becomes spellbinding and I wish he developed a little bit more his characters and/or his plots. Still, it is always awesome that Waters sets all his movies in Baltimore, my favorite US city which I have visited so many times. To conclude, even though I thought it was slightly disappointing, it was at least was miles better than the even more disappointing 'A Dirty Shame' , Waters' following directing effort, and I think it is worth a look.

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A good movie

Posted : 5 days, 9 hours ago on 27 August 2014 11:17 (A review of White Hunter, Black Heart)

Honestly, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and it would be pretty neat to watch it again. I remember it very well, I actaully had a Belgian roommate who thought that it was the worst movie ever made but I thought it was actually pretty good. Anyway, it is arguably one of the most obscure movies directed by Eastwood, certainly the most overlooked one. Even though it was indeed his worst performing picture of the 1990s at the box-office, it was still an intriguing picture and, like I pointed out before, I would really like to re-watch it at some point. The point is that when I first watched it, I was pretty young and even though I heard about John Huston, I was pretty oblivious about the guy, I hadn't seen yet 'The African Queen' or any other of his work as a matter of fact so I missed quite a lot while watching this. Anyway, it was a pet project for Clint Eastwood who agreed to do 'The Rookie' for the Warner Brothers studio only if they would let him make this flick. Eventually, even though it is one of the least commercial efforts by Eastwood, it is actually really appealing, I highly recommend it and it is definitely worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 5 days, 10 hours ago on 27 August 2014 10:35 (A review of Wise Guys)

When a movie is called ‘Wise Guys’ and it is directed by Brian De Palma, in mmy opinion , you are entitled to expect a great gangster feature, some kind of mix between ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Scarface’. Unfortunately, the whole thing was rather misleading and it was in fact a comedy and instead of dealing with some hard thugs, it was dealing with some losers working for the mob. So, those guys were pretty pathetic and even though Danny DeVito was basically born to play such characters, I can’t say I thought it was really funny. De Palma always had a rather patchy career, with some ups and many downs, and this flick definitely belongs to his more underwhelming movies. Fortunately, a year later, he would come up with ‘The Untouchables’, arguably one of his biggest success, financially and critically. I don’t know, maybe, I didn’t like it because I wasn’t expecting something else and, in fact, Roger Ebert thought it was actually pretty good. Anyway, to conclude, even though I have seen worse, I thought it was just an average comedy with a rather half-baked concept and it is not really worth a look, except if you are a die-hard fan of Brian De Palma’s work.

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A classic

Posted : 5 days, 13 hours ago on 27 August 2014 06:56 (A review of Vertigo)

I have always been a fan of Alfred Hitchcock and this has always been my favorite movie of his. Since it has been a long since I watched it, I thought it was really time for a re-watch. Eventually, I was once again blown away by the whole thing. Indeed, in my opinion, you have Hitchcock here at the very top of his Art. Basically, the whole thing looked amazing and I have never seen such a spellbinding built-up in a thriller. Through the whole thing, you can’t help wonder what is going with this mysterious woman and like James Stewart, you are pretty much getting obsessed with this lady. The other thing I loved about this flick is how well developed is the main character. Indeed, it is probably the most messed up lead character provided by Hitchcock through his whole career. Between his vertigo issues and his obsessions with the ladies, the guy is far from your usual perfect heroes. Unsurprisingly, like many other great movies, it was a flop when it was released, financially and critically, and it was a huge disappointment for Hitchcock. The only minor flaw is that they could have removed the flashback revealing the whole scheme. In my opinion, it would have been even better if we discovered the truth at the same time with the same character but it wasn’t a big deal. To conclude, I think it is a fascinating movie, a classic, and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Alfred Hitchcock’s work.

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An average movie

Posted : 6 days, 5 hours ago on 26 August 2014 03:18 (A review of Year of the Horse)

I wonder how I ended up watching this flick but, in fact, I think I think I saw it in the movie theater when it was released. Indeed, I really loved ‘Dead Man’, it is actually one of my all-time favorites and it had a huge impact on me when I saw it at the time. From the moment I saw this flick, I became an instant fan of Jim Jarmusch and, by now, I have seen most of his movies (I’m just missing the last two, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ and ’The Limits of Control’). Anyway, the one thing I loved about ‘Dead Man’ is the soundtrack which is definitely one of the very best soundtracks I have ever heard and it has been haunting me ever since (as a matter of fact, I have even bought the soundtrack, the only one I have ever bought). So, when I heard that Jim Jarmusch was directing a documentary about Neil Young, the guy responsible for ‘Dead Man’ amazing soundtrack, of course, I had to watch it at some point. Eventually, it was a decent watch but I can’t say I was really blown away by the whole thing . The point is that, to be honest, like most of the old rockers, Neil Young is not really producing his best music right now or at the time when this documentary was made, at least, that’s my opinion, and therefore this feature was slightly disappointing. Still, to conclude, even though it is nothing really great, it is still worth a look, especially if you are interested in Neil Young.

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An average movie

Posted : 6 days, 7 hours ago on 26 August 2014 01:45 (A review of There's Something About Mary)

Honestly, I have never been a huge fan of this flick but since I hadn’t seen it for a while, I thought I might as well give it another try. When it was released, back then, the Farrelly brothers were still really popular and this flick was their biggest success so far (though you might argue that ‘Dumb & Dumber’ was even more successful). To be honest, it is not a bad flick. Indeed, Cameron Diaz was perfectly cast, she looked really stunning and her character was just really charming and sweet. Ben Stiller was also a good choice here and the combination of those 2 characters worked fine. Unfortunately, I had a hard time to care about the other characters. Which one ? All of them! Indeed, even though Diaz and Stiller’s characters were pretty much down to earth, the rest was just some underwhelming cartoonish figures. Concerning the jokes, I have to admit it, some of them were pretty good but some of them were just gross and awkward. For example, they try to judge the characters who are discriminating Warren, the mentally disabled brother, but the makers themselves make fun of the guy throughout the whole thing. I mean, how messed up is that? To conclude, even though I don’t think it is a masterpiece whatsoever, at least, it was miles better than the inane ‘Dumb & Dumber’ and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 week ago on 25 August 2014 09:15 (A review of La Bamba)

I remember it very well, the first time I saw this flick, I must have been 12 or 13 years old, it was broadcasted on TV and that’s how I ended up watching it. Honestly, isn’t it how we all saw this flick after all? Anyway, basically, it is a fairly traditional musical biopic and the main reason why it still remember it today is because it was probably the first movie in this genre that I have ever seen. The fact that Richie Valens was so young (just 17 years old) when he died was also another reason why it had an impact on me since I was so young myself. Eventually, it is difficult to judge Richie Valens as an artist since he had only 3 hit songs (on the other hand, ‘La Bamba’ must be one of the most famous pop songs ever). For Lou Diamond Phillips, it would be a breakthrough performance and there is no denying that he definitely displayed some charisma here but it will probably remain his most famous part. To conclude, even though it is nothing amazing whatsoever, it is actually a decent musical biopic and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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