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An average movie

Posted : 7 months ago on 11 January 2018 10:39 (A review of Mannenharten 2)

To be honest, I didn't expect much from this movie but since my wife really enjoyed the first installment, we still ended up watching this sequel together. First of all, even though my wife was pretty convinced that 'Mannenharten' was a nice movie, we both could barely remember what exactly happened in this movie when we actually saw it less than 2 years ago and it shows, in my opinion, how completely forgettable the damned thing actually was. Anyway, once again, I really struggled to care about this sequel. At least, it wasn't not really worse, it was about the same level but it wasn't something that the makers should be really proud of. Basically, they followed the same formula, delivering several half-baked romantic little stories, and, in my opinion, this gimmick has become such a lazy way to write romantic-comedies which can already be pretty tedious even without using this gimmick. At least, the cast was decent but they really deserved some better material. Anyway, even though the damned thing was rather harmless, I thought it was still seriously boring and I don't think it is really worth a look, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months ago on 10 January 2018 10:38 (A review of Stand Up Guys)

Al Pacino used to be one of my favorite actors but unfortunately, pretty much like Robert De Niro, he has spent the last 10, maybe even 20 years, wasting his great talent with some really weak movies. With this in mind, I wasn't expecting much from this movie but since the ratings were actually decent, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though it turned out to be watchable, it was still nothing amazing though. In fact, pretty much half of it was really generic or even some serious garbage. At least, they gave us the opportunity to spend a whole day with Christopher Walken and Al Pacino which was pretry neat. I wish they did bring Alan Arkin earlier in this story as it got even better when he was involved. Eventually, it all boils down to the question if you should give the makers some slack for giving us a rather weak story just because you love, or used to love, so much the actors involved. In my case, with such movies, I'm never able to stop wondering how awesome it could have been if they had been provided with some stronger material. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still think it was worth a look, if only for the cast involved. 


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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 9 January 2018 10:45 (A review of Into the Inferno)

Since I always had a weak spot for Werner Herzog's work, I was quite eager to check this movie, especially since it was available on Netflix. First of all, I have noticed that, by now, I have seen more documentaries directed by the German master than his actual fictional work. Anyway, once again, Herzog picked up another fascinating subject, probably one of his most interesting so far. As a result, he delivered a really strong feature, especially visually speaking, and the damned thing really had the potential to become amazing. Unfortunately, like most documentaries coming from this director, there was just too much random stuff added to the mix. I mean, the scientific approach was really interesting and, even though the spiritual and superstitious elements didn't really appeal to me, their inclusion was understandable. However, the discovery of some ancient skelet in Africa deviated too much from the subject and it was the same issue with their trip to North Korea. I mean, it was actually pretty neat to see this country as I never got the opportunity to see it like that but the link with the main subject was just too thin in my opinion. Still, even so, it was a really nice documentary and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in volcanoes.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 7 January 2018 09:30 (A review of Grace of Monaco (2014))

I wasn't really expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Nicole Kidman, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, as I expected, it wasn't really good, I'm afraid. First of all, even though Nicole Kidman did try, I never thought I was actually watching Grace Kelly on the screen and she never really disappeared behind this icon. However, a bigger problem was that it was such a boring story. I mean, I have to admit that, even though Kelly was really gorgeous, I was never really convinced by her potential as an actress which was reinforced by the fact that she had made only a dozen of movies. Well, her life as Princess of Monaco seemed even more dull and I really had a hard time to care about her supposedly difficult life as a royal figure. I mean, to make us believe that she might have had any impact on the political life in Monaco was rather pathetic and ridiculous and her romance or lack of it with Rainier was just as tedious. To conclude, I don't think the damned thing really had any potential and I don't think it is really worth a look, except maybe if you think that Grace Kelly was a fascinating woman. 


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 7 January 2018 09:08 (A review of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water )

Is SpongeBob still really so popular? I remember that, 10 years ago, he was pretty huge and I even went to see 'The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie' with my kids in the movie theater when it was released. With this in mind, I thought I might as well check out this sequel. Well, it turned out to be a decent watch but not much more, I'm afraid. On the other hand, you shouldn't probably expect something really amazing from this material. Anyway, what was slightly disappointing was that the title and the posters were actually rather misleading. Indeed, it was only during the last 20-30 minutes that SpongeBob and his buddies got out of the water and it was even later that they finally became some kind of goofy super-heros. By the way, from the moment they got out the water was definitely the best part of the movie. Indeed, they then became CGI animated and it was something really different than what they gave us in the TV-show. Before this moment, it was just some really generic plot about Plankton trying to steal the secret formule for their supposedly amazing burgers but it was something that had already been explored too many times in the TV-show already. At least, the wacky humor was still pretty neat, even after all these years. Anyway, to conclude, I'm not sure if it it is really worth a look but if you are a fan of this TV-show, you will definitely love the damned thing. 


