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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 24 October 2017 08:47 (A review of Paranoia)

Since this movie has a rather lame reputation, I wasn't expecting much but since there was a pretty cool cast involved and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it was indeed pretty lame. Basically, it was one of these thrillers trying to convince the viewers that everything displayed could be possible with a lot of useless fancy visual gimmicks but it was utterly unconvincing and boring. Furthermore, like his brother Chris in 'Blackhat', Liam Hemsworth was such a poor choice to play a nerd. He wasn't helped by the fact that his character was just rather poorly written. Indeed, it could have been interesting if they wrote the main character as a greedy ambitious douchebag ready to do anything to reach success but, by choosing to show him so innocent, this character became terribly bland and spineless. To make things worse, the ending was just so ridiculous. I mean, the guy had pretty much nothing, yet,  somehow, he managed to start up his own company with a fancy  office in Brooklyn but there is no way any bank would support his project if he had no money or any other assets. Anyway, to conclude, pretty much nothing worked in this movie, it was another missed opportunity for Liam Hemsworth to launch his career as a leading man and the damned thing is really not worth  a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 23 October 2017 07:56 (A review of The Heat)

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Sandra Bullock, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be rather lame, I'm afraid. I mean, right from the weak beginning scene introducing Sandra Bullock's character, I was already pretty much done with the damned thing. Sure, I have to admit it, there were a few good jokes here and there but most of it was actually pretty much cringe-inducing to behold. The fact that I have been watching lately 'The Wire', easily the most realistic cop TV-show ever produced, probably didn't help. I mean, I understand that it was supposed to be a comedy and that Melissa McCarthy's character was supposed to be funny, but it was utterly unbelievable that they would tolerate a cop displaying such an awful behavior towards her colleagues, her superiors and other law inforcement departments. In spite what the makers tried to make the viewers believe, it didn't seem efficient at all but, above all, it was just not funny. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to be another lame comedy, I really didn't care for the damned thing at all and I don't think it is worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 22 October 2017 08:08 (A review of Grace of My Heart)

To be honest, I really had no idea what to expect from this movie. In fact, I wasn't something that I was really eager to see and the only reason I ended up watching the damned thing was because it was included in one of the DVD boxes I bought at some point. Anyway, first of all, it was really neat that such a fine character actress like Illeana Douglas was playing the lead but it's too bad the only shot she ever got was to play in a movie that nobody really cared about when it was released and that is nowadays completely forgotten. As far I was concerned, to be honest, even though Douglas did deliver a decent performance, I still really struggled to care about this movie. I mean, it's not that it was really bad, it's just that it was mostly boring or, at least, not interesting enough. To make things worse, like many other indie productions, in order to cover up the general weakness of this project, they added many quirky characters involved in the life of this singer-songwriter but none of them was really entertaining. Anyway, to conclude, even though I have seen worse, it didn't really work for me and I don't think it is really worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 4 weeks ago on 20 October 2017 08:19 (A review of A Little Chaos)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though it wasn't bad at all, to be honest, I didn't care much for the damned thing. I mean, I did like the idea of a movie dealing with landscaping, especially since it was about the building of one of the most famous gardens in the world but, unfortunately, the movie didn't have much to do with landscaping at all. Indeed, they didn't take the opportunity to show how a landscaper would work at the time and, instead, they decided to focus on the 2 main characters falling in love with each other which was rather generic and boring. The directing was decent enough though and the cast gave some solid performances, especially Matthias Schoenaerts who gave a completely different character than the ones I have him seen play so far. Concerning Kate Winslet, well, even though she is still one of the best actresses in the world, when was the last time she had a real critical hit? 10 years ago, maybe? Ok, I really loved 'Steve Jobs' but it was an exception and she was only playing a minor character. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, even though it didn't really blow  me away, it was still a decent watch and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 4 weeks ago on 19 October 2017 08:13 (A review of Antz)

