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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 5 September 2017 08:46 (A review of The Dress)

Recently, I have been discovering Alex van Warmerdan’s movies. So far, I had seen 4 of them but, even though I enjoyed all of them, there was always something missing to really blow me away. With this in mind, since this movie had a much lower rating than his previous movies, I had lower my expectations but, eventually, it turned out to be the best movie I have seen from this director so far. First of all, I always thought that van Warmerdan’s movies were quite funny but this one was just so hilarious and I’m pretty sure it is the most hilarious Dutch movie I have ever seen. Seriously, the first 20 minutes were just so funny, it was pretty much pitch-perfect. As usual with this director, the dialogues were pretty neat but, here, they were even better and pretty much always spot on. Concerning the story, sure, it was pretty random but I thought it worked really well. Basically, it was some kind of hyperlink feature with many small stories linked to some completely random dress but I thought it was much more enjoyable than the other abstract tales usually delivered by the Dutch director. To conclude, I always admired Alex van Warmerdan’s work, this time, the guy really blew me away and this movie is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Dutch movies. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 4 September 2017 08:08 (A review of Stoker)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this movie, I was quite eager to check it out. To be honest, I have to admit it that, before watching the damned thing, I had actually completely forgotten what it was actually about and, for some reason, I thought I heard somewhere that it would be dealing with some vampires. Anyway, I really loved the directing and editing which created a mysterious and mesmerizing mood and the cast was pretty strong as well (Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode). Unfortunately, the whole thing lost me towards the end. Eventually, it had obviously nothing to do with vampires but this conclusion, when they finally explained what was going with the mysterious Uncle Charlie, turned out to be rather disappointing. I mean, imagine if David Lynch would end up ‘Mulholland Dr.’ or ‘Eraresehead’ with a very concrete explanation, do you think it would be an improvement? It could have also to do with the fact that they removed 30 minutes of footage from the final cut but, eventually, they either said too much or too little in my opinion. I was also rather disappointed that Nicole Kidman’s character was so damned passive. Anyway, to conclude, even though it didn’t completely work for me, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 2 September 2017 07:22 (A review of What We Did on Our Holiday)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Rosamund Pike, I thought I might as well check it out. On top of that, one of my colleagues just saw it and told me it was actually pretty good so I was rather intrigued. Well, to be honest, I really had a hard time about the damned thing after all and I wonder why my colleague thought it was so hilarious. I mean, sure, the actors involved were not bad and there was some funny dialogues here and there but it was just not enough for me. The other thing with this movie is that most of it was actually seriously generic and rather boring but, then, they added this Viking funeral obviously to shake things up and to show that it was something else that your typical average comedy about a dysfunctional comedy but it didn't really work, I'm afraid. Indeed, this whole event was seriously weird and, in fact, who could blame the press to be shocked? However, in this movie, they displayed it through the eyes of the grand-children involved and, of course, it seemed then to be rather sweet but they completely ignored how insane this plan actually was. Imagine if your children  would go to the beach with your father or your father-in-law and they would come back saying that their grand-father was dead, that they put him on a raft and set the whole thing on fire. Would you then say 'Wow, how creative!' ? Anyway, even this movie didn't really work for me, I have to admit that it was still watchable and I guess it is worth a look, at least, if you like the genre. 


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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 1 September 2017 08:17 (A review of 13th)

Since the rating were pretty high for this movie and since it was recently added to the book ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’, I was really eager to check it out. To be honest, I’m pretty sure that it will be one of these movies they add every year but which end up being removed directly the year after or at least very soon. Still, I’m glad I saw the damned thing and it was really good, even one of the best movies I have seen released so far in 2016. Of course, I knew already a lot of what they told but they went so much in depth in the subject and they chose some really interesting, well-spoken and knowledgeable speakers. It was really interesting that the problematic came all the way back from the end of the slavery but I was mostly shocked by the privatisation of the prison sector in the USA. I already saw something similar in ‘Sicko’, another very strong documentary delivered by Michael Moore, in which they displayed the damage done by the privatisation of the health sector. As a result, you get to see that there is so many money involved  in the process, it can never be good that someone would open a prison and take care of prisoners in order to make some profit. Anyway, to conclude, it was a really strong documentary and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in  this subject.



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 31 August 2017 08:08 (A review of Endless Love)

To be honest, I have no idea why I actually ended up watching this flick. Indeed, the director was rather obscure, there was no really interesting actors involved and the whole thing seemed to be rather lame. Still, somehow, the damned thing was on my ‘to-watch’ list somehow so I thought I might as well check it out. Anyway, eventually, this movie actually had some potential. Indeed, there was something neat and romantic about this perfect guy meeting the perfect girl resulting in a perfect couple. Unfortunately, pretty much everything else was rather lame and boring. Above all, the whole conflict with the father was just so bogus and annoying.  I mean, if your daughter would meet a decent boy and deeply fall in love after years of mourning her dead brother, wouldn’t you be thrilled as her father? I was also annoyed by the mother who didn’t do much to stop him and I’m pretty sure if I would act like this, it wouldn’t take long before my wife would ask for a divorce. And, yet, somehow, I have to admit that the whole thing grew on me. Anyway, to conclude, even though my rating was probably too generous for this movie, I thought it was watchable and I guess it might be worth a look, at least, if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 29 August 2017 07:45 (A review of Pusher II )