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 6 January 2018 09:16 (A review of Heaven's Gate (1980))

Even though this movie has obviously a terrible reputation, I still wanted to check it out for many years, especially since I always had a weak spot for Michael Cimino's work. Well, after finally watching the damned thing, even though it wasn't definitely not the worst movie I have seen, it still didn't really work though. The main issue I had was how long and how slow the movie was. I mean, the shorter version seems awful but I have seen either the original cut or the director's cut lasting almost 4 hours and it was just pretty tedious. Even though 'The Deer Hunter' was 3 hours long, I never had any problem with this movie as every single minute was interesting, entertaining and helped the whole picture to become more and more spellbinding. However, with this directing follow-up, even though it was a decent story, did it really need such a long running time? I doubt it. And even though you might have expected many sub-plots to fill up the running time, there was surprisingly only one and it was a really boring love triangle involving Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken and Isabelle Huppert. Eventually, what bothered me the most was the fact that the characters were just so poorly developed, you learned pretty much nothing about them and they didn't evolve whatsoever which was just also really surprising since you spend so much time with them. And yet, I don't think it was a total disaster. Indeed, the whole thing looked amazing and it was probably one of the most beautiful Westerns I have seen but Cimino pretty much killed its potential because he was obsessed about delivering the greatest epic ever. Anyway, to conclude, even though the damned thing was indeed really flawed, I still think it is worth a look though, especially if you like the genre or if you are interested in Michael Cimino's work.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 4 January 2018 10:51 (A review of Dark Star (1974))

Since this movie was John Carpenter's directing debut, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, I really had a hard time to care about the damned thing, probably because I was expecting something completely different. Indeed, with its title and its poster and since it was directed by John Carpenter and written by Dan O'Bannon, I thought it would be some kind of dark vintage SF thriller but, in fact, it turned out to be some really goofy science-fiction comedy. The fact that there was no plot but instead a succession of supposedly funny scenes didn't help either. Finally, it was probably the most cheap-ass science-fiction production ever and it was probably the least convincing spaceship I have ever seen. Especially when they were inside, I never had the feeling that they were actually in a spaceship. There were still some nice things though like the bombs actually discussing and arguing with the crew or the fact that the crew really looked shabby and pretty much depressed. Anyway, to conclude, I think I have been actually generous with my rating here but this movie is still worth a look, especially if you like the genre or if you are interested in John Carpenter's work.


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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 4 January 2018 03:22 (A review of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017))

I wasn't really expecting much from this flick but since Nick, my step-son, was really eager to see it, we ended up watching it in the movie theater. In fact, I actually saw 'Jumanji' in the movie theater when it was released at the time so it was actually pretty cool to see this new installment with my step-son. On top of that, I have to admit that the damned thing turned out to be surprisingly satisfying. I mean, with such sequels, they usually recycle the  same storyline with some rather underwhelming end-result but, in this case, they only kept the original concept but changed pretty much everything else and it really worked. Even though you might wonder if it was really necessarily to switch from a board game to a video-game, it was actually a good idea since it allowed the makers to try some new ideas. This time around, they also mostly focused on the humor and it was also a good move to have more characters involved in the game and the cast involved  (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan) was actually pretty solid. To conclude, even if this movie was not a masterpiece, it still turned out to be quite entertaining and probably the most surprising movie released in 2017. 


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 1 January 2018 11:12 (A review of Inferno (2016))

To be honest, I didn't really expect much from this flick but since the previous installments involving Robert Langdon were actually watchable, I thought I might as well give it a try. Well, even though it was not awful, I still had a hard time to care about the damned thing, I'm afraid. First of all, the twist concerning one of the main characters was actually fairly easy to figure out. At least, it was fun to follow once again Robert Langdon trying to solve one of his elaborate puzzles and I always had a weak spot about movies dealing with amnesia. Unfortunately, the whole trick about giving Robert Langdon some hallucinogenic drug was just rather ridiculous. I mean, sure, it will mess around his mind and his memory but how can you predict what he will eventually remember and when he will get back his memories? And, of course, as usual with these kind of movies clouded with mystery, at some point, they had to uncover what was actually going on and, to be honest, the end-result was so far-fetched and rather ridiculous. Seriously, I don't think much of it actually made sense. Maybe I should read the book at some point to see if it works better (they apparently did make some modifications for the movie) but, with Dan Brown, I highly doubt it. Anyway,  to conclude, if you don't analyse it too much, it is not so bad but I will certainly forget the whole thing fairly quickly which is never really a good sign.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 31 December 2017 09:33 (A review of Penguins of Madagascar)

Well, even though the penguins in Madagascar were indeed probably the best characters in this franchise, I'm not sure that to make a spin-off around these guys was such a good idea. Anyway, I still wanted to check it out anyway but, unfortunately, I didn't care much for the damned thing. First of all, it was really plagued by ADHD and I sometimes struggled to really followed what the hell was going on but what annoyed me the most, was the fact that the whole thing was just so full of non-sense. I mean, 'Madagascar' was always taking place in a fairly realistic world, even if they started to really stretch it in the 3rd installment, but here, it didn't make sense whatsoever with an evil octopus disguised as a mad scientist and, even worse, a elite spy team coming from the North fully equiped with some high-tech gadgets. I mean, seriously?!? At least, the penguins were pretty awesome and the intro with Wernez Herzorg was pure gold. In fact, maybe they should have done something similar to what they did in 'Minions'  and told an origin story of these daft penguins. Anyway, to conclude, even though the damned thing was rather harmless, I didn't really like it and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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