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An average movie

Posted : 4 weeks ago on 21 August 2018 12:03 (A review of The Ridiculous 6 (2015))

Since this movie has a rather lame reputation, I wasn't expecting much but I still ended up watching the damned thing anyway. Well, to be honest, even though I have never cared for Adam Sandler's work, I didn't think it was so awful after all. I mean, sure, it was still pretty lame and not really funny at all but the guy had done much worse in the past and I don't think it was such a bad idea to mix his humor with the Western genre. At least, it was more original than most of his flicks and the cast involved was pretty decent. Helll, I even thought that Taylor Lautern was actually funny. However, as usual with Sandler, the whole thing was still rather misguided. For example, it was so annoying that he gave himself a character who had some kind of super-powers. Seriously, it was just rather pathetic but the other brothers were also all more pathetic and actually really entertaining. The other huge mistake they made was that the damned thing was just so freaking long. Indeed, it could have been almost watchable with a standard 90 mins duration but, unfortunately, it lasted almost 2 hours and the last act was especially so tedious to behold. Anyway, to conclude, I don't think it is one of Sandler's worst efforts but, don't be fooled, it was still really weak and you should rather avoid it. 


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An average movie

Posted : 4 weeks ago on 20 August 2018 08:25 (A review of Fading Gigolo)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since there was a nice cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Unfortunately, like most movies dealing with male prostitution, the whole thing just felt seriously misguided. Indeed, even though it was probably supposed to be some quirky comedy, it turned out to be actually rather pretentious and even misogynist. I mean, I do have a weak spot for John Turturro but, not only he gave  himself the lead role of the gigolo, but this guy was of course a great lover but also a masseur, a  competent cook, a flower expert and he could speak maybe 4 or 5 different languages. To make things even more convoluted, our gigolo gets involved with some very religious Jewish widow so it seemed that the whole thing would become some doomed love story but she suddenly dropped him towards the end. Seriously, pretty much nothing worked in this movie which is too bad because the women involved (Vanessa Paradis, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara) all delivered some solid performances. It's such a pity above all for Paradis who very rarely gets involved in some US productions. Anyway, to conclude, even though I have seen worse, I thought it was pretty weak and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 11 August 2018 10:03 (A review of Eye in the Sky)

Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. Well, after the rather disappointing 'Good Kill', it was pretty neat to finally see a really good movie dealing with the modern drone warfare. Indeed, they had a stellar cast and all the actors involved delivered some really solid performances. Even more important, it was simply a really good story, at the same time quite realistic but still really entertaining and it was dealing with a very topical subject. Furthermore, they didn't make the same mistake as the makers of 'Good Kill' as they didn't develop at all the private lives of the characters involved which was the best approach for this material. Still, there was one thing that did bother me though. Indeed, I can imagine that some of the politicians would have some scruples about killing some innocent girl but I thought it was harder to believe that most of the military personnel would also struggle so much with this decision. Sure, as an explanation, Aaron Paul's character mentioned that he never had to fire a missile before but, still, they pushed it too far by having both pilots crying at the end of their mission. Anyway, it shows that to work in the military sector remains just so lousy, even  if it might be originally for a good cause. To conclude, even though it was missing something to become truly amazing, it was still a really solid thriller and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 11 August 2018 06:27 (A review of Oceans)

Since I always had a weak sport for Jacques Perrin's nature documentaries, I was quite eager to check this one out as well. Well, once again, Perrin delivered some visually amazing scenes combined with some very nice music. Indeed, there is something so fascinating and relaxing about his work and it goes way beyond what you could see on National Geographic for instance. The only thing that prevented this movie from being truly amazing was the addition of some boring and misguided comments. Indeed, Perrin's awesome trademark has been in the past to show his images without someone constantly explaining what was going on which is such a great approach but, here, there was still some really useless narration that did break the spell. At least, this narration was only sporadic.  To make things worse, in the 3rd act, they started to give also some preechy ecological message which was actually rather annoying. I mean, sure, what they said was accurate but these movies should remain some work of Art instead being used for some political agenda. Anyway, in spite of these flaws, it was still a really strong documentary and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 10 August 2018 08:06 (A review of A Dangerous Woman)

