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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 8 May 2017 08:19 (A review of Smiley Face)

I have to admit that I didn't expect much from the damned thing but since I have a weak spot for Gregg Araki's work, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it felt like a huge missed opportunity. Indeed, there are already so many lame stoner comedies out there and, this time around, they actually to got so many elements right and I think it could have been pretty neat but, unfortunately, the end-result was still pretty weak, I'm afraid. In my opinion, the biggest mistake they made was that they never mentioned why Jane was actually smoking weed in the first place. Well, I'll tell you why. It is because it can be so much fun but you never get to see this in this movie. Indeed, instead of laughing with her, which should have been a much better approach, we were supposed to be laughing at her during some kind of rather mean-spirited bad trip. I mean, I don't say that they should have promoted weed (it could have been interesting though) but it could have been better balanced. Concerning Anna Faris, she did what she could with this material and I think she gave actually a solid performance but I really had a hard time to care about this character who was not only really stoned but also incredibly stupid. To conclude, in spite of its potential, it was still a pretty weak comedy and I don't think it is really worth a look.


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A bad movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 6 May 2017 08:35 (A review of The Boy Next Door)

Obviously, I didn't expect much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Jennifer Lopez, I thought I might as well check it out. The first  thing that popped up to my mind while watching this movie was how enthusiastic Roger Ebert was about Jennifer Lopez went she got her first starring parts. Seriously, at the time, he would argue that she was one of the most talented actresses of her generation. Well, I wonder what he would say if he could watch the garbage she is making nowadays and this movie was a just fine example. Seriously, it was quite terrible. I mean, it is pretty obvious that they wanted go for some kind of a remake of 'Fatal Attraction' with a male stalker this time around but the end-result was just pathetic. Indeed, I don't think there was one single line of dialogue that wasn't truly laughable. Furthermore, if the whole point of the movie was to have a mature woman having sex with a high-school student, then they shouldn't have picked up an actor who was almost 30 years old. Concerning Jennifer Lopez, I can understand the appeal of showing up in an erotic thriller and proving to the world that she is still a really hot MILF but maybe she should try in the future something that requires some actual acting skills. To conclude, it was really weak and I don't think it is worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 5 May 2017 08:55 (A review of Me, Myself and Mum)

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from this movie but since it had won the César of the Best French movie of the year, I was quite eager to check it out. When I first heard about the concept, I have to admit that I had some serious doubts and I was afraid it could turn out to be something like ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ or ‘The Nutty Professor’. Fortunately, it was something completely different and I was actually quite impressed by what Guillaume [Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see]did with this material. Indeed, even though it was indeed actually pretty dark and gloomy, Gallienne still managed to deliver somehow a comedy which was sometimes quite hilarious. It’s like the mother who was a really tricky character. Seriously, she was described as someone really cold and terribly unlikeable but the guy still loved and admired her which was quite intriguing. In fact, it’s something that my wife never really understood, it is not because some French people are complaining all the time or are even mean to the people they love that they are completely worthless, in the contrary.  It was also an interesting study about the difficulty to find your identity when you are a marginal, even in a society where homosexuals seem to be accepted. To conclude, even if it was maybe not a masterpiece, I really had a weak spot for the damned thing and I think it is definitely worth a look. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 3 May 2017 07:56 (A review of The Good Lie)

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Reese Witherspoon, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though the damned thing was sold as a Witherspoon vehicle (just check the poster), in fact, she only had a supporting part and the movie was actually dealing with 4 refugees from Sudan. Furthermore, even though they made it seemed that it was a true story, in fact, it was some fiction based on the tragic history of Sudan and its refugees. As a result, many of the most dramatic events taking place during this movie were actually made up so they could give the whole thing some typical generic Hollywood flavor. Still, even so, I thought it was a decent watch. Indeed, it did help that 3 of the 4 actors were some actual Sudanese refugees (the 4th one was still a son of refugees). Furthermore, I liked the fact that the American people were displayed as being pretty much just as ignorant as the refugees. Finally, considering that the biggest part of Europe has been dealing with a major refugee crisis for a couple of years, it was a great reminder that we shouldn't be scared of jeopardising our luxurious lifestyle and we should welcome these refugees who would otherwise properly perish in some terrible circumstances. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, I thought it was pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested by this subject.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 3 May 2017 07:35 (A review of The Limits of Control)

Even though this movie didn’t get much love when it was released, since it was directed by Jim Jarmusch, I was still quite eager to check it out. For some reasons, somehow, it took me almost 10 years to see the damned thing. Well, I wish I could say it was worth the wait but, unfortunately, it turned out to be the weakest movie delivered by this director so far. Indeed, for 2 long hours, you get to see some mysterious black guy wandering the streets in some Spanish towns basically doing nothing at all. From time to time, he did have some conversations with some random characters who mostly spoke Spanish, a language which the main character of course didn’t speak. I mean, it could have worked with a 10-15 minutes short movie but to see this for almost 120 minutes was just so tedious. My guess was that Jarmusch wanted to go for something even more experimental than usual but it seriously backfired. I mean, it was visually quite appealing and Isaach De Bankolé did what he could with a  seriously limited character but I really had a hard time to care at all for the damned thing. To conclude, I think I was rather generous with my rating here but I guess it might be worth a look, only if you are a die-hard fan of Jim Jarmusch’s work. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 1 May 2017 07:32 (A review of Timbuktu)

