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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 4 days ago on 8 October 2017 07:36 (A review of The Driller Killer)

What the hell happened to Abel Ferrara? Back in the 90's, he was easily one of my favorite directors but it has been almost 20 years since he has released anything remotely interesting. Anyway, I was still eager to check this movie since it was his directing debut but, to be honest, it wasn't really good, I'm afraid. In fact, it was pretty much the worst movie I have seen from this director so far (I also didn't like 'Body Snatchers' but I saw it decades ago and I should check it out again at some point). Basically, it was some indie feature directed on a shoe-string budget and even though you have some other directors like David Lynch, Christopher Nolan or Kevin Smith who managed to deliver something amazing with some similar circumstances, unfortunately, Abel Ferrara gave us something terribly disjointed and messy. On top of that, it was also seriously pretentious. I mean, Ferrara gave himself the lead character who turned out to be a great misunderstood painter with not one but two hot girlfriends. At some point, somehow, the guy became a psychopath for no obvious reason and, as a result, half of the movie was also a really half-baked horror film. Anyway, to conclude, this movie was clearly a warm-up for Ferrara who had to play around before becoming a really solid director and I don't think it is really worth a look, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of this director. 


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A very good movie

Posted : 1 week, 6 days ago on 6 October 2017 10:27 (A review of Blade Runner 2049)

Since I kept hearing some really amazing things about this movie and since I am a huge fan of the 1st movie, I became so excited about the damned thing and I was so eager to finally check it out. Well, eventually, even though it was indeed really good, I don't think it was really so great after all.  To be honest, I have a strong feeling that many critics and viewers have overpraised this movie because everybody pretty much dismissed its predecessor when it was released when it was in fact a masterpiece so, this time around, they didn't want to feel like some idiots. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, sure, it was visually really neat and it was quite amazing to come back to this fascinating futuristic world but it was not as groundbreaking as I expected. Same thing about the story, I mean, it was pretty neat to see a sequel coming so long after the previous installment with a really decent story but, once again, the story in 'Blade Runner' worked better for me and I didn't help that the damned thing was just so long. Even the soundtrack which was very nice was not present enough in my opinion. On the positive side, I really loved how they developed Ryan Gosling's character who was really complex and constantly interesting and entertaining. To conclude, don't believe the hype, it was a very good movie, no doubt about it, and Denis Villeneuve displayed once again that he is easily one of the best directors at work nowadays, but it is probably not a revolutionary masterpiece like its predecessor was and still is.


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A bad movie

Posted : 1 week, 6 days ago on 6 October 2017 07:53 (A review of Final Girl)

I wasn’t expecting much from the damned thing but since this movie was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be really lame. Seriously, pretty much nothing worked with this movie. I mean, the story was boring and barely made sense, it was poorly directed and the performances were all weak. Concerning the story, what the hell was with this introduction? Indeed, you get to see Wes Bentley grooming some very young girl to become a killer but you never get the opportunity to learn what the deal was with this man and this girl. Then, they decide to kill a group of young psychopaths but it was the same thing. How did he find them? What did they have to do with his vengeance plan? It was all seriously idiotic and just completely random. Concerning the directing, I can imagine that they had a limited budget but the whole thing looked so cheap and unconvincing. Finally, concerning the acting, even though I have a weak spot for Abigail Breslin, her deep blue eyes were one of the very few redeeming features in this movie, she wasn’t convinving at all. I mean, she was actually an interesting choice to play this character but, to make it work, she should have had at least 6 months or even 1 full year of intense fighting training. Obviously, it didn’t happen here and, as a result, she honestly looked rather pathetic and there was no way in real life that she would beat any of these guys. Anyway, to conclude, the whole thing was a big waste of time and you should probably avoid it. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks ago on 5 October 2017 09:19 (A review of The Gift)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this movie, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though it was certainly a decent directing debut for [Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see], to be honest, I wasn’t completely sold by the damned thing. I mean, the directing was really solid and Edgerton really displayed some potential in this area. Furthermore, the three actors involved (Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton himself) were all really strong  but, eventually,  the story didn’t really work for me. Basically, they took the very generic formula of the stalker thriller and they tried to be clever by switching the roles (the stalker was in fact the victim and the victim was actually a major douchebag). However, such tricks usually don’t work because the characters becomes in the process usually seriously inconsistent. For example, Simon started out as a rather arrogant but he became suddenly quite despicable and it was rather unbelievable that Robyn would have never noticed it before. The half-baked plot about him getting ridd off another job candidate didn’t help either. Seriously, pretty much within 24 hours, this guy Danny claims that he had set him up, his boss finds out the truth and Simon gets fired which was all mighty fast. There was a similar same problem with Gordo. Of course, at some point, you feel sorry about the guy but he still did some seriously weird sh*t and the biggest victim was probably Robyn when she was actually completely innocent.  Another massively half-baked sub-plot was Robyns’s pill-popping past which should have probably been removed. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was too flawed for my taste, it was still a decent thriller and a really solid directing debut for Joel Edgerton and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 1 day ago on 4 October 2017 08:03 (A review of Swiss Army Man)

