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A good movie

Posted : 49 minutes, 55 seconds ago on 18 January 2017 09:05 (A review of Swingers)

When was the last time that Vince Vaughn scored a hit? Well, instead of wasting my time with one of his recent movies, I thought I should finally watch instead this movie for which he gave his breakthrough performance.  Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick, I had some rather high expectations but, to be honest, I thought it was actually slightly disappointing. Sure, it was a decent watch but I never thought it was really hilarious. The best example would be the first scene involving Jon Favreau and Ron Livingston. Indeed, the scene was not bad and I understood where the makers were trying to go with this but I never thought it was really funny. Eventually, I think my favorite scene was the one when the characters were playing this hockey video-game on the Sega Megadrive. Indeed, not only I played and loved this game in the 90’s but, above all, it was one of the very few instances when a movie was correctly portraying an actual video game session which was pretty neat in my opinion.  Concerning the rest of the movie, it was not bad at all but it never really blew me away and, in fact, I actually preferred ‘Made’ also starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn and also written by Favreau because it was so much funnier than this flick. Anyway, even though the whole thing did’t really live up to my expectations, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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An average movie

Posted : 19 hours, 39 minutes ago on 17 January 2017 02:15 (A review of A League of Their Own)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. Well, it is basically a rather cute feel-good sport feature but, not much more than that, I’m afraid. I guess it might be more interesting for the US audience who might be really fascinated by the history of their national sport but, as far as I was concerned, I thought it was just mildly entertaining. Still, there was a solid cast involved (Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, David Strathairn, Bill Pullman, Téa Leoni) and I have to admit that it is really rare that you get to see a sports feature focusing on women for once. Unfortunately, the tone was so light and fluffy and the whole thing was so generic and predictable, as a result, I had a rather hard time to really care for it. At least, it is not very often that you get to see something watchable starring Madonna. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was nothing really mind-blowing, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 22 hours, 36 minutes ago on 17 January 2017 11:18 (A review of The Spectacular Now)

Before watching this movie, I thought it could be a decent watch but it turn out to be much better than I expected. Indeed, at first, it started out as a rather standard teenage romantic-comedy, very soon, it was clear that the whole thing was actually really much more than that. First of all, some people argued that it was rather unbelievable that such a girl would fall in love with such a mess but I don’t agree at all. Indeed, in spite of his drinking problem, the main character was actually a popular guy who was nice with everyone and, since she never had a boyfriend, she idealized him like we all did with our first girlfriend/boyfriend (indeed, I still think that my first girlfriend was an actual goddess). Still, to be honest, I was not so sure about the drinking. I mean, it’s not that the main character was drinking a lot, in fact, the guy was actually constantly drinking (I think he had a drink in 95% of the scenes). It was an interesting look on a very young alcoholic but I still think it was strange that not one of his friends or his sister or his mother would ever actually mention it at any moment. Anyway, I thought that both characters were fascinating thanks to some strong performances by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. To conclude, it was one of the best teenage romantic dramas I have seen, in fact, I think it might be even better than ‘The Perks of Being a Walflower’, anyway, the damned thing is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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A very good movie

Posted : 1 day, 20 hours ago on 16 January 2017 01:49 (A review of About a Boy)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. My wife and I always had a weak spot for Hugh Grant but, let’s be honest, even though the guy always had some great charisma, he eventually has/had a rather disappointing career after all. The issue with this actor is that he has always been quite vocal about the fact that he finds the acting business actually rather tedious and I’m afraid it shows in his work. Still, he did make a few very good movies and this one is definitely one of them and he probably gave here his best performance. Indeed, even though he actually played his usual charismatic and womazing bachelor, he finally managed to give this character an extra layer and it worked really well. For the Weitz brothers, it is rather hard to believe that they started their directing career just a couple of years before with ‘American Pie’ and they made a huge leap forward with this movie (unfortunately, they will never manage to reach something so good ever again during their respective careers). To conclude, even though it was probably not a masterpiece, it was still a very good drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 day, 22 hours ago on 16 January 2017 11:47 (A review of Almost Famous)

I remember it very well the first time I saw this movie. Indeed, back then, I was living in England and I saw the damned thing in the movie theater when it was released. At the time, it was a huge critical classic and it is still considered as the best movie directed so far by Cameron Crowe. Well, to be honest, even though I thought it was a pretty cool feature, somehow, it never really blew me away though. It’s weird because, on paper, it sounded like a great story and since I was about the same age of the main character and since I loved the music of that particular time period, it should have been a sure winner. Basically, even though most of the characters were quite interesting thanks among other things to a very strong cast involved (Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson,Jason Lee, Frances McDormand, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Paquin), unfortunately, I didn’t care much for the main character. Sure, I understand that it was the whole point to have an average and ordinary guy getting in touch with some larger-than-life figures but I’m afraid this approach backfired as I never really cared for him. Anyway, to conclude, even though I tend to think that this movie is slightly overrated, it is still a pretty good movie and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 3 days, 1 hour ago on 15 January 2017 08:10 (A review of The Jungle Book)

