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A great classic

Posted : 6 months, 1 week ago on 9 February 2017 10:35 (A review of All About Eve)

Since this movie has always been considered as a timeless classic, I was really eager to check it out. Well, eventually, I wasn't disappointed and the damned thing completely deserved its stellar reputation. Still, there was one thing that did prevent this movie from being completely amazing though. Indeed, I thought it was rather far-fetched that a big star like Margo Channing would hire such a total stranger to be her assistant just like that. I mean, it's not as if the girl was starving or living under a bridge. Fortunately, this small issue wasn't a deal breaker, not at all, and the rest of the movie was pretty much flawless. Indeed, I just loved the introduction, how all the characters were in fact pretty messed up and the whole thing gave a dark and fascinating look on the acting world. It shows how at least half of this world is in fact really superficial and hard work and talent won't be apparently enough, you would need to be also ruthlessly ambitious to succceed. Concerning Bette Davis,  I have to confess that I haven't seen so much of her work so far but she was definitely impressive in this movie. To conclude, it is a great classic, I really loved the damned thing and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 1 week ago on 8 February 2017 08:56 (A review of New York, I Love You)

Since 'Paris, je t'aime' turned out to be a pretty neat, I was quite eager to check this follow-up. Well, even though New York was a great choice, to be honest, I thought the whole thing turned out to be actually rather underwhelming. First of all, I really liked the structure used in 'Paris, je t'aime' with some clear segments taking in some specific parts of the famous city but, here, everything was mixed up and the end-result was much weaker. But the biggest problem was that, except for the segments directed by Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes and Joshua Marston which were pretty good, everything else was neither really entertaining or interesting. The best example would be the part directed by Shekhar Kapur (in fact, it was supposed to be directed by Anthony Minghella but the guy passed away just before the shooting). Indeed, it was much more ambitious than the rest of the movie, it looked really good, the acting by Julie Christie and Shia LaBeouf was fine and, yet, it felt actually rather pretentious and the whole thing just didn't work. I was also surprised that no really famous American directors such as Woody Allen or Martin Scorse who made some of their most famous movies in New York were actually involved in this project. Instead, you get some directors like Brett Rattner and still some decent directors but their link with this city was not really obvious. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch though and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 1 week ago on 7 February 2017 09:00 (A review of Grown Ups 2)

Like many other actors, Adam Sandler has been struggling lately so it is hardly surprising that he would finally come up with a sequel at some point. At least, you have to give him some credit that he didn’t try before to recycle all his previous hits like ‘Billy Madison’ or ‘Happy Gilmore’. In fact, I remember when ‘Grown Ups’ was released, even though it was rather successful at the box-office, many considered that it was one of the worst movies released at the time but, to be honest, even though I I usually don’t like Sandler’s work at all, I thought it was not one of his worst movies, far from it. Well, this sequel gave me pretty much the same feeling. Indeed, even though the concept had some potential, the whole thing was still rather underwhelming but, at least, it was rather harmless and some of the jokes actually did work. Eventually, the most disappointing thing about this movie was how completely random it was. The best example would be the very first scene. In fact, it wasn’t really awful but why on Earth did they bring up a deer?!? What did he have to do with the rest of the movie? To conclude, even if it wasn’t the worse movie starring Adam Sandler, it was still pretty weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 1 week ago on 5 February 2017 07:03 (A review of Disconnect)

It's only recently that I came across this movie and I was rather impressed by its rating on IMDb (7.6) so I was quite eager to check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be one of these hyperlink movies but while I used to love this genre (Alejandro González Iñárritu for example made a couple of great movies using this technic), I'm afraid that the gimmick has become terribly overused nowadays. Still, I have to admit that this movie was easily one of the best hyperlink features I have seen in a very long time. Indeed, all the tales involved were actually pretty strong which is something quite rare. Unfortunately, it was also the main problem with this movie, each of the story was so good and interesting that they could have easily made a whole movie  focusing on only one of these tales and the end-result would have worked even better. It didn't help that all the stories were only loosely connected with each other. Eventually, the most effective storyline was the one involving the journalist and the webcam boy and I was above all impressed by Max Thieriot who was at the same time charismatic but also terribly confused and vulnerable. I can imagine that they could have delivered a terrific movie by focusing only on this story. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn't completely win me over, it was still pretty good and I think it is definitely worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 1 week ago on 4 February 2017 07:22 (A review of Team Foxcatcher)

Not so long ago, I saw 'Foxcatcher' and I know it might seem weird to watch so soon after this documentary. The point is that, even if I did like 'Foxcatcher', it didn't completely blow me away and, above all, it bothered me that the whole thing remained so dammed ambiguous. As a result, I was quite eager to learn more about this really weird but also fascinating story. Well, I thought that this documentary was slightly better but only slightly and I think that both movies are worth a look eventually. The first weird thing about this movie was that Mark Schultz, who was also member of the Foxcatcher wrestling team and a major character  in 'Foxcatcher' was never mentioned or interviewed for this movie. My guess is that the guy, for some reason, didn't want to get involved with this project. On the other hand, you get to learn more about his brother, David Schultz, who was not only one of the best American wrestlers but also a very nice guy and one of the very few people who actually seemed to care about John Du Pont which made his fate even more heartbreaking. To conclude, I thought it was a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you want to learn more about this subject.