[Link removed - login to see]Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this movie, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, it turned out to be a seriously weird movie and, to be honest, I have to admit that it was rather tough to handle something so bizarre only 2 days after watching ‘mother!’. Anyway, in this case, they went for some kind of strange mix between a survival feature and a zombie flick and, even though this mix was very often completely preposterous, I was amazed about how well the damned thing actually worked. Basically, it started out with the main character using a corpse as a speedboat to get away from a deserted island so, at least, you have to admit that the makers were obviously trying to do something new with the genre . And, yet, even if all the super-power thing was actually more distracting than really entertaining, there was still some really interesting ideas about loneliness and how we interact with each other. Indeed, as a result, the main character manages to have his most meaningful relationship with a corpse which was at the same time so sad but also quite inspiring. Basically, we are so conscious and overthink everything that we often struggle to have a genuine contact with anyone but our mind is so complex and developed that we can manage to create the most intricate world and, in our mind, we are able to have the most incredible relationships. Anyway, to conclude, even if it wasn’t really a masterpiece, it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in experimental movies. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 3 October 2017 08:53 (A review of Pitch Perfect)

Since this movie turned out be to quite successful, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I really struggled to care about the damned thing and I thought that most of it was actually rather lame. Indeed, the introduction was just so cringe-inducing and, and from that point, it never really managed to convince me. I mean, at some point, the main character says that college a cappella singing is actually lame and I couldn’t agree more with her.  Of course, the whole point of the movie was to show how actually that it was awesome and how she managed to finally have some great friends but, once again, I didn’t really buy it and the damned thing turned to be just so generic and predictable. It was also rather disappointing that none of the songs were recorded live. Indeed, the singing felt as a a result so fake and too polished and it would have worked so much better if they song live. Eventually, the only things that worked were Rebel Wilson who was pretty funny and Anna Kendrick who was really solid playing the lead. To conclude, I think my rating was actually rather generous here but I guess it is still worth a look if you like the genre. Still, there is no doubt that the damned thing is actually seriously overrated. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 4 days ago on 1 October 2017 06:38 (A review of mother!)

Following the polarizing responses towards this movie, I wasn't really sure what to expect but since I have always been a fan of Darren Aronosfky's work, I was still really eager to check it out. Well, I have to admit it, it was a difficult movie to read as the whole thing was just so bizarre and chaotic and I can imagine that not everyone might be able to connect with this picture. But that was also the real beauty of it, the fact that you could give it pretty much any meaning you want. Indeed, someone might think that it is a story about motherhood, some others might say it is about how chaotic our society and way of life have become. As far as I was concerned, it felt like a fascinating and endless nightmare, the way everything seemed familiar and yet odd at the same time and the way the main character seemed to a be mere spectator with no control over the events happening in front of her. Their world kept shifting, unfolding and exploding with some continuous random small or big events which felt really reminiscent to a nightmare, at least, to me, and this process was quite spellbinding to behold. Anyway, even though it might not be Darren Aronosfky's best movie so far, I thought it was still quite fascinating and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in experimental movies


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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 6 days ago on 29 September 2017 07:15 (A review of The Last Days of Emma Blank)

Since it was the last movie directed by Alex van Warmerdam that I had to see, I was really eager to watch the damned thing. The first thing I enjoyed was how van Warmerdam had improved as a director. Indeed, this movie was very well directed, especially visually speaking, and it seemed that the guy had finally reached his top in this area. The other thing I enjoyed was that, even though it was still really abstract, I wouldn't expect anything else from this director, he still seriously toned down his usual weirdness which made the whole thing much more accessible. And, yet, even if I enjoyed this movie, to be honest, it was still not much more than a decent watch. I don't know, with his director, I always end up with the feeling that he spends too much time creating a weird asburd mood and not enough on the characters who always seem to be stuck more or less against their will in his sick little tales. Still, van Warmerdam remains a very interesting director and one of the very few, or maybe even the only Dutch director, who has managed to create his very own style. Anyway, to conclude, even the whole thing didn't completely blow me away, it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in this director. 


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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks ago on 28 September 2017 08:01 (A review of Hot Pursuit)

I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Reese Witherspoon, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be seriously weak, that's for sure. Basically, they went for some kind of lame female remake of 'Midnight Run', a classic from the 80's which I already barely enjoyed. To be honest, I don't think that anything really worked in this movie. First of all, I do believe that Witherspoon is a decent actress but she was actually rather weak here. I mean, the OCD aspect of her character was not so bad but she played one of the least convincing cops I have ever seen or maybe it was just that her character was rather poorly written. Eventually, I think it would have worked better if she would been a really great cop. Anyway, if eventually Sofia Vergara ends up being the one giving the better performance, you should know you are in trouble. I mean, she wasn't great at all but, at least, she was more convincing than Witherspoon. Should I also mentioned that none of the supporting characters was entertaining at all? Anyway, I think I'm being rather generous with my rating here, it was a rather lame comedy and I don't think it is worth a look at all.


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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 1 day ago on 27 September 2017 08:13 (A review of The Score)

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 I first heard of this movie. Indeed, I thought it sounded really awesome and I was just so excited to see a flick starring 3 acting giants, Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando. Of course, at the time, it had been at least 2 decades since Marlon Brando had done anything remotely interesting (except maybe 'A Dry White Season' which I haven't seen yet) but De Niro and Norton were still at the top of their game so I was hopeful. Unfortunately, the damned thing turned out to be one of the most generic heist movies I had ever seen. I mean, sure, it was rather well made and watchable but it was also completely unoriginal and predictable and they didn't even try to come up with an inspiring title. Of course, at the end, they gave us a twist but anyone could have guessed it so it had pretty much zero impact and entertaining value. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still think it is watchable, if only to see all these great actors in one room acting together but the damned thing was definitely a waste of great talents. 



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