Since this movie was another big box-office success for Disney last year, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, the whole thing was visualy really impressive. Apparently, it was completely shot in a studio, all the animals were fully generated by computer and only the young actor playing Mowgly was actually the real deal which shows how far we have arrived with the CGI technology and the great things we can achieve if we use this tool properly. Concerning the tale itself, I have to admit it, at first, I had a hard time to really get into it. I mean, it's not that I really knew this story (in fact, it was different enough to the classic animated feature to make it entertaining), it was more the fact that I have never cared for this Disney features with some anthropomorphic animals and, once again, I was first slightly annoyed by all these talking animals. However, this time around, they did manage to give these animals some human attitude and  behavior, and yet, they were still really realistic. Anyway, the whole thing slow won me over and I was pretty much sold from the moment Baloo finally showed up on the screen (it did help that Bill Murray was the perfect choice for this character). To conclude, even though it never really blew me away, it was still 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 : 4 days, 20 hours ago on 13 January 2017 01:24 (A review of A Bronx Tale)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. Still, I remember it very well when it was released. Indeed, back then, Robert De Niro was still one of the best, even probably the very best, actor in the world and this movie would be his directing debut so the whole thing sounded quite intriguing to me. Of course, you might argue that the guy didn’t take any risk as he went for another gangster feature rather similar to the stellar work he has done before with Martin Scorsese but it didn’t bother me, on the contrary. Indeed, it was a classic tale but it was really well told. Lillo Brancato was also a great choice to play Robert De Niro’s son as he really looked like him. Even though this movie was critically successful, it would take De Niro would more than 10 years to come back in the directing chair for ‘The Good Shepherd’ but, even though it was a really ambitious project involving some big stars like Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie, it turned out to be a flop. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, to conclude, even though it was maybe nothing really ground-breaking, it was a solid crime drama and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 5 days ago on 13 January 2017 09:16 (A review of A Most Violent Year)

Not to be confused with ‘A Most Wanted Man’ which was released the very same year, this movie was the 3rd directing effort delivered by J.C. Chandor and since I really liked ‘All Is Lost’ and even loved ‘Margin Call’, I was really eager to check it out. Well, eventually, even though I did like the damned thing, I’m afraid it was still his least convincing movie so far. In fact, it was actually not bad at all, the directing was solid with a nice realistic and gritty approach and the actors involved delivered some decent performances, especially Oscar Isaacs and Jessica Chastain. Unfortunately, I can’t say that the story was really mind-blowing. That’s the tricky thing with such a title as you might expect a lot of action or some kind of bad-ass gangster feature  but I’m afraid it was rather misleading since there was not so much violence after all. It didn’t really help that they were involved in some rather dull business.  Furthermore, the main character was right that it was a bad plan to give some guns to his employees but I was rather surprised that he didn’t seek any other alternative at all like, for example, tailing his trucks. Anyway, even though the whole thing was slightly disappointing, it was still 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 : 5 days, 22 hours ago on 12 January 2017 11:02 (A review of A Beautiful Mind)

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen the damned thing and it is definitely one of those movies I would really like to re-watch at some point. Anyway, I remember it very well, I was at first not really interested by the whole thing but after it won the Best Picture Academy award, I thought I might as well give it a try. So, I went to see it in the theater, without knowing the plot or who the hell was John Nash and I must admit it, I was actually positively surprised. Indeed, since I didn’t know what it was about, I really didn't expect it when Nash started to become insane and it made for a rather intriguing viewing. Since then, the opinions on this flick have been rather polarized though. Indeed, some think it is really amazing and some others think it is one of the most overrated features to win the big prize at the Academy awards. Personally, I think it is pretty good but, on the other hand, it was also rather obvious that Ron Howard basically chickened out and removed many dark elements surrounding John Nash’s life, elements which could have made the movie really and truly brilliant. Anyway, to conclude, even though I wasn’t completely sold by the whole thing, it was still a decent biopic and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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An average movie

Posted : 6 days, 18 hours ago on 11 January 2017 03:47 (A review of Actors)

Well, basically, it is another obscure French movie that almost no one has seen here on Listal (apparently, only 3 other Listal members have rated this movie so far).  In fact, I actually saw the damned thing in the movie theater when it was released. Well, on paper, the whole thing sounded quite amazing.  Indeed, this time around, Bertrand Blier, one of the most interesting French directors at the time, came up with some feature involving pretty much everything single famous French actor. Unfortunately, even though you might have expected something like a French version of ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, the whole thing turned out to be rather underwhelming after all. The main issue is that, beside the fact that it was really fun to see all these famous actors all together, this movie didn’t have much else to offer, I’m afraid, and I wish they at least tried to develop something to tell around all these actors. Apparently, Blier was actually planning to come up with a follow-up focusing this time on French actresses but since this movie didn’t become such a huge success, he apparently cancelled the whole thing. Anyway, to conclude, even though this feature didn’t really fulfill my expectations, in spite of its flaws, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in French movies. 


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