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An average movie

Posted : 9 hours, 56 minutes ago on 26 November 2014 11:20 (A review of Swing Shift)

The interesting thing about Jonathan Demme is how diverse his career has been. Indeed, his biggest critical and financial success must have been ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ but he has never done anything similar before or after. His previous directing effort was ‘Philadelphia’ which was also quite successful and also something wildly different. Still, diversity is not always a guarantee of success and, for example, ‘The Truth About Charlie’ was a massive failure (it is rightfully considered by Mark Wahlberg as his worst movie) and I also had a hard time with this one as well. The point is that it wasn’t actually really bad, there was a nice cast (Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter) and they all delivered some decent performances but, to be honest, I didn’t care much about these characters and what they were going through. I guess they wanted to display what was the life in the US in the 40’s during the war but, to be honest, I thought it was actually seriously tedious to behold. Eventually, the most remarkable thing about this flick is that Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell fell in love while making this movie and, after 30 years, they are still together, which is quite amazing in Hollywood. To conclude, even though it is nothing really awful, I didn’t like much this movie and I don’t think it is really worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 11 hours, 49 minutes ago on 26 November 2014 09:26 (A review of The Sunchaser)

The 70’s are usually considered the Golden Age of American cinema and, at the time, the studios were willing to give a lot of money and some amazing amount of freedom to directors such like Francis Ford Coppola to do whatever they wanted. Well, Michael Cimino managed to single-handedly halt this blessed period with ‘Heaven’s Gate’ which turned out to be a disaster, financially and critically. His career would never recover and since then the American movie production has been ruled by blockbusters and it won’t change anytime soon. Cimino would manage to direct only 4 other movies following the 30 years after the ‘Heaven’s Gate’ disaster and this flick was the last one he made, almost 20 years ago already. Again, it was another flop and it was barely seen it was released but I thought it was actually not bad at all. In fact, if I recall it correctly, I even saw it in the movie theater when it was released. Basically, it is a rather small scale drama and, indeed, the story was rather pedestrian and predictable but, even so, I really enjoyed the performance by Woody Harrelson, one of the most underrated actors at work nowadays, and for once, he wasn’t playing a tough guy, actually quite the opposite, but he did a very good job. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was nothing really amazing, I still think it is worth a look though, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 23 hours, 3 minutes ago on 25 November 2014 10:13 (A review of The New Daughter)

Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Kevin Costner, I thought I might as well give it a try. Eventually, I didn't like it much, I'm afraid. Indeed, basically, it is a rather pedestrian horror-thriller and, to be honest, nothing much happen during the first hour. As a result, you get one of these very slow built-ups with a lot of ominous music and creepy noises but I have seen this gimmick so many times before, I was actually seriously bored during the whole thing. To be honest, the directing was decent and Kevin Costner did what he could with this material but the story was just really weak. On top of that, the title and the poster gave away already half of the plot even before watching the damned thing and if you combine this with how really slow the whole thing was moving on, it made this movie even more tedious. On a side note, it was actually nice to see again Ivana Baquero 3 years after she played the main character in 'El laberinto del fauno' and, for a young Spanish girl, she did a pretty good job playing an American teenager. To conclude, even though it wasn’t really awful, it was still pretty weak and I don't think it is really worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 6 hours ago on 25 November 2014 02:58 (A review of Tanguy)

Étienne Chatiliez is not really famous abroad but he always had a very solid reputation in France. Indeed, his 3 first movies all became massive cult-classics in my motherland (‘La vie est un long fleuve tranquille’, ‘Tatie Danielle’ and ‘Le bonheur est dans le pré’) and I remember it very well, after 6 long years, he was finally coming up with a new directing effort and the expectations were therefore pretty high. On top of that, the whole concept sounded pretty cool and it was definitely topical so it seems that all the ingredients were all there for another instant classic. Eventually, even though it was fairly enjoyable, to be honest, it was nothing really amazing and it was not such a huge success at the box-office after all. At the end of the day, the whole thing was just too easy and it was just another average comedy with a decent concept which wasn’t very well developed. We were indeed far from the dark cynicism displayed in ‘Tatie Danielle’ (probably my favorite movie directed by Chatiliez). At least, André Dussolier and Sabine Azéma, some of the best French actors, did their job and there were some funny jokes here and there. To conclude, even though it was rather disappointing, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 1 day, 22 hours ago on 24 November 2014 10:19 (A review of Day of the Falcon)

A couple of weeks ago, I saw 'Sa majesté Minor', probably Jean-Jacques Annaud's weakest movie so far but I was still eager to check his next directing effort. Fortunately, it was much better. It was again quite an obscure feature which was barely noticed when it was released but, this time, he chose a story which was at least quite fascinating to behold. Indeed, it deals with the history of some middle-east countries just when oil was discovered, an event that would change this part of the world forever. In the middle of this historical event, you have an Emir, played by Antonio Banderas, who thinks that they should take advantage of this new wealth to get rich but also to improve the way of life of his subjects and, on the other side, you have a sultan, played by Mark Strong, who believes that they shouldn't seek this unholy black gold and remain faithful to their traditional way of life. The fact is that none of these 2 men was really evil or good and both their point of view made sense which was eventually very interesting. So, the ingredients were all there to make a great movie but, unfortunately, the mix didn't completely work. Indeed, they had a bunch of sons and a daughter, some of them linked to both families and it turned the whole thing into a soap which was too bad. Also, the quest of the main character was also rather murky and they tried to turn the movie into a new 'Lawrence of Arabia' but it was rather a failure. To conclude, even though it wasn’t really great, I still believe that there was something quite spellbinding about this story and it is definitely worth a look.