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A classic

Posted : 6 months, 1 week ago on 4 February 2017 08:05 (A review of Aliens)

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since I had it on DVD, I was quite eager to check it out again. Well, even though many are some huge fans of this movie and would argue that it is superior to its predecessor. to be honest, I have never been completely sold by the damned thing. I mean, every time I watch it, I like it and I'm entertained throughout the whole duration but it never completey blows me away. I have to admit it though, it was visually impressive with a great mood from the beginning until the end and I also enjoyed the way they managed to bring back Ripley to this infected planet. Furthermore, Sigourney Weaver delivered a very strong performance and made Ellen Ripley a fascinating character to follow. So, what was my problem with the damned thing? Well, in my opinion, just like with all the other sequels in this franchise, it is basically a remake of the masterpiece made by Ridley Scott. Sure, they gave it a new look, some impressive action pieces and it felt more like an action flick this time around but, at the end, it basically followed the same plot. Furthermore, except for Ellen Ripley, all the characters were terribly stereotypical and barely interesting. Finally, I thing they tried to add too much humor and, as a result, Bill Paxton was rather cringe-inducing throughout the whole thing. Anyway, even though I don't think it is such a masterpiece, it is still a fine science-fiction picture and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 February 2017 10:05 (A review of Pink Floyd: The Wall)

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since I had it on DVD, I was quite eager to check it out again.  Well, first of all, I have to point out that I’m a huge fan of Pink Floyd, it is easily one of my favorite bands, and The Wall was one of their best albums so, obviously, I always had a weak spot for this movie. On the other hand, I have to admit that, if you are not into their music, there is a fair chance that this flick will be rather boring for you. Indeed, if you take the scenes one by one, there was some strong stuff.  I think my favorite parts about the young boy growing up without his father and the animated scenes were also pretty neat. Unfortunately to be honest, the way the scenes were all put together, it was quite a mess, I’m afraid. At best, it could be seen as a very long video clip or as some kind of dark feverish dream. It is interesting to note that, even though this movie has become a major cult-classic especially among the fans of Pink Floyd, all the members of Pink Floyd and Alan Parker all thought that this movie was actually rather disappointing. Anyway, even though it might not be a masterpiece, I still think it is worth a look and if you are fan of Pink Floyd like me, it is pretty much a must-see.



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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 2 February 2017 10:02 (A review of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk)

Following the masssive critical and commercial success of ‘Life of Pi’, many, including myself, were expecting a lot from Ang Lee’s next directing effort. This time, he was going for something even more experimental, a movie shot with 120 frame rate, the highest frame rate ever used in a movie (to give an idea, the previous record holder was ‘The Hobbit’ with 48 fps and a standard film has 24 fps). Unfortunately, when this movie was released, it didn’t get much love and the whole thing was pretty much considered as a failed experiment. Still, since I always had a weak spot for Ang Lee’s work, I still wanted to check it out. Well, eventually, I thought it was rather difficult to judge this movie. First of all, I have to admit it, I didn’t manage to watch this movie in its intented version, I actually saw it at home on a regular TV so the whole technical aspect was lost on me, I’m afraid. On the other hand, I’m not sure if this story really needed such a high-tech treatment. I mean, for such a huge epic blockbusters like ‘The Hobbit’ or ‘Avatar’, the material definitely could use some visual innovation but this was just a rather low-key drama. Eventually, except for the half-time show which must have been  interesting in this format, the rest of the movie was above all about the characters in some conversations involving usually only 2 or 3 people and I didn’t see how this format could have been an improvement. Anyway, as pointed out by many other viewers, the biggest issue with this movie was above all that the story was nothing really amazing. I mean, it was not bad and the cast was actually decent but it didn’t tell anything really fascinating or groundbreaking. To conclude, like everyone else, I think the whole thing was a rather failed experiment but I still think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Ang Lee’s work. 



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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 1 February 2017 08:34 (A review of Killing Season)

To be honest, since most of the movies involving Robert De Niro and John Travolta nowadays are some direct-to-dvd releases, it didn’t expect much from this flick but since I always had a weak spot for these two actors, I thought I might still check it out. Well, eventually, the damned thing turned out to be seriously underwhelming, I’m afraid. To begin with, it seemed at first like a poor choice to have a highly recognizable American actor like Travolta to play a Serbian soldier but I have to admit that he actually pulled it off. In fact, surprisingly, it was actually De Niro who seemed miscast in this movie. Indeed, he might have been more convincing maybe 20 years ago but, for this movie, I never believed he was some kind of bad-ass veteran soldier. For this part, someone like Clint Eastwood would have worked much better. Eventually, De Niro was not even the biggest problem with this movie. Indeed, the biggest issue was that the whole thing was just some rather tedious cat-and-mouse game between these 2 characters. Seriously, it was never really entertaining and interesting whatsoever. To conclude, even though the concept had some potential, the whole thing was pretty weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 31 January 2017 08:34 (A review of Tangerine)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie and the main reason I wanted to check it out was because it was included last year in the ’1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’. To be honest, it seemed to be one of these really obscure entries that they add every year just so the list might seem edgy but, usually, those movies are removed directly the year after. Furthermore, I had the feeling that this movie was somewhat surfing on the current hype around the transgender topic. Still, it was quite an intriguing feature nonetheless.  Indeed, it was definitely a really raw and realistic look on the life of some transgender prostitutes working in Hollywood and you definitely get another view on the American dream. Furthermore, the two main characters, Alexandra and Sin-Dee Rella (yeah, seriously) were at first rather annoying but, slowly, I actually started to care for them and I came to the conclusion that even though life doesn’t seem to have much to offer for them, they still have some inner strength and even sometimes a wicked sense of humor. While watching this movie, I was also thinking that if a transgender man and woman is not well off and doesn’t have the full support of their family, do they really have another option than the prostitution sector? I mean, to change sex is a really expensive process and most employer would’t hire them for a regular job. Anyway, to conclude, even though I don’t think it was really a masterpiece, it was still a decent watch and I think it is definitely worth a look. 



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