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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 June 2017 07:40 (A review of Adventures of Arsene Lupin)

I wasn't expecting much from this movie but since it was the first (and so far only) French movie starring Eva Green, I was still eager to check it out. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be a huge borefest. I'm not sure if Arséne Lupin is well known abroad but he is definitely very famous in France and there was definitely some potential with the gentleman thief to make something pretty neat. Unfortunately, right from the lame introduction, the whole thing was pretty much hopeless (as a rule, if someone dies but you can't see their face, you can be sure that they are still alive which is a very old gimmick). I don't blame Romain Duris, he was actually one of the very few good things in this movie and, with Kristin Scott-Thomas, they made an interesting couple but pretty much everything else was just so tedious. To be honest, you wonder why they even brought up Eva Green to the mix as it would have been much more interesting to see Lupin getting involved with a mature woman but, instead, they gave us a rather awkward love triangle. Concerning the plot, it was just so underwhelming, I won't even waste my time explaining why. To conclude, even though the damned thing had some potential,  it was just terribly weak and it is not surprising that Eva Green never bothered to make another French movie afterwards.


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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 June 2017 09:31 (A review of T2 Trainspotting)

Like anyone else, I had some mixed feelings when I heard that they would make a sequel for this classic. Eventually, after watching the damned thing, did we really need this sequel? Probably not but was it a bad movie? Certainly not either. Indeed, what made this movie still work was the fact that Danny Boyle was involved and the original cast as well. It was especially really neat to see Ewan McGregor finally working again  with this director after 20 long years but the rest of the cast (Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle) was fine as well. I also enjoyed the fact that they didn't give all these characters some average middle-class lifes with wife, kids and a decent job. Indeed, Spud was still a heroin addict, Simon (AKA Sick boy) kicked off the habit but was still a cocain addict, Begbie spent all these years in prison and Renton  who first seemed to have turned around his life eventually didn't have much to brag about either. So, the set-up was pretty good but I'm afraid the makers still struggled to give these characters something interesting to do. Indeed, the whole thing was pretty random and they were several attempts to get them involved in some various sub-plots but they were all rather half-baked. Furthermore, they kept referring constantly the past but I'm not sure if it was the best approach to make this movie stand out from its predecessor. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you enjoyed 'Trainspotting' . 


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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 June 2017 07:49 (A review of Hannibal)

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since I had it on DVD, I thought I might as well check it out again. I remember very well when it was released though. Indeed, after 10 long years, the long-awaited sequel of 'The Silence of the Lambs' was finally coming up and, even though Jonathan Demme was not anymore involved, Ridley Scott, who just made a huge come-back with 'Gladiator', took over the job so I had some huge expectactions. I even saw the damned thing in the movie theater with a group of friends at the time. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be a massive disappointment, probably one of the most disappointing movies I have ever seen. Seriously, the whole thing was just a huge mess. First of all, besides Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling, there were just too many characters involved : an older victim of Lecter, an orderly that used to take care of Lecter, a crooked Deputy Assistant Attorney General, an Italian cop, the wife of the Italian cop,... Furthemore, what was the point of going all the way to Florence?  First of all, it was disappointing that all the Italian characters would never speak Italian. A bigger issue was that they first brought the action to Italy which wasn't a bad idea but then, really suddenly, this location was completely dropped (Starling actually never set foot there) and they went back to the States. Anyway, even though the whole thing was still somehow watchable, what really ruined the whole thing for me was this awful ending during which Kendler ends up eating his own brain. Seriously, it was probably one of the most ridiculous scenes I have ever seen. Anyway, to conclude, even though this movie was really successful at the box-office when it was released, I think it is actually one of the most disappointing sequels ever made and, without the great Anthony Hopkins, it wouldn't be worth a look at all. 



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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 1 June 2017 07:21 (A review of Days of Being Wild)

Since it was one of the last movies directed by Wong Kar Wai that I still hadn't watch so far, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, as usual with this director, I still ended up with some mixed feelings. I mean, there is no doubt that he always delivered his best work when  focusing on such doomed love stories and, once again, the cinematography from Christopher Doyle (who was working with Wong Kar Wai for the first time around) was quite mesmerising. On top of that, Leslie Cheung delivered a really strong performance playing one of the most fascinating tortured womaniser I have ever seen. And yet, I was never swept away by the whole thing. I mean, even though Cheung was really good, his character was borderline despicable but even though some of the other characters seemed to be more righteous, I still didn't care much for them either. It was also pretty weird to see Tony Leung showing up completely randomly during the very last scene but his character was apparently supposed to be the lead in a second part which was never produced. Anyway, to conclude, even though it didn't really blow me away, it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre or if you are interested in this director. 


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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 31 May 2017 07:56 (A review of Detachment)

Back in 1998, Tony Kaye made 'American History X' which turned out to be one of the most acclaimed directing debuts ever made. Well, even though it could have been the start of a promising career, at the time, Kaye made a big fuss about how much he actually hated his own movie and, as a result, he pretty much blacklisted himself. Eventually, it took him some time to get his act back together and, almost 20 years later after the release of its masterpiece, I finally watched another directing effort from this guy. Well, even though it was maybe nothing really groundbreaking, I thought it was a solid drama and probably the most depressing depiction of the life of an average teacher I have ever seen. It was also terribly realistic, I'm afraid. It's too bad that everything happening outside the school didn't work so well. Especially the sub-plot about the main character giving shelter to a young prostitute was rather misguided. Indeed, not only the guy was an amazing substitute but he apparently also had a heart of gold but I think it would have been more interesting if they only focused on his school work like they did in 'Entre les murs' which remains by far the best movie about this subject. This movie was also a good reminder that Adrien Brody was once one of the most promising actors of his generation. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, I thought it was pretty good and it is definitely worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 2 weeks ago on 31 May 2017 07:37 (A review of RED 2)