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from this movie but since it had won the César of the Best French movie of the year, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, it turned out to be a rather heartbreaking tale about how the life in Timbuktu  has been completely shattered by the local jihadists. While watching this movie, I actually came to the conclusion that the guys from IS are pretty much the fascists of our time. Indeed, for some reasons, they think they are better than everyone else and they cripple the liberty of others by forcing women to cover their heads, to wear some gloves and forbidding cigarettes, music and even football. You might wonder why the Western leaders don't try to stop them like they did with the Nazis during WWII. I guess, they just don't care much for such places like Timbuktu, I'm afraid. Still, even though it was a decent watch, I have to admit that I wasn't completely sold. What bothered me the most was that the whole thing was very often a random mess. Indeed, you keep jumping from one little story to another and, as a result, nothing was actually properly developed. Still, in spite of its flaws, it was a very interesting watch, even an important movie, showing the dreadful situation of the people living under the Islamic State and it is definitely worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 30 April 2017 05:35 (A review of The Boss Baby)

When I saw the trailer for this movie, it seemed pretty weak but my daughter thought it looked pretty neat so we still ended up watching the damned thing in the movie theater together. Well, eventually, I wasn't positively surprised by this movie, I'm afraid. Seriously, is it me or are the concepts delivered by Dreamworks Animation becoming only more and more pathetic? I mean, there was something pretty neat about this idea of a young boy trying to deal with with the arrival of his new baby brother (After all, Pixar already displayed with 'Inside Out' that you can make a great movie  about a kid going through some huge life changing event) but, eventually, everything else was just so lame. I mean, seriously, a baby wearing a suit and talking like Alec Baldwin, trying to stop some complot from a puppy company? That was their brilliant idea? When we got home, my daughter was not even able to tell exactly what it was about to my wife, even though we just finished to watch the damned thing only 10 minutes before. On the other hand, I have to admit that she really liked this movie though. Eventually, like 'Home', it was something really childish that could be enjoyable for the young kids but I don't think many grown-ups will have a good time watching this flick. I sure did not.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 29 April 2017 05:56 (A review of Pan)

Right now, Disney is having another huge box-office hit with 'Beauty and the Beast' showing that the audience is apparently really eager to watch more of these live-adaptations of their most famous fairy tales. Obviously, this new trend didn't go unnoticed by the competition and Warner Bros decided to deliver another adaptation of 'Peter Pan'. Unfortunately, their plan backfired and the whole thing turned out to be one of the biggest flops released in 2015. The first issue was that it was, in my opinion,  a rather misguided idea to tell the origin of this classic character. Indeed, one of the major appeals about him was in fact the cloud of mystery around his background. Anyway, even if you would be open for this concept, it doesn't change the fact that the whole thing was just a mess. Indeed, why did it start during WWII? Why was Neverland suddenly a floating island with some flying pirate ships all over the place? Why on Earth would they all sing a Nirvana song out of the blue? There was a big fuss at the time that Rooney Mara was playing an Indian but I was actually more bothered by the fact that she and Captain Hook were about the same age which didn't make any sense. I mean, either you make the decision that you can't grow old in Neverland which wouldn't work since Blackbeard's whole plan was about becoming immortal or Tiger Lily should have been much younger, about Peter Pan's age. Eventually, the only interesting idea was to show that Peter Pan and Captain Hook were actually friends at first but even this idea was rather poorly developed. Anyway, I think my rating might be too generous here but I guess it might be, after all, actually enjoyable for its target audience,  the (very) young kids, but, as far as I was concerned, I didn't care much for the damned thing.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 29 April 2017 07:17 (A review of Evil Dead)

Recently, I have been re-watching the whole trilogy directed by Sam Raimi and, even though I don't think I'm a huge fan, I enjoyed all these movies so I thought it would be pretty neat to end up with this remake, especially since it was rather well received when it was released. Well, to be honest, I really had a hard time to care about the damned thing. I mean, sure, it was technically well done, I also appreciate the fact that they wanted to go into a really different direction than with the original movie and it was pretty neat to see all these nods to the original trilogy but, eventually, the whole thing turned out to be really boring. It comes down to what would you get if you would remove the humor and Ash from 'The Evil Dead'? Basically, a rather typical and tedious slasher flick. Indeed, these 2 elements were what made 'The Evil Dead' stand out among the other horror flicks so to remove these ingredients might have been an interesting idea but it didn't really work for me, I'm afraid. On top of that, I didn't help that I didn't care for one single of the characterss. At first, I was also rather worried by the fact that they added this cold turkey sub-plot which sounded really generic but, then, it did help to explain Mia's erratic behavior. Still, even this gimmick worked only for 5 minutes. Anyway, to conclude, my rating might be a little bit harsh but I thought it was just really tedious  and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 28 April 2017 07:41 (A review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

Like anyone else, I really enjoyed a lot ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and I was really eager to check this sequel. Well, even though this sequel will probably turn out to be a huge success at the box-office, to be honest, I thought it was actually rather disappointing. I mean, sure, it was not bad at all and it was even fairly entertaining but I actually had a hard time to care about the story. I mean, this tale around Ego was not bad but the outcome was rather predictable and this plot was nothing really mind-blowing after all. It’s like the jokes, while they were fun, they were never really hilarious and, on top of that, some of the best ideas of the first movie, like the vintage walkman, were just so overused here. Eventually, it seems that the makers put so much effort in the first movie to properly introduce these really obscure characters that, since this bunch of misfits became so popular, they didn’t have to bother coming up with something really groundbreaking to please the fans this time around. Anyway. to conclude, even though it didn’t live up to my expectations, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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