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. In fact, I saw the damned thing in the movie theater when it was released and, back then, it was a big event. Indeed, it was DreamWorks first CGI animated feature so the expectations were pretty high. Eventually, it didn't get much love but I always had a weak spot for this flick. For some reasons, 'A Bug's Life' which was released during the same period of time turned out to be  more popular but it is in my opinion one of Pixar's weakest movies and, in my opinion, this movie was slightly better. Of course, 20 years later, the animation feels rather outdated but it still looks pretty good. Above all, it was a masterstroke to have a neurotic ant voiced by Woody Allen and, if they would have kept this grown-up tone and tried for example to make a Woody Allen comedy in this insect world, it would have been really awesome. Unfortunately, they went for a generic story about an average ant trying to save its colony which was much safer but also rather boring. Anyway, in spite of its flaws, it was a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 18 October 2017 08:59 (A review of Zulu)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be actually better than I expected, except for a rather disappointing 3rd act. Indeed, you don't see so many movies taking place in South Africa and this country with its notorious violent background and history was the perfect place for a modern thriller like this one. Of course, you might argue that they could have picked up some South African actors to play the leads but Bloom and Whitaker were convincing enough, at least, considering my lack of knowledge of this country. Furthermore, there were probably too many characters and half-baked subplots but most of it was entertaining and interesting enough. Indeed, there was a pretty neat balance between realism and some good old fashioned thriller gimmicks. Unfortunately, as I mentioned before, the 3rd act turned out to be pretty weak and almost ruined everything else. Indeed, from the moment they pretty much managed to solve this case, the whole thing completely switched to auto-pilot and the end-result was the usual preposterous scenes that you get in any other generic thriller. Anyway, even though it didn't completely work, I thought it was still a decent watch and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 17 October 2017 09:25 (A review of The Paradise Suite)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since it did win the Golden Calf for the best Dutch movie of the year, I was quite eager to check it out. To be honest, I have to admit that I had actually no idea what the damned thing was about and it was pretty tough to watch again another movie about human trafficking just a day after watching 'The Whistleblower' which was also dealing with the same subject. This movie was eventually a cruel reminder that many girls behind these red windows in the Netherlands are actually victims of human trafficking. I mean, sure, prostitution is still not legal in the Netherlands but, since it is tolerated, shouldn't there be some strict controls about who is sitting behind these windows? Or maybe it is easier said than done and these girls are just too afraid to talk to the police. Anyway, I still feel ashamed that, when I was younger, I went a couple of times to the Red Light District in Amsterdam with some buddies just to have some fun watching these girls. Sure, at the time, I was naive enough to think that most of them were willingly doing this job but it was still a shitty thing to do. Anyway, coming back to our main feature,  even though it was better than your average Dutch production, it still didn't really convince me. I mean, I used to love the hyperlink thing when it was something new, creative and interesting but, by now, it has become a seriously overused gimmick and this movie was a good example, I'm afraid. The tricky thing with a hyperlink feature is that you have to make sure each single tale is properly developed but, in this case, most of them felt rather half-baked. It could have worked if they focused only on Jenya and Yaya but the other stories didn't work very well, especially the one involving a Swedish conductor which had really nothing to do with the rest of the movie and this tale was just so poorly linked with the rest of the movie. Anyway, to conclude,  in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I guess it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 16 October 2017 08:59 (A review of The Whistleblower)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Rachel Weisz, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, I can't remember the last time I saw this actress playing the lead, she's just too good play only supporting parts and, in this movie, she delivered another strong performance. Concerning the movie itself, to be honest, it took me a while to get into the damned thing. First of all, the title, while accurate,  was seriously misguided as it was such a massive spoiler. Then, I wonder if it was really how Kathryn Bolkovac ended up in Bosnia because it wasn't really convincing and, if it was made up, I wish they came up with something better than that. I mean, to get closer to her daughter, she decides to take a 6 months contract on the other side of the world. I'm sorry, it didn't get the logic here. Anyway, fortunately, the rest of the movie, especially the story was quite fascinating and also terribly shocking. I wonder if this scandal has ever been covered in the news but, anyway, even if the whole thing was not the best directing job I have ever seen, they told a very important story here. The scariest part is that such awful abuses are probably happening right now in Afghanistan and Iraq and, only therefore, this movie is definitely worth a look because, at least, you should be aware of this issue.


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A classic

Posted : 2 months ago on 15 October 2017 08:49 (A review of Terms of Endearment)

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. Well, even though it is pretty much a classic from the 80’s that managed at the time to win 5 Academy Awards including the Best Picture Academy Award, to be honest, I don't think the whole thing did grow old very well, I’m afraid. Still, I have to admit that it is still a decent watch, above all, because pretty much all the characters involved were so flawed and messed-up and thanks to some really solid performances from the whole cast involved. Above all, something that really prevented this movie from getting a higher rating from me was this terrible cheesy 80's soundtrack. Another thing that bothered me was how they added a lethal disease in the 3rd act just to add some extra drama. Seriously, it is just such a cheap gimmick. On the other hand, I have to admit that the scene when you get to see Shirley MacLaine bursting at the reception of the hospital shouting ‘Give my daughter the shot!’ was amazing and probably one of the most powerful scenes I have ever seen. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of it flaws, I have to admit that it is still a pretty good drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A classic

Posted : 2 months ago on 14 October 2017 09:06 (A review of Network)

Since this movie had a really impressive reputation, I was really eager to watch the damned thing. Eventually, even though it didn't turn out to be one of the best movies I have seen, it was still really strong. What I loved the most was how it started as a really realistic look on how a TV network works and it was easily one of the best, or maybe the very best depiction of this world I have seen so far, but it became so much more. Indeed, they went so much further than that and, slowly, it became something rather insane. The chilling and at the same time fascinating thing was that all the crazy stuff while it was becoming more and more preposterous by the minute still felt possible somehow and it is considered by many as a prophetic movie. Eventually, the only thing that didn't really work for was the love story involving Diana and Max. I mean, I don't blame Faye Runaway and William Holden, they were both pretty much pitch-perfect, but it was rather unbelievable that these two characters would extend their romantic relationship beyond their first one-night stand. Basically, they got involved only so the writer could give Max a nice juicy speech towards the end. Still, the material was just so dense and fascinating, it gave an amazing reflection on how most people of my generation have grown up in front of their TV sets and how we have been shaped by this medium. Anyway, it is a classic and it is definitely worth a look.


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