First of all, even though ‘RED’ had a nice concept, I thought this idea was actually rather poorly developed and the damned thing turned out to be only a decent watch at best. Well, with this in mind, I didn’t expect much from this sequel and, indeed, it turned out to be a flop at the box-office which was hardly surprising. Seriously, the damned thing was just so boring and even though they had once again a stellar cast involved (Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Thewlis, Brian Cox), it seemed that they all showed up just to get a nice pay-check. Eventually, one of the most tedious things about this movie was the fact that Frank’s girlfriend always wanted to get involved in some dangerous situations while Frank himself actually wanted her to be careful. It was just such a lame running joke and there was not one single moment during which it was believable that Frank would bring along his girlfriend for such a dangerous mission. The other thing that bothered me was the fact that, while such spies would kill and be much more violent, in this movie, most of the conflicts were resolved after a nice little chat which was just lame. Anyway, to conclude, even though I have seen worse, I really had a hard time to care about the damned thing and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 3 weeks ago on 30 May 2017 08:49 (A review of The Prophecy)

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[Link removed - login to see]I always wondered if this movie was any good and since I’m a big fan of Christopher Walken, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, the damned thing definitely had some potential and there was something quite fascinating about this religious mythology. Unfortunately, I’m afraid it turned out to be a disjointed mess.  Indeed, the worst scene was probably the one when Thomas meets Simon. Basically, just before standing on some random roof, Thomas goes home and suddenly sees Simon standing on a chair. But why was actually Simon waiting for him? That was never clear but, even worse, this scene didn’t have any proper conclusion at all. Instead, they suddenly jumped to something completely different involving  another enigmatic character walking down some street.  To be honest, the first 20 minutes were actually so hard to follow that I actually had to re-watch the 1st half a second time around to make sense of the damned thing. Furthermore, I wasn’t really convinced by Elias Koteas who felt like a cheap version of Robert De Niro. Fortunately, the rest of the cast was pretty cool, especially Christopher Walken who basically born to play such characters.  To conclude, even though I though it was rather poorly developed, the concept was actually pretty awesome and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 3 weeks ago on 28 May 2017 05:56 (A review of In the Crosswind)

In France and Netherlands,  there has always been some kind of obsession about what the Nazis did during WWII, which is understandable but, as a result, many atrocities that happened elsewhere in the world never seemed to get the attention they deserved. In this case, they focused instead on what the Soviets did in Estonia and some other Eastern European countries and since I didn't know much about these events, it was already a really interesting watch. However, instead of going for something straightforward, Martti Helde, in his directing debut, decided to go for something much more original, shooting in black-and-white, with no dialogues and only a voiceover provided by the main character. In fact, he went even further as most of the movie was composed of very long shots with everybody standing still. Well, it was all very beautiful to look at, that's for sure, but did it really enhance this story? To be honest, I'm not so sure. I mean, at first, you keep wondering how they pulled it off and even though it must have be peen painstakingly difficult to coordinate, it felt as if the tale was not strong enough and the makers tried to cover it up somehow showing off their skills in the process. The fact that I dozed off a couple of times wasn't a good sign either  (it may have had to do with the fact that it was so warm in the movie theater though). To conclude, even though it didn't completely blow me away, it was still an intriguing watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you want to see something really original.


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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 3 weeks ago on 27 May 2017 08:24 (A review of Dances with Wolves)

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 I thought it was pretty neat when I was a kid, to be honest, I don't think it did grow old very well. I mean, it is a really solid epic Western with a really uplifting soundtrack but the damned thing is also so sweet and romantic, I almost feels like a classic Disney family feature. Indeed, even though it was a Revisionist Western and even though it did reverse the usual stereotypes in this genre, it was nonetheless still seriously stereotypical. Basically,  this time around, the white people were all described as mean, ignorant and violent, while all the Indians were described as gentle, wise and peaceful. But the best of them would be eventually John Dunbar who was at first the best white man around and then, also the best Indian around. I mean, then guy was something, he was handsome, charming, good with the animals and kids,... Even during the buffalo hunting scene, he was again the very best around, beating the Indians at their own ancestral tradition. The weird thing was that the guy was in fact a soldier who left his post and duty to live with the Indians. He even gave them all the guns he had. Can you imagine if, nowadays, an American soldier in Irak would go AWOL to go living with the locals as a Muslim giving them also a whole stash of weapons in the process? I wonder if he will then be considered such a hero. Anyway, in spite of all this, if you don't analyse it too much, it is still a decent Western (in fact, it is still the highest grossing Western ever made) and it is definitely worth a look.



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An average movie

Posted : 6 months, 3 weeks ago on 26 May 2017 09:55 (A review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)

After watching this movie, I wonder if it will be such a success at the box-office. Maybe thanks to the lack of competition, it might still make some money but I'm pretty sure it will end up being the lowest grossing installment in this franchise. I mean, after 6 years, you might hope they would have managed to bring something new and exciting but, unfortunately, they didn't make much of an effort and they pretty much recycled the same formula.  One thing that bothered me was the fact that, pretty much like in the previous movie, there was just too many people involved in this quest. For example, why on Earth was Barbossa involved again in this adventure? Sure, he is a pretty cool character and Geoffrey Rush is a fine actor but they could have done fine without him. Indeed, Salazar was a very strong villain but he didn't get much screen time since there was just so many people involved. Another annoying thing was the way they forced a family connection between most of the characters. Sure, we live in a small world but it feels as if the makers were scared somehow to add someone completely new to the mix. Anyway, to conclude,  even though I didn't care much for the damned thing, I have to admit that it was still a well made blockbuster and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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