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A good movie

Posted : 1 week, 6 days ago on 2 August 2017 10:25 (A review of Rebellion)

What the hell happened to Mathieu Kassovitz's directing career? After the massive critical success of 'La haine', he became overnight the most promising French director at the time. Unfortunately, after the huge failure of 'Babylon A.D.', he decided to finish this pet project on which he spent maybe 10 years but it was again another misfire which was barely seen and rather poorly received and he hasn't made another movie since then. Well, I was still eager to watch the damned thing and I thought it was actually not bad at all. Indeed, it even reminded me of 'Paths of Glory', one of my favorite movies directed by Stanley Kubrick. However, a big difference between these movies was while Kubrick's classic was about WWI, this movie was about a rather obscure conflict which lasted only a week in New Caledonia with maybe 40 casualties. So, even though Kassovitz obvioulsy thought that there was a major story to be told here, he was probably the only one, I’m afraid. Another mistake was to cast himself as the lead. I mean, he wasn’t really bad but it would have worked better with an older actor and, above all, his casting reinforced the whole egotrip feeling of this project. Finally, the other problem with this movie was that, even though it was dealing with a Kanak rebellion, the Kanaks didn’t have much to do as they passively waited on the sideline that the French characters would influence positively or negatively the outcome of this rebellion. And, of course, the ending which you could be translate like ‘If truth hurts, lies kill’ was just so prententious. Still, in spite of its flaws, even though the whole thing was eventually a rather misguided project, I thought it was a well made historical thriller and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested Mathieu Kassovitz's work. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks ago on 2 August 2017 08:03 (A review of The Witches of Eastwick)

I already saw this movie but since it was more than 20 years ago, I was quite eager to check it out again. Well, to be honest, even though I thought it was pretty neat when I was a kid, in fact, it is not really a good movie, I’m afraid. I mean, there were some nice bits, here and there, Jack Nicholson had a lot of fun with this character and they couldn’t have picked up a more gorgeous trio of actresses but, unfortunately, the whole thing was just too silly and convoluted. For example, Daryl van Horn first tries to seduce Alexandra who rejects his proposal , which made made sense, but then, he gives her another speech and she falls for him which was completely unconvincing. In the following scene, Daryl seduces Jane and it really worked fine this time. Finally, it seemed that they ran ouf of time so they just skipped  a similar scene involving Sukie. As a result, the motivation of these 3 women was never properly developed and they focused too much on the one-man-show delivered by Jack Nicholson. Furthermore, there were also some major plot-holes like, for example, why had Veronica Cartwright’s character such a fixation towards these women and Daryl? Towards the end, they also used some magic book to stop Daryl but how did they know that he had this book, how did they know where to find it and how to use it? In fact, this movie was actually the first one made by George Miller in the USA and it was apparently a really difficult shoot with many conflicts with the studio and he really struggled to get more or less the movie he wanted to shoot. Anyway, in spite of its flaws, I still think it is a decent watch, above all thanks to a strong Jack Nicholson and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 1 day ago on 1 August 2017 08:19 (A review of While We're Young)

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Since I have a weak spot for Noah Baumbach’s work, I was quite eager to check this movie. Well, the tricky thing with this director is that he very often focuses on some usually rather unlikeable characters and, to be honest, as a result, it is rather difficult to really care for them or what they are going through. This movie was a good example, I’m afraid. Indeed, this time around, Baumbach decided to focus not on one but two douchbags. The first one was Josh who was another self-rigtheous pathetic loser that Ben Stiller has played too many times by now. Seriously, toward the end, he even gave us one of his typical hysterical scenes. Of course, the other douchebag was Jamie who was at first rather annoying but then he seemed to be for while some kind of generous freewheeling selfless hippy . However, at some point, it became pretty obvious that it was an act and that the guy was rather phony and terribly manipulative and calculating. Unfortunately, since Josh was not really a nice or interesting guy, it didn’t really care about what happened to him. Still, I did like how they managed to show that success in the movie business  has absolutely nothing to do with being actually genuine. In fact, if you have a decent idea and you are rather ruthless, you are actually more likely to succeed and nobody will really care if you are a major *sshole. And indeed, documentaries have never been about telling truth, they are just another way of telling a story. Anyway, to conclude, even though the whole thing didn’t really convince me, it was still a decent watch though and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Noah Baumbach’s work. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 30 July 2017 07:51 (A review of See How They Fall)