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since there was an interesting cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, it has been a while since I have seen such a misleading title. Indeed, with such a title and such a poster, I was expecting a thriller, some kind of ‘Fatal Attraction’ wannabee, but it turned out to be actually something completely different. Indeed, it was in fact a drama with a really interesting main character with a very strong performance by Debra Winger but, even though Winger did a fine job here, the rest of the movie was unfortunately rather weak. The main issue was the fact, expect for Gabriel Byrne’s character who was not bad, all the other characters were just actually rather lame and they were also poorly developed. I mean, the best example would be the introduction which seemed at first intriguing. Indeed, it is not very often that you get to see a movie starting with a car in high-speed ramming into a porch but, in fact, this whole scene was just a mess.  What was the point of showing Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character if she won’t show up afterwards? Same thing with Laurie Metcalf’s character, she basically showed up in only 2 scenes which both had barely anything to do with the main story. Above, it was a really awkward way to introduce the main characters. Then, even though they should have simply focused on Debra Winger, they kept adding some rather underwhelming interactions between her and some boring characters and it never worked. The ending was especially ludicrous and simply there to add some kind of dramatic climax. Anyway, basically, the whole thing never worked but it’s a pity because Debra Winger was actually really good here. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 9 August 2018 10:09 (A review of The Road)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since it was included in the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die' list, I was quite eager to check it out. First of all, I think it was the first Turkish movie I have ever seen and only therefore it was a really interesting watch. The other thing that impressed me was how much Turkey must have changed in the last 40 years (on the other hand, I have never been there so I might be completely mistaken). Concerning the movie itself, it was actually quite strong and I don't think it has lost much of its impact after all these years. In my opinion, this movie was about the fact that the Turkish people was and maybe still are too much focused on punishment and vengeance when they should try to be more compassionate and forgiving towards other people and it's an universal message that is still topical nowadays for everyone. Concerning the fact that they chose to tell the stories of 5 different inmates, to be honest, I'm not so sure if it was such a great idea. Sure, on one hand, they were then able to be more diverse and show more ways to handle such a situation but, on the other hand, if they would have gone for just one or two characters, they could have expanded their tales and go much deeper. As a result, the end-result felt slightly shallow. Still, it remains a really strong movie and it is definitely worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 7 August 2018 07:46 (A review of Set It Up (2018))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was available on Netflix and since the ratings were rather decent, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it is rather sad that such a movie is considered to be one of the ‘best’ original movies delivered by Netflix so far this year. It’s not that it was really weak like ‘Mute’, ‘Anon’ or ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’, it was actually a fairly decent romantic-comedy, the point is that it was still nothing really amazing whatsoever. Indeed, first of all, the whole concept was pretty weak but it’s apparently something inherent to the genre nowadays and I can’t remember the last time I saw a romantic-comedy without a seriously far-fetched idea. Then, it was rather disappointing that they gave such a negative view on being a personal assistant. By now, it has become such a boring cliché and it would be more interesting to show why so many people are doing this kind of job which seems more humiliating than really fulfilling. And, yet, the whole thing was still fairly entertaining mostly thanks to Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell. Indeed, they both gave some solid performances, they were both really charming and they had some great chemistry together.  Seriously, if they would have dumped the whole set-up thing and just focused on these 2 characters falling in love, it could have been actually really good. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was a still decent watch and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre but it would be nice if Neftlix could deliver something really amazing this year.



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 5 August 2018 05:02 (A review of The Happy Prince)

This movie wasn't exactly a high priority for me but I still ended up watching it with my filmclub. Well, to be honest, I actually had a rather hard time to really care for this flick. I mean, I always had a weak spot for Rupert Everett who was basically born to play this character and Oscar Wilde was one of the wittiest writers that ever lived so the whole thing definitely had some potential. In my opinion, the biggest mistake they made was to focus on the last years of Oscar Wilde's life. I still wonder why the makers thought they should focus on this specific time period. I mean, after William Shakespeare, Wilde must have been the most famous English writer that ever lived but, at the time, the guy had stopped to write and, instead, was basically drinking himself to death which was hardly entertaining to behold. In fact, instead of feeling sorry for Wilde, this movie had actually the reverse effect on me as I felt slightly mad at him because he could have lived in France with a low profile, trying to write some more but, apparently, he basically gave up and slowly killed himself which was obviously a huge waste. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was slightly disappointing, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you like Rupert Everett or if you are interested in Oscar Wilde.


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A bad movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 4 August 2018 05:45 (A review of Alpha And Omega)

I didn't expect much from this flick but, somehow, I still ended up watching the damned thing. Well, eventually, in spite of my already low expectations, it managed to be even worse than I expected and I would go even further and say that it was probably one of the worst animated features I have ever seen. Seriously, that they ended up releasing a whole bunch of sequels afterwards is beyond me. First of all, the damned thing was just terribly ugly and, in this area, the whole thing was already seriously pathetic. Then, they came up with a lame plot involving different kinds of wolves who were not supposed to mate and the whole concept was just so boring and generic. It was also the kind of movies where half of the animals were acting like some actual wild animals, growling and such while the other half was able to talk to each other, use a tree trunk as a sled or even play some golf and such weird and nonsensical separation between the animals is something that you will often see in such lazy animated features. Since the whole thing was just so damned predictable, they also had to fill the running time with some rather random scenes which didn't provide any improvement whatsoever. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was pretty much a waste of time and you should probably avoid it.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 2 August 2018 09:21 (A review of Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018))

Even though I have never been a huge fan of this franchise, since I kept hearing some really positive things about this movie (some critics even called it the best action flick released during the last 10 years), I was really eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, I thought it was eventually a decent installment but not much more than that and, as far as I'm concerned, 'Ghost Protocol' remains by far their best movie. I mean, sure, it was still quite entertaining but it just never blew me away. First of all, even though it was just so easy to figure out who was actually John Larke, the rest of the story was actually pretty murky and, sometimes, I was actually having a rather hard time to really follow the plot. Then, I think it was also a mistake to bring back Julia and Ilsa. Indeed, ever since she has been introduced in 'Mission: Impossible III', Julia has always been such a boring character that they keep bringing back every time they need to mess up Ethan Hunt's mojo. Concerning Ilsa, the only reason she was involved was because Rebecca Ferguson was so good in the previous installment but, in fact, her character was not necessary at all and could and probably should have been removed. In fact, I wish they brought back some other IMF agents like Paula Patton or Jeremy Renner or eve some completely new agents instead of the same team again. Still, I have to admit that it was a lot of fun. Indeed, the realistic stunts were just amazing, so much better than the CGI overdose you get in other modern blockbusters. Furthermore, as Tom Cruise is getting older, he is getting closer to who Ethan Hunt was supposed to be from the very beginning and Cruise gave maybe here his best performance so far in this franchise. I also want to mention that Henry Cavill was completely badass in this movie and he also gave one of his best performances. To conclude, even though I was slightly disappointed, it was still a solid action flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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