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An average movie

Posted : 2 hours, 20 minutes ago on 30 January 2015 11:34 (A review of Sea of Love)

It has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Back then, Al Pacino was going through a strange periode in his career. Indeed, in the 80’s, he made only 5 movies and except for ‘Scarface’, all his movies were not really amazing. With ‘Sea of Love’, he was making some kind of come-back 4 years after ‘Revolution’ which was a big critical and commercial flop. Basically, it was a decent steamy thriller but it was missing something to become really remarkable. Eventually, I did like the mood and the actors did a fine job but it was pretty much a standard thriller and, in this genre, you are pretty much supposed to try finding out who is actually the killer but it has never been an exercise I have ever cared for. Concerning Ellen Barkin, to be honest, I always had a hard time to care for this actress but, at the time, she was pretty much at the height of her career and she was pretty much specializing in this kind of femme fatale. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, I think it is a decent thriller and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 15 hours, 27 minutes ago on 29 January 2015 10:27 (A review of From Dusk Till Dawn)

Of course, I already saw this movie back in the 90's but it was a while back so I was quite eager to check it out again. In fact, it was the first script that Quentin Tarantino was paid to write, for the mere sum of $1,500 and it was one of the first projects involving him and Rodriguez (‘Desperado’ and ‘Four Rooms’ were both released earlier though). Like everything else written by Quentin Tarantino, it quickly became a cult classic. Honestly, even though it is a fun flick, to be honest, it is still nothing really amazing though. I mean, if you have never heard of this movie before then it is pretty neat because, half way through, you have this huge twist (that’s what happened to my sister actually if I really it correctly). Unfortunately, before watching this , I knew what was going to happen, so the surprise was rather ruined for me and I just didn’t care much for the second half of this story. In my opinion, it is pretty much a glorified B feature and, back then, Tarantino thought he could be also an actor (fortunately, he dropped the idea since then) but while watching this again, it was pretty obvious that the guy should stick to writing and directing. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit it, it remains a decent flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A good movie

Posted : 1 day ago on 29 January 2015 01:19 (A review of The Secret of NIMH)

Since it has been a while since I last saw this flick, I was quite eager to check it out again. Indeed, I remember it very well, I saw it when I was very young and, at the time, it must have been the darkest thing I ever saw and it had quite an impact on me. At the time, Disney was not doing really well and Don Bluth, a Disney animator, left the company with several colleagues and set up his own studio while Disney didn’t have any real competition. It took some guts and their first production was critically acclaimed because Bluth was aiming for some beautiful and detailed animation instead of the cheap methods used by Disney at the time. So, after all these years (I think it took me maybe 20 years to finally see the damned thing again), it was wondering how I would experience this movie this time around. Eventually, I thought it was pretty neat and definitely something else than your typical Disney feature but, to be honest, I can’t say I was really blown away by the whole thing. Personally, I do believe that the people who claim that this feature is amazing feel this way mostly out of nostalgia (like I used to be) but if you watch it 30 years later, as a grown-up, it is basically a solid animation feature but not really an actual masterpiece. To conclude, all in all, it is still a pretty good flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 1 hour ago on 29 January 2015 11:57 (A review of Jackie)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Carice van Houten, I still wanted to check it out. Unfortunately, even though the whole thing actually had some potential, I thought it was eventually really half-baked. Indeed, it basically follows the very old road-movie formula but they really didn’t add anything really interesting to the genre (they even threw in the really pedestrian karakoe scene…). On top of that, they made it really hard to root for Holly Hunter’s character who was rather obnoxious and who barely spoke a word during the whole thing. Finally, the ending, with a really lame double-twist, was seriously underwhelming and it felt terribly anti-climatic. And yet, I really liked those 3 actresses and they all gave some decent performances but they really deserved a better story than this. In fact, it is not really that the story was really bad, it is more that it was rather poorly written, at least, that’s my opinion. To conclude, the whole thing felt like a missed opportunity but, in spite of its flaws, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Dutch movies.

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A good movie

Posted : 1 day, 23 hours ago on 28 January 2015 02:18 (A review of Shadow of the Vampire)

It has been a while since I have seen this flick and it would be nice to actually re-watch it at some point. To be honest, I don’t really remember how I ended up watching this flick and, on top of that, I have to admit that I hadn’t seen yet at the time the seminal classic ‘Nosferatu’ but, still, I thought there was something quite mesmerizing about this movie. Indeed, it is such a weird feature, half of it actually really took place and the other half was based on some legend that Max Schreck was in reality a vampire. Of course, it is a really ridiculous idea (expect maybe if you believe that vampires do exist, just like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny) but there was something quite exhilarating to see that a film maker that would dare to tell such a far-out story. Still, it remains a really weird tale and I thought it was rather difficult to take it really seriously. To conclude, even though I don’t think if it is really a masterpiece, I thought it was a very intriguing feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in something a little bit more experimental.