I think I wanted to watch this movie for more than 15 years. In the mean time, I saw all the other movies directed by Jacques Audiard who has become easily one of the best French directors nowadays so I became even more eager to watch his directing debut. Well, eventually, even though it turned out to be definitely a solid watch, it was far from being his best movie. Basically, it was pretty obvious that it was his first movie and, instead for going for a straightforward approach which would have been a safer choice, he went for something really convoluted, obviously, to show what he could but I'm afraid the whole plan rather backfired. I mean, the first 15 minutes were just a mess, to be honest, and it took me most of the duration to finally understand what the hell was going on. Basically, you follow two storylines, a very strong one involving an amazing Jean-Louis Trintignant and Matthieu Kassovitz who made one of the strangest couples I have ever seen, and another storyline with Jean Yanne which barely made any sense whatsoever. It is basically one of these movies that need to be watched at least twice because the first time was such a struggle to put all the pieces together but, in this case, it wasn't a compliment. Anyway, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent directing debut and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Jacques Audiard's work.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 3 days ago on 30 July 2017 03:35 (A review of The Son of Bigfoot)

When my daughter told me that she wanted to watch this movie, I have to admit that I didn't know at all what she was talking about which is usually not really a good omen. So, I looked it up and, honestly, I thought I looked really lame but we still ended up watching it in the movie theater together. Well, I have to admit it, it was not as awful as I expected it to be. I mean, it was still pretty weak but, at least, it was watchable. Furthermore, the animation, while not being anything groundbreaking, was decent enough and even the 3D effects were not bad at all which was a nice surprise coming from a Belgian-French production like this one. Unfortunately, I still had a hard time to care about the story. I mean, once again, it wasn't the worst story ever but it was still really generic and terribly boring. To conclude, to be honest, I wouldn't recommend to watch this movie, there are so many better movies out there to watch but if you want to entertain some very young children, I have to admit that there is a fairly good chance that they will actually enjoy it. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 3 days ago on 29 July 2017 08:35 (A review of The Last Face)

When I heard that Sean Penn was finally coming back with a new directing effort, almost 10 long years after the amazing 'Into the Wild', obviously, I became quite excited. However, when it was released, it turned out to be a huge critical flop but I still wanted to check it out anyway. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that the damned thing really deserved its poor reputation. Seriously, pretty much nothing worked in this movie. Indeed, first of all, they made the usual mistake of dealing with Africa and yet still only focusing on 2 Western characters. I mean, except for one doctor with a very small part, the Africans were only limited to either helpless victims or monstrous psychopaths with barely any dialogue whatsoever. Then, the directing was also surprisingly weak and also terribly pretentious. I mean, they criticized the whole Western world for not caring but they still managed to waste more than half the running time with a completely generic love story involving two white doctors. At least, Javier Bardem was a very good choice as he was charismatic without being too handsome and he did what he could with this material. I wish I could say the same for Charlize Theron who was as usual insanely gorgeous but her good looks actually worked against her and, to make things worse, she gave here one of her weakest performances ever. To conclude, I think I'm being rather generous with my rating here but I gave it a few extra points because it was dealing with something important but there is no doubt that the whole thing was terribly weak and disappointing. 


