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A classic

Posted : 8 hours, 36 minutes ago on 3 May 2016 03:22 (A review of Fatal Attraction)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. When it was released, it has a huge hit. Nowadays, it would seem impossible that a thriller like this one would ever again become the biggest movie of the year with all these huge blockbusters but, back in 1987, this movie managed to be the highest-grossing film worldwide. Anyway, in the erotic thriller, it is definitely a classic. In my opinion, what made this movie really worked was the perfect cast. Indeed, Michael Douglas was basically born to play such guys (see also ’Basic Instinct’) and he was just pitch-perfect. Even more impressive was Glenn Close who was absolutely a rather odd choice and no one at the time or even nowadays would  think of her to play a sexual psychopath but she really nailed it. Unfortunately, as pointed out by Glenn Close herself, the movie completely ignored the fact that  her character was probably mentally ill and this aspect was never developed in this movie which was too bad. Instead, the character played by Douglas was set a victim, when in fact, the guy was a cheater and it would have been interesting if it would have been more balanced. Anyway, in spite of its flaws, it is still a decent thriller and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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A good movie

Posted : 9 hours, 59 minutes ago on 3 May 2016 01:59 (A review of Le fils préféré)

Basically, it is another really obscure French movies that almost no one has seen on Listal. To be honest, I really don’t know why but I was really intrigued by this movie and I was quite eager to check it out. Concerning Nicole Garcia, she is not really a major French director, even in France she is not regarded as a great director, so I’m pretty sure that you have never heard of her but I have actually managed to watch half of her directing efforts and I must admit that I have a weak spot for her work. Anyway, this 2nd directing effort was definitely a step-up from her directing debut, ‘Un week-end sur deux’, which was slightly too low-key for my taste, and there was definitely something quite mesmerizing about the relationships between these 3 brothers, thanks to some really strong performances from the 3 actors involved (Gérard Lanvin, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Marc Barr). Concernig Garcia, her next movie would be the even more ambitious ‘Place Vendôme’ starring the great Catherine Deneuve. To conclude, even though it wasn’t really a masterpiece, I thought it was still a decent drama and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in French movies. 


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An average movie

Posted : 13 hours, 7 minutes ago on 3 May 2016 10:52 (A review of Shark Tale)

I actually saw this movie in the movie theater with my wife and kids when it was released. Back then, it was a critical flop and it has indeed a rather lame reputation but, personally, I thought it was not bad at all. I mean, I have to admit it, with this production, the limitations of DreamWorks Animation became really obvious, especially compared to the stellar work delivered by Pixar, their biggest competition. Indeed, even though the plot was really different, this movie was clearly a rip-off of ‘Finding Nemo’ which was released just a year before. Another annoying tactic from DreamWorks, still used nowadays, was to have a star-studded cast to cover up the fact that the story was actually rather weak. In this case, they came up with a rather convoluted story involving some gangsters sharks but even though it barely worked, I thought it was still fairly entertaining. Indeed, I understand the critics towards this movie and most of them were indeed justified but, somehow, the whole thing actually worked for me. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still think it was a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 day, 6 hours ago on 2 May 2016 05:29 (A review of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

To be honest, I always had some mixed feelings about this movie. In fact, I even saw it in the theater when it came out and, ever since then, it has gained a huge cult following but I'm not sure if it really deserved all these praises (apparently, I'm not the only one and, according to Roger Ebert, the whole thing was just an horrible mess).  I mean, sure, it was visually pretty impressive, the performances by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro were pretty cool and it definitely had some wacky moments. And, yet, even though the material was pretty awesome, somehow, I still had a hard time to really connect with the damned thing. Basically, I couldn't help thinking that the whole thing was rather pointless and it was certainly really random. I guess this one needs a re-watch to make up my mind for good and, at least, back in those days, Johhny Depp was still one of the most fascinating actors in the world and this movie was absolutely miles better than all the garbage he is making nowadays.  Anyway, even though it didn't completely blow me away, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Terry Gilliam's work.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 8 hours ago on 2 May 2016 03:32 (A review of 54)

It has been a while since I have seen this movie and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. In fact, if I recall it correctly, I saw this feature in the movie theater when it was released and, to be honest, I have actually no idea why I went to see the damned thing at the time. On top of that, I don’t think I was aware of the Studio 54 at the time which makes my choices even more strange. Anyway, even though it has a rather lame reputation, I thought it was in fact not so bad at all. I didn’t know it that at the time, but the movie was apparently messed up in post-production by the Weinstein brothers and the whole concept was completely changed. Apparently, it was supposed to be even darker and the main character was supposed to be sexually even more ambiguous which all sound quite intriguing. Anyway, I thought there was something quite fascinating about this messed up disco world. Back in those days, Ryan Philippe still had a great potential at the time and he was pretty good here, Salma Hayek was just gorgeous as usual (even if she didn’t have much to do) and even Mike Myers didn’t get too much on my nerves. To conclude, I actually have a weak spot for this movie, it is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and I think it is worth a look.  