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A good movie

Posted : 2 days, 2 hours ago on 28 January 2015 11:39 (A review of The Seven Year Itch)

Honestly, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I might rewatch it at some point. The first time I saw it, I must have been a teenager and, even though I did like it, I can’t say it really blew me away. I mean, sure, it was a decent comedy but there was nothing really amazing about the whole thing, at least, that’s my opinion. I believe this movie got a legendary status above all for the famous scene involving Marilyn Monroe's dress blowing up around her legs but pretty much like in ‘Some like it hot’, Marilyn Monroe looked positively charming but, honestly, her character was rather moronic and obnoxious. Therefore, I had a hard time to really care for the whole thing. On top of that, it does feel rather dated nowadays. Considering Billy Wilder’s work, after watching 8 of his movies, I came to the conclusion that I enjoyed much more his dramas (‘Sunset Blvd.’, Stalag 17’, ‘Witness for the Prosecution’) than his comedies (‘Some Like It Hot’, ‘The Apartment’, ‘Sabrina’). To conclude, in spite of its flaws, it is still a decent comedy and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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A good movie

Posted : 3 days, 4 hours ago on 27 January 2015 09:32 (A review of Sex Is Comedy)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and, as a matter of fact, I even think I saw it when it was released. The main reason I wanted to watch this movie was above all because it was directed by Catherine Breillat, one very most famous ‘enfant terrible’ of the French cinema who managed to reach fame with some really controversial movies like ‘Romance’. Eventually, even though I was expecting something bold again, it was in fact pretty light but it wasn’t not bad a thing and, in fact, I would go as far as saying that it is my favorite movies of hers that I have seen so far (ok, I have seen only 3 of them but still..). Indeed, as usual with Breillat, the whole thing took itself a little too seriously but I did like this meta reflection on how ridiculous a filmmaker’s work can become. It was also pretty neat to see again Anne Parillaud, the French actress who really impressed me in ‘Nikita’. On top of that, I thought the whole thing was quite funny but it is because I have a rather unhealthy sense of humor. To conclude, even though it wasn’t really a masterpiece, I thought it was a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in French movies.

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A very good movie

Posted : 3 days, 15 hours ago on 26 January 2015 10:32 (A review of Ip Man)

I remember very well the first time I was told about this movie. Indeed, one of my colleagues at the time asked me if I had seen this amazing martial-arts movie and I just told him I actually never heard of it before. It sounded quite intriguing so I looked it up on Imdb and when I saw the impressive ratings, I became even more eager to check it out. Eventually, it took me more than 5 years to finally watch the damned thing but it was certainly worth it. Of course, the fight scenes were just really impressive but I thought the whole thing went way beyond that. Indeed, even though you might wonder if the real guy was really like this, I thought that this character was just really fascinating. Indeed, everytime he did or didn’t fight, it always made sense and his attitude towards everyone was just so gracious, it was just a breath of fresh air and it was quite inspiring to behold. I can’t say I'm really familiar with Donnie Yen's work but the guy really gave a strong perfomance and I'm pretty sure he will be always remembered for the great job he has done on this movie. To conclude, even though the whole thing was maybe not flawless, it probably gave the most fascinating study about one of the greatest legends in kung-fu and this movie is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 3 days, 22 hours ago on 26 January 2015 03:10 (A review of September)

Honestly, it has been a while since I have seen this movie and I should probably re-watch it at some point to make up my mind for good about the damned thing. Obviously, Woody Allen has always been famous for his comedies but, a very few times in his career, he did try to make a drama and this movie belonged to this group. It is usually considered a rather minor work which might have had to do with its rather convoluted production. Indeed, Woody Allen shot the whole thing once, edited it but since he didn’t like the end-result, he rewrote the entire script, recast virtually all the characters and re-filmed the whole thing. Obviously, this had a huge impact on the budget which was pretty much doubled and since it was apparently his lowest-grossing movie, Woody Allen said it his biggest financial disaster (with ‘A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy’). The weird thing is that Allen was willing to do the whole thing a third time again. Anyway, coming back to the movie itself, it was pretty much a rather gloomy chamber piece filmed like a play but, in spite of the strong cast, it never really took off. To conclude, even though it might be a minor effort, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Woody Allen’s work.

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A good movie

Posted : 4 days, 1 hour ago on 26 January 2015 12:18 (A review of Senso)

To be honest, it has been while since I have seen this flick but like everything directed by Luchino Visconti, it was quite fascinating to behold. Even though Visconti started his career with ‘Ossessione’, the first Italian neorealist film, later on in his career he would become famous for his luxurious dramas involving the Italian aristocracy, the most famous one being ‘Il Gattopardo’. Surprisingly, I still haven’t watched ‘Il Gattopardo’ but I did watch his one which Visconti made 10 years after his directing debut. To be honest, I’m not sure I really cared about the story. Basically, it was a rather standard doomed love story and the fact that I wasn’t really familiar with this time period didn’t help either. Eventually, what I really enjoyed about this movie was above all the mood created thanks to a gorgeous cinematography. On top of that, apparently, Visconti wanted Ingrid Bergman and Marlon Brando to play the lead roles but Alida Valli and Farley Granger were some great choices as well. To conclude, even though it might not be one of Visconti’s best movies, it was still a really solid period drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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