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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 4 days ago on 29 July 2017 08:02 (A review of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets)

Before watching this movie, I was hoping that it would be at least just as visually impressive as 'The Fifth Element' turned out to be 20 years ago. Well, eventually, I wasn't disappointed as this movie was easily the most amazing movie visually speaking that I have seen since 'Avatar'. Indeed, Luc Besson managed here to create a fascinating world with so many different species and, on top of that, there were 2 or 3 scenes in the movie that were just dazzling to behold. Eventually, it is one of the very few movies you should watch in 3D and obviously in the movie theater. Still, was it a really great movie after all? Not really, I'm afraid. Unfortunately, even though the concept was pretty generic (everyone is looking for some kind of MacGuffin), Besson still managed to end up with an incredibly messy story and most of the scenes followed each other very awkwardly. I mean, everything looked amazing but each scenes were rather poorly linked with each other with some major plot-holes. In fact, the beginning was promising and the first mission was really neat but as soon as they gathered the converter, the whole thing started to fall apart narratively. Concerning the cast, I was really impressed by Cara Delevingne was just really impressive and a perfect choice for this character but I'm afraid Dane DeHaan was rather miscast and I never though he was convinced as some kind of supposedly reckless space adventurer. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, pretty much like 'The Fifth Element', even though the story didn't really work, the whole thing was just visually mind-blowing and if you love science-fiction, you should definitely check it out. 


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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 5 days ago on 28 July 2017 08:34 (A review of Robot & Frank)

Since I kept hearing some good things about this movie, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be a decent watch but not much more than that, to be honest. Indeed, after such movies like ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Her’ or ‘Ex Machina’, it is rather tricky to come up nowadays with something really original and interesting about AI and this movie, even though it was entertaining enough, never managed to really impress me. I mean, they tried to combine the whole robot thing with an old man obviously suffering from Alzheimer disease and the guy happened to be as well some kind of master thief and, in my opinion, they chose this mix above all to allow this movie to stand out from the other movies in this genre. Anyway, I still have a weak spot for such minimalistic features dealing only with 1 or 2 characters and as long as the movie was focusing on Frank Langella and Peter Sarsgaard, the whole thing still worked fine. To conclude, even though I think I will forget the whole thing really soon, I have to admit that it was still not bad at all and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 6 days ago on 27 July 2017 07:29 (A review of The Raven)

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though the concept of focusing on the last days of Edgar Allen Poe was pretty neat, unfortunately, pretty much everything else didn’t really work though. In fact, somehow, it reminded me of ‘In the Heart of the Sea’. Indeed, in this recent movie from Ron Howard, instead of simply adapting ‘Mody Dick’, they went for an adaptation of a book  about how Herman Melville was inspired by a true story to write his own literary classic which was such a convoluted concept. In this case, instead of really telling the life of Poe or simply adapting one of his classic tales, they went for some typical serial-killer inspired by Poe’s work which was such a weak idea.  Furthermore, I thought that John Cusack was rather miscast to play the famous writer. Indeed, Cusack is one of these actors who always play every characters pretty much the same away everytime again and his usual quirkiness didn’t work here. In my opinion, they should have chosen someone else to play the famous dark and tormented writer. Still, the whole thing was not completely worthless. Indeed, James McTeigue has a nice visual style and the whole thing looked really good. Furthermore, Alice Eve remains such a charming actress. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws and  even though the whole thing was still rather misguided , it was still watchable and I guess it might be worth a look, at least, if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks ago on 26 July 2017 08:34 (A review of Enemy of the State)

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. According to IMDb, it is apparently Tony Scott’s 3rd best movie only behind ‘True Romance’ and ‘Man on Fire’ and I have to admit that it is indeed a really entertaining movie. Indeed, Tony Scott has always been a solid action flick director and he delivered here one of his most effective features. What was also pretty neat with this movie is that it was actually pretty realistic and even prophetic, considering the Edward Snowden scandal that occurred only a few years ago. Furthermore, there was some neat tributes to obviously ‘The Conversation’ but, on top of that, with Will Smith playing this ordinary guy involved in some convoluted conspiracy, they gave also a more subtle reference to Alfred Hitchcock’s work. Unfortunately, Tony Scott apparently couldn’t help it and the guy still had to dumb the whole thing down. For example, the opening scene was rather ridiculous. Indeed, why on Earth should be Jon Voight’s character present on this crime scene? It didn’t make any sense. And, of course, even though this movie should have ended with something really dark, cynical and rather depressing, they forced the most ludicrous happy-ending you can imagine. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit that I really have a weak spot for the damned thing and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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