Since I really enjoyed ‘Pusher’, I was quite eager to check this follow-up. Apparently, after his 2 next directing efforts turned out to be some failures, especially ‘Fear X’ which made his film company go bankrupt, Winding Refn did pretty much the same thing Sam Raimi did with 'Evil Dead II' and came back to his directing debut in order to relaunch his career.  Well, to be honest, even though I had some high expectations and even expected this movie to be an improvement on its predecessor,  I thought it turned out to be actually a slight step down. I mean, the directing was again solid and I really liked the same dark and gloomy mood. However, if I thought that the story in ‘Pusher' was too generic and predictable, here, it was the other way around. Indeed, there was no real plot and the whole thing felt pretty random.  Above all, the biggest issue I had was that while Frank, the main character in ‘Pusher’, was pretty much a loser, Tonny was actually even more pathetic. Seriously, even if Mads Mikkelsen  gave another really good performance, I had a hard time to root for the guy who was hardly charismatic and had no skills whatsoever. Anyway, to conclude, even though the damned thing was slightly disappointing, it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 27 August 2017 07:23 (A review of Frank)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Michael Fassbender, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out ot be a really weird mix between 'Frank Sidebottom', a character created by Chris Sievey, and Daniel Johnston, a doomed musical artist who was supposedly a genius but who was also seriously mentally ill. To be honest, I have to admit that I had never heard of Frank Sidebottom before watching this movie but, except for the head, this movie didn't have much to do with this comic character. On the other hand, I was well aware of who Daniel Johnston was/is and the connection was really obvious. In fact, exactly like Johnston, I never had the feeling that Frank was such a musical wonder and, except for a few tunes which ware decent, I didn't care at all for his music. Eventually, the whole point of this movie was not really the discovery of a musical talent but it was more some kind of study on mentall illness and it mostly worked because even though the concept was really weird, they played its straightforward and all the characters were aware about how weird their situation was. Still, somehow, I wasn't completely sold maybe because I had the feeling that the makers didn't really know what to do with this band. I mean, should we think that they were great? that were laughable? Should we actually care at all? Furthermore, I'm not so sure if it was a good move to have Frank remove his 'head' towards the end. Anyway, to conclude, even though it didn't completely blow me away, it was still a really original feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 26 August 2017 07:16 (A review of The Invisible Woman)

Since I'm a big fan of Ralph Fiennes, I was quite eager to check this movie. Well, even though it was a well made and quite gorgeous costume drama with some solid performances by Fiennes and Felicity Jones, unfortunately, I can't say I really cared for the damned thing after all. First of all, I have to admit that, even though I'm familiar with most of Dickens's stories, in fact, I have never read one of his books but still, this movie made the misguided attempt of trying to convince the viewersthat, somehow, Dickens's life was actually more interesting than his books but, to be honest, this approach rarely works and it certainly didn't work here. I mean, was Charles Dickens a great writer? Absolutely but was he a really interesting man? I'm not so sure. Especially in this case, it was pretty much the story of a celebrity trying to have an affair with a much younger groupie. Concerning Ellen Ternan, to be honest, it was even worse. I mean, even though Dickens seemed to think she was amazing, she didn't seem to have any memorable qualities, except maybe that she was young and pretty, in fact, the biggest argument made by the movie about why they should be together was because 'they see each other'  which wasn't really strong. Anyway, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 24 August 2017 07:58 (A review of The Northerners)

The first thing I enjoyed about this movie was how much van Warmerdam had improved as a director. Indeed, the whole thing looked so much better than ‘Abel’ and, even if it was still nothing amazing visually speaking, it was really well made. The other thing I really enjoyed was the location chosen by van Warmerdam. Indeed, it was staking place in some kind of failed housing development and even though it was built only a few years before, it already looked like a ghost town which was just so surreal. Still, even though the beginning was therefore really promising, I have to admit that, after a while, I had a rather hard time to really connect with the damned thing. I mean, I wasn’t really bothered by the randomness of the whole thing, by now, I’m used to it with this director. Eventually, what bothered more was that, even though it was once again quite hilarious, I thought it was sometimes rather sad and even mean, especially regarding Thomas. Indeed, Thomas was a teenager whose new mysterious girlfriend gets shot by accident, whose mother refuses to eat and becomes some kind of saint and whose father started with a rather healthy libido but then cheats on his wife and finally becomes a rapist. Seriously, I do like black humor but that was a lot to handle. Still, even if it didn’t completely work me, it was still a solid absurd comedy and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 23 August 2017 08:17 (A review of Like Crazy)

Since there was an interesting cast involved, I was quite eager to check this movie. First of all, it was pretty sad to see this movie just a year after Anton Yelchin passed away, especially since he was so good in this movie.  Felicity Jones was fine as well and, together, they made one of the cutest and most convincing couples I have seen for a while. Concerning the story itself, it was nothing really original but it was still fairly interesting. Eventually, the main issue I had is that both characters were, in my opinion, rather selfish after all, especially Jacob. Indeed, it felt as if, from the moment they both had a decent career, they couldn’t make up their mind about their relationship anymore. The fact that they both hooked up with some other people didn’t help either. At least, Anna was stuck in England and there wasn’t much she could do but if Jacob was really so ‘crazy’ in love with her, I didn't get why he wouldn’t drop everything in Los Angeles to go live with her in England. Basically, even though they gave us a really cute and genuine couple, it seemed that these characters were stuck in a rather bogus situation. Still, I did like how the movie finished with a rather ambiguous ending as you couldn't know for sure if they would make it or not after all. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent romantic drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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