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A good movie

Posted : 2 days, 15 hours ago on 1 May 2016 08:20 (A review of Captain America: Civil War)

Well, even though it might sound surprising but, in fact, I actually preferred 'Batman v Superman'. Not that it was perfect, in the contrary, but I thought it worked better than this super-clash from Marvel. I mean, sure, this movie was very entertaining, actually technically better than 'Batman v Superman', with a least a dozen of awesome super-heros and, yet, it didn't completely win me over. The main issue I had is that the story was actually rather weak in my opinion. For example, let's take this so-called 'war'. In fact, at the end of the day, it was just about Iron Man and Captain America having an argument about some company policy, not much more than that. To call it a 'civil war' was a huge stretch and the supposedly huge showdown never really took place in my opinion. At some point, you had this huge fight between 2 sets of Avengers and it was indeed pretty neat but you knew all the time that they were not there to really fight each other, that nothing really huge was at stake, and, even the characters were fully aware of this as they keep cracking some jokes throughout the whole thing. Then, the villain was also disappointing. I mean, it was nice that, for once, they didn't bring someone who wanted to destroy the Earth but the guy and his scheme was just so underwhelming. Finally, I think they have to stop to bring all these characters together. It worked only once with 'The Avengers' but, now, it is getting rather tiresome to see all these heroes without much to do. I think they should make their movies smaller, focusing on 1 or 2 characters and leave the rest alone. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit it, it was still quite entertaining and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 4 days, 12 hours ago on 29 April 2016 11:31 (A review of Far and Away)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. Personally, I always had some mixed feelings towards this feature. Indeed, even though it started out as a rather ambitious project (Isn’t it always the case when Tom Cruise is involved?), it turned out to be after all a rather weak effort for all the people involved. Still, somehow, I can’t really discard the whole thing. Back in those days, 20 years ago, things were different in the movie business, Tom Cruise was definitely the biggest movie star in the world, whereas Nicole Kidman was merely known as Mrs. Cruise at the time and nobody would have expected her to become eventually an Oscar winner and one of the most respected actress at work nowadays. I don’t know, those two definitely had some chemistry together and the whole thing looked pretty good so I guess I was fairly entertained but it remains a rather forgettable feature. That’s in fact a recurring issue with Tom Cruise, the fact that he is able to get involved in some really interesting projects but he often makes the misguided choice of toning down too much the material resulting in something without any edge whatsoever. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is still worth a look, especially for Tom Cruise’s fans.



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An average movie

Posted : 4 days, 16 hours ago on 29 April 2016 07:33 (A review of Heart Street)

Since my wife has a weak spot for such Dutch romantic-comedies, I thought we could check it out together. Eventually, even though it seemed to have some potential, unfortunately, it turned out to be terribly underwhelming. The first thing that bothered me was how it shamelessly copied ‘You’ve got mail’. On top of that, this plot-line was very thin, everything was randomly and poorly connected to it and, as a result, the whole thing felt like a boring mess. Then, the other thing that bothered me was how annoying all the supporting characters were. They managed to get a lot of famous Dutch actors and celebrities to play all kinds of small and even smaller characters but all these supposedly quirky characters were just so over-the-top and not entertaining whatsoever.  Eventually, the only thing that worked in this movie were 2 leads : Marwan Kenzari and Bracha van Doesburgh. Indeed, they were the only actors who played it straight, they were both really cute and charming and they had some decent chemistry together. I wish they got a better story to work with because they really deserved it. To conclude, even though it was a massive disappointment, I guess it is still worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 5 days, 9 hours ago on 28 April 2016 02:49 (A review of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. Anyway, I remember very well when it was released. Indeed, it sounded pretty neat so I even saw it in the movie theater at the time. Unfortunately, even though I thought it was a decent watch, it turned out to be a critical failure and, above all, a massive box-office bomb. I mean, sure, the story didn’t work very well as it was way too obscure and the fact that it didn’t have much to do with the legendary video game it was supposed to be coming from didn't help either. However, the whole thing was seriously visually impressive and a huge milestone in this area. Indeed, it was the first time that they released a fully computer-animated feature film with some photorealistic characters and it felt really revolutionary to me. I’m rather amazed that after all these years this movie doesn’t get more credit. At least, if you compare it to your average video-game adaptation, you have to agree that it was miles better than the other garbage in this genre. To conclude, even though this movie has a really poor reputation, I think it is actually quite underrated and I believe it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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A good movie

Posted : 5 days, 16 hours ago on 28 April 2016 07:45 (A review of Laurence Anyways)

Once again, the thing I enjoyed the most with this movie was to witness the evolution of Xavier Dolan. Indeed, this 3rd directing was even more ambitious than his previous movie (with a duration of almost 3 hours, it is also Nolan’s longest movie so far), even if it was more straightforward than the rather surrealist ‘Les amours imaginaires’. Anyway, the whole thing was basically a fascinating portrayal of a man who has decided he wanted to be a woman. This time, Xavier Dolan took a step back and Melvil Poupaud, in my opinion, one of the most underrated French actors, played the lead and he gave her a great performance. What was also interesting about this movie is that it was not only focusing on this guy/girl’s journey but it was also focusing on the impact on his relationship with the love of his life. This part was quite fascinating as well, Suzanne Clément was also very strong and, with Poupaud, they had some great chemistry together. So, it was definitely a strong drama but I’m afraid it was still missing something to become truly amazing though. Above all, the second half was not as strong as the first part. Indeed, it seems that Dolan didn’t really anymore what to do with this couple. Should they stay together? Should they split for good? In this process, a 3rd person was introduced (Charlotte) but she was barely introduced and she didn’t have much impact on the whole tale after all. Like meeting this other couple with a transgender man, it might have seemed like a good idea but it didn't work out and felt misguided. Anyway, in spite of its flaws, I thought it was quite a fascinating watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Xavier Dolan’s work.



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