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A great movie

Posted : 2 days, 4 hours ago on 24 November 2014 04:20 (A review of This Boy's Life)

Way before Leonardo DiCaprio became one of most interesting actors of his best generation thanks to a bunch of great movies directed by Martin Scorsese and even before he became a massive teen idol with ‘Titanic’, he actually got his breakthrough with this feature. On top of that, you din’tt get only to see a very young DiCaprio shining here but also the great Robert De Niro (at the time, De Niro was still doing some pretty good job and he wasn’t only focusing on getting some fat paychecks). So, it was quite an awesome clash of two acting monsters from 2 different generations and those guys did a terrific job. To be honest, the plot was a little too pederstrian and predictable to be truly remarkable but it was entertaining enough and those guys were just great and rather spellbinding to behold. Eventually, DiCaprio will definitely break down the house with ‘What's Eating Gilbert Grape’ (still easily his best performance so far) and the rest is pretty much history. To conclude, even though I don’t think it is really a masterpiece, it still a very solid drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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An average movie

Posted : 2 days, 5 hours ago on 24 November 2014 03:35 (A review of Tootsie)

To be honest, I always had some rather mixed feelings about this flick. Indeed, it is supposed to be a massive 80’s classic but I always thought it was fairly entertaining but not much more than that, I’m afraid. Basically, even though it is definitely better than ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’, the concept is actually really similar and it is so preposterous, it is actually really difficult to take the whole thing seriously. I mean, is it really believable to think that a guy won’t get any acting jobs as himself but would manage to be hired instantly as soon as he dressed up in drag? Sure, Dustin Hoffman was at the top of his game, he gave a really solid performance here and the whole thing was enjoyable but I was never able to shake the idea that the whole thing was actually rather stupid. On the other hand, it has been a while since I saw it and I should probably re-watch it at some point but I doubt that it will really blow me away. To conclude, even though I’m not a huge fan of this flick, I have to admit that 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, 21 hours ago on 22 November 2014 11:40 (A review of Flight)

After experimenting for about a decade with motion-capture with some rather mixed results (I wonder how he felt after James Cameron reached such a massive success with 'Avatar'), Robert Zemeckis was back with a good old live action feature and I was therefore really curious about the damned thing. On top of that, Roger Ebert really loved this flick so it sounded like a very interesting feature. Eventually, I did like it but I don't think that Zemeckis was the right director for this material. I mean, it was quite a strong story and, at the center, you had a really impressive Denzel Washington who gave definitely here one of his best performances but, somehow, it didn’t completely grab me. I mean, it was some very dark material and I don't think that the guy behind such movies like 'Romancing the Stone', 'Back to the Future' and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' was really the best choice. I understand where he was getting at but it took rather damned long to get there. Furthermore, the whole sub-plot involving Kelly Reilly was rather weak and she was there only to make sure that the main character had someone to talk to. To conclude, it didn’t really blow me away but even so, it is still a strong drama with a Denzel Washington on top of his game and, therefore, it is still definitely worth a look.

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A good movie

Posted : 4 days, 21 hours ago on 21 November 2014 11:20 (A review of 10 Years)

Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect from this flick but I was really surprised about how much I enjoyed it. Indeed, in 2012, Channing Tatum had a huge year with 3 hits ('The Vow', 'Magic Mike' and '21 Jump Street) but the year before, he released no less than 5 movies (including also 'Haywire', 'The Eagle', 'The Son of no one', 'The Dilemma') and even though they all flopped, this movie was easily the one which got the least attention but, in fact, it turned out to be easily the best of the whole bunch. To be honest, the whole concept of high-school reunions is something which we don't practice in Europe, or at least, in France, and I have never been attracted by the idead of meeting my high-school 'friends' 10 years later but, somehow, this movie still really worked for me. Indeed, to start up, there was a really impressive cast (Channing Tatum, Jenny Dewan, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Chris Pratt, Kate Mara, Anthony Mackie, Lynn Collins) and while they all did a fine job, I was above all impressed about how well written and developed were their characters. Indeed, most of them felt like some genuine human beings so that was quite refreshing. Eventually, the only thing which prevented this movie from being really amazing is that there were in fact too many characters and too many sub-plots for such a short running time. I mean, most of those little stories were actually pretty good but they didn’t have the time to develop them properly which was quite a shame. Still, I thought it was a very nice little movie and I think it is definitely worth a look.

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An average movie

Posted : 5 days, 11 hours ago on 21 November 2014 09:48 (A review of Thelma and Louise)

Honestly, I always had some rather mixed feelings about this flick. In fact, it was a surprise success at the time when it was released and, eventually, the only real success booked by Ridley Scott in the 90’s but even though this flick received a lot of love, in my opinion, it was just a rather standard buddy movie with a pseudo feminist message and an over-sentimental ending. Basically, it is a typical Ridley Scott production, in the sense that it was really well directed, it looked quite awesome and the whole thing was actually quite entertaining but, once again, the story was nothing really amazing, it was actually rather pedestrian, at least, that’s my opinion. Still, there is no denying that Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were both terribly charismatic and they had some great chemistry together. On top of that, we finally got to see Brad Pitt in his breakthrough performance which was definitely something quite memorable (eventually, more than 20 years later, Brad Pitt and Ridley Scott would work again together for ‘The Counselor’ which was a really overhyped flick but turner out to be a huge flop eventually). Anyway, coming back to our main feature, I think it is yet another overrated feature directed by Ridley Scott but it